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5 Tips for Running Facebook Contests

Looking for a great way to get more “Likes” for your business page on Facebook?  Want a way to keep your current fans engaged or to generate some buzz for your business?  Running a contest on Facebook can get you all these things and more.  Contests are an instant draw because they create a sense [...]

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What Do You Want From Your SEO Press Release?

When you think of public relations for your business, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is to write and post a press release. Well, if you want to build attention online, a press release with search engine optimization (SEO) keywords is a great place to start. However, if you are a new, small [...]

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Introduction To New Blogger Photographer Steven Kovich

Since I’m new here, I’ll introduce myself and give you a brief discription of what we’ll be talking about. I’ve been working with the creators of StartUpNation since 2001 when I was hired to shoot Rich Sloan doing yoga on the conference room table in the Birmingham Michigan office of the up and coming StartUpNation.  [...]

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HubSpot Has Your Marketing Needs Covered

According to recent market research, more than 15,000 websites are currently using HubSpot, an all-in-one marketing tool that aims to do for small and medium-sized businesses what full-fledged marketing consultants do for larger companies. HubSpot strives to have every major marketing feature that small and medium-sized businesses need – Search Engine Optimization (SEO); lead generation, [...]

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Getting Engaged…on Twitter

You have signed up for Twitter, learned about Twitter Etiquette here from me, and NOW WHAT?  You are an emerging brand trying to establish yourself.  You know that Social Media, namely Twitter, plays a role in this process.  BUT, you do not know what to do next?  How do you connect, engage, and share with [...]

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Tips from Small Business Success-Mike Shevelev

Since many small businesses are having trouble in today’s economic climate, I thought you might like to hear some marketing tips from successful small-business-owner, Mike Shevelev. Mike is the president of Trisys, a software company that delivers call accounting and call recording solutions to address compliance, call-center performance, security, and remote workforce supervision. Since the [...]

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Constant Contact Focuses on Social CRM

Constant Contact, the largest email marketing company in terms of number of users, is expanding its traditional focus to keep up with digital marketing.  With the growing use of social media as an effective and required marketing tool, Constant Contact is entering the Social CRM business. The company recently acquired Bantam Live, a social CRM [...]

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Use SEO to Give Customers What They Want

In past entries, I’ve talked about how SEO (search engine optimization) copywriting is all about providing value to your customers. Well, the number one way to do that is to give your customers what they want. And how do you do that? Ask them! Find a free and simple tool like Survey Monkey, Zoomerang or [...]

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Building Brand Loyalty

A few months ago, I wrote a post here at StartUpNation on what every mom/entrepreneur should have in her bag of tricks.  This was a fun post for me to write because I carry a large (really large) tote everywhere I go.  Please do not ever look inside that tote because it is the most [...]

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Do You Have a Simple, SEO Message?

Ahhh. You are finished with your search engine optimization (SEO) keyword research and ready to write. You turn on your computer and stare at the monitor. You write a few words. “No. That doesn’t sound right.” Delete. You stare at the monitor a little longer. You’ve got nothin’. Then, it hits you. Ugh! Writer’s block! [...]

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Little Book of Twitter Etiquette

As a small business owner and mompreneur, no matter where I turn, I am bombarded with emails, webinars, seminars and blog posts on the importance of being on Twitter. Well, I am on Twitter – Are You? In addition to having your own business website, writing a blog, managing a Facebook page, and participating in [...]

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The Secret to SEO Success

Are you using some search engine optimization (SEO) keywords on your site but not seeing results? Well, how much research did you do in advance? Research is the Secret to SEO Success! As an entrepreneur, the last thing you want to spend time on is search engine optimization on your site so you: Develop a [...]

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Do You Know How Many SEO Keywords To Use?

I just finished speaking at PINK’s big, “Spring Into Ownership” event in Atlanta about search engine optimization (SEO) copywriting and social media, and one of the biggest questions I received was… “How many search engine optimization keywords should I use on my Website pages?” Well, first of all, stop worrying about how many SEO keywords you [...]

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Are you ready for an electrifying change?

Recently someone asked me about the transition from every day mom to mompreneur.  Did I like my “new life?”  Was it different than before? Better? Or worse?  Was I pleased with my decision? Do I like my new life? Heck ya! The real question is: When is it right to make big changes to your [...]

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Product Summit Provides Unique Inventor Opportunities

Back in April, I posted an article which addressed the growing trend of “micro-shows”.  Many of the largest tradeshows in the land were adding destinations within the larger tradeshow…these “micro-shows” are devoted entirely to independent inventors and their unique products.  Two examples of these micro-shows are: National Hardware Show’s “Inventor Spotlight” International Home and Houseware [...]

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1 Word to Simplify SEO

You receive hundreds of e-mails, calls, Webinar requests, and more each month about how someone can get you better search rankings on the Internet. Most of these messages go into your trash with a simple click of the delete button. After all, all this data is overwhelming, and you need to focus on your work [...]

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