How Small Online Stores Can Compete With the Big Players

Size isn't all that matters for eCommerce. Use these ideas to redefine small store success.

In a crowded marketplace where big players dominate, it’s easy for small online stores to feel like the odds are stacked against them. When big companies like Amazon and eBay seem to offer everything customers could possibly want, why start a store at all? Evidence suggests that despite their wide range of products, there are… Read more »

Why You’re Spending More on Online Advertising Than You Think

No one likes to waste money. Use these tips to avoid search engine marketing "media management debt."

“Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget Rule No. 1.” —Warren Buffett With statistics showing that 8% of Internet users account for 85% of display ad clicks and with conflicting reports on the effectiveness of PPC ads, it’s not surprising that many businesses are taking a hard look at their online… Read more »

7 Reasons Your Site May Get Hit with a Google Penalty

Search engines have a few rules they expect you to play by if you want to appear in their results.

Why do some sites suffer a Google penalty, or a fall in search rankings? Well, Google’s primary goal is to provide the most useful, relevant content to its users. Since 2000, Google has been tweaking its algorithm to streamline the ranking process to get users the best answer to their queries. It does this by mixing… Read more »

Marketing Goals Make for Better Marketing

Don't be afraid to get specific with what, when, and where. Make your needs known!

Why set marketing goals? Well, let’s start by making this personal. What’s the last goal you set in your life? Maybe it was to lose five pounds before summer so you could fit into last year’s bathing suit. Or maybe it was to start calling your mom every Sunday so she stops cranking about how you… Read more »

Why Marketers Need to Start Thinking About Technical Debt

Remember when you decided to do that project quick and dirty? It might come back to haunt you.

You might be wondering: Just what is technical debt? Well, ever hear of a “bush fix” or “jury rig”?  These are makeshift repairs or temporary procedures made with materials on hand. Think of using duct tape as a quick fix until you can get a more permanent solution. When applied to web or software development,… Read more »

Four Simple Steps to B2B Data-Driven Decisions

Stop making business decisions based on hunches. Gather and use data to foster success.

While it’s easy in today’s highly connected society to get inundated with data and become overwhelmed, all this data also represents an incredible opportunity to make data-driven decisions. Data is everywhere in our lives, from social media, retail stores, and sports to the apps that you use every day on your mobile device. Unless you live in… Read more »

How to Generate Industrial Sales Leads

First you find leads; then you contact them. Sounds simple, right? Here are some tactics to try.

Trying to find new industrial sales leads is often the toughest and most neglected activity a company can face. It’s the Great Unknown — a vast unconquered territory fraught with sometimes hostile people who you’re only trying to help, and definitely occupied by hostile competition looking to eat your lunch. You know there are individuals… Read more »