Small Business Marketing Ideas & Tips for SMB Business Owners

Outbound Engine

Design. Makes sense when you think about all the people scrolling through social media while at work, at the doctor’s office, or on public transportation. Often this means asking to speak offline so you can work with them one-on-one instead of in the public online arena.

Channeling Buyer-Based Experiences in SMB

Tony Zambito

© All Rights Reserved I-5 Design and Manufacturer. This is part 4 of a series on the challenge of targeting SMB markets and how the use of buyer-based modeling and buyer-based marketing help organizations to grow their SMB customer base. .

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How SMB eCommerce retailers can turn everyday challenges into sales


As a marketer, I’m drawn to three primary areas of interest: How to help online retailers keep pace with evolving sales channels, e.g. search landscape, social developments, mobile design, and optimization. For this to work properly, channel managers must collaborate.

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Marketing automation solutions every SMB should have in 2020


The right CRM software that is designed for SMBs will help you track all customer interactions and purchases. Can help guide sales and marketing teams to work together for a common goal. Boosts ROI as many automation tools do the work of a large marketing staff. If you’re interested in taking advantage of these tools , but don’t know where to start, here are four marketing automation solutions that every SMB should have in 2020.

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MindMatrix: A Unique Marketing Automation Platform for SMB


Paul: How does this translate to the SMB market? They may not need all of the functionality of a robust marketing to sales automation platform but there are some basic elements that can make any SMB successful. In some cases, SMB’s just don’t want to hire internally for the skill sets that are necessary to be successful. So, marketing has a lot of work to do on the nurturing side.

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Guide to the 6 Best Project Management Tools for SMB Entrepreneurs


To make the search for the perfect project management tool a little simpler, here are six that every SMB entrepreneur should consider using: . Asana will email any updates you need to track and stay on top of everyone’s work.

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SMB Marketing Automation: Getting Started with Content Strategy


The other issue I’ve seen with the lead nurturing concept at SMB firms is the eagerness for salespeople to engage with leads who download content, even though those prospects aren’t ready to be engaged with. How has it worked for you?

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Best Tools for SMB Online Lead Generation


Leadfeeder, MailChimp and Pipedrive work in all stages of sales from lead generation to customer relationship management. If you change your processes to work with Hubspot or Marketo they offer a great user experience out-of-the-box. Here, an analogy with a Swiss Army knife works well. Think a toolbox with the best-in-class tool for each job, or our very own specially designed Swiss knife made from specialist tools So what kind of tools do we need to complement our website?

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Six Shortcuts to Grow Your Online Business Fast


Growing a business requires financial investments, hard work, business savvy, creativity, and a little luck. By hiring an agency, you’ll pay only for the work you really need, such as building a website, modifying theme files, or adding a new functionality. Guest post by Cassy Hathaway.

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What Is Category Design in Marketing (And Why Is It an Important Strategy)?

Single Grain

This relatively new marketing strategy is known as category design. In the age of digital disruption and rapid innovation, category design is the ultimate business strategy that allows a company to create and develop entirely new categories of products and services.

Fresh Insights in Selling to SMBs


Despite the attention given to large enterprise marketing, it’s small and medium businesses (SMB) where the bulk of marketing investments go. SMB is where there’s enough volume to do plenty of testing.

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Marketing Automation Tactics for Small Businesses


Your goals can be more easily reached if you target your hottest leads first followed by those who need a bit more work, and if you don’t invest time and energy in those leads that are least likely to convert. One-size-fits-all content simply doesn’t work in the digital age.

How to Keep Your E-commerce Site Secure Against Cyber Threats in 2020

Single Grain

The darknet [or dark web ] is a network, built on top of the Internet, that is purposefully hidden, meaning it has been designed specifically for anonymity. But the truth is that most people don’t actually need full access to the system in order to do their work.

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Design That Shines: How To Choose The Right Design For Your Content


So don’t overlook what might be one of the most important aspects of your content process, design. So, knowing that design is critical, where do you start? Design For Your Audience. Working with Designers. Do you have any design tips to add?

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Avoid the Carnival Barker Approach to Publicity

Marketing Craftmanship

As a marketing-savvy company, you must work backwards…by first defining what specific behavior or opinion you’re attempting to influence, and then by determining how you’ll apply media exposure to accomplish that goal. Publicity Must Be More Than Noise.

10 Examples of Facebook Ads That Actually Work (And Why)


A seemingly frowned upon approach in AdWords; however, on a site like Facebook with so many other things going on, the capital letters works well to draw the eye. This call-out is designed to make people click NOW while they're "in the moment.". Facebook ads.

B2B Social Media Marketing -- Does It Work?

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Log in now ClickZ Interactive Marketing Events Search Engine Watch Search Marketing Conferences Subscribe to Newsletter Subscribe to RSS Feeds Free Webcasts Members Area Forums Advertise You are here: SEW Home › Experts › Social Media Marketing › B2B Social Media Marketing -- Does It Work? Real-Time Activity Stream B2B Social Media Marketing -- Does It Work? The big question here is, however, does a B2B social media marketing campaign actually work?

To Gate or Not to Gate: The Do’s and Don’ts of Gated Content


Those resources take a lot of effort to create, so you want to put them to work for you and your marketing team. Do Design Gated Content Conversions Using Ungated Content UX/UI. A UX design company will engineer an ungated content user interface to drive invested leads to gated content.

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Are SMBs at a Disadvantage in the Content Marketing Game?


Let’s explore how an SMB can win in the content marketing game and level the playing field. SMB executives aren’t tied down by the pressures of generating immediate profit ahead of their next quarterly earnings report. There are, however, things you can do to work smarter, not harder.

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Are Your Lead Generation Tactics Targeting The Wrong Buyer? 4 Steps You Can Take.

Tony Zambito

Looking back on over 10 years of specific instances of qualitative buyer research and buyer persona development work, I found that in 6 out of every 10 instances of helping an organization– a different buyer was identified than the organization had been targeting!

Just Do It: What We Can Learn from Nike’s $39B Marketing Strategy

Single Grain

Nike's designers are not afraid of being bold – as evidenced by their “green grass” golf shoes that hit the market in January 2019: Their SEO strategy is also up to the mark. What Amazon’s Marketing Strategy Can Teach SMB Owners. Partnerships with Fashion Designers.

New Data: Should You Include Social Media Icons on Your Homepage?


If you’ve ever been a part of designing (or re-designing) a homepage, you know that every detail -- from content and aesthetics to links and CTAs -- matters. For some companies, keeping users on-site and focused down a specific conversion funnel works best.

How to Build Trust Online: 7 Little Ways to Create a Trustworthy Website


But before we dive into how it can be used to measure the trustworthiness of your brand or website, let's explore how it works. This way, you still get quality that will display well on your website and work well for other content assets, but authenticity will shine through to your audience.

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How to Improve Your Website Experience: 10 User Testing Tools to Try


Your website should be viewed as a constant work in progress. Your designs are not intended to be permanent, but rather, they should evolve to fit the needs of users over time. It could be your form design. You should design with your mother in mind.

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AWeber vs Mailchimp - It's time for the heavyweight fight


That tries to target the SMB with the unique value proposition of helping them grow, and giving businesses a 30-day free trial in order to convince them throughout the first-hand experience using the product.

The Best Swag for Each Account Segment, and Other Direct Mail Plays


It’s straightforward to design campaigns and deliver messaging around one product. However, in an account-based strategy, product-based segmentation doesn’t always work out. “Dear SMB” openers For these accounts, you want to do something more affordable.

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Pardot Offers Refined Demand Generation at a Small Business Price

Customer Experience Matrix

Actually I don’t know why I find the contrast between Pardot and Marketbright intriguing, except for the implication that marketers can be divided into two simple categories, SMB and Enterprise, and no further distinctions are necessary. What’s odd about the SMB vs. Enterprise dichotomy is that both sets of systems are quite similar. Pardot and other SMB systems don’t just offer a few simple features. This is why the simple SMB vs. Enterprise dichotomy isn’t enough.

B2B Marketers Should Take Another Look at E-Commerce


Today, 100% of Symantec’s $300 million SMB sales run through this channel, which is operated for them by the SaaS outsourcing supplier Rainmaker Systems. Why are these online ventures working so well? Photo credit: Wikipedia.

Hacking Tribal Social Instincts with LinkedIn

Hinge Marketing

We’re likely all familiar with the sociological concept of “in-groups” and “out-groups” This concept is useful for shedding light on how groups function optimally at both a tribal scale and an SMB scale.

How to Craft a Winning Content Strategy

Modern Marketing

This means looking at what worked before, what didn’t, and the lessons you learned from it. Businesses use whatever works best for them. Some will write a strategy out in a word document, a ppt, or software designed for that purpose. What content do you work best with?

The Buyer Matrix: Mapping Your B2B Tech Product Features to Market Problems

Golden Spiral

They love to lead with the technical features and competencies of their product — which makes sense, since they’ve worked hard to create it! Many shared a common title or position within different company types (SMB, enterprise, startup, growth-stage).

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Paid & Free Mailchimp Newsletter Examples and Templates (Top 10 Resources from across the web)


You want something well designed, well crafted in order to impress the people that will open your message. You don't have a designer on your team, and you are not a good designer yourself. That's it, I will send it in plain text and forget about this all design thing.

How to Scale Your Account Based Marketing Efforts Faster

B2B Lead Blog

On the other end are companies selling into the SMB market. Here’s how it works. With Uberflip’s templates, you can start to scale your efforts without having to use up all of your website designer’s time.

Rethinking Market Strategy In A Digital Economy

Tony Zambito

Redefining market rules and design, as well as, impacting customer behaviors. These four behavioral areas are being impacted, as well as, converging: (Market) Organizational Behaviors : How people work and interact in work environments today is significantly changing.

Creating a Brand Voice Guide: 4 Key Considerations (and Great Examples)


It is a brand tone guide, AKA brand voice guide, AKA brand tone framework; and it’s a key element of your company’s identity design. An annoying, widespread habit of marketers and creative is to create work that’s for the enjoyment of other marketers and creatives.

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Can you do top-of-funnel marketing automation without CRM?


Fortunately for SMB marketers, CRM is becoming main stream. We’re currently working with a client to find solutions to this seemingly simple issue: how to implement a marketing automation platform without connecting to a proprietary CRM or maintaining a parallel (and redundant) CRM.

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Predictions for B2B Marketing in 2011

Customer Experience Matrix

Marketing automation vendors will move beyond current efforts at generic industry education to provide one-on-one assistance to their clients via their own staff, partners, and built-in system features that automatically review client work, recommend changes and sometimes implement them automatically. SMB systems will lead the way. So the SMB vendors themselves won't necessarily succeed at moving upwards to larger clients.

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