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As many of you are aware, LinkedIn is THE social network for business. With over 277 million users (as of Feb, 2014), it’s a potential gold mine for adding clients and customers. Here are 5 ways you can use LinkedIn to grow your business:

 

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1. Create A Company Page:

The benefits of a LinkedIn company page include the opportunity of engaging your followers with company news, updates, events and relevant content. Also, the product section is a perfect way for your business to display products and services, in addition to collecting recommendations from satisfied customers.

There’s also the benefit of improved search engine rankings. LinkedIn pages often perform well in Internet searches as well as providing potential lead generation opportunities. Research shows that 50% of LinkedIn members are more likely to purchase from a company they engage with on LinkedIn.

2. Sponsor Ads:

The most effective sponsored advertisements use few words with captivating visuals. (Remember the 2 second viewing rule for outdoor advertising? That’s about how long you have to get the attention of your audience.) Ads that have uplifting slogans and likeable content are viewed with less annoyance and stand out among the more wordy and visually boring types of sponsored ads on LinkedIn.

Simple ads also generate more socialization within the comment section and have more “likes,” therefore spreading the ad exponentially through existing customer and client networks, giving rise to new business.

3. Start A Group:

If your company is large enough and/or has sufficient reach within the LinkedIn community, developing a company group in addition to a company page can help generate interest and direct an additional flow of interaction. Larger business that can seem intimidating and hard to contact would benefit by having a social media specialist interact with potential customers within the group in addition to the many job seekers using LinkedIn to find work.

4. Host Contests And Giveaways:

Your business might benefit by launching giveaways and contests on Linkedin. Everyone, including potential new clients and customers, love free items that have your company logo (which leads to increased market penetration). Even hosting a contest with a prize of a visit to your company could gain new followers since people are often interested in operations and company culture.

5. Let Us Help.

Let us help you uncover simple solutions for growing your business that you might have overlooked. Contact The Sherwood Group today for a free 1/2 hour marketing consultation.

By implementing 1 or more of these 5 tips to grow your business, you will generate greater return on the time invested through LinkedIn’s growing social network of professionals.

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Ideas for Growing Your Business When the Going Gets Tough
10 Reasons Why Positivity Is So Essential For Work / Life Balance
Why Should You Care About Starting A Blog?
Email Marketing: How to Keep Your Messages Out of Your Customer’s Spam Box
Combining Blogging and Social Media into a Truly Effective Strategy
5 Ways You Can Benefit By Using LinkedIn
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Shareaholic reports that Pinterest comes in 4th place on the entire web for driving traffic. That said, is there a way you can use Pinterest for business and pin your way to success?

 

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If you feel the need to compare the best scarves being released this winter, or want to know how to make a killer salmon quiche, Pinterest represents your best friend in the social media world. However, it’s not just a tool for individuals looking for pictures of cats, as you’ll see when you read on:

Create Unique Boards

It’s tempting for a company to create pinnable boards based on little more than images of their products. After all, that’s what most customers come to their social site to expect. Yet in terms of time spent on the site, Pinterest outperforms competitors like LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+, reports MediaBistro. Give visitors an excuse to spend more time on your business’ boards by introducing unique examples of how and why a visitor should consider your products or services. A bakery, for instance, can post pins of the amount of ingredients they use in the span of a single day by stacking piles of flour and sugar; a tree-trimming service could post pins of rare trees in gardens and yards across the globe. Give your visitors a reason to return to your Pinterest board, and not that of a competitor.

Integrate Pins Into All Social Platforms

The lines between each social media platform will grow blurrier and blurrier each day as websites try to attract the attention of other site’s followers. Facebook launched their hashtag capabilities in order to muscle in on Twitter’s audience and formulate national conversations between the 100 million Americans who log in each night, according to Facebook’s newsroom. Just as you can dual-post Google+ statuses to your LinkedIn account, so too can a business multi-task using Pinterest for business. Use a social integration application to ensure that your picture not only gets pinned, but gets posted, Tweeted, shared, and Instagrammed.

Pin Your Purchasing Information

In the event that your website drives most of the sales for your company, minimizing the amount of roadblocks in the path to checkout ensures a lower abandonment rate. Make sure each Pinterest board and each pin lets a customer know exactly how they can buy a product or place an order for your services. Remember, when using Pinterest for business, that the road to sales goes both ways in the event that you need to buy items for your business. If you need better efficiency and purchasing power, you can save time with business bookkeeping programs such as Quickbooks or Quicken, that can track your expenses and the revenue you see through social platforms like Pinterest. This can help you avoid spending that extra half an hour of your time trying to finalize a sale.

Using Pinterest for Business: Brand Every Pin

Just as publicists want each book they produce to have their name right next to the author’s, published content on Pinterest should also always include information on your brand, company, or business operations. Use a small logo in order to make sure that any time a person re-pins or shares your pictures, everyone who looks at it knows exactly what board and website to go to in order to find more information. Avoid large watermarks which make a picture unsightly and prevents users from sharing it in within their networks.

Finally, we can help.

Contact us today for a free 1/2 hour consultation. Let us help you uncover simple ideas for growing your business that you might have overlooked.

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10 Reasons Why Positivity Is So Essential For Work / Life Balance
Why Should You Care About Starting A Blog?
Email Marketing: How to Keep Your Messages Out of Your Customer’s Spam Box
Combining Blogging and Social Media into a Truly Effective Strategy
5 Ways You Can Benefit By Using LinkedIn
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Growing a business can be a difficult process under the best of circumstances. There are obstacles that arise where we simply don’t know what to do. Here are some ways to help revitalize your business.

 

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We’ve all have been there. Business is down, and we desperately need a new source of cash flow to keep the doors open. So, to help you out, here are a couple of ideas for growing your business that can help you get rolling and flowing again.

Create a Digital Magazine

Keep in mind that, when creating your own magazine, your aim is not to directly promote your business but to simply provide information on a variety of subjects that engage your target market emotionally. You can still mention your products but only in appropriate places and articles. Also, it is a good idea to have varied content, including videos, to make your magazine all the more interesting.

Brionna Kennedy shares several reasons why having a digital magazine is a great way to grow your business:

Digital magazines are an option that many businesses choose to integrate into their overall marketing strategy. For example, if a business makes video games, it may create a magazine that focuses on reviews and the latest games on the market. Customers can download the magazine on the company website or from an app, thereby eliminating the cost of printing and mailing hard-copy magazines.

Become a Teacher

A good way of attracting more customers is by providing customers and clients with something more than your products or services. As this Business Insider article points out, a great additional service you can offer is educational information about your field of expertise or about the areas where your products or services are used.

How do you implement this? As always, a blog comes in handy for delivering educational content to your customers. However, instead of having your educational content published on the company blog which may abound with various promotions, you might look into creating a separate blog dedicated to sharing your ideas and expertise. This way, readers will get to your educational content easily, rather than having to search for it among the other posts in the company blog.

Another great way to provide educational ideas to customers and expand your reach in your community is to create videos of live demonstrations and events. If yours is a restaurant, for instance, you can do demos of how to prepare some of your popular dishes. This also gives you the opportunity to mingle with potential customers and entice them to try your offerings. You might also offer a “Lunch and Learn” program in your community offering topics of interest to your target market.

Offer Other Companies’ Products

This suggestion from Vanessa Nornberg might seem counter intuitive, but it can actually help you get more customers or clients. The idea here is to look for other companies’ products or services that complement your own and sell them at a discounted price. Thus, you will be able to attract a larger customer base.

Of course, keep in mind that you might have to come to an agreement with the other company on the resale of their goods. However, many companies are often very open to this type of partnership, as it is also a means to help them expand.

When All Else Fails…

Pick up the phone and call everyone that you’ve ever done business with. Sometimes clients and customers have misplaced our contact information and will be happy that you called. Even if this isn’t the case, it’s a good idea to stay in touch. Some one of these may have a referral for new business and you have called at the perfect time!

Also, we can help. Contact us today for a free 1/2 hour consultation. Let us help you uncover any simple ideas for growing your business that you might have overlooked.

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10 Reasons Why Positivity Is So Essential For Work / Life Balance
Why Should You Care About Starting A Blog?
Email Marketing: How to Keep Your Messages Out of Your Customer’s Spam Box
Combining Blogging and Social Media into a Truly Effective Strategy
5 Ways You Can Benefit By Using LinkedIn
How To Amp Up Your Visibility With Facebook

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At last count, there were more than 22 million one-person (single owner with no paid employees) businesses in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census. Some of these sprang from the minds and hands of hobbyists ready to turn their passion into a money-making enterprise. If you’re ready to join that club, these suggestions will prepare you to turn your hobby into your next successful business venture.

Finding Your Niche

You know what you love to do and how to do it. Now you need to determine if other people want what you have to offer, says Entrepreneur. A little market research will tell you if your business offers something people will pay for. Check out eBay, Etsy and other online venues for similar offerings. Research local retailers without an online presence as well.

Look beyond the obvious niche where you might sell your product or service. Let’s say you like to make miniature structures, such as buildings, cars, people and trees, for use in model train layouts. Could those also be used in doll house sets or school dioramas? Find areas that could benefit from your efforts and turn them into business opportunities.

What Else Do You Need to Know to Start Your Successful Business?

Is there some aspect about your hobby that you would like to do and know better? Make sure you take time to improve yourself and learn as much as you can about your hobby before diving headfirst into a small business.

For example, if you’re a gun collector and have always wanted to know how to restore antique weapons, Penn Foster offers an online accredited gunsmithing program that will teach you basic metalwork, firearm assembly and of course, antique firearm restoration. Plus, taking advantage of an online school means you can continue turning your hobby into a business.

Your Hours

Do you want to do this full time or part time? Set some manageable goals early on. The No. 1 goal should be to avoid is turning a part-time hobby you love into a full-time business you hate. If you’re not sure if this might happen, start small and work your way up. You may be happy earning a little extra income from a 20-hour-per-week business while you stick closer to your normal routine.

Offline Sales and Marketing

Our digital economy has not replaced offline marketing options just yet. If you’re not completely comfortable with online sales, there are other options you can consider while you’re getting caught up online.

Look at local craft fairs, galleries and consignment shops, suggests Fox Business. If you like demonstrating your product, craft fairs are a way to meet people. Some galleries and consignment shops let you set up a display where you can work with your craft while people shop. These options often only charge you a space rental fee, with some venues taking a percentage of your sales, as well.

You could also open a small workshop in your house that’s open to the public. Invite other vendors to the open house and you may meet someone interested in partnering with you that has a complementing skill set.

Alternatives to Selling

Perhaps you’re not interested in selling a product. There are still ways to make some money from your hobby, advices Forbes. Teach other people what you do. Host classes in knitting, cooking or piano repair. Or, use online conferencing platforms such as Skype or Google Hangouts to teach others online.

Approach local community colleges and centers to give talks related to your hobby. For example, local community groups may love to have you talk about civil war weapons and uniforms or a community college course might love to invite in a guest dance teacher to give a special lesson. If you also love to write, online self-publishing is an avenue to consider, as it is an easy way to become an author. Resources like Lulu.com guide you through the process of getting a book up online and ready to sell.

Author: Don Waller is an amateur photographer and car enthusiast.

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Motivational speakers and positive thinkers are so easy to make fun of. If you can set aside your own optimism and good manners long enough to let yourself group them into stereotypes you’ll find yourself noticing that they’re usually one of the following:

 

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Positivity Stereotypes:

  1. The peppy cheerleaders with ponytails that flip back and forth while they jump around, seemingly very excited about “the team.”
  2. The used car salesmen urging you to take a creative approach when describing situations.  That car isn’t a death trap, it’s a well-loved classic. That house isn’t a fixer-upper, it’s an investor’s opportunity. You’re not unemployed; you’re in transition.
  3. The coach who sandwiches his insults and criticism between layers of praise.  “So what if we’re down. We’re the best and we’re going to show them. Now get off of your pansy backsides and quit being weenies. Let’s go kick some butt. Chant with me now, we’re the best, we’re the best, we’re the best…”
  4. The preacher who has divine information that you’re living perfection and wants to remind you of what your soul already knows.
  5. The mom who won’t let you forget that you’ve messed up but wants you to do your best next time. We can make fun of these personality styles all we want, but one thing is clear; we need to maintain a positive attitude if we’re to thrive in our careers, with our families, and in life in general. Positivity might be the only social force with the power to make anything better by helping us change our thinking.

Right now you might saying “Bull! Positive motivation doesn’t work. It may help in the short term, but it wears off!” I hear you. However, in his book, “Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World” motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar has said “Of course positivity and motivation aren’t permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”  Here then, are a ten reasons why positivity is so essential for work / life balance:

4 reasons Why Positivity is Essential in the Workplace

  1. Because attitudes are contagious. Basic organizational leadership teaches managerial students that praise and encouragement go much farther than criticism and condemnation. One “bad apple” can spoil the whole bunch.
  2. Because positivity is inspiring. It takes courage to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions. A leader who maintains a positive environment will be more likely to benefit from an inspired team of risk-takers and innovative thinkers.
  3. Because no one likes being around a meanie. For a happy and productive crew you’ll want to make sure no one is preoccupied with thoughts of “Get me out of here.”
  4. Because wherever you go, there you are. It’s hard to shake a bad mood once it’s affected your day. If you’re crabby with the barista who pours your coffee, you’ll be crabby when you arrive at work. Even if you manage to shake the mood over lunch, you’ll return to an office full of people who are annoyed with you. Chances are everyone will leave angry, turning happy hour into mad hour, and the next day when everyone arrives hung over and still annoyed with you, the crabbiness will have spread to their families. It’s a vicious cycle.

3 Reasons Why Positivity is Essential at Home

  1. Because home is a refuge and the people in your nest should feel safe. Just like in the workplace where a crabby leader can hinder creativity; a crabby parent can make it difficult for kids to develop emotional intelligence. Treating people the way you want to be treated applies to people of all ages. Kids learn by example and are only permanently influenced by the values of their adult associates.
  2. Because a home that’s positive and uplifting can be a source of energy and support in dealing with the outside world. Heading to school or to work shouldn’t feel like escaping the insanity. If leaving home every day is a profound relief, then it might be time to create a more positive home environment. When it’s time to leave, wouldn’t it be nice if everyone looked forward to coming together again after the day’s activities?
  3. Because once the kids are grown, the jobs are retired, the mortgage is paid off, and life is slowing down, you’ll want to look back with your spouse and say “That was a wild and wonderful ride. Thanks for taking that with me.”

3 Reasons Why positivity is Essential for Life Balance

  1. Because we’re all in this together. The attitudes we have and the way we communicate with one another have a ripple affect. People who are committed to positivity, along with truth, beauty, and goodness will align themselves with organizations and causes that resonate with their values.
  2. Because a grim and dismal outlook creates stressed-out people. Stress hormones are higher in people who pay attention to news stories of war, crime, poverty and destruction. Feelings of desperation brought about by stress often inspire people to desperate acts. It’s a vicious cycle that can be avoided by refusing to become a barometer reflecting the news of the world.
  3. Because the health of your community depends on it. No only can stress cause you and your associates to behave in erratic ways, it’s also bad for your body. Prolonged exposure to stress hormones causes organ damage and alters brain chemistry. It can disrupt sleep patterns which can make driving difficult.

Harnessing the power of positivity is one of the secrets to productivity. If you want to learn more about how we inspire creativity and innovation on our team, or how to inspire your own crew, contact us for the rundown.

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Most business owners have struggled with employee termination at one time or another. One way to eliminate that problem is by using freelancers to help grow your business. That way, if you find that the freelancer’s work habits, skills, or whatever are out of sync, you simply don’t call them in for another project.

 

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Leveraging the skills of freelancers has certainly been an important part of my company’s journey to success and has clearly helped me grow my business. Following the tips included in this article can help you grow your business too!

Right now you might be asking yourself, “But how do I . . .”

  1. Know which jobs to outsource?
  2. Know which work factors to consider? 
  3. Find the right freelancer for the job? 

1. Which Jobs Should You Outsource?

When people say the word “freelance worker” the tasks that most often come to mind are bookkeeping, writing and editing or graphic/web design. Not many companies need to hire full time people for these positions, so these jobs are often done by freelancers who can help you grow your business.

However cloud-based technology and the advent of the virtual assistant have made it possible to outsource all sorts of tasks.  There are several ways that entrepreneurs have recently used virtual assistants and web-based technology for outsourcing:

  • Setting appointments from a list of prospects
  • Document translation services
  • Research
  • Compiling reports
  • Compiling data from multiple sources
  • Comparing insurance rates
  • Finding real estate that meets specific requirements
  • Coding mobile apps
  •  Developing software
  • UX Testing

…the list is endless, really.

2. Which Work Factors Should You Consider?

You can use Eisenhower’s quadrant to determine which tasks are best suited to outside expertise.  If you haven’t seen this model of time management it’s worth a look.

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Tasks that fall into the urgent AND important category should be done by you or by someone on your in-house team.  When there’s little to no margin for error it’s important to oversee the task to completion.

Tasks that are urgent but NOT important should be delegated or outsourced. Get it done, then move on.

If a task is important but NOT urgent then you probably need to look more closely at the planning of it (which can be delegated). It might feel like procrastination if you’ve been indoctrinated with a “get it done now” mentality but for creative people who have a ton of ideas, this method helps thin out the herd so you can choose which ones to act on.

Finally, the non urgent and non important it’s probably a waste of time. If it’s meaningful for you, then by all means, choose to engage in your free time.

3. Where To Find Freelancers

Finding freelancers online isn’t the real challenge here. Choosing one that is qualified to get the job done IS. There are several websites that allow freelancers to bid for work. Often, reviews from past clients are available as well as online portfolios of their work. Odesk.com, Freelancer.com, Guru.com and eLance.com are just a few of the more popular websites devoted to helping businesses find freelancers.

As your business grows, you will likely find a few freelancers that seem to understand your brand and are able to work with very little supervision. Likely, you will also have a few terrible experiences with freelancers. It happens.  The beauty in this sort of relationship is that you never have to call the terrible ones again. And the good ones can become an important part of your team for years to come. I’m still working with one of the freelancers I hired for a project 7 years ago.

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Blogging can bring more reward than just intrinsic self-fulfillment. What kind of reward? Money. The real revenue, though, is often rewarded only after a marathon of determination and hard work.

 

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The point is you can generate income when you combine your passion for blogging with a working strategy and consistent effort. Put yourself in the shoes of the 5K runner who’s eager to push himself harder to conquer a marathon. Now imaging your move from being a humble blogger to a successful entrepreneur by training your site to be a lucrative moneymaker.

Getting Ready To Monetize Your Blog

Novice runners and first-time marathoners don’t cross the finish line without consistent weekly training. Without the proper preparation, a runner could fail to finish and may even develop an injury.

As an Internet entrepreneur, you wouldn’t want to risk your website’s credibility, integrity and financial stability by trying to monetize your site before it’s ready. How will you know when your blog is ready? These are some of the indicators:

  • Impressive Google Analytics stats
  • A community of loyal readers
  • Superior hosting
  • A properly functioning and well-designed site.

Keep reading to evaluate what kind of shape your site is in.

Solid platform:

Just like a quality pair of running shoes are necessary for safe running technique, your site needs a quality foundation for proper operation. Investing in a hosting account is first and foremost, advises Search Engine Journal. Reliable, hosting services like Mozy, Liquid Web, or HostGator prevent your site from being vulnerable to attacks and ensure dependable uptime and secure backup. Also, your site’s design should reflect your brand and attract your target demographic.

SEO:

An irrelevant blog hidden in the shadows of the virtual universe isn’t attractive for business, readership, or Google ranking. Optimizing your blog with healthy links and keywords keeps it relevant and boosts search engine results. Avoid allowing your site to become static by updating content weekly to generate regular inbound links.

Content:

Publishing and promoting valuable and informative content is a commitment, just as no one said running 24 miles a week is easy. Instead, it’s about consistency and keeping your eye on the prize. Focus on creating a content strategy for excellent user experiences, incoming traffic and a loyal community. Connections with users, brands and products start with content, according to The Guardian’s Media Network, and “content is the ethos.” When you execute a robust content strategy, the body of your site will transform into money-making shape.

The Fiscal Starting Line

After evaluating that your site is adequately prepared to make some money, it’s time to start getting excited because you’re at nearing profit starting line. Here are some ways to monetize your blog mile after mile during your marathon of monetizing.

Affiliate Marketing & Advertising:

Now that you’ve got an established and trusted site, you can engage in an affiliate marketing program. Without pushing readers, enlighten them about products and services you like and support. Search Engine Journal recommends that you offer a products and service resource page and promote affiliate products using your email subscriber list. You can also earn commissions through Amazon or eBay affiliations, too. In addition, PageCafe Internet Consulting, Inc. suggests that you blog about products or highlight them with a sidebar feature.

Merchandising:

Everyone could use a little more money. But how can we do that without sounding “sellsey”? Sell products or services within your specific niche that meet a specific need and are designed for your blog’s target market. If you love it, there’s a good chance your readers will too.

You can also boost sales and earn commissions by signing up with organizations like CJ Affiliate or Shareasale to help you partner up with affiliate programs. A site remodel may also be necessary to accommodate a shopping cart module and/or e-commerce add-ons.

Ad Space & Content Opportunities:

Once you’ve trained hard to acquire healthy traffic (10,000 unique visitors a month is a good measurement). You can sell your community of followers to advertisers. At this point, it’s best to ease into advertising with Google AdSense placeholder ads or some of the other reputable third-party advertising platforms like Chitika and Bidvertiser. Some blogs offer guest blogging and fee-based memberships to bring in some extra cash.

If you have questions about any of the above, feel free to contact The Sherwood Group, Graphic Design & Website Design.

Author: Mark Madison. Mark is an SEO expert for a small marketing firm and an avid snowboarder.

Also, if you’re thinking of getting a blog started to generate more business and increase your credibility, contact us to discuss the details. We can help you make this an easy process.

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Email Marketing: How to Keep Your Messages Out of Your Customer’s Spam Box
200 of Google’s Website Ranking Factors [Infographic]
Combining Blogging and Social Media into a Truly Effective Strategy
5 Ways You Can Benefit By Using LinkedIn
How To Amp Up Your Visibility With Facebook

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