Explosive Twitter Growth for Small Businesses in 5 Easy Steps

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Grow your small business Twitter account in 30 minutes a day Last fall, I wrote a guest post at the Exodus Digital Marketing blog about how I had managed to grow LinkNow Media’s Twitter account from the 50-60 followers we’d had since the account was created in 2011 to over 900 followers in about nine months. You might think that this isn’t any great achievement – 900 followers isn’t exactly a huge number when compared to some other brands out there. But when you consider that I’m the only person managing our company’s social media and I’m only able to spend, at most, 30 minutes each day working on our Twitter account, growing our follower count by 1500% is actually pretty huge. Since then, our growth has accelerated. In just over four months, we’ve added another 750+ followers, and there’s been no sign of slowing down. With that in mind, […]

Lauchlin MacDonald

Author: Lauchlin MacDonald

About Lauchlin MacDonald

Lauchlin is part of the content and marketing team at LinkNow Media. He has nearly a decade of experience in copywriting and editing, and spends way too much time on the Internet. He can be reached at lmacdonald@linknowmedia.com and @Lauchlin on Twitter.

15 Indispensable Online Marketing Tools for Small Businesses

15 indispensable tools for online marketing

Bring the right tool for the job Whether you’re talking about a small family business or a multinational company with thousands of employees, online marketing is a critical part of any business plan. While large brands have dedicated marketing departments or outsource their online marketing to digital agencies, small businesses generally need to rely on their own efforts. For already busy small business owners, needing to think about online marketing can seem like the straw that broke the camel’s back. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. Here are 15 tools that are indispensable for any small business that wants to reach their customers online. Some are used to directly contact customers, while others are used to streamline your marketing efforts or simply remove some of the aggravation. Without further ado, here are the 15 marketing tools you can’t do without if you’re a small business owner who wants […]

Lauchlin MacDonald

Author: Lauchlin MacDonald

About Lauchlin MacDonald

Lauchlin is part of the content and marketing team at LinkNow Media. He has nearly a decade of experience in copywriting and editing, and spends way too much time on the Internet. He can be reached at lmacdonald@linknowmedia.com and @Lauchlin on Twitter.

3 Reasons the Internet is a Caterer’s Best Friend

3 Reasons the Internet is a Caterer's Best Friend

Online Marketing is the best way for catering companies to grow It’s no secret that online marketing is the most effective way for small businesses to get their names out there. However, if you own a catering company, the nature of what you do makes online marketing an even more effective method to promote your business. Between the ways that having a website can smooth out the sales process and the way online marketing is the perfect way to showcase your talents, promoting a catering business online is basically a no brainer. It’s almost as if the web and social media were designed specifically to help businesses like yours succeed. 1. A website is the best salesperson you could have When it comes to catering, most people already have an idea of what they want when they begin shopping around. If you have a website, potential customers can see what […]

Lauchlin MacDonald

Author: Lauchlin MacDonald

About Lauchlin MacDonald

Lauchlin is part of the content and marketing team at LinkNow Media. He has nearly a decade of experience in copywriting and editing, and spends way too much time on the Internet. He can be reached at lmacdonald@linknowmedia.com and @Lauchlin on Twitter.

3 Common Online Marketing Frustrations, and How to Beat Them

Online Marketing Frustrations

Online Marketing is harder than it sounds Online marketing gurus tend to make it all sound so easy. “Just throw a site up on the web, write some content, and tweet at your customers and you’ll be making money hand over fist in no time.” Yeah, right. Anyone who has tried their hand at online marketing knows that it can be a lot harder than that. It can seem like you’re doing everything right, but still not getting the results you want for your business. If you’re frustrated, you’re not alone. Here are three of the issues that people new to online marketing struggle with the most, and the things you can do to deal with them. Can’t get visitors to your website What the experts say: “Beginning with your website, it’s vital to position yourself online with a strong, professional destination that gives customers the impression you mean business and […]

Lauchlin MacDonald

Author: Lauchlin MacDonald

About Lauchlin MacDonald

Lauchlin is part of the content and marketing team at LinkNow Media. He has nearly a decade of experience in copywriting and editing, and spends way too much time on the Internet. He can be reached at lmacdonald@linknowmedia.com and @Lauchlin on Twitter.

How to get serious with online marketing in 2016

Small Business Marketing Tips for 2016

2015 was a big year for online marketing A lot happened this year in the world of online marketing. Between Google’s more-bark-than-bite “Mobilegeddon” update and all the monkeying around they did with Google+, small business owners had a lot to deal with on the organic search front. Add to that the big changes that have rippled across social media giants like Twitter and Facebook and the always changing trends in what are considered “best practices” online, and it’s easy to understand why so many of our clients tell us they feel overwhelmed when it comes to online marketing. But never fear! If you want to really start making an impact with your online marketing in 2016, it doesn’t have to be complicated. We’ve collected some ideas that are great for small business owners and aren’t too complex to pull off on your own. Focus on Content The name of the […]

Lauchlin MacDonald

Author: Lauchlin MacDonald

About Lauchlin MacDonald

Lauchlin is part of the content and marketing team at LinkNow Media. He has nearly a decade of experience in copywriting and editing, and spends way too much time on the Internet. He can be reached at lmacdonald@linknowmedia.com and @Lauchlin on Twitter.

5 Quick and Dirty Ways to get More Twitter Followers

Quick and Dirty Twitter Tips

Don’t have a lot of time for social media? Make the most of it with these tips. If you are running a small business Twitter account, you want more Twitter followers. Period. Why else use Twitter if you don’t want to build an audience? However, getting those first few followers is a major stumbling block for many people. Luckily there are some quick, easy and FREE ways to get that follower count climbing. Follow people in your industry, and interact with them Search for people you know, competitors, and industry experts, and follow them. Then interact with them – especially those who are very active on Twitter. Like their tweets, comment, and retweet. Most of them will follow you back. Even better, once they’re following you, these are the people most likely to retweet you, and retweets are one of the quickest ways to new followers. Learn relevant hashtags, and […]

Lauchlin MacDonald

Author: Lauchlin MacDonald

About Lauchlin MacDonald

Lauchlin is part of the content and marketing team at LinkNow Media. He has nearly a decade of experience in copywriting and editing, and spends way too much time on the Internet. He can be reached at lmacdonald@linknowmedia.com and @Lauchlin on Twitter.

4 social media tools small business owners love

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Social media is an indispensable tool for small businesses who are hoping to market themselves online. However, if you are already working long hours to make your businesses a success, managing a social media account can seem like a huge waste of time. If you feel this way, don’t worry – there are plenty of tools you can use to make managing your social media accounts easier and more efficient. Here are four of our favorites! 1. Buffer Buffer is perhaps the biggest time-saving tool out there for social media users. It allows you to queue up a series of updates for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more – and then post those updates on a schedule that you set. This means you can create all of your social media updates for the week when you have a few spare minutes, and then set the schedule so Buffer will release them […]

Lauchlin MacDonald

Author: Lauchlin MacDonald

About Lauchlin MacDonald

Lauchlin is part of the content and marketing team at LinkNow Media. He has nearly a decade of experience in copywriting and editing, and spends way too much time on the Internet. He can be reached at lmacdonald@linknowmedia.com and @Lauchlin on Twitter.

6 ways small businesses can make the most of Twitter

6 ways small businesses can make the most of Twitter

Social media is one of the most effective ways for small businesses to engage with their customer bases as well as to promote themselves to new potential customers. In a previous blog post, we offered some tips for small businesses to make the most of Facebook, social media’s 800 pound gorilla. However, despite its smaller number of users, Twitter can be even more effective at helping small and medium sized businesses get ahead. Unfortunately, Twitter can be a bit intimidating for new users, and even seasoned Twitterati may not understand the best ways to engage when their tweets are representing a business or a brand instead of themselves. Fortunately, we have some tips for you to get you on track to make the most of your 140 characters. 1. Work on your profile It may seem obvious, but your Twitter profile can make a big impression on customers who see […]

Lauchlin MacDonald

Author: Lauchlin MacDonald

About Lauchlin MacDonald

Lauchlin is part of the content and marketing team at LinkNow Media. He has nearly a decade of experience in copywriting and editing, and spends way too much time on the Internet. He can be reached at lmacdonald@linknowmedia.com and @Lauchlin on Twitter.

5 ways to bring your social media game to the next level!

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We have already written several posts about the importance of social media in promoting your small business online, including a guide to getting started with the three most important social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. These websites are all excellent ways to connect and form relationships with your customers, build loyalty, and promote your business. However, if this is all you’re doing with these free tools, you are essentially just leaving money on the table. Once you’ve mastered the basics of interacting with your customers on Facebook and Twitter, you can exploit your social media presence in some very interesting ways. 1. Experiment with different types of content In our blog post explaining how to get started with social media, we suggested writing blog posts that you can then promote and share using your social media accounts. This is still a great option, but blog posts aren’t the […]

Lauchlin MacDonald

Author: Lauchlin MacDonald

About Lauchlin MacDonald

Lauchlin is part of the content and marketing team at LinkNow Media. He has nearly a decade of experience in copywriting and editing, and spends way too much time on the Internet. He can be reached at lmacdonald@linknowmedia.com and @Lauchlin on Twitter.

How to get ahead using social media

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Social media websites (sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus) are one of the single most effective ways for business owners to connect to customers, potential customers, and their communities. These websites are the 21st century version of the town square, where people gather to talk about their experiences and interests. Whether you’re already using social media to promote your business or not, you can be sure that your customers are using these sites to talk about you. Make sure that you’re part of that conversation! If you’re a small business owner who has been working to establish a presence for your business online, it’s likely that the last thing you want to think about is devoting more time to the Internet. However, social media gives you the opportunity to interact with the public in unique and positive ways, both promoting your business to new potential customers and building loyalty […]

Lauchlin MacDonald

Author: Lauchlin MacDonald

About Lauchlin MacDonald

Lauchlin is part of the content and marketing team at LinkNow Media. He has nearly a decade of experience in copywriting and editing, and spends way too much time on the Internet. He can be reached at lmacdonald@linknowmedia.com and @Lauchlin on Twitter.