What size business is right for you?

 Can you grow without growing big? Entrepreneurial definitions of success are not one-size-fits-all, contrary to popular belief. Pick up any business magazine and note headlines touting the “grow big” philosophy. The popular business model is the startup with a lot of debt, creative office space with foosball tables, and a bunch of recent graduates running around in hoodies. The more typical small business operates a single location, with the owner at the helm. Growth is bootstrapped using credit cards, business…

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11 Things Every Successful Blog Post Needs to Have

Blog posts are the backbone of many online websites and the primary source of content when people are searching for information on the web. There can be many different factors that make up a blog post, but if you follow our checklist, there’s a much higher chance you’ll compose a successful blog post. 1. The most important component of any blog post is the content itself. Which is why our first tip being that blog posts should never be about…

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How to create an Instagram landing page for SquareSpace in three easy steps

A landing page is a web page that allows you to capture a visitor’s information through a lead-capture form. They are crucial when it comes to turning prospective customers into legitimate leads. An Instagram  landing page helps you direct and convert visitors from Instagram to content and conversions on your website. Landing pages are the foundation of a marketer’s lead generation efforts. Why? Because it’s one of the most effective ways to generate leads! Your offer needs a place to…

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How to create an Instagram Landing Page in three easy steps for WordPress

A landing page is a web page that allows you to capture a visitor’s information through a lead-capture form. They are crucial when it comes to turning prospective customers into legitimate leads. Instagram landing pages direct prospective customers to your WordPress website from Instagram. Landing pages are the foundation of a marketer’s lead generation efforts. Why? Because it’s one of the most effective ways to generate leads! Your offer needs a place to live, so to speak. The idea is…

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How to create a collaborative marketing calendar using Google Calendar

Planning marketing activities using Google Calendar makes smart sense. You can also collaborate with others by adding them. This quick video tip includes a how to create a collaborative Google calendar to plan marketing events. Why plan marketing activities on a calendar? Most people have way too much on their to-do list to get it all done. Putting it on a calendar, forces you to be realistic about what you can get done – and it also keeps you on…

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SquareSpace Commerce versus WordPress + Woo Commerce, which should you choose?

SquareSpace versus WordPress + Woo Commerce: Which should you choose for your creative product business? Artists who sell jewelry, prints and gifts, creators who sell sewing patterns and fabric, are increasingly augmenting their online sales from Etsy and other online marketplaces and setting up shop on their own web sites. Which should you choose? We explore SquareSpace versus WordPress in this blog post. Both WordPress (with WooCommerce) and SquareSpace have their benefits and their drawbacks – considering one or the…

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The Ultimate Guide For Growing Your Business With Email

In previous blog posts, we’ve emphasized the importance of email marketing and how it can grow your business. Since then, we created a worksheet that is going to help you achieve your email marketing goals. Our email strategy worksheet will allow you to see the growth potential of your revenue, website traffic, and other metrics using email marketing. First, we want to remind you the importance of email marketing. Email marketing is still one of the most effective and cost-efficient…

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Using Pinterest to Plan Your Business Goals

Pinterest is not a social media network. It’s a visual search engine. Surprised? It may also surprise you to know that like Google and Bing, search results for Pinterest drive more traffic to web sites than most other social channels combined! Can you use Pinterest to plan your business goals? Yep! If you’re looking for a place to store all those great online ideas and links you come across, Pinterest is great for that. But actively using Pinterest to plan…

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Visual Goal-Setting For Small Business Owners

If you can see your business goals, it will be easier to achieve them In 2016, I cut out and taped a magazine spread from AAA Living magazine to my home office door. Which, after the laughter dies down a bit, I’ll explain. The photo is of a 38-ish-foot sailboat sailing over crystal clear blue waters. You can see the shadow of the boat on the sand UNDER the water. It’s a magical thing. The title of the article is…

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What I learned Coaching Startups in Former Soviet Republic of Georgia

What I learned coaching startups in emerging markets (and how it applies to startups here in the United States) by Ann Siegle I mentored three startup companies in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia in 2018 and early 2019. Our team, headed by a longtime international development  & venture capitalist was comprised of 17 members. Some, like me, coached multiple startups enrolled in the program, and most had expertise in diverse areas of business, from high tech to bioengineering to…

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