Improve your blog, give back your network and bring gratitude into your business. We cover all of these topics and more in this week’s Small Business Trends Community News and Information roundup. We’ll also get some marketing tips and a guide to 50 accounting courses. Read on!
Be a Better Writer on Your Business Blog
Blogging is a great strategy for growing your business. But simply having a blog isn’t enough. And even if you’re pleased with the content and quality of your blog, there’s always room to grow. In this post, Susan Payton shares some ways you can improve your business blogging.
Master Business Blogging Etiquette
(Content Mastery Guide)
In blogging, there’s a fine line between being inspired by others and copying them. There are ways to share other people’s content without plagiarizing or stealing ideas. This post by Linda Dessau includes some tips for maintaining good blogging etiquette.
Become a Real Writer
(Function Writing Group)
Writing is hard work, whether it’s putting together business proposals or crafting blog posts. In this post, Kelvin Cech suggests that it can take three years to become a real writer. And members of the BizSugar community discuss the issue in more detail too.
Give to Your Business Network
(The Franchise King)
Having a network of fellow business owners is important, whether you run a franchise or a more traditional business. And the new year is the perfect time to show those in your business network just how much you value them. Here, Joel Libava shares some ideas for making 2015 the year of giving in your business.
Bring Gratitude into Your Business
(Ability Success Growth)
Gratitude is an important part of many people’s lives and personal relationships. But it can also be beneficial for businesses. This post by Elli St. George Godfrey reasons why gratitude is an important part of leadership. BizSugar members take up a discussion about the importance of gratitude in business too.
Surround Yourself With People Smarter Than You
(Startup Professionals Musings)
You can learn a lot from the people around you. So that means you need to surround yourself with people who have a lot of knowledge and insights to offer, whether it be mentors, partners or employees. Here, Martin Zwilling discusses the importance of surrounding yourself with smart people. And BizSugar members talk more about the post here.
Keep Up With Marketing Trends
Marketing is a constantly evolving field. As the tools and technology change, so must the way your business goes about communicating with customers. Here, Kevin Donnellon goes over some of the best next marketing tactics that are replacing more traditional methods.
Learn to Spot Logical Lies
(Corporate Coach Group)
It’s pretty common in business for arguments and debates to surface. But in order to be an effective leader, you need to not get confused or wrapped up in fallacies or illogical reasoning. In this post, Chris Farmer shares some common types of logical lies you might run into while running a business. And the BizSugar community discusses the post further too.
Consider These Small Business Classes
Running a small business takes a lot of different skills. If accounting isn’t among, for instance, you might need a class to improve your skills in that area. This list from Scott Lynch includes 50 free accounting and other related classes for small business owners.
Understand Ad Visibility
More ads are now being measured using viewable impressions instead of served impressions. So Google recently did a study to find out what factors affect “viewability.” This post by Ginny Marvin explains some of the most important viewability factors.
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