There are so many different things that go into running a business – it can be easy to get distracted. So sometimes it can help to get back to basics. Things like remembering how to handle failure and improving productivity can have a bigger impact than which new app you’ve downloaded this week.
For some basic tips that can make a major impact on your business, read on for this week’s Small Business Trends community news and information roundup.
Bounce Back After Failure
Experiencing failure of some kind is inevitable when running a business. But how you react to that failure can make a huge difference in the overall outcome of your situation. Here, Soon Min shares some things you can do to improve your attitude about failure so that you can better bounce back from it in the future.
Try These Productivity Tips
(The Marketing Eggspert Blog)
No matter what kind of business you run or what exactly your role is, productivity is key. There are plenty of different resources and methods that people have used to increase productivity. Susan Payton collected some of those tips and resources for increasing productivity.
Become an Email Marketing Pro
Some people claim that email marketing is dying, while newer methods like social media are taking over. But email is still an incredibly prevalent communication method. And thus, it can still be an effective form of marketing, but only when done correctly. Pamela Webber shares some tips for doing so here.
Get Past Writer’s Block
If you ever have to write for your business, whether it’s a blog post or just written communication with clients, you’ve probably experienced writer’s block. But Belinda Weaver argues here that writer’s block isn’t even real. And she also offers some tips for getting past it. You can view more conversation about the post in the BizSugar community.
Get Back to the Basics of Social Media
(The Social Savior)
With so many different social platforms and strategies out there, it can be easy to get carried away with the next big thing. But it’s always important to keep the basics, like finding your target audience and updating regularly, in mind. This post by Andy Baxter includes nine steps that all or most social media strategies should have in common.
Delegate to a Good Social Media Manager
(Digital Information World)
There are some concepts that you can teach to a social media manager to make them more effective. But then there are qualities they can start out with that are likely to make them more effective from the beginning. Irfan Ahmad shares some of those qualities that social media managers should have. And BizSugar members also shared some thoughts on the post.
Don’t Overlook These Ways to Fund a Startup
Today, there are so many different ways startups can obtain funding. There isn’t one right option that necessarily fits with every business. So it’s important to explore every option. Tracy Vides shares five startup funding methods that are sometimes overlooked.
Overcome These Blogging Barriers
(Busy Blogs Plus)
No matter how talented and dedicated you are to blogging, at some point you’ll run into roadblocks. The trick is knowing how to navigate them to keep your blog on the right track. In this post, Amanda Lynch shares some common business blogging barriers and how to overcome them. The BizSugar community discussed the post further.
Boost Your Homepage’s Conversion Rate
(The Write Life)
Your homepage often serves as a customer’s first impression of your business. And you only have a very small amount of time to grab their attention before they move on. If you want to convert more Web visitors into actual customers, check out these tips from Razwana Wahid.
Manage Your Content Flow
(The Content Direction Agency)
Your content marketing plan likely includes several different outlets, from blogging or podcasting to Facebook and YouTube. But aside from just coming up with all of that content, you need to decide when and how often to post to each one. Lacy Boggs shares some tips for managing content flow in this post. And BizSugar members discussed the post further.