There are so many parts of running a business that can take up a lot of your time. But since small businesses are often run by small teams, you don’t have an unlimited amount of time with which to work.
Luckily, there are plenty of apps, tools and strategies that can help you work smarter in today’s business world.
Members of our small business community shared some of those resources and tips in this week’s Small Business Trends community news and information roundup.
Transform Your Overwhelming Inbox with These Apps
(Firepole Marketing Blog)
Managing your inbox can be a very time consuming task. But there are plenty of tools out there that can help your stay organized. This post by Janice Wald includes 7 apps that can help you transform your overwhelming inbox into organized bliss.
Use These Efficient Link Building Strategies
Link building is a gradual process. But if you’re able to build quality incoming links, they can help you build your rankings more quickly than just focusing on getting more links that have less authority. In this post, Neil Patel shares 13 link building strategies that can help marketers work more efficiently and save some time.
Build a Community of Raving Fans
Having a lot of views or followers doesn’t really do your business any good if you can’t build a community of people who actually interact with you in some way. Sarah Peterson shares some tips for building community in this post. And BizSugar members commented on the post, too.
Pay Attention to These Aspects of Do-It-Yourself Marketing
(The Marketing Eggspert Blog)
With so many marketing tools and resources available, it’s easier than ever for small businesses to run their own marketing campaigns. And while every business is different, there are a few features that are essential to pretty much every marketing campaign. George Anthony shares a few of them.
Blog to Support Your Sales Cycles
(The Content Direction Agency)
A business blog can serve a variety of purposes. In fact, it can help you make an impact on each part of the sales cycle. In this post, Lacy Boggs shares some tips for blogging to support your sales cycles. And BizSugar members shared their thoughts on the post.
Learn How to Focus When Starting Multiple Businesses
Diversifying your income streams can certainly be beneficial. But it’s also important to make sure that your main venture is strong before moving onto a new one. Here, Kevin D. Johnson Jr. shares some tips for focusing when it comes to creating different businesses or revenue streams.
Use Smartphones to Your Advantage
Smartphones can be incredibly helpful tools for business owners and professionals, especially those who work remotely or travel for business. But in some situations, they can be a bit of a distraction, as Ivan Widjaya discusses here. So you have to carefully manage how you and your team use smartphones. You can see further discussion about the post at BizSugar.
Consider These Email Marketing Services
(Small Business Sense)
Email is still a major part of many businesses’ marketing strategies. And as such, you need to find an email marketing service that works best for your company and customers. In this post, Kim George shares 5 different email marketing services that can help small businesses save time on their email marketing efforts.
Use an Opt-In Form to Drive Traffic in Droves
If you want to get potential customers to visit your website on a regular basis, you need to gain subscribers. That means you need an opt-in form. But not all opt-in forms are created equal. Here, Christopher Jan Benitez shares some qualities of effective opt-in forms. Members of the BizSugar community also shared their input on the post.
Know These Local SEO Stats
(Search Engine Land)
If you’re trying to target local customers in your online marketing efforts, you have to know the best ways to reach those customers. This post by Jayson DeMers includes some stats about the habits and opinions of local customers who browse and search companies online.
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