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25 Cool Online Resources To Grow Your Business - Business 2 Community

25 Cool Online Resources To Grow Your Business - Business 2 Community | Tooliers | Scoop.it

Small and medium business owners are always on the lookout for great resources to help them grow, but they don’t  always have time to research, read, and sort the wheat from the chaff. So I’ve done the preliminary work for you.Here are 25 helpful small business resources covering everything from naming your new business to creating content for your marketing strategy, to increasing sales.In no particular order, here’s a list of SMB resources you’re going to want to bookmark....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 12, 10:39 PM

Good collection of small business social media resources from Heather McClean..

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30 Small Businesses that Are Rocking Social Media

30 Small Businesses that Are Rocking Social Media | Tooliers | Scoop.it

Social media marketing isn’t enough these days. You also need social media marketing that stands out. Below are some of the most unusual social media campaigns for businesses large and small.

 

Read this entire list of some of the best social media marketing examples and you’ll find some very clever campaigns and ideas that perhaps you can use in your own business.

 

Some are simple reactions to the needs of a fan or customer but ended up giving massive brand exposure.  Others were calculated steps in the march toward brand awareness. All are examples of social media campaigns that go above and beyond the norm and make a real impact....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 19, 1:53 AM

30 of the best social media marketing examples from some of the most creative small businesses all over the world. Valuable lessons highly recommended reading. 10/10

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How to Understand Consumer Email Behavior. A must Read.

How to Understand Consumer Email Behavior. A must Read. | Tooliers | Scoop.it

Since Email is still and probably will be for some time, the most powerful way to reach our customer base, doesn't it make sense to understand how to use this medium to its fullest potential?

 

Late last week Michael Essany and his team of researchers reached out with results from a new survey of 1,000 U.S. internet users on email behavior.

 

The report uncovered a number of interesting findings worth noting for email marketers and digital advertisers everywhere....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 23, 7:44 AM

Marketers will benefit from this research study, the importance of mobile and insight into how users read email.

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3 Greatest Myths about Owning a Business

3 Greatest Myths about Owning a Business | Tooliers | Scoop.it

When I was younger I wanted my own business, but I didn’t know how to begin. Should I buy a franchise, join a multi-level marketing company, or start my own business?

 

I went to seminars, presentations, and sales pitches on selling everything from milk additives to fuel additives, from soap to jewellery.

 

A lot of the presentations were very high-pressured. They were designed to get you to buy, sign, and commit. It was all about selling the dream of a life of leisure; you could live like a king and enjoy life without hard work. You could be different from the average Joe—no longer serving the man but living the dream.

 

Having started and run three successful businesses myself and spoken to hundreds of small business owners I can look back over 35 years and say, “Yep, that was definitely a bunch of crap!”

 

These are the three great myths:


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Ben Bishop's curator insight, July 16, 5:14 PM

this is truthful reality, nothing is easy in life, only if you work for it! Business are still necessary though in life and if you are able to manage it, it should be an alright way of income, same with any other job!

I have seen this all in action as most businesses in my town have closed down due to hard times! 

Bill Brown's curator insight, July 23, 2:21 AM

So true! Yes, you do have to get real when you think about starting your own business. All those overnight successes you hear about, well, there are very few of them and with hindsight most people's idea of "overnight" tends to foreshorten over time!

 

Read and get real.

MichaelJDay's curator insight, July 24, 10:46 AM

Truth!

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Are Today’s Business Heroes Challenging Our Ideas About Leadership?

Are Today’s Business Heroes Challenging Our Ideas About Leadership? | Tooliers | Scoop.it

Are today's most talked about business leaders--Jobs, Bezos, Gates--a group to be admired and followed? They seem to lack the humility and lead-from-behind mentality so espoused by serious management thinkers such as Jim Collins and Bill George. Who do you want leading your company? 


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NAWBO Sacramento's curator insight, July 9, 11:28 PM

With a growing number of women business owners on the horizon, this information is valuable and could be moreso with a few women named to give it a better balance.

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5 Ways to Turn Customer Complaints into Business Ideas

5 Ways to Turn Customer Complaints into Business Ideas | Tooliers | Scoop.it

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Nick Davies's curator insight, July 1, 1:30 AM

Make a mistake, with a client but handle the aftermath well and you can gain a thoroughly loyal customer. I

joellemillery's curator insight, July 2, 3:55 PM

that's what service means..

John Clinton's curator insight, July 2, 9:35 PM

Interesting ideas.  It is good way to turn the negative tings into positive tings.  Complaints from customers may hide a new business or venture

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Storytelling For Business: Story Is The Only Difference Between You And The Competition

Storytelling For Business: Story Is The Only Difference Between You And The Competition | Tooliers | Scoop.it

...The question then, becomes, “How do we market ourselves when it’s all just flotsam? When our competitors are just as qualified, just as committed, experienced, knowledgeable, expert?”And let’s face it folks, we may be better than some but most of us are exactly the same.The answer is: story.Keep reading to find out why storytelling for business matters, and stick around until the end for a special offer that will help you discover and tell your own....


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One Marketeer's curator insight, June 26, 2:34 AM

Hey Brands, tell us a story! #engage #storytelling #branding

Geert Stox's curator insight, June 27, 3:37 AM

But don't forget: the real challenge is not only getting the story right, it is also getting your presentation and wording right! Put your passion and being in your story but keep it relevant for your audience.

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, June 27, 4:28 AM

Dat zouden meer bedrijven moeten begrijpen. :-)

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10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Build and Manage Great Teams

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Build and Manage Great Teams | Tooliers | Scoop.it

There's no way to overstate how important a great team is to a business' success. The quality of the work you do will exceeds the quality of the team behind it. Yet to many an entrepreneur's and manager's dismay, teambuilding often seems as complicated as watch making--there are a lot of moving parts and things have to be just right in order to create something magical.

 

Fortunately, academic research on team culture and group dynamics sheds some much needed light on creating and motivating the perfect team.

 

Here's a look at ten of the best studies available. Check them out to learn practical steps you can do to ensure your team is set up for success.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 25, 3:56 PM

When it comes to assembling, motivating and keeping a great team happy so that they can flourish in your business, the truth is that it's a bit of both.

Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, June 28, 5:41 PM

Team building is not an optional extra. Finally research backs this up.

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How To Use LinkedIn: Success Stories

How To Use LinkedIn: Success Stories | Tooliers | Scoop.it

To many people, LinkedIn seems like a chaotic, confusing mess. It can feel like there are too many strangers trying to connect with you, too many people trying to sell you something, and too much content that isn’t relevant to you. Or, it can feel like the worst parts of high school where the popular people are interacting and by contrast, you feel ignored or rejected.

 

Before giving up on LinkedIn, though, I recommend taking a closer look at how other people are successfully using it to benefit their careers and businesses. I asked some LinkedIn fans to describe the details of how they use the social media site. This article is long because they had so much to say, but persist in reading it and I think you will be inspired....


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Brian Myrick, MSP's curator insight, June 18, 8:00 AM

Here are some success stories of how people use LinkedIn. LinkedIn isn't for everybody, but if you sell B2B, you really need to look at LinkedIn.

Mr Tozzo's curator insight, June 19, 12:56 AM

How To Use LinkedIn: Success Stories

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Graham McGregor: How to use LinkedIn effectively

Graham McGregor: How to use LinkedIn effectively | Tooliers | Scoop.it

I used to think that LinkedIn was just a networking tool to keep in touch with business contacts, associates, colleagues etc.

 

But all of this changed, when I came across an Australian entrepreneur called Alex Pirouz.Alex has used LinkedIn to...

•Get featured in over 50 media publications without sending out a single press release

•Grow his business advisory firms by over 328 per cent by securing joint venture partnerships through LinkedIn

•And generate thousands of leads whilst spending $0 on advertising or marketing...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 18, 7:58 AM

Two basic but useful tips when approaching marketing by LinkedIn.

Shyamal Bose's curator insight, June 21, 11:24 PM

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17 Tips for Entrepreneurs

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Arabian Gazette's curator insight, June 14, 11:58 PM

 17 tips for small business owners to help their business to grow successfully.

Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, June 18, 12:42 PM

many good tips in there, but for me
# 3 as feedback, nothing more
# 12 for being productive instead of busy
#16 for the sense of purpose that will carry you through...

are the ones that usually require more  "work"

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8 Must-Know Tips to Grow your Business

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Social Web Statistics

Social Web Statistics | Tooliers | Scoop.it
There are over 7 billion people in the world, many of whom regularly use the social web in meaningful ways. Think you understand the scope of the online world? Think again. Here is an infographic from our pals at Uberflip visualizing what everyone is up to.

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Why Brands (And Agencies) Are Wasting Money With These Big Social Media Deals

Why Brands (And Agencies) Are Wasting Money With These Big Social Media Deals | Tooliers | Scoop.it
Agencies and brands are having a great time signing huge deals with social media outlets hoping to cash in on social media activity. But they're doing it wrong. They're forcing old models on new channels. Here's what they should be doing.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 28, 12:41 PM

Good reminder how to approach social media with new thinking.

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Develop a Simple Business Plan by Answering Just Six Questions

Develop a Simple Business Plan by Answering Just Six Questions | Tooliers | Scoop.it

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 20, 1:07 AM


Far too many small business owners, operate their businesses without ever preparing a business plan, and this missing link is often the chief reason they do not achieve their desired levels of success.


A business plan is not all that difficult to create, yet many business owners avoid the task, often because they are aware that a well prepared plan can expose gaps of many kinds that cannot always be ignored.


This excellent article, suggests that a business plan clearly identifies how much work lies ahead for a business to succeed in its chosen endeavour and provides a prioritised map of the path to follow, and it offers a six question approach that will provide all the answers needed to help a business owner to prepare a simple business plan.

Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, July 20, 7:03 PM

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Things Business must avoid doing when Marketing on Twitter.

Things Business must avoid doing when Marketing on Twitter. | Tooliers | Scoop.it
Below are a few common mistakes Business do when trying to market/brand them self on Twitter.

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RingCentral's curator insight, July 16, 3:15 PM

#twitter #marketing #business

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Value-Based Marketing: Sources of Content Inspiration

Value-Based Marketing: Sources of Content Inspiration | Tooliers | Scoop.it

...But what’s a business owner or a content marketer to do if they’re supposed to come up with great content, and they don’t know where to start?

 

Everyone knows that content is the key to turning a lead into a buyer.

 

Each lead reads through your content and takes away something that they find useful. If your content isn’t valuable to them, they’re less likely to pay attention to your brand and what you have to say. No amount of SEO, keyword lacing, or fancy gimmicks can replace high-quality content.

 

So where can you find some inspiration for your content? Here are some ideas....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 9, 6:40 AM

Great tips on where to look for your content ideas.

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17 Web Resources That Will Improve Your Productivity

17 Web Resources That Will Improve Your Productivity | Tooliers | Scoop.it
Do you feel like you don't have enough time? Here's a list of web resources that will boost your productivity.

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Chuck Devers's curator insight, June 29, 12:48 PM

Time IS money... and saving time is like saving money, only at YOUR return on equity rate....

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How To Avoid 20 Common Business Mistakes

How To Avoid 20 Common Business Mistakes | Tooliers | Scoop.it

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 1, 12:54 AM


Extensive experience in business, makes all the difference, especially when it comes to avoiding common mistakes made by less experienced business owners that generally stifle their progress.


Unfortunately, many business owners lack the years of experience in business that can reduce business mistakes, and these owners need to find better ways of discovering what to do to avoid making mistakes that can hurt their business.


This excellent article, suggests that self-auditing your business for these 20 common business mistakes is a great start to avoiding pitfalls and positioning solidly for future growth, and it provides a template to assist and then offers ways to avoid the common mistakes.

Chuck Devers's curator insight, July 2, 5:25 AM

Continually reviewing your business plans is a must for continued firm growth... stop thinking about it and JUST DO IT!

 

Chuck

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10 Content Marketing Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind!

10 Content Marketing Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind! | Tooliers | Scoop.it
10 content marketing stats that all marketers should keep in mind when developing their next campaign.

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LocalMark's curator insight, June 26, 6:54 AM

"90% of consumers find custom content useful and 78% believe that organizations providing custom content are interested in building good relationships with them."

RingCentral's curator insight, June 26, 1:12 PM

#content #marketing

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The Small Business Corner: One-Page Business Strategy Plan

The Small Business Corner: One-Page Business Strategy Plan | Tooliers | Scoop.it

This week’s topic is about creating a one-page business strategy plan for your business.  When you are starting a new business endeavor, it is always recommended to write a business plan.  A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success.  However as a small creative enterprise or solopreneur, it can be difficult to complete all the elements of a traditional business plan and can the process can feel overwhelming....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 25, 10:42 PM
Nice and practical advice on creating a one-page business plant.
Freedom Marketing Canada's curator insight, June 26, 8:44 AM

A great reference for those looking to create direction in their business plan!

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6 Tips for Boosting Your Leadership Capacity

6 Tips for Boosting Your Leadership Capacity | Tooliers | Scoop.it

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Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, June 18, 6:34 PM

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Christel Binnie's curator insight, June 19, 12:22 PM

Really identify with #5:

 

Develop the squeezed middle: Once a business grows and a middle management tier emerges, these are the people who can make or break growth. They are submerged by the instructions from above and the demands from below and unless their skills are developed, the culture is collaborative and the direction clear, they will drown. Identifying the skill and personal development needs of these individuals to help them become future leaders can catapult your capacity to a new level.

Alice Wang's curator insight, June 20, 12:11 AM

There is a breath of autumn in the air.

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Do People Trust Content From Marketers?

Do People Trust Content From Marketers? | Tooliers | Scoop.it

Most consumers (74%) say they generally trust educational material from a business as long as it seems objective and doesn't explicitly try to sell a product/service, according to a recent report from Kentico.

 

However, trust is extremely fragile: Even just adding a product pitch to the end of an otherwise objective blog post or newsletter brings the credibility level down significantly, with only 45% of consumers saying they trust such content....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 11, 10:23 PM

What else reduces trust of content by consumers? The report says:

"Other factors that make consumers skeptical about content from marketers include referencing things that can't be verified with other sources (46% say this prevents them from trusting information), leaving out/not addressing different perspectives (17%), and presenting information in way that hides it is coming from a company (15%)."


Lots more valuable info in this good read. 9/10

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The Impossibility of Growth

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Social Media Marketing For Small Businesses: How To Keep Fans And Followers

Social Media Marketing For Small Businesses: How To Keep Fans And Followers | Tooliers | Scoop.it
Successful social media marketing isn’t just measured by the size of a company’s fan base. Even more important than how many fans and followers your company can gain, is how many it can actually keep. As of May 2013, 72…

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Marketing and Social Media for Businesses in 2014

Marketing and Social Media for Businesses in 2014 | Tooliers | Scoop.it
Last week the Social Media Examiner published their 6th annual social media marketing industry report about how marketers are using social media to grow and promote their businesses.

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RingCentral's curator insight, May 30, 10:37 AM

#Marketing and #socialmedia for #business