28 Content Marketing Tips for Small Business

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When I got my first blog back in 2006, all I have in mind is to have a personal presence on the Internet. I want my name to appear on the search engines and be noticed as one of the trusted bloggers in my chosen category, personal development. That time, submission to article directories and link exchange are still common and considered good online marketing practices. So they are among my marketing strategies and tactics, including blog commenting and posting threads on forums. I publish blog posts for my own blog, write articles for article directories, comment on other blogs, and post threads on forums. I was actually doing content marketing during those times. Blog posts, articles, forum threads, and blog comments are all content. Read more

15 Unconventional Tips to Live a Better Life

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We all have our own purpose and meaning of life. We view life in many different ways. There’s a person whose life revolves around his family and loved ones. There’s also a person whose life is concentrated on his business or career. My life is spent in writing, teaching, and trying to inspire my audience in my blogs. But whatever life we live, we have to make it better. So without further ado, I give you the following 15 unconventional tips to live a better life. Read more

7 Types of People You Must Have in Your Team

Team work is an important ingredient to every success. You cannot achieve your big objectives and you cannot win against bigger competitors without the help from other people. Thus, you have to form a team that will help you attain your elusive goals. However, not all teams actually work. That is why you have to be careful and wise when it comes to letting people to be part of your group. To increase your chance of success, consider the following 7 types of people you must have in your team.

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50 Inbound Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

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If you want to make your business a magnet to customers so that you won’t be disrupting them but rather they would naturally come to your business, you have to employ inbound marketing. Inbound marketing can be the most effective marketing strategy for small business owners. It’s fun, creative, and have long-lasting effects to your business. So if you want to make sure that your small business will grow, survive, and attain long-lasting success, here are 50 inbound marketing tips for small businesses that you may try to adopt and execute. Read more

10 Ways to Make Your Business a Magnet to Customers

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When I was still new in the digital marketing world, I was a shy person who doesn’t want to contact people and ask any favor from them. I didn’t like to interrupt everyone and feel like a disturbance and a burden to them. But now, I improve a little. I’m already doing outreach and connect with the targeted people whom I believe will be interested to whatever product or brand I introduce to them. However, I still don’t want to interrupt and disturb people. That continuing desire to avoid becoming a disturbance to others has made me concentrated on inbound marketing – small business marketers sometimes called it magnet marketing. Read more

10 Ways to be a Great Entrepreneur

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I’m always mesmerized by the life stories of the most successful entrepreneurs in the human history. They are so inspiring that even if they’re gone, their legacies still live and remain to exist in this world.

For me, entrepreneurial success is not measured by how much money or profit you make in your enterprise. I believe that the most successful entrepreneurs are the ones who created solutions that will continue to help the lives of many people, as well as the generations following them.

In fact, one of my greatest entrepreneurs of all time did not die a rich person. Read more

10 Top Online Communities for Small Business Owners

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The human species have managed to survive, advance, and build modern civilizations by living in societies and communities. It’s a proof that we can be more successful if we move in group rather than go alone. In the business world, business people also have to join related communities to hang on with other members, seek help, share answers, and find tools and resources from the pack.

An online community for small business owners is a useful place on the Internet to interact with like-minded people, ask advice, share insight, extend business network, gain friends and partners, learn lessons from everyone in the group, and grow your small business.

I have joined a number of communities on the Internet, and I found these 10 online communities very useful for small business owners. Read more

12 Marketing Styles: What’s Your Style as a Marketer?

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We’ve been talking about marketing strategies, tactics, and techniques but we don’t really give much attention to our marketing styles. Simply, our marketing style is the manner of how we do marketing. Unlike our techniques, which we can conceal from other people, our style is usually noticed by the people around us because it creates an obvious pattern that is observable by others. There are even times that we can’t notice our own marketing styles, and we only able to discover them by asking or getting feedback from our customers and other marketers.

Marketers have to learn the different marketing styles and choose the best style or combination of styles that will work best for them. Below, I presented 12 marketing styles which you can use to reflect on yourself as a marketer. Read more

17 Life Lessons I learned from Playing Flappy Bird

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I only had a few game applications in my mobile phone. I choose games, such as bowling and motor racing, which don’t virtually require thinking as I only play to enjoy and take a break from a stressful work that requires a lot of brainstorming.

Then Flappy Bird came into my radar. Well, with your social media feeds that are flooded by your friends’ Flappy scores and statuses, who wouldn’t notice and try this much-hyped game?

Although its creator Dong Nguyen has already removed the application from Apple’s App Store and Google Play today, I was able to download it before he did that. The game was so simple yet highly difficult. Perhaps this explains the famous quote that says “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. Read more

25 Marketing Blogs that Business Owners should Read

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Business owners and entrepreneurs should not stop learning, and one of the business practices that they should keep on developing is marketing. Marketing helps businesses create quality products and solutions, attract and satisfy more customers, create good relationship with them, earn lasting revenues and profits, and consistently grow the business. Whether you’re a small business owner or you’re managing a big company, check out the following 25 marketing blogs that business owners should be reading. Read more