Small Business Credit Card Tips
U.S. News & World Report has created a small business credit card guide that will help you decide what’s best for your small business. Learn the benefits of a business credit card, how to evaluate different business credit cards and more. Click here for the guide.
Google My Business
This article will give you all the basics (and more than basic) information you need to start building your business’s online presence. We know 29 tips are a lot and building that online presence can be daunting, so we’ve pulled out what we think are the main take-aways. When you have time, go through the whole list and use the links to start building and maintaining your Google My Business listing; it will REALLY help you SEO!
Full article: Google My Business: 29 Tips to Supercharge SEO for Small Business Owners
Highlights (pulled from the article):
1. What is Google My Business?
Google My Business is Google’s listing platform for companies. Millions of small, medium and large businesses have Google My Business profiles that help them boost search rankings and get in front of local customers.
2. Why Should Your Business Use Its Google My Business Profile?
Setting up a Google My Business profile for your company will help your company show up in Google search engine results, Google local search results and Google Maps results. Use this automatic business listing tool to see how your company appears on Google My Business other online business listing sites.
Listing your company on Google My Business will:
- Help you show up in search results
- Help you show up on map results
- Use your location and potential customers’ locations to help you rank in local searches
- Provide a place where customers can review your business
5. How Does Google My Business Work?
Listing your company on Google ensures that your small business name, address, phone number, hours and description are listed correctly and consistently across all Google internet platforms, including:
- Google search results
- Google’s Local Pack
- Google Maps
- Google reviews
Google My Business allows you to manage your entire Google business profile—including for multiple locations—from one dashboard.
10. Is My Company Already Listed on Google My Business or Google Maps?
Begin by searching for your business in the Google My Business search bar.
If your company information is already in Google’s system, it will appear on your screen. Google will ask you to verify the contact email on file for the account.
Read the full article here!
Winter 2017/18 Economic Forecast
If you missed the Economic Forecast or just need a refresher on what’s coming up this winter, check back here for more summaries and resources as presenters share them!
Winter 2017/18 Economic Forecast!
Posted by Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The TA shared forecasts on winter lodging occupancies and rates as well as information about our January flight buydown programs for the United Denver to Gunnison flight.
See details and charts here!
Rural Transit Authority
The RTA gave updates on winter flights coming into the valley and airline by-downs.
See details and the winter 2017/18 bus schedule Winter Forecast RTA!
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
CBMR provided a winter overview including snowfall, skier visit and occupancy trends.
Download their presentation here!
“How to Use Social Media to Increase Brand Loyalty”
With our Off-Season Seminar Series on marketing in mind, learn more about the impact social media can have on your branding and customer loyalty with this short article.
– Create a social media strategy that works (and how!)
– Maintain human to human interactions via the internet
– Respond often and quickly to fan comments and questions
How useful is your online presence?
Check out this Forbes article on the importance of online presence for small businesses.
Then join us for a two-day marketing seminar Thursday, November 2 and Thursday, November 9 where we’ll focus on general marketing essentials as well as social media marketing.
pulled from the article:
– A great way to differentiate yourself is to find ways to continue great relationships and support with online customers. Let them know you care and that they are appreciated.
– You are the expert of your product. And even online, special preference will be give to local business. Don’t miss the opportunity to remind people how available you really are.
– Make sure your online presence is all that it can be. Again, there are cost-effective ways to look like you really know what you are doing. Looking established will set you apart right from the start.
– If you take your online presence seriously, there is no better way to compete with “the bigs.” In fact, it is entirely possible to take a bite out of larger competitors’ volume.
7 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business
Grow your small business with LinkedIn by using these seven proven tactics.
There are nearly 30 million small businesses in the United States, but only half of them will make it past five years. To ensure your small business is in the successful half, we encourage you to capitalize on the various ways LinkedIn can evolve your business.
With LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, you can generate leads, produce sales, and hire top professionals to fuel your growth. Here are seven ways to grow your business using LinkedIn:
- Create a LinkedIn Company Page
We’ve found that LinkedIn members are 50% more likely to buy once they’ve engaged with your business on LinkedIn. But they can’t connect with you if you don’t have a LinkedIn Company Page. According to Forbes, only 57% of companies have pages. The remaining 43% are missing out on a free opportunity to generate leads, talent, and, ultimately, revenue.
If you don’t already have one, create a LinkedIn Company Page. Personal profiles don’t have the same marketing, advertising, and recruiting features as Company Pages, making them less effective at promoting your business. As you create your page, think about the kind of impression you want to create among potential customers and employees. This will help you select the right photos and messages to use on your page.
For a step-by-step guide on how to create an above and beyond Company Page, view our LinkedIn Company Page Best Practices.
- Promote Your Company Page
Once you have a Company Page, announce it to your clients, employees, and personal network. This will help you gain your first followers, who in turn will help to promote your Company Page on the content you post to it.
Promoting your page on other platforms or via email is also a great way to grow your audience. Here are some simple ways to get the word out:
- Announce the launch of the Company Page on your personal LinkedIn profile
- Encourage employees to follow the Company Page by making it a part of your onboarding process—Social Media Today reports that content shared by employees receives eight times the engagement as brand shared content
- Link to your Company Page in the footer of your marketing emails or newsletters
- Embed a Company Follow button onto your website so visitors can easily follow your LinkedIn Company Page
- Share Content Regularly
The more you post, the more people you can potentially reach and convert. Best-in-class LinkedIn Company Pages are consistently updated to ensure that visitors have plenty of new content to consume and share.
To get started, try posting at least once per week. It’s not uncommon for companies to post three or more times per day. Post whenever you have something worth saying. Posting consistently shows Company Page visitors that your company is active on LinkedIn. Use LinkedIn’s Company Page analytics to see your top performing updates, your best times to post, and which members of your audience are the most engaged. With this information, it’s easy to make data-driven decisions to optimize your Company Page content.
In addition to posting often, here are a few more stats to help you boost engagement:
- Posts with links receive up to 45% more engagement
- Images see an incredible 98% increase in engagement
- Posts that have relevant “best-of” lists get almost 40% more amplification
When a post gets good engagement, consider promoting it to a wider audience with LinkedIn Sponsored Content. Take the Sponsored Content Tour and discover how Sponsored Content amplifies your best content.
- Showcase Thought Leadership
Seventy nine percent of buyers say thought leadership is critical for determining which companies they want to learn more about. To get started with thought leadership content, try to provide a unique perspective on your industry, product, or organization. Sharing your opinion on the future of your industry or creating a definitive guide on your product are just two ways to demonstrate your expertise and position your company as a credible partner.
For more ideas and advice on expanding your brand’s authority, download our Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to Thought Leadership to learn more.
- Target Sales Prospects
LinkedIn has over 500 million users to date. That may seem like a lot to sort through, but LinkedIn also provides you with tools to identify and target your ideal audience.
LinkedIn members are more likely than other social media users to keep their profiles up-to-date, making it easier for you to find the right people. Use LinkedIn profile data to search for LinkedIn members based on geographic location, education, experience, and even connections. Once you’ve found prospects using the search feature, visit their profiles. Their endorsements or recent profile views might surface additional qualified prospects, too.
For more ways to reach your ideal audience, learn how to advertise on LinkedIn.
- Build an All-Star Team
LinkedIn has helped 75% of job switchers make informed career decisions, making LinkedIn a top recruiting network. What are candidates looking for when making those decisions? Our research shows that 66% of candidates want to see company culture over everything else. To take advantage of this preference, consider enhancing your Company Page with a LinkedIn Career Page.
Career Pages allow you to target audiences with a personalized look into your company, culture, and jobs. They give you dedicated Life and Jobs Tabs on your Company Page that attract and engage relevant professionals.
In addition to creating Career Pages, encourage employees to share job postings and “day in the life” content as well. This gives visitors a genuine idea of what it’s like to work for you and adds to your authenticity. If you have a few employees who lead the pack in sharing content, consider linking them to your Company Page’s Life Tab. Their shared articles and recent updates will automatically populate, providing visitors with up-to-date information. Watch our video below on how to use the Life Tab to attract the right talent for your company.
- Hire Freelancers
You’ve probably had an employee who took on a task outside of their domain. You might have even done it yourself a few times. While the effort is commendable, learning on the fly can also be detrimental.
Fortunately, finding the right talent for the task at hand isn’t as tricky as it once was, even if you can’t afford the salary of a full time employee.
LinkedIn ProFinder enables you to post your projects, receive free proposals, and hire trustworthy professionals all in one place. ProFinder will even pair you with local professionals to ensure you have the best freelance experience possible. With 172 professional services available on ProFinder, it’s easy to find the perfect professional for any task.
LinkedIn vets all the professionals on the platform to ensure they are qualified and leverages your network to find freelancers your connections have used, so you’re never in the dark about who you’re hiring.
By using freelancers, you’ll get access to outside perspectives & broad experience of professionals of all kinds, from creating websites and designing logos to managing your books or crafting your marketing strategy. Plus, with none of the management overhead of a full-time employee, you can focus solely on the job at hand.