Author: Bonnie Harris

You have the vision in your mind: what your brand stands for, its personality, what it promises to customers. But despite your best marketing efforts, sometimes brand initiatives don’t quite deliver your glorious vision. It’s probably time to re-evaluate your core brand identity, a practice you should actually do fairly often. Assess the what, why and how of your business to identify your purpose and what sets it apart from your competitors (which also requires some research of the competition). Once you’ve nailed down your objective, then you can start thinking about how best to communicate it to your target audience. These eight strategies will help you take your brand initiatives to the next level.

Making a website font choice for your site can be tricky business. There’s a couple of things you need to know before diving in and selecting a font out of the blue for your website. In fact, a font is tied to many different characteristics of your business; you may not even realise. It’s such a small detail that makes a large impact in the digital world of marketing and brand management. Take a look at the top 5 things we’ll go over to help you make a perfect website font choice. Know your brand Your Target Audience Brand Coloring Sizing Pairing fonts for your site

The savvy B2B marketer uses a diverse, multi-pronged approach to attract prospects and drive existing clients to purchase again. But one strategy – account-based marketing – outperforms the rest in today’s marketplace. In fact, SiriusDecisions reports that 93% of B2B marketing leaders consider account-based marketing extremely...

Smartphones have changed the way we socialize and process news, entertainment and advertisements. Vertical video is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to reach the hyper-stimulated, visually hungry consumers of today. According to Breadnbeyond, a startling 57% of video play worldwide occurs on mobile devices. With this shift from desktop to phones, the need to transform how we present our businesses to suit the mobile format is greater than ever. Videos are no exception.

Video orientation matters.

Social media platforms, like Snapchat and Instagram, have accelerated the rise in the once frowned upon vertical video. Research has shown that 94% of the time, people hold their phones vertically. Videos created to fit that orientation simply capture more attention because they take up the full screen. They also create less opportunity for distraction and require no extra movement – however minimal – from the user. As insignificant as a simple turning of the phone may seem, it can destroy an ad’s chances of success. A Mediabrix study revealed that only 30% of people turn their smartphones sideways while watching horizontally oriented videos. What’s more, people presented with horizontal video ads only watched 14% of the ad. The majority of that little time was spent searching to close the ad. Vertically oriented video ads, however, were watched completely 90% of the time. People obviously want their information in a fuss-free format.

It makes sense.

Dr. Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop, recently published a book titled Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework. In his book Dr. Kersten discusses The Flow Framework - a new approach for connecting the business to technology, which bridges the gap between business strategy and technology delivery. Dr. Kersten discusses three vital epiphanies he had that revolutionized how he thinks about software delivery. In this excerpt, he discusses these epiphanies and how his revised angle of attack benefited his business.

It’s hard to build a loyal client base for any business, but new businesses definitely have a long road ahead of them. Without a long-standing reputation, it can be hard to gain the trust of potential clients. That’s why it’s so important to build solid relationships with every single customer you receive so as to ensure that they stick around and improve the overall reputation of your business. Let’s talk about some smart client retention techniques. Solve a problem in the industry. The world of business can be brutally competitive. You can either stand back and let rival companies overtake your business, or you can be brave enough to take the lead in your industry. There are only so many potential customers to go around in your specific market, so you need to attract consumers who are currently buying similar goods to yours from your competitors. That’s the key to client base growth. But the only way you’re going to achieve this is by solving a problem that consumers face when they buy goods or services from your competitors. Perhaps the price is too high, or perhaps they’re not getting a completely ethical service.

America is the land of opportunity and nothing proves that more than the entrepreneurial spirit of small business owners. But as any business owner can tell you, the path to a successful business is long and not without its share of difficulties. Small business owners often dedicate their lives to their businesses. While big corporations are still asleep in their beds, small business owners are already tolling away to meet their sales goals for the day. The demands of running a small business often require owners to stretch their resources, like time, money, and manpower. So, having resources to show them just how to do that are essential. Resources for Success Small business owners often walk a tightrope in allocating resources and trying to find the right formula to keep their business profitable. Those resources aren’t always obvious. With over 50% of businesses in the U.S., the small business world is a competitive one, so finding the right information to help make your business a success critical. Fit Small Business was designed with the small business owner in mind. Their site is an encyclopedia of information for business owners that answers questions about everything from how to start a small business to how to expand their brand. Owning a small business can feel like you are navigating the open sea alone. That’s why Fit Small Business has real tips from small business owners included in all their content, giving business owners the guidance they need from others that are on the same journey.

A lot of business owners are still really intimidated by SEO and the general difficulty of it. They just don’t understand all of the technical mumbo-jumbo and they also don’t have the time to devote to it either. The truth is that SEO is now no longer difficult. It’s really easy and if you have the right mentality and the right commitment then there is absolutely no reason why you can’t go on to experience a huge amount of success. Any business owner can become a master of SEO, and this is especially the case when you have the right tools at your disposal. Is SEO That Hard? Those who are not familiar with website development may hear the words “Google algorithm” and instantly feel uneasy. Sure, the algorithm is complex and it is really difficult, but there is no reason why you can’t go on to be successful with it. The truth is that sophisticated algorithms don’t actually need a sophisticated strategy, and it’s really easy for you to go out there and achieve positive results. Google wants to provide the best online experience and if everything was as hard as you think it is then they wouldn’t be able to do that - purely because nobody would have a clue how to get started.