There are many ways to fund a small business initially. Some are obviously better than others, but it is good to always weigh your options to determine what works best for a given situation. Most lenders will have you fill out an application, possibly a credit report, and provide information on the business to apply for a loan.
Sales is the lifeblood of any business. No sales, no business. Your business is as successful as its sales. From goal setting, to marketing and lead generation, to lead nurture, to closing, to customer service and retention, there’s a lot to do to make sales. So how do you increase your sales?
Here are the previous blogs with links that I posted regarding making the most of your Social Media Marketing on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Storytelling is all the rage today. Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, sound or images, often by improvisation or embellishment. Storytelling is more compelling and effective delivering information than just using facts. Our brains are more engaged by storytelling than facts. Storytelling builds customer loyalty. People want to be entertained. Stories are illustrative, easily memorable and create stronger emotional bonds with customers. Tell great stories and grow your business. Great storytellers charm, engage and hold their audience. Managers use storytelling to resolve conflicts, address issues and face challenges. Here are the four main elements to build your story.
The business that considers itself immune to the necessity for advertising sooner or later finds itself immune to business.
– Derby Brown, author
It does not matter what great company you mention, chances are they market constantly, and they have a system with a consistent message. McDonalds, Microsoft, Nike all understand how their business operates and what they need to project to their customers.There is a good business book written by Michael Gerber called the E-Myth which breaks down well, the idea that you have to have systems to operate a business. There are things you must understand to succeed over the long term. Marketing is one area where all business' must have a plan.
There are over 4.1 billion email accounts, over 2.5 billion email users, and 897 million mobile email users worldwide. 247 billion emails are sent daily. For every $1 spent on email marketing, the average return is $44.25. Email marketing’s ROI is 4,300%! 42% of businesses and 88% of B2B marketers say email is their most effective lead generator. 95% of online consumers use email and 91% check their email daily. 74% of consumers prefer to receive commercial communications through email. 66% of US consumers made a purchase as a result of email marketing. Email is 40 times better at acquiring new customers than Facebook or Twitter. Email conversion rates are 3 times higher than social media, with a 17% higher value in the conversion. Companies view email marketing as a better ROI than PPC, content marketing, social media, offline direct marketing, affiliate marketing, online display advertising and mobile marketing. Over half of businesses get over 10% of total sales from through email marketing. 3,500 is the average size email list. We have over 17,000 at Independent Talk 1100 KFNX. So how do you optimize your email marketing?
I am Michael Colvin, the Host of the 'Valley Insider' radio show on Independent Talk 1100 KFNX. In this blog I will be introducing a little background on my business, and how it has benefited from my radio show.
As business owners, we need to sell our products and services to customers with money. Talk radio is one of the best ways to do that. 76 million American baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 during the post-World War II baby boom are 51 to 70 years old today. 57% of talk radio listeners are over 45. Boomers are 24% of the US population though control 70 % of US disposable income. Disposable income is total personal income minus personal current taxes. So how are boomers listening to the radio and spending their money?