Friday 1 November 2013

The Essential Guide To Small Business Insurance

Business Insurance
More than 40 percent of employers have frozen new employee hirings, anticipating increased insurance costs from Obamacare, according to a Gallup poll commissioned by the employment law firm Littler Mendelson. But many businesses do not realize health care is only one of the insurance concerns facing them. The Small Business Administration (SBA) advises entrepreneurs of the other types of insurance that may be required, depending on the industry, location and lender's requirements.

Even when business insurance is not legally required, it may be advisable to protect the best interests of a company and its owners or partners. Get familiar with these insurance options to help you avoid financial and legal problems stemming from being underinsured:


Employee Insurance

Does the new Affordable Care Act require your company to provide your employees with health insurance? Strictly speaking, the answer is no, but you may face penalties if you are a larger employer and do not make certain levels of insurance available. For penalties to kick in, you must have the equivalent of at least 50 full-time employees. If this applies, possible penalties vary depending on your specifics. If you do not provide coverage, and at least one employee receives a premium tax credit or cost sharing subsidy in an exchange, you may owe a penalty. If you do provide coverage, you must offer specific minimum levels of coverage to avoid penalties.

State laws generally require you to carry worker's compensation if you have W2 employees. This protects you if an employee gets injured on the job.


Liability Insurance

Some small business owners incorporate as limited liability companies to protect themselves, not realizing that this is not the same as having liability insurance. Business liability insurance comes in a number of forms. General liability insurance protects you and your employees against claims of accidents, injuries or negligence. This protects you against payments involving bodily injury, medical expenses, property damage, damage to reputations and legal fees. As a rule, most businesses should carry general liability insurance, even home-based businesses.

Depending on your business model, you may need other forms of liability insurance. Product liability insurance protects you against claims involving items you sell that cause bodily harm. The service equivalent is professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions insurance, which protects you against claims of malpractice, errors or negligence.


Commercial Property Insurance

The business counterpart to home insurance, commercial property insurance, guards you against losses related to events such as fire, floods and crime. Commercial property insurance can cover a wide range of disasters, or it can be peril-specific. Remember to insure your company cars, too.


Home-Based Business Insurance

Some entrepreneurs who work from home may not realize their personal insurance does not cover their business. Specialized home-based business insurance can insure you against losses related to your work.


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Wednesday 30 October 2013

How Twitter Can Help Your SEO

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Twitter is a useful tool for assisting with SEO efforts. Considered a micro blogging platform, Twitter is one of the most popular social media sites. With such a large network of Twitter members it is the perfect place to concentrate on SEO. Here are some ways that Twitter helps.


Social Signals

Twitter sends out social signals that become visible in the search algorithm for Google. The social signs can help a website rank higher than it may have otherwise. A greater number of social signs place a greater level of importance on a website, which sends it shooting to the top of Google search results. This goes a long way in helping a website's SEO efforts.

Tweeting in order to build up SEO involves doing a few specific things.


Memorable and Impressive Account Name

Every Twitter user has a profile on the website. If a company is trying to step up their SEO efforts they will want to make sure that the account name they choose is one that people will remember. A good rule of thumb is to choose some kind of variation of the company's name. This variation should be related to what people are most likely to type into a search engine bar when looking for a company.


Insert Backlinks Strategically

While not every tweet a company sends out should include a link back to their website, some of the tweets should. It is crucial to make sure a company is not including their link in their tweets either too often or not often enough. The tweets that do include a link to the company's website will almost always drive an increased amount of traffic to the website.


Include Useful Keywords

When a company sends out a tweet they should make every effort to include a relevant keyword or key phrase into the beginning of the tweet. Since tweets are limited to a maximum of 140 characters, users must choose their words carefully. The shorter a tweet, the more effective it is likely to be. Shorter tweets are also easier for others to respond to or to re-tweet. In many cases when someone re-tweets they want to include words of their own in the re-tweet. This means that the original tweet needs to leave enough room for characters for people to be able to add their own thoughts.


Interaction with Consumers

For companies to be successful it is helpful to interact with their followers on Twitter. Commenting on and re-tweeting the tweets a company's followers post makes them feel like the company cares about them. The more friendly and approachable a company appears to be, the more people will want to give the company their business. Tweeting new website content to a company's followers encourages them to keep visiting the website, which helps greatly with SEO efforts.

These are just some of the ways that Twitter can help companies with their SEO efforts. Twitter is a valuable tool to use.


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Monday 28 October 2013

It's A Dog Eat Dog World: Five Pieces Of Advice They Don't Teach You In Business School

Business School
Going to college to get a degree in business can help you tremendously in the future. Potential employers may look at your educational history and place importance on the school that you attended. However, business school isn't the only place that you'll learn valuable life lessons. Whether you are in the boardroom or on the sales floor, here are five pieces of advice that they don't teach you in business school, but that you'll probably end up using in the professional world.


Promise The World, and Do Your Best to Come Through

When you are in college, it can seem a bit scary to go out on a limb and over extend yourself and your promises. However, in the real world, it is important to make sure that people know you are confident in yourself and that you have lofty expectations. If you make plans for yourself that are over the top, other people will see your desire and commitment to be successful. And when you complete your task, people will be amazed by all of your work and effort.


Step Up to the Plate

With every profession in life, the people that succeed are those that are willing to step up and lead. In college, you may feel expected to play fair and give an equal amount of work to other students. But in the business world, it's important to put yourself ahead of others and be confident in yourself to get things done. If you want to set yourself apart, you need to do the things that others will not.


If You Can't Find the Problem, It May Be You

Have you ever been in a group project in college where you keep pointing fingers at someone who isn't pulling their weight, but they seem to be oblivious to their lack of contribution? Well, the same happens in the business world. If you keep finding issues or problems with something that you are doing, but you can't pinpoint the root of the problem, it may be time to evaluate yourself. Once you realize that you may be the reason for the problem, it's much easier to begin working towards a solution.


Be Clear

In business school, you will probably learn a lot of jargon that may sound good on paper, but that does not work when used in the business world. When working with a new group of people or advertising to the masses, make sure that everyone understands your message and that there is no confusion. Just remember, the real world isn't a thesis statement that is graded by your professor, it's a message that is being understood by your peers. For example, a dentist should not be using technical terms when describing their procedures, but they should use simple ideas and words that can be understood by everyone. This can be a difficult task; however, a dental advertising service can help with this process.


Always Come Through

In the real world, no matter what your profession is, your word is your reputation. In business school, you can get away with saying you are sick and need an extra day to complete a paper. In the real world, this simply will not work, since others will be relying on your work. If you promise something, or are simply expected to do something, be sure that you do it.

You are sure to learn a lot of great lessons in business school, but there are some things that you simply will need to discover on your own.


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Friday 25 October 2013

How Pinterest Can Help Your Small Business

Pinterest
Pinterest being a relatively new social media platform, many small businesses are unaware of how they can make good use of it. One main reason people seem reluctant to try this social network is because it is quite different from some of the other major social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. In order to understand how you can make use of this tool, you must first understand how other small companies are using Pinterest in their business.

Pinterest can help you build your online presence. Develop a marketing plan that is well-thought out to make Pinterest work for you. You can make use of the following ideas to use Pinterest effectively in your business.


Conduct Market research

When you are well versed with how to use Pinterest you can even benefit by understanding the market trends and knowing the preferences of users on Pinterest. After you pin something, you can check if people actually like your pin and repining it. Also, make note whether you are getting any new followers for your pin. When you do, observe their profiles to know the kind of people interested in your product so that you can add more tailored content keeping them in mind.


Promote what you sell

For those businesses selling products, Pinterest can be a very good way to showcase products to users through pictures. Share images of your best products but a better approach would be to include pictures of customers using your products. You can also add pictures giving customers step-by-step instructions on how to use your product. You can assign a pin as a product by adding the price of the product in the product description. The price must be accompanied by the dollar sign or whichever currency you plan to use. By doing so, the product will also be added to the gifts section on Pinterest.


Share videos

You can share videos on Pinterest by embedding them into Pinterest itself. Small businesses can greatly benefit from sharing videos and so this feature should definitely be used to promote your business.


Feature blog posts

Pinterest is increasingly being used by bloggers in order to give emphasis to their blog posts and also to create visual representations of their content. To make this happen, you must add graphics like photos to your blog post so that when your post is pinned Pinterest will be able to pull the right image.


Share space with others

Pinterest is more effective when used as a group activity. You can involve your employees, customers and other Pinterest users. You can assign boards to your employees or loyal customers where they can share their ideas and have discussions. This can help you learn what your customers feel and help you learn from each other too.

You can also create boards that highlight useful information from sources other than yours. You can include images from your customers and clients that your target audience might find appealing. Also, include interesting images on your company website so that Pinterest users might be encouraged to pin those pictures on their boards.


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Wednesday 23 October 2013

How To Survive Your First Two Years As A Start-Up

Small Business
The Great Recession and subsequent recovery has been rough for just about everyone, unless you are fortunate enough to be one of the 1%. But for a lot of people, it provided the opportunity and the determination to begin their own businesses.

However, the recovery hasn't been all that kind to new business start-ups. While the failure rate for new businesses has always been quite high, the failure rate rose by 40% between 2007 and 2010.

On the bright side, there are a number of successful people who are more than willing to share their stories with newbies, and much can be learned from both their mistakes and their triumphs.


Don't Be Afraid to Fail

Sara Blakely, the founder and inventor of Spanx slimming shapewear, had this to say about advice her father gave her when she was growing up: "My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn't have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying."


A Handshake is Great, But Get it In Writing

Marcia Kilgore, the serial entrepreneur and creator of lifestyle and beauty brands, says a friendship in business can only take you so far. "Get everything in writing, especially with business partners. When you're starting out, things can be quite friendly and exciting, but people's memory can change due to money."


Let Your Customers Be Your Best Marketers

You might have the snazziest marketing campaign in the world, but it's a lot cheaper and frankly more convincing if you can get your customers to market for you. When you have a great product and you treat your customers well, they will tell other people about your company. Provide a good forum for feedback, do care about what your customers think, and they will not only come back for more, but they will bring others with them.


Better than the Competition

If you are not either better or cheaper, then you really have no reason to exist. Take it from Jim Koch of Sam Adams fame: "You have a viable business only if your product is either better or cheaper than the alternatives. If it's not one or the other, you might make some money at first, but it's not a sustainable business."

On a more concrete level, here are some specific things you can do to cut costs and make sure your business has a decent chance to grow:


Control Inventory

If you carry inventory, make sure you are not carrying far more than you need. Not only do you have to pay your suppliers for goods that are sitting around, you also have to shell out money for storage. Keep only enough on-hand to suffice until the next supplier delivery date.


Shorten Receivables

Make sure that your customers are paying as quickly as they should be. If your terms have been overly generous in the past, send a note to your clients that terms are changing, and be sure to BOLD the due date on invoices. Start collection efforts as soon as the payment is late.


Consult your tax accountant for any overlooked breaks

Deduct all equipment purchases as quickly as you can. If you are going to lose money this year, investigate carrying it back to a previous year. Make sure you are deducting health premiums and self-employment tax. And if you have not yet started up your new business venture, be sure to look into the tax atmosphere of the state where you plan to locate. Some states are friendlier than others.


Don't Spend Money Until You Have Money

And finally, from the founder of DailyCandy, Dana Vely: "When we used to put candy in our media kits, I would go to the Duane Reade store the day after Easter because the candy was on sale. Of course, it's important to spend on certain things in the beginning. You need good servers but you don't need Aeron desk chairs."


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Monday 21 October 2013

7 Tips On How To Make Guest Blogging Work For You

Guest Posting
Guest blogging, while it normally doesn't pay cash, gives you great returns in terms of SEO benefits and reputation as an author. You get a larger audience than you would from your own blog alone, and you get backlinks from high authority blogs (where you posted) to boost your own ranking. As with most everything else, you've got to know the tricks of the trade to make guest blogging work for you.

Here are 7 tips that you could begin with:


1. The Google gossip

Word is, Google is going to devalue links in the author bio. Since you can't argue with the Big G, it makes sense to somehow insert your link in the article body instead. This is easier said than done because blogs that accept guest posts have their own rules. Create a good portfolio (even if you have never published before) and write a great pitch. Comment on other posts on the blog and, in short, make yourself a known figure. Then, and only then, ask for favors like link in the article body, and you could be pleasantly surprised.


2. Where does the link lead to?

This is weird: very few guest bloggers think of leading visitors to a landing page let alone one that is specialized to suit visitors from the parent site where the guest article was posted. Linking to your home page may guarantee a certain percentage of visitors, but it normally does nothing to convert them to subscribers as well.

Consider this: you are writing Article A on Site B. Create a landing page that says something like "Hi there! You just read A on B, didn't ya? Well, welcome to my site..." and put in the subscription form along with a freebie to "thank" your visitors for reading your article. Regarding the freebie (gift, actually), say something like "Tell us where to send it" and you'll have quite a few emails already.


3. How do you link?

Anchor texts are fine; ones with keywords are great; catchy ones with keywords that entice visitors to follow the link to your site are even better. However, there is something called "co-occurrence". This would be the keywords found around, not in, your anchor text. This is something like LSI (latent semantic indexing) keywords; only the keywords that you use here are going to be top-class main keyword types and are best utilized when you can use them to tell the search engines what your site is all about.


4. Focus on the page, not the site

Reputation of the site is not immaterial, but you gain as much authority as the page you are going to be on. Make yourself familiar with the site and its audience, and the kind of post that gets most comments and write accordingly to figure on a high authority/PR page.

Check out also the site owner's social media profiles. See if they have enough followers or subscribers. You want to reach a wider audience; unless the person is well connected, that may not happen.


5. Cross linking

Create profiles on different social media sites (several of the same, real profile, not creepy ones that change your mugshot or distort your name). Link your guest article to other guest posts of yours and your profiles and vice versa - leave no stone unturned to create a mesh of links around your web-presence. Since you are not creating the mesh with dime a dozen autoblogs or article directories, your links will count.


6. Sometimes, promote your guest posts, not your site

This is not missing the point at all. What you are aiming at here is author reputation. Google +1, Facebook likes, etc, actually lead to social endorsement that Google values. So, what actually happens is that when you are promoting your post, the parent site being high authority (why else would you guest post there?) lends credence to your reputation as an author. And when people try to find out more about you, voila! - they get to know of your site! This is actually as simple as it sounds. When it begins to work for you, remember we told you first.


7. Get organized

You will be able to make use of the earlier points only when you know where you guest-posted, what your subjects were, if you are going to post again, if you got a better idea over one you had last year on a given topic and so on. Have all the data regarding your activities in a spread sheet so that you don't end up sending duplicate posts to a number of blog owners. It will also put things in perspective for you; show you your progress or the lack of it.

Apart from these 7 tips, it helps to find a niche along your own to guest post. However, this is not absolutely necessary, since you can be naturally interested in and expert in several different topics and since the reputation factor is viewed separately by Google even though it is ultimately going to give you SEO benefits.


About The Author: Jason Smith is an online consultant for ABWE. Jason likes blogging about online strategies that are related to SEO, Content, PPC and Lead generation. In his free time he likes to study about web designing and practice Jiu Jitsu.

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Wednesday 9 October 2013

FAQ Pages: A Handy Form Of Content Creation

FAQ
No matter how well you structure your website and how much detailed information you provide within the content of your pages, you will soon find that you are repeatedly asked exactly the same questions about your product or service. Sometimes a little more frequently than you would like.

Including a FAQ page on your website serves several purposes, but perhaps most importantly it will help you to minimise that "Groundhog Day" feeling and stop you rolling your eyes and praying to whoever is listening that this will be the last time you will ever have to repeat the same information again. Before of course you politely answer the question!


FRANTIC SEARCHING

Another way of looking at it is to think how frustrating it can be when you are looking for the answer to a fairly simple question but you cannot find the information anywhere. You don't have time to send them an email so what do you do. Do you push on regardless or find another site with a more helpful approach?

So, what other advantages are there to be had from having an FAQ page and how should you go about setting one up? Read on to find out...


FAQ Pages - The Benefits

  • Save time - repeating the same information time and time again is not just frustrating; it wastes your valuable time too. Time you could be using far more constructively elsewhere.

  • Keep your site visitors happy - Being able to find the answer to their questions or concerns quickly and easily ensures that visitors have a positive experience whilst using your site and will ultimately give them a positive impression of your site and your business.

  • Add Informative, fresh content for your website - adding new, relevant content on a regular basis will help you to improve your search engine ranking and outrank your competitors.

  • Hook more customers - if a person cannot find the information they require immediately and they are too busy or too shy to make contact with their enquiry, you run the risk of them taking their custom elsewhere.

    Providing site visitors with the information they are looking for however will encourage them to take the next step and helps you to convert more visitors to leads.


Compiling Your FAQ's - some handy tips

START WITH THE OBVIOUS

The obvious place to start is with the questions you are usually asked by your customers and site visitors. New businesses that do not yet have the benefit of this experience will have to "wing it" slightly and compile a list based on the questions they think they are most likely to be asked.

UPDATE OVER TIME

Over time, new questions can be added to the original list based on prompts from your site visitors, allowing you to develop your list with yet more, relevant, fresh content.

STUCK FOR IDEAS?

If you are stuck for ideas, you could always "borrow" some great ideas from another site of a similar nature. I am not suggesting you copy anyone, just get the inspiration you need and re-write them in your own words. Don't plagiarise.

PUT YOURSELF IN THE VISITORS SHOES

Consider the process your visitors will go through when navigating around your site, from beginning to end, will help you to come up with potential questions they would want answers to.

ASK AROUND

Ask your colleagues, friends and family for their suggestions too, different people will have different perspectives and this will help you to compile a more useful list.

LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED

Make your FAQ page as in depth and useful as you possibly can and your site visitors will love you for it!

WHAT WOULD YOU LOVE TO ASK?

Last but not least, why not try to include questions that people might be too embarrassed to ask but would really want to know the answer to nonetheless!

What you would want to know.


Organising Your FAQ's

The quantity of questions on your FAQ list will be dictated to some extent by the nature of your business.

As a general guide, I would suggest that if you have a fairly small number of questions, let's say up to fifteen, it would be fine to group them in one list, for people to scroll through.

To prevent people from having to scroll through an endless list looking for the information they need, it is advisable to break down and organise larger numbers of FAQ's into categories e.g. Delivery Information or Return of Goods.


How Many FAQ's?

Providing your FAQ page is full of questions and answers that are genuinely useful and relevant and the page is easy for users to navigate, the more FAQ's the merrier.

But never be tempted to fill the page with questions for the sake of it. If it is not a genuinely useful question/answer, don't bother including it. It will just be dead weight and distract visitors from the useful information.


Final thoughts...

So, there you have it. I hope that you now can see that an FAQ page is more than just about helping your site visitors find out what they need to know. It performs all sorts of roles.

However, without an FAQ page, your site visitors may be left frustrated as they look for answers to their questions, even if you have already included that information elsewhere on your site!

FAQ pages are not difficult to set up and if you have been running your site for a little while the chances are that you will have a list of FAQs in your head to get you started!

Get writing.


About The Author: Felix Marsh is member of the team at Teapot Creative, a design agency based in Somerset offering web design, graphic design and SEO services. They work closely with all of their clients - getting to understand their business, building relationships that last, delivering professional design at affordable prices with a personal touch.

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Monday 7 October 2013

Online Security For The Small Business: What's The Score?

Online Security
Any small business will already understand the importance of online security - if not for their employees and themselves, but for the business itself. Imagine being on the receiving end of a hack which results in personal details being released, or a virus that knocks your computer network for six. The problem with some small business owners is they are a little too complacent, with the mind-set of:

"Oh, I'll sort that later, it's an expense I could do without and it won't happen to me anyway."

While it's natural for any business to analyse their spending and cut back on unnecessary investments, online security isn't one of those commodities that can be forgotten about. Even with the economic climate the way it is, there are some things that are worth investing in and protecting your assets is one of them.

Recent research by the internet security giant, Symantec, has found that there has been a significant shift in website threats for small businesses to be a little more concerned than usual. While in previous years, chances of being targeted over larger, more lucrative businesses has been circumstantial but Part 1 of a new Symantec Infographic has shown that this is no longer the case. Nowadays, there have been more and more targeted attacks aimed at small and medium businesses rather than larger enterprises, highlighting the importance of online security, regardless of how many employees you have.

This infographic also mentioned the alarming statistic regarding security breaches - 12% were found to come from within a company's network, implying that you need to protect against third parties from outside and inside your network. The infographic also informed us that there has been a 13% increase in SME attacks in 2012, compared with 2011.

Part 2 of the infographic includes snippets of information about the current phishing trends, including a phenomenal increase in social media phishing. This highlights the importance for online security and diligence within small business setting, especially one which utilises social media networks to their advantage. It's also important to ensure your employees stay at the top of their game and are careful about what they click on when browsing the internet and social media sites during any downtime.

Owners of small businesses shouldn't ignore the importance of online security, investing in anti-virus software and network protection wherever possible. In an age where almost every business has an online presence, we will only see malicious activity rise - don't fall victim to it.


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Friday 4 October 2013

Use The Latest Social Media Marketing Techniques In 2013

Social Media
A few years ago, social media sites emerged as mediums for sharing special events with friends and family and helped people to stay in touch with each other. In those days, these sites were more like personal sites. But now, the social media sites have undergone a transformation and they have established themselves as the most powerful strategy online business.

The social media sites are constantly expanding with already 850 million users of Facebook per month and 500 million users of Google+. We have reached the last quarter of 2013 now and saw several significant changes in the social media marketing strategies. In the process of trying to keep up with these changes, we have learnt a number of effective social media marketing techniques.

Here are enlisted some of the most effective techniques for social media marketing which should be used in 2013.


  • Visual Marketing: Marketing as a whole is heading towards becoming visual increasingly, and you need to incorporate visual elements in your social media marketing techniques. While posting relevant pictures and graphics, make sure that you embed the text as well as your business information. The most widely used way of posting in social sites like Facebook, is pictures. Facebook has around 350 million picture uploads each day. When others are sharing your pictures, you have an opportunity to show them your link of website and other relevant information.

  • Usage of Your Analytics: Your analytics need to be reviewed regularly to check out whether something is working or not. You can also find out if the followers are visiting a particular site greater than the others. You can discover the exact time when your pages get maximum visitors. Observe the results carefully and try to find the reasons behind such phenomena. Utilize the knowledge you gain to get the desired results.

  • Usage of Slideshare: Slideshare is a social site that has been predicted as the fastest growing site in 2013. This site allows you the sharing of your professional presentations with huge number of people irrespective of their industry or location. You can even share videos, PDFs and documents. If you have a hunger for knowledge, visit this site and get inspired from the works of people around the world.

  • Usage of Google+: This year, businesses should be present in Google+. In 2013, Google+ rose above Twitter and became the second largest social network having 343 million users. In spite of the fact that the site lacks a few powers of some other social sites, Google+ is Google's central part and from the perspective of SEO, you should become a part of this site.

  • Usage of Fewer Social Sites: Using more social sites does not always bring the desired results in case of social media marketing. Take some time to research and find out which particular social sites are proper for your company, business or brand. It is always better to focus your efforts of marketing to a few numbers of good social sites. This would result in your message being spread more effectively as compared to when you use too many social sites. Take time to prepare yourself well and then participate successfully in those few social sites. It is vital to create a strong presence on those specific sites that deliver, instead of wasting time while trying to dominate all the sites.


Conclusion

Social media marketing grows with each year. You need to cope with the changing trends to keep up your business with the changes. The year 2013 has seen the above mentioned trends in social media marketing strategies. Following these techniques would help your business to be ahead of your competitors.

Summary: Social media marketing strategies are subjected to many changes with the changing time. It is important for businesses to follow the updated techniques to stand out of the crowd.


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Wednesday 2 October 2013

Commerce Journalism AKA Affiliate Marketing

Commerce Journalism
As a marketing concept, affiliate links have always had a slightly disreputable feel to them. Adding an affiliate link to content always suggests, at some level, the publisher is more interested in getting paid than providing quality content. At the same time, trusted and authoritative content can move significant traffic through affiliate links, so plenty of marketing strategies focus around affiliate sales.

What's a marketing tactic to do when it falls under a cloud? Well, it falls back on another time honored marketing trick - it changes its name. What was once affiliate marketing is now known as commerce journalism, a name which spawns its own controversies.


Defining Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a subsection of native advertising, although the strategy has a history much longer than the native advertising name. Native advertising describes any marketing which blends with the surrounding content.

Affiliate marketing specifically describes links to sponsors or products within content. An image of a Mustang and a link to Ford parts are both native advertising, but only the link is considered affiliate marketing.


Can Journalism Advertize and Still be Journalism?

Commerce journalism works well enough as a replacement term for affiliate marketing, but the expression puts many people's noses out of joint. At its core, pure journalism is both trustworthy and credible.

Yeah, I know a quick flick through the newsstand or cable news networks reveals how rarely we see pure journalism, but in an ideal world, you should be able to trust the people who provide you with information.

Of course, it's more difficult to trust content containing sponsored links, or when a company pays a writer to produce articles about them. That's not journalism, detractors cried - that's marketing, and calling it anything else is misleading.


Google News and Commerce Journalism

It would be easy enough to dismiss the commerce journalism debate as mere semantics. After all, most commerce journalism doesn't pretend to be real news stories. A gulf of intentions separates a news story from content on a commercial page.

Expect, of course, sometimes the gulf narrows, especially when a canny marketer sees an opportunity. Marketing masquerading as news became so common, the practice goes against Google News' quality guidelines. Affiliate links in Google News articles will attract the unwanted gaze of Google's penalties, which no one wants.


Commerce Journalism or Commerce Content?

Given concerns about journalistic content and the nature of affiliate links, the term commerce content might have raised fewer eyebrows. Most readers expect some monetization in their online content. Readers aren't stupid; they understand bloggers and website owners need to eat. Still, "commerce journalism" was the term coined, so marketers are just going to have to live with it (at least until the concept receives another name change).


Succeeding in Commerce Journalism

Ultimately, your readers probably won't mind commerce journalism, as long as you strive to provide them with trustworthy and accurate information. Building trust takes time. Readers need time to assimilate, test and verify your content, although they may not be aware they're doing it.

As you build trust and authority in your field, you start building a social community based around your content. Once you have a large enough community, you'll start to see traffic through affiliate links.

Honesty is important in commerce journalism. If a company sponsors content, be upfront with your readers. You may not need to give them a heads up about affiliate links within content, but when money changes hands for an entire article, a disclaimer helps build your readers trust (and makes them more likely to click on links, as you've proven you're not hiding anything.

Most importantly, commerce journalism provides content and information first, and market opportunities second. Obvious advertising copy drives off readers. Give them useful information so they keep coming back, and eventually they'll check out your affiliate links.


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Tuesday 1 October 2013

Q & A: What To Consider When Setting Up A Home Business

Home Business
Many people dream of working from home to enjoy a greater work/life balance, avoid the daily commute and experience a more relaxed business setting. If you're about to embark on a home-based venture, read our helpful question and answer guide for inspiration.


Q - How much does it cost?

A - The cost of setting up a home business varies greatly depending on your industry. If your work will be computer-based, you might need to pay for a professional website to be set up, invest in a special desk and an ergonomic chair and pay for things like a business phone line, broadband, virus protection and promotional goods like business cards.

If you're planning to make things, you might need extra space, a workbench, special lighting and equipment. You'll also need to pay to register your company name and might need to pay for business banking services if you want to set up a dedicated account. Other costs to take into account include utility bills, subscriptions to unions and potential insurance costs.


Q - How much room will I need?

A - Again, the amount of space you'll need will depend on what it is you want to do. You might have a spare bedroom or a box room you could convert into a home office, or a shed or garage where you could set up a workbench and store any equipment. You could find setting up only requires a corner of your home with a small laptop table and chair squeezed in, and some stylish metal shelving for storing your paperwork. Take a look at storage supplies for your business at BigDug.co.uk.


Q - Will I need insurance?

A - If customers will be visiting your home or if you'll be travelling to them, you might need to make sure you have insurance to cover accidents or claims that arise from your dealing with clients directly. You'll need to make sure your property is safe and check for any hazards or risks. Public liability insurance can give you financial protection in these situations.

You may also need to amend your contents insurance to cover your equipment, and also take out buildings insurance depending on the type of business you'll run. An alternative is to invest in a specialist policy for home businesses.


Q - Do I need permission?

A - If you want to start your own business, you might need permission from a number of people first. If you already work for a company but want to set up your business on the side, you may need to check your contract or speak to your boss to ensure you can do so. Some contracts have clauses that specify that you can't set up in competition while you're working for the company, or enter into additional employment. However, it's worth asking someone directly as the firm may be happy for you to run your own business and give you written permission to do so.

Another person you may need to check with is your landlord if you live in rented accommodation or your mortgage provider if you're paying back a home loan. If your business doesn't require changes to the property or visits from clients, you may find your plans can go ahead without any problems. However, if you want to alter the building or start taking visits you may have some negotiating to do.


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Monday 30 September 2013

Get A Head Start On The Holidays With A Home-Based eBay Business

eBay
It's only September but a slice of American consumers already have an eye on holiday shopping this year. A survey by RetailMeNot.com found that 10 percent of consumers interviewed said they were starting their holiday shopping before November. If you run a home-based eBay business or are thinking about starting one, now is the time to get a jump on the holiday shopping season.


Look Like a Business

EBay is a competitive landscape with thousands of others selling online just like you. Whether you're selling a few items or managing a large inventory (more on that later), you want an image that looks professional. Most of this starts at your auction template - essentially the design behind your online store. EBay gives a tutorial on creating and managing auction templates or third-party companies like Page Mage will create and manage templates for roughly $5 per month.


Inventory and Shipping

You should have a scope on your inventory before listing that first item. Listing a low amount of items (30 or fewer) is manageable without the help of extra software or auction management companies, but anything more than 50 might get overwhelming. Companies like Auctiva manage an unlimited number of listings for about $15 per month, a necessary opportunity cost if you want to sell big for the holiday season.

Shipping expenses could be one of your biggest financial downfalls if not properly handled. Miscalculating shipping costs can add up to a small amount per auction, but combined that loss can be devastating. Services like USPS will send you free boxes for shipping so long you use their priority service. Enterprise address software can help manage large-inventory shipments and cut down on shipping times, which is crucial for positive feedback and seller ratings since timeliness is a touchy subject around the holiday season.


Use 'Buy It Now'

Driving up an auction price is a great way to earn the most on each listing, but most shoppers want the same convenience they'd find on a retail site like Amazon. "Buy It Now" gives shoppers the ability to click once and be done with it, and it's an instant payment in your account. Every item you list should have a "Buy It Now" price that competes with the market price in other online stores.


Create a Social Presence

Don't just rely on shoppers to stumble upon your listings - create a brand for yourself. Social media is a power tool when it comes to marketing and turning a small business into a brand. Leverage a few of these networks to complete the social circle and draw more customers to your listings.

  • Create a Pinterest account and "pin" images of your products as they go on sale.
  • Use Twitter to connect with others and share stories behind the items you sell - start a conversation.
  • Create a Facebook page to post listings and invite others to comment and share feedback.
  • Join a Google+ community that relates to the type of items you typically sell. Most communities allow for some self-promotion.


Start Today

A lot of your competition is still riding the wave from summer sales. Take advantage by starting your holiday sales while the rest are wrapping up for Halloween.


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Friday 27 September 2013

Stronger Branding: How To Brand Your Business Online

Branding
Why are Pepsi, Wal-Mart, and Apple all household names? In a word: branding. When you hear the name, you instantly have an image in your head of what the company stands for. You connect emotionally with the brand. Maybe you hate a particular company. Maybe you laugh when you hear a company's brand name. Maybe you feel an intense sense of joy. Whatever the response, the fact is that that company has gotten inside your head. Here's how to get inside the head of your customers with your own brand.


Create a Personality

When Apple founder Steve Jobs created the Macintosh, he wanted it to have a certain feel. He wanted people to think about the company a certain way. He couldn't do it alone, though. He had to hire managers, engineers, and other talent that would foster a community within the company. Eventually, his leadership and salesmanship created a defined culture and corporate personality.

Apple's personality was built from the ground up. Without a defined culture, no firm personality would have developed. Without that, there would be nothing special about the company today.

You might not like it, but its designs are loved by millions of people. Apple has created a personality of friendliness. Apple's customer service is one of the most competent and generous in the industry. The company also has earned a reputation for designing products that "just work." Jobs himself almost never wore the cliched "shirt and tie" during his later years with the company. Instead, he kept things very casual.

All of this led to the company being seen as industrial, yet "laid back." Friendly, but competent.

This is, in essence, what you must do with your company. Decide on a personality you want for your company and work to build the culture from within your organization. Hire the best talent you can afford. Eventually, the marketplace will start to see not just a corporation, but a living thing.


Create a Signature Look

Some companies have a signature look. Their products have consistency. For example, think about any major brand like McDonalds or Five Guys Burger and Fries. Think about Microsoft or Apple. Think about Coke and Pepsi. What do these companies have in common? They all have a strong brand image.

From the corporate colors to the way commercials are designed and shot to the way products are delivered to the marketplace, each company has carved out its own special look. Customers come to depend on that, and they associate the look with the brand.

In your own business, it's going to be important to flesh out a strong corporate image - a logo. Along with that, you'll want to incorporate corporate colors into your website, business cards and other marketing as well as your letterhead.

Basically, every form of communication, marketing, and product packaging (even products) needs to be doused in your brand image.


Develop Consistency In Communications

There's nothing worse than inconsistent communication. When your brand doesn't have consistency, your message is muddled. For example, let's say you have a letterhead with your logo and a few colors incorporated into the letter's design. But on your website, you have different colors - the same logo. You product packaging is a generic brown box with sans-serif font because that was the cheapest available at the printer.

This kind of message says that you're not in business for the long-haul, that you're not yet serious about your company, and that you just don't know what you're doing yet. It's hard to build trust, and relationships, with a company that hasn't got a firm sense of itself. Fix this, and half of your troubles will just disappear - overnight.


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Thursday 26 September 2013

Getting The Right Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance
We're human beings, not human doings. This means that sometimes we need to stop fretting about work or chores and approach life in a different way.

Nowadays, this is referred to as having the right work-life balance but what does the term really mean? After all, we're told to have balanced everything just lately, from diet to finances: You've got to wow at work, but be chilled at home, while doing all of your chores. Is this all even possible?

Perhaps achieving this so-called "balance" is ultimately about coming at daily activities from a different perspective, while ensuring you earmark enough time to focus on you. Instead of telling yourself your diet must be balanced, instead focus on making it colourful, fresh and organic. Rather than rigorously enforcing a work/life divide, just promise to live in the moment. Whatever approach works for you, it all boils down to taking away the pressure and replacing it with positive thoughts.

You also need to remember that you can't spell life without "I" - meaning you can't expect to live properly if you don't take some personal time to relax.

Lots of people find spa breaks the perfect antidote to daily life, giving them a chance to centre themselves again and let go of tension. There really is no one else to worry about when you're enjoying a relaxing massage or even going for a leisurely swim in the pool.

A health spa break at Wyboston Lakes Y Spa can give you the space you need to recharge your batteries and put you on top of your game before returning to reality. At the Y spa, guests can just be free from expectations, judgements and responsibilities. It's all about taking time away from life. Whether that's spending the day at the spa before enjoying a lazy Sunday lunch with family, or going for all out pampering with the Paint the Spa Red celebration package.

Whether you take a spa trip alone or with a friend, relative or partner, you'll get the chance to step back from your problems and assess your next move from a place of calm and tranquility.

Meanwhile, you can even use the spa to feed the body what it needs, be it exercise, nutrients or stress release. For example, the Elemis Deep Tissue Back Massage uses deep rhythmic pressure to alleviate high stress levels, ease aching muscles on the back and revive the senses. Experts use the dynamic blend of essential oils and massage to target individual needs, ensuring you leave relaxed, recharged and re-energised.

Another classic way to relax is through a hot stone massage. The ancient therapy uses the therapeutic heat from stones to release tension from muscles. Strategically placed around the body, the stones can also help to improve circulation. Meanwhile, the heat from the stones will drain toxins from the body, leaving you not only feeling healthier but looking more radiant. This is a great treatment to have when you're feeling particularly run down.

Once you're de-stressed from your massage, you can then go enjoy a sumptuous healthy meal at the restaurant, easing you back into the real word and ensuring you're fully blissed out before the working week begins again.

Whatever your poison, with stresses and strains becoming more and more pronounced among Brits, there's no room for neglecting your own health and wellbeing. Whether you believe in balance or just need a time out, be sure you take time to be a human being again.


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