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Do you have a great piece of advice that would benefit another small business owner? If you are in business I can almost guarantee you have many!

How would you like to share that information with other business owners so that they can learn from your challenges and apply it to their own business? Yes? GREAT!

We are looking for small (under 5 minutes) clips of audio or video related to small business challenges and your…


Added by superiorbms on March 29, 2012 at 5:39pm — No Comments

How to use the new Facebook Timeline to spring clean your page

The countdown to March 30 is on – only a day left!

March 30 is, of course, the day that Facebook will roll out the Timeline layout for all business and nonprofit pages, whether they are ready or not.

When I first heard about this mandate, I immediately got defensive.

“What about all the time-stretched and overwhelmed small businesses and nonprofits, the ones who don’t have marketing departments, the ones who have no time or tech savvy, the ones that…


Added by Julia Campbell on March 29, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Micro-Pricing: Tiny is the New Big!

With the power of social media, anyone can be a rock-star entrepreneur. And get paid like one if you’re willing to try a new pricing model. Micro-pricing!

An Internet Gutenberg

When Gutenberg invented the printing press he set the written word free. One of my favorite authors, Stephen King, became one of the first self-published authors on the…


Added by Dina Eisenberg on March 28, 2012 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Pin A Quote Lets You Pin Text to Pinterest

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Here’s the thing: I’m a bride-to-be AND I work closely with social media, but for some reason, I’m not a fan of Pinterest.  I created an account, and I pinned a bunch of things, but I just didn’t get into it. Maybe it’s because I’m a…


Added by Francesca StaAna on March 22, 2012 at 3:15pm — 1 Comment

What EXACTLY are Copyrights?

I will begin with a basic description of copyright law with a brief example. A Copyright is best described as a set of rights granted by the government for the expressions of ideas or information.

Quite literally, it is the set of rights the owner has to allow copies of the expression to be made.

Copyright law only covers these eight types of works: 

  1. literary works; 
  2. musical works, including any accompanying words; 
  3. dramatic works, including any…

Added by Anthony Verna on March 14, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

8 Problems with Email Marketing

Look at it this way: these are issues that are preventing your email marketing campaign from becoming the best that it can be. These are problems, that you can’t rightfully ignore, that are holding you back from generating leads, sales and conversions.

And if you do neglect addressing and fixing these problems, then you’ll surely fall into email obscurity.

1. Software

Free doesn’t always mean…


Added by Michael Cusden on March 13, 2012 at 11:06am — No Comments

How to Close Your Small Business Live Account

If you are one of those small business people who took advantage of Microsoft's free website tools and hosting, you’ve certainly heard MicrosoftWebsiteFlowerPencil is discontinuing these services effective April 30th, 2012. I found the Microsoft Small Business Live free website and hosting irresistible, so I built one for myself as well as several clients; this was before I found WordPress. Now I…


Added by Lynn Dye on March 9, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments vs. Buffer: Does One Trump the Other?

I recently wrote an article about how much I loved the social media scheduling tool, Buffer.

Someone read my article and left a comment describing a very similar tool called

After doing a little bit of research, I determined that this…


Added by Amanda DiSilvestro on March 8, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Why Blogging Is So Important For Business

One of the items I always recommend to the businesses I work with, especially those who are new or launching a new website, is blogging for the business. But here, like no other place, I am often met with groans about not enough time or a lack of refined writing skills. We get it, blogging to some may seem like just one more thing you have to do in an already busy day, but it…


Added by superiorbms on March 7, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

How Do YOU Use Pinterest In Your Small Business?

If you haven't at least poked around on Pinterest yet, now is the time do it. While I don't think it's the right social network for every small business, there are already businesses using it to make a huge impact on the web, find new customers, and increase sales...all with a few eye-catching images.

If you are one of those business owners who is loving what…


Added by Alyssa Gregory on March 7, 2012 at 4:48am — 41 Comments

How to Avoid Layoffs in Tough Economic Times

Few bosses enjoy laying staff members off, but unfortunately many have been put in this position due to the tough economic times. If you operate a great office, chances are your staff members are like family to you. In some cases, you spend more time with your staff members than your own family. But you don’t need to hear why it’s difficult to end…


Added by Sarah Mohr on March 3, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why Aren't You Posting Your Prices?

Do you hesitate to put your pricing on your website?

My good friend, Christine Dyer of Bridal Tweet, started a great discussion on LinkedIn recently, where she mentions two big reasons to post…


Added by Dina Eisenberg on March 2, 2012 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Growing Your Business with Backlinks: Link Building Techniques Used by the Pros

The term “Search Engine Optimization” often brings to mind visions of large, intimidating companies that can be hired for a small fortune, with promises of having your website listed on the first page of Google. What many small business owners don’t realize, is that most of the techniques used by SEO experts can be accomplished successfully by the novice as well. With a few…


Added by Carol M. Aldridge on February 28, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

4 Overlooked Basics to Get People to Follow You on Twitter

When it comes to social media – especially that on-going conversation also known as Twitter – many people think that there's some super-secret way to get people to follow you. But, what's really going on is that people are forgetting that the most basic, the most simple tricks are the ones that actually work.

So, whether you're new to Twitter or need a refresher course, here are the 4 overlooked basics to get people to follow you.

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Added by Michael Cusden on February 28, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

Effective Internet Marketing for Small Business

Marketing your business is key in generating potential customers. Internet marketing for small business is one way to get your to that. However, many do not know how to market their business, especially on the internet. For many, the reason is fear. You don’t have to be afraid of marketing your business on the web. In fact it can be fun and exciting. You may have been afraid on opening your opening your own business, but you did didn't you? Fears can also motivate you instead of making you…


Added by Elizabeth Silva on February 27, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Blog Writing and Putting the Customer First

Blogging in the current business market is not only effective, it is imperative. Blog writing allows a person or company to quickly create new content for consumers or customers to read while allowing them the ability to provide feedback. There are many key points to keep in mind while making a blog, such as; page set-up, content, providers, maintenance, etc… the focus is keeping the blog simple and adhering to a few simple rules of thumb to keep the buzz on your site and have returning…


Added by Robert David Normington on February 25, 2012 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Announcing the Bonfire Guest Post Swap!

Guest posting is a rewarding experience for a lot of reasons, but sometimes finding blogs that accept posts in your niche is very time consuming.

For that reason, I've created an open spreadsheet on Google Docs for Bonfire members to list guest posting opportunities on their blogs. I've filled out the first entry so you can see how it works.

Those looking for…


Added by Emily Suess on February 24, 2012 at 9:30am — 16 Comments

How to Create an Autoresponder

First you need to figure out what different types of autoresponders you need.

• A “welcome” autoresponder to any person that signs up for your email, fax, SMS and social media pages. Also, welcome autoresponders is a great tool for any new customer creating an account online or in person.

• “Gentle reminder” autoresponders pokes your wayward customers nicely while reminding them…


Added by Michael Cusden on February 23, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

How to Create Winning Email Campaigns

Though a catch phrase favored by the erstwhile Charlie Sheen, “winning” is actually a fantastic way to create an email campaign.

But, what is a winning email campaign?

The best way to look at it is that winning is akin to achieving. So, to create winning email campaigns is to focus on what your goals are. Meaning, what do you want to get out of your email campaign in the first place?



Added by Michael Cusden on February 21, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

6 Tips to Effective Blogging

Blogging can sound like an overwhelming process for many of us. However, it doesn’t have to be. With more and more people reading blogs, it might be a good idea to set one up for your company. When surfing the web you probably run into all sorts of blogs ranging from mainstream to obscure.

Connecting with Customers/Readers

Blogging is a great way to get customer’s feedback (whether it’s good or bad) and allows you to have a better…


Added by Elizabeth Silva on February 17, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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