For small businesses, every penny of investment counts. When it comes to software integrations, businesses can become overwhelmed with options. The right software stack can help your business perform better and save both time and money, all for a relatively nominal investment. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the right software stack for your business:
Your company’s software package can go one of two ways: You can either leverage all the tools you need to run your business effectively, or you can amass a collection of tools you pay for each month and don’t know how to use. Web developers call a foundational set of software working together as a “stack.” The right stack will help you achieve your business goals and shave repetitive tasks from your workload.
This last weekend I attended one of the most amazing digital marketing conferences there is in the world, the Traffic & Conversion Summit 2017 in San Diego, California - organized by DigitalMarketer.com. It’s a conference designed for more advanced and experienced marketers and marketing agencies, rather than for people looking to get started in digital marketing. The speakers dig deep into marketing strategy, things that work and don’t work, the exploration and testing of new technology and much more.
During the four days of packed back-to-back sessions with some of the leading experts in digital marketing, thousands of words in notes and over 300 photos shot with my phone of some of the slides; here’s a list of my top 25 takeaways, tips and trends of the state of digital marketing. Do keep in mind that approximately half or two thirds of the sessions were led by the internal team members of DigitalMarketer.com
For 2017, our company is on a mission to find more ways in which our sales and marketing department can save more time at work by digitalizing and automating as much as possible. Today, I’m exited to talk to you about how your business should be using technology to capture information online from customers or prospects, and make it available to the right team member faster and at the right time.
The easiest way to gather information from your users is to create and publish an online form on your website or landing page. To help you get this done easily, without you having to contact your web designer or web master, you can use one of many online form builders. Then, once your form is published and you’re capturing your users’ information you can use web-based sync tools such as Zapier to quickly send that info to 700+ other online systems. This may include your CRM, e-mail marketing system, marketing automation, or proposals software.
At Bloominari, we choose to use JotForm as our online form builder of choice. A few days ago, their new version 4.0 launched, and the builder now included amazing new features we think your marketing and web staff will love!
Let’s explore how your business should be using online forms with the goal of creating a form super fast, being able to customize the fields, the look/style of the form and publish to your website to start capturing information.
If you’ve ever clicked a link, then noticed a string of text at the end of it that begins with a ? and ends with a jumble of text — maybe something that looks like www.examplepage.com/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=organicsocialmedia — you’ve stumbled across a campaign URL!
But what is a campaign URL, exactly, and why should you use one?
Online marketing is all about sending visitors to your website from various traffic sources and encouraging those visitors to take action.
The action will be different depending on your small business; some examples include calling your brick-and-mortar location, signing up for your email list, downloading a special coupon or eBook.
You can use social media marketing to connect with your customers, help new customers find your business, and build relationships! Since many small business owners and employees are familiar with at least one social media network, it can be easy to get started. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn all offer free accounts and Pages for businesses, too, so there’s no up-front monetary expense.
Managing social media, though, especially if your company has Pages on multiple networks, can be time-intensive. And when you’re running a small business, your time might be better spent serving customers, keeping track of finances, and managing employees.
Should you make the jump?