Top 7 Online Marketing Tools for Small Business

Top Online Marketing ToolsI have been using a few new online marketing tools lately that have really made a big difference in my business, so I thought this would be a good time to share them with you, along with a few other oldies but goodies!

Here are my current favorite online marketing tools, in no particular order:

1. Quozio – OMG! Where has this app been all my business life? Have you ever pinned an image containing a motivational quote to a Pinterest board, or shared one on Facebook? If you’d like to create images like this yourself, Quozio is the tool for you. They provide a bookmarklet, so anytime you see a great quote online, you click the Quozio link on your toolbar, type in the quote and who said it, and then you have your choice of about two dozen backgrounds with different font styles. You can then pin the image to Pinterest, tweet it out on Twitter, or post it on Facebook. You can also email it or save it to your desktop. Easy-peasie!

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Gloria Rand’s 25 Best Marketing Tips

25 Days 400_edited-1During the month of December, I’ve been sharing marketing tips each day on my Facebook page. If you’ve missed them, here’s your chance to read them all in one place:

Tip #1: Facebook & email — plan ahead. Create a content calendar and provide content your customers really care about. Try focusing on some popular U.S. shopping days, such as Cyber Monday (Dec. 2nd), Green Monday (Dec. 9th) and Free Shipping Day (Dec. 18th). For further info, go to http://gloriarand.com/facebook-email-holiday-sales/

Tip #2: Video marketing — make your first impression count. The new YouTube channel layout allows you to feature a trailer that plays only when non-subscribed viewers land on your channel, encouraging them to subscribe. Take advantage of this prime real estate! For further info, go to http://gloriarand.com/youtube-one-channel/

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60% of Pinterest Purchases Come via the Pinterest Channel [Infographic]

It’s amazing how quickly Pinterest has morphed from a cool image-sharing site, to a robust revenue generating social media platform. The third most popular social networking site has grown to more than 70 million users. And more importantly, those users shop!

According to Rich Relevance, Pinterest shoppers spend significantly more per checkout – averaging between $140-$180 per order compared with consistent $80 and $60 orders for Facebook and Twitter shoppers, respectively. 70% of brand engagement is generated by Pinterest users, not brands, and 60% of Pinterest purchases were discovered via the Pinterest channel. The lesson here is that brands shouldn’t rely on their own channel exclusively, but should encourage pinning and re-pinning of their content.

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Pinterest Promotes Pins… Changes for the Better?

By Robbin Lynn Crandall

It was bound to happen. Because why would any social media platform let itself lag behind the rest when it comes to promotion? Or making money, for that matter?

CEO Ben Silbermann of Pinterest, the popular virtual bulletin board platform, has announced that to ensure Pinterest is here to stay, he will start experimenting with promoting certain pins from a select group of businesses.

But, he says, this doesn’t mean users will start seeing a bunch of garish banner ads.

This is good news.  

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7 Ways to Get Started with Pinterest

7 Ways to Get Started with PinterestWant to start using Pinterest for your business, but not quite sure how to begin? I picked up some great tips from Pinterest marketing expert Melanie Duncan at the recent Social Media Marketing World conference. This visual bookmarking site is a powerful way to drive traffic to your blog. One of my clients has found that 99% of the traffic to her blog comes from Pinterest, compared to other sources like Facebook.

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