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What is Google+ ?

The top search engine on the planet, Google, has launched a new social media platform that they call Google+.

Google +You can use it to connect with people socially.  It’s kinda like Facebook, but not exactly.  It’s kinda like Twitter, but not exactly.  This is still a relatively new platform and is growing in popularity as an online social community.

Thinking about getting into Google+ ?  

Google+ is one of the many marketing topics that has been discussed by the friendly group of business people, web designers, developers, optimizers, programmers and more, who meet monthly to share knowledge and experiences, and make new friends in a postive Meetup group, the Jacksonville Online Marketing Meetup (JOMM).

The Jacksonville Online Marketing Meetup is hosted by Kenny Harper, and usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month, at the friendly and popular shared office space, CoWork Jax in downtown Jacksonville.

This friendly, growing group was previously known as the Jacksonville SEO Meetup, hosted by experienced e-commerce entrepreneur, writer, and public speaker, the talented Michelle Chance-Sangthong.

To keep up with events, and find other friends who’ve already joined the group, and to sign up, visit the  Jacksonville Online Marketing Meetup Facebook page and the Jacksonville Online Marketing page on Meetup.com.

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An Online Press Release for Your Business.

Share Big News about your Business with an Online Press Release!

Business NewsThe term Press Release is a carry-over from newspapers, when big stories would be released to the press by the insiders that knew all of the details.

You know the most about your business, so you can share interesting, helpful, time-sensitive, insider news about your business in an Online Press Release.

  1. Start with “the 5 Ws”; What, Why, Where, When and Who. Think about the people who will be reading the article – which W would be most interesting to them, and start writing your article there.
  2. Don’t write a Press Release about a sale you are having, or about something you posted on your website previously. Write about News!
    Have you released a new product with a unique feature? Press Release! (Then you can post more information about your new product on your website the next day.)
    Open a new store? Launch a new website? Hire a new person to start a new project?
    Press Release!
  3. Add an interesting, related image or video.
  4. Add a CTA (CALL TO ACTION) such as – See our website for more information, Sign up for our RSS feed to keep informed about this subject, Visit our website for to sign up for this great deal and then don’t forget to link to your website!

We can help you create and send out your own Online Press Releases, and help you get better results.

Our most highly recommended website for online press releases is Online PR Media.

Contact Jax SEO Works today.

Have some other insights to share about Online Press Releases? Please share your comments.

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Small Business Marketing to Attract New Customers

Attracting customers with beautiful Merry-Go-Round horses.What do you do to attract new customers to your business?

Most of us cannot attract customers with a colorful merry-go-round, and so we turn to marketing plans.

There are two general categories of small business marketing:

Outbound or the old “PUSH” marketing – sending out advertisements on websites, in e-mails, on flyers, in magazines.  Based on past experiences with outbound marketing, fewer people react to words like “New!”, “Sale!”, “Amazing!” and other overused terms, and it is more difficult to get the attention of your prospective customers in the clutter.

Inbound marketing – attracting people to your brand and your products with engaging content – attention getting, interesting, useful, helpful information, supplemented with nice, related images and videos.

There are three main points to remember for successful Inbound Small Business Marketing:

1. Make a social connection, using one or more social media platforms for your business.  Use social media that you are comfortable with.  Remember to add regular updates, and occasionally mention your product or service, or a special event you are hosting, but not all the time.
An optimized business Facebook page is a great way to start.  For a better look at how social media can be good for small business, take a look at this social media article (with infographic) on the Social Media Today website.

2. Get more attention for your message with interesting, topic-related images and videos. Creating a YouTube video channel for your short, optimized business videos and then sharing those videos in your website blog articles can be a real boost for your site’s ranking. More ideas for your small business videos – ask clients to send in videos of themselves using your product, or ask them (ahead of time) about making videos of your personnel providing your service, then feature some of those videos in your blog articles, and then share the articles (from time to time) on your Facebook business page.  If you post information about a business event that your company is hosting, be sure to suggest that your Facebook followers share the information. (“Please share this.”)

3.  After attracting these potential clients, don’t forget to provide a CTA (Call To Action).  As excited as you may be to get hundreds of visitors reading your blog article, you also want to get them to engage with your business.  Ask a question and invite them to share an opinion, Ask them to share their experience in a similar situation.  Tell them if they have any questions about the information you’ve shared, you’d be glad to provide your insight and make sure your telephone number and link to your Contact page are prominent on your website.

How is your small business marketing going? Do you have questions about this article?  Do you want to help market your business better online?  Contact Jax SEO Works.

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A website can benefit a small business.

make your website stand out, like one sunflower in a whole fieldThe Internet is huge!

There are over 600 Million websites on the internet!

How can your website stand out among so many websites, to let people know about your small local business?

A well built and optimized website can help more people in your community find out about your business, and what makes your business special.

Anyone can have a basic website made and launched on the internet.

And who hasn’t heard promises to “Get your website on the first page of Google search results”?

What helps your website stand out from all of the millions of other website is when you put the facts about your small local business on your website, telling your story about your service or business, and what makes your business special.

No one  else can tell what makes your product or service special like you can.

Is it how you always have a fresh flower for each lady who comes to your store?

Is it that your service people put on a clean set of overalls and booties when they get to your home?

Or that they roll out a durable carpet protector to make sure they don’t leave a trail across your living room?

Or that you use only lawn care chemicals that are safe for pets and kids?

You know what makes your small local business stand out, what makes it special, and Jax SEO Works can help you create a website or improve the one you have, to share that special message with your community.

Social media has become an important way of letting your community know about you and your business.  Often, a Facebook page can help you share timely updates with clients – sales, specials, new products or services, new employees, and more.  People buy from businesses that they trust, and social media can help your community fans get to know you and build that trust.  LinkedIn profiles for a business owner and members of the business team can also help people get to know the people who make the business work.

Jax SEO Works is experienced in helping small local businesses get better results with their website, and build trusting relationships with their community using social media.

If you would like a website built for your business, or get your business website revised and updated, or find out more about getting started in social media like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, Contact Jax SEO Works today to get started !

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Make New Business Leads with Discussions, Questions and Answers

Take a look at LinkedIn Discussions and LinkedIn Answers; if you can contribute to a good discussion or help answer even one of the questions, your comment can also introduce you to new, potential customers.

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If you are in small business, now is a good time to post your profile on LinkedIn (if you haven’t already).

Next, join a group in your industry on LinkedIn, then look at their current Discussions. If you can add to the discussion, it is a great way to network and meet new people, creating the opportunity for new business leads.

website links - like shaking handsAnd then take a look at LinkedIn Answers.  Like Jason Falls says in his recent article How To Drive Business Leads With Question & Answer Forums, “People are driving leads using Question and Answer forums like LinkedIn Answers, Yahoo! Answers and Answers.com. . . . In essence, the best practices (theirs and mine) remind you to be helpful first, don’t go in trumpeting your sales pitch and focus on long-term relationship building and benefits rather than seeing a sudden influx of leads because you clicked a button on a website. Nothing is that easy.  It’s like being at an off-line networking event.  You work at it a while and you get results.

And you can use the same principle at other open forums.

Get started by reviewing the questions. Find one that you are interested in and then do a little research, so that you can include some references in your response. (The answer that you provide with references will be much more impressive than sharing your best guess at the answer, and will make a better impression for you and your business.)

Want to help your website market your business better ? Contact Jax SEO Works today !

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Buy American

When you go shopping, whether it’s for a gift, or something for your home, or anything, do you stop to see if you are buying American?

Flag of the United States of AmericaWith unemployment still a concern for many, and a terrible reality for others, it’s up to us, the American consumers, to do our part to help keep citizens of our United States of America employed.

Earlier generations helped our country by buying American.  It’s a patriotic thing to do.

You may have to search a little harder, drive a little further, place a mail order, or pay a little more for a quality, American made item or service, but you are helping your neighbors and your country.

As professional Jacksonville copywriter, Cindy Cyr, said about ABC’s List of American Gifts , “If each person spent just $64 a year more on Made in America products, we would add 200,000 jobs here.”   That sounds good to me.

Please do your part for your friends and neighbors, for your country, and for yourself; buy American.

Thank you.

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Opportunity

Hey, do you hear that sound?  That’s Opportunity knocking.

Making lemons into lemonadeThe nation’s economy is on a rollercoaster, but if you hear opportunity in all the noise, then now is the time to help your business; improve your online presence, increase your search engine rankings, and make some “lemonade” out of all of these “lemons”.

Some businesses are folding up, cutting back, even looking for work in other, larger businesses.  Instead, we can help you make those small changes that will have big returns.

Jax SEO Works and Key Theory are helping small businesses optimize their business websites.

By using SEO techniques and social media concepts, with some strategic planning, we can help you make your site rank higher in search engines for certain key terms.  Optimizing your website for related terms will increase the probability of your site being found sooner, too. And, the easier people can find your website, the more traffic your website will get, and more sales for your business.

Want to understand more about SEO?  This YouTube video will help.

Contact Ken at Jax SEO Works to get started today!

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Angela Dunn, aka BlogBrevity, is a very social person

Angela, a Digital/Social Strategist and Blogging and Ideation Expert, shares thought provoking and very informative articles with many readers and followers of her http://blogbrevity.posterous.com/ website.

Angela Dunn, aka BlogBrevityShe also has a growing following for her Saturday Morning Gratitude posts, which are both inspirational and uplifting.

On Twitter, Angela enjoys sharing insights as @BlogBrevity.

Her Tweets have attracted a lot of followers; she has over 4,500 currently.  In addition, as the founder of #ideachat and #smchat, she has periodically hosts discussions of interesting topics, using a selection of questions that gets the participants thinking and sharing very creative thoughts in less than 140 characters.  Last November, Angela was a speaker at TWTRCON, the premier Twitter conference for business, in San Francisco.

And to be even more social, Angela is not only an online presence, she increases her popularity with personal appearances and social media presentations, like:

  • “Twitter and Blogging for Business 101”
  • “17 Great Post Ideas for Business Blogs”
  • “Content Curation for Twitter: How To Be a Thought Leader DJ”
  • “Your Personal and Professional Digital Brand”
  • “ROI in Social Media: Return on Influence”

During a conference on “Innovation in Social Media and Healthcare”, Angela did a Prezi presentation “Innovators are Conversation Architects” for Ideagoras in Spain.

Here’s a short video of her presentation.  I think you’ll like it.

Get to know Angela Dunn on her website, or join in her Twitter chats, or in person if you get the opportunity; you’ll be glad you did.

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Start a blog on your small business website!

A blog is a good way to communicate with your website visitors.A blog can be a part of your social media program, a way to reach out and begin communicating with your web site visitors.

Your small business blog post can share something interesting, helpful, believable, and sometimes even something funny.

Pick a topic for your blog that you can relate to your small business.  Your blog topic should be something you know about, or you will have to do research just to find subjects to blog about.  For example, if your business installs gutters, consider blogging about home improvements.

Do some research on the Internet.

  • Find out which small business blogs / bloggers are rated most popular for your blog topic.
  • Read some popular blog posts.
  • If you can add helpful information to the discussion, leave a comment and a link to your web site. (It is considered bad manners to just leave a comment like, “Nice article.” or “Very informative.”, followed by your name and web site link.)

A blog is a good way to communicate with your website visitors.Your blog posts can mix in a little marketing, advertising, and promotion, and should always include an easy path for web site visitors to contact you for more information.

Your goal should be to make new posts on your small business blog on a regular schedule, for example two to three times each week.  Regular posting also adds new content to your web site, which both visitors and search engines like to see.

What do you think ?  Do you have any other ideas to share ?

Like some help improving your small business web site?
Contact Jax SEO Works today!

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Social Media Can Help Promote Your Local Small Business.

Get the New Year off to a Great start by getting your business involved in Social Media Marketing.

Small Business Saturday - logoLike Li Evans shared in her article on local small businesses and Social Media Marketing, “Small businesses have some huge advantages in social media over the Walmarts of the world. . . have a much easier time personally connecting with their audience because, more likely than not, they know the majority of them personally.

Those personal connections make it much easier to build your communities in social media sites . . . . People readily become your fan, recommend you to other local friends, and tag and submit their own photos that help promote your local business.” Read the rest of Li’s article at: searchenginewatch.com

Getting your business involved in Social Media Marketing may seem new and intimidating. But it can be easier than you think.  More social connections allow you to build a broad base of trust in you, your business, and your products or services. That base of trust can mean more customers for your business.

There is one thing that you DO NOT want to do with your business social media outreach. Don’t only share information with the intent to sell your product or service. Sell, Sell, Sell gets old. Better to “mix it up”. Share positive information of general interest to the local public (if you are a small, local business) from time to time.

Let Jax SEO Works help your website grow your business! Contact Jax SEO Works today!

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