Jul 24, 2016

7 Effective Business Planning Tips

7 Effective Business Planning Tips

We all know that running a business is a challenge. When I first started my business, I was all over the place. I needed a blueprint so to speak to keep me balanced. So, I came up with the following 7 effective business planning tips:

1. Business plan

Don't put off writing a business plan. The time is NOW! Having a plan helps me stay focused and aim for the things that I would otherwise overlook. Check out the following article on the 5 Simple Goals for Business Planning.

2. Don't confuse expenses with profits

Expenses are your bills and profits are what is left over. It is important to familiarize yourself with these two concepts.

3. Don't undervalue your business idea

I believe in the power of passion. If you love what you do then perhaps someone else will too. Do some soul searching and make sure that the business you are about to start is your true passion in life. It shouldn't take long to find out what makes you happy? Doing something “just because” is not the answer. What do you enjoy doing. An idea alone does not make for a great business. Be passionate about your business so that others can see your passion as well. Check out 10 Tips to Start a New Business and Make It Work.

4. Work at your plan

It's one thing to write a business plan but it's another story to work at it. You need to take action or your business will stall. There is always something new and changes occur all the time. Make sure you're just writing down your plan but also working toward achieving your goals.

5. Don't cheat on the details in the first 12 months

The first year of business is always tough. Make sure you are up to date with the following:

  • Financials- cash flow is the most important element
  • Milestones
  • Important dates
  • Responsibilities
  • Important deadlines

6. Remain focused

It's important to remain focused on your main business priorities. Stick to what is necessary and what is not. Only you know your business. Highlight those successful areas where you can concentrate to continue to make it better. Use surveys and ask your customers for their opinions. This tactic will help you stay on top of the game while at the same time, provide the best updated product and/or service your business can offer.

7. Focus on substance and marketing

There are many opportunities of improving and marketing your small business online. Social media marketing, article marketing, offline marketing and word of mouth are all tools you should learn to do. Check out the following articles:

Powerful Social Media Marketing Tools for Business Success and 5 Marketing Tips to Spotlight On Your Business for additional ideas.

Do you agree with the above 7 Effective Business Planning Tips? Please share by leaving your comments below. Thank you!

About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog & The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom Blog. She is also owner at Books About Me. Sign up for the newsletter below and never miss a powerful business marketing article plus receive a FREE ebook on ‘How to Rock Your Business with A Blog.’ Business 2 Blogger.

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Jul 5, 2016

5 Tips to Connect With Customers

5 Tips to Connect With Customers

In addition to marketing on Facebook, next, we'll learn how to connect with customers. When you own a business, it is imperative that you find people to connect with, people to follow you and people to trust you. When businesses lose touch with customers, they become ineffective. Staying connected is key to business success.

Here are 5 Tips to Connect With Customers:

1. Avoid losing touch

Listen to customers. Pay attention to what they're saying. People that are taken into consideration are loyal customers for life. Stay in touch by providing updates about your business.

2. Build trust

Trust is the foundation on which relationships are built on and where customer loyalty is determined. Value each customers' time and views. Treat people the way you would like to be treated.

3. Accept responsibility

Find out what works and do it over again. If customers are satisfied with your products/services, build upon that satisfaction by asking yourself "how can I make it this product/service better?" Accept the responsibility to continue to make customers feel happy and special when they order something from you.

4. Accept change

Understand that customers change their minds constantly. Our goal is to change right along with them. If a customer has an idea about how to make a certain product/service better, and it can be profitable for your business, consider it. Sometimes what seems necessary today may not be so desirable tomorrow. Change is the norm for many businesses and can also mean growth!

5. Take control

Always control the business message you're sending out to your customers. How you want your business to be perceived is very important. People make snap judgments and you want them to sum you up as a trustworthy, successful, confident and professional person who is the driving force behind a reputable business. I hope you find the above "5 Tips to Connect With Customers" useful to your own business.

Now tell me, can you think of other elements to the above tips that have helped you with your own business success? If so, please share in the comments below. Thank you!
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Jun 19, 2016

7 Valuable Facebook Marketing Tips

7 Valuable Facebook Marketing Tips

Now that you've learned how to monetize your blog, let's talk about social media. Social media is very important to marketing your small business brand. Below, are "7 Valuable Facebook Marketing Tips" that should help you interact and engage with your Facebook fans.

1. How many times should I post to Facebook per day?

Frequent posting to your Facebook page increases interaction. Find your posting balance between optimizing and engaging your fans; manage how many will ultimately decide to unsubscribe, which will then give you a feel of how often to post. Measure your Facebook "view insights" within your Facebook page to determine how often your posts are viewed by fans and non-fans.

2. When is the best time to post?

Posting to your Facebook page at off peak hours such as 2pm to 5:00 a.m is best. Keep a constant log of your Facebook "view insights" and also keep tabs on checking your edgerank for the best times to post.

3. Should I be posting questions to my fans?

Track what works and what doesn't. Although, questions are important and directly asks your fans to reply, make sure it is a one answer word question. People are pressed for time and like to get straight to the point.

4. What type of content should I be posting to most likely have fans interact?

Post valuable content that will encourage your fans to "Like" your page. Photos generate the highest interaction rate. Status updates rank number 2 and others such as video, music and links follow. Mix it up a bit and you will eventually see what works and what doesn't work on your Facebook page.

5. Should I be asking fans to "Like" or "Comment" on my posts?

Yes! A CTA (call to action) will boost your interaction rate and encourage engagement. The more activity with your fans the higher your edgerank score and the more likely your posts will be visible on a fans "top news feed."

6. How long will my messages remain in the news feed?

Within the first hour of a Facebook status post, half of the users who click on the update will have done so and 90 percent of those clicks occur within nine hours of the post going live. The key is to consistently post valuable topics that fans will find useful and motivate them to click on the "like" link.

7. Should my status updates be long?

Study show there's a higher posting rate for short posts preferably within the 140 characters. However, interaction increases as the length and activity of the status message engagement increase. Involve your fans as much as possible and encourage them to share your status.

Remember and keep a log of your best strategies to increase your overall interaction with your Facebook community.

What do you think? Will implementing the above 7 valuable Facebook marketing tips help you engage more with your own fans? Leave your comments in the box below.

About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog, The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom and biz owner at Books About Me. For additional powerful business articles and Internet marketing tips for maintaining a lucrative home business subscribe to her newsletter below. Manage your social media like a pro.

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Jun 5, 2016

4 Tips on How to Monetize Your Blog

4 Tips on How to Monetize Your Blog

Monetizing a blog is a task that a lot of bloggers struggle with. It's all about doing a lot of trial and error editing as all blogs are different and each has a different audience. So, in order to make your blog profitable, you must be willing to make a few changes. What do you have to do to make sure that your blog will make a lot of money? Below are 4 Tips on How to Monetize Your Blog:

1. Affiliate Marketing

You can earn money from affiliate marketing. Banner ads are an option; however, make sure it's a good fit to your blog's niche. Recommending a product to your readers is one thing, but it could be a problem in promoting it on your blog. I recommend testing the product(s) yourself so that you can can provide an unbiased opinion. If you have a large reader base and a targeted audience, then adding affiliate product banners might just work for you.

2. Advertising

Incorporating advertising space on your blog is one of the oldest methods for earning money. However, not everyone makes money with this strategy. The cause for this is easily identifiable. Bloggers start advertising too soon. New blogs that do not have a lot of readers will not benefit from this method. You should consider advertising if you have a seasoned blog with a lot of visitors. Remember, it will take time to build up your income and find the correct advertisers for your blog.

3. Donations

While it's not always every blogger's first choice, you can always accept donations. If people like your articles then they might want to give a little to your cause. You can set up some type of payment processor on your blog for this option. You will be surprised how often people will give toward causes they believe in; especially from people they trust.

4. Freelance Writing

Offer a freelance service on your blog. Offer to guest post for other blog sites. Providing your quality written work to other blogging sites is another way to make money. There are many different blog sites willing to pay you for your writing. As your blogging efforts continue to get better over time, you will come to realize that you do not have to have a college degree to make money blogging. You just have to have the right attitude and tweak your blog according to different campaign. You can monetize your blog in so many creative ways. Learn what works better for your specific blog by tweaking certain results on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.  

Are you using the above 4 Tips on How to Monetize Your Blog? What monetizing methods are you currently using? Please share by leaving your comment below.

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May 31, 2016

3 Simple Tips for Getting More Followers on Twitter

If you are on Twitter and you are not getting the followers you want, there are some things you should and should not do. Many people make mistakes when they are on Twitter and they don’t even know that they are making them. This is not a good thing as Twitter does emphasize the amount of followers you have and for businesses, Google looks at this as well for SEO ranking. It is not only about the number of followers either; you also have to interact with your followers in the form of re-tweets. Below are 3 simple tips for getting more followers on Twitter:

1. Interact with your followers

People are on Twitter because they are looking for interesting information that will add value to their business and/or lives. It is important to make that possible by tweeting useful and beneficial information thus allowing you to become the expert in your niche. It's important to interact with your Twitter followers. If you get tweets from your followers make sure that you follow up on them and tweet them back. Once they see that you are involved, they will continue to tweet and re-tweet you to their followers and friends. This can translate to more followers for you.

2. Make interesting tweets

It’s okay to tweet inspirational quotes, or re-tweet creative posts by other Tweeters, etc. Tweets that have an emotional impact on others are key for attracting new followers to your Twitter account. As long as you tweet unique content, you will most likely get others to follow you in hopes to get more of your unique and original tweets. One sure fire way to get more followers is to make interesting tweets that people want to read. Being the first one to post news is a great way to gain a re-tweet because many people get their news from social media first before they even watch the news. Social media can spread good and bad news faster than even the big news networks can; many read their social media sites for their news updates.

3. Geotag your Twitter

One of the best ways to get more followers is to Geo-tag (an electronic tag that assigns a geographical location to a photograph, video, or a posting on a social media website) your company’s physical location as this offers you more local followers. If you have a restaurant or a brick and mortar store, people will be more interested in going to that location when they know that it is nearby. If you are tweeting interesting information about your business, they will want to come in and see for themselves what you have to offer. You can also offer special deals to those who follow you locally and who re-tweet you. You can have them show you their re-tweet and give them a percentage off their purchase.

It can seem difficult to get more followers on Twitter but if you do the 3 simple tips for getting more followers on Twitter above, you are almost guaranteed to have more followers.
Remember, make sure you interact with your followers, have tweets that are interesting to your followers and geotag your location so those who live near you can benefit from following your tweets.
Also, check out the following article on tips to increase your traffic with Twitter.

Do you agree with the above 3 Simple Tips for Getting More Followers on Twitter? Please share your comments below.

About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog, The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom and biz owner at Books About Me. For additional powerful business articles and Internet marketing tips for maintaining a lucrative home business subscribe to her newsletter.
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May 18, 2016

Excited About My Influenster Supermom Voxbox

What a pleasant surprise in my mail box today. I just received the supermom voxbox by Influenster:

I especially enjoyed the Palmolive dish soap. I usually use my dish washer to clean my dishes but with this Palmolive dish soap, I don't mind washing the dishes by hand. My hands feel so soft plus the baking soda and lime ingredient gets dirt out quickly.

A satisfied mompreneur!

Thanks Influenster!