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Attracting Customers with Responsive Web Design

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 02:39 PM

It wasn’t that long ago when internet searches could only be done by sitting down at your desk and connecting your computer into a modem. Now, it's easier than ever to gain access to the internet. In fact, Smart Insight just reported that over 80% of internet searches are done by smartphones. Which means that web searches are being done by customers at their desk, in their living room, inside stores, and whenever an idea crosses their mind.

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Tags: Small Business, Digital Marketing, Websites

Bringing Your Business to YouTube

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 @ 02:25 PM

What’s the best content you can use to promote your business? Some consumers may interact with photos or read stories, but many people watch videos. It’s now so simple to create and upload a short video, it’s no wonder that digital videos are among the most popular and engaging types of online content.

You might think that a YouTube channel may only be an outlet for media companies or businesses that have a hand in creating high quality digital films. These businesses would have the tools and staff available to create and share content quickly and easily. But all the professional bells and whistles aren’t all that necessary.

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Tags: Small Business, Wicked Local, Video

Throwback Thursday: Saugus Iron Works

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 01:55 PM

You may not know this, but Saugus, Massachusetts is home to the nation’s oldest iron works. In 1645, Richard Leader sailed from England and set up shop on the Saugus River and one year later opened for business. The iron works created horseshoes, saw blades, nails, wagon wheels, other tools, and was considered to be state of the art (for the mid 17th century). However, despite success and acclaim it was forced to close in 1670 and was lost as nature slowly grew over the site.

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8 Ways to Make Your Business Expo Booth Shine

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Wed, Aug 05, 2015 @ 10:28 AM

Taking your business to trade shows, expos, and community events can be a great way for your business to create consumer engagement. These events are designed to bring potential clients and companies together for the purpose of networking and finding solutions to existing problems.

At these expos you want to make sure that you are prepared to meet with as many interested parties as possible. Your conversations should be full of information about your business but also showcase your personality in order to build trust. Since exchanges at these business expos can be quick, the more tools you have at your disposal, the more likely you are to make an impression with a customer.

Here are eight ways you can make your business expo booth shine.

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Tags: Small Business, Marketing

News and Trends: Changes for Google Plus

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Google is the King of internet search engines. No search engine is bigger, as well known, or has influenced pop culture as much as it has. It’s also changed the way people communicate with each other with Google Hangouts. Their maps application has become the desktop and mobile application for folks planning a road trip. They have mastered almost every type of platform they have invested in.

Almost.

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Tags: Social Media, News & Trends

Throwback Thursday: Main Street in Newburyport, Ma

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

From time to time, we like to share a “Main Street” image from the past to honor and celebrate how important local businesses are to each one of our communities. Today’s “Your Main Street” photo is of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Published in 1906, this image shows Newburyport’s Market Square full of small and independent businesses that served the town in the early 20th century.

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Tags: Wicked Local, Throwback Thursday

July Blog Rewind: It's All About Social Promotion

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

Social Media has become a prominent part of the online culture. Year after year, people spend more time using and communicating through social media. Plus, the number of social networks are growing. Just this year, Periscope and Meerkat arrived, giving users the ability to live stream video to the world.

As social media marketing becomes less of a trend and more legitimate, your business shouldn’t be afraid to use it to help with promotion. With billions of people logging on to social media sites every day, your business is missing a unique opportunity to connect with an engaged audience.

If you missed any of our posts, here is July’s Blog Rewind.

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Tags: Social Media, Small Business, Digital Marketing

Using Meerkat and Periscope to Market Your Business

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 02:25 PM

The latest trend in social media marketing is live streaming video announcements and events. Earlier this year, Meerkat debuted at South by Southwest with lots of hype. They were close to partnering with Twitter, however, Twitter, acquired a similar app called Periscope instead. Since then, both video apps have been gaining popularity and people are exploring the opportunities they offer.

Celebrities are using it to give their fans a look at life “behind the scenes.” Businesses are using them to run secret contests. News outlets are airing interviews and press conferences live by just holding their smartphones. Live streaming video might be the most important social tool since the “Like” button.

So how can your business use it?

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Tags: Social Media, Small Business, Digital Marketing

9 Tips to be Successful on Instagram

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 @ 01:47 PM

Over the last three years, Instagram’s popularity has grown by leaps and bounds. Last winter, it was announced that they beat Twitter for the first time in monthly active users (MAUs). It started as a photo sharing app, but has become a source for short videos and also serves as a marketing tool.

Businesses have been using instagram not only to promote their products but also to show the human side of the company and employees. It also has served as a content creation tool, because an image can be shared across several popular social networks.

Here are nine tips to help your business be successful on Instagram.

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Tags: Social Media, Small Business, Digital Marketing

Throwback Thursday: Town House Square - Marblehead, MA

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 12:38 PM

Settled in 1629, Marblehead is one of the oldest towns in the Commonwealth. It’s also one of the best places north of Boston to shop, eat and enjoy the outdoors. One of the signature landmarks of the town is Town House Square, which prominently features Marblehead’s Old Town House. Built in 1727, the building has been used for over 250 years as a place for debate and discussion. It is still used for a meeting space and as a museum for the Marblehead Police Department. Surrounded by shops and restaurants, Town House Square has been an important part of Marblehead’s history.

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