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Are you active on Quora? Smart marketing starts by doing what others are not. Here is how Quora can help you grow your business!
Do you want to build visibility for your business? This article shows how to successfully use Quora to gain exposure and manage your brand.
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+Aggressive Growth Marketing Please edit your post to summarize the content of your link, as required by our community guidelines. Give us some tips on how to use Quora to increase business. How have you used in for your company, for example? Thanks!
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Hello everyone, my name is Marcus. I am 34 and finishing up my associates degree in Graphic Arts and Web design..I have an up and coming Digital Design company in the works and was hoping to network with some great people. 
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Welcome to the community Marcus +UnderGround Digital Designz!
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Patti Pokorchak

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+David Newman is a brilliant marketer who gets sales too - quite rare. These are worth trying. What else do you have to lose since they're not returning your calls nor emails!?!
Your prospect has stopped responding. Voice mail and email go unanswered. You're left wondering where things stand. Here are 12 super-short emails to help revive them—get them to declare yes or no—so you can move forward or declare them officially dead.
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Shorten Your Sales Cycle

Sales are everything in business and ensuring your sale is quicker and easier is key to being able to sell more and also free up valuable time and resources.

Niche Yourself

One of the hardest, but often most profitable things that businesses can do is to niche themselves. At first this may feel like you’re tying yourself to one kind of work and worries about if you’re missing out and what if sales in that area die out. Obviously research is key to finding a niche, but by concentrating on one area and one customer, you narrow down your prospects making it easier to contact them and in turn meaning you’ll quickly learn the in and outs of that market.

TARDIS your services

This is another ‘less is more’ tactic. You might have 4/5 current services or products that you sell. Some might be quick and easy for example: A cupcake. That’s easy to sell, all the customer has to do is pick the flavor. Some will be more complex, for example a custom cupcake. Suddenly the buyer has more choice and therefore will take longer to decide. It also means that you’ll have to spend more time going over the details of this service with them. If you TARDIS your services/products you offer those things which are quick and easy to buy and then once someone has become a customer, then you can invest the time to sell them something bigger or more complex.

FAQ RIP

With any sale there’s probably a list of questions that many potential customers will ask. It’s important to create material that will answer those questions. This is not a replacement for phone/face to face contact but could save you time, and will reassure the prospect that you have thought about this.

Target and timeline

The basics are always important of course, targeting the right person with the level of sign off that you’ll need. Where possible try and set out a timeline or amount of time that you’re willing to give a prospect. I often tell people I’m more than happy to hear a no rather than a yes that turns into a delay and then silence. This is also important in not coming across as a nuisance!
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Felix Tarcomnicu

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Building a solid online presence can be challenging, especially if you’ve just started your first website. Many online businesses, small or large, rely on search engines traffic and Google penalties are the biggest threat to them. A sudden loss of visits would be frustrating and most of the time catastrophic.

In this post, I will show you how to prevent any Google penalty and how to keep your website safe.

Full article: https://blog.monitorbacklinks.com/seo/prevent-google-penalty/
Learn how you can prevent getting a Penguin, Panda or Manual penalty. Everything you should know about penalty recovery and backlinks management.
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+Felix Tarcomnicu And also disclose when you are the author of a post - Rebecca probably didn't notice that - you also did it on the previous post. 
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documedia

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Love the concept of advertising on simple objects that are outside of the ordinary.
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This is definitely creative and eye-catching! Great #marketing  and #advertising !
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Business Tip Of The Day

Eighty percent your businesses profits usually come from about twenty percent of your customers (the 80/20 rule). So, if you want to really boost your business , then just go to to your top five or six customers and ask them "why they do business with you".

Then, when you get the answer, use that as your USP/Your competitive advantage and build it into your marketing, your systems and your processes.
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Customer feedback is so important for #smallbiz  owners because it gauges them on areas they are meeting/exceeding expectations as well as where they can grow. Some are simple fixes! #customersatisfaction  
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Brian Johnson

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This is the 1st of 3 articles from my blog. The topic is Networking Principles that will allow you to Compress Time frames, Create a Breakthrough, & Increase your value. Principle #1: Meet More People. Whether on social media or in person, doesn't matter, but you have to be deliberate about it. Set a goal to add 1 new person to your contacts every day. If you'd like read more about this principle, go to the blog below. I hope this will be helpful to those in the group who are out there networking and building a business!    
The next few posts will be about 3 principles that have the potential to earn you thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. These have been collected from recent training calls....
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+Brian Johnson If you want to make it past the moderators all you need to do is follow the main community guidelines. Thanks for disclosing that it's your content.

You'll also need to provide a summary of your content, not just tell us what it's about. For example, what are your main points? What are the networking principles? Which has helped you the most and what did it do for your business? Just give us more to go on.

As you know, business owners are busy people. Tell them enough so they can learn something right here in the community even if they're too busy to click your link. And if they are really interested, they can click to learn more. Thanks!
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In today's business world, content marketing is imperative. Traditional advertising and marketing strategies just don't cut it anymore. #contentmarketing  
By Dustin Wright Content marketing isn’t just a nice perk to add to your overall marketing game plan: in 2015, it’s absolutely mandatory. Gone are the days of traditional marketing; where tradition...
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Good for you and thanks for sharing your experience. I agree. Quality not Quantity.
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10 Tips for Working With Outside Video Production Crews - Video is big in today’s world of marketing your business online. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million. Sometimes showing is much more effective that telling. Here are ten tips to consider when working with a video production crew.

http://dmakproductions.com/blog/10-tips-for-working-with-outside-production-crews/

#videoproduction   #productioncrew   #setlife  
Video is big in today’s world of online marketing. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million. Sometimes showing is much more effective that telling. Here are ten tips to consider when working with a video production crew.
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Danny DanD

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A conspicuous QR code is seen on the back of a woman's clothes at the #Shanghai Auto Show, April 23, 2015. Her role is to get people to scan the code.

Since the last 6 months, many businesses have been promoting through QR Code. For example, consumers could find out more about a brand or a product by scanning the QR Code and then connect with them through WeChat (an app similar to Whatsapp). Very creative and easy to connect with consumers...
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I'm opening in China by year end, I would like to get more info about this. Please pass contact info... My company is a Technology MSP with a heavy focus on Mobile and Mobile Security.
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WARNING! Sales promotion can kill your business! (Case Study)

A different but very reasonable angle with deep insight on sales promotion!

#salestips   #marketingtips #marketingstrategy   #promotion   #businesstips   #businessdevelopment   #smallbusinesstips   #smallbusinessmarketing  
Sales Promotion, a common marketing practice employed by business owners, managers with an aim to improve sales, clear out inventories, launch new product, tackle competitors, attract retailers or middlemen so to expand and d...
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There are some nice take-aways in the following article from Entrepreneur. One point I found to be incredibly valuable is the fact that social media needs to stay fresh and engaging. When things get stale, you risk losing your audience. It's easy to lose touch with your following when you don't keep the conversations going, just like with personal friends.

#socialmediamarketing 
If you want to guarantee a more effective strategy, follow these tactics and avoid ones that will do more harm.
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Hello friends, If You have a website and wondering how to get more leads from your current traffic, then this is for you.

4 Simple & Quick Things You Can Do To Your Contact Form That Will Increase How Many People Fill Them Out.

I reference my advice from 3 case studies from major companies.

The goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to contact you and this is how you do it.

1) Remove unnecessary fields

If you have questions in your form remove them. Get those answers later once you get initial contact and start building a relationship. Removing the "company" field earned Expedia an additional £12 million in sales.

2) Make the telephone field optional

Nobody likes the hard sell. People want more information. If they want something else, they'll call you. The case study in the article shows a company doubled leads because they made the telephone field optional.

3) Some fields are highly sensitive, I list them out for you in the article

If you are using highly sensitive fields. You should create more value for the person filling out the form in exchange for them submitting their info by giving a free ebook or a discount to your services.

4) Create agreement

You have all heard in sales that it's a good idea to get people to agree 3 times and they'll be more inclined to agree to your proposition. Contact forms work the same.

Adding a check box that says "yes, I am ready for a better rate" after people entered their name in a contact from increased completed applications by 20% for a well known mortgage company.

There is bonus content in the article that shows you how to design your form to increase conversions, so go take a look if your interested.

Thanks your for taking the time to read this and I hope that it helps you generate leads and sales.

Does anyone else have any tips for contact forms that helped increase conversions? Please comment below because we could all do with a little help and it's nice to give back. :)


#marketingtips  
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I really didn't give the contact form that much thought.  Thanks for the tips.
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Hannah Tan

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Big and popular as these companies are, their success in marketing is founded on one basic principle: sending the right message to the right person at the right time. That is what lead nurturing is all about.
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What I've learned from coaching my clients -- and from my own successes and failures -- is that the more we focus on improving our own offering, the less promotion / selling we have to do... 

...and it's a more authentic way to grow our business.  (The other way is through lots of hype!)

Here is a list of 20 ways to improve our offerings.

#marketingtips   #selling  
The stronger your offer, the less selling you’ll have to do…
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Edie Brown

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Entrepreneurs going it solo. What is a social media marketing tip for us? Ask Edie, the Dog Whisperer (in training).

Visiting my Mom in Philadephia....

"Mom, why do you continue to Goggle the family?" No answer. Finally she rolls around to me. BS in Accounting. MS in E-Commerce. Teachers 2000 Program at The George Washington University. What did she get?"

Dog Whisperer in Training: Pack leader to my little princess Odie and my big boy Casper the Rottweiler - Academic Therapist/Socia Media...

Needless to say, the shit hit the fan!

Moral?

1. Use creative storytelling. Keep it short. Just enough to make a point.
2. Match content with persona.


Here's my Casper. He just picks up the sock, carries it around, and puts it down. Don't blame him, he's just puppy here. Yes a PUPPY!
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+Alexandra Levit​ Social media is a great branding tool, but I've also gotten business. I have gotten LinkedIn jobs through referrals directly from connections. I have cients approach me based on the profiles that I have on Google+ andTwitter.
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Felix Tarcomnicu

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If you want to dramatically improve your organic search traffic, you have to make your website better. Think about what makes it unique, valuable and engaging. To dominate the search engines results, your website must stand out from all the others in your field.

Learn how to dramatically improve organic traffic:

http://webbiquity.com/search-engine-optimization-seo/how-to-dramatically-improve-organic-search-traffic/
Use these four techniques to get more organic search traffic and help your website rank higher on Google.
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Diana Smith

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Seo site checkup is pretty good, and this article really helps define what visitors are looking for. BUT....I must say, I don't like how SEO SiteCheckup makes you wait-up to 30 minutes for results UNLESS you pay for upgrade or register for free trial. THEN it can provide reports faster. Not okay in my book. Either offer a service or don't. 
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