Tag: small business

Technology is on the Top of Half of Small Business Owners’ Investments Lists

CIT Direct Capital, the national online small business lending unit of CIT Group, today announced the results of its new survey conducted by The Harris Poll revealing that nearly three out of four small businesses in the U.S. plan to expand their product and service offerings this year.

Specialization is How Small Agencies Can Win Business from Big Ones

It’s difficult being a small ad agency going up against the big kids on the block. However, that may be because a lot of smaller agencies overlook this key competitive advantage.

Close to Half of All B2B Product Researchers Are Digital Natives

Digital natives who grew up with the internet and smartphones have transformed the way B2B buyers research purchases, qualify vendors and make purchases — changing the rules of the game for marketers and product managers, Harvard Business Review reports.

Bricks-and-Mortar Stores Should Be Marketing Their Mobile Apps

“Any all-digital business can benefit from adding an app to the marketing mix,” Nabeena Mali writes for AppInstitute. “But bricks-and-sticks businesses can enjoy equal – even greater – gains. With tech ever-advancing and developers getting ever more creative, this list barely scratches the surface.”

Know Where SMBs are Headed for 2018

From crowdfunding, to diversification, to tech startups, Groupon sees trends emerging among its small business clients. Here are six top small business trends to look for in 2018, as laid out by Groupon’s Jacqueline Emigh.

90% of SMBs Plan to Hire in 2018 — Depending on Budget

From launching new products to making new hires, here is what small businesses are excited about in the new year. Ninety percent of small business owners plan to hire one to two new employees in the upcoming year, just one of the many ways in which small businesses are poised to evolve and expand, according to the results of a new nationwide survey released by Microsoft Store.

New Study Shows Flat Engagement for Small Business Saturday

SalesFuel’s Small Business Saturday free white paper vital to helping businesses boost participation on Nov. 25 Small Business Saturday this year is November 25 and in advance of it, SalesFuel is releasing its free white paper, “2017 Small Business Saturday Shoppers: Helping Small Businesses Compete with Big-Box and Online Giants.” In it, SalesFuel uses data

New study helps small business defend against big retailer mini-stores, online shopping

SalesFuel’s Small Business Saturday free white paper offers new insights to help businesses prepare for Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday this year is November 26 and in advance of it, SalesFuel is releasing its free white paper “Small Business Saturday Shoppers 2016: Helping Small Businesses Compete with Big-Box and Online Giants.” In it, SalesFuel uses

66% of SMB Owners Worry about Finding New Customers

Small business owners cite personal challenges, including lack of time for themselves and for family and friends, in a new Constant Contact survey. Even in the face of these hardships, 84% would choose to do it all over again. The study reveals that SMBs enjoy being the boss but struggle to “do it all.”

SMBS Using Traditional Media for Small Business Saturday Promotions

Small businesses might feel like their opportunities are getting squeezed by online merchants and big-box retailers. SMBs could also be feeling extra pressure this year because of the shortened holiday shopping season. As a result, they’re rolling out more promotions and earlier than usual according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) which has just released its Small Business Saturday Insights Survey. This year, researchers have learned that 70% of SMBs will engage in some sort of promotion to attract shoppers that day.

SMBs Seeking Help to Improve Their Websites

Yesterday, I blogged on the new Constant Contact survey that described how small businesses are struggling to find enough time to manage their marketing activities. A newly released Daily Deal Media Merchants Survey covers some of the same territory but it delves a little deeper into the challenges that SMBs face as they try to conquer digital marketing.

Franchising Organizations Seek Balance in National and Local Marketing

Franchisors have a vested interest in making sure their franchisees protect the value of the brand they have developed. The parent organization often dictates how franchises go about marketing, pricing their products and services, and buying supplies at the local level. While most parent organizations collect fees for regional or national branding campaigns, research shows that franchisees would like more independence to manage their local social media presence.

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