How to market your niche business

How to market your niche business

What does a vegan bakery, a clothing store for transgender women, and an unfinished wood furniture retailer have in common? No, they’re not all Smart Foundations’ clients (although two of them have been) and, no, it’s not a set up for a bad joke. They’re all successful niche businesses. If your business is in a […]

Should you use WordPress for your business site?

Should you use WordPress for your business site?

Choosing which platform to build your business website on can be overwhelming because there are many options available. You can choose from open-source platforms like WordPress or Joomla (meaning that their software is freely available online), or you can pay to use a proprietary software. One of the most popular choices which we use for […]

Fast track the trust cycle

Fast track the trust cycle

Networking is a must-include in every small business owner’s marketing plan. Doing so is the most effective way to expand your business and find new clients. But networking must be so much more than simply joining a local networking group (such as your local Chamber of Commerce or BNI chapter) or attending large networking events. […]

Plan beyond your opening line at networking events

Plan beyond your opening line at networking events

You walk into a room full of strangers at a networking mixer, start with one of these great networking event pick-up lines and mentally pat yourself on the back for being the first one to strike up a conversation.  Now what?  Because lets face it, you rarely ever have someone at ‘hello’ and a conversation […]

Relax (a little), final CASL provision delayed

Relax (a little), final CASL provision delayed

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) has been around for a few years now — since 2014 to be exact — and it has been confusing business owners large and small ever since. Last week, the federal government tossed another confusing wrench into the pile by suspending the final provision that was due to take effect this […]

A website, like a book, is often judged by its cover

A website, like a book, is often judged by its cover

We’re all told not to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to websites, doing so is almost second nature. A website that is slick, polished and easy to navigate is likely to keep visitors around; one that is vague, confusing and unattractive is likely to get the snub by those same […]

The do’s and don’ts of B2B newsletters

The do’s and don’ts of B2B newsletters

Newsletters are an effective way to build brand credibility, nurture leads and gather customer information. Really, they should be a staple of every e-marketing strategy.  But they’re only effective if they’re actually being looked at. Having a high open and click through rate is dependent on sending timely, relevant, interesting and helpful content. Otherwise, rather […]

You know your website hasn’t been updated this century when…

You know your website hasn’t been updated this century when…

As a small business owner, you always want to be putting your best foot forward. Whether it’s when you’re networking or showing off your good work, you always need and want to be projecting your best image.  And, your website is part of this image. In fact, your website is probably the first place your […]

The keys to B2B social media marketing success

The keys to B2B social media marketing success

Whenever we talk social media marketing, the question of whether it is an effective tool for B2B businesses always comes up. That’s because many B2B businesses are skeptical of the benefits of social media, often because they once tried and failed to reap rewards through this medium.  And so, in the minds of these business […]

The shifting sands of marketing trends

The shifting sands of marketing trends

The era of “Mad Men” advertising has long since disappeared. Emotional marketing that assumed the audience was both naïve and easily persuaded has been replaced by a savvy audience that is up on social media and down with personal branding.  In fact, research shows that more than 85% of all business-to-business purchasing decisions are made […]

How to get Google’s algorithms to notice your blog posts

How to get Google’s algorithms to notice your blog posts

Regardless of whether you’re a small business or a multinational company, blogging should be an integral part of your online content marketing strategy. A blog drives traffic to your website, increases your SEO, positions your brand as an industry leader and helps you develop better customer relationships.  How often you blog is up to you […]

Effective low-cost marketing tips for small businesses

Effective low-cost marketing tips for small businesses

Every business owner wants the same thing – to run a successful and profitable business. But for small businesses running on a tight budget, owner-managers have to be extra imaginative with their marketing efforts in order to make some noise and get noticed.  The good news is that not every effective marketing technique requires a […]

Has CASL caused you to miss out on marketing opportunities?

Has CASL caused you to miss out on marketing opportunities?

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) has been around for just over a year now but only recently has the Canadian government started handing out fines for non-compliance. This past summer, for example, Porter Airlines was hit with a $250,000 fine and the government has warned that even small companies could see fines of up to $1 […]

Understanding the difference between men and women

Understanding the difference between men and women

There are distinct differences between men and women – obviously. But in this case, we’re referring to the differences in how each gender responds to marketing techniques. Men and women need to be addressed differently when it comes to marketing products and services – if they’re not, you’re wasting your time and efforts. Knowing this […]

Social media tactics for B2B businesses

Social media tactics for B2B businesses

For many business owners, social media marketing is “the next big thing” that they’re still struggling to understand and use effectively. According to a 2014 Social Media Examiner poll, 97% of marketers are currently participating in social media but 85% of participants aren’t sure what social media tools are the best to use. Social media […]

Engagement Marketing

Engagement Marketing

As marketers, our goal is to bring in new customers, grow their lifetime value, and convert them into brand advocates that influence their network to become new customers. In order to do that, we need to have the businesses we’re marketing stand out from their competitors. Businesses competition has gone through many different phases over […]

Video Marketing-Part 2

Video Marketing-Part 2

In my last blog post I talked about the benefits of utilizing videos for businesses, and some steps to get started. In this blog post I’d like to share some tips I’ve learned on improving your video marketing. 1. Start small For those getting started in video marketing, you may not want to bust out […]

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Have you noticed unexpected seasonal variances in your company’s cash flow? If your business is seasonally-based (a lawn care or snow removal company, for example), it’s normal for your cash flow to vary depending on the time of year. Unfortunately, many companies who shouldn’t be affected by the seasons still experience peaks and valleys in […]

Organizational growth and restructuring: Is your business ready to take the next steps?

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