Category Archives: Grow Your Business

When advertising, think about the context.

Have you ever read a magazine or newspaper while waiting for a haircut, dental exam, or car repair? A Kitsap SCORE client is offering an alternative choice for local advertisers. Here’s his message…


tidbits-mags.pngWelcome to Tidbits — “The Neatest Little Paper Read” — locally owned and operated.

Tidbits is an affordable way to tell the folks who eat, shop, work and play in the greater Kitsap County area about your business!

Your ad will be visible in 290 + points of distribution from one end of the county to the other. Available in restaurants, fast food places, medical and dental offices, hair and nail salons, markets, quick lubes, tire stores, repair shops, hotels – any place where people have to wait and want to be entertained.

You can have an exclusive spot on the front page and beat the competition once again! Act quickly to join this exclusive club of only 9 of Kitsap’s best advertisers. Continue reading

What is local SEO and why is it important?

Local SEO (search engine optimization) is the practice of improving your online presence to attract local customers to your brick-and-mortar business.

Forty-six percent of all Google searches are local, and there has been a 900%+ growth in mobile searches for  “_____ near me today/tonight.” Among the people who searched for local businesses, 76% visited a related business within a day, and 28% made a purchase.

With so many consumers searching for local businesses, it’s important to make sure your business comes up in those searches. Continue reading

3 Reasons to Liven Up Your Marketing with Visual Content

visual marketing strategyAs the old adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In reality, visual content like photos, images and videos are worth so much more in the grand scheme of your digital marketing strategy. Would you believe that you remember more of what you learn visually than what you read on-screen or in a book? In fact, studies have shown that people recall nearly 65 percent of the visual content that they see almost three days later; whereas, they only retain about 10 percent of written content in the same amount of time.

Of course, it goes without saying that written content is very important to your marketing program. A thoughtful mixture of written content and visuals will help your business show up more online, attract the attention of prospective customers, and convince and convert them into paying customers. For instance, on Facebook, images receive a 37 percent higher engagement rate than posts with text alone. Still not a believer? Here are 3 reasons to liven up your marketing with visual content. Continue reading

Win 4 months of free rent at the Kitsap Mall.

The Challenge: Battle of the Pop Ups

Kitsap Mall has a contest going until April 19th in which if a business is looking to start up in the mall — or a business is looking to expand into a second (or more) locations — they can enter to win 4 months free rent at the mall to get their business going. Submit your most innovative product, concept, or business strategy today for your  chance to win 4 months of free rent!

Kitsap Mall Contest

Does your business have an amazing story to share?

Small Business Grant Contest

Enter by March 25 to Expand Your Possibilities

Does your business have an amazing story to share? We want to hear it. The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest recognizes and rewards unique small businesses with grants up to $50,000.

Entering the contest is a chance to promote your business and get your fans excited to spread the word about you. It’s also a chance to become part of something bigger: a close-knit group of finalists and winners who support and share ideas with each other.

 

All Things Sales! 16 Mini-Lessons for Startup Founders

As a former CEO and software engineer (Citrix, XenSource, VERITAS, etc.), board member of GitHub (recently acquired by Microsoft), and lecturer in management at the Stanford Graduate School of Busines, a16z general partner Peter Levine is constantly asked “Why sales?” by entrepreneurs and technical founders. He himself used to hold the “engineer-centric” view that if you build a great product, customers will come. But the fact is, all world-class companies must have a strong sales force. So — how do they get there? How does a technical founder begin to build a top tier sales motion?

In this series of snack-sized videos — which you can watch all together, or mix-and-match for your particular questions and needs — Levine distills the fundamentals that every founder should know about sales. The 16 lessons in this “mini-MOOC” offer everything from definitions to concrete guidance for the following:

1. All Things Sales! 16 Mini-Lessons for Startup Founders [Introduction]

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Networking: 3 Tips for Getting Back to the Basics

Let’s get back to the basics and best practices of networking.

Here are my three tips for effective networking – the old fashioned way.

networking-3-tips-getting-back-basicsFirst, you must be committed. You aren’t networking if you’re out for instant gratification.  An effective network is built upon a solid foundation of relationships that are built over time.  When you make a new business acquaintance, take time to learn as much about them as you possibly can.  Don’t look at them with dollar signs in your eyes.  Take time to get them talking by asking open ended questions and listening!  Are there common interests you share?  Do your children go to the same school?  Remember, people do business with people they like — with friends.

Second on my list of best practices is to follow-up after the meeting and be the first to provide assistance.  Stacking business cards on your desk or scanning them into your Outlook doesn’t create a network.  Sending your new acquaintance a brochure or sales letter doesn’t develop a relationship.  And calling to set an appointment or make a sale is really not going to do the trick.  However, taking time to develop a relationship is. For example, let’s say I meet you at an event and during our conversation you mention you are a dog lover.  Guess what, so am I.  We have a nice conversation and you tell me you’d like to know more about creating a dog-friendly office environment.  So what do I do?  I go back to my office and send a “nice to meet you” email, but in addition I include a link to an article with advice for pet-friendly workplaces. Continue reading