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

Writing Content for Your Website

by Susan Shoemaker, Principal-Project Manager, Peninsula Web Design

The single most common challenge for creating a website is writing good content. Why is this an issue? We encounter this speed bump with almost every website project.

The written content of your website impacts the performance of your website. This is how both the search engines and users find you, and determine if you have what they want. For your website to produce results for your business it first has to be found, and then it must connect with the user, in order for that person to be inspired to reach out to you.

Writing content for a website takes effort.

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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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