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Small Business Week – State of Small Business Marketing

Wrapping up National Small Business Week, the Local Search Association (LSA) published a great infographic that compiles research on the state of small business marketing. LSA's infographic reports 71 percent of SMBs manage their digital marketing internally and they use 7.8 marketing channels.…

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SMBs Spend on Social Media Advertising

Social Media is the top marketing channel for SMBs once again, according to Wave 19 of Local Commerce Monitor (LCM), our survey of small and medium businesses. 73.2% of SMBs in the full sample reported that they use social media…

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SMBs & Marketing Automation

One very simple way for small businesses to compete with the big players in their markets  is with the help of marketing automation  such as email and social media monitoring. Marketing automation helps small businesses appear and behave like a brand or…

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SMB Start Ups Focus on Digital Visibility

The internet is flooded with how-to's and "hacks" -- quick, cheap ways to get things done. For new small businesses with limited resources, it's essential to quickly get customers through the purchase funnel to survive. CenturyLink's recent infographic, "How to Launch a…

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Consumers Want Control Over Marketing Communications

MarketingSherpa recently released an infographic that shows a majority of consumers prefer to receive updates from brands and retailers with only 8% said they "prefer not to receive any company updates or promotion."  Generally consumers want to receive updates and promotions in a way…

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Holiday Wish List for SMBs

So what products and services are small and medium businesses most interested in adding to their marketing activities for  2016? In our current Local Commerce Monitor survey of SMBs (Q3/2015), we asked SMBs about their future marketing and advertising plans in the coming year.…

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Behold, The Local Commerce Universe

Last week at BIA/Kelsey SMB, we introduced a new construct that will define BIA/Kelsey coverage in the coming weeks, months and years: The Local Commerce Universe (LCU). Because we were so caught up in the conference and its action-packed program,…

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Local Retail Poised for Digital Expansion

Retail SMBs are more poised than their counterparts in other verticals to adopt sophisticated digital advertising and marketing. This is clearly shown by BIA/Kelsey's Local Commerce Monitor ™ (Wave 18) survey of small businesses. Retail SMBs are already highly oriented to…

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Entertainment Value: SMBs Have it Too

SMBs in the entertainment vertical love video advertising. We're talking movie theaters, event venues, catering, on-demand performers*, etc.. As is conducive to their craft, they're big fans of online video, particularly website and YouTube videos. They're also big on cable…

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