10 Ways to Write Instagram Captions that Win Customers

By Jennie Lyon / June 16, 2020

How much time are you focusing on Instagram for your business? Small businesses are always looking to make the most of their marketing dollars. Generally, their budgets aren’t huge, so they need to make the biggest impact possible for the lowest investment. That’s why you should be on Instagram! It’s one of the most effective, budget-friendly and hottest platforms right now! Instagram will reach 112.5 million U.S. users this year! That’s a 5.4% increase over 2019! It’s the fastest growing social media platform with 37% of American adults using it. And the gender mix is pretty fantastic with 52% of…

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How to Use a Podcast to Grow Your Business

By Jennie Lyon / June 2, 2020

As a digital marketer, I have to admit that I’m a little surprised at how many people don’t know what a podcast is. Especially given their rapidly increasing visibility. The word “podcast” is a combination of the words “broadcast” and “iPod.” Over the last decade, podcasts have become one of the most popular forms of spoken-audio entertainment. Replacing radio as the background noise during our morning commutes.  There are countless podcasts out there in hundreds of different genres, including true crime, technology, fiction, comedy, and, of course, marketing. You can check out some of my favorite productivity podcasts here!  So,…

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Getting Back to Work with a Virtual Assistant!

By Jennie Lyon / May 19, 2020
Getting Back to Work with a Virtual Assistant

Finally, some good news! States all over the country are in various stages of reopening after more than two months of COVID-19 quarantine, including Florida. While physical distancing guidelines and the use of masks won’t be going away, this does mean that businesses of all sizes can reopen again!  But after being closed for weeks, you likely can’t just reopen your doors without doing a ton of prep. Things have changed. New health and safety policies are in place. Your physical location will likely need to go through some changes to make it ready for customers again. That’s going to…

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The Best U.S. Stimulus Package Options

By Jennie Lyon / May 12, 2020
The Best U.S. Stimulus Package Options

Is your small business ready for some financial help? Well, good news! Stimulus help is on its way! COVID-19 has disrupted almost every aspect of American life, and I’m not just talking about stay-at-home guidelines. Individuals, organizations, and businesses have unexpectedly run into the economic equivalent of a brick wall. Financial hard times are tough enough to deal with when everything else is calm. But during a pandemic, pulling yourself out of that hole and protecting your brand can feel impossible.  Thankfully at the end of March, the Federal government passed three landmark pieces of legislation to help Americans weather…

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The Best Remote Work Tips and Tools + Free Workflow

By Jennie Lyon / May 5, 2020
The Best Remote Work Tips & Tools

Are you experiencing remote work for the first time in your professional life? Maybe you’ve heard, there have recently been some significant changes in the way the average American does their job. With physical distancing rules in place, many small business storefronts needed to close for health reasons. And even though some of them are opening back up, it will still be months until things are close to normal. Moreover, some of the big changes will likely stick around indefinitely: working from home, for example. Before COVID-19, only 1-2% of people worked remotely. Now, businesses all over the country have…

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We’re Your One-Stop Digital Marketing Stop!

By Jennie Lyon / April 28, 2020
We're Your One-Stop Digital Marketing Stop!

What does the word “marketing” mean to you? Over the last few weeks, countless companies have been in a scramble. Trying to figure out a way to communicate with their customers during COVID-19. Their marketing used to be focused on big money spent on billboards, posters, and other traditional forms of marketing. Unfortunately, that would be money wasted while everyone is under stay-at-home orders. So, now they are putting their money into a highly-effective form of advertising that small businesses have been using for years: Enter digital marketing. Digital Marketing is an umbrella term that covers all aspects of marketing…

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Are You Worried About Your Brand Right Now?

By Jennie Lyon / April 21, 2020
Are You Worried About Your Band Right Now?

Are you worried about your brand right now? Many small businesses are, understandably, concerned about their cash flow and staying open during the COVID-19 crisis. The burden social distancing has put on businesses of all sizes is unmatched in modern times. Even the strongest of companies are struggling with them. But it’s not only the financial side of your business you need to consider.  Maintaining your brand over the next few weeks is going to be tricky. There are some ways that you can avoid any damage to it. In fact, you might even be able to strengthen your brand…

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How to Reach Clients with LinkedIn

By Jennie Lyon / April 14, 2020
How to Reach Clients with LinkedIn

Do you use LinkedIn to connect with clients? When you ask most people about LinkedIn, they think it’s only a place to post your resume online. Wrong! LinkedIn has become so much more than a repository of work histories and references. Now, it’s a full-blown social media network, just like Facebook. With that in mind, this makes LinkedIn the perfect platform for finding new clients. Unlike other social media services, LinkedIn is entirely focused on your professional life. That means active users are trying to connect with like-minded people in their industry. It’s the perfect place for you to reach…

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5 Ways to Create Multiple Online Streams of Income

By Jennie Lyon / March 31, 2020

Are you worried about your revenue stream? Right now, small business owners everywhere are wondering how they can increase their revenue (or hold it even) during the coronavirus crisis. We currently don’t know how long this period of social distancing will last or if things will get even worse. What we do know is that most physical locations are closed, meaning that many small businesses have needed to pivot to online only. Thankfully, there are some ways you can create multiple online streams of income. It might require you to go slightly out of your comfort zone, but these strategies…

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Working From Home for the First Time? Look for the Helpers!

By Jennie Lyon / March 17, 2020
Working From Home for the First Time? Look for the Helpers!

Are you working from home for the first time? Back when I was working in the corporate world in my late 20s, I (like many Americans) occasionally dreamed of working from home. I had this romanticized image of slowly getting up in the morning, heading to my home office in my PJs, and taking some time off in the middle of the day to run errands or read a book. Then I started my own small business in my home and, BOY, was I in for a rude shock!  It turns out that working from home requires a specific kind…

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