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Calm Down, Internet: Facebook Moving Page Posts from Newsfeed

Posted by on November 3rd, 2017

Recently, my newsfeed was blowing up with people who were very concerned over news articles stating that Facebook was “moving non-promoted posts from the general news feed”. Rightly so if you were to read a headline like that. If you’re a small business or a business that relies on word-of-mouth or social media to sell things without dumping a ton of money into advertising (say, you’re an artist, for one) this can sound extremely scary. However, as with most things people lose their minds over, I sigh, click on it, read the whole article, then explain to people why the…

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Upcoming Class: Marketing on Social Media

Posted by on October 16th, 2017

We’re happy to announce an upcoming hasOptimization training on Marketing on Social Media. Who should take it? Anyone who is managing Social Media for their company! This class is great for small business owners, marketing managers at small to medium companies, and even members of the social media team at larger companies. We’ve taught for all sizes of business–past students include the University of Michigan, the CDC, and entrepreneurs just getting launched. Where is it? Online, so anyone can join! The web conference details will be provided to all participants in advance. You’ll just need a computer with an internet…

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What is Waze and how can I add my business to it?

Posted by on September 16th, 2017

You may or may not have heard of Waze. Waze is a map program that allows users to do a variety of things that your GPS may not currently do. For example, users can report roadblocks, police, and more. In theory it sounds pretty neat, but because it has limited usage and availability, it can be hard to find places on Waze, and some people who use it may have trouble finding your business. If you’re interested in listing your business on Waze, you will need to do a few things. Download the free Waze app on your Apple or…

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My business got a bad review – now what?

Posted by on September 12th, 2017

The more I work with clients online the more I realize that not a single business is immune from bad reviews online. Getting a bad review can certainly feel like the end of the world, especially if you’re a reputable business trying to keep up a good reputation online and you don’t have a whole lot of reviews to begin with. The good news is it’s not the end of the world — and often times not the end of your business, either — and handling a bad review in the right way can be super important. Step 1: Don’t…

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How to get more reviews on Yelp and Google+

Posted by on September 6th, 2017

One question we often get asked if how to get better reviews on Yelp, Google, Facebook, or any other review site. The problem with “getting better reviews” is that you can’t just get 5 star reviews – you really have to earn them. Most of the time customers will not go out of their way to rate your business unless they felt they had a bad experience. Often times this means that Yelp or Google can be littered with poor reviews of a business that may not entirely be deserving of being rated 1 or 2 stars. The more people…

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How To: Create a LinkedIn Company Page

Posted by on February 7th, 2017

What is LinkedIn? LinkedIN is a professional social media networking platform designed for industry professionals to post and build a “resume” type profile to be accessed by others on the same platform. What is a LinkedIn Company Page? A LinkedIN company page is a lot like a Facebook page. It operates a place that you can post as your business and promote inside of your business. People can follow that business and stay up to date with your posts. However, unlike Facebook, you can put in LinkedIN company pages:– Career and employment opportunities– Detailed company information– The ability to link…

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What social media service should I be using?

Posted by on January 31st, 2017

The internet is a wonderful place. Not only does it put the wealth of human knowledge at our fingertips, it means we can access all kinds of once previously not as readily available information. With a quick Google search, you can pull up everything about a business – right down to when they are open, contact information, location, and sometimes even most popular times. Social media helps that. It’s a great way to substantiate your business page and engage with customers and potential customers, share ideas, as well as gather comments and criticisms that can help your business grow. So…

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How To: Connect Your Instagram to Facebook

Posted by on January 31st, 2017

Sometimes you want your social media to do all of the heavy lifting for you, and that means making one post stretch as far as it can. Certain social media services allow you to connect to other social media services, which means that one post can be posted to multiple services at once. In this instance, we will be connecting Instagram and Facebook. At the time of typing this, Instagram can post to your profile (timeline) or your page — not both. Facebook is unable to post to Instagram for you, so it’s a one way relationship. Instagram can also…

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#HowToHashtag : A Guide to Hashtag Basics

Posted by on December 15th, 2014

Today’s blog post is by Social Media Rockstar Aimee Cozza! Take it away, Aimee! So what are these weird things known as “hashtags”? I’m sure you see them often enough… They’re the things with the pound symbol before them. Like you might see, #mylife on Twitter. Hashtags DO serve a purpose, despite how liberally some people may use them (stylistically, that is). Hashtags are like keywords–they are a way to group and find similar topics on Twitter, Facebook and other social platforms. For example, if you post an item such as “Hello world! #tweet” anyone who searches on that platform for…

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Small Business Marketing: Think Local

Posted by on April 30th, 2012

My favorite projects to work on are small business clients from my hometown area. Why? Well, I’m from a small town (Canterbury, NH) and live in a small city (Concord, NH), and when you grow up in small communities you understand the value of local communication. I’ve also lived in the big city (Los Angeles, CA) and the contrast between small business marketing there and small business marketing here in Concord is stark. Small business in Concord, NH is interdependent. There is less competition, and more incentive to cooperate with your fellow small business next door or down the street….

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