Retail/Service

How do smaller businesses compete with the big boys? By building customer relationships that larger corporations cannot. Interactive websites focus on what YOU do best - working with your customer.

Blogging for Business

An Explosion of Energy!An Explosion of Energy!Breathe some life and excitement into your website and business - start Blogging! Done well, the Blog (short for Web log), can establish your expertise, gain loyal followers, bring you more business - or become your business!

That's right! There are many blogs that exist solely to provide specific information to their readers. They then make revenue from ads or businesses who want to reach the blogger's audience. Hobbyists and homemakers have earned income blogging about knitting, model trains, crockpot cooking and saving money.

Traditional businesses have established a better connection with their customers by regular blogging. Car dealers have chatted about vehicles and service promotions, insurance agents have kept customers returning by offering insurance advice along with a dash of humor. Accountants and finance experts can blog about saving money, investing money, diversifying assets, and more. Whatever your business - you have information that can keep your readers coming back for more. And that, my friends, is what builds long term relationships!

Non-profit businesses can also benefit from blogging. Anti-violence groups can continually update their site, giving ongoing advice and support to victims. Churches can talk about their

Growing Your Business in a Bad Economy

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

There's no way to sugar-coat the news - the economy is in a slump, and everyone is feeling the sting. Many retail businesses are closing their doors, non-profits are scrambling for funds, companies are down-sizing and savvy entrepreneurs are gearing up to make the most of the economic turmoil.

That's right - the time for small businesses, home businesses and entrepreneurs to grow their business is NOW! We have the flexibility to reduce overhead (we really didn't need all that extra space and stuff, anyway) and focus on solving problems for our customers. Your customers are feeling the bite of the economy, too - focus on helping them improve their bottom line. By helping them ride out this economic roller-coaster you'll be gaining a lifelong friend and customer.

Um....are you saying I should work for free? My family still needs to eat, too!

No, you can't give away your services and products - but you can give away information, advice and support. And yes, that means that you won't be getting paid for your time - but you will be building relationships. Which translates into long-term customers.

Great rhetoric. Now give me something I can use.

Umm...ok. Let's brainstorm for different businesses:

Is Your Website HURTING Your Business?

Don't Hurt Yourself!Don't Hurt Yourself!Is your website helping or hurting your business, turning away potential customers and sales?

Maximize your website returns by making sure your website checks out on these four basic points:

Readability
Our eyes like things simple – preferably black text on a white background – and don’t make the typeset too wonky, either! If you want customers to run away from your site – in droves – put your text on a multicolored, textured background. The only way to read such text is to highlight it – and really, that gets old, fast!

Quick Page Loading
Don’t put a lot of features and large pictures on your page that makes pages load slowly – not everyone has the fastest download times, or unlimited bandwidth. Especially on

The TEN Biggest Website Lies

By John K Johnson

Lie #1: Community oriented small retail stores do NOT need a website!
Lie #2: A website should double or triple your sales in just a few weeks!
Lie #3: You can create a great website – all by yourself – for next to nothing.
Lie #4: You need an expensive, professional website to be taken seriously.
Lie #5: You’ll have to spend a lot of time and money on SEO.
Lie #6: You’ll have to spend a lot of money on SEM (Search Engine Marketing) to make your website stand out!
Lie #7: Once your pretty, functional and informative website has gone live – you’re done
Lie #8: It’s expensive & time consuming to keep your website current.
Lie #9: To be successful, you must have Flash animations, amazing graphics and professionally written copy.
Lie #10: It’s easy to sell on the web!

Read the full story to see why these are all lies.

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