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Vend Raleigh Google Hangouts On Air

HOA | Vend Raleigh Using Google Hangouts on Air We had a Vend Raleigh meeting using Google Hangouts on Air with the Professional Photographers group yesterday! Renae Christine of RichMomBusiness.com gave us an AWESOME Google Hangout tutorial last week. I anticipate a lot more Vend meetings online! Christy Johnson of Be True Image Design (Vend Raleigh Directory Member) leads the …

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Video Marketing – It’s Fun and Easy! (Part 2)

Last week, I explained that video marketing can be a fun, inexpensive and a super engaging way to market your business. I bet you from that article, you are thinking: This may all sound fine and dandy, but how do I get started? When I first started making videos, I used my Nikon Coolpix and my cell phone. I did …

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Vend Biz 101 Meeting | Part 2

Hunter Frostchen and I answered the call of a Business 101 meeting from our Raleigh Mompreneurs. She covered the legal details such as LLC, DBA, EIN and more. This is part two of our meeting, marketing and social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. There will be a third part with points for Pinterest, Instagram and Google+, as well as marketing …

HARO – A Powerful PR Tool

How to make HARO work for you! Thanks to a presentation by website pro Kelly Phillips (BOOST Interactive Media) at a Vend Raleigh event last year, I learned of the existence of HARO (Help a Reporter Out). HARO is a potentially powerful PR tool for entrepreneurs of all kinds and, when used right, can wind up giving you, your business …

Vend Biz 101 Meeting | Part 1

Hunter Forstchen and Cary Heise came together February 11th and addressed some common concerns and questions when starting a new business.  Hunter took the “legit biz” side of things as she has recently gone through the process with her now “official biz” Katiebug Bows, LLC. Cary Heise addressed social media tips from her experiences with her three online businesses.  Cary’s notes …

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February Twitter Challenge

You’ve heard of a 30 day blog challenge, right? How hard is that?! Well, I won’t ask you to do that (yet), but I will ask you to join me in a TWITTER challenge! Starting TOMORROW, February 1, we are Tweeting all month! Twitter can be lonely…. and lonely is not fun. ((crickets)) If we all get on there together, …

2014 Small Business Social Media Strategy

Is social media your only marketing plan? For many small businesses it is and the majority of their efforts are on Facebook. Facebook views for business pages are down. Way down. Facebook has come clean and said that if you would like to be seen, you need to pay. Fair enough. You can read all about it here. There are …

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Facebook Break Up

New Social Media Marketing Strategies for Raleigh Small Business We’ve heard it for a while now, and it’s hard to believe when I still see posts that reach over 1000 people, but it’s time to take it seriously that Facebook is making some big changes when it comes to business pages.  If you have a business page and are not …

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Simple Southern Charm

I heard from several Mompreneurs, “You should meet Dorrie. She’s a mom in Holly Springs with a large Facebook group and working on building a new furniture business.”  That certainly sounds like my kind of girl.  Dorrie Buccafusca does have a very successful Facebook group for the Holly Springs community and while raising a family of five (5!) children, finds …

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Facebook Ads for Small Business

  Where do I create an ad on Facebook?   You can create an ad from your business page. You can also “boost a post” from your timeline. It seems though there are more options for market targeting by creating an ad from your personal Facebook page. You can find this “create an ad” button in the sidebar of your …