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Shawn Stalter

About Shawn Stalter

Shawn Stalter is a Dallas-based content writer and retired military intelligence officer.

Recent Study Reveals Nearly Half of All SMBs Lack a Marketing Plan

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Passion, more than any other quality, fuels today’s small businesses. While it is an essential quality, it is only one small fraction of the equation that yields success in the modern marketplace. To reach today’s consumers, startups must deliver exceptional products and services, and offer positive user experiences backed by a viable marketing plan.

Unfortunately, based on data obtained through a recent survey from Outbound Engine, a majority of today’s SMBs have no plan at all, but instead, fumble in the darkness. Without a marketing strategy, modern startups experience unprecedented levels of stress and uncertainty.

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WhatsApp Platform Poised for Major eCommerce Enhancements for SMBs

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Facebook’s annual meeting of the minds, F8, recently wrapped up after two days of intense tech-centric discussions which brought developers, entrepreneurs and innovators together in one forum. In the F8 keynote speech, Mark Zuckerberg highlighted exciting enhancements ahead to boost the eCommerce functions of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp platform.

According to Zuckerberg, WhatsApp will focus on web-hosted marketplaces, online product catalogues and even the ability to send and receive funds. This is big news for startups looking to use this versatile platform to better reach, and connect with, customers.

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Bing Ads Receives Massive AI-Fueled Overhaul and Is Reborn as Microsoft Advertising

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In a recent blog post, Microsoft discussed the need for a new approach to address today’s evolving online advertising space. Much like Google’s focus on enhancing user experiences through innovation, Microsoft sees the value in helping startups craft genuine connections to consumers that go beyond antiquated marketing messages.

Fueled by a full suite of AI-derived personalization data and profile understanding, Bing is now reborn as Microsoft Advertising. This new platform will work in conjunction with Microsoft’s Audience Network and Sponsored Products to help marketers reach today’s consumers.

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Easily Highlight and Customize Recent Positive Reviews in Google My Business

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Earning a positive, four- or five-star, review from customers is not easy in today’s highly competitive business environment. However, startups that crack the code on earning superior customer satisfaction ratings may soon be in a unique position to highlight these positive user reviews in new ways to help attract clients.

Google recently announced the debut of a new feature for the My Business tool which allows businesses to easily share and customize positive customer testimonials. This function could offer yet another lucrative opportunity for SMBs to stand out from competitors and access new growth potential.

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The Importance of Verifying the Accuracy of Your SMB’s Online Listing Information

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In today’s competitive marketplace, building trust with new clients is essential to creating future growth opportunities. Today’s tech-savvy customers rely heavily on the information they find in local search listings concerning products and services and place extensive trust in the information they find.

Data from a recent search optimization survey from technology firm Uberall revealed that nearly half of small businesses fail to ensure the accuracy of basic data in online listings. These inaccuracies not only translate to lost opportunities but could even drive a wedge of mistrust between SMBs and customers.

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