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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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With AI's Help, Searching Becomes More Natural

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Search algorithms over the years have focused on keywords. Often, the way people search most effectively does not at all mimic how they would talk if they were speaking to another person. The terms feel clumsy and unnatural. They work for a computer, which is going through the keywords and matching content, but you end up typing -- or, with the recent focus on voice searches, saying -- things that don't reflect real speech patterns. Essentially, you find yourself consciously thinking about the fact that you're using a computer and changing your communication tactics to match that experience. For instance, when looking for the best restaurant in New Mexico, you may ask a friend:

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Groups, Not Pages, Will Drive Facebook Use

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Facebook has to walk a fine line when it comes to brand interaction and more "traditional" social media, which aims at connecting people. Clearly, users start on the platform because they want to connect with other users and they value that experience. To some degree, they're also fine with connecting with brands and advertising content, especially when it focuses on their interests. However, when ad content gets too heavy and it feels like brands are more important than users, some feel pushed away from the platform. Facebook is always working to make the site engaging and attractive, while also making it useful for branded content. It's not as easy as it sounds.

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Original Videos Get a Boost on Facebook

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The value of high-caliber original content just keeps going up. In one of the most recent moves, Facebook has decided to update the algorithm that drives videos on the site. With these changes, they're going to do more to promote original content, at the expense of the repeated content that keeps making the rounds with different accounts. This should lead to more originality and creativity, and those who put in the work to create new content that actually offers something to the viewer will have a better chance of getting the exposure they're after, rather than getting washed out by mass content and copied videos.

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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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