Category: Small Business

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5 ways to generate B2B leads

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On social media, be relatable

Write for people — not for Google. Add warmth, personality and emotion to your writing and keep it conversational.

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B2B Marketing Musts

B2B content marketing can be riveting — even for relatively dull industries. Use these 3 tips to create content your audience actually wants to read (and share).

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99 Ways to Score a Marketing Touchdown

Few companies can afford a $5 million TV ad during the Super Bowl. For the rest of us, here are 99 ways to tackle the competition and score a touchdown using simple marketing tactics. Marketing Planning 1. Revise or create a marketing plan for your business. 2. Revisit your market research. 3. Analyze your competition. […]

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The Sweetest Business Networking Event of the Year

Tonight, Toronto entrepreneurs put the ‘epic’ in epicurean. More than 100 guests attended the most decadent (and least nutritious) networking event of the year: Chocolate Chip Cookie Off 2017. Featuring 35 types of gourmet cookies lovingly crafted by baking professionals, CCCO2017 offered an audacious tribute to carbs. Despite the frosty winter weather, we came out […]

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Grow your business (with a 1-Page Marketing Plan)

To achieve growth and profitability this year, keep your marketing plan simple. Align your marketing with your corporate priorities by creating a one-page, high-level marketing plan for the year. The rationale is persuasive. One activity that sets the most successful companies apart is their willingness to document their marketing strategy, according to the Content Marketing […]

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Proof the Freelance Revolution is Unstoppable

October is Small Business Month, so it’s the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate a thriving entrepreneurial trend: the rise of the freelance movement. In the past decade alone, technology, globalization and economic factors have empowered and inspired workers to leave the corporate world behind and establish their own freelance business. The freelancing community has […]

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8 Reasons Businesses Love Freelancers

The freelance revolution is fueling business, as a growing number of companies are turning to independent professionals to get their projects done. As the freelancing revolution gains momentum, companies can win big. Why Companies Win The business benefits of hiring a freelancer include: 1. Cost savings: Businesses can save a significant amount of money by […]

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8 Reasons Workers Embrace Freelancing

Considering leaving the cubicle behind? You’re not alone. Projections suggest up to 40% of U.S. workers could be freelancers by 2020.[i] The benefits of pursuing a freelance path can include: 1. Freedom: Gain autonomy and be your own boss. As long as you get your work done, you can go for a mid-morning jog or […]

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Does Freelancing Fit Your Lifestyle?

October is Small Business Month, so it’s a great time to consider whether the freelance movement is right for you — now or in the future. One desirable benefit of freelancing is how well it accommodates certain lifestyles, including: Digital Nomads: White-collar freelancers can choose to travel beyond their national borders and work anywhere there’s […]

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The Boardroom is the Best Classroom

Back to school season reminds us that knowledge is power. Throughout our careers, we accumulate valuable knowledge and wisdom, which could benefit others. Yet too often we keep our wisdom to ourselves, locked in our brain and hidden from view. Instead, we could choose to share what we know with a genuine intent to help […]

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20 Tips for Working Remotely (& Productively)

Now that warmer weather is here, it may be time to free yourself from the office to work from a more scenic locale — without compromising your productivity. To boost cost efficiencies, morale and retention, a growing number of companies are embracing programs for staff to work remotely. Whether they work from home, a coffee […]

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24 Entrepreneurs’ Top Tips from their Dads

In time for Father’s Day, entrepreneurs around the world celebrated their tough and tender role models. These business owners remind us that our dads are more than just our parents. They are loving mentors and cheerleaders who have empowered and emboldened us to take risks, grow and succeed in pursuing our dreams. Now two dozen […]

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Millennial Moms: The real retail disruptors

Consumer goods marketers are paying close attention to young hipster moms. Here’s why: According to new research from market research firm Ipsos, there’s a lucrative yet highly-demanding consumer segment within the millennials cohort: YEMMies (Young, Educated Millennial Moms). Don’t let the cute name fool you: these shrewd — and often tattooed — ladies are influential […]

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Toronto Needs Tech Disruptors, Say Public & Private Sectors

Move over, Silicon Valley. Toronto’s hot technology sector is attracting leading global IT companies. The city boasts top talent, an affordable Canadian dollar and a mayor, John Tory, who proudly promotes the city as an innovation hotspot. Tory attended this week’s TechTO event at Toronto’s City Hall council chambers to discuss the technology sector’s success […]

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10 Qualities of Winning Entrepreneurs

In a recent LinkedIn post, over three dozen entrepreneurs generously shared with me their top tips for business success. They mentioned several recurring themes, including personal qualities that underpin business growth and prosperity. Based on their feedback, here are 10 of the most common qualities among winning entrepreneurs: Focused: They know why they launched their […]

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14 Experts Share How to Recession-Proof Your Business

In both strong and weak economies, your company deserves promotion. Last month, Statistics Canada confirmed the Canadian economy slipped into recession in the first half of the year for the first time since 2009. Too often, news of a recession causes decision makers to panic and contract their marketing efforts. However, reacting by “going quiet” […]

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Leadership Lessons from Toronto’s Tech Titans

In Toronto’s booming technology sector, companies are competing for top talent while trying to attract investors, remain agile and stay ahead of rapidly-evolving industry trends. Due to explosive growth, Toronto’s tech job growth rate is well above the overall employment rate, according to the Financial Post. To learn from proven leaders and rising stars in […]

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The Most Cost-Effective Marketing Tactic

What powerful marketing tactic builds brand awareness, creates trust and establishes long-term value – all at a low cost? The most effective way to win new customers and grow your business, especially when starting out, is word of mouth. Word of mouth spreads the word about your business by encouraging delighted customers to recommend your […]

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