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How the End of Network Neutrality Could Affect SMBs and the Public Interest

Peter Krasilovsky

How the End of Network Neutrality Could Affect SMBs and the Public Interest

For many years, the government’s assessment of the public interest was to encourage Web access to all. The current FCC, however, contends that this position is better met by eliminating the net neutrality rules — that SMBs will be able to have a variety of ISP options based on their actual needs with the end of the net neutrality rules.

Empyr Partners with Vendasta to Expand Its SMB Reach

Joao-Pierre Ruth

Empyr Partners with Vendasta to Expand Its SMB Reach

Online-to-offline marketing platform Empyr has announced a partnership with Vendasta that has the potential to rapidly scale up and deepen its customer base. The deal makes Empyr’s CPR (cost-per-revenue), performance marketing platform available on Vendasta’s marketplace, which sells digital solutions through more than 2,000 local marketing agencies.

Sponsored Content: Using Your Website as a Customer Engagement Tool

Todd Renard - Vivial

Sponsored Content: Using Your Website as a Customer Engagement Tool

Websites remain a foundational marketing element for companies of all sizes and they are likely the “home base” for customers finding the detailed information they desire as well as the basics, like store hours, contact information, product details and links to social channels. While on the surface it may seem like websites are the opposite of engaging—static, one-size-fits-all, impersonal—the fact is with a little bit of strategy, businesses can create a website that provides customers with a truly engaging experience with clear calls to action as part of the customer’s journey.

Selling to SMBs: AIDA and The Conversion Zone

Eric Groves

Selling to SMBs: AIDA and The Conversion Zone

I’m often asked by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists alike to talk about what changes throughout the course of the “bell curve ride” in selling to small and medium-sized businesses — and how organizations need to adapt at each stage in order to ensure continued success. Here’s the best way I can explain how it all works.

How Much Do You Know About Your SMB Customers?

The Editors

How Much Do You Know About Your SMB Customers?

They say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, but when it comes to landing SMB clients, that’s simply not the case. That’s why we went out to more than 500 local merchants and asked them about their experiences in local marketing. The result? The Local Merchant Report…

For Small Businesses, the Tide Is Turning

Noah Elkin

For Small Businesses, the Tide Is Turning

With a high percentage of retail consumer spending occurring in the last six weeks of the year, the fourth quarter is a good time to take the temperature of business owners. Recent surveys from Thumbtack and Yelp indicate an overall positive outlook heading into 2016.

In Local Marketing, ‘Obsolete’ Is All Relative

Rafi Cohen

In Local Marketing, ‘Obsolete’ Is All Relative

The pace of innovation is such that many new technologies are deemed “obsolete” before small business owners get the chance to fully understand them, let alone implement them in their business. Many feel left behind the curve as a result. But obsolete is not an absolute condition when it comes to marketing techniques. Where marketing tactics and technologies are underutilized, potential for competitive gains still exists.

Forget DIY, DIWM, and DIFM: ‘Do Nothing’ is the Best Approach to Capturing the SMB Market

Matt Matergia

Forget DIY, DIWM, and DIFM: ‘Do Nothing’ is the Best Approach to Capturing the SMB Market

The future of SMB marketing solutions isn’t do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me, or even do-it-with-me. Rather, it lies in a new go-to-market model called “do nothing” that combines context, content, software, and automation into solutions that are low-cost, have next to no barriers to entry, and require little in the way of learning or doing from customers.

DEBATE: The Marketing of SMB Marketing Solutions

Noah Elkin

DEBATE: The Marketing of SMB Marketing Solutions

Speculation over the best model for providing and marketing SMB solutions — do-it-yourself (DIY), do-it-for-me (DIFM), or the middle-ground option, do-it-with-me (DIFM) — has been swirling for years. Columns from two Street Fight contributors indicate that while technology is part of the current problem, it’s undoubtedly part of the solution as well.

SMBs and Self-Service: Are We There Yet?

Greg Sterling

SMBs and Self-Service: Are We There Yet?

The question of whether or when SMBs are going to self-provision online marketing has been a topic of intense debate for at least a decade. Signs now point to the emergence of solutions simple enough to make self-service viable within three to five years. Ultimately, rather than a do-it-yourself vs. do-it-for-me dichotomy, we’re likely to see an increasingly stratified local market that looks a lot like a three-cabin airplane seating chart.

Street Fight Daily: Apple Pay Goes International and Has a New Competitor, Amazon’s Effect on SMBs

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Apple Pay Goes International and Has a New Competitor, Amazon’s Effect on SMBs

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Apple Pay Partners with AmEx to Expand Internationally (Fortune)… JPMorgan Chase Says It’s Building a Rival to Apple Pay (Channel NewsAsia)… Is Amazon Killing Small Businesses? (Forbes)…

INFOGRAPHIC: The Complex SMB Marketing Ecosystem 2.0

Lorren Elkins

INFOGRAPHIC: The Complex SMB Marketing Ecosystem 2.0

As the head of digital strategy for a broadcaster operating local TV stations, Lorren Elkins has been challenged to clearly understand the digital marketing space from an SMB perspective. In response, he developed an interactive chart, now in its second iteration, to both enhance his own understanding and assist SMBs in identifying potential suppliers.