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If you have been reading tech news recently, you may have heard about the GDPR - the General Data Protection Regulation which was enacted on May 25, 2018 in the European Union (EU).  It affects websites which collect any sort of personal data on its visitors who reside in the EU. For example, if your site is collecting data through an analytics program or with cookies, there’s a chance that a member of an EU country could visit your site and have their data saved. Compliance with GDPR is especially important to anyone who’s directly doing business with residents of the EU, like ecommerce or tourism.

But don’t worry - while it’s important to be compliant, it’s also not an impossible request.

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If you have a website but you’re not using analytics to assess how it’s working, you’re missing a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into your visitors.

Understanding what your website visitors are doing can significantly help your small business website marketing efforts. One quick way to judge the impact of your marketing efforts is to see it’s impact on your website’s use. Web analytics tools measure activity and value for website visits. (Google Analytics, the most popular of these tools, is free, powerful, and magnificently simple to set up and use.)

By reviewing the data collected, you can see what pages are being used as well as how much and for how long, commonly used search terms that brought someone to your site, what sites visitors came from, how many pages visitors look at, and even what kind of device and browser they used when accessing the site.

This is helpful information because it shows how successful your site is at meeting your goals. Some typical issues and quick fixes include revising content on pages people quickly leave, fine-tuning your site to give your visitors a better experience.

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A few months ago, I was scrolling through YouTube and landed on a video by a YouTuber that I watch every so often. Her name is Zoe Sugg and she’s a popular United Kingdom-based beauty and fashion vlogger with over 12 million subscribers. She started her video with a friendly “hello, everybody!” much like most of her other videos, but soon after she launched into a passionate plea to her subscribers to celebrate her birthday by donating to a cause that was close to her heart.

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You’re four years old and riding in the backseat of your parents’ car. Much to your delight, they plan to stop and grab a quick bite to eat before they bring you to play with a friend. You glance up through the window as the car slows down and see golden arches. You know what those mean!

“McDonald’s!” you say. Whether it has been 20, 30 or even 40 years since you were a small child, you probably still know exactly what those golden arches mean when you see them. Even when you were young, you were probably able to associate the symbol with a happy meal.

Logos are powerful. They can fill you with nostalgia, recognition, and even happiness. More importantly, they tell someone who you are and what you do through thoughtful design and carefully selected imagery. Your logo is only one aspect of your brand, but some would argue it’s the most important part. Creating brand recognition and helping form positive associations with your logo requires consistency, great marketing, and a great logo to start.

Here are a few reasons why forgoing a DIY logo and working with a designer to create your brand is an important choice for your business:

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With the advent of spring comes the urge to spruce up, tidy, and fix things within your business that may have been neglected throughout the cold winter. You may already be working away at the interior of your store or meeting with employees about fixing up internal processes to make things run smoother. Your website could also benefit from a nice once-over to ensure everything is running properly within your digital storefront.

Here are some tips to give your website a spring cleaning:

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Happy first day of spring! It doesn’t seem like spring with the towering snow banks all around us, but the days are getting longer, the sun is still up after 5 p.m. and many people have warmer weather on their minds. With a new season comes a renewed sense of purpose for some business owners. Many are feeling reinvigorated and ready to tackle the new season with new ideas. If you’re one of those people (or if you anticipate you will be one of those people once the snow melts a little more), you may be searching for helpful marketing ideas to welcome spring.

Here are five ideas to get you started!

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As the world becomes more digitally oriented, it’s easy to assume that print is dead and useless when it comes to marketing. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Even though digital marketing is an extremely successful way to market your business, you should consider a few things if you’re planning to cut print from your plan. Marketing is a balancing act and knowing where to invest can either spell out success or failure for your strategy.

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When was the last time an engaging video captured your attention?

Maybe you watched one of your favorite chefs share a recipe by capturing the cooking or baking process ingredient by ingredient. Or you went on an adventure with a travel vlogger who had already been to the incredible place where you plan to vacation. No matter the case, video has a way of drawing us in so that we pay attention to the person, place, or product being showcased. Perhaps you’re aware of this and you’ve already created a great video for your business, but how have you used it for marketing?

Here are three ways to use video for marketing if you’ve been wondering how best to get it in front of as many eyes as possible:

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Proper business etiquette not only conveys expertise, professionalism, and confidence; it also helps set your company apart from the competition. Appropriate dress, direct eye contact, and a firm handshake all contribute to a successful representation of your brand – but these can all fall flat if they’re not reinforced by appropriate behavior.

To stand a better chance of success, businesses need to be carefully polished as well as highly engaging.

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As I scrolled through Facebook prior to the Super Bowl, I noticed a common trend: a few of my friends mentioned they didn’t really care to watch the game and they were only tuning in so they could watch the commercials.

I don’t know about you, but the only time I’ve ever heard someone say they couldn’t wait to watch a commercial was during the Super Bowl. That got me thinking: what is it about these Super Bowl ads that are so popular? Other than being enjoyable to watch, these commercials also offer a valuable lesson for marketers. They can examine why the commercials that end up on the “best Super Bowl commercials” lists published by various news outlets after the Big Game end up there.

We’re not going to make a “best” list because, let’s face it, everyone has a different opinion when it comes to which was best, but we are going to look at three commercials that I’ve heard a lot of feedback about since the Super Bowl, and why they generated so much conversation. 

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