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The Power of the Hashtag for Business Beginners

When it comes to social media, the #hashtag is one of the most powerful – and most misunderstood – tools in the industry.

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At this stage in the social media game, many people still don’t know how to harness and utilize the hashtag – especially for business.

You’ve heard of the hashtag and you’ve heard it’s revolutionary. So how can *you* use the hashtag to attract and acquire customers?

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The Difference Between Inbound Marketing and Outbound Marketing – and Why It Matters

Inbound Marketing and Outbound Marketing are two distinctively different entities, and they may be described to you in unique ways based on the person you’re speaking to.

Some say that Outbound Marketing is the “old fashioned” way of doing things, and Inbound Marketing is the present and future of the industry. Others describe Outbound Marketing as “push marketing”, while Inbound Marketing is conversely referred to as “pull marketing”.

You are sure to find many opinions on these two forms of getting your leads’ attention, including which one is better and more effective. I like to think of them as two separately useful entities that can be used alone or in tandem, depending on the specific goals your organization is trying to achieve.

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10 Reasons Why Social Media Marketing is Essential to Today’s Small Business

Small businesses are still wondering why social media marketing matters. Whether your company is B2B or B2C, you can and will benefit from social media to help drive your sales and marketing efforts.

My theory is that once small businesses understand the impact that social media can have on their target audience, their current customers, and the future of their brand, they will soon wonder how they lived without it.

At The Social Campfire, it’s my job to not only create and take responsibility for small business social media marketing efforts, but it’s also my duty to explain to entrepreneurs and business owners how they can tangibly benefit from platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

In today’s post, I’d like to share 10 of the biggest reasons why Social Media Marketing is essential for today’s small business online marketing strategy:

1. Establish Trust 

You probably haven’t even thought about it when it comes to your business, but when was the last time you held in high esteem a company that couldn’t be found online? Sure, it happens in rare cases – perhaps there’s an amazing, treasure trove Thai spice and grocery store down the street or an eclectic used book store owned by some of the nicest people in the neighborhood. They don’t have a website, and you still love their business. However, more often than not, a presence online is very similar to a nice, clean physical store window.

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