5 Posts You Missed in 2019

It’s not too late to see the tips your competitors missed in 2019 Every local business can use a little competitive advantage…so get a head start on the new year (and your competitors) by taking a look at some posts that flew under the radar in 2019.

Top 5 Posts of 2019

What did local businesses learn about from Hibu in 2019? We love seeing what really resonated with our small business clients each year. Take a couple minutes to see what your friends, colleagues and competitors looked at the most in 2019.

Small Business Saturday reminders

Even if you haven’t done much to prep for Small Business Saturday 2019, here are some simple things your local business can do right now to get ready for one of the busiest weekends of the year. Make sure any extended or shorter hours are listed online Opening early? Closing late? If your hours are […]

The best ways to genuinely thank your customers (with examples)

Showing sincere appreciation is one of the easiest ways to build a closer relationship with your customers. It’s simple, but remarkably few companies ever take the time to genuinely thank customers. The secret lies in making your customers feel important. Your customers spend time and resources supporting your business, and they deserve a thoughtful acknowledgment […]

How can your local business make the most of the shorter holiday season?

Less time doesn’t have to mean fewer opportunities This year, there are just 26 days between Black Friday and Christmas Day. That’s six fewer days — and one less weekend — than last year. Not only does that mean fewer weekends for holiday parties, it means your customers have less time to shop. If you […]

6 Things You Need to Do to Make the Most of Small Business Saturday

It’s time to get ready for Small Business Saturday® As a company that serves local business owners across the country, Hibu is proud to join with American Express to support the 10th annual Small Business Saturday® this Nov 30th. From corner stores to food trucks to online boutiques, each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, […]

Your Small Business Disaster Recovery Plan

When you’re running a business, there’s no shortage of things to worry about – competitors, customers, inventory, staffing — and a whole lot of other day-to-day worries. According to a recent insurance report, the top three “big picture” small business risks are: Liability risks Property risks Business interruption risks If you think about it, any […]

5 Facts your business needs to consider now

One of the most challenging parts of advertising your local business online is simply keeping up with non-stop evolution of the web. A few years ago it was enough to have a website, then it had to be optimized for mobile – now it has to be built for voice search too. And that’s just […]

The Complete Guide to Where You Should Advertise Online [Free Download]

Find the online advertising plan that’s right for your business Here’s the deal, you know your business needs to advertise online to compete today. But with all the options available, we know it can be difficult to figure out exactly where you should be spending your advertising budget. That’s where our guide comes in! It’s […]

How to protect your search campaigns from “bot” calls

A lot has been written recently about “bot” or robo-dialed calls. Most of us know them all too well. We get a call that looks like it’s coming from a local number, but we don’t recognize it. It could be our dentist or that chiropractor we called the other day or any number of real […]

5 New Ways to Keep Your Social Strategy Fresh

  It’s easy to get stuck doing the same old things when it comes to your social strategy. We’re all guilty of it. But the good news is that with our favorite social networks always adding new ways to connect and interact, there’s still an opportunity for businesses to try something that other brands aren’t […]

Digital Marketing Habits Report: 4 Takeaways

Don’t Leave Your Reputation to Luck: How To Repair and Optimize Your Reputation Online

We live in a search-happy world When it comes to your business’ success, a lot of it depends on what customers find when they search for you online. While you may provide a great product or service, your reputation can significantly impact your business’ performance despite what you have to offer. I’m sure this isn’t […]

Is your marketing stuck in a rut?

Running a small business is a never-ending, all-encompassing, time-consuming challenge. Most small business owners find they have to establish daily routines and set specific processes in place just to keep the minutia from becoming overwhelming. If you’re like many the business owners we talk with, taking the time to update your marketing is pretty far […]

Digital Marketing Tool Box

  When it comes to marketing your business online, having access to the right tools can mean the difference between meeting your goals and wasting your money. That’s why we want to share our digital marketing toolbox with you!  These tools are specifically crafted to help improve your brand’s marketing, website performance, analysis, digital experience, […]

Is your business stuck in 2012?

Think back… What do you remember about 2012? Who won the Super Bowl or the World Series? What long-time institution took its final bow and which modern day institution hit a huge milestone? Watch this quick video for a fast look back. Things have changed so much… or have they? Have they changed enough? As we […]

Infographic: Presence & Performance

The two things you need to put the right message in front of the right customers Effective digital marketing comes down to two things: Making sure your correct business info is THERE — you need the right information online — like your name, address and phone number — for your customers to find you on directory sites, apps, voice […]

A 4-Step Guide to Analyzing Your Competition on Facebook

Knowing your competitors is crucial to your business. And neglecting to take some time to examine the strategies they’re using on Facebook, the largest social network out there, is a huge mistake that a lot of businesses are making. Don’t let the scope and sheer amount of information out there keep you from doing competitive […]

Why having a secure website is so important to your small business

You can’t talk about digital marketing and websites today without talking about privacy and security — and you shouldn’t! Making your customers feel safe and confident about interacting with you online needs to be a priority for your business, and that starts with making sure your business website is a secure site with SSL / […]

9 ways to keep your business’s email etiquette polished

  The way your business communicates with goes a long way to making a good impression… or a bad one. Just like you would with any customer interaction, it’s important to put your best foot forward whenever you send an email. It doesn’t have to be complicated, there are plenty of small things to remember […]

5 things to do this summer to maximize winter holiday revenue

It’s the middle of the summer. Half the country is getting hit with a heat wave, and the summer season is in full swing… so, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the Holidays! Yes, those holidays – the ones at the end of the year. The time to start business-holiday planning is now! […]

Sweat the small stuff this summer (get your hours correct online)

Here’s how you can relax this summer knowing your online business listings are up to date. Ahhh, summertime. The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining longer – it almost feels like there are more hours in a day… which is probably why so many businesses have “Summer Hours.” Of course, if you don’t […]

Digital Marketing 101

Hey there! Welcome to Digital Marketing 101 – well, at least it’s DM 101 for me. My name is Gabrielle and I’m currently one of Hibu’s summer interns. While I’m still getting the hang of it myself, I’d like to share with you some digital marketing tips and tricks that I’ve learned in my first […]

Your customers: make way for the Millennials

Quick – picture your customer. Male? Female? Young? Old? Well… maybe not as old as you think. You might have to knock a few years off that image – if not now, very soon… like later this year. According to our friends at the good old Pew Research Center, U.S. population projections say that very […]

Four Ways to Adapt to the New Customer Journey

  Once upon a time, the customer journey used to have a clear beginning, middle and end and most customers followed a similar path. Times have changed, however, and the “traditional customer journey” no longer exists. Today, the path a customer takes to get to your business is unpredictable. The steps between awareness and purchase […]

More foolish digital marketing myths for small businesses

It’s no joke — saying goodbye to these marketing myths can help boost your business online We’ve highlighted some foolish digital marketing myths before, but there are 3 truths in online marketing: What used to work is always changing There’s always something brand new There’s a LOT of misinformation about both Catching on to what works now […]

This March, put the digital marketing moves on your competition

To help you make up for the time lost while you and your employees fill out your brackets, we’d like to suggest five basketball-style digital marketing moves you should be making to drive past your competition online. 5 moves to help you score new leads Post-up – The easiest move in our digital marketing basketball […]

The power of crossposting on social media

Save time, save effort and get more social by sharing posts across multiple platforms For small businesses, starting to use social media to market their business is a process: First, start using social media (you’d be surprised how many small businesses don’t!) Second, set up business pages and profiles — not just personal ones Third, […]

Show your digital marketing some love

Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most to your marketing You love your local business. You work hard to make sure your customers love your local business, too. But when was the last time you took a few minutes to show your business how much you appreciate it? You don’t need to mail candy hearts […]

Errors in online business listings

The last message you want from a local customer…

Don’t let the wrong online info leave your customers with a bad taste As a small business owner, you know there are plenty of conversations you don’t want to have with a customer. From problematic service calls…to billing issues…to unexpected interruptions in your service (like winter weather or power outages)…there are all kinds of calls and emails […]

The offline marketing you need to succeed online

Word of mouth can be just as important as www We’ve talked about the top ways to promote your business online and offline before, but let’s focus on the simplest things you can do offline to promote your business today. Get involved in local events From 10k runs to sponsorships to giving back to your local […]

Do you still need a business website?

Spoiler alert: Yes, you do! There are two things we firmly believe about digital marketing: You need a synchronized solution that includes MORE than just a business website …but you still need a business website We all spend so much time on Facebook, looking at digital business listings and checking online business reviews and seeing ads on our […]

Keep your customers by keeping up with emails and more

How to be more responsive (even when you’re off the clock) Running a small business is a 24/7 job. You always take your work home with you, and even if you’re not “on the clock,” you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do tomorrow. As more businesses move their marketing online, a big part […]

Hibu's Small Business Marketing Checklist on a laptop sitting on a desk

Small Business Marketing Checklist [Free Guide]

A simple “to-do” list to get more customers without spending more time As a small business owner, you know that sustaining and growing your business is a must…but finding the time to focus on marketing can be a real challenge. Like any big project, it helps to break your marketing efforts into smaller steps. You […]

20 Ways to Prepare for Small Business Saturday

We’re down to just under 20 days until #SmallBusinessSaturday 2017, we’d like to share 20 quick tips and tricks you can do to help your small business get the most out of the day. On Small Business Saturday 2016, 112 million shoppers showed their love for their favorite spots, and spent a reported $15.4 billion […]

Hibu Proudly Supports Small Business Saturday

Helping small businesses is at the heart of what we do here at Hibu -– that’s why we’re pleased to announce that Hibu is an official Corporate Supporter for Small Business Saturday® 2017, taking place on November 25. For those of you who don’t know, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting local small businesses, […]

The Best Ways to Promote Your Business Event Online

Pack the house for your next business event Whether you’re planning an in-store demo, an on-site workshop or organizing or sponsoring a community or charitable event, our friends at Yell gathered some great (and mostly FREE!) ways to make sure your event is seen online. Make a Facebook event page Facebook has a great events […]

3 ways to engage more of your Facebook fans

Simple ways to add interest and drive interaction with your Facebook Page As most local businesses know, there’s a world of difference between “I have a Facebook Page” and “I use my Facebook Page to connect with my customers and grow my business.” Using both Facebook ads and posts is important. So is understanding the […]

The 4 motivating factors that turn your site visitors into customers

Does your website highlight these “motivating factors”? As a small business owner, you know what makes your company great. You hear it from happy customers all the time: “What keeps people coming back is the QUALITY of my work. “My PRICES are very competitive and fair.” “When someone needs me, I’m there – FAST.” “I am a fantastic […]

How a blog can benefit your business

Think like a publisher to drive traffic, grow your footprint and showcase who you are In our experience, every local business wants a blog on their website…but very few take the time to publish blog posts on a regular basis. We get it: it’s not easy to decide WHAT to post…and even harder to find […]

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