Digital Marketing Madness: Site vs Social

It’s March! In like a lion, out like a lay-up. It’s time for that great Spring sporting spectacular, when basketball brackets take over our nation’s psyche.. and cost businesses across the country hours of work as employees focus on their picks (instead of their productivity). In an effort to turn the Final Four into a fiscal […]

What Facebook’s newest change means for your business

You may have seen or heard about Facebook’s recent announcement concerning changes to the way Facebook will prioritize public posts in your News Feed. While a lot of attention has focused on the impact of this change on publishers – companies who have come to rely on Facebook as a distribution channel for their news, […]

Joe’s Story: Today’s Local Business Online Marketing Journey

A lot of small business owners believe that if you have a website, you’re doing all you have to do to get found online. Add some search ads, maybe some social media, and you’re covering all your bases. Actually, there are a lot more bases to cover if you want your business to get found… […]

Erica’s Story: Today’s Local Customer Journey

Once upon a time, when you wanted your house painted, or your car repaired, or needed a doctor or lawyer or landscaper…you asked a friend, or checked the yellow pages, or simply drove into town. Needless to say, when today’s consumer is searching for a local business, product or service, they search online… but that […]

Celebrating Black History Month 2018

  In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to recognize three individuals who have been innovators, trailblazers, and revolutionaries in American business. Each of them has had a significant impact on multiple Fortune 500 businesses, across a wide range of industries. Their stories show clearly the success that can come with determination and creativity. […]

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 […]

Client Success Story: Rutzick Law Offices

What’s your digital marketing look like? A website? Search ads? Maybe some social? Are you happy with what you see when you compare the money you’re investing vs the profit you’re generating? Digital marketing today is different than it was just a few years ago. Back in 2012, if you had a good-looking website, you could […]

Think fast: mobile website speed still matters

Think fast: mobile website speed still matters

When it comes to mobile speed, time is money Everyone who uses a phone to browse online knows how frustrating it can be to wait for a site to load…or rather, to leave a site when it doesn’t load quickly. “Going mobile” is a subject we can’t get enough of — we’ve talked about 6 tips to […]

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 […]

3 rules for small business social success

Simple guidelines to keep your social media efforts in line How important is social media to small business success? There seems to be a clear line between those businesses that use social to attract customers and those that aren’t using it at all. According to a recent survey of small business owners1: 53% say that […]

5 reasons why you need to focus on online reviews now

You may have noticed that we’re focusing a lot of attention on online customer reviews. Why? Because there’s no question that reviews are having an ever-increasing impact on consumer buying decisions. Your customers are absolutely going online and checking out their options – you and your competitors – before deciding who they’re going to call. […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Update your holiday hours on all your online business listings

Make it easy for your customers to call and come on by this holiday season For most businesses, there’s no busier time than the holidays. That usually means extended hours through the end of the year (and if you’re lucky, some much-needed shortened hours too). Give the gift of convenience to your customers this season […]

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10 Missing Pieces on Local Business Websites [Free Guide]

Puzzled about what your site needs today? Trying to sort through all the advice about what your small business website needs can be frustrating. Our short guide “10 Missing Pieces from Local Business Websites” will show you where to start putting the pieces together to win new business on: Mobile Search engines Social media Directory sites […]

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, […]

5 Scary Good Small Business Digital Marketing Tips

The Internet can be a scary place and having to figure out your business’ digital marketing can be a pretty daunting proposition. Here are five tips to help you slay your digital marketing monsters and grow your business online.   #1: Transform your social media into social marketing Congrats on getting your business set up […]

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 […]

4 Reasons to Share “Curated Content” on Social

Small businesses can save big on time and effort with ready-made content Facebook and other social networks are great for sharing news and pictures, posting your thoughts and more. In fact, for most people and businesses, social media is all about YOU: YOUR profile or Page YOUR posts and updates Connecting with YOUR customers So […]

See how your online business listings change over time

Your business info could be wrong on sites, directories and apps… Here’s something most local businesses don’t think about: even if your business name, address and phone number is correct online today…it might not be tomorrow. Or next week. At least not everywhere your customers are looking for you online. Watch this short video to find out […]

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 […]

Think your business isn't online? Think again...

Think your small business isn’t online? Think again…

Your small business may have a big footprint online Lots of small business still rely entirely on “traditional” advertising, using old-school marketing like print directory ads, direct mail, coupons – and yes, business cards and letterhead. And plenty of small businesses continue to get new, local customers using tried-and-true methods that have worked for years. […]

6 tips for your small business to succeed on mobile

Small businesses can win big with mobile marketing You’ve already seen how you can “mobile”-ize your business for big results. If you’re still not sure about whether your business can have success with mobile marketing, or you’re trying but not seeing the success you want, here are six tips to help you get noticed with mobile marketing […]

“Mobile-ize” your small business for big results

Mobile marketing can be a big win for any small business It’s perfectly natural for small business owners to think that mobile marketing is only for “the big guys” – major companies with big budgets, dedicated marketing and technology teams that can help them navigate the complexity of trying to connect with customers on mobile […]

5 steps to a synchronized social media strategy

Increase your ROI with the right plan It’s true that it’s difficult to put a number on a “Like,” a “Comment” or a “Share” – in fact, it’s hard to track the overall ROI (return on investment) to this thing we call social. And yet, having a comprehensive social strategy is an increasingly necessary component […]

Hibu LSA Facebook Marketing for Small Businesses

Marketing Your Small Business on Facebook [FREE GUIDE]

Summer’s already here, and there’s never been a better time to beat the heat (and your competition!) by staying in and learning how to reach your local customers on Facebook. We’re proud to share our latest “how to” guide about social marketing for small businesses. Developed with MarketingBitz, this FREE guide can be your light […]

Getting Started with Snapchat for Small Business

Snapchat 101 for your small business While managing yet another social media platform (with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and/or Pinterest already in the mix) may seem daunting, Snapchat can be a valuable tool for small businesses – especially if you’re targeting a younger demographic. Snapchat is an app that allows users to send and receive […]

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FREE Small Business Guide to Facebook Marketing

Millions of Americans use Facebook every day – every day! And you’ll be surprised to find out how much of your customers’ time is now spent there. So if Facebook isn’t part of your digital marketing – it’s time – and here’s how… We’re pleased to share the Small Business Guide to Facebook Marketing. This […]

Live Webinar: Using Social Media for Small Business Results

Register to join the 6/19 live stream and see how SMBs can use Social Marketing Hibu is proud to join the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SMDC) for a live, 1-hour webinar about how local business owners, like you, can leverage the power of Facebook to reach, retain and increase your customers. Whether you’re still waiting to […]

5 Things Your Small Business Can Post on Instagram

With over 500 million users, there’s no question that Instagram has become a powerful way for you to reach a big audience. But with so many popular accounts centered around fashion, celebrities and other “visual” things…it can be hard to figure out what your small businesses should post. The good news is that Instagram rewards […]

FREE Guide: Small Business Facebook Marketing

As part of our commitment to help small business owners keep up with changing marketing trends, we’re pleased to offer you this Free Guide to Facebook Marketing. Developed with our friends at MarketingBitz, this guide provides a roadmap to help businesses execute an effective Facebook marketing campaign. Your Free Guide includes all this and more… […]

Take Control of Your Online Reviews

People are talking – and your prospects are listening Have you searched for your business online lately? If you do, you’ll probably find that most of the top search results include customer ratings and reviews. They’re everywhere… and they can either win you business or cost you business depending on what people are saying. Watch this […]

National Small Business Week 2017

We’re asking everyone to SHARE THIS VIDEO (or the whole post) to help us celebrate National Small Business Week, and acknowledge the momentous impact small businesses have on our country. Organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), National Small Business Week will be held April 30 – May 6. Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the […]

5 Common Website UX Mistakes, Pt II

Poor content that delivers poor results As you saw in part I of this series, UX (or “user experience”) mistakes are everywhere online. And while they’re easy to roll your eyes at on someone else’s website…they’re also easy to make on your own site. Here are a few content-related UX website mistakes that Inc.com highlighted. […]

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