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This Week in Small Business, Are Facebook Video Ads Reaching their Target Audience?

This Week in Small Business, Are Facebook Video Ads Reaching their Target Audience?

? Are Facebook’s video ads really hitting their intended audience? If you’re using video ads on Facebook, are you getting results? Honestly, I was surprised to see the results of a recent survey showing 71% of Facebook users believe the ads they see are relevant. That’s why I had John “Colderice” Lawson join me for this latest edition of This Week in Small Business, the show where I dissect my 3 favorite articles to appear on Small Business Trends this week. Don’t forget to subscribe to the […]

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Big Banks Bullish on Lending to Small Businesses, Biz2Credit Reports

Another month brings another record high small business loan approval rate by big banks. Biz2Credit Lending Index July 2018 The July reports this was a strong month for small business lending approvals. Strong economic numbers including higher wages are driving lenders to give small businesses the funds they need to grow in this environment. Biz2Credit CEO Rohit Arora, who oversees the Index, explained this environment in the report. Arora said, “The Fed rated the economy as strong this month, and the Jobs Report found that the economy […]

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This Week in Small Business, Facebook Messenger Marketing Comes of Age

This Week in Small Business, Facebook Messenger Marketing Comes of Age

? Is Facebook Messenger part of your social media marketing plan? It should be, especially if the first stat in this week’s from Larry Kim is to be believed. In it, he says that companies using Messenger are seeing an 80% engagement rate. That’s right … 80%! Experts Talk Facebook Messenger Marketing My guest this week on This Week in Small Business, John “Colderice” Lawson definitely believes that number. He’s a Facebook marketing expert and we dug deeper on this article and how Messenger benefits small businesses, […]

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7 Accounts and Pieces of Information Small Businesses Should Most Fear Getting Hacked

In 2016, hackers breached  across the United States. No business is small enough to be immune to the growing threat of cyberattacks and the detrimental effects such breaches can have on operations. But what online information or online accounts are small business owners most concerned about when it comes to fear of hacking? Online security software developer Cyclonis included a list of the online accounts and information people most dread being hacked based on the company’s recent research.  Along with the accounts and data identified in Cyclonis’ are some […]

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Senate Passes National Defense Spending Plan with Key Provisions for Small Businesses

The 2019 defense budget was just approved for $716 billion, and some key provisions were added to as they work with the Department of Defense. Small Business Benefits in the 2019 Defense Budget There are several provisions, with the first two helping small businesses get paid faster and accelerate the funding for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The third one will increase capital from the Small Business Administration along with counseling support to employee-owned businesses. The last one will strengthen small business advocacy […]

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HP Engage Creates Suite for Retail and Hospitality Small Businesses

HP recently unveiled the HP portfolio specifically designed for small businesses in the retail and hospitality spaces working in today’s constantly evolving environment. The new suite includes advances in security for modular system platforms and a new system that includes the ability to transact sales on the fly. Aaron Weiss, vice president and general manager, Retail Solutions, HP Inc, commented on the need for the revamp in a constantly changing retail environment. Improve Customer Interactions “In addition to new technology to improve customer interactions and reinvent in-store […]

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Zoho One Overhaul Aims to Help Small Businesses Benefit from AI and Machine Learning

recently announced a major overhaul of its flagship applications suite. The big changes include a mobile app, analytics that blend data from apps across the suite, implementation of the Zia conversational AI-powered assistant and a new Search feature that corrals information. The free concierge is available to subscribers. Zoho One Update The new upgrades are designed to integrate information from apps so small businesses can get all they can from AI and machine learning technologies. Small Business Trends spoke with Zoho Chief Evangelist Raju Vegesna about the changes and […]

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Flock Offers Some Small Businesses Free Pro Service as Competition with Slack Heats Up

Flock is offering a whole year of Flock Pro for free to teams on HipChat and Stride after they were acquired by Slack. Not only did Slack buy both companies from Atlassian, but it is shutting them down. Flock vs Slack There is a battle brewing in the real-time, chat-based communications market as more of today’s workforce choose to work remotely and look for efficient collaborative tools. The latest skirmish comes as the result of Slack’s acquisition of Hipchat and Stride, which has led for persuading those […]

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This Week in Small Business, Big News From Facebook on Interactive Content

This Week in Small Business, Big News From Facebook on Interactive Content

?? It’s another week of This Week in Small Business and this week, I clearly had Facebook on my mind. For this latest episode of This Week in Small Business, I’m joined by live streaming expert Monique Johnson and we’re going over the top articles appearing on Small Business Trends in the last week. Two of the three I picked just happened to be about the much talked-about social media site, especially recently. Facebook Stories for Business But we’re not talking earnings figures — at least not […]

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Online Payment Provider Stripe Adds 24-7 Voice and Chat Support for Small Businesses

Access has become one of the biggest differentiators when it comes to customer service and support.  With that in mind, Stripe just announced it is introducing a 24/7 phone and chat support for all of its customers. Stripe customers who were previously  relying on email to communicate with the company’s support team, will now be able to get in touch with the company through chat or over the phone. For Stripe, which now serves millions of companies of all sizes in 120 countries, scaling this type of […]

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