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Online Marketing Basics for Small Business: Week 2 – SEO
This is the second part of a five-part series on online marketing basics for small business. Today we shall focus on Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which is often a confusing topic for owners of small businesses. With over 90 per cent of online experiences beginning with a search engine, it is crucial for small business

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The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015

As a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the ever changing trends that the business world throws at us.

Because I watch very little TV, and rely heavily on the internet for keeping up-to-date with the news, it’s somewhat obvious that I’d also use the ‘online medium’ to learn, consume and also produce and market my own content. Bloggers (and increasingly, podcasters, as well as video producers – and many are wearing all three hats!) have the ability to express themselves in somewhat ‘real time’, and in an evergreen way, by keeping their content fresh, and sharing their opinions with the world.

However, in the world of business blogging there’s a lot of noise. A lot of content marketers are gagging to get your attention, and with only so many minutes a day to devote to learning and consuming content (personally, I put aside around 30-45 minutes daily), you’ve got to be very strict with who’s content you make time for.

This is the reason why I’ve put this list together. This collection are the best small business blogs I know of right now. My personal favorite / go-to people in the world of small business blogging and online business building. Individually they strike a chord with me enough to keep me coming back for more, together they act as an ever-growing encyclopedia of business brilliance.

Note: These blogs are listed in no particular order of preference, or influence.

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8 Reasons Why Entrepreneurship Will “Sham-ROCK” Your World

Wake up. Get ready. Drive to the bus stop or train station. Hop on the bus or train. Commute an hour or more to work. Get to work. Deal with a frustrated co-worker or boss. It doesn’t matter WHAT it is; there’s always something that interrupts your day. Stay two hours late because of interruptions. Get home extra late after sitting in traffic and then rest up to do it all over again.

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10 Restaurateur Blogs You Should Be Reading

Over the last ten years blogging has rapidly moved forward to become one of the prime learning resources of those looking for advice, first-hand experience, and a gateway to build relationships with others in the same industry or with the same hobbies. We’ve recently spoken about starting a restaurant blog, and it’s no surprise that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of restaurateur blogs talking about restaurant start-ups, restaurant management and restaurant marketing.

Whether you are looking to start your first restaurant, trying to find like-minded business-people, searching for new marketing methods for your restaurant, or just looking to keep up to date with the industry, reading restaurateur blogs from real people experiencing real restaurateur issues is a fantastic way to learn and continually move your restaurant forward. Below, we have listed ten of our favourite restaurateur blogs that we feel you

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Top 50 Restaurant Management Blogs

Learn from Industry Leaders

Managing a restaurant is not a simple career move by any means. Members of restaurant management teams are responsible for the design, atmosphere, menu, hiring, operations… well, you get the point. While there is no single “right way” of managing a restaurant, there are several people and organizations who are very successfully managing restaurants. Not all of them have blogs, but many of them do.

We have searched for the best in restaurant management blogs and gathered those that we think fit the bill. We looked for blogs that offered a wide range of topics, proven success stories, practical tips, strategies, hints, and answers in today’s technology-driven world of diners. Most of the blogs are written by consultants, industry leaders, and managers themselves to provide invaluable expertise in a very challenging field. We have listed our top 50 picks in no particular order.

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25 Retail Blogs Every Small Business Entrepreneur Should Be Reading

Small and boutique retailers have their work cut out for them when it comes to staying in business. There’s a lot they need to know, and a lot that they need to take action on. Whether it’s the latest trends in omni-channel retail, engaging their most loyal customers over social media, or understanding the way technology and mobile are revolutionizing how they accept payments.

Which is why I’ve taken the liberty of assembling the top 25 blogs that every small retailer needs to read and subscribe to if they want to stay ahead of the curve and thrive when it comes to selling in person. Whether you prefer to add these to your feedly account or just do it the good old fashion way and bookmark them for future reading, I hope you find them to be an invaluable resource for helping you stay in touch with what’s happening and what you need to know to successfully target, acquire, and convert customers for your store.

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9 TOP BLOGS RETAIL EXECUTIVES SHOULD READ

There’s definitely no shortage of retail blogs out there to help you keep up with the latest retail trends and learn some tips to improve your retail store or your area of retail expertise. We filtered out some of the noise for you and put together a list of some of our favorite retail-specific blogs. The list below packs something for every company or executive – each blog we’ve selected approaches retail topics with its own unique perspective.

Retail Touchpoints twitter

The Retail Touchpoints blog is an excellent source to keep up on the latest tips and trends to serve retail customers better. In addition to the blog, the Retail Touchpoints website is a great place to find research and reports, as well as insights from top retail executives across all retail topics from marketing to operations. The website also has a Solutions Spotlight section where some of the top retail solutions are highlighted so retail executives can stay on top of the latest technologies and tools.

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WHAT IS A JOINT EMPLOYER RULING AND WHY SHOULD ANYONE CARE?

The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) ruling that McDonalds is a “joint employer” of all of the employees of its franchisees has taken the next step in the process. The Service Employees Union (SEUI) has forced the issue by saying that McDonalds and its franchisees have engaged in anti-union activity. Although no one wants to say it yet but an administrative ruling would most likely allow the union to force union membership on every employee of every franchisee in the United States.
The battle has now gone to a series of three administrative hearings run by the NRLB. Opposition to this ruling has come from the International Franchise Association, BNA, and the US Chamber of Commerce. This is a serious threat to the whole concept of franchising and although there are many steps franchisors can take protect their systems it still could lead to expensive litigation that could force union membership on millions of workers. Right to Work laws at the state level help in some states but using the joint employer theory is a big reach that if enacted would be something to shake franchising which is 14% of the US private economy and growing faster than the over all economy.
At the same time the SEUI has bankrolled the “Fight for $15” demonstration to put more pressure on franchisors and attempt to add credibility to their efforts.
For those of us that are slightly paranoid this whole thing smells of payback to the unions. With union membership dropping dramatically this would give the unions a chance regain membership despite the job losses it would cause. It is important to remember in this that it all started with the NRLB board being appointed while congress was still in session but under a provision that allows the President to make appointments when Congress is not in session. That gave the board a union controlled membership and now it is time for the unions to collect on all their campaign support dollars.
Keep an eye on these hearings.

This is your look at issues in franchising with facts and opinions by Jack Eberenz. If someone says “franchising” you say “call Jack”. ™
Jack Eberenz, jack@franway.com, 602-625-5106

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