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Using Instagram Hashtags to Increase Brand Exposure

Instagram is continuously finding ways to revolutionize its platform, making it an ideal location to gain free exposure for your business. However, regardless of the ever-evolving features, without the right tools at your disposal, the feedback for your social media advertising can seem stagnant. In the case of Instagram, one of the elements that most […]
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Business Bootcamp: Lessons on Leadership Decision-Making

The pandemic has tested the resolve of company leaders across the board. From budget cuts to pivot plans, businesses have had to adapt rapidly to the changing landscape, which might have resulted in some erratic, uninformed decision-making along the way. However, this tendency to make fear-based reactions in anticipation of perceived dangers can result in […]
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February COVID-19 Rundown: Reviewing the Rollouts and Rollbacks

Although Cupid’s likely to remain quarantined this Valentine’s Day, we at least have some cause for celebration as more vaccine cocktails become approved and positive case numbers continue to fall in Massachusetts. However, we’re not out of the woods yet, which is why some COVID-19 restrictions continue to remain in place. While vaccines are dominating […]
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In The News: Small business relief must focus on actual small businesses

This article originally appeared in the Worcester Business Journal on January 25th, 2021. When hearing the term “small business,” you probably envision a decades-old hardware store or that North End restaurant you order takeout from once a week. However, other small business owners and I are finding out the hard way there is an exploitive […]
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Business Bootcamp: Finding Sense in Social Media

Social media levels the playing field for companies big and small. While having buying power certainly helps with ad campaigns, a smart approach to strategy and creativity is what truly helps a business shine. But the pressing questions that weigh on the minds of most small business owners and entrepreneurs are: On which platform(s) should I […]
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The 22s: Determining Your Ideal Client Profile

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to win over your dream account or serve patrons who value your business? You’d feel a lot more comfortable knowing the next person that walks through your doors wants to buy from you, right? We in the marketing biz refer to that type of person as […]
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Cross-Selling vs. Upselling: Bolstering Your Revenue

Selling a customer a bar of soap is money earned, but it’s not going to keep a business afloat. You want to encourage customers to spend more. To do so, you need to show them everything else you have to offer. That’s where the two sales tactics – cross-selling and upselling – come into play. […]
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January COVID-19 Rundown: New Year, New Measures

COVID-19 isn’t going to clock out now that 2020 is over, and with the recent and horrifying assault on our Capitol, it’s difficult to predict whether 2021 will be much better. While it may seem the country is spiraling down a dark path, local government is still taking action to support communities and stop the […]