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Business Resources for 2010

It’s high time I posted up my first post of the year, particularly given today is the last day of January. Really where did this month go..? I usually start the year with a post about kicking the year off but this year I’d like to just post up a list of really interesting resources I’ve found for small business recently.

Communications

Looking for an email marketing solution, look no further than Mailchimp. Cheap, straightforward and with great reporting thrown in

Want to track social media traffic to your website? Use Google Analytics and follow these steps to find out if all those hours are paying off

Better manage your Twitter life with Hootsuite

Create a movie to embed on your website and give your browsers a more colourful experience

Beautify your communications with high quality low cost stock images

Management

Consider managing all your accounting online with Crunch and spreading the cost of annual accounting across the year

Build your sales pipeline and develop your CRM with the recently renamed Capsule CRM

Ever wanted to use MBA level business modelling, look no further than this handy resource

Need enterprise class email and calendering without the MS Exchange price tag

Need to manage projects more effectively amongst a disparate team

Keep an eye on your customer satisfaction levels online with a quick and easy survey

Outsource your admin to BPOVIA or Brickwork and take the strain off

Reading

Small Giants – take a look at your business strategy and decided if growth really is what you’re looking for?

Crowdsourcing – why not try to understand if you can use the crowd to support your business

The Emyth – learn how to ensure your business isn’t in fact the worst job in the world

That’s it. Happy 2010 folks.

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    This is an amazing list. I look forward to seeing more awesome resources!
    Isn’t it amazing how the time flies over holidays? It really isn’t fair (ha!).

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    Thought I might add another resource….A decent affiliate tracking software can help move your business way forward if you’re selling your own product or a licensed product. It allows you to acquire multiple affiliates to help sell the product for you while also managing the affiliates such as assigning id’s, processing payments, etc.

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    Every year there should be a new marketing strategy for the company. Changes takes place each time. With new strategy the company can easily cope up with the trend.

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    We are using mailchimp for our blog http://www.affiliateprofitrevolution.com in connection with giving away an affiliate marketing book for joining out list. The service works great!

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    I’ve heard a couple of people say that while Mailchimp works well, they can be a bit heavy when it comes to people accusing you of spamming. I don’t have first hand experience of this, but it is something to be aware of if you go with them.

    Personally I’ve been using Aweber for years and pretty happy with the service, although their site is a bit slow to load sometimes.

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    Good little collection of tools and resources there, some I’ve seen before, but some that are new to me.. thanks!

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    communication, management and reading are the three main points to keep in mind while go for a new business. You have explained all these in an effective way to get more profit.

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    Great list of resources! Thanks for sharing and I will definitely be looking into some of those management sites.

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    Capsule looks interesting

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    Had never payed much attention to Google analytics when I first built several of my sites I installed the tracking script and never looked at them again. Now a couple years later I have tons of data to sift through and can see where I need to work on and what I can improve. I guess I should have checked them sooner.

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    Present your visitors relevant content – else they are gone.
    Relevant content triggered by behavioral or by search terms.

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    Know the companies visiting your website for cold calling on warm companies

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    Hootsuite is one of the better packages out there. I came across it a month ago and it’s been a fantastic addition. Boots, I’m not sure how much social media helps marketing businesses beyond generating traffic.

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    I am agree with some readers that it’s good to have some videos attached. So that it gives some clear understanding. I am going to share this post on my twitter as well as facebook account.

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    I agree with you about the video Boots. I also tried Facebook but my product wasnt suitable for their demographics. On an other niche it may be a good option.

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    Very nice video. But social media does help in advertising and reaching to people. I have used FB ads before and i must say if you have a product that is targeting youth from 16-25 you can really pull it off.

  • Nick

    From all these resources I really enjoy using Google Analytics. Others are not really familiar.

    My Blog

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    Hi, Andy. I am again here, but what is this? It’s a long time you haven’t posted something new!!! I have read this post on Mar 17, and I think i could get some other good posts here. But, there is none. Keep going buddy with some new stuff as you write sensibly.

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    Great tips! This is what I like… specifics…examples with actual names. Not abstracts like “use a tool with this price and that feature.”

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    Good little collection of tools and resources there, some I’ve seen before, but some that are new to me.. thanks!

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    I didn’t know about Hootsuite before. Thanks for giving the link! It is a very useful Twitter managing system.

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    I like your article and the specified categories. You have shared some handy tips from all. Nice business resources, i am agree with some readers that it’s good to have some videos attached. I am going to share this post on my facebook.

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    I never tried crowdsourcing. Is it really that effective?

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    Crowdsourcing seems to be most effective . But is hard to convince people to help you .

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    Great article. The list for Communications, Management and Reading are very informative.

    Keen to see what other list you come up with.

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    I´ve tried Mailchimp, and it´s really good, thank you. The article about Google Analytics is also very interesting. Crowdsourcing is very new for me, I´ve never heard about it before, but it seems to be a good thing.

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    I have followed this thread with great interest with lots of valuable information provided. I have a question with respect to link building, and that is the value or importance, if any, of pinging backlinks to get them indexed. It seems like I have done a lot of back linking through various sources but the links don’t seem to show up or appear to be indexed even after a lengthy amount of time. Does anyone use pinging with link wheels and if so, what tool do you find most effective?

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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    Great post my friend, but I think you must include a little video that will help us to learn more easily. I think that there is a similiar thing at the Online People Magazine that may interest you. But that’s a real great post !

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