Fanminder Builds Social Biz


Fanminder is helping small businesses get social. For smaller operations in which employees are already filling multiple roles and every penny is pretty much spoken for, staying on top of social media can be next to impossible. That’s a dilemma that Fanminder, based in Los Altos, CA, hopes to solve. Fanminder, which launched in 2010, […]

Upheaval in Retail

The retail sector appears to be undergoing one of its periodic bouts of upheaval, what with the rise of social media in marketing, the launching of online only stores, and an increase in loyalty programs. This flurry of innovation might fit well with the thesis of Robin Lewis and Michael Dart’s book, “The New Rules […]

Social Networking


Social networking, often seen simply as a way for friends to keep in touch, has been pounced upon by big corporations and institutions. These companies understand the value of being seen as, “your friendly motor manufacturer,” or something to that effect. A sector where this can be even more valuable is independent retailing, including small […]

Study Finds Retailers Not Utilizing Social Media To Its Highest Potential


There seems to be a disconnect between what customers say they want out of social media and what businesses think they want.

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Report: Social Media Sites Driving Teen Retail Purchases


With teens logging online in record numbers and making purchase decisions based on what they find there, retailers need to up their game.

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Independent Retailers, Local Businesses Turning More to Social Marketing To Boost Visibility


Research has found with money tight, small businesses are turning to free social media to draw and retain customers.

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Retailers Starting To Embrace Social Media


A new report reinforces what many savvy retailers already know: social media works as a way of reaching customers. Now you have to implement it.

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Survey: Local Social Marketing Works, but Needs Help

A new survey of brand marketers finds that while they agree social media offers big potential to help push products, they’re at a loss as to how to implement it successfully. But on a brighter note, the Websites with local content were considered the most effective tactic, according to the poll by Harris Interactive for […]

Need Marketing Help? Try Facebook

A new blog from online Drop Ship site outlines some easy steps to utilizing social media as part of your independent marketing effort, especially using Facebook. Making the case for going online to reach new and potential customers, the blog notes that: * Facebook, has more than 500 million members; * More than 85% […]

Brands Jump on Facebook's Upcoming Location Feature


The new feature would allow users to include their location as part of their status updates, and it is already being investigated by corporations and independent retailers alike.

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