Good question from a client.
How do you add an additional Administrator to your Google+ page?
There is a limit of how many admins you can add but it is pretty large around 50 admins.
Here is a helpful list of 30 of the top terrific tools for small businesses, feel free to add your own reviews and thoughts on these products by clicking the links.
1. Accounting & Finance
- Freshbooks: If you need online invoicing, time tracking and expense services, this program is easy to navigate, even for the most novice business owners.
- Wave Accounting: Quickly manage payroll and manage your business receipts for free.
- Expensify: Get a handle on all of your business expenses and invoices so you can concentrate on more important things.
2. Customer Support
- ZenDesk: Streamline your customer service interface, create support boards and streamline your response time.
- GetSatisfaction: A great customer community platform for interacting with your users, getting feedback and providing technical support.
- SurveyMonkey: Build free surveys to conduct market research, and keep a pulse on customer desires and satisfaction.
3. Human Resources
- ZipRecruiter: Find better talent with cross-job-board posting, resume screening and a point-based score chart to find the best candidates.
- Intelius: Run a background check on prospective employees, browse criminal records and other information to make sure you’re hiring only the best people.
- AnyPerk: Reward employees with one of the most comprehensive perks programs out there, which provides discounts in countless services.
- Legal Zoom Business Attorney Plan: This attorney plan specifically tailored to small businesses provides attorney reviews of contracts and other legal documents, for a fraction of the price.
- Docusign: The most prominent service for eSignatures that is both legal and secure.
- Trademarkia: Search over 6 million registered logos, names and slogans to make sure your name or idea isn’t taken.
- Highrise: Organize notes, tasks and email conversations for up to 30,000 customers, leads, partners and contacts.
- Leads360: A sales management solution specifically tailored to turn leads into conversion, and track your performance so you can easily improve your sales.
- BidSketch: Create professional and clean client proposals in just minutes, and get a certified client signature when they approve.
- MailChimp: Email marketing made simple with an easy-to-use collection of newsletter templates, as well as the ability to customize your own design.
- SpyFu: A keyword tool for comparing the SEM tactics of your competitors, so that you can meet equal success in your online advertising and SEO campaigns.
- HubSpot: This all-in-one inbound marketing software facilitates SEO blogging tips, lead nurturing, marketing automation and more.
- Yammer: For the international businessperson, create a private social network for your contacts to collaborate virtually, share files and spread knowledge.
- Carbonite: Excellent and affordable cloud storage and online backup for any business.
- Trello: An efficient collaboration tool that allows you to organize your projects (completed, pending and in-progress) into simplified boards.
8. Web Development
- Balsamiq: For your next business presentation, Balsamiq allows you to mockup and design your ideas on a virtual whiteboard so they’re easier to share, modify, and get feedback on.
- 99designs: Run a graphic, logo, or web design contest, and walk away with multiple ideas and access to hundreds of designers.
- Amazon Web Services: An amazing service that allows you to run your entire business from the cloud, from business applications to mobile apps.
- Recurly: For any business that offers subscription or recurring billing, Recurly provides a simple solution for getting this done.
- Shopify: Set up a fully hosted and customizable online shopping cart that accepts all global currencies.
- Vendio: A platform for selling your goods on multiple e-Commerce channels, including Amazon, eBay, Facebook FB -0.86% and more.
- UserTesting: Get in-depth and immediate feedback on your website experience from real users, including a video of their experience as well as written answers to your questions.
- Jira: A simple and clean bug tracking and reporting system that helps you prioritize and assign issues and work through them quickly.
- MixPanel: A premiere analytics service for mobile and the web, focused on measuring very specific user actions and activity.
This is an excellent article by Elliott Richmond, I think he left out one thing. You own your website. These social media website can and do change all the time but your own website is yours to control how ever you see fit. Why spend marketing money and effort to “See my Facebook page” instead of ”Visit us at ScottiDesign.com.” Read on and enjoy and feel free to let us know what you think.
Good question right… Why would you need a business website when there is a multitude of social channels out there to promote your business? It costs nothing to setup an account and post promos about your next event, best buy, services and offers. A social network has a contribution system, you can converse with your audience via a commenting feed so it makes no sense to have a website when you have all this for free! Facebook is the most popular website in the world fact.
It’s a popular misconception that you don’t need a website for your business, product or services in my opinion but, I would say that I guess because I’m a web designer! However, I would urge you to continue reading for your own benefit and my piece of mind.
Consider this when you decide not to have a website for your business and services:
The audience you are connected with may only be your closest friends and colleagues
Your friends and colleagues are not necessarily your target audience, although they will support you in all that you do and there is a possibility that their friends will get exposed to your promotion there is a bigger audience out there.
The audience will only see your posts if they are online at the time of posting
News feeds, Latest Updates, Whats new… these are the features commonly seen in the social feed and they are just that. What you posted yesterday is not necessarily going to be there tomorrow. Unlike a website where you can feature content on the home page or feature a section on special offers or events.
The commenting and notification only happens if you subscribe to that feed
On certain social networks a like or a comment will automatically subscribe you to the conversation. However, that conversation can’t go on forever and as time goes by it just disappears into the ether unless you continue commenting of course but that could just look weird. Unlike a website that has a blog and gets indexed in search engines, browsed by new users, the conversation can continue for as long as the website is live.
It’s not free when you pay for advertising to promote on a certain network
Now this is a bonus, but you still have to pay for it in order to hit your target audience, if that’s your goal and you have deep enough pockets then I can’t really argue with that, I’d have to admit that this is the one thing going for social networks that is a key bonus for business – you can fine tune your target with the utmost precision … oh but wait! Where are you going to send them if you don’t have a website? You see what I did there huh
The content posted on most social networks doesn’t get indexed and presented in search engine results pages.
Ok so Facebook is the most popular website in the world yes but, is it the most useful? I don’t know about you but when I need to find something on the web I Google it! One thing that does happen if you have a website is that Google scans it and it goes into the Google index. When a user searches for something in Google they get presented with something called ‘search engine results pages’ or SERPS as we like to call it in the world of the web. If done correctly the content of your website (if you have one) will end up in the SERPS. Now you might have a few hundred friends on some of these networks but that’s kind of insignificant compared to the tens of thousands of visitors you could end up getting to your website right?
So my conclusion is – cool yes use social networks to promote your business or services but, don’t fall into that trap of thinking that it’s not important to have a bespoke website that reflects your business and portrays your business personality which will get indexed in Google and served to tens of thousands of potential customers.
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