April 4, 2019
9 Ways to Promote a New Product or Service

10 Ways to Promote a New Product or Service

Ways to promote a new product or service for small businesses to get new customers and sell more.
March 1, 2019

9 Sales Promotion Examples

Sales promotion examples and activities that you can use to promote your small business.
January 18, 2019

How to Rank Higher on Google Maps

Use these 7 tips to get your business to show up in top results for local and maps searches.
November 6, 2018
Holiday Email Subject Lines

30+ Effective Holiday Email Subject Lines

The holidays are upon us and holiday business promotions are too! In addition to sharing your season’s greetings and holiday sales across social media, make sure […]
July 6, 2018
7 Best Practices for Small Business Blogs

7 Best Practices for Small Business Blogs

July 3, 2018
Ways to Improve Your Local SEO

11 Ways to Improve Your Local SEO

Years ago when people wanted to find a particular business in their area, they would go to the Yellow Pages. Today, people have set aside those […]
June 2, 2018

How to Add a Location on Instagram

Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram started off as online communities for friends, then became a place for businesses to express their brand, and have […]
May 30, 2018
How to Form a Marketing Strategy for Your Small Business

How to Form a Marketing Strategy for Your Small Business

The process of marketing your small business can be confusing. You may find yourself asking: where do I start? What are the best marketing activities to […]
May 27, 2018
7 Essential Instagram Marketing Tips (1)

7 Essential Instagram Marketing Tips

Instagram is a great marketing tool, but not knowing how to use it properly can lead to a lot of effort with little result. Here’s a […]
May 25, 2018
How to Respond to Negative Feedback About Your Business

How to Respond to Negative Feedback About Your Business

Feedback is important, but how you handle it is even more important for small business owners. With Facebook, Yelp, Google Maps, Angie’s List, and countless other review […]
May 21, 2018
Marketing Promotion Ideas for Small Business

Marketing Promotion Ideas for Small Businesses

In today’s day and age, a time of stifling competition, it is essential that businesses stand out. This holds even truer for small businesses, who are […]
May 15, 2018
7 Ways to Promote Your Facebook Business Page for Free

7 Ways to Promote Your Facebook Business Page For Free

If you’re like most business owners, you’re looking for ways to improve awareness and get your business recognized in your local market. Facebook is an effective way […]
January 29, 2018
How to Protect Your Online Reputation (1)

How to Protect Your Online Reputation

Reputation can make or break a small business. The great business mogul Warren Buffett once said, “It takes 20 years to build your reputation and five minutes […]
January 26, 2018
How to Get More Online Reviews (1)

How to Get More Positive Online Reviews

These days the first thing a potential customer does when they’re looking for something is look it up online. Even if they hear about a new […]
November 30, 2017
10 Marketing and Blog Ideas for December

10 Marketing and Blog Ideas for December

It’s officially the holiday season! How are you going to market your small business? Here are 10 ideas to kick off your marketing for the holiday […]
November 16, 2017

10 Holiday Marketing Campaigns to Try

The holidays are a time of cheer, joy, and seemingly endless shopping. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, stores are bustling, schedules are packed, and consumers […]
November 6, 2017
How SEO Helps Your Business

How SEO Helps Your Business

September 9, 2017
great email subject lines

40 Great Email Subject Lines

September 8, 2017
How to Run a Facebook Contest

How to Run a Facebook Contest

Contests make for successful social media campaigns because they can help facilitate a number of goals. They can help you to find new followers and customers, keep […]
June 15, 2017
How to Post Videos to Instagram

How to Post Videos to Instagram (with a Video Instruction)

Instagram is an ideal platform for sharing visually compelling stories. Indeed, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and companies have profited greatly from marketing on […]
May 29, 2017
June Marketing and Blog Ideas

10 Marketing & Blog Ideas for June

June is upon us and we’ve got a new batch of 10 ways to promote your business through creative marketing and blog ideas. Round out the […]
April 30, 2017
May Marketing and Blog Ideas

May Marketing and Blog Ideas

May is upon us and marks the beginning of warmer weather and spring holidays! Here are some fresh ideas for your marketing and blogging efforts for […]
April 7, 2017
DIY vs Professional Marketing

Do It Yourself vs. Professional Marketing

Time and money are two things that everyone needs more of. Figuring out where to devote time and money in your marketing efforts can be a challenge. […]
March 30, 2017
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April Marketing & Blog Ideas

Get started on promoting your business for the Spring and Spring Holidays with these marketing and blog ideas for the month of April. For more ideas […]
March 2, 2017
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March Marketing and Blog Ideas

March is upon us and we have a fresh list of marketing and promotion ideas for your small business! Use these ideas for to promote your […]
January 7, 2017
10 Creative Marketing Ideas for January

10 Creative Marketing Ideas for January

It’s a New Year! Whether you’re making New Year’s Resolutions or just need some motivation to amp up your marketing, January is a great time to […]
January 7, 2017

Methods of Offline Marketing and Advertising

Online marketing is one of the best ways for small businesses to succeed and grow. As technology continues to advance, so too will online marketing tactics, […]
November 8, 2016

10 Instagram-Worthy Locations for INBOUND 2016

Every good marketer or small business owner knows and appreciates the power of visual marketing through Instagram. Aside from being a quick and relatively easy way […]
August 24, 2016

9 Ways to Promote a Facebook Contest

Facebook contests and giveaways are a creative way to get your business’s name, products, and services in front of new potential customers. But a contest only […]
May 17, 2016

Marketing Goals Examples

We all dream. We have big dreams, grand ambitions, and smaller dreams, things we desire on a daily or weekly basis. Every business owner shares the […]
May 12, 2016
Marketing Plans Goals and Objectives for Small Business

Marketing Plan Goals & Objectives for Small Businesses

When planning a road trip, what’s the first thing you do? You consult a map. Similarly, before embarking any marketing initiative, you should create a marketing […]
April 11, 2016

How to Create a Business Hashtag

Hashtags are a common marketing tool that small business owners are starting to take notice of. You’ve probably noticed hashtags not only on social media but […]
March 28, 2016

How to Write Effective Email Subject Lines

You already know that email marketing is important. Perhaps you have an email list and send out newsletters. But many people struggle with writing subject lines. […]
March 18, 2016

Facebook Advertising Examples

With 1.49 billion members worldwide and 22 billion ad clicks per year, Facebook is arguably the most important social network in the world. At the very […]
March 8, 2016

36 Email Newsletter Topic Ideas

Email newsletters are essential for converting leads into customers. Just one email can take someone from a curious bystander to a loyal customer for your business. But writing […]
February 19, 2016
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45 Best Email Subject Lines for Sales

Whether you run a product-based or service-based business, promotional email subject lines can be some of the trickiest to write. With high-tech spam filters, separate promotional […]
February 16, 2016

What is a Tracking Link or URL?

When people think of tracking, they often think of Boy Scouts scanning the ground for traces of wildlife or Hansel and Gretel who laid down pieces […]
February 2, 2016
February Marketing and Blog Ideas

February Marketing and Blog Ideas

It’s the start of a new month and we’ve got some fresh marketing ideas for you to promote your business. There’s more to February than just […]
January 22, 2016

What is a Hashtag Used For?

If you’ve never used them before, hashtags may seem an odd, even useless, concept. In fact, hashtags are incredibly useful tools for businesses who want to […]
January 4, 2016

Facebook Contest Best Practices

Running a Facebook contest or giveaway, is an effective means of generating interest on Facebook without spending money on advertising. By the nature of the contest […]
December 28, 2015

Tips for Writing Effective Emails

When it comes to your business, mastering email communication is integral to success. In terms of your marketing strategy, writing effective emails is essential to seeing […]
December 21, 2015

DIY Holiday Photo Booth

Photo booths are a great way to get more customers to engage with your business during events, parties, and special occasions. They’re also perfect for holiday marketing. In just a […]
December 15, 2015

Business Branding Ideas to Help You Stand Out

In a crowded marketing it’s difficult to stand out. Between websites, social media, and paid advertisements, what are the things that are going to work for […]
December 7, 2015

Does Facebook Advertising Work?

The methods available to market businesses, from large to small, have increased enormously over the past decade. Prior to the introduction of social media and the […]
December 1, 2015
Social Media Contest Prize

Social Media Contest Prize Ideas

Social media giveaway contests on Facebook or Instagram can help you build a reputable brand, generate new business, and create repeat customers all at the same time. […]
November 20, 2015

What is an Eblast, Email Blast, or Email Newsletter?

The use of email marketing continues to grow as many companies recognize the great effect of this direct marketing strategy. For a much lower cost than with […]
November 16, 2015

How to Create a Marketing Budget

When it comes to running a successful marketing campaign, or indeed, a thriving business, planning is key. In fact, whether you’re a small business or a […]
November 2, 2015

Facebook Ad Targeting Options

Facebook ads are an effective way to reach your target audience on the social media site. Ads on Facebook work by targeting or showing your ad […]
November 1, 2015
November marketing and blog ideas

10 Marketing and Blog Ideas for November

November is upon us! What better way to kick off a new month than with a list of great marketing ideas? Here are some ways to […]
October 20, 2015
What is Brand Loyalty and Evangelism Marketing

What is Brand Loyalty and Evangelism Marketing?

The current marketplace is oversaturated with products similar to yours. So unless what you have is a groundbreaking product, it is very difficult to stand out […]
October 7, 2015
Motivational Quotes for Business Owners

Motivational Quotes for Business Owners

Moments of inspiration and motivation can seem elusive and fleeting when you’re a small business owner. Think of how it feels when you’re on a roll: […]
October 2, 2015
how to use in store promotions to promote your business

How to Use In-Store Promotions to Promote Your Business

Internet marketing’s popularity, effectiveness, and traceability have caused many small service-based business owners to drift away from traditional marketing mediums like print ads, mailers, coupons, and […]
September 22, 2015
6 Facebook Giveaway Ideas

6 Facebook Giveaway Ideas

Creating a Facebook contest or giveaway is a fantastic way to generate interest and engagement in your business on Facebook. Whether you’re looking to generate business […]
September 18, 2015

Does Your Small Business Need a LinkedIn Company Page?

LinkedIn can be a confusing place. The social media website is for businesses and employees to connect online but many small business owners are hesitant to […]
August 26, 2015
How to Tag People on Instagram

How to Tag People on Instagram

Instagram has revolutionized how we experience visual content. It allows people and businesses from around the world to connect through pictures, graphics, and video. With the new updates […]
August 18, 2015
How to Find Keywords for Local SEO

How to Find Keywords for Local SEO

One of the most important ways that people will find your business is by performing a search in Google. As a business owner, you have the […]
August 17, 2015
how to get high quailty backlinks

How to Build High Quality Backlinks for Your Local Business

Link building through inbound, or backlinks, is an extremely important component of search engine optimization. Google sees backlinks to your site as a sign that others value your […]
August 12, 2015

9 Essential Local Business Directory Sites and What to Include in the Listings

When a person wants to find a business or a type of service, they turn to the internet. Online directories like Yelp, Yahoo, and Google+ are […]
July 22, 2015

8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Freelance Blog Writer

We all know that blogging for your business is important. It positions you as a helpful resource to potential customers and improves your SEO. Studies have […]
July 6, 2015

How to Write an About Us Page

Your business website tells potential clients and customers all about your business—what you do, the services you provide, how you can help customers. You website should also […]
June 22, 2015

Marketing Tool of the Week: Mention for Social Media Monitoring

If you’re like most people, you want to know when people are talking about your company or things that are relevant to you. But with all […]
June 10, 2015

What Techstars Taught Me About Marketing—27 Alumni Founders Open Up About Marketing Success

Whether you’re running a venture backed tech startup or a dog walking business, marketing is hard and can sink your business if you don’t get it right. […]
May 20, 2015
memorial day marketing ideas

Memorial Day Marketing Ideas

Memorial Day is right around the corner! Promote your business for the long holiday weekend with these fresh marketing ideas. Support the Troops Support the troops […]
April 28, 2015

Small Town Business Marketing Ideas

Marketing is not a one-size fits all process – small town business marketing ideas differ from marketing ideas that work in a city. In order to be […]
April 24, 2015

Why Vanity Metrics Are Useless To Small Businesses

From small business owners to teenagers, we all put some stock into vanity metrics. Vanity metrics are the numbers reflecting your Followers and Likes on social media […]
April 14, 2015
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How to Get More Likes on Facebook Posts

Ever get the feeling that no one is seeing your Facebook posts?  Due to changes on Facebook, the organic reach of business posts are down. This […]
April 10, 2015

Top 5 Tips from Local SEO for Small Businesses Webinar

Local businesses can improve their Search Engine Optimization (SEO) through some basic steps. To help small business owners get found online, we provided simple tips in […]
April 8, 2015

What To Do With a Tax Refund

Tax season is often a time of dread for both individual and small business owners. But depending on your finances, you may have received a tax refund. […]
April 1, 2015

FREE Stinging Success Kit

Get the NEW Stinging Success Kit from ThriveHive™ and never lose your marketing motivation again! ThriveHive™ is launching a new initiative to give small business owners some extra […]
March 20, 2015

The 3 Types of Advisers Small Business Owners Need

Building a small business is difficult on your own. Time and money constraints aside, most small business owners don’t have all of the knowledge they need to […]
March 16, 2015

How to Use Afterlight as a Marketing Tool

People process visual content much faster than written content. How can you turn your run of the mill pictures into something beautiful? Try Afterlight – a […]
March 5, 2015
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How to Use Social Media to Engage Customers

Using social media for your business can be difficult if you don’t know what to do. We commonly get asked “What am I supposed to do […]
February 24, 2015

The Do's and Don'ts of Social Media Scheduling

Small business owners don’t have a lot of time for marketing. There are simple tricks like improving your SEO in 5 minutes and 5 minute marketing […]
February 18, 2015

Marketing Tool of the Week: Yesware

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most […]
January 28, 2015
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Lessons from GoDaddy's SuperBowl Controversy

GoDaddy is in the dog house over a SuperBowl commercial. The epic marketing flop caused outrage among animal lovers after GoDaddy released their planned SuperBowl XLIX “Journey Home” television commercial on […]
January 26, 2015

7 Things that Sabotage Small Business Owners

Small businesses are built on the passion of their owners. That passion is what creates success. But sometimes mistakes are made along the way. We’ve compiled a list […]
January 22, 2015

Boost Creativity with Coffitivity

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most […]
January 15, 2015

How to Plan an Event Using Eventbrite

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most […]
January 12, 2015

How to Create Cool Graphics for Your Business

Being a small business doesn’t mean that you can’t have great visual marketing graphics. But unless you’re a graphic designer, you might be intimidated by the thought […]
December 30, 2014

Viral Video Marketing – Roundup of 2014

Video marketing is one of our favorite types of marketing. Videos are a powerful way to engage potential customers and get your business message across. In 2014 we […]
December 23, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: WiseStamp

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most […]
December 12, 2014

How to Create a "Click to Tweet" Link for Your Content (Marketing Tool of the Week)

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most small […]
December 8, 2014

How to Market Your Small Business in 5 Minutes

Running a small business is difficult. There never seems to be enough time or money to market your company and get the word out about your […]
December 2, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: Short Domain Search

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most small […]
November 25, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: Piktochart

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most small […]
November 21, 2014

Infographic: 6 Elements of a Great Website

A website is the first chance a small business has to make a good impression online. That’s a tough burden, but it doesn’t have to be! […]
November 18, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: Soovle

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most small […]
November 14, 2014

How Do You Know If You Have Good SEO?

You hear all the time that SEO is one of the best ways to market your small business. SEO is what will  make your website rank higher in […]
November 12, 2014

Small Business, Big Love #SMALLBIZBIGLOVE

Hard work, passion, and love are at the heart of your business. We know how much effort you put into making your small business succeed and we […]
November 7, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: Save Publishing

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most small […]
October 31, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: Unsplash

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most […]
October 27, 2014

Halloween Marketing Tricks

Boo! Halloween is right around the corner! The end of this week will bring children dressed up, trick-or-treating, and parties. That also means that it could […]
October 24, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: Trello

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most […]
October 21, 2014

6 Elements of a Great Website

You’ve heard that websites are the window into a small business. You know that having a presence online is important if you want to grow your […]
October 17, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: Google Primer

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most […]
October 10, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: Essential Marketing Glossary

Small businesses marketing can be confusing. Optimization, social media, bounce rate–what do these words even mean? We’ve put together a this marketing dictionary for you to […]
October 7, 2014

Are You Making This Marketing Mistake?

Your website is the key to getting your business found online. You’ve spent valuable time and money making your website a reflection of yourself and your […]
October 3, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: Blogging Glossary

Small businesses marketing can be confusing. Optimization, social media, bounce rate–what do these words even mean? We’ve put together a series of marketing glossaries to make things […]
October 2, 2014

10 Marketing and Blog Ideas for October

October is upon us! What better way to kick off a new month than with a list of great marketing ideas? Here are some ways to […]
September 25, 2014

How Crowdsourcing Can Help Your Small Business

Running a small business keeps you busier than you could have imagined. From designing logos to creating blog content and getting involved in community efforts, there […]
September 19, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: Color Palettes with Abobe Kuler

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most […]
September 18, 2014

Are You WEIRD Enough to Be Successful? Malcolm Gladwell Keynote INBOUND 2014

Let’s face it, we’re all a little weird. But, did you know that being a weirdo could be the key to growing a successful business? Malcolm […]
September 18, 2014

How to Build an Online Network in 3 Simple Steps

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know.” Your relationships and network are important to your small business marketing. Where would your […]
September 16, 2014

10 Marketing Lessons from Steve Jobs: Guy Kawasaki's Keynote Speech at INBOUND 2014

The INBOUND2014 Marketing Conference kicked off last night in Boston and ThriveHive was there to get insight from the world’s famous marketing gurus. The Boston-based conference […]
September 12, 2014

Marketing Tool of the Week: Hemingway Editor

There is no shortage of companies asking small businesses to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to promote themselves. But if you’re like most […]
September 4, 2014

3 Back to School Marketing Ideas to Grow Your Small Business

September is back-to-school time. Students are returning to class, learning new skills, and taking advantage of new opportunities. But back-to-school season isn’t just for students–it’s a […]