Business Development

Get your business up and off the ground with these great tips from our business development blog.


Copywriting has long been the black sheep of the marketing world. It’s a crucial part of the marketing process, but it’s tricky, and therefore many overlook copywriting as something that will take care of itself. Big mistake. Numerous studies have shown that small tweaks to your copy result in huge returns. Still, most don’t want to pay to have it done professionally, so how can you get away with writing copy that...

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The web is a company’s first presence to a lot of people. And, as the old marketing adage goes, it’s all in the presentation. Think about it. How would Apple look if it handed you their iphone in a ziplock bag? What if the storefronts were all ramshackle and daub? Yes, image matters – it’s the calling card of your business. But how, specifically, does it help? Well, check out this amazing infographic from...

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Fake reviews, while tempting, aren’t the answer to your lack of site interaction. Aside from being a dishonest way to let your potential customers know about your goods and services, it hurts your engagement and is considered bad SEO practices. It is tempting, however, because we know that Google (but more importantly people) take social indicators and reviews into account when tabulating its search engine rankings. But a...

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It’s a common problem in the nonprofit sector: you’ve got limited funds for programs and a waiting list out the door. Seeing as programs are the means through which you fulfill your mission, you immediately funnel money into them and let the fundraising side of your business (and it is a business, albeit a nonprofit one) starve.

Dan Pallotta, the founder of Advertising for Humanity and a frequent blogger on nonprofits for the Harvard Business Review, says this is exactly the opposite of what you should be doing.

Why?

Starving fundraising is like putting Hercules on rations. How’s he supposed to do the heavy-lifting for you, when he’s under-nourished? He may struggle valiantly for a while, but eventually he’ll collapse.

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