4 Tips & Tools for Small Business Owners

Get ahead online before the new year begins

Main Street Hub manages the online presence of over 10,000 small businesses like yours nationwide. Since 2010, we’ve written over 10 million messages for our customers.

We know how time-consuming creating social media content, responding to customer reviews, and building online relationships can be — which is why we strive to make it as easy for small business owners as possible.

Want to see how Main Street Hub can do it for you? Get started with us here.

Here are our favorite tips and tools to help you get ahead online:

Admin and Scheduling

Hootsuite

Coming up with great content is the first step to getting your small business’ online presence in perfect shape, and the next step? Sharing that great content on your social media pages.

Hootsuite is a social media scheduling tool that allows you to schedule posts ahead of time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more! This allows you to take the time to create a few pieces of content and schedule them out over the course of the week.

Google Alerts

Sorting through all of the information on the internet can be incredibly time-consuming, which is why it’s convenient to have the things you need to know come straight to your inbox.

You can set up Google Alerts for information that’s relevant to your business. For example — if you’re a restaurant owner, you might want to set up alerts for “restaurants,” “restaurants (city name),” and “social media for restaurants.”

Learn how to set up Google Alerts here!

Content Creation and Planning

Canva

Need to make a quick graphic for your social media accounts? Look no further than Canva. It’s an incredibly intuitive way to add a visual component to your posts and that extra punch that your audiences are looking for.

Business 2 Community

This website shares helpful tips on social media, reputation management, email marketing, website building, and more. If there’s a question you might have about your small business’ presence, this website can answer it for you. Check out some of Main Street Hub’s B2C posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Small Business Organizations

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration has a great deal of resources for small businesses. Along with information on business plans, business licenses, loans, and taxes, it also has a helpful blog and curates news that small business owners need to know.

SCORE

SCORE is located in cities across the country and offers free business mentoring and education — it’s a part of the SBA. You can also find our Regional Development Team giving presentations with our local SCORE partners and educating small business owners through free, live, digital webinars. Learn more here.

MarketingBitz

One of our partners, MarketingBitz provides educational blog posts, workshops, and webinars for small businesses to succeed both online and offline. It is powered by the Local Search Association — a not-for-profit industry association of media companies, agencies and technology providers that help businesses market to consumers in their local markets. Our team members often partner with MarketingBitz to provide small business owners with actionable tips and insights to drive results through social media, check out our most recent webinar with MarketingBitz on The Recipe for Social Media Success.

Main Street Hub’s Blog

We’ve learned a lot of dos and don’ts from working on behalf of our thousands of small business customers, and here is where we share our favorite tips, content ideas, and the latest industry trends to keep small business owners in the know and help them elevate their online presence.

Keep up with our blog by following us on Facebook and Twitter — we share all of our new posts there!

Main Street Hub’s Social Media Guides

If you’re learning a lot on our blog, you can take an even deeper dive into what your business should be doing right now on social media and review sites by downloading our guides. We have everything from handling your online reviews, to our Instagram Cheat Sheet, to our guide that shows how to build loyalty on Facebook to the best way to measure ROI from social media.

You can download them all here, or click here to check out our other resources.

Want more resources and helpful tips for small businesses? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram!



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