Simple Tech for Small Business Owners, Part Six: HTTP vs HTTPS

Cybersecurity is something that is on everyone’s minds these days. From the risks of potential hackers to phishing schemes, we’re always wondering what new threat will come to the surface. In addition to these problems, website owners have their own worries about security as well. Any website owner should take steps to ensure the security of … [Read more...]

How to Write with Authority Part Four: Research

Writing authoritative content relies on having a good knowledge base beforehand. As an expert in your field, you obviously know quite a bit about what you do. Sometimes, however, a particular project requires more knowledge than you have or delves into a subfield that you’re unfamiliar with. In these cases, you need to have good research skills to … [Read more...]

35 Ways to Beat Writers Block

You’ve come up with a great idea for your business blog, only to find that the words just won’t come. You sit at your desk and stare off into space, trying to locate the words that simply seem to evade you. There has to be a better way! There is – in fact, here’s 35 of them. Go for a Walk. Sometimes all your brain needs is a little fresh air. … [Read more...]

Marketing for Your Brick-and-Mortar Store, Part III: Leveraging Online Reviews for Business Success

Brick-and-mortar store owners often neglect the importance of an online presence. Logically, it doesn’t seem to make sense to spend money on online marketing when your small business runs on smaller budgets and profit margins in the first place. At CEM, we understand that your budget is one of your main concerns, and we believe in taking a DIY … [Read more...]

How to Write with Authority Part Three: Tone

Welcome back! So far in this series, we’ve looked at the active voice, and how to stay relevant with your content. Today, we look not at what you say, but how you say it: tone. When we speak, our tone conveys emotion and thoughts. Whether we say a sentence high or low affects how our listener interprets the information. Obviously, written … [Read more...]

Marketing for Your Brick-and-Mortar Store, Part II: Why You Should Avoid Digital Sharecropping

Most business owners know that the brick-and-mortar market is more vulnerable than it used to be. We’re officially in the age of e-commerce, and it seems that no one – not even giants like Toys"R"Us – are immune to the threat of extinction. However, there’s a bright point in all the doom and gloom: Millennials, who represent the largest portion of … [Read more...]

Simple Tech for Small Business Owners, Part Five: HTML

In my previous post, I discussed WordPress, one of your content management system (CMS) options for building a website. Most CMSs don’t require users to have any knowledge of code to make a functioning website that’s ready for business. Even so, understanding basic code can help any business owner greatly. Coding may seem like an impossible to … [Read more...]

How to Write with Authority Part Two: Relevance

Sometimes excellent content will flop because it completely misses its target audience. When people seek written content, they look for what’s relevant to their interests. We do not want to read a post about roofing when we’re looking for flooring. The same holds true when you’re in the driver’s seat – or rather, at the writer’s desk. If you want … [Read more...]

Simple Tech for Small Business Owners, Part Four: WordPress

So far in this series, we’ve talked about ways to drive traffic to your site using SEO and PPC and how to use analytics to make informed decisions. At the core of all these concepts is that your small business has a website. Many do, of course, but if you haven’t set up your website and blog yet, you may be wondering where to start. (Side note: … [Read more...]

Marketing for Your Brick-and-Mortar Store, Part I: Why You Need Dynamic Website Content

Brick-and-mortar store owners have unique considerations when it comes to marketing their content online. The practice of content marketing involves interacting with your customers in an online space, through your website, social media networks, and other digital means. If you exclusively sell your products offline, you might think this doesn’t … [Read more...]

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