5 Apps Designed to Make Your Business Grow

It is imperative to have your business up and running and have a digital presence. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on software or try to develop your own, as was done in the past. Today, you don’t even have to leave your establishment to find the perfect solutions for your business needs.

    1. Gusto.  No business owner, unless you are providing tax help or CPA services, will know the ins and outs of how to manage payroll, benefits, and taxes. It can be a nightmare for some and a place where one small error could become very costly. The app formerly known as ZenPayroll streamlines the process and puts you at ease by reporting new hires to the government; handling all local, state and federal tax filings; automating deductions for benefits and workers’ comp payments; and emailing digital pay stubs to your employees and independent contractors. It’s also mobile friendly so you can do it all right from your phone if need be.  It charges $39 per month and $6 per employee. Therefore, if you have a company of 10, that’s only $99 a month.

    2. Trello. This app is designed to get your team working collaboratively on various projects all at once and keeps it all organized for you within its easy to use ecosystem.  Within the app you make cards that represent projects, once each project is assigned to people to work on, they can be moved into stages of completion. Once you’ve done your part in the process, you simply move the card on to the next stage. Complex projects can be completed with ease, without the excessive and lengthy status meetings. You receive a free trial and when that is complete, you pay $9.99 per month per user when paid annually.

    3. Skype. This app might as well be a household name. It has been around for awhile and is not going anywhere. Every small business should have a means of communication with its employees, clients, and even customers. Many other video conferencing companies have tried to replace Skype but it truly is an indispensable app. Features include transmitting of photos and files of any size, sharing your computer screen, calling a group of up to 25 people and sending text messages. The basic version is free but if you want to upgrade, Skype for Business starts at $5 per user per month. It integrates with Microsoft Office and allows you to hold online video meetings and calls with up to 250 people.

    4. MyMinutes. Every small business owner knows that managing your time is the most important part of your job. If you cannot get the million and one things done each day, you run the risk of losing out on the most important part of your business, money. And since time is money, this app helps you manage your time by setting the minimum or maximum amount of time you want to put into a task and keeping you to it. Using ‘at least’ and ‘at most’ goals, My Minutes delivers a two-pronged boost to your productivity. You cut down on wasted time, and spend that time being more productive.” It is only $2.99 on the app store.

    5. Expensify. If you happen to be your own business and charge others for your time and services or if you want to track your own expenses for reporting later to help ease your accounting process later, look no further than Expensify.  Expensify takes the pain out of keeping track of your expenses by allowing you to take a picture of your receipts or linking your credit or debit cards for automatic tracking and placement on an expense report. Expensify costs $5 per month per active account for team users and $9 per month per active user for corporate users. Companies with more than 1,000 employees can get custom pricing.

Every business owner must equip themselves with the necessary tools to succeed. In this digital age, the solutions are out there, all you need to do is your research and decide what is most convenient and cost-effective for you. inMark Media Group provides businesses with sales consulting services among other agency services, including logo and website design, brand development, and social media management. For more information visit the services section or contact us at 844-INMARK-1.

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Success is Around the Corner

Have you ever started something new and quit when it got difficult? If you have, you are like the 99% (rough estimate, but probably right) of people who like to try new things. You are on the right track! Your commitment to trying new things is great for getting things started, but persistence is the key to cutting through that rock!

 

Some hurdles are stubborn and won’t fold as easy as we think. The thing about success, it never comes easy! You may not be a river, and may not have the talent or skill for whatever you want to achieve, but it is all about your consistent approach to “level up” (a term we love at inMark). No one ever starts at the top, you don’t just become a Denzel Washington or a Lebron James overnight. These people worked on their craft every chance they got and didn’t quit once they were faced with difficulties.

It just takes that “one more try” and you might just succeed!

When faced with difficulties you have one of two choices to decide, quitting or trying again. Successful people choose the latter. You never know, that “one more try” may be all you need to get things right, get that part, perfect that craft. Everyone fails and it is a part of life, but don’t let failure knock you out the race. Instead, get up and give it your all, you might just cut through that rock today!

We challenge you to think of a goal you were working towards but ended up giving up or putting it to the side, and resurge your optimism about it. Take one step towards completing it today! Comment and share your goal, or a struggle you have been having with your goal, and we’ll gladly help you recourse and put yourself in the position to succeed.

 

 

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Whats the best investment you can make?

Investing in your BRAND!

As a business owner, no matter the size of your team, your brand is the most important part of a growing company. How you build your brand will directly impact your growth. Will people only think of you when they see something in front of them, or will they see a random checkmark and think “NIKE”? That is the power of branding, nonetheless, it is crucial to invest in your brand in one way or another.

Lucky for you, we make it our mission to make you the most recognized brand in your community! We can do this in a plethora of ways.

Supermarket advertising

Ahhh, yes, SUPERMARKET ADVERTISING! If we have done our job properly, you know that this is our bread and butter when it comes to our business. We offer many different forms of advertising, ranging from our most popular, the brand bar, to what you may have seen before, ads on shopping carts.

Supermarkets are the most centralized market in a community given that locals do not like to travel far to put food in their fridge. We have utilized this market and afford you the opportunity to reach your local community in their favorite place for food. Everyone eats, and people have to shop, why not reach them where they are bound to go at least twice a week.

Use this to your advantage and make a smart investment for your brand. Our end goal is for your clients to see your brand so much that when they need your service, their first thought is you! 

But that’s not all!

Our agency services are the other half of what we do. This is all of your marketing needs as a business. Our design team can create your logo, motion graphics, and websites. We have the capacity to run your social media, write copy for your pages, and start email campaigns. Basically, anything you need to be done, consider it done!

Everything we do will be on brand with what you want people to think and know of your business. With introductory interviews, we gather all the information we need to build your image and make sure we get the right message across.

Next time you are thinking of investing in your brand, do your homework and choose the agency that is right for you! Think about us, think about how you want your brand to be known, and think about your success. We can help put you in the position to grow and become the most well-known business in your local area. Contact us at inmarkmg.com or call us at 844-INMARK-1 for a free consultation!

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Formatting Instagram Captions

So you’ve come up with the perfect social media giveaway campaign, or you’re about ready to announce a new product. Your picture is ready to go, but now it’s time to tackle the Instagram captions.

We can’t stress it enough: Instagram captions matter as much as the picture itselfif not more!

Even though your picture may be attractive, and the giveaway is to die for, if the caption is too cluttered and grammatically incorrect, your post will lose a lot of its potential. Here are a few ideas that will help you create attractive and creative formatted captions:

 

  1. Where you create

 

Don’t create your captions in the Instagram app. Instagram is very unfriendly to caption-composing users because the drafted preview won’t show you an accurate depiction of how the caption will actually post. And, the preview window is small, so errors are easier to miss. Instead, write out the caption in your notes app or in a word document.

 

  1. Get it all out

 

Start out by writing out what you want to say—simply let it flow. Don’t worry about spacing, grammar, or emojis. Just get it all out with as much personality and brand-relative voice you can muster. Your caption is a synopsis of your business, so it is important to focus on reflecting who your business is in your captions.

 

  1. Revise, revise, and revise again

 

Sure, most people won’t stay on your posts for too long, but for those that do, grammatical errors will turn them away. Make sure your caption is free of misspelled words or poor sentence structure. If need be, copy and paste your caption into a word document and word check the caption.

 

  1. Spacing

 

Spacing out your Instagram captions will make them more appealing to users, especially if they are long. However, Instagram is extremely sensitive to spacing, and will typically not give you the results you want. It can be frustrating, but there is a super easy and quick trick that can fix this:

 

*When trying to add a new paragraph, there can’t be a space after the last text in the previous paragraph. If there is, Instagram will not recognize the break in the paragraph and will just combine the two.

 

  1. Add emojis

 

Emojis bring personality to your captions. And, they make a long, wordy caption less intimidating. You can end your paragraphs with them, separate paragraphs with them, or even create sequential lists with emojis. Use your creativity and your brand’s personality to add these in your captions.

 

  1. Proofread

 

The most crucial step. Make sure your caption is as perfect as you want it to be. Don’t assume your brain coordinated perfectly with your typing fingers. Because it probably didn’t. And, before you simply post and exit the app, check to make sure the posted version looks how you want it to. If it doesn’t, delete it, and review this list to make sure you didn’t miss a step!

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Which lenses are you using?

When you woke up this morning, were you grateful for being able to wake up or were you dreading to be up? Every day we make a choice (consciously or unconsciously) to live through either one of two perspectives, pessimistic or optimistic. Ask yourself, do you see the positive or the negative in everything? It may be time to switch up your lenses.

Blinding your vision with a shade of negativity isn’t ideal for any situation, you’ll end up determining the results before they even happen! Set yourself up for success. Wake up and smell the coffee, or wake up and complain that you had to get up this morning, at the end of the day it is up to you to be the joy you see in this world.

“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

Every door that wants to be opened in your life will feel easier to open if you see it as an opportunity and not as a door you fear will be too difficult for your sake. Don’t fear the unknown, embrace it as the lesson or blessing it is meant to be. Take control of your outlook on life and play the creator, not the victim. Playing the victim allows space in your mind for fabricated excuses.

Don’t be Elena, people will catch on to your attitude and eventually stop caring!

NO EXCUSES! 

Excuses are the roots of all failure. The first part of being successful is believing that you can do it and when a problem does arise (because it will), see the light at the of the tunnel, don’t get distracted by the darkness.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday and feel free to share this article with any loved ones who may be a ‘Debbie downer’! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here!

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Don’t let FEAR keep you from getting ahead!

How many times have you turned down a new opportunity because of your fear of change? Change is scary, it is uncertainty, and it is different from the norm. A lot can go wrong with change, but more often than not, it goes well. Fear of change should be the least of your worries when introducing your brand to consumers through supermarket advertising! 

This is where your consumers go about twice a week to do their grocery shopping. It is the most centralized spot in its community because most people don’t drive more than 2 miles to get to their local supermarket. And lastly, everyone, no matter their income, has to go to the supermarket!

Being a smart business owner is easy until you face options, and some options are riskier than others. How do you make the right decision? Well, as for your advertising needs, our supermarket advertising programs are sure to hit the three main points an ad should hit.

Repetition:

Now you are the exclusive business in your local supermarket, so what? Well, let me explain. The average grocery shopper goes to their local market 2 to 3 times a week. That is 8 to 12 times a month! Depending on how long your ad is up, the consumer will be seeing your add multiple times over the course of 6 months to a year!

Exposure:

When you are trusting in an ad space, you want all the exposure you can get for your buck. And this is where a supermarket excels. Your ad will get all of the exposure you need because of its centralized location and the need to shop at the said location.

Target Audience:

Sometimes with ads, you don’t really know who you are advertising to. You may have a great ad, but you are reaching the wrong people. What is an ad without the right audience anyway? For a business working locally, your audience is the local persona. There is no better way to reach them, than their local supermarket!

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Word of Mouth Won’t Cut It

10 Reasons why all small businesses need a website

In this day and age not being present on a digital platform can truly hurt your business exponentially.  About 60% of very small businesses (those with one to five employees) do not have a website, rather opting for a Facebook page due to familiarity and cost.  However, Facebook will only get your business in front of your immediate friends and maybe their friends.  In order to gain reach and credibility, a professional looking website is imperative.  It will not only showcase your products/services but as you add to your website, it will start to increase the likelihood that you appear as the top choice in your area within your industry.  

Word of mouth marketing is still a very effective and inexpensive way to gain customers, however, it should be paired with a wonderful website.  Your website is the face of your business and first impressions are everything.  Still not convinced that you need a website?  Read on to find out why you may be missing out.  

Why You Need a Website

  • Credibility – As mentioned previously, first impressions are everything.  Your website should portray your business as the leading business in the market.  Captive visuals, concise descriptions of your services, and ease of navigation should be a priority when creating your website.  
  • Low overhead – If your products or services can be purchased completely online, then why pay for a brick and mortar location when you can house your entire business online?   There are many businesses such as consulting services, copywriting, tutoring, etc. that can be offered solely online and with very minimal annual overhead costs to maintain a website.  
  • Always open – After you close your doors each night, your website could be that invaluable employee keeping your business open 24/7.  Products and services can be purchased long after you shut your doors.  You could be missing potential customers that possibly cannot make it to your location.
  • Creating a community – By integrating a blog, suggestions box, or service portal within your website, you are putting your customer’s needs at the forefront of your concern and it will surely be noticed.  Customers who feel informed and heard are more likely to return than those that cannot communicate with your business.  
  • Enhanced customer service – Linked with creating community, by adding an FAQ section, or ticket system for customer concerns you could potentially reduce your customer service costs and give you time to process a response or corrective action.
  • Networking – Once you establish a website, you become part of a community of other business owners within the same market and it creates opportunities for collaboration.  Other business owners will feel compelled to visit your site to see how you align with the market and your competitors.  By working together, you could help each other grow your business.  
  • Time is money – A website saves you time.  Without the need to continuously explain your services on the phone, face-to-face, in a brochure, or in emails; with an online catalog, you can provide lots of information about your products and services. Once your website is up and running, it is available to your customers indefinitely, saving you time.
  • Increased reach – With a website, you are connected to the world. Instead of thinking just locally, you can now market your products/services to the world. The sky’s the limit.
  • Attract new customers – One of the top reasons your website must look professional is for the potential of attracting new customers daily.  As consumers shift to online access for products and services, you must make yourself accessible and present.  You may find prospects in multiple stages of the sales process.  Therefore, make sure your website not only tends to the current customer base but also suppliers, researchers, and purchasers.  
  • More sales – At the end of the day, your business revolves around the sale. Whether you’re selling products/services or a mission, you need a place to do it.  Building an online sales service for items found within your store will undoubtedly increase sales.  Allowing for people to make reservations within your website will increase sales.  Presenting the mission of your business within a well-designed website will gain you, followers. No matter what you are selling, a website should be seen as a tool to do so.

The digital age of marketing is here whether you are prepared for it or not.  In order to compete and keep your business relevant and afloat, you must take the first step and a website is one in the right direction.  If you would like more information regarding a website for your business, contact the inMark Media team, which is dedicated to making your business grow.

 

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