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Last week, we discussed why you should start blogging (you can find that post by clicking here). Now, its time to go through some best practices, so that you can set yourself up for success from... (more)


Posted by Stella Morrison

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Last week, we discussed why you should start blogging (you can find that post by clicking here). Now, its time to go through some best practices, so that you can set yourself up for success from... (more)


Posted by Keith Chamberlain

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Decided to warm up some apple pie and make it a la mode last week. But I had to pause and shake my head when I read, "This ice cream is gluten free." Really?!? "What a surprise," I said to myself.... (more)


Posted by Mark Mehling

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We've all been to a website that needs some help, and either as a customer, friend, or marketing pro. As a professional, it is often difficult to let them know without seeming overly salesy.... (more)

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Michael McCormick from Retail Consultants of Tampa Bay
4 Locals Recommend Them • Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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While I see the method and the strategy of a "guarantee", I would be cautious in that approach. I agree that you can capture the metrics but no matter how well ... (more)


Posted by Michael Krieger

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Differentiation is a strategy used to beat competition by making your product appear unique and thus, more attractive. This strategy is perfect for small businesses seeking to eat into the market... (more)


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Liz Wootton from Human Nature Development
1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Friday, February 24, 2017

This is a bit of a passion of mine. For me there is a process to go through (hard to summarize in a few paragraphs but I will try!):

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Just curious to find out how people in Alignable have used Thumbtack to generate client leads. From what I can tell, you spend a lot of time giving out quotes and most times no response or chasing... (more)

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I have been associated with Thumbtack for several years and I find their leads to be meager or less! They refuse to require consumers to provide a phone number to contact the consumer to ... (more)


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0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, February 23, 2017

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You only get one chance at a first impression. How do you start a conversation with a prospective client to get the conversation off to the right start? Any tips for hooking them in and getting... (more)

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We received a tremendous response to our post about what makes a great mentor and it made us wonder if we might be able to help our members make mentorship connections. If you're interested in... (more)

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Cory Bodette from Pro Green Painting & Construction
3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I am looking for someone to help me grow the commercial side of my painting business. I also am looking for a strategic partner to help me get more leads on the residential side of my business. Leads are the ... (more)


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"Flying solo" and "being isolated" are two phrases used to describe how it feels to be a small business owner. If you think about the number of other business owners within a 5 mile-radius, you'll... (more)

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Clifford Woods from Vteam Services
13 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, February 13, 2017

How about "None of the above" or an "Other" Category? A perfect business mentor needs - I think above all - to have an ability to communicate, to get people to open up about their real ... (more)


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4 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, February 10, 2017

Yes, BBB is relevant. While most people associate BBB with the businesses "grade", I urge consumer to check for accreditation. An unethical business will lose it's accreditation quickly.

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Leveraging the over 15,000 ratings and reviews on Alignable tells us a lot about what's working and what's broken for SMBs (#Broken). For example, Google with incredibly high (+46 NPS) overall... (more)