The Top 5 Blog Posts of 2010 by Lakeshore Branding

On December 27th, 2010, wrote:

It’s that time of the year once again: the time to make lists, review what has happened in the last twelve months, and look back at some of the year’s highlights. It’s no different here at Lakeshore Branding. As you probably know by now, we’re very passionate about all things online. And that’s why we work hard to bring you news, trends, tips, tricks, and the occasional top secrets on Internet marketing, social media, technology and apps, etc. So, as 2010 comes to a close and we herald the coming of a new year, we thought it would be a cool idea to check out Lakeshore Branding’s top 5 blog posts of 2010. 60 Awesome Small Business WordPress Themes This blog post was inspired by the small business owners who are dedicated to finding solutions to enhance their visibility online. And since we were getting a lot of questions about where they might find business-oriented WordPress themes, or how they – Read the full article

Webcasting Has Come of Age

On November 14th, 2010, wrote:

Not long ago, one might have thought that communicating with business partners in different locations is very difficult, or that imparting education to students spread out in a nation or abroad is impossible. The usual hue and cry at home over elders not being able to communicate with their beloved ones studying or working elsewhere has also abated, clearly indicating that the field of communications is witnessing yet another revolution. This time it is through webcasting, which in simple terms is broadcasting over the Internet – facilitating one-to-one or one-to-many interaction – and taking everyone by storm. Television and radio stations engaged in broadcasting programs suddenly look conventional, and are being overlooked with the availability of Internet-enabled computers that bring the whole world before you in no time. The growth of webcasting has been so phenomenal that people belonging to all walks of life have come to realize its importance in effectively promoting their varying interests – be it business, – Read the full article

LinkedIn for Small Business: Some More Tips You May Not Have Thought Of

On November 8th, 2010, wrote:

Not long ago we published a blog post with essential tips on how to use LinkedIn for your small business. Since then, Facebook and Twitter continued to rise and flourish under the social media spotlight. But it doesn’t mean that LinkedIn had not gone through its own evolution, because it did. Just check out the stream of activity on the official LinkedIn blog. Or take numbers as proof: today, 80 million professionals – and counting – have signed up to exchange information, ideas, and opportunities through the social networking site. After all these new LinkedIn features and developments, we thought it would be a great time for an update. Here’s a list of tips on LinkedIn for small business – tips that may not have occurred to you just yet, but which will certainly give your online presence a huge boost. Upload that picture. Okay, we did mention this in that previous article – “brand your profile” – but judging – Read the full article

Flickr for Small Business: 14 Tips for the Social Media Tool Few Are Using

On November 6th, 2010, wrote:

A number of the world’s biggest businesses and brands are using Twitter. Chances are, they’re also using Facebook. And their employees are using LinkedIn, to connect with other professionals. How do you, as a small business owner, set yourself apart from the competition? Obviously you’ll have to be more creative with leveraging social media, and with finding alternative platforms where you can engage with customers. You’ll have to seize overlooked opportunities for marketing, or create these opportunities where none exist. Start by knowing there are other social networking tools in town. Like Flickr, for example. Okay, so we can almost hear you say it. Flickr? Really? How do you use that for marketing? Um, isn’t Flickr a picture community for hobbyists and photographers and artists? Just like Vimeo is a video community? And doesn’t Flickr explicitly say that you can’t use the site for commercial purposes? All of the questions above have a point, but that doesn’t mean you can’t – Read the full article

Build Your Online Brand For Differentiation, Not For Integration

On October 30th, 2010, wrote:

If you’re thinking of starting your online business, then you’re part of a race where millions are striving for successful brand recognition on the Web. To win, you have to build an online brand that stands out in the competition – a brand that has a unique, likeable personality. Online brand building means thinking of ways you can make your Web identity more accessible to your potential customers, all while boosting your sales and building a reputation that engenders trust and credibility. Let me first raise some of the aspects of brand-building across the Internet: Quality Creatively built web identity Customer service Promotion and marketing Consistency Quality of products or services is your niche and is arguably most important. It’s better to have a single product that does well rather than having a hundred that perform really badly. Your product should be more innovative and superior than what the next guy has to offer. To make a product with distinction, – Read the full article

Online Ordering Offers Advantages for Traditional Delivery Businesses

On October 29th, 2010, wrote:

Ordering a pizza is a weekend tradition in many families. Pizza goes along with college football, study sessions, and – and the Internet? Yes, the Internet! These days more of the population are starting to find the advantages of ordering online – and by advantages, we also mean advantages for the pizzerias, restaurants, and other similar delivery businesses. That’s because ordering online offers a new way to market to the individual pizza enthusiast, or the bachelor ordering in for the weekend, or the bored, hungry online surfer or football score watcher. What makes ordering online such a potent marketing tool is the fact that, when ordering, say, a pepperoni thick with fries on the side, the system will normally have to ask for contact information to verify the order. This information typically includes an E-mail address. Once the address is obtained, the pizza company can start to send out specials about two to three times a week straight to the – Read the full article

Logoworks: An Online Service for Designing Logos?

On October 23rd, 2010, wrote:

If you have a brand, you should have a logo. Simple as that. And if you have a logo, put it in places where other people can see it: in your website, on your branding collaterals, on your business card. If you don’t have a logo, ask someone to design one for you. Don’t use Microsoft Word clip art or MS Paint. Hire a freelance graphic designer. Or a creative design agency. Or that talented nephew of yours who’s studying art in the university. Or an online service provider? You read that right: an online service provider, and from an already trusted brand like HP, too. Logoworks is a design provider for small businesses. It was established in 2001, acquired by HP in 2007, and has since been known for delivering custom branding material and original, downloadable logos in all major file formats for businesses spanning a range of industries. The idea behind Logoworks is a simple one, really. If – Read the full article

Small Business Lessons from The Social Network, That New Facebook Movie

On October 18th, 2010, wrote:

We’re sure you’ve heard of The Social Network, this new movie about the founders of Facebook. It opened earlier this month and so far, from what we’ve been hearing, it sounds like this 120-minute thriller-docudrama-comedy will be making plenty of noise at next year’s Oscars. You should see The Social Network if you haven’t done so yet. Not only is it a thrilling closer look at what went on behind the creation of today’s biggest social networking site; it’s also a really, really good movie. You don’t even have to be a Facebook fan to enjoy it. Directed by David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club), written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men), and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Brenda Song, Rooney Mara, and huge pop musician Justin Timberlake, The Social Network – as Rolling Stone describes it – “brilliantly defines the decade”. Of course, if you’re a startup, small business owner, or marketer, you also might want – Read the full article