This offering is an extension of its Prime service and is being tested in an area of Manhattan before being rolled out in other US cities next year. Free two-hour deliveries are guaranteed for more than 25,000 items between 6 am and midnight every day; although users can also pay an additional $7.99 to get items delivered in only 60 minutes. It is predicted to be extremely popular, especially this close to Christmas.
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The Small Business Saturday campaign promotes the support of local small businesses in the UK, particularly on the first Saturday of December. This year it happened last Saturday and was hugely successful in promoting spending with independently owned SMEs over larger corporations.
Determining the right prices for your products or services can make or break your business. If your prices are set correctly it can increase the amount you sell, creating the foundation for your business to be successful! That being said, there isn’t one winning formula that proves lucrative for all business types, but there are ways to help you gauge what’s best for your small business.
A few days ago Google updated its Local page quality guidelines. Any businesses currently using Google My Business (previously Google Places and Google+ for Business) or looking to sign up in the near future are affected by this update. These guidelines are generally considered rules, not guidelines, as failure to comply can cause your listing to be removed. Here are the key takeaways:
Instagram is one of the easiest social media platforms to master, even if you are a busy small business owner. Take a look at these top best practices and get the most out of your small business Instagram account now:
Christmas is only a few short weeks away and research predicts that small business that are not online during the Christmas period will miss out on £88 billion pounds. Opportunity for growth is huge, especially if you are a retailer. The record spending anticipated this holiday season means there has never been a better time to get your small business online.
For many businesses December is the busiest month of the year. However others, including service providers and B2B businesses can struggle during the holiday season when consumers spend their money selectivity, on presents and not much else.
Similarly, it is also common to discontinue services in December because year-end makes decisions about termination easier if customers are unsure or dissatisfied. The loss of customers leave some businesses struggling at the end of the year; however, there are several things small businesses can do to keep revenues up and customers buying this December: Continue reading »
If you are selling products through your website, it can often be a lot more difficult than selling services whereby you have additional interaction to negotiate and convince an interested party to buy. It also means that your website and supporting activities need to be optimised fully for selling your products; you won’t get away with as much as someone who is selling a service. Read our ten tips to help you sell online:
We all know small businesses are important. According to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, in 2013, the growth is the UK business population has been driven by an increase in the number of small businesses. Along with visiting your local butcher and family-owned curtain shop, there are lots of things you can do to help support other small businesses. Most of these tips will only take a few minutes but will make a difference to others. And going the extra mile now can foster relationships and help your business out in the long run.