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Why You Should Be Using Pinterest for Your Business

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If your in the business of food, fashion, blogging, or even the marketing business, you need to be using Pinterest. With over 150 million bloggers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses using it, Pinterest is a great way to increase traffic to your website, blogs, or any other place you want your audience to go to! Here is why should be using Pinterest to grow your business!


Why You Should Be Using Pinterest

Like I said earlier, Pinterest is such a great way to increase traffic to your website, blogs, social media channels and more. Other benefits of using Pinterest for your business that are unique to Pinterest are the high engagement, and long lasting content.

If you’ve never used Pinterest before to quickly find and save recipes or a DIY project, then you’re missing out! Pinterest is great for sharing links of photos of your products that customers can save and share. Unlike Facebook and Instagram where people can share your post once, Pinterest has the ability to share your post and become looked at over and over again. Making content “long lasting”.

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Just like any other social media platform, you are able to create targeted advertisements to your audience. Like most social advertising, this platforms ads MUST be visually beautiful. Especially if you want someone to be saving your ad to a “Pinterest Board”. Pinterest also informs you of emerging trends in your industry/community and gives you access to its own analytics so you can track and record your Pinterest efforts. This feature is only available to Pinterest Business Accounts. If you haven't already created one, learn how!

Like most social media platforms, Pinterest gives you access to simple tutorials on their website and is easily available on any device.

Let’s See Those Stats...

Research shows that:

  • 66% of Pinners use products/services that they see on Pinterest or are being used by other Pinners (blog, websites)

  • 87% of Pinners use Pinterest to decide what to buy

  • 93% of the Pinners use Pinterest to plan future purchases

Research done by Shopify, a Canadian e-commerce company, showed that the average order value from referral traffic from Pinterest was $58.95 where Facebook’s was $55.00

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Use Pinterest, Have Fun!

Pinterest is a great place to share (or “pin”) great ideas and thoughts to your audience. It is also a good place to collaborate with other companies or Pinners on topics that people are interested in. One way to collaborate is simply adding a friend or colleague to a “board” (a topic that you can save pins to) on your profile, where they can add ideas and posts that they think relates.

Pinterest also lets you create fun contests, scavenger hunts, hashtags and more to make people more engaged in your company. If you create a contest or promotion on any of your social media channels, you can spread them onto Pinterest or share that you have “Pinterest Scavenger Hunt”. You can share them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to get people to go onto those other channels of social media increasing audience engagement and traffic on both accounts.

Why Every Small Business Owner/Entrepreneur Needs a Virtual Office

No one understands the difficulty of traveling, saving money, growing a business and time management than a small business owner or entrepreneur. With technology advancements today, Virtual Offices have become the solution!

The traditional physical office environment was that we could only conduct business or access data files between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Now a days, business rules have changed to allow professionals to conduct business or to access data files at any time during the day.

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We Know You’re Constantly on the Go

Work from anywhere in the world! With your business and brand growing, traveling as an entrepreneur, blogger, or small business owner can be stressful. Trying to find a place to work, at times that are convenient for you, can be difficult!


If you’re in Toronto on Tuesday, then on Wednesday you’re in Barrie, and for the rest of the week you’re in London but your office is somewhere else, having a reception service will make sure all of your calls are answered professionally and forwarded to you wherever you are! Isn’t that helpful?


Employees Can Work From Anywhere

This goes hand in hand with constantly being on the go, because it’s not always just you, the business owner, being busy traveling all the time! It can also be your staff or sales people traveling from one place to another.


It’s So Flexible!

Virtual office space in business centres are continuing to expand over the years to provide services and offer current technology/equipment. Virtual offices gives you the flexibility that your workers need to conduct business while enjoying the ability to work on their terms. What sounds better than that?!


Save Money

The best part of working from a Virtual Office is all of the savings!


Business owners no longer must be burdened with the financial costs of setting up an office that were typically necessary in the past. Office costs for rent, furniture, decorators, lighting, equipment, staff, utilities, IT equipment and materials can all be eliminated, because they’re included in the virtual office environment.

Working with a Business Centre saves you TONS of time and money! One of the best parts of some of these virtual office packages is that you can actually rent an office or conference room for as little as an hour at a time – at unbelievably low costs – like from only $15 an hour!

SuiteWorks Business Centre, Barrie, Ontario

SuiteWorks Business Centre, Barrie, Ontario

A great Business Centre to check out for any type of office space you need, is SuiteWorks Business Centre! They are located right here in Barrie, Ontario at 92 Caplan Avenue.

SuiteWorks brings together like-minded professionals that want all the amenities, facilities and technology of a modern vibrant office space, with the added benefit of networking and the flexibility of customizable packages.


Join them for events, lunch and learns, and more! Know any other business centres in the area? Comment below!

The Top 3 Motivational Speakers You Need to Hear in 2019

It’s 2019, and if you don’t have a few key mentors in your life to motivate you in your business or brand, you’re missing out! To help you find some, here are The top 3 motivational speakers that you NEED to hear this year who are experts at social media, sales and motivation!

Gary Vee

Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company's 4 locations. His social media content goes viral with tips, advice and stories from how he started.

“You have to understand your own personal DNA. Don’t do things because I do them or Steve Jobs or Mark Cuban tried it. You need to know your personal brand and stay true to it.” - Gary Vaynerchuk

Find Gary Online: https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/

Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone is a bestselling author of “The 10X Rule” and “If You're Not First, You're Last”, as well as a sales trainer, speaker, and entrepreneur who has worked in real estate and the auto industry. Grant Cardone has become a real estate mogul who built his $566 million portfolio of multifamily properties from scratch!

He is one of the best people to follow if you are in sales or an entrepreneur.

“You won’t get much done if you only grind on the days you feel good.”

- Grant Cardone

See Grant Live at 10X Growth Con: https://10xgrowthcon.com/

Find Grant Online: www.grantcardone.com

Tony Robbins

Anthony Robbins is an author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and life coach. He is mostly known for his infomercials, seminars, and self-help books including “Unlimited Power” and “Awaken the Giant Within”.

Tony is not the founder of several companies that earn approximately $6 billion in annual sales, but an amazing motivational speaker that millions of people follow for his motivational speaking!

“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.”

- Tony Robbins

Find Tony Online: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/

5 Ways to Boost Business in the Slow Season

It’s That Time of the Year Again…


One moment you’re swamped with clients, and suddenly you’re wondering where all your customers went!

And unless you are a winter-specialized business who is creeping into its busiest season, you need some new ways to keep your business growing, or at least steady, during your slow season!

Getting into a slow season can be frightening at times. What if business doesn’t pick up again? What if we never get another client? These are both silly questions that fill up our heads during this time of year.

Next time your business starts to slow down, use some of these tips to boost your business back!

Create/Update Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

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If you haven't created one yet for your business, now is a great time to start! Creating a marketing plan for your social media is a vital part of a business, check out how to create a Social Media Marketing Plan from our blog to figure out how to write one!

Get Out Of The Office

A great way to boost your business in the slow seasons are to attend events, or host your own!

Start attending local events, as well as business events. There are TONS of local events and festivals happening every month in Barrie, like Kempenfest, Chamber of Commerce events, Barrielicious, and more! Make sure your business is a part of these events. This could be sponsoring events, or creating your own booth/area where you can promote and engage with locals one-on-one.

An even better way to engage with potential prospects when business is slow is to create your own events or workshops on subjects based around your industry. Educating your potential customers in a fun way about your industry gets them engaged, remembering your business, and will make them want to come back for the next one!

Post More Content

Been struggling with posting content for your business on social media? Now is the time to get ahead!

The slow season for your business could be your opportunity to create content for your social media in bulk. This means creating content that you can use weeks or months from now when your business becomes busy again.

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These can be photos, videos or blogs that relate to your industry. For example, if you’re in the food industry, try to take as many high quality photos and videos of the kitchen, dining area, food, customers (etc.) that you can share weeks from when you take them so you’re not trying to create content when you’re busy. This will help up your social media game in the long run!

Start a Blog

Starting a blog when your business in the off-season goes hand in hand with creating content for your business. Creating blogs that educate your customers is an awesome way to teach them what your business is all about BEFORE they decide to purchase from you.

Clean Up Your Email List

You know it. We know it. You have to go through your email!

“I haven’t done anything with my email list. We probably should.” We hear it all the time from clients. Email is NOT dead! Using your email list to reach out to clients and nurture them with email sequences is a great opportunity to prospect during your business’ slow season.

Starting a newsletter, either weekly or monthly, helps nurture your potential (or current) clients, reminding them who you are, your business, and letting them know that you are still here.

Always take the opportunity in your business/ slow season to reach out to prospects and current customers/clients. You can even create a referral program/deal for clients!