7 Female Entrepreneurs and Women in Business to Follow Throughout 2019

Women in business are now gaining more attention than ever before. It’s not just about a movement, it’s about women taking the opportunity to branch away from the standard, and also create business and financial decisions of their own.

What that in mind, what’s new in 2019? Who is making a scene or create waves among women entrepreneurs?

We scoured the web to see who’s hot and who’s not. We came up with these 7 top female entrepreneurs and business women.

Be sure to check out their sites and social media pages to learn more about why they’re considered “hot stuff” in 2019.

1. Isabel dos Santos

Isabel dos Santos is a world-famous entrepreneur, who gained attention for her business expertise and history in Angola.

In addition to various business and financial success, like many successful entrepreneurs, Isabel is also now focused on the better well-being and improvement of those around the world. Not limited to just equal pay and women’s rights in the workplace, but also heavily focused on Angola humanitarian efforts as well.

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Todos temos um sentido de missão com quem nos rodeia. Os nossos colegas, vizinhos, comunidade… este é espírito que eu defendo não só como mulher e angolana mas como empresária, e que transmito às minhas equipas. Na Sodiba estamos perto da Zona 3 do Bairro do Bom Jesus. Uma comunidade que nos dá tanto em alegria. Desde os pequeninos até ao Soba. E nós apoiamos o Bairro e estamos dedicados a estas famílias, desde que aqui chegámos. Temos feito actividades com os meninos, demos presentes, entregamos cabazes, ouvimos as suas histórias e sabedoria e queremos fazer ainda mais. Dar um pouco de nós todos os dias e assim fazer a diferença #SharingbyIsabeldosSantos #Sodiba #ResponsabilidadeSocial #Angola We all have a sense of mission with those around us. Our colleagues, neighbors, community … this is spirit that I believe in not only as a woman and Angolan but as a businesswoman, and that I pass it on to my teams. At Sodiba we are close to Zone 3 of Bairro do Bom Jesus. A community that gives us so much joy. From the little ones to their Soba. And we support the neighborhood, we are dedicated to these families, since the day we arrived here. We have had activities with the children, gave them presents, basic goods for their day to day life, we listen to their stories and wisdom and we want to do even more. We give a little of us every day and thus make a difference

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Today, Isabel dos Santos is the board member of a number of companies in Portugal and Angola. She also owns stakes in affluent businesses, which include ZAP, (a digital satellite television company), Candando (over 1,500 employees), Sodiba and also EFACEC — which is the largest Portuguese corporation in the field of energy, engineering and mobility, with many subsidiaries of strong presence in different international markets. In addition to all of this, Isabel dos Santos also shifted her focus on women empowerment and growing such opportunities through one of her businesses at Zap, which has been a major focus as of lately.

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Hoje é o último dia do Março Mulher, um mês de muita importância para mim. Lembro para todas as mulheres que se devem destacar, fazer mais e melhor, nas nossas empresas, nossas famílias e comunidades. Poder ver as nossas pessoas crescer como a Maria é um motivo de orgulho para nós na Zap. A Maria começou como assistente de loja e hoje é chefe do Departamentro de Contact Center. Nós acreditamos nas mulheres angolanas, investimos nelas através da formação. Queremos dar as melhores oportunidades para que um dia também possam dizer como a Maria: “o que eu faço é sempre com orgulho, é com amor. Eu digo que eu não sou a Maria Antónia, a Maria Sebastião. Eu sou a Maria da Zap”. Veja a história dela. #SharingbyIsabeldosSantos #Zap #Formação #FuturosLíderes #WomenEmpowerment Today is the last day of March Women, a month of great importance to me. I call every woman to stand out for themselves, to do more and better, within our companies, our families, our communities. Being able to see our people grow as Maria makes us so proud at Zap. Maria started as a shop assistant and today she is head of the Contact Center Department. We believe in our Angolan women; we invest in them through training. We want to give the best opportunities so that one day they can also say like Maria: "What I do is always with pride, it's with love. I say I'm not Maria Antónia, Maria Sebastião. I'm Maria Zap”. Watch her story.

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In November 2015, the BBC named Isabel dos Santos as one of the 100 most influential women in the world.

Be sure to keep an eye on Isabel be throughout 2019. And if you are interested, you can also learn more about her here.

2. Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg cut her entrepreneurial teeth by working with Facebook as the #2 in charge in 2008. No one knew whether Facebook would be successful or not back then. But, with her at the second to the top, the company’s user base increased more than 10 times the size.

With such success under her belt, today Sandberg is also looked up to as an influential female entrepreneur for other women around the world as well.

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It’s #EqualPayDay. Let’s review the facts. ??? ??? Women in the United States had to work all of 2018 and this far into 2019 to earn what men did in 2018 alone. The pay gap exists across income and education levels – it’s largest for women with bachelor’s and advanced degrees. And it exists across industries, hours, and ages. Even when women get degrees, enter high-paying fields, and put in long hours on the job for years, that still doesn’t erase the gap. No matter how you slice it, women as a whole are paid less than men. And for Black women, Native American women, and Latinas, the pay gap is even wider.??? ??? If ever there was a cold, hard fact about our economy, this is it. And it must change. ??? ??? Equal pay is an economic issue: the pay gap can have a profound impact on a worker’s income, especially when compounded over a lifetime. For families looking to buy a house, send kids to college, save for retirement, or just have a little financial breathing room, the pay gap makes that harder. For single moms raising families on their own – and there are millions across the country – it cuts even deeper. ??? ??? And equal pay is a moral issue. It’s just plain wrong that one gender is consistently paid less than another. For anyone looking to reduce inequality, closing the pay gap would be a major step forward.??? ??? Year after year, we mark Equal Pay Day. And year after year, the pay gap persists. Still, there are signs of progress. Leaders here and abroad are making equal pay a priority. It’s more important than ever that we increase awareness. Join me in sharing the facts about the pay gap. Let’s bring more people into this fight. We can’t get to equality without equal pay.

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Now, because of her efforts and others, Facebook is considered one of the most wealthy and powerful companies in the world.

Today in 2019, Sheryl Sandburg is estimated to have a net worth of over 2 billion dollars and has written best-selling books for women entrepreneurs such as Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

You can find out more about Sandburg by following her Instagram account.

3. Tory Burch

Tory Burch is considered one of the top 10 female entrepreneurs of 2019 by the publication, “10xfactory.com.” There is a good reason for this. She is an American fashion designer as well as a businesswoman and philanthropist. She has her own company known as Tory Burch, LLC which features some of the best fashion styles she’s created that reflect different cultures of the world.

She was listed as the 73rd most powerful female in the globe by Forbes in 2015 and she continues to create inventive items that get the attention of the fashion world.

Find out more about Tory Burch on the Tory Burch Social Media site and follow her on Facebook and other media outlets.

4. Cher Wang

Cher Wang comes from Taiwan and is the co-founder of the HTC Corporation. HTC worked with the Microsoft Corporation over the past decade to develop the Windows phone with the HTC operating system on it, as well as the integrated chipset with VIA Technologies.

She graduated from the University of Berkeley in California and Forbes Magazine estimates her income, along with her husband, Wenchi Chen’s income, at around $850 million dollars.

Follow Cher on Twitter and find out how she made a monstrous deal with Google in 2017 that changed the way both companies operated in a big way.

5. Angie Hicks

Angie Hicks’s name may not be familiar by itself, but she is better knows as “Angie” of Angie’s Home Services.” People who are looking for help around the house to tackle big jobs or looking for specific types of help, always look to Angi for suggestions.

Celebrity Net Worth states that Angie is worth around $190 million. Not bad for a small town lady who started out as a simple business person.

You can find out more about Angie and follow her on Facebook to keep up with Angie’s work and achievements.

6. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey (better known to her fans only as “Oprah” has maintained her status of one of the top women executives and businesswomen of the world for over 2 decades. She has an estimated net worth of over 2.5 billion dollars, and she held the status of the richest woman in the world for a while. She still holds her OWN (no pun intended) and finds time for philanthropy work as well.

Oprah started out as an actress in “The Color Purple,” one of the early films of famous and well-acclaimed directors, Stephen Spielberg, and she quickly rose to fame as a talk show host, TV producer, and executive following this.

The original Oprah show no longer runs on the ABC network. But in its place on her own network and time slot is a new network run exclusively by Oprah called “Own.”

You can find out more about Oprah by following her Twitter feed.

7. Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely is the founder of the Spanx company who has appeared on the “Shark Tank” show to display her idea for form-fitting undergarments that help women look shapely and slim underneath everything they wear.

This idea emerged from Blakely when she confessed to having spent over $5,000 trying to find something flattering to wear under white pants.

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Sometimes it's not about what you know but what you have to give. When I started @spanx I had $5,000 set aside in savings and I'd never taken a business class. I started as a frustrated consumer who was looking for better undergarment options under my clothes. But after standing on manufacturer’s floors and learning more about the industry (I grew up on a beach and knew nothing about the industry) I realized the people making our undergarments didn’t seem to care about how we felt, at all. I went from frustrated consumer to passionate women’s advocate. I really cared about how women felt in their clothes. I cared about giving women better options that allowed them to wear any color, fabric and style clothes with confidence. Did current undergarment options make us feel confident in our clothes? Were thongs really the best answer to visible panty lines under white pants? To me, the answer was "no." And I wanted to do something about it. @Spanx was really one of the first brands that talked TO the consumer rather than AT the consumer. I wanted it to feel personal, because it was personal. If you're starting a business or inventing a product, it's not about how many investors you have or even how much experience you might have.. it really all starts with how much you care. ??#Entrepreneur #MondayMotivation #Inspiration #Motivation #ICaredTheMost #SPANX

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Today, Spanx boasts a whole line of shapewear and it can be seen in stores across the U.S. including the exclusive Neiman Marcus stores. But she didn’t stop there. To date in 2019, Spanx is being sold in 65 countries around the world!

She now serves as a guest investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” where she began “on the other side,” and she sometimes invests in startups with other female founders. She is estimated to have a net worth of $1.1 billion.

Follow Blakely on her Facebook page to see what she’ll do next.

Summary

We hope you’ve enjoyed this rundown of seven great female entrepreneurs and businesswomen to follow in 2019. We could have picked many others, as women seem to be taking the business world by storm lately. But this will do as a great sampling of what women are doing in the business world today.

If you are a woman and have big goals for the future, don’t despair. There are still plenty of opportunities and industries that are clamoring to find the next Oprah or Cher Wang.

All of these women started with something simple, but they grew their business idea until they made it their own and rose above the crowd to show the world that they were special.

What makes these women unique? As one female entrepreneur said recently, “We’ve got to stop apologizing.” She was referring to the way women tend to feel as though they’ll never catch up to the men who have traditionally help more CEO and entrepreneurial roles than their female counterparts.

The reality is that women and men alike who have strong leadership qualities, a marketable idea, and the desire to pursue it, will likely make it to the top in time.

Must-Follow Responsive Web Design and Branding Tips for 2019

A responsive web design should be your uppermost priority in this digital world if you want to keep your online business on the top of the competition. Not only this, a responsive business website helps you expand audience reach, boosts the conversion rate, keeps users happy and most importantly enables you to appear in more search engine results.

Responsive web design makes a website that can adapt to the screen size of a device that visitor is using to access the website. It optimizes the users’ web browsing experience by presenting them with responsive web pages that fit on all screen sizes.

Have a look at the following essential benefits of a responsive web design that will excite you to turn a non-responsive business website into a responsive one.

A Well-Branded and Seamless User Experience

For every website and business in the e-commerce industry, having a website that appears and feels the same across different mobile devices is necessary for excellent user experience. A responsive design prevents your users from zoom in and out to see the information or details they need. In short, a responsive website designed for a Watch Company will show all the details and information about its products like rolex hulk in a best possible manner without getting the users distracted. You can see how this is all in motion through the screenshot below.

With all of these elements in place it ensures the layout of a website fits properly on different screens to provide users with a seamless web experience. Enhanced user experience is one of the essential business benefits of responsive web design. It will not only keep them engaged on your site but they will come back again and will also tell others about your business or brand. Responsive design also improves brand perception by reducing the bounce rate.

Using Vibrant Colors that Represent Your Brand

If you are going to create a responsive and custom site for your brand or business, you need to make sure it not only has a fancy design, but also one that represents the branding of your logo, messaging, and existing online identity as well. The best accomplish this, it’s important to understand the power of colors in branding and how they each play a role in the consumer emotion and decision process.

For example… have you ever wondered by brands like Coca-cola, Puma and Diesel use red in their design? Here are a few highlights on why.

Red evokes a feeling of passion, intensity, and urgency, with various shades conveying different versions of that feeling. Bright red can invoke feelings of passion and energy, while dark red can be used to give a feeling of authority and luxury. Generally, red commands attention, so it should be used carefully and judiciously.

  • Positive Connotations: It gives a feeling of energy and passion and is very eye-catching.
  • Negative Connotations: Can be seen as overtly bold or aggressive.
  • Suitable for: Food and/or beverage companies. Companies that have a sexy, yet sophisticated, image.  

Mobile Usage and Boosted SEO

As quality content is vital in search engine optimization to rank higher in search engines, responsive web design is important too in order to make your online business appear in more search results. Google recommends business owners and webmasters have a responsive web design in place because Google wants to provide its users with the best user experience possible. That is the reason; a responsive website can boost your SEO efforts to help you chase search engine marketing goals more effectively.

You can learn more about how Google looks at websites differently if they are responsive or not in this article. Not only will Google see and rank your site differently based on these results, they might also penalize your site or keep it lower in the rankings if your site appears differently on various devices. Google also offers a wide range of tools for site owners to check their site structure to make sure it passes all of Google’s viewing requirements.

Fast Loading Webpages are Crucial to Performance and SEO

According to experts, mobile users tend to skip web pages that take more than 3 seconds to load properly because they have short attention spans. And if a website is not optimized for mobile devices, it will take too long to load its pages in full that can cause a higher bounce rate in return. That’s why; responsive web pages are designed with latest performance techniques such as quick caching and responsive image display to make them load quickly on all screens.

If you don’t think site speed is that important, just take a look at these key statistics compiled by Kissmetrics, and how just a few seconds in loading time can make a huge different for a business:

  • 47% of consumers expect a web page to load in two seconds or less.
  • 40% of people abandon a website that takes more than three seconds to load.
  • 73% of mobile internet users say they’ve encountered a website that was too slow to load.
  • 51% of mobile internet users say they’ve encountered a website that crashed, froze, or received an error.
  • 38% of mobile internet users say they’ve encountered a website that wasn’t available.
  • A one second delay in page response can result in a seven percent reduction in conversions.
  • If an e-commerce site is making $100,000 per day, a one second page delay could potentially cost $2.5 million in lost sales every year.

Increase Sales, User Analytics and Scalability

As online shopping is becoming popular day by day, security conscious people are confident while making purchases online by using their mobile devices. According to research, almost 80% of users use their smartphones for online shopping and this number is expected to grow more in years to come. It shows that a website designed for mobile devices can help a business secure more sales than a less-responsive website. When users find a website responsive, they stay longer on the site that will hopefully bring more sales on the way of a business or brand.

Worldwide eCommerce Sales 2014 through 2021 (Image source: Shopify)

At the same time, in this era of digital marketing, it is most important for businesses to know the actual traffic sources and how people spend time on your website. Such information and data can help businesses develop fertile marketing campaigns tailored to the user experience. Having a highly responsive business website significantly simplifies the data monitoring and analytical process for a business. Even analytical tools like Google Analytics can also provide details and data of a site into a single report. In results, a business is better able to see how the different elements of the site are performing on different screens.

The last factor to consider, is that responsive web design offers business various opportunities to support different technologies and screens in years to come. Responsive sites are made with a feature to scale up or down as needed to best fit in the screen of a device the site is accessed from. It also makes it easier for a business or brand to make necessary changes in the web design as per the latest web development trends without spending much.

Adapt to Responsive and Super Fast Speed or Die

Responsive web design is something that became a huge discussion a couple of years back, but there are still millions of websites and blogs that have yet to adapt, or are still lacking in the full optimization of their site and content.

If you feel your site is lagging behind and missing out on lost traffic and higher rankings, be sure to run through each of the factors we mentioned, and have them corrected or improved as soon as possible.

On the flip side, if you have the basics of responsive site design and loading times under control, head on over to our seo marketing site tips to further improve how your site ranks in Google and see if you have all of these SEO optimization and marketing methods in place.

3 Easy Legal Mistakes That Retail Businesses Make

Running a business is no easy feat. Not only are you tasked with creating great products and services, building effective marketing campaigns, and ensuring great customer service, but you also have to handle all the less glamorous behind-the-scenes tasks. Legal procedures are rarely fun to deal with, but they help guarantee that your business is in good standing and that you won’t be risking everything you’ve worked hard for.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20% of small businesses fail within the first year. Within the second year, 30% have failed. And within five years, 50% of all small businesses go under.

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Of course, there are many reasons why these businesses aren’t surviving the infancy stage. Roughly 17% of businesses that failed lacked a business model or plan. But with the right legal actions, you can avoid some costly, crippling mistakes. Here’s what you should avoid:  

Filing Their Business Inaccurately

There are several business entities you can choose to file your business under. Among the most popular include sole proprietorship, limited liability company, C corp, and S corp. There are pros and cons to each, however, filing the wrong way can be catastrophic. For example, a sole proprietorship has no clear distinction between a business and the owner, and therefore, the business owner has zero liability protection. Yet many businesses set their company up this way simply because it’s easy, low-cost, and there are no corporate taxes or double taxation fees. But in a business economy where half of all businesses fail (more depending on the industry), you should take extra precaution. You could lose all your personal assets if your business doesn’t make it.

On the same token, many businesses choose to operate under a DBA, or “Doing Business As.” According to Incfile, “If you are a sole proprietor or cofounder of a partnership and you want to do business with a name that is different from your personal name, you can register a DBA name. This gives your business a certain marketing identity that is separate from your personal name, but it’s not the same as a corporate structure in the eyes of the law.”  Corporations can also do the same to use a different business name that’s separate from the corporation they’ve set up.

However, this can be extremely risky. When you operate under a DBA, you don’t have any official rights to your business name. And business owners that registers a legal entity using the same name would officially own rights to your DBA, which could hurt your marketing, credibility, brand, and bottom line. Similarly, you won’t be protected from your assets and the most you could do is have a business card with your DBA name on it.

Always be careful when it comes to choosing your legal entity. Consult with a lawyer to discuss what’s best for you personally, and what’s in the best interest of your company in the long-run.

Riding the Discrimination Line

Discrimination is a major concern for businesses today, and the line between what’s acceptable and what isn’t can be blurry. Whether you realize it or not, the threat of a lawsuit is real. According to CourtStatistics.org, the median costs of a business lawsuit for small businesses is around $54,000 for a liability suit, and $91,000 for a contract dispute.

There are countless examples of companies who have been sued for discrimination. Some of these companies are larger, and can afford to shell out hundreds of thousands on a discrimination lawsuit, while others could lose their business. IBM, for example, faced a class action lawsuit after three senior employees believed they were let go so that the tech giant could make room for a younger workforce.

The line can become even more blurry. The Wing, a renowned co-working space dedicated to women—faced another lawsuit after it was called discriminatory against men. Although the company’s branding, celeb guest speakers, and offices spaces—which include pink makeup rooms and breast pumping stations—have been consistently touted as a private space for women to work and network with other women, the company recently had to change their membership policy after discrimination complaints. Now, men can technically apply for membership.

If you’re aiming towards a specific target market, or targeting certain demographics, it’s important that you tread the line carefully. Think about who you could possibly be offending, and always err on the safe side.

ADA Compliant Signage

If your store isn’t accessible to handicapped persons, you could find yourself in trouble. Your retail space should include signage that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Handicapped people should have easy access to your restrooms, parking lot, cashier stations, entryways, and fitting rooms. Permanent signs should include Braille, and need to be mounted at specific heights. There are many other rules for compliant signage, and you should take your time learning each of them. Consider hiring a third party company that’s proficient with compliance laws.

Unfortunately, many businesses have lost their companies because they failed to comply with these laws. Case in point: one man based in San Francisco filed lawsuits against a handful of businesses who were not ADA-compliant. These laws are strict, and business owners will almost always lose. There are several serial lawsuit filers who take advantage of this, and then there are others who file out of frustration when they have to deal with non-compliant stores. Therefore, it’s crucial to have your store up to par so you aren’t on the giving end of a settlement.

Billboard Marketing vs. Digital Marketing in 2019

More than 71 percent of customers look at billboard advertisements. That alone might be enough to sell you on a new billboard campaign, but digital marketing is no slouch when it comes to generating leads either. This begs the question: how does billboard marketing measure up against digital marketing?

Here’s a breakdown of both advertising methods: their pros, cons, and what you should take from each.

What Is Billboard Marketing?

Billboard marketing is exactly what it says on the tin: marketing using billboards. The style of billboard has gone through a few changes, with the digital billboard leading the pack in modern times, but the principles are the same. Someone must pass by a billboard in order to see your advert.

Pro: It Targets Local Audiences

If you’re looking to give your brand local flair, then a billboard isn’t a bad choice. It’s hyper-local, so only customers in your area will see it. This is also a great way to associate your brand with a particular location.

Pro: Increases Brand Awareness

It’s not enough to have your brand seen just once; to cultivate proper awareness, an audience must be exposed to a message multiple times.

In marketing, this repetition is called “effective frequency.” It’s the driving principle behind many campaign slogans, and for good reason: it works.

Marketers like to debate the numbers behind effective frequency, but no matter how many times it might take for a message to reach your audience, there’s little doubt that billboards are an effective way to do it.

Con: It Isn’t Measurable

You can make a guess at how many people saw your billboard, but that’s all it would be: a guess. Compare that to digital marketing efforts that provide detailed analytics breakdowns of who saw your ad and what actions they took after doing so.

What about Digital Marketing?

Digital marketing is the practice of advertising goods or services to audiences online. It can take the form of social media campaigns, banner ads, or pay-per-click advertising.

Pro: You’re Able to Better Target Your Campaigns

A billboard is the very definition of a broad marketing strategy. You’re targeting anyone who drives by in the hopes that some of them might be your intended demographic.

Digital marketing, on the other hand, allows you to carefully target your campaigns. You can target age brackets, seller behaviors, or even individual accounts – read more about ABM marketing here.

Pro: More Effective Use of Inbound Marketing Strategies

Billboards are the quintessential outbound marketing strategy, and that’s not a good thing. Inbound marketing techniques not only see higher lead generation rates, but they’re also cheaper.

Plus, inbound marketing costs 62 percent less per lead than outbound techniques.

Con: People Tend to Ignore Online Advertising

As a species, we’re very good at tuning out non-essential details. Unfortunately for your business, that can include ignoring your slick new online campaign.

Four out of five American consumers ignore online ads. This doesn’t mean they’re not worth investing in — you just have to try harder to grab attention.

Billboard Marketing vs. Digital Marketing

At the end of the day, every marketing strategy has its pros and cons. If you want to cultivate local brand awareness, then a billboard marketing campaign will work well. If, however, you’re looking to harness the power of inbound marketing, you can’t go past digital.

Looking to grow your engagement on Instagram? Here are nine ways to do just that.

Instagram Hashtags Strategy: 9 Ways to Grow Engagement on Instagram

Instagram is all of the buzz lately. It’s where kids and audiences want to be, and where content creators and brand advertisers NEED to be.

However, Instagram is unlike any other website, search engine, or social media platform out there.

Having quickly approached well over a billion active users, the platform replies on images, videos, comments and hashtags to create content for their audiences. There is also little-to-no URLs and clickable links on the platform — except for in the author bio and through advertisements on the site.

With all of this in mind, a lot of time, work and effort needs to go into an effectively Instagram marketing strategy.

To help with this process, today we are highlighting a few of the best tools, working methods, and tricks to properly use Instagram hashtags, while reaching new audiences around the world.

9 Useful Instagram Hashtag Tools, Tips and Tricks

  • Use Relevant Hashtags Only

It might seem appealing for you to include a countless amount of hashtags, merely because they are slightly related to your niche. This might also make you think that you are reaching onto a larger audience, however this is often the complete opposite and just makes your content look like a spammy mess. Be careful to select on the necessary and high volume hashtags that are relevant to your audience.

  • Pinpoint the Hashtags Trends for Your Hashtags

If you want to find the best Instagram hashtags, then you need to dive down into smaller niche markets. You can do this by sorting through content manually on the platform, or by using a Instagram hashtags resource site that highlights the top hashtags trending for the day, or around specific topics. 

  • Consider The Strategy Used by the Leaders in the Industry

Now it may be difficult to come up with the perfect strategy to increasing your engagement overnight. In fact, the possibility of this happening is slim! This is why you should watch what the successful leaders in your industry do and try to implement the same strategies, see if they work.

  • Be as Specific as Possible

The reason why you should be utterly specific when it comes to choosing your hashtags is because this notably narrows down the pool of customers. This will make it easier for you to create a highly engaged audience. For example, if you had an axe throwing business and were looking for new customers, take a look at what other competitors in your area are sharing, and also see what hashtags they are using as well.

  • Use Hashtags in Captions and in Comments

Another highly used strategy is incorporating hashtags in captions and in comments. While they are not clickable, the use of a visual hashtag within your videos and images is always a good idea. This will further increase the visibility of your account, granted that you choose your hashtags most sensibly.

  • Consider Your Target Audience

Just as you always consider your target audience before creating an eye-catching Instagram bio, the same goes for hashtags. Hashtags ought to be customized depending on your target audience; otherwise, you won’t manage to achieve your targets.

In addition to creating customized content for your targeted audience, it’s also a good idea to start implementing video into your Instagram marketing strategy as well. When doing so, make sure each video is short, has some type of branding and call to action, and is also something that your audience will enjoy. If not, creating and launching such videos could backfire and just hurt your overall brand and social media presence.

  • Place Hashtags in Your Instagram Stories

Moving on to another tested strategy – namely incorporating hashtags in your Instagram stories. This increases the possibility of your account showing up to a new user, thus, potentially growing your engagement and your base of followers.

  • Incorporate Geographical Tags

Research points out the high efficacy rate of implementing geographical tags, as they do what you expect them to do: increasing your rate of engagement. You can include a location to any video or photo you post.

  • Create Your Own Hashtag

And finally, another approach that will most likely help you reach your goal is to come up with a hashtag of your own, something that is characteristic and representative of your account. Not only will this make for something unique and exciting of your own, it will also make the process of following relevant comments and Instagram updates from other people using your unique hashtag as well.

There you have it: Nine efficient ways in which you can increase the rate of engagement on Instagram by using hashtags sensibly. Remember, hashtags, if used correctly, are the key to growing your account!

If you would like to learn more about growing your Instagram following and improving your branding and marketing efforts, be sure to check out each of the articles below:

How to Make Money with CBD and the OnlineRXMasters Affiliate Program

No matter where you look, everyone is talking about CBD and the hemp industry. Whether it’s on the powerful and natural components of CBD, marijuana legalization, or how to get started with a hemp related business of your own… it seems to be a hot talking point every single day.

In reference to CBD, and why you are seeing it being advertised all over the place, it’s much like how Acai Berries got attention several years ago. However, the difference between the two is that CBD is a component of marijuana — but comes without the THC component (which is what makes you high). Without this component in place, it’s legal for sale online and in most health/hemp retail locations around the world.

As with any hot selling product, there is plenty of money to be made through the use of content creation, ad campaigns, and of course… affiliate marketing.

While CBD is getting a lot of attention, there are some strict guidelines as to who can sell, ship, and promote the product — even when it doesn’t contain any THC components. However, as an affiliate marketer, you can usually avoid most of these problems by simply promoting a trusted website or brand that is already selling such products.

With all of that being said, let’s now take a look at the OnlineRXMasters affiliate program, and how you can start making money with CBD related sales through their platform.

Introduction to OnlineRXMasters

When trying to make money with any type of offer online, it’s all about finding the right affiliate networks and partner programs to sync up with. Often times, it’s better to try and find an affiliate program that is focused in one niche market, versus joining one that just has thousands of offers that are all over the place.

With OnlineRXMasters, it’s all about health related products and CBD. You can learn more about their CBD affiliate program here.

Each affiliate on their platform will have access to the following benefits:

  • WIDE PRODUCT RANGE.
    OnlineRXMasters offers unrivaled opportunities to join the CBD trend and profit regardless of who your audience is. Whether they are into health, beauty, cooking, or pets care, they’ve got something in store for all of them. Not only do they have a number of categories to satisfy each customer, but also they offer an exhaustive list of CBD products to meet all needs and preferences.
  • OUR FULLEST SUPPORT.
    WhenOnlineRXMasters team up as partners, you’re never on your own. CBD affiliates instantly receive the compelling marketing materials, high converting localized websites and tried and true tools. In addition, you will be supported 24/7 by their professional team and get access to the fully transparent statistics.
  • EXCELLENT COMMISSIONS PLANS.
    OnlineRXMasters values their affiliate partnership and want it to work both sides of the street. For this reason,OnlineRXMasters have made their commissions extremely competitive and particularly rewarding. With this CBD affiliate program, the rates are always high, and the payouts are always timely.

After signing up for OnlineRXMasters and getting accepted into their program, you will then have access to their library of offers, where you can then see their top offers and associated payouts. Depending on volume and quality, you may be able to negotiate a higher commission with your affiliate manager.

To learn more about the program, their offers, and to see reviews and ratings from some of their active affiliates, be sure to check out their network profile on AffiliateFix.

How to Make Money with CBD and OnlineRXMasters

Before we start covering the basics of CBD and how to make money with it, you should first know a little bit about the industry. According to recent industry stats, we are looking at these numbers and benefits in the coming years.

As reported by RollingStone, “Experts have predicted that if the cannabis industry expands at its current rate, the American market will reach $20 billion by 2020. But it turns out that one market is spinning off into a mega-industry of its own: according to a new estimate from cannabis industry analysts the Brightfield Group, the hemp-CBD market alone could hit $22 billion by 2022.

And what we also know, is that CBD works for a number of reasons and has a wide range of benefits associated with it as well. Such benefits include:

  • Can Relieve Pain
  • Could Reduce Anxiety and Depression
  • Can Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms
  • May Reduce Acne
  • Might Have Neuroprotective Properties
  • Could Benefit Heart Health

Granted, CBD may or may not work for everyone… but people are very interested in trying it out as an alternative solution to whatever symptoms, pain, or expensive medications they might already be dealing with.

When it comes to making money with CBD products and sales, it’s all about the delivery of information to these audiences that are looking for more info, and then giving them a source where they can make a purchase.

There are several ways to start diving into this industry (while also providing value), such as:

  • Creating a CBD/health related website or blog
  • Running paid traffic and media ad campaigns
  • Starting a Facebook Group on CBD/health
  • Turning industry information into infographics
  • Converting free info into a guide and collecting emails

As you can imagine, it’s all of the usual affiliate marketing methods that will work here. It’s just a matter of knowing who your audience is, and how to target them.

How to Get Started with OnlineRXMasters

Now that you’ve taken some time to learn more about OnlineRXMasters and the many different offers and promotions they have in place, it’s time to join their platform and see how their offers might start working for you.

Once you’ve taken a look at the many different pharmacy and CBD offers they have available, it’s then time to decide on which you want to promote, and how. As mentioned, people are always looking for new information, coupons, brands, and learning tools when it comes to CBD and their own health. If you can build something that provides value to an audience, and offer a CBD product in the process, all the better. Throw some remarketing into the mix and you might be able to turn repeat traffic into additional affiliate revenue.

All you need to do is head over to their site, click on the “Sign Up” link, and wait for approval from their affiliate team. Once this is in place, you can then start promoting any offers on their platform, and also connect with the affiliate manager that will be assigned to your account.

7 Ways Kajabi Has Made the Process of Selling Your Expertise Easy

Time and time again you hear about people making hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even millions, by bringing their expertise and passion online. It’s nothing new, but the way this type of mentality, information, and business model is done on the internet is continually changing.

First off, if you really want to scale your business and get paid a much higher rate for your expertise, you need to have a business model that works for you 24/7. By working a 9 to 5 or on a client-by-client basis, you are limiting your full potential earnings.

The secret to finding success online with courses, consulting, and putting your expertise and passion to good use – is selling access to something you create once, and then selling it over and over again.

This is how some of the top names in the business world are generating thousands of dollars online, consistently, literally while they sleep.

In the past, if you wanted to create something like this you would need to hire a programmer, a designer, and set up a confusing backend platform to manage everything. From courses, to content, to customer billing… it was all a big headache!

One solution that has made this process a whole lot easier, is Kajabi.

Through their simple drag and drop platform, anyone can get started with an online business of their own in a very short period of time, while also only having to put up a small investment in the process.

To learn more about Kajabi and what they have to offer, let’s take a look at seven different ways you can start using their tools and platform to either start a new business, or grow your existing one to that next level!

7 Methods, Tools, and Examples to Grow Your Online Brand or Business

1 – Take it from the experts!

With so many different options out there to choose from when it comes to business software and platforms, it’s always a good idea to go with a solution that is trusted and used by experts within the industry.

This is what you will find with Kajabi, as big names like Chalene Johnson, James Wedmore, Billy Gene, and many others are generating millions of dollars through the platform – while also trusting the solution to power their business.

2 – All-in-one easy to use drag and drop platform

If the idea of not knowing how to get started with a business of your own ever held you back, then Kajabi is a great option for you.

In short, all you need to do is join Kajabi and then decide what type of site, product, service or business model you want to have.

After that, you will get to walk through their easy to follow “blueprint” processes and go live with your site in just a few moments.

Kajabi already has the tools, templates, and backend system in place for you to find success – you just need to customize the look and feel for your business.

3 – Create a course checklist

While Kajabi has a whole slew of tutorials, tools, and software in place to help you grow your business after you’ve joined their platform, they also have goodies for anyone still trying to figure it all out.

One such freebie, is their Create a Course checklist, which you can download for free.

Before turning your business and expertise into a profitable course, be sure to check out this PDF file and add in your own business ideas and see how it all comes together.

Best of all, it’s free and you can work at your own leisure.

4 – Youtube videos and tutorials

We all consume endless hours of video content on YouTube, but all too often it’s being wasted on frivolous stuff like funny cat clips or listening to music.

Kajabi has an excellent YouTube video channel and it’s loaded with tutorials, stories, case studies and more – each with valuable takeaways that can apply to anyone using their platform, or simply has a business of their own.

Not only is it a free learning tool, it’s also great to analyze the potential competition and getting inspired with new ideas in the process.

5 – Learn from the Kajabi heroes

In addition to seeing other industry experts using the software, wouldn’t it be great to see how average people are profiting from the solution as well?

Most definitely, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in the Kajabi Heroes section of the site.

Kajabi is always staying in contact with their customer and documenting their stories and progress as well.

Take a look at each of these customer stories, and maybe have yours featured on their site next!

6 – High converting templates that are ready to use

Again, the concept of hiring a designer or coder is history.

Thanks to the power of platforms like Kajabi, they have done all the work for you and now it’s just a matter of picking which colors, themes, and setups look best for your site.

With plenty of custom-built themes and templates available on their platform, it’s just a matter of deciding which looks best for your community site or project, then customizing it with your own content, brand story and logo.

7 – Membership sites, quizzes and surveys

Anyone can start a business online, but it’s the tools, features, and marketing that will make a big difference.

This is especially true for anyone looking to have their own consulting or online learning course or membership site. Through the use of easy to use quizzes and surveys, you can start generating leads for your business while also having fun and learning about your audience in the process.

Think Buzzfeed… but as a lead generation tool for your business. Implement these same tools and features into your course and discover new ideas on how to improve it even further. You can even use assessments to determine students’ learning retention and to segment them for later upsells and cross-sells.

How to Get Started with Kajabi and Growing Your Business

As you can see, there are plenty of great features that are built right into the Kajabi platform.

Selling online has never been easier, and it’s really just a matter of taking action and walking through the process.

Kajabi plans start as low as $119 a month when paid annually.

At the very least, be sure to check out their site and get some ideas from their free case studies, stories, PDF reports, and more.

Quick Tips to Find eCommerce Marketing Success with Instagram

When it comes to online retail, the competition is very stiff on a global scale. With so many people now going online to make purchases, the number of etail businesses has rocketed over the years. For those who plan to set up a retail business online through platforms such as Shopify, it is important to work out how to make your business stand out and increase exposure.

As a small online retailer, the chances are you don’t have a lot of money to splash out on marketing. The good news is that in today’s digital era, you don’t need a huge amount of money to market your online retail venture and help gain exposure. In fact, you can do is very simply and conveniently through sites such as Instagram and other social media platforms.

What Are the Key Benefits for Businesses?

So, what are the key benefits of marketing your online retail business through Instagram and other social media sites? Well, one of the key benefits you can look forward to is the cost-efficiency of this solution, as you won’t have to spend a fortune to reach out to audiences far and wide. In fact, you can market your business and reach out to audiences with far greater ease when you use social media, and you can do it completely free.

With the addition of ecommerce features and advertising options comes to Instagram, this is only going to expand the growth opportunities even further. If you think Facebook was great for demographic targeting and for ecommerce sales, just want until you see what Instagram has lined up. You can read more on this here.

Another major benefit you can look forward to is saving a huge amount of time and resources. This is particularly beneficial for small and start-up businesses, as they often don’t have the resources and time needed to get involved in complex marketing campaigns. With social media platforms like Instagram, you won’t need to worry about this, as you can market your business with speed and ease.

It is also important to consider the reach that social media offers compared to other forms of advertising and marketing. When you use social media platforms, you can reach out far and wide to a global audience with your message. This means that you can engage your target audience and break into new marketing in other destinations simply by promoting your retail business, products, and services online.

Customer engagement can be very difficult these days, but it is also vital if you want to benefit from business success. By using social media, you can engage your audience with far greater ease. This means you can help to build confidence in your business and brand, which will help to further boost the success of your business.

A Simple Solution for Success

Anyone that runs a Shopify business will be keen to spread the word and let people know about special deals, offers, promotions, and new lines. In addition, they will be eager to build a solid reputation for their brand and business. Well, this provides a simple and effective solution that can help to seal the success of your Shopify business. With digital technology at your fingertips and with so many people spending time online, marketing your business is simpler than ever.

Smart Ways to Generate More Leads for Your Online Business in 2019

“Ways to get more leads” is something crucial that don’t disappear from to-do list of successful business owners because lead generating is one of the foundational elements of developing and growing a business. Revenues of online businesses are usually determined by the number of leads generated. That is the reason; any business or company must be able to generate more leads in order to earn more and to combat the increasing competition in the market.

In this article, we have gathered proven eCommerce lead generation tips that can turn your business website into a lead generation machine.

Create Better Landing Pages

As landing page is a web page where visitors land after clicking on the link found via Google search, an advertisement or from a link added to social media post, it must be appealing and creatively developed in order to turn visitors into leads. High converting landing pages combine the overall layout of the page and compelling copy in a way that builds trust and value in the visitor’s mind.

If you aren’t familiar with the concept of landing pages, you need to be. In short, they are a page that is created with a specific end goal in mind.

To see a live example of this, we can take a look at the two samples below.

Bad Landing Page Example:

Below you will see an ad copy for a company that is looking for new clients… but their advertisement has way too much text and is all over the place. The phone number is very visible, but there is simply way too much content overload here, and the conversions are probably horrible.

Better Landing Page Example:

A much better way to approach the same promotional offer and company, is to build a super clean landing page with a direct call to action. Notice the same image of the kid and day is being used — while also giving a nice testimonial. Also, there is one clear call to action, which is to either call today or click on the button to contact them today.

Source: https://landingi.com/blog/create-landing-pages-that-convert

Email Marketing

Email marketing is one of the best ways to get more leads to an online business. For this purpose, you will need to build an active list by collecting website visitors’ contact details (Email IDs). Once you have successfully made the list, start an email marketing campaign and invite them to visit your landing pages or physical outlet to gather more details about a specific product or service. Providing them with discount coupons via email could be a great tactic to persuade them for purchases.

When creating any type of email campaign, you will need to spend a lot of time on the title and call to actions you have in place. This resource from SendGrid is really great for breaking down how a single title can include urgency, commitment, and personalization all within one line.

Blog with High-value Content

Making a blog for your business website will not only help you boost content marketing efforts but will also make your business appear in top SERPs. Update your business blog with high value and problem-solving content turn your readers into leads. Instead of writing lengthy blog posts, you should use different content forms on your blog such as eBooks, infographics, how-to guides and short videos etc. You can also provide your readers with some free stuff to ask them for their contact details in return that later can be used in different digital marketing techniques like email marketing.

Most bloggers fail to find success with their sites and content, because they are focusing too much on just putting new content out there. Instead, they should be focusing on creating call to actions and using lead generation throughout their site — in relation to their content. Such methods can be done through newsletter signups, one-click upsells, social shares, and using popups throughout your site (depending on when and where your visitors click). You can see a bunch of working examples on how to do this, here.

Turn Social Followers Into Leads

People follow you on different social media platforms because they are interested in something you provide and it could be useful. That’s why it is pretty easy to convert your social media followers into leads. You can add a link of your landing page into your social media bio or run advertisement campaigns such as Facebook ads in order to let them know what you offer and what they must to do to use the offer. The best thing about social media marketing is that you can show your advertisement to the target audience in order to get more leads. You can also choose the audience based on their interests and search history.

Every business and website will have a different need for social media followers, but the end goal is to try and convert those users into revenue and new sales. Zappos is a great example of a company that focused heavily on social media and customer support — thus growing them into the trusted and loved brand they are today.

Optimize Your Site for Mobile

When it comes to generating more leads for online business or brand, optimization of the business website for mobile should be one of the major concerns as more and more people are using mobile devices for web surfing these days. People love to use their mobiles when they are in search of desired products, services or information and a highly mobile optimized website can get more views and leads too. It is an indication that people are thinking about buying stuff when browsing social media and search engines on their smartphones or tablets.

Making sure your site is mobile responsive is very easy — especially if you are using WordPress. If you are selling products, then you might want to customize the process and make sure your content is viewing properly across all mobile devices. WebDesignTeam recommends looking at the following aspects of your site when prepping for mobile traffic and sales.

  1. Planning– One thing to always keep in mind is to plan before producing your work. A good web design firm knows and understands this. You have to sketch out the results that you wish to achieve and prepare a way to success so that you will know when you are on the right track.
  2. Engineering software– Using engineering software, a web design firm knows how to utilize the best aspects of technology to create the perfect site. So the key to achieving this is to focus on getting the best design firm.
  3. Responsive Design– Responsive design can be achieved through a variety of techniques that will help you achieve your goals through your website.
  4. Focus on Navigation– Navigation is important within your design because it makes your site more usable and accessible, no matter what type of device users come in on.

Personalized and Appealing CTAs

One of the vital elements of every digital marketing campaign is the call to action (CTA). It is a tool used to direct potential customers to take the very next step. A personalized and appealing call to action successfully grabs the attention of the visitor and makes the action taking process clear. There must be a great combo of the overall design of the CTA and wording to convince visitors to take an action you want them to take. A/B testing can also help you find out the best performing CTAs for your different landing pages.

If you really want to put some time, effort, and automation/technology into the mix, you should consider creating a few customized ad campaigns through your Facebook Ads and using your mailing list. You can learn more about this method and more at aaronzakowski.com.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Online Marketing Efforts

As you can see, there are some pretty effective and useful ways to start advertising your brand online across different mediums and methods. Depending on the methods you are using, you will find that each of them may convert better/worse than expected.

The most important thing is that you start implementing these methods as soon as possible.

For more winning marketing methods, be sure to check out one of our top email marketing tips posts.

Best Gmail Alternatives for Business Use in 2019

Email is one of the most important aspects of all business in the world today — if not the most important. It’s also the one thing that hasn’t drastically changed over the past two decades. Unlike search, mobile, social media, and online advertising, the core purpose and business of email marketing is pretty much the same.

However, what has changed is the different ways we connect and use email in our daily lives. Looking back, many of us probably had AOL, Hotmail, and Yahoo emails in the previous years. Now all the buzz is around Gmail and other advanced email platforms that not only allow you to better manage your incoming and outgoing emails, but also to better manage your time and productivity as well.

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best Gmail alternatives for business use in 2019.

Groove Shared Inbox

When running any type of business or dealing with important client information, your email is extremely important. Not just for data, but also for daily productivity, growth, and scheduling as well. This is where Groove stands out from the crowd, as their platform actually can improve productivity through canned responses, workflows, and integration with over 25 different platforms (like Trello, Olark, Shopify and more).

It’s also important to note that the platform is ideal for businesses and brands that want to offer collaboration with different teams member in office, or around the world. It’s also ideal for connecting customers to support and tracking teams as well.

It’s also important to note that the platform is ideal for businesses and brands that want to offer collaboration with different team members in office, or around the world, even on mobile. By using Groove, businesses can connect customers to support teams, tracki team members’ performance, and produce advanced reports that help business owners focus on what matters in order to scale.

Microsoft Outlook

At the beginning of this article, we referenced old school email addresses like AOL and Yahoo. For AOL especially, you would need to have the software installed on your computer in order to login. The same was true with Microsoft Outlook — but of course, times have now changed and so has the way they allow users to access and send emails.

With more than 400 million users on their email platform, Microsoft it looking to make email usage better for everyone using their Outlook platform. Benefits and features include free Outlook email and calendar. Along with access to everything you need to be your most productive and connected self – at home, on the go, and everywhere in between.

iCloud Mail

While many of us use Apple products and mobile devices on a daily basis, not many of us are using the email platform that Apple offers to their users. Apple’s iCloud Mail gives each user up to 5GN of free storage space and uploading limited of 20 BM for individual files.

The good news about iCloud Mail, is that you won’t need to create a new email address or be forced into using theirs if you want to create an account — simply sign up using your existing email address and you are ready to go.

Zoho Mail

Zoho Workplace is another popular integrated suite of tools that a lot of businesses are using to improve many aspects of the business. If you are already familiar with the many tools offered from Google (like Gmail, Sheets, Docs, etc), then you will likely enjoy your experience with Zoho as well.

The main benefit to using Zoho Mail over Gmail, is that you will have a better layer of security and won’t have BIG G watching over your shoulder on everything you do. This is especially true with ad placements, as premium accounts on Zoho won’t see any advertisements.

With Zoho Mail you can set up email with your own domain name address, have full access to the control panel for customization, and of course have full access through mobile devices and applications. All of this is available for just $1 per month for 5 GB of space per user, or you can upgrade to the premium version with 30 GB for just $4 per month.

Mail.com Mail

If you were to randomly visit the domain name mail.com, you likely wouldn’t be surprised when you found out it was yet another free email service.

For anyone that wants to stay away from the bigger players in this space, and set up a quite and unique email of their own, mail.com is a great place to get started. What’s unique about this email platform, is that they have secured a wide range of domains that they allow users to register a new email with. A few of the top ones are @mail.com, @email.com, and @usa.com.

The platform is free to use and offers users  the ability to choose from over 200 different domain names, getting access to free and customized apps, having the ability to send attachments up to 50 MB in size, and also allowing users to create up to 10 different alias addresses.

It’s Your Email. Make It How You Want It!

For something as important as your email, you need to make sure you are not only comfortable with the platform you are using, but also with it’s advanced settings and features as well.

It’s also a good idea to upgrade to the premium plan with many of these email providers, as the costs are minimal and the benefits are quite large. For example, every business, brand, and entrepreneur should have an email address with their unique domain name in it, and it’s also a nice benefit to have all advertising remove from your inbox as well.

No matter if you are currently using Gmail, or simply looking for a new look and feel for your email — be sure to check out each of the alternatives above.