5 Free Tools to Operate, Market Your Business



Are you on a really tight budget as you run and market your business? 

Ordinarily, I’m big on appearances – creating professional first impressions. But some free tools can suffice well. 

bc stockimages at www.freedigitalphotos.netWhether you’re a startup or established company needing services that work well but your budget is tight, you might wish to consider five free tools: 

– Organization of tasks

– Email newsletters

– Manage your social media

– Spy on your competitors

– Distribute Internet press releases 

Yes, the services also offer paid plans with bells and whistles without the companies’ logos.

But the free services are easy-to-use and work well. 

Here are five tools: 

1. Wunderlist, www.wunderlist.com, can help you get organized in every phase. You can create separate lists, and within your lists you can prioritize your responsibilities. You can use it just about anywhere on your Android, iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC. What’s more, you can share your lists with anyone.

This also means you can see how your employees are prioritizing their work, and get valuable input from your mentor.

2. Mailchimp, www.mailchimp.com, is an e-mail sender. Moreover, you can customize your approach with MailChimp’s designs, and get a simple analysis of your customers. You can leverage your social media, too.

“With MailChimp’s Forever Free” plan, you can send 12,000 emails a month to a list of up to 2,000 subscribers, but there are a few features that are only available to users with paid accounts,” according to Mailchimp’s Web site.

3. Hootsuite, www.hootsuite.com, will help you with your social networking. Hootsuite will build, monitor, engage and analyze your social activities.

4 KeywordSpy, www.keywordspy.com, will check out your competitors on their use of key words in marketing their Web sites. This will give you ideas on search engine marketing and optimization. It helps to eliminate the guessing on keywords.

5. PRlog, www.prlog.org, is a search engine press release service that will distribute your messages online and will provide an authoritative link to your site. You can designate categories and key words. You can insert your logo and picture. In your press release, you can insert as many as three links to your site.

PRlog.org will display your contact information and business profile, and provides an online pressroom of your releases. Almost immediately, your press releases are published on Bing News. It’s also respected by Google. For a nominal charge, PRLog.org provides a premium service. (Note: This portal has benefitted from PRlog.org as a search-engine optimization tool.) 

From the Coach’s Corner, here are more resource links: 

Checklist: 14 Strategies to Rock on Google —  Periodic changes in Google’s search criteria and algorithms have indeed hurt many Web sites. But it’s possible to bullet-proof your site’s prominence on Google by taking 14 precautions, which is worth your time and energy. Google has perennially owned about a 66 percent search-market share in the U.S. and a 90 percent share worldwide.

Why B2B Marketers Like Content Marketing – Study — B2B marketers ostensibly get a satisfying return on content marketing because that’s the preferred choice for 82 percent of respondents in a survey. Content Marketing is now a more popular marketing tactic than search marketing, public relations, events, or print/TV/radio advertising,” wrote the study’s authors.

Best Practices to Manage Your Global Brand, Web Reputation — As you no doubt know, the digital age has brought new challenges and opportunities. Best practices are critical in order to maximize your Web presence and to manage your online reputation.

Need PR, But No Budget? How to Leverage News Media — Social media is OK for promotion. But for blockbuster publicity, play a marketing trump card. Here are do-it-yourself tips for public relations.

Are You Hungry for Marketing Ideas to Expand Your E-mail List? — If you’re a WordPress blogger, you know it’s easy to compile an e-mail list. You’ve got ready built-in resources for signups to your feed/atom or feed/RSS on your site. It’s a fairly simple process but it’s not so easy with a standard Web site.

“In marketing I’ve seen only one strategy that can’t miss – and that is to market to your best customers first, your best prospects second and the rest of the world last.” 

-John Romero


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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.





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Seattle business consultant Terry Corbell provides high-performance management services and strategies.