7 great free templates for business planning, marketing strategy and productivity

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Tried-and-true formats to explore, plan and streamline business Yes, FREE. I know. I know. We all get excited when we get stuff for free. Well, I’m sharing templates with you that I’ve developed for myself because I couldn’t always find what I wanted out there. 1. Sharpen business focus through discovery Over 100 questions to help […]

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Marketing asset management made easy

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Find content fast with inventory tracking Content management gets complicated quickly when teams generate volumes of messages and posts are repurposed frequently. It’s also important to document the source of content, especially when generated outside the company, such as interviews hosted externally. Proper documentation will save hours and possibly the need and expense of complete […]

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Protect your business with proper disclosures & disclaimers

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Display marks and notices to earn trust Earn the trust of customers, partners, industry and government by displaying credentials of compliance and disclosures of affiliations as well as trademarks and copyrights to appropriately safeguard your organization. Post appropriate notices to protect products, intellectual property, copyrights and trademarks conspicuously on web sites. Certain products and services […]

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Basic business contracts: Non-disclosure agreement

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One of the first documents any new company needs is a standard non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to protect its intellectual property, processes and plans. Confidential information shared with partners, vendors and employees should be under terms of a legal contract. The inestimable damage when information is provided to competitors or made public could devastate a company’s […]

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Marketing success: track trends in analytics

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Start with benchmarks Performance statistics help companies adjust efforts to constantly improve. Regular reporting and review, weekly or monthly, demonstrates progress and weak areas. You will have various reports that provide excruciating detail for each service that you use: Google Analytics, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter including traditional media. Certainly, pull and analyze these individual statistics. But […]

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How nonprofits make grant writing easy

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Preparation and organization are key to expeditious fund applications Many nonprofits are unable to turn around a grant application quickly. With a little thought, preparation and organization, any nonprofit can crank out a response and submit a request easily. Funders can be finicky about the format they prefer for proposals. It’s critical to meet every […]

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Improve business innovation with mind mapping

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Take brainstorming to a new level Mind mapping opens up limitless possibilities to detail steps required to accomplish a goal that can culminate in thoroughly vetted plans of action. Pictures facilitate individuals and groups to explore notions in greater detail, identify missing parts and take concepts further. Here are just a few ways that visualizing […]

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Diagram your customer lifecycle

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Discover additional sales opportunities and needs As you diagram the lifecycle of your customers interactions with your company, processing the nurturing activities to gain a registration or purchase, solicit further purchases, answer questions, resolve issues, respond to reviews and request testimonials, you’ll identify various additional offers and marketing assets you will need to conduct operations. […]

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Calculate your marketing budget

Estimate allowable funds to acquire each sale Before you begin any marketing initiatives, you’ll need to figure out the amount that you can afford to spend to acquire a sale. Many businesses devote a percentage of sales to their marketing budgets. However you arrive at a cost-per-order goal, the exercise to review and estimate costs […]

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