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  • Found Coffee has only been open for three years, but it’s already managed to cultivate a community of regulars, thanks to great coffee and the savvy use of customer loyalty. With an eye to design and a focus on specialty coffees, Found Coffee’s warm space showcases a variety of “found” vintage objects—some provided by the […] The post Small Business Spotlight: Found Coffee appeared first on Fivest...

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  • Ready to acquire even more new customers? Look no further than your Fivestars Page. It’s automatically generated for you and waiting for you to customize – a place on the web where customers can discover your business, featured Fivestars deals, and important information. Your Fivestars Page is also search engine optimized, which means that new […] The post Tips to help you make the most of your Fi...

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  • Last month we launched Fivestars Acquisition, a powerful new tool to reach and automatically engage the best kind of new customers—those who love local, and aren’t afraid to show it. If you’re making use of it already, you’re seeing your business showcased on our website, mobile app, and on the Customer Touchscreens of your neighboring […] The post How to make the most of Fivestars Acquisition app...

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  • After a long winter, summer’s finally here, and that’s a reason to celebrate. This summer, you don’t need a holiday as an excuse for a promotion (though if you do need an excuse, there’s always 4th of July). These promotions will help you bring the spirit of summer to your business, and give your customers […] The post Three promotions to celebrate summer appeared first on Fivestars Insights.

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  • Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 13th—and your customers will be looking for a way to celebrate their moms. Even if your businesses doesn’t seem like a natural fit for a Mother’s Day celebration, there are still ways to honor the holiday and help your customers make their moms feel special.   Get snappy Encourage […] The post Sweet Mother’s Day promotions any small business can use appeared first on...

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  • It’s no secret that deals and promotions help bring in more sales. However, it’s also no secret that creating the optimal promotion can be challenging. Giving too much away on a promotion can significantly hurt profit margins, but customers are less willing to go out of their way for a smaller deal. So what does […] The post New research reveals ways to make your promotions more effective appeared...

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  • The holidays are all about giving. Which makes this season the perfect time to reward loyal customers who shop with you year-round. People are more attuned to the spirit of giving during the holiday season. So it’s the perfect time of year to gift your customers with bonus rewards for shopping at your small business. Vicinity makes this easy toContinue reading... The post Use the holidays to ampli...

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  • You turned an idea into a startup business and it’s grown into a going concern. The bootstrapping and hard work has paid off but now it’s time to take things to the next level. If this sounds like your small business, you need to prepare for growth before it happens. Especially if resources are tight and you’ve got a shoestringContinue reading... The post How to scale your small businesses appeare...

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  • Think back to 2011. If your small business was already in business, a competitive advantage was having an e-commerce website that was simple to navigate and easy to buy from. Bonus points for an appealing design and search-engine optimized website copy. But then the social media tidal wave broke. It washed away the Internet as we knew it and madeContinue reading... The post Social selling tips for...

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  • Humans are emotional beings. Research shows that our most primitive section of brain is hardwired to make decisions based on how we feel. Early on as a species, those emotional instincts kept us alive. But nowadays our emotional reflex (ego) drives our behaviour in relationships – including our relationships with consumer brands and the person behind the coffee counter. CompaniesContinue reading.....

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  • As a small-business owner, it’s up to you to find inspiration and stay informed on what’s going on in the working world beyond your doors. That’s where Twitter can be useful. Follow the right people and your feed will become a bounty of important news and sage advice condensed into easily digestible 140-character hits. To get you started, here areContinue reading... The post 7 Must-Follow Twitter ...

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  • As a small business owner you probably interview and hire employees personally. That personal involvement often makes the boss-employee relationships in a small business less formal, which means it can be awkward when you have to discipline staff or let someone go. Large companies have a human resources department trained to handle hiring and firing employees. Without that luxury, smallContinue re...

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  • Running a business means plenty of drudgery alongside moments of success and inspiration. Thankfully, new software programs—which function equally well on mobile devices and desktops—promise to automate some of the grunt work. FreshBooks The Canadian cloud-based accounting platform offers a suite of tools that entrepreneurs will find handy. It has a mobile tool to craft and send invoices right fro...

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  • When you start a small business, you often feel compelled to do every little task yourself. Being the “chief cook and bottle washer” may be necessary in the beginning, to get your small business off the ground. But it can actually hamper your growth in the long term. Taking on work that can be done by your employees (or outsourcedContinue reading... The post 5 tasks to delegate when you own a smal...

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  • Office dwellers have always had to deal with distractions—from a ringing phone to a chatty colleague. But the digital devices have now filled our lives with texts, email notifications and the ever-present temptation of surfing the web. A brave few have enough willpower to ignore the buzzes and bleeps and get stuff done. For the rest of us, there areContinue reading... The post Too many distraction...

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  • Summer is a busy season for many small business owners with retail stores. Longer daylight hours, warm summer nights, and family vacations can mean greater odds of having customers browse through shops in your neighbourhood. Harness that potential business and attract more customers with a store that’s ready for summer. Here’s how: Hire more people. The last thing you wantContinue reading... The p...

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  • At Fivestars, we’re always looking for more ways to bring customers into your store with one powerful marketing program. While we’ve historically focused on loyalty and retention, we know that attracting new customers is also vital, so we are excited to announce Fivestars Acquisition, a new way to automatically reach customers nearby and bring them […] The post Fivestars Acquisition: a new way to ...

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  • For many of your customers, Tax Day has always been a dreaded date on the calendar. This year (Tuesday, April 17th), help your customers unwind. These Tax Day promotion ideas are sure to do the trick for your small business. Hire an in-store masseuse A good neck and shoulder rub can help even the most […] The post Tax Day promotion ideas that your customers will love appeared first on Fivestars In...

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