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Say Goodbye to 2020 and Hello to 2021

The year 2020 has been one heck of a year — there is no other way to describe it. We have all seen things we have never seen before. We have made adjustments in business and in life like we never thought we’d ever see.

Honestly, we could not have imagined a year like this past year or living our lives and operating our businesses like we have these past several months since the start of the pandemic. But the human spirit is resilient and strong, so let’s push forward into 2021 the best way we know how and make it our most spectacular year yet!

Business success is important for the health and wellness of your family. Finish strong in 2020 and keep your momentum in 2021.

Your digital presence should be a priority for your business in the world of internet searches, mobile phones, laptops, and tablets. Start 2021 in a great position to be found online by prospects!

If you like end-of-the-year lists like we do, you will love this! Check out these helpful resources.

Top 14 Digital Marketing Tips to Move Your Business Forward

1. Social Media  Take the opportunity now to grow your social media presence.
2. Email Marketing  Stay connected and top-of-mind with clients and prospects.
3. Website  The hub of all your marketing activities, all marketing efforts should lead back to your 24/7/365 “salesperson”, which is your website.
4. Mobile Marketing  Be sure your website is optimized for mobile viewing.
5. Google My Business  An extremely easy step, Google My Business is vital to prospects finding your business online, organically.
6. Blogs  Create new content often and help establish your expertise and thought leadership to help optimize organic search results.
7. SEO  Invest in SEO marketing efforts, especially local SEO for kitchen and bath companies.
8. Keywords  Take the time to research the keywords prospects are using to search for companies that provide the services you provide.
9. Social Media Groups  Join Facebook Groups and meet people you have never met before, who may also be prospects.
10. Guest Posts  You can take an opportunity to capitalize on the traffic of well-established industry websites and demonstrate your own expertise by writing a guest blog post.
11. Video  People remember visuals and video is a popular medium today. YouTube is the second largest search engine, second only to Google.
12. Digital Ads  Invest in online ads, which allow you to target specific audiences beneficial to your business.
13. Photo Gallery  The kitchen and bath business is all about beautiful projects – be sure your website helps prospects imagine their dream kitchen or bathroom with stunning photos.
14. Content Marketing  Content, content, and more content. Prospects do a lot of research before picking up the phone to talk to you. This can also include video and photos.

More information is available in these links:

7 Digital Marketing Tips for Small Businesses in 2020

12 Top Digital Marketing Tips

23 Amazing Online Marketing Tactics for Small Businesses With Low Budgets

26 Ideas for Your 2020 Small Business Marketing Strategy

Top Digital Marketing Strategies for Small Business

Professionals in all industries, who are accustomed to working in physical office space with colleagues on a daily basis, made big adjustments in their professional daily routines and began to work from home. These adjustments came quick, with no notice, and they were broad in scope. We went from working 5 days a week in the office to full-time working from home. Even as the months pass, there are still many working remotely, even if it’s a partial work from home and work in the office combination. Using the right technology tools can keep your business progressing smoothly during these crazy times.

Top 14 Tools for Remote Work, Collaboration, and Working in a Post-COVID World:

1. Slack  For instant communication and collaboration with your team.
2. Zoom, GoToMeeting, Bluejeans, Webex, Skype, Google Hangout  Among others for videoconferencing with your team or customers and prospects.
3. Asana, Trello  For project management that can be used by the whole team.
4. Google Drive, DropBox  For file management for all the team to utilize.
5. Calendly  For easy time management with your team, customers, or prospects.
6. Hootsuite  For social media scheduling.
7. HubSpot  For a fully loaded CRM system.
8. Zendesk  For live chat on your website.
9. DocuSign  For contract management, especially with an increase in virtual meetings in the kitchen and bath industry.
10. WordPress  For easy to use professional website building that has great SEO optimization features.
11. MailChimp, Constant Contact  For email marketing, easy and inexpensive tools to use for your business.
12. Google Suite (G Suite)  For easy collaboration with your team, the suite includes Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, and Google Slide, among other free Google tools.
13. Microsoft Office  For team office and collaboration tools, Microsoft Office includes Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Teams among other tools.
14. DesignAlign™  For kitchen and bath showrooms, business owners, designers, and design/build firms. Simplify the proposal process, significantly reduce time spent on preparing proposals, and actively engage the customer in determining the project budget.

There are many more tools available – check out these resources:

The 50 Best Tools and Software for Small Businesses (Free & Paid)

10 Invaluable Tools for Running a Small Business

Working Remotely? Try These 36 Tools for Better Communication, Collaboration & Organization

Small Business Tools to Ramp Up Productivity

7 best video conferencing tools of 2020

Zoom alternatives: Best video conferencing software for business

Staying informed and constantly learning new things is a practice that all business owners should make a priority. Make it a daily practice and you will not be sorry. Check out these valuable resources.

Top 20 Business Articles:

Productivity

1. 3 Simple Ways to Stop Procrastinating the Work You Don’t Want to Do

2. 4 ways to beat the winter blues and stay productive all winter

3. How to Perfect the Skill of Listening

4. 15 Productivity Tips to Help Small Business Entrepreneurs Succeed

Work from Home

5. How to Protect Your Privacy When Working From Home

6. How to Succeed in Your Office Job When There Is No Office

7. 11 Tactics To Stay Connected In A Quarantined World

8. How to Host a Virtual Networking Event

Leadership

9. Seek “Simple” To Become A Better Leader

10. How Psychological Safety Actually Works

11. How to Manage an Employee Who’s Struggling to Perform Remotely

12. How to Boost Your Leadership Emotional Intelligence

General Business

13. How to Get Smarter Every Day, According to Neuroscience

14. The P.E.O.P.L.E Factor

15. 12 Free Online Small Business Resources You Shouldn’t Ignore

16. 17 Tips For Online Small Business Owners

17. 15 Small Business Management Tips That’ll Save You 40 Headaches Everyday

18. 11 Game-Changing Tips for Small-Business Owners

19. 5 Tips for Expanding Your Small Business (The Right Way)

20. 10 Years of Small Business Tips

Who else likes reading great business books? The year 2020 has provided some great reading. Head into 2021 with your reading list ready to go, some old and some new. Always be learning!

Top 203 Business Books:

1. The 10 Best Business Books of 2020, According to Amazon

2. Top 20 Books You Need To Read To Crush 2020

3. The 20 Best Business Books of 2020

4. The Best Books of 2020

5. 101 BEST Business Books of All Time (2020)

Top 5 Articles on Dealing with Stress:

1. Coping with Stress

2. Ways to Manage Stress

3. Dealing with Stress – Ten Tips

4. 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress

5. 7 Ways Mentally Strong People Deal With Stress

Let’s end this post with some fun. It’s the holiday season and we have all learned to order things we want online. Here are some fun websites where you can order different foods from around the world. Imagine pizza from Naples (Italy, not Florida) or a NYC bagel (the absolute best!) or a delicious lobster roll sandwich (directly from Maine). Enjoy!

All of us at SEN Design Group wish you and your family the happiest of holidays. Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year!

Fun Foods That Can Be Delivered to Your Home:

1. Talia Di Napoli  Pizza directly from Naples, Italy

2. H&H Bagels  A real NYC bagel

3. McLoons Lobster Shack  Maine Lobster Roll Kit – 4 Pack

4. Eastern Standard Provisions  Delicious soft pretzels with a variety of salt toppings

5. Key Largo Fisheries  Delicious Stone Crab delivered to your home (fresh in-season)

6. Goldbelly  You can order pretty much anything delicious from anywhere in the U.S.