With the majority of businesses in the North East now working remotely – we’ve joined forces with Digital Allies to look at tips to help you run your business from your phone.

Here’s why we think you should consider joining the world’s biggest professional network. LinkedIn is the world’s leading professional social network, figures released in June 2019 stated that there were more than 650m members on the platform. As a result, its influence on the business world cannot be ignored. It remains one of the best places online to connect with likeminded business people and share updates about your professional achievements.

PR and Social Media are both critical components of the marketing plan of all small businesses. They are both looking for independent people to make comments about your business, and as a result, help you to increase sales.

Marketing can be one of the first things companies strike off when they’re just getting started or facing financial struggles. We don’t think that’s necessarily right - if you need new customers you need to be promoting your organisation to those very people. Marketing is the way you do that.

Initially emerging in the mid 90s, Pay Per Click marketing has rapidly developed into a hugely significant online advertising channel, helping businesses across the globe increase their leads, sales and overall traffic.

I spotted a really interesting article in Marketing Week by Mark Ritson which shows how Radiocentre and ebiquity’s new 2018 report shows marketers’ perceptions about which channels perform best, versus the reality. The results show that marketers are really missing a trick when it comes to putting all their eggs in one basket and investing their entire budget in digital.

Marketing a small business can be time-consuming and costly, and if you have a small or non-existent budget, the task of bringing in new customers can be even tougher. In this Business Bullet for NBSL, we've rounded up five ways to get more out of your marketing budget.

Writing a bid for the first time can seem like a daunting task, however following a few simple rules can increase your chances of success and keep your stress levels to a minimum.

The public sector are actively encouraging SMEs to bid for contracts. Self-certification, framework agreements, value bands and lower thresholds are all steps that have been introduced by the government to extend contract opportunities to SMEs.

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