A Few or Our Favorite Things

Planning pod is, of course, a resource for small businesses, but we ARE a small business too, and we’re constantly scouring the web to find the best resources and articles to help small businesses grow and succeed.

Thankfully, the web makes it super-easy to share resources, and we’re always excited about sharing! Your success is our success, so keep a look out for our recurring feature “A Few of Our Favorite Things,” and we’ll bring you timely, constructive tidbits.

1. 5 Ways Introverts can Get the Conversation Going on Social Media from blogtrepreneur.com
Let’s face it, not all of us are social animals, but when you’re running a business, networking and forming connections key for success. For those of us who are a little more introverted, social media is a GREAT resource. This article has great tips on how even the most shy marketer can be successful using social media.

2. Desk.Com
No matter what industry you’re in, you’ll likely have customer support, and managing that support well is essential if you’d like to keep your clientele happy. There are TONS of pieces of software out there for managing customer support, but most of them are built for larger businesses that need a lot of complicated features. While (of course) it’s not perfect, Desk.com is relatively easy to use, especially for a business that doesn’t need a huge, complicated customer support system.

3. 6 Tips for better small business branding from Smallbusinessbonfire.com
Branding is important for EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS. The fundamentals of branding are actually pretty simple; the hard part is remembering to be consistent. Everything you do should reflect your brand. Tips like these can help you stay on track.

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