Use Twitter for Competitive Analysis

And make your Twitter account stand out. Twitter partner Union Metrics, a social-media marketing and analytics company, shared some ideas recently on the Twitter Business blog about how to use competitive intelligence to make your Twitter account stand out. While you may be posting regularly and running hashtag campaigns, savvy business owners also use TwitterMore »

Free Service to Check Your Business Credit Scores

And what goes into them Many creditors today are moving away from relying solely on personal credit when judging a business’ financial health, according to Experian, one of the big-three credit reporting agencies, because “personal credit is not considered an ideal predictor of business behavior.” A strong business credit score could mean a higher likelihoodMore »

Message Board

Let’s Celebrate Indie Retail It’s July, and that means it’s Independent Retailer Month. The annual campaign encourages communities to support their local businesses, pointing out that each dollar spent at a local business creates value for the whole community. Your store can build promotions around the campaign; postcards, posters and other materials are available atMore »

“Cherish” Retail: Trending Now

Customers love experiences. What does your store offer? Amazon, subscription services and auto-renewals are making “chore” shopping—routine, essential purchases—easier. But consumers still seek out the experiential side of shopping, says a recent Vend report. They love “the part [of shopping] that involves discovering great products and socializing with others.” This is good news for localMore »