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Karen Robertson

Robertson: Learning from championship advertisers

A lot of folks are still talking about Super Bowl LI, from the final score to memorable advertising and marketing moments. As a small business owner, you may think none of this football buzz applies to you.

ROBERTSON: Recent Google updates impact local businesses

Google released several algorithm updates from September to November 2016, causing major rankings changes for businesses of all types, including local businesses. Below are some guidelines to determine if your website was affected by these updates and steps to recover lost rankings or website traffic.

Robertson: Small businesses can learn from holiday marketing

Does Black Friday still have an impact on consumer spending? Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving was viewed as Black Friday and considered the official first day of the holiday shopping season. In recent years, however, Black Friday has morphed into something else and caused some to question its relevance.

ROBERTSON: Businesses can show appreciation, build goodwill throughout November

Choose to turn these challenges into opportunities. You can make it happen simply by showing appreciation and support for a special event. Just be sure to properly plan and communicate with your current and potential customers.


ROBERTSON: Savannah businesses use 'old-school' creativity to solve storm's challenges

Local businesses used “old school” methods, social media and creative problem solving in the first few days after Hurricane Matthew.

ROBERTSON: Take lessons from Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine has come and gone. Although the Savannah area was fortunate not to experience any serious injuries or fatalities due to the storm, we did have our share of challenges, from debris to loss of power to closings.

ROBERTSON: Can Olympics work for your business?

As a small business owner, you can still find a way to take advantage of the 2016 Olympics while staying within your budget. Just be creative and tap into the hype by targeting brand influencers. 

Small, medium-sized businesses can find free help

Small and medium-sized businesses can benefit from free help. It’s easy to be skeptical of free help. However, if you can benefit from learning something new from successful experts such as Google, why not?

Just Business: Protect yourself by upgrading Windows

As you make your summer plans, be sure to schedule an important deadline for your business: July 29. Why? Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 through that date.

Just Business: Facebook's video, ad changes can help your business

As a business owner, you may still question if Facebook can work for you. After all, there is not a “one size fits all” approach to any business. But if you are looking for cost-effective and results-oriented ways to promote your business, you should consider Facebook videos and advertising.

ROBERTSON: Just Business: How to give back when money is tight

Whether your business is large or small, you need to be a part of the community. It is no secret that many great things can be accomplished when people work together to help others, whether by donating time, money or products.

ROBERTSON: Just Business: Consider adding Facebook to ad plan

If you are looking at your advertising budget and wondering how to stretch those dollars, consider Facebook. Why? Just check out the numbers and the benefits.

ROBERTSON: Just Business: How to understand Google's results

Three main factors that cause varying results and could give a “false positive” to your business search engine ranking are personalized search, geographic location and device preference. Let’s take a look at each of these three factors.

ROBERTSON: Just Business: Business marketing requires big focus

Marketing your business doesn’t have to be complicated, yet it can be overwhelming to create and implement a strategy when new trends and better technology innovations continually emerge.

ROBERTSON: Digital changes to business and the web

No business should have to deal with a website crashing because of overload. That’s one reason why it is important to have webhosting that is scalable, operates on a powerful server, has stable network connections and a 99.5 percent and above uptime score.

ROBERTSON: 'It's the most wonderful time of the year'

As the classic song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Each year, some folks get stressed, especially when it seems the holiday season gets here faster and ads appear as early as September.

ROBERTSON: Try these tactics for biz marketing

Take a fresh look at your business-to-business marketing and consider some tactics that really work.

It is important for businesses to keep looking forward.