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  • Writer's pictureKayla Stinnett

From Social Media to Email Marketing: The Best Tools for Small Business Marketing

Instagram, SMS Marketing, TikTok, Google Ads, and everything in between - there’s a ton of marketing tools out there vying for your attention. But when marketing your small business, you have to be smart about what’s in your marketing toolkit. Let’s focus on a few of the best tools for marketing your small business in 2024.


Social Media Marketing

With over 3 billion active worldwide users on social media, it’s no surprise that it’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “marketing.” Social media marketing has evolved into a dependable tool for small businesses, but you can do a few things to engage with your customers and amplify your brand. Here are some essential tips:


  • Make sure you choose one or two platforms and stick to them.

  • Set up a schedule to keep you consistent with your content strategy.

  • Have trouble creating content? Schedule a monthly content day where you note key holidays, create graphics, and film videos.

  • Remember, when it comes to engagement, talk to your audience and not “at” them. You want to be conversational.

  • Speaking of engagement, try saving FAQs on the back end of your account. It’ll make engagement that much easier.


Email Marketing

Email marketing isn’t dead. In fact, it’s a tool that enables direct communication with customers and fosters long-term relationships. Its benefits include enhanced customer loyalty, higher open rates, and improved conversion rates.


Mailchimp, Constant Contact, and Sendinblue are some of the top email marketing tools. However, your website may offer easy-to-use email software with features such as email templates, list segmentation, and automated campaigns.


If you’re new to email marketing (or just need a refresher), here are a few tips:


  • Experimentation is your friend! Try different days, times, and email formats.

  • Make sure you set up a schedule for your email campaigns. Are you sending an email once a month or weekly?

  • Collect inspiration from emails that you love! I personally love Really Good Emails.


Content Marketing

According to MailChimp, content marketing is a marketing strategy for attracting, engaging, and retaining an audience by creating and sharing relevant articles, videos, podcasts, and other media. It’s an effective way to build brand awareness and establish your business as an industry leader.


Content marketing includes blog posts, videos, podcasts, infographics, or pretty much any content created to market your business. The key here is to be thoughtful about the content you create and ensure that it satisfies one of three needs: to educate, inspire, or entertain. And, of course, make sure it’s conversational.


Content marketing tools include Canva, Grammarly, and BuzzSumo. These platforms can help you create high-quality content, optimize it for search engines, and track its performance.


Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Small Business

Search engine optimization (SEO) is optimizing your website to improve its visibility on search engines like Google. It’s an essential tool for small businesses, as it can help you attract more organic traffic and generate more leads.


But let’s be clear - SEO is a long-term investment that is one of many tools in your marketing mix, but it is not the answer to all your marketing woes.


When choosing a platform to manage your SEO efforts, make sure it offers a range of features, including keyword research, backlink analysis, and site audits. And make sure to set up a reminder to check in on your SEO quarterly (if not monthly).



About the Author, Kayla Stinnett: Kayla Stinnett is a self-described chef, gin lover, and rambling woman. With over eight years in the marketing world, she’s the CEO of Iron City Social, HBIC at Quake Plus Size, and Managing Partner + CMO of Stargazer Brewing Company.


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