Posts by Larry Alton

About Larry Alton

Larry Alton is an independent business consultant specializing in social media trends, business, and entrepreneurship. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

10 Tools Marketers Can Use for Better Results

Marketing isn’t an exact science. Often, it’s more trial and error to see what works for consumers. But it’s not all guesswork. In fact, marketers can use several tools to take out much of the guesswork. Here are a few …

Four Essentials in Establishing an Effective Money-Making Blog

Many people are turning to ecommerce to make their fortune. The process of starting a blog or building an online shop seems simple from the outside. In reality, the process of setting up any of these ecommerce platforms is incredibly …

How Storytelling in Marketing Generates Happy Endings

Think back to when you were a kid. Did you love having your parents read you bedtime stories? Do you have fond memories of crowding around grandma while she read a few tales from her collection? There’s an important lesson …

Personal Or Professional? Choosing A Twitter Format

Setting up a Twitter account for your business seems like it should be a fairly straightforward process, but when you get to that first box asking for your name, what do you enter? Although the account is for professional purposes, …

The 3 Best Social Networks for Startups

Social media marketing is a necessary, but overwhelming responsibility for startups to take on. However, with so many different social networking sites, how do you know which ones to use and which ones are better left for another day?

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Here’s Why You Need to be Sending Email Newsletters (and a Few Tips)

Website: Check. Landing page: Check. Social media: Check. PPC ads: Check. Email newsletter: Wait, what?

If you’re like thousands of other marketers, you’re fully invested in social media and conversion funnels. However, you probably haven’t thought twice about email marketing, …

4 Traits That Make You a Better Online Marketer

Marketing is a quickly growing career field that offers a variety of great opportunities. Furthermore, online marketing has taken off in the last decade and become one of the most costly and important ventures for businesses of all sizes.

The …

Gift Marketing: How to Not Be Creepy

Gift-giving may be the next big thing in the marketing world. Different from coupons and promotions, gifts are given to potential customers or influencers to get their attention. They can serve a number of purposes, ranging from a thank-you to …

11 Ecommerce Website Tips for Startups

Starting an online business isn’t easy, especially given the extensive competition out there. It feels as if you can’t spit without hitting another business that’s offering the same products and services as you.

Though competition is a challenge, the majority …

4 Ways for Franchise Owners to Leverage Social Media

For most business owners, especially new entrepreneurs, social media is a mouth-wateringly powerful tool. It can instantly connect your brand with millions of people all over the world, give you key insights into your target market, and best of all—it’s …