5 Places On The Internet To Get New Ideas For Your Local Business - Part 1
The Internet is a large goldmine of valuable information where you can get new ideas for your local business, but only if you know where to look for it. Here is a list of the top 9 places you can get new ideas to boost your local business.
1. News websites
News websites not only provide up-to-date breaking news, but a whole range of news articles on a wide variety of topics, niches and industries. They cover everything from politics, economics, environment, weather, industry, and health to humor, lifestyle and entertainment. Try reading Yahoo.com, Huffington Post, CNN.com, Time.com and other major news sites.
2. Google Trends
This is the one of the most important tools on the Internet that tells you what topics are being highly searched on any given day. As an astute local business owner, you can easily cash in on hot trends that relate to your local business.
3. Google Shopping
If your local business deals mainly in products, then this is the resource for you. This free tool gives you information on the most popular products in different categories that people are shopping for on Google. Armed with this knowledge you can modify your physical stock to conform to these demands and alter your online marketing strategy to tap into this market.
4. Business websites
There are many high-quality business websites that serve the needs of small and medium businesses. They have articles, stories, and resources tailored for local businesses that will not only educate you but also inspire you. They include sites such as Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Forbes.com among many others.
5. Google Insights
This free tool provides search trends across global geographical locations and time ranges. You can filter down the geographical location to the country, state, city and town. You can also discover the specific times within the week, month or year when searches are highest or lowest. You can also filter your results by category (e.g. automotive, food and drink, shopping, social media etc) and by search type (web, image, news and product search type).
In Part 2 of this article we will look at 4 more places you can get ideas from the Internet to help jumpstart your local business.