Brandon LaVere: Pushing for #1

We recently caught up with Brandon LaVere, owner of LaVere Web Design, a web design agency based in the metro area of Phoenix. You can find LaVere Web Design on Facebook, Calendly and Google Maps.

The who:

Looks like you’re launching a new website for your business. Congrats! Is that a symptom of leveling up your operation, or more of an overdue task? 

I’m always pushing myself to stay on top of the web development world by producing the latest and greatest website, to showcase to my customers what LaVere Web Design is capable of delivering. In 2021, customers will be able to experience a website where animation and design explore new levels of creativity and practicality.

You’re based in the Phoenix area, which has changed enormously over the last decade or so. Has that affected your business in any way? 

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2021 tax calendar for small business owners

This article was originally published on Jan. 3, 2019, and was updated on Jan. 8, 2020 and Jan. 4, 2021. 

This content should not be construed as legal or tax advice. Always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation.

As a small business owner, it can feel like tax deadlines constantly sneak up. Quarterly estimated taxes? Sending 1099s to contractors? Income tax day? It can be all too easy for busy business owners to overlook the tax calendar, missing a due date and facing a penalty.

And then there’s COVID-19. The pandemic threw the 2020 tax calendar into a frenzy, with the usual April 15th due date moving forward two months to July 15, 2020. The good news is that, as of right now, all tax deadlines for 2021 remain unchanged.

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Free stuff to give clients: An ecommerce promo calendar for their site

Launching an online store for your client means celebrating the end of a long, often challenging job. But it’s also an opportunity to add value to services rendered. More so than with other websites, the ecommerce site presents an ongoing list of necessary tasks — and marketing is a high-ranking item, whether that by email or other channels like social.

Add a little more value to your services by giving clients this ecommerce promo calendar for the site you just completed (or use it as a reason to check back in with them). This U.S.-based calendar includes key dates for each month of 2021, as well as recommended start dates for the campaigns.

Encourage your clients to kick off their own campaigns with the email template provided below, and then reference the ecommerce promo calendar or upload it to their email platform.

The email template

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6 marketing trends to watch for 2021

2020 was a chaotic year, especially when it came down to traditional marketing strategies. But while we saw plenty of business and marketing changes in 2020, it’s time to also look at new trends emerging for 2021. Here are six key marketing trends to watch for your business.

6 marketing trends that will shape the year ahead

Jump on these marketing trends to make 2021 a banner year for your business online.

  1. Personality and connection-based marketing.
  2. Social media shopping.
  3. Focus on UGC and micro-influencers.
  4. SEO shifts to featured snippets.
  5. Optimize for page experience to improve SEO.
  6. Third-party cookie changes.

From changes in SEO to diving into social media shopping, let’s get started.

1. Personality and connection-based marketing

Since 2020 pushed so many of us to social distancing and even quarantine, building personal connections – yes, even with businesses – is more critical than ever. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, customers … Read more

5 marketing resolutions for 2021

Resolutions aren’t just about reading more books or getting to bed earlier or finally breaking your addiction to oatmeal creme pies. Resolutions, like the marketing resolutions here, are also great tools to help you make critical decisions and improvements in your business.

Try out these marketing resolutions

Here are five marketing resolutions to make in your business for 2021:

  1. Trust the data.
  2. Align your content.
  3. Try something new.
  4. Manage your planning.
  5. Reduce, reuse, repurpose.

Let’s get started!

Resolution 1: Trust the data

When you’re caught up in your business’s day-to-day activities, it can be easy to start relying on your gut instinct to see what’s working (and what’s not).

In 2021, resolve to review and act on the in-depth data available from your marketing systems. Here are some key things to look at:

  • Overall website traffic: Are you getting more or less traffic to your website? Are your site
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