Tuesday, 15 November 2022
Life as a small business owner can be go, go, go, leaving some with little time to devote to meticulous planning on a regular basis. At takepayments, we’re here to help, with our five must know and easy to implement budgeting tips for small businesses, plus some handy hints for you to have in your arsenal both now, and in the future.
Friday, 11 November 2022
Holidays are coming… But is your pub or restaurant ready for them?
Tuesday, 01 November 2022
The benefits of effective digital marketing can be vast, but it’s a world that’s constantly evolving thanks to the rapid advancements being made in the technology arena. Because of that, it’s a good idea for small business owners to keep on top of the ever-changing developments so they can- try to stay one step ahead of the competition.
Wednesday, 26 October 2022
It's time to start planning your Christmas promotions in time for the holiday season in order to help ensure it’s the most successful one yet. A properly thought out promotion could help you bring in the big bucks - more customers, more sales, more money in your back pocket - but how do you get it just right?
Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Whatever your size of business, providing helpful and efficient customer support should be near the top of operational priorities. It used to be the case that small business owners would need to invest substantial amounts of their yearly budgets into providing such a service, but thanks to introduction of new technology, this is no longer the case. By embracing tech, and apps in particular, small business owners could make things easier on themselves, their employees and their customers. In this article, we'll look at one such platform all SMEs could be utilising as part of their approach to customer support: WhatsApp Business.
Thursday, 01 September 2022
UK Finance, an industry body for financial and banking sectors, has released their latest report on the state of payments and consumer behaviour — Payments Market Findings 2022 — and it contains plenty of interesting reading for small business owners up and down the land. It's a hefty report but don't worry, we've gone through the entire thing and distilled the most important information for our SME professionals. Let's take a look at what you need to know...
Thursday, 01 September 2022
Although it’s originally a (crazy) American tradition, Black Friday has made it over the pond and is fast becoming a huge shopping day here in the UK too - this year, it falls on Friday 25th November with Cyber Monday following on November 28th. Research suggests UK shoppers are estimated to spend a whopping £3.95 billion on Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year and naturally, business owners want a slice of that pie. So, we’ve put together nine nifty tips on how you can prepare for one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
Monday, 01 August 2022
Google Digital Garage is a collection of online courses that teach digital marketing skills. The courses are designed to help small business owners and entrepreneurs learn how to use digital tools to grow their businesses. The curriculum covers topics such as creating a website, using social media for marketing, driving traffic to a website, and measuring the results of digital marketing campaigns. Google Digital Garage courses are free to use, and most of the courses are self-paced. So, you can learn at your own pace and in your own time. There are also quizzes and exercises to help you apply what you learn in each course. And if you have any questions, you can ask the Google Digital Garage community for help.
Tuesday, 26 July 2022
There are social media platforms for every niche and interest nowadays. From the big four of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to newer platforms like TikTok and Twitch, businesses have more opportunities than ever before to reach consumers with their message. Take Shein, for example. The online retailer has built a massive following on Instagram by sharing images of their products in action, often using influencers to promote them. Fenty Beauty took a similar approach on Snapchat, using short video clips to show off their products in use. And Dollar Shave Club built an empire by creating hilarious videos that went viral on YouTube.