If you have decided to set up a small business or are looking for ways to take your existing business to the next level, then check out these five great YouTube videos about small business.
- ‘Good ideas, Great businesses.’
This inspirational video about small businesses is the first in a series created by Alibaba. It follows the story of three entrepreneurs and how they grew their businesses from three simple ideas. One company makes flip flops, another makes souvenirs and the final company is in the fancy dress industry. Throughout the video you see where the ideas came from, how they started their businesses and the learning curves they faced to get to where they are today. If you are thinking of starting your own business and need a little motivation then this video series is definitely worth a watch!
- Social media tips for small businesses
If you are looking for tips on how to use social media to effectively market your business and engage with customers, then check out this fantastic video by Staples. The video gives a number of useful social media tips which include claiming your Facebook places address, using FourSquare to create awareness, monitoring your performance on Yelp and the importance of expert blogging. If you are in the process of setting up your business’s social media accounts, this video will help point you in the right direction.
- ‘You oughta know inbound marketing’
This comedic video highlights the importance of new marketing techniques such as social media and organic SEO in gaining meaningful leads. The agent sings her heart out to the tune of Alanis Morisette’s ‘You oughta know’ explaining her frustration with old marketing techniques and how many of them are ineffective and irrelevant today. The video aims to encourage small business owners to think about new ways of marketing to customers effectively.
- How to pitch to investors
In this short interview clip sporting executive, Karen Brady (who you may recognise from The Apprentice) offers advice to entrepreneurs on how to pitch to investors. Despite the clip only being fifty nine seconds, Karen managed to pack in a lot of useful information for small business owners! She talks about the importance of well –produced business plans, the need to invest your own money into your business and how to express what you want to achieve with your business idea. This video acts as a great check list for small business owners to refer to when preparing to pitch to investors.
Who better to get business advice from that the one and only Sir Richard Branson?
Richard Branson: Advice for Entrepreneurs
In this YouTube video the legend that is Richard Branson gives invaluable advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners. He talks about what it takes to be a good entrepreneur and the importance of taking care of the people working for you. He also offers up an anecdote related to the problems he faced with the bank when setting up his airline company, Virgin Atlantic. It is encouraging for small business owners to hear that it isn’t all plain sailing, even for the most successful companies in the world and that everyone has to overcome problems and learn lessons along the way. If you are going to listen to advice about entrepreneurship, then this is the man you want to hear it from!
Whether you are looking for advice from the experts or tips on how to use social media marketing to advance your business, then watching these videos is sure to provide you with answers to some of your questions. YouTube has a number of fantastic videos about small businesses that can motivate and inspire you to take the leap and quit your day job!
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