Free Network Solutions® Livestream Helping Businesses Understand How to Market to Mobile Shoppers May 17, 2011

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Network Solutions® is hosting a Livestream May 17, 2011, titled “Small Business Mobile Marketing: Fact vs. Fiction” to help small businesses understand how to market to mobile shoppers.

Is Your Small Business Targeting the Mobile Audience?

In celebration of National Small Business Week (May 16th-20th) and to help small businesses stay ahead of the mobile marketing curve, Network Solutions® is hosting a free Livestream panel on “Small Business Mobile Marketing: Fact vs. Fiction” on Tue, May 17th, 1:30-2:30PM (EST). Register at http://smbmobile.eventbrite.com/.

Mobile marketing encompasses a range of activities ranging from sending text messages to creating mobile applications. According to the recent Small Business Success Index sponsored by the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business and Network Solutions, most small business owners are aware of various mobile marketing activities, the best known including: sending text messages to customers about a promo (73 percent) and listing the company on a location-based website (68 percent). While awareness of mobile marketing activities is high, usage is low. One reason small businesses have not embraced mobile marketing is they view the concept as cutting edge rather than a practice they can engage in now.

Mobile shopping is now mainstream and with over 74 million Americans currently using their smartphones to shop (Source: Mobile Commerce Daily). It is critical that small businesses maintain a strong mobile presence,” says Navin Ganeshan, Chief product Strategist, Network Solutions. “It is not enough to just have a web presence anymore. Restaurants, salons and retailers will have to sooner or later figure out a way to go after their consumers via smartphones and tablets because that’s where people are heading to “find”, “buy” and otherwise interact with the merchants.”

To help small business owners understand the importance of a mobile presence and embrace a mobile marketing strategy to help them grow their businesses, Network Solutions will feature the following experts for a one hour Livestream discussion:

Moderator:

Rieva Lesonsky (@Rieva) President and Founder of GrowBiz Media
Before co-founding GrowBiz Media®, a content and consulting company specializing in covering small businesses and entrepreneurship, Lesonsky was editorial director of Entrepreneur Magazine. A nationally known speaker and authority on entrepreneurship, Rieva has been covering America's entrepreneurs for more than 26 years.

Panelists:

Ramon Ray (@ramonray) Editor and Evangelist, Small Business Technology
Ramon has written thousands of technology articles and news items for Smallbiztechnology.com and other media including: OPEN Forum, Inc. Magazine, New York Enterprise Report, Black Enterprise Magazine, CNet, Var Business, TechTarget, Entrepreneur.com, Small Business Resources and others. Ramon is not “just” a technology writer, but as a former small business technology consultant, he has years of hands on experience in building networks, installing software, upgrading computers and supporting the technology that small businesses use on a daily basis.

Jennifer Shaheen, (@techtherapist), The Technology Therapist®
Jennifer is an expert at helping business owners harness today’s technology to effectively grow their businesses in the digital marketplace. As a monthly columnist for Entreprenuer.com, and with over 13 years of top-level experience, she has empowered businesses of all shapes and sizes to integrate effective digital strategies that boost sales, enhance staff productivity, expand customer base and increase market share.

Tim Gorin, VP of Business Development, MyEyeDr
Tim is responsible for the overall online strategy for MyEyeDr®, a local business with 37 locations in the Washington DC region. He oversees the web marketing, SEO, social media and mobile efforts as the VP of Business Development for MyEyeDr. Tim is also a member of Yelp’s Small Business Advisory Council and provides Yelp management with input and guidance regarding the concerns of small business owners. He speaks to the real world challenges and success stories of small businesses using new technology including mobile.

Navin Ganeshan, Chief Product Strategist, Network Solutions®
In his role leading new product development and strategic-investments for Network Solutions, Navin works to understand trends and technology that are transforming small business marketing. Over a diverse career, he has endured the joys and pains of founding technology startups, relished the thrill of taking new products to market and honed a deep appreciation for analytics. Currently, he shapes Network Solutions’ product strategies which include among others local/social marketing, social commerce and most importantly for mobile presence, marketing and commerce.

Attendees to the Small Business Mobile Livestream will leave with a good understanding of:

  •     What exactly is mobile marketing, and why should you pay attention?
  •     What is the current state of small businesses and mobile technology?
  •     What are some simple and cost-effective steps to going mobile?
  •     How can you incorporate mobile into your strategic marketing plans?
  •     What are some small business mobile best practices that you can learn from?

To register for the free Livestream please visit http://smbmobile.eventbrite.com/. You can also send any questions you have on mobile marketing prior to the panel through Facebook® at http://www.facebook.com/networksolutions.

About Network Solutions
Network Solutions® fosters small business success in the highly competitive online space by providing the tools and resources to start, grow and manage businesses online. Leveraging more than thirty years of pioneering experience, Network Solutions helps companies thrive in an increasingly digital world. To ensure our customers’ success, we support them with outstanding customer service and solutions that are simple, innovative and reliable. Additional information can be found at about.networksolutions.com.

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