Santa Hat Woman Reading ID-100117274Now that it’s the festive season we’re all getting set to spend time with friends and family, eating and drinking too much and generally enjoying some well deserved time out before a new year begins.

For those of us of in small businesses or those contemplating self-employment, we will undoubtedly spend a little time reviewing the highs and lows of 2012 while making plans for 2013.  So, with this in mind we’ve put together a selection of posts on marketing and social media from across the web that will help set you on track for a brighter and better year ahead;

Make 2013 A Better Year For Your Business – NEW from our own blog here at The Marketing Shop, this is an overview of the areas you should review as one year ends and opportunities abound for 2013.

40 Ways To Get Banned From Social Networks – from Hubspot, a must-read to protect your social reputation in 2013 as rules exist for a reason and you don’t want to be the person others look to as proof that networks do act when you ignore their terms of service.

Budget 2013 Ireland – Impact On Business And Self-Employed by Tom Holmes of Ballymount Accounting for Tweak Your Biz – a simple plain English post on the main features affecting businesses here in Ireland

Google Analytics Shows You What Bad Web Practices Look Like In Real Life –  courtesy of Mashable and Google Analytics, this is a light-hearted look at how bad practices on the web look to potential buyers.

4 Tips For Building Better Mobile Marketing Campaigns – traffic from mobile devices will continue to grow, it’s a sector that needs to be considered and this post from Forbes covers a few key areas to think about.

In Review: 2012, The Year Of The Social Image – an overview of the year with links to some excellent stats, this post from Social Media Today covers points you may have missed in the ever-evolving world of social media.

The Ultimate List Of Online Tools And Resources For Small Business – written by myself for Tweak Your Biz, this is the type of list that comes in handy when you’re making plans for the year ahead.

10 Strategic Ways To Use Your Pinterest Page – an excellent post from Jeff Bullas on the increasingly popular Pinterest, which continues to grow in numbers and should definitely be part of your social networking plan for 2013.

Top 10 Tweak Your Biz Articles of 2012 – finally, a round-up of the most popular stories on the TweakYourBiz.com site this year, which I’m proud to say includes 3 separate posts from me on the final list 🙂

If you think we have missed any must-read posts for the year, please feel free to add the details in the comments.

 

 

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