NEW Ebook for Medical Providers: Curing Cash Flow Problems

SmallBusinessLoanRates.com, a leading business loan comparison service that connects lending services to small business owners who need financing, announced today that it is publishing a guide to help doctors facing cash flow challenges at their practices. The e-book, Curing Cash Flow Problems for Medical Providers, is available for free download at https://www.smallbusinessloanrates.com/free-ebook-curing-cash-flow-problems-for-medical-providers.

Like any other small business owner, a doctor’s office can face cash flow problems for a variety of reasons. Without access to cash, physicians may have a difficult time making payroll, buying new medical equipment and supplies, and paying their bills on time each month. However, poor cash flow doesn’t automatically mean failure for doctors. Financial tools are available to help physicians overcome capital problems and regain control of their practices. SmallBusinessLoanRates.com’s new e-book details the cash flow challenges doctors might face and the steps that can be taken to address those challenges. Among the guide’s features:

  • Six reasons why cash flow problems occur with medical providers
  • Seven ways doctors can solve cash flow problems
  • Details on why standard bank loans might not be the best answer for practices, and how alternative lenders can provide benefits that traditional lenders can’t

How The Google Carousel Changes The Look Of Local Search

In today’s article from around the web we visit B2C where author Bill Parlaman explores the new Google Carousel for Local Search Results. As always, read, comment, share and enjoy!

Google has just launched a new look to their local search pages for desktop users called “Google Carousel.”

As of today, the Google Carousel seems to be triggered for businesses such as hotels, restaurants and bars.

It’s unknown whether or not the new carousel will be rolled out for other local business like automotive dealerships.

Although the name suggests a 360 degree of motion, Google’s new local search engine results page (SERP) features a horizontal carousel of local businesses.

The Google Carousel allows users to scroll left and right to view as many listings the user’s monitor can show.

This opportunity offers prime exposure on the most-used search engine for many businesses that may have been buried in the previous SERP.

In effect, establishments that execute effective local search engine optimization (SEO)campaigns can embark on the new interactive Google Carousel straight to the top.

How Does Google Carousel Work?

When users search for a local business, a horizontal carousel of local establishments with review- based scores appear at the top of the page below the image that is chosen for the business.

 Hovering over the image will raise a pin on the map, representing the geographic location of the business.

Clicking on the image opens the branded web search results for the particular listing.

On this page, the first listing is the company’s web site, making the official page easily accessible.

How Does the Google Carousel Benefit a Local Business?

The premise behind SEO is that consumers will click the first relevant link. The previous local SERP positioned Google AdWords before any other of the results of the web query.

The new interface offers businesses prime positioning at the top of the page in an optimal format. Along with being above AdWords, the Google Carousel also offers many more businesses exposure than the previous horizontal listing.

With this said however, the example below shows that once you’ve selected your choice from the Google Carousel, your PPC ad will still show up above your organic listing (Google needs to get paid)

Once you make you’re selection you can see below how your PPC ad shows up in the SERPs.

Why is This Important

In addition to the immediate benefits, the new interface can provide valuable data about consumer buying motives. This means that Google will be able to further enhance personalization and prioritize links that are visited frequently.

How To Optimize Your Business For The Google Carousel

The cascading Google Carousel is based on all of the Google algorithms used in SEO.

Properly optimizing your local business’s web presence for local search is the first step toward a spot on the new interface. The Carousel populates and presents information about your business from your Google+ business page.

While being featured on the Carousel is great, all benefits are negated if your Google+ business page doesn’t display your best foot forward. Understanding that a picture is worth a thousand words, the image of your business displayed on the Google Carousel will often be one of the top determining factors for your customers.

Making sure your images stored in the Google+ business listing are eye-catching and of high-quality is paramount. However, the actual image shown on the Google Carousel is based on Google’s algorithms.

Since the Carousel is integrated with Google Maps, your business must be in Google Maps to reserve a coveted seat in the new local SERP interface. The changes ushered in by the interactive Google Carousel enhances the local search experience.

While it’s not known what other types of local businesses will start showing up in Google’s Carousel, its our recommendation that you do everything possible to make your Google+ Business page and Google+ Local Page as enticing and interactive as possible to take advantage of the new look local search pages.

What are your thoughts on the new look Google Carousel for local businesses?

I would love to hear your thoughts so feel feel to post them in the comments box below!

The Keys to Small Business Success [Infographic]

In today’s article from around the web we visit B2C where author Brian Wallace explores the keys to small business success in this infographic. As always, read, comment, share and enjoy!

As the economy continues to face serious challenges and uncertainties, you may actually be curious as to whether it’s a smart idea to start a small business right now. As long as you are wise and strategic in your planning, you can maximize your chance of succeeding. It’s true that 40 percent of small businesses are profitable and 30 percent break even, but a full 30 percent of small businesses are continuously losing money. Half of all small businesses fail within the first year, and there is only a nine percent chance that a small business will survive 10 years.

Independent restaurants and retail stores tend to be among the most high risk businesses. When it comes to restaurants, owners are often very skilled at their craft—but not always so much at business management. Retail stores often fail because of fierce competition in the industry. Restaurant and retail store owners require access to a significant amount of capital and marketing sources.

So how can you succeed with a small businesses? The key is to start small—a common downfall is tying up too much cash in overhead at the beginning. It’s also crucial that you fully understand your market before opening your doors. You should learn as much as you possibly can about your target demographic and its purchasing habits. Also, always listen to your customers and have clearly defined company goals.

To learn more about how to succeed with a small business, check out the infographic below presented by top-business-degrees.net.