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How do I get my business noticed online? How can I create an engaged social media audience? How do I convert website visitors and social media followers into customers? What hashtags should I be using? Are Google ads a good investment?

I'm Sydney Chakalos, a marketing nerd and small business owner with a passion for helping other small business owners grow their business using effective online marketing strategies on any budget.

Learn how to create and implement a marketing strategy that strengthens relationships with your audience and increases your bottom line. We'll cover topics around social media, email, Google ads, branding, and websites. Building your brand is a marathon and I'm here to help you win the race.




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Episode 1: 3 Things Your Marketing Needs to Convert

Are you a local business owner, overwhelmed by the world of online marketing? After working with a variety of local businesses to help them turn their online marketing into paying customers, I’ve come to realize that it really boils down to three things (regardless of an ever changing algorithm). In this episode we break it […]

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How to Use Language to Improve Social Media Performance

Did you know that the language that you use in your posts can impact how it performs in the algorithm on Facebook and Instagram?   The language you use on social media is important for a variety of reasons. Some are more logistical (i.e. words that perform better on the algorithm) while others are more […]

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How to Make Instagram Work for Your Business

Have you ever wondered how to beat the Instagram algorithm? To be completely real with you, I used to wonder the same thing, but the truth is it can’t be done. To see growth and results from marketing on Instagram it requires consistency mixed with a little strategy. This post is going to break it […]

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3 Ways to Reach More People on Social Media Organically

Getting your business noticed on social media can be difficult and often it feels like you’re a small fish in a big pond, especially as a local business. Over the past few years, the algorithm has impacted businesses and their exposure in a big way as organic reach of content continues to decline. While a […]

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5 Tips for Effective Market Research

Do you struggle with converting your audience to paying customers on social media? Have you ever felt lost about what to post? Is it challenging to get specific in your messaging? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, it’s not because you suck at marketing. You just need to dive deeper to […]

Branding, Entrepreneurship, Social Media

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How to Use Instagram Reels for Business

Instagram Reels are causing quite the buzz in the social media world right now. Instagram Reels were created in direct response to the popularity of TikTok. Anyone remember when Instagram Stories were created in direct response to Snapchat? If I had to make an educated guess, I’d say they’re here to stay.   Instagram Reels […]

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5 Ways to Repurpose a Single Piece of Content

If content creation feels like a daunting task to you, I’m willing to bet it’s because you’re not getting mileage with your content. What do I mean by getting mileage with your content? I mean taking a single piece of content and getting it seen in as many places as possible.   You may be […]

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5 Ways to Win at Hashtags

If you’re marketing your business on Instagram, it’s important that you have a solid hashtag strategy in place. Hashtags help your content go further by reaching new people that may not be following your account. There are infinite hashtags you could use, so keep reading to learn more about how to choose the right ones […]

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6 Common Social Media Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The most common question I hear from other entrepreneurs about social media is, “How do I convert my followers into customers?” What I’ve encountered with clients are one of these six common social media marketing mistakes: Missing a clear call to action – What is the purpose of the post? To engage? To read a […]

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3 Content Ideas for Instagram Reels for Businesses

Instagram released the new Reels feature in the U.S. on Wednesday and now many businesses are wondering, “How the heck do I use this to grow my business?” and “Is TikTok in trouble?” While I can’t tell you the fate of TikTok, I can tell you a few creative ways to leverage Reels in your […]

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