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For most large businesses, having a true marketing budget is absolutely necessary. In fact, not only is it necessary… it’s crucial. When a business is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on marketing, it requires a lot of planning, research, and access to really great resources.

So what about the smaller businesses that may not have the budget or resources to achieve some of those larger marketing initiatives?

We may not have a complete solution, but if your answer is “no” to any of the questions below, then you may be in luck!

Duct Tape Marketing is a great resource for small businesses to receive practical, achievable, and interesting business advice through blogs, books, webinars, and newsletters. By signing up on their, you will receive a weekly newsletter packed full of sales and marketing links, eBooks, podcasts and the crème de la crème… SMALL BUSINESS TOOLS!

So ask yourself, “Does my business have the marketing budget for…”

  • Finding an outsourced company that can build my website?
  • Hiring experienced designers to create my marketing material?
  • Hiring full time bloggers to create content on my social media profiles and company blog?
  • Creatively formatting and managing unique email campaigns?
  • Getting presentation software that’s more dynamic than PowerPoint?

… Or anything and everything in between?

We’ve compiled some of our favorite small business tools, compliments of Duct Tape Marketing, that are geared toward helping small businesses and business professionals to achieve large-scale goals with the use of budget-friendly (and sometimes FREE) resources.


Crowdmics – This is a unique app that turns mobile devices into microphones for Q and A at conferences.

Canva – This is an online graphic design tool for simple but powerful Facebook covers, presentations and social media images.

Content Top Idea Generator– This tool allows you to type in a keyword and get help brainstorming topic ideas for your next blog or content marketing

Whobaloo – This is just another nice, simple, online graphic design tool.

Rebump – This is an email tool that automatically sends follow up reminders when someone does not respond.

Stormboard – Nice little online brainstorming and collaboration tool that uses an online sticky note whiteboard.

MOZ Local– The SEO folks at MOZ just launched a tool to help local businesses show up in search.

Chromebox for Meeting– It was only a matter of time before Google entered the video meeting space – this set-up gets you into conducting video meeting via the big

Woovent – This is a nice looking tool for organizing and promoting events on– This is a tool that makes creating directories and org charts

SlideDog – Free multimedia presentation software that lets you create playlists of different media.

AWR Cloud – This is an online rank tracking tool, great for competitive

Snappy Checkout – Simple and slick looking way to add shopping cart to your

Grapevine6 – A tool that connects to your LinkedIn account and suggests content to send to people you want to network with.

Syndical – A service that makes it easy to create and share events across – Very nice presentation tool that allows you to create a video with your slides next to them (great for pitching ideas).

… AND…

Online Marketing Tool Directory– This is a one-page directory of 300+ online marketing tools and resources that any business or business professional can use!

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