The internet has revolutionized the marketing game forever. But there’s no need to worry about it, because it’s not a bad thing. Not at all — especially for small and medium sized businesses. The fact is that things like email and social media make effective marketing plans for smaller concerns a lot easier, and cheaper, than they used to be. So there’s no reason to put off your amazing marketing strategy just because you have little or no marketing budget. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your advertising and marketing budget. Grow your Instagram Presence, Find new customers and make more sales The first thing that 87% of people do when performing a background check on a brand is to check its Instagram page. Checking Instagram is a huge part of the modern-day consumer’s vetting process and it plays a huge role in determining whether or not someone will end up buying from that brand. 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Don’t be afraid of Yelp Yelp.com is a great way to get local exposure for your products and brands. It’s easy and costs nothing to register with them — and then you can sit back and relax, knowing that you can control, to some extent, reviews of your business. The best part is that if someone posts a negative Yelp review of your business you’ll have the tools to help offset that potentially damaging review with a raft of positive notices you can immediately post yourself. It’s as easy as falling off a long, and much less painful. And besides, a smart marketer knows how to turn a bad review into good publicity. People naturally gravitate to bad news, and if you honestly own up to something that went wrong somewhere in your organization and promise to fix it, and then really do fix it, the resulting publicity can be a marketing bonanza — showing customers and potential clients that you’re open to honest criticism, that your company is transparent, and that you’re will to rectify errors whenever possible.