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March 22, 2017

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Help a Reporter Out (HARO) is the most popular sourcing service in the English-speaking world, connecting journalists with relevant expert sources to meet journalists’ demanding deadlines and enable brands to tell their stories. HARO distributes more than 50,000 journalist queries from highly respected media outlets each year. Its straight-forward pitching process allows sources to find topics related to their expertise, industry or experience, while allowing journalists to spend more time writing and less time sourcing. HARO reaches more than 475,000 sources and 35,000 journalists, making it a vital tool for brands and reporters alike. HARO is owned by Cision, a leading global media intelligence company headquartered in Chicago. Follow HARO on Twitter @helpareporter.

About Cision

Cision is a leading global media intelligence company, serving the complete workflow of today’s communication, social media and content marketing professionals. Offering the industry’s most comprehensive PR and social software, rich analytics and a Global Insights team, Cision enables clients to improve their marketing and strengthen data-driven decision making. Cision also represents the Gorkana Group, PRWeb, Help a Reporter Out (HARO) and iContact brands. Headquartered in Chicago, Cision has over 100,000 customers worldwide and maintains offices in Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Finland and China. For more information, visit or follow @Cision on Twitter.



About is the most recognized conferencing brand in the world with users in more than 800,000 businesses, including nearly all Fortune 500 companies. Service offerings around the globe with unlimited use include: high-quality HD audio conferencing, screen sharing, video conferencing, audio and visual recordings, customized greetings, security features, calendar integrations and mobile applications.

Mid-market and enterprise customers can take advantage of For Business: high-quality, reliable and secure conferencing and collaboration services complemented by 24/7 customer support, enterprise account management teams, consolidated billing, customized user analytic reports, employee rollout and training and white-label services. was founded by David Erickson in 2001 and is based in Long Beach, California.

Company Awards & Recognition

As a top-rated performer for its innovative technology and customer service, is proud to be recognized for its successful efforts.

  • 2016 Gold Stevie Winner - For Sales & Customer Service
    Stevie AwardBest and Brightest company to work forHigh Performer AwardHighest RATED AwardCRN Channel Chiefs Award








Hopefully, you’re already using or will be soon using social media to promote your small business. This means sharing links via Facebook, Twitter, and other social channels. These links can often be long and complicated. In the case of Twitter, they can even be cut off if they exceed the character count for a tweet.

Fortunately, there is a free solution that everyone should have in their back pocket if they post content on social media. is a free service that lets you create shortened URLs for links that you wish to share with others via social media and even email. These URLs do not expire and won’t break in postings. Tiny URL is also helpful when you don’t want to disclose an affiliate link or other information about a URL.

If you frequently post on social media or send links via email, you may find this service to be something that you use on a daily basis. At no cost, this can’t be beat!





Email marketing is a wonderful way to stay in touch with your customers, and there is a free service to let you do this! MailChimp is a customer relationship management tool that enables you to send up to 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers per month for free.

MailChimp offers a variety of pre-designed templates, or you can use their email designer to create your own customized designed emails. The tool is also integrated with Facebook and WordPress so that you can embed sign up forms and collect subscribers on the customer relationship management platforms that you currently use.

Sign up is free, and you can start sending out emails right away. For ten dollars per month, you can also get some useful add-ons including autoresponders, email client testing, and delivery by time zone.






Identifying the right keywords for online content is a must for any small business. For many, this was once accomplished using Google’s Keyword Tool. However, this helpful free service was discontinued by Google several months ago.

Fortunately, there is another free keyword research tool that can be used to reveal high performing keywords. It’s Wordtracker. By simply signing up for an account, you can find out very useful information on keywords to help you create content that will help you rise in the search engine rankings.


While your mother may have told you that nothing is free, the reality is that there are plenty of free services out there for small business owners. These are just ten of countless services that can be had for a song and can help you pursue your entrepreneurial dreams.