10 Ways Queen City Buzz Can Help Make 2018 the Best Year Ever!

by Pat Hammond on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018_buzz_changes.pngWhat's New for 2018

Now that I'm finally wrapping up the last of my web projects, I have a little time to sit down and share a sneak peek of some of the changes I have planned for Queen City Buzz in 2018.

I'm going to start by saying that Queen City Buzz is a work in progress. 

It's been three and a half years since the first blog post and while it didn't happen the way I expected, the blog has exceeded my expectations. If I'm going to be honest, I think it exceeded a lot of people's expectations.

Blogs come and go. Most don't make it through their first year, especially blogs with a small targeted local audience. Writing and content creation takes time. Marketing takes time and networking takes time. When you add all that time together it's a commitment that most people can't sustain, especially for a blog that has limited options for generating revenue.

My husband has been incredibly patient with me turning down paying jobs so I could keep doing the blog, but it's time to either scale back or go all in.

I chose all in.

2018 is the year that Queen City Buzz is going to become your go-to source to connect with the people, information, and resources you need to start and grow your business in the Granite State.

Change is Good

Each year since the blog started I've rolled out a couple new features, reviewed what worked, what didn't and tried to figure out how to offer a better product. Overall, 2017 saw the greatest change with the end of the monthly Coffee Buzz meetup, the evolution of the popular Live from the Hive monthly podcast, and the addition of the weekly NH Creative, Science & Tech Events post.

In the past few months I've talked to numerous experts and business leaders about projects and features that would give readers real value and in the end, I decided that it's time to kick things up.

I'm stepping away from web design and investing my time in making Queen City Buzz the top New Hampshire resource for finding the business tools and information you need to succeed.

With that in mind, here is a look at the changes I am planning for 2018:

  1. More in-depth articles about local groups, events, business and tech news
  1. More Resources I will be working with the SBA and their partners to provide more articles and information about programs, education, mentoring, and the many free and low-cost options for you to get help with your business challenges.
  1. More Downloads I'll be updating and expanding the library of business canvas templates as well as sharing downloadable worksheets, tip lists, books, and other tools from local business leaders.
  1. A Quarterly Digital Magazine Given the response I had to last year's Veteran's Week magazine, I've decided to do a quarterly digital magazine featuring local businesses. Not only will this give people an opportunity to share their expertise and information about their business, but it will also give them a budget-friendly way to advertise to a targeted local audience.
  1. There will be a lot more focus on the NH Business Directory  Continued changes with Google, Facebook and other online marketing outlets are making it harder and harder for small local business owners, especially freelancers who don't have a physical storefront, to get noticed online. I've got a couple projects in the works that will help NH Business Directory members get noticed and connect with their customers.
  1. A return of the Weekly Podcast As much as I enjoyed doing the monthly Live from the Hive Podcast, it was too much work for too little reward. The weekly podcast I did a few years ago was much easier to produce and had a lot more traffic. I will continue to do podcast interviews for featured business posts, but I don't see the monthly podcast making a comeback this year.
  1. Budget-friendly services to help you build your brand and promote your business I don't want to give away any secrets today, but you can expect to see a few new products from Queen City Buzz to help you promote your business as well as general business services from my strategic partners.
  1. Partnerships with local experts sharing industry tips, tricks, and trends I already have a few people lined up and you will start seeing some of these posts in March.
  1. Discounts on local business services
  1. Advertising opportunities for the magazine, podcast sponsors, and more!

It's time for a change. The economy, especially the local economy, is getting stronger and more people are looking towards self-employment as the solution to finding a satisfying job that gives them the work-life balance they crave.

Queen City Buzz has a place in the local business revolution and it's time for me to take things to the next level.

2018 is going to be an exciting year to be an entrepreneur in the Granite State. I don't know about you, but I feel like I am ready to meet the challenge.

Pat Hammond

Editor & Queen Bee at Queen City Buzz