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Brick and Mortars - Do Customers Know Your Hours?
Thursday, April 16, 2009

For brick and mortar businesses, business hours are a key piece of information that customers want/need to know. I've discussed having reasonable business hours in the past. Can your customers find your hours online?

I talked about a small video store in a small town that seemingly closes shop whenever it wants, without any real consistency. I would imagine that the only reason this store remains in business is because there are really no other competitors in that town. Although, the rise of online video and mail services like Netflix might put an end to it eventually.

Customers need to know when you are going to be operating. 'Nuff said. But even if you do keep regular hours, your potential customers will not necessarily know what they are. As more and more people use the Internet to find information about local businesses, you're going to want to take this into consideration. You might miss out on sales if you don't. This is of particular importance if you change your hours around the holidays.

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Hitwise has some interesting data related to Internet searches for opening times that show huge spikes around the holidays. Look at the following graphs:

Hitwise's Robin Goad points out the potential SEO opportunities. You should also take such information into account on your website, and in Google Local Business Center listings.

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NFIB Optimism Index Continues Long Decline

Doug Caverly By Doug Caverly

Last month, when the National Federation of Independent Business released a report documenting small business owners' optimism, we tried to look on the positive side of the statistics. This month, there's pretty much no option but to let the pessimists prevail.

Eight of the index's components declined during March, while only two improved. Apparently owner spending and hiring plans have hit record lows, and so have expectations for gains in real sales.

As for some other factors, an NFIB statement revealed, "Over the next three months, 12 percent plan to reduce employment (up 2 points), and 12 percent plan to create new jobs (down 1 point), yielding a seasonally adjusted net negative 10 percent of owners planning to create new jobs, seven points lower than February."

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