I hope you find the Small Business Marketing Glossary useful. Don’t let jargon take you out, most of this stuff is very understandable if you learn it a bit at a time. Please email me if you encounter a marketing jargon term that isn’t in the Glossary, and I’ll add it in promptly.
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