The report was based on a survey conducted in December 2015 of 1,026 self-identified small business owners from across the United States. Respondents were polled on how they're tackling marketing and what changes they see coming in the year ahead.
Some 37.6% of respondents say they believe their current marketing efforts are effective, 13.9% say they are not effective, and 48.5% say they are not sure.
Below, additional key findings from the report.
2016 Marketing Priorities
More than half (51%) of small business owners plan to increase their spend this year on their websites, digital advertising, and social media efforts; 23% plan to increase their spend on print advertising and direct mail.
Digital Marketing Challenges
Some 19.6% of small business owners say turning leads into customers is one of the biggest digital marketing challenges they expect to face in 2016; 17.9% expect to struggle with generating Web traffic.
More than half (57.8%) of small business owners say they post content on social media; 42.6% send emails and 36.4% publish blog posts.
About the research: The report was based on a survey conducted in December 2015 of 1,026 self-identified small business owners from across the United States.