SMB Data Point of the Week: Larger SMBs More Likely Pay for Assistance

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Size matters, when it comes to small- and medium-sized businesses, according to BIA/Kelsey’s Local Commerce Monitor™ (LCM) survey of SMBs. While the vast majority of SMBs surveyed prefer a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) model for digital advertising, there’s a remarkable difference in preferences between SMBs with 1 employee (Very Small Businesses) and bigger SMBs with 10-99 employees. 64.8% of VSBs prefer a DIY model, most likely out of economic necessity, compared to only 10.5% who prefer some level of paid assistance. SMBs with 10-99 employees are 3X more likely than VSBs, and 2X as likely to prefer some level of paid assistance than SMBs with 2-9 employees (aka Jan Brady SMBs).


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