How to Build A Successful Marketing Campaign

Small businesses make their strategic marketing plans come alive when they build campaigns that address their marketing goals. Your overall marketing plan spells out your communications goals, and includes strategies for increased market awareness, customer growth, revenue and profitability. The … Read More »

Customers “Buy Local” From Small Businesses that “Give Local”

Have you heard the saying, “It is in giving that we receive”?  For small business owners, “giving” can lead to greater awareness of your business, more customers, and a deeper sense of community for you and your employees. The specific ways you choose to “give back” will depend on many factors, … Read More »

Marketing in a Recession – Part 3

Our company has been in business for seven years.  We just had my best month ever.  That tells us that despite the economy, we can be successful.  It just takes a little persistence and creativity. If this economy has you wondering how to stretch your marketing dollars, read on.  We've been using … Read More »

Marketing in a Recession – Part 2

[Note: This is the second article of a 3-part series.  For last month’s article, which covered messaging in a down economy, click here. This month and next we'll review 10 ways to market your business on a reduced budget.]  Until I got married I believed that everyone was “wired” the same way.  … Read More »

Light a Fire Under your Prospects

Just the other day I saw a commercial for the movie, The Jungle Book. It’s out of the Disney vault and for a limited time you can buy it for your family. But hurry, because soon it’ll be going back in the vault for another 20 years. Whoa, the kids will be 25 years old by then! Better buy it … Read More »

Be More Persuasive

I heard on the news that Oprah Winfrey’s school for girls in South Africa has an oratorium. Why? It’s because she feels that leaders and influencers need to have good speaking skills. Whether you’re speaking to 1 or 100, I couldn’t agree more. Public speaking is one of the quickest ways to … Read More »

Stop Insane Marketing

Perhaps you’ve heard the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to fall into this trap. We stick with what we know and what feels comfortable. But, if we’re not breaking through to the next level of sales, odds are we … Read More »

SMART Marketing

Any marketing done well is smart marketing, right? Wrong! Even a great-looking campaign can fail. Here’s a simple method you can use to quickly determine the efficacy of your marketing program. You may have heard of SMART objectives before. The experts who design corporate objective-setting … Read More »

Bundle Up for Bigger Bucks

Every time I tell the story of how I came to own a $20 “fingernail buffer” people laugh. Maybe that’s because most of us have a similar story. It happened last summer, as I was walking through the Premier Outlet Mall. A salesperson who worked at one of the kiosk-type shops in the middle of the mall … Read More »

Survey Your Customers for Free!

I’m often asked by clients whether they should add a particular service to their lineup of offerings, whether to add new functionality to their website, or what to name a new product.  Most of the time my answer includes “Go to the source.” For the most accurate view of what your market prefers, … Read More »

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