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 »

Get to Know Your Competition

Many small business owners underestimate the advantages of better understanding their competition. Knowing who your competitors are and understanding their strengths and weaknesses can help formulate your own marketing strategies and messages. You’ll also be better equipped to highlight your … Read More »

10 Ways to Market Your Business on a Small Budget

Many small businesses view marketing as a never ending spiral of expenses with little to no guaranteed payoff. But many overlook tactics they that don’t require a big cash outlay.  In fact, many of them are free! Create and continually refine a succinct elevator pitch. A well thought-out … Read More »

Pack a Punch with BOTH Traditional and Online Marketing

One of the most common questions I get asked is “What’s the best way for me to market my business and products?”  And my answer is:  “That depends.... on your industry, target customers, location, business, products and services!” Today the buzz is all about Internet marketing – websites, social … Read More »

Get Ready for Facebook Changes Coming This Week

I always say that there are three things in life that are certain: death, taxes, and changes to Facebook.  Well, heads up!  There are only a few days left before you have to convert your Facebook business page to Facebook’s new timeline format.  After March 30th, they will automatically be … Read More »

Be careful what you ask for: The Case for Negative Keywords

Whenever I visit the South I have to remember that if I want to order an iced tea at a restaurant I have to specify unsweetened tea.  Otherwise I’ll get sweet tea.  It’s a good reminder that there are times and situations when we need to be crystal clear and specific.  This is especially true on the … Read More »

What Are QR Codes and How Can I Use Them?

Perhaps you’ve noticed those funny looking bar codes on products or magazine ads.  They’re square, and look like a mini printed circuit board.  When they are scanned by a mobile device, users are directed to more content such as messages, websites, or videos.  Their purpose is to give people passing … Read More »

A Wish List for All Seasons

During the stressful holiday season, why not take a break and treat yourself!  Consider making a wish list for all seasons to make you or your business more productive in the New Year.  Here are a few of our favorites: Toggl – www.toggl.com Do you find yourself losing track of the time spent … Read More »

Top Resources for Small Businesses

Vacations and long weekends result in summer months being slower than average for many businesses.  If that’s true in your business, there’s no better time to use this lull to revisit your marketing and business plans.  I’ve compiled a list of some of the best FREE online resources available to … Read More »

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