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 »

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 »

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 »

The Secret Behind The Secret

If you haven’t caught the latest buzz, it’s all about The Secret. I believe this is going to be BIG. A friend recommended it to me last month, so I picked up a copy of the DVD. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about manifesting your goals through the universal Law of Attraction. Summed up in a few … 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 »

Be First in your Prospects’ Minds

When you think of soda, what are the first couple of brands that come to mind? Odds are Coke or Pepsi are on your list. Why? After spending millions of dollars in advertising over the years they’ve managed to be at or near the top of your mind for their category. And, customers purchase from … 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 »

Scarcity Increases Demand for Your Offer

Have you ever watched a home shopping network?  Admit it.  It’s easy to be drawn in by a great looking item.  As you’re watching the close-up of the jewelry, the model train, or the sports jersey, you can start to visualize yourself owning it.  But what makes their “pitch” more compelling than, for … Read More »

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