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3 Things Every Successful Marketer Does

When it comes to marketing, everyone thinks they know what works. The reality, though, is that most of these armchair solutions don’t work at all. It’s not because these people are bad marketers, per say. Instead, the real reason why blanket solutions don’t work is that marketing is much less about the actual advertising than…

Marketing Books to Add to Your Wish List

Ongoing education is an important part of professional development – and often, in small organizations, the onus is on individuals to seek out opportunities for learning. Whether you’re looking to establish a new content strategy, spice up your branding, earn new customers or simply find some inspiration, there are thousands of books out there that…

The Value of Personalization in Marketing

When it comes to creating the perfect marketing mix for any business or organization, personalization is a staple ingredient. Personalized marketing is no longer an option for small business marketers; instead it has become an expectation of the customer experience. To be effective, marketers must strike a balance in their personalized marketing efforts, tailoring their…

B2B Influencer Marketing 101

Between the increasingly competitive B2B marketing space and a growing skepticism of traditional advertising, many small business marketers are beginning to turn to influencer marketing as an alternative way to reach their intended audiences and build relationships. Traditionally more of a B2C marketing tactic, influencer marketing has recently gained appeal as an effective B2B marketing…

The Fortune Found in a Strong Trade Show Follow-up

When brands prepare for a trade show, they have specific objectives in mind: an estimated 83 percent say that they want to increase brand awareness among the attendees. Despite this planning going into the show, however, an incredible 70 percent do not have a plan for trade show follow-up that nurtures the leads and converts…

Cause Marketing that Engages and Converts

According to Cone Communications, 54 percent of people made a purchase decision that was influenced by a particular cause. When done correctly, cause marketing can have a powerful impact on your brand’s reputation and your success. The struggle for many organizations, however, is determining how to incorporate the right cause into your brand so that…

Marketing to Millennials

The massive surge of millennials as powerful buyers in the marketplace has forced companies and industries alike to re-examine everything they thought they knew about marketing. While some skeptics may wonder whether or not this approach is overkill, the fact remains that millennials are the most important group of consumers to come along in a…

Gain Definition to Your Marketing and Sales Strategies through Small Business Planning

A detailed business plan is important for any small business, as it confirms your vision and business direction for you, your employees and your customers. It’s what drives your marketing plan (the outline of specific marketing strategies and tactics to drive your business toward your vision) and your sales plan (outlining the specific sales strategies,…

The Right Way to do a Multi-Channel Direct Marketing Campaign

Six important dos … and don’ts! Many small and mid-sized business marketers play favorites when it comes to choosing marketing channels, but may not measure its effectiveness to evaluate whether or not it’s doing the job. Smart marketers know a “team effort” works best, and they capitalize on the strengths of multiple channels. Why? It…

Choosing the Right Size Banner for Your Event

If there’s a special event on your horizon, you’re probably planning on posting a promotional banner on a wall, ceiling, booth, tent, nearby fence or elsewhere. But just as there are unlimited applications for banners, so are there an unlimited array of sizes. While it’s unlikely you’ll match a 2015 effort by German soccer team…