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WITH 5 SECONDS TO GET MY ATTENTION, IT’S TIME TO GET CREATIVE

With just five seconds — or less — to catch a prospect’s interest, you must first get them to notice you. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through the use of eye-catching creative design and clear, concise text. How do you get there? Try following some best practices for good “creative”: Focus…

GOOD WILL IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Sponsorships, donations, pro bono services, discounts and volunteering. These are just a few of the ways through which small and mid-sized business owners can begin to build a profile as a good neighbor in the community. Besides the “feel good and do good” nature of philanthropic activities, there are business-boosting ancillary benefits. Community involvement can…

4 WAYS E-COMMERCE SITES BRING BETTER BRAND CONTROL AND CONSISTENCY

No matter how careful your organization may be, there’s always a chance for brand inconsistencies to creep into your marketing communications over time as your business evolves or your staff changes. In fact, your organization may be especially vulnerable if: You operate several locations Your marketing materials are accessed by multiple people Your printed materials…

3 WAYS INFOGRAPHICS CAN TAKE YOUR CONTENT MARKETING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Infographics are a great content marketing strategy that can serve as a powerful, informative tool for your business. Not only are they an eye-catching way to educate and promote products and services, they can also simplify complex information or processes for customers and internal audiences. Here are three ways that infographics can take your marketing…

4 Ways to Improve Customer Retention

The Harvard Business Review suggests that it is anywhere between five to 25 times more expensive to acquire new customers than retain them depending on the industry. Here are a few considerations as you develop what works best for your company’s retention strategy: 1. Keep VIP customers happy. Track the buying patterns of your best…

TIPS FOR CONDUCTING AN INFORMATIVE BRAND AUDIT

Performing a brand audit enables you to evaluate what your current marketing and communications strategies are (or are not) saying about your brand and provides a qualitative assessment of your brand identity’s overall strength and consistency. Marketers surveyed by Demand Metric Research Plus said branding inconsistencies result in market confusion (71 percent), damage credibility (56…

Business-to-business Influencer Marketing 101

Between the increasingly competitive business-to-business (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 build relationships. Traditionally more of a business-to-consumer (B2C) marketing tactic, influencer marketing has gained appeal as an effective B2B marketing strategy. By targeting the…

The Ripple Effect: How to be An Everyday Innovator

When it comes to developing fresh approaches that lead to significant growth and powerful transformation, many leaders of businesses and nonprofits struggle with out-of-the-box thinking. In fact, research shows that 98 percent of adults don’t consider themselves creative and 80 percent of Americans report feeling an increasing amount of pressure to be productive rather than…

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,…