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Why Digital Should be Included in Your 2021 Marketing Budget

Posted by Carla Leible on October 21, 2020 at 11:06 AM

Some 313 million people or 95% of the population in the US spend time buying, researching and browsing online, and now that we are in a global pandemic that hinders many in person purchases, that number is likely even greater. Therefore, this is a huge demographic to reach if you are a business operating in today’s digital society. Thankfully, digital marketing allows you to get in front of these technologically minded customers who use the internet as a tool, reaching them at different stages of the buying cycle. Therefore, it’s vitally important to include digital marketing in your 2021 marketing budget. Read on to learn more:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Marketing Budget

3 of 12 Causes of Advertising Failure: Business Owner Knows Best

Posted by Carrie Berkbuegler on October 19, 2020 at 11:36 AM

Originally published 10-5-2015. Updated 10-19-2020.

As a business owner, you’re uniquely unqualified to look at your company or product objectively. You’ve poured your heart, soul, and probably life savings into this venture; it’s your baby. As they say, it’s hard to read the label when you’re inside the bottle. You’re on the inside, looking out, making it impossible to see what others see looking in. That's why in part 3 of our our 12-part series on reasons why your advertising isn’t working, we’re discussing the topic of “business owner knows best,” the subjective hurdle many stubborn business owners need to overcome in order to succeed.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Strategies for Making Tough Budget Decisions After A Down Year

Posted by Carla Leible on October 16, 2020 at 9:24 AM

The struggle is real. It’s been an “off” year for your business. You are optimistic, but honestly have no idea what the future holds. You knew when you started in business that risk was part of the lifestyle, that there would be good years and there would be bad years. 2020 has upset the apple cart without a clearly defined path back to normal. “Giving up” isn’t an option, but the fact is…your expenses currently outweigh your income. How do you decide what to do next…what to cut and what to keep?

As a locally-owned marketing company, we at Zimmer Communications have experienced all the ups and downs of a business’ life cycle. In the last  65 years, we’ve supported countless businesses through the ups and downs of a changing economy. We’ve learned a lot in that time. Let’s look at a few key considerations for business owners who are faced with needing to cut costs that have helped them withstand the downtimes and come out strong on the other side.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Marketing Budget

Why You Should Always be Hiring, Even During a Pandemic

Posted by Jonathan Durbin on October 9, 2020 at 9:46 AM

As a business owner, you face an unprecedented challenge, trying to run a successful, profitable company amid a pandemic. With uncertainty looming, it’s human nature to want to draw back and even reduce your staff and perhaps freeze hiring efforts altogether. However, to ensure your business runs like a well-oiled machine and remains profitable, you should always be hiring and recruiting new talent. Check out our three reasons why you should be hiring during a pandemic below:

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Topics: Recruitment Advertising, Company Culture

6 Business Benefits of Being on Instagram

Posted by Cathy Atkins on October 6, 2020 at 9:16 AM

Originally published 03-02-2018. Updated 10-06-2020.

Instagram just turned 10 today, so we thought it would only be right to celebrate by sharing some of the benefits of utilizing the platform!

These days, consumers tend to judge a business’ credibility based on their presence on (or absence from) social media. But which social platforms are truly worth the time and the effort that it takes to be successful?

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Topics: Social Media

BrandKamp is Back!

Posted by Carrie Berkbuegler on October 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Get ready campers - BrandKamp is back! 

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Business Growth Strategy, brandkamp

2 of 12 Causes of Advertising Failure: Big Reach Small Budget

Posted by Carla Leible on September 11, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Originally published 9-28-2015. Updated 9-11-2020

Let’s see if this story sounds familiar… a local business owner spent months researching her marketing options. She knew she wanted to be on a few radio stations. Her competitors were on TV, so she was interested in options on a local channel, and of course she knew she needed to be online, though she wasn't sure exactly where or how. Her employees insisted she should put a coupon in direct mail, and a close friend swore she'd regret it if she didn’t do billboards.

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Topics: Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Business Growth Strategy

Why Radio is King

Posted by Jon Sheltmire on September 8, 2020 at 10:15 AM

According to Nielsen, 92% of Americans listen to radio every week. Compare that to the number who consume television on a weekly basis; surprisingly, just 87%. Podcasts bring up the distant rear with a mere 22%.

Across all demographics, radio is the most popular form of media in America. For adults ranging in age from 18 and up, radio reaches between 90 and 94% of them all. But why is radio king? How has it enjoyed such an enduring reign? Here are some likely reasons:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Radio Marketing

3 Ways You Can Improve Employee Retention

Posted by Jonathan Durbin on September 4, 2020 at 10:15 AM

In today’s uncertain landscape, a unified team is essential for success within any company. A team that is unified tends to be more productive and brings better results while generally having more fun doing it. The best way to ensure your team is one that supports and empowers one another, look no further than employee engagement and retention. Check out how you can improve employee retention and bolster engagement below:

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Topics: Recruitment Advertising

3 Keys to a Strong Marketing Strategy

Posted by Josh Ryan Smith on September 2, 2020 at 1:25 PM

This is one of the main differences between business owners who experience success and those who are just trying to stay afloat. All successful businesses have a clear marketing strategy that makes everything they do more effective.

Many small business owners get overwhelmed with daily marketing tasks like sending emails, tweeting, advertising, blogging and so on, so they aren’t taking the time to work on the decisions that’ll improve the performance of their tactics.

Strategy is simply the decisions you need to make so your tactics work better. Your marketing strategy is the foundation for creating awareness, generating interest, closing new sales, and continuing customer engagement.

Your marketing strategy guides your company culture, your products and services, and your pricing.

Here are a few keys to consider when creating a strong marketing strategy:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Business Growth Strategy

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