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The Ultimate Business Owner's New Year's Resolution Checklist

Posted by Carla Leible on December 10, 2020 at 2:55 PM

Originally published 12-20-2018. Updated on 12-10-2020.

The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect on your business’s growth. What were the highlights of 2020? What would you like to improve on? Where would you like to grow in 2021?

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Business Growth Strategy, Business Leaders

4 of 12 Causes of Advertising Failure: Unsubstantiated Claims

Posted by Cathy Atkins on December 3, 2020 at 8:50 AM

Originally published 10-12-2015. Updated 12-03-2020.

Lose an average of 30 pounds without dieting or exercise!” While most reasonable people may know that claims like this are bogus, and there is no “magic pill” to battle the bulge, many Americans fall for these deceptive and unsubstantiated claims day after day making it the #4 no-no in our 12-part series on causes of advertising failure.

In this article we’re going to outline reasons why making unsubstantiated claims is false advertising which is not only illegal, it’s harmful to your credibility, creates a bad reputation for your brand, and leads to a significant loss in customer loyalty.

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Topics: Advertising, Business Growth Strategy

BrandKamp: Do You Have a Media Mix...or a Mess? [VIDEO]

Posted by Carrie Berkbuegler on November 4, 2020 at 1:48 PM

We love chocolate cake...any cake, really. As Chuck Mefford demonstrates, they aren't that hard to make! Gather a relatively short list of some of your favorite ingredients...dump them in a bowl, mix, bake and voila!

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Business Growth Strategy, brandkamp

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

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

Why Your Business Needs a Social Media Manager

Posted by Christine Lepp on April 17, 2020 at 11:35 AM

It is clear over the past 10 years how popular social media marketing has become. But, believe it or not, some businesses are still not executing the correct social media strategy or think that it has no effect on their business. Spoiler Alert: it most definitely does. When you hire a person who studies social media platforms and is dedicated to engaging with customers, producing branding and sales driven content, and building awareness that is HUGE for your business. Still don’t believe us? Here are are top reasons why your business needs a social media manager:

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Topics: Business Growth Strategy, Social Media, Social Media Marketing

5 Ways to Make it Easy for your Customers to do Business with you

Posted by Christine Lepp on April 3, 2020 at 11:13 AM

We like “easy.” Who doesn’t? In fact, the easier it is, the more we like it...and the more we’ll keep on doing it. What’s true in life is also true in business. It’s not a complicated concept...make it easy for your customers to do business with you. The easier it is for people to buy your products and services, the more likely it is they’ll do it...and keep doing it. Therefore, the last thing you want to do is unintentionally complicate the buying process. Here are 5 ways to examine your business model and make changes that create an easier customer experience.

Your customers are the reason you are in business, so the least we can do is give them an easier, more seamless buying experience. Examine your business and ask yourself honestly, “Where am I complicating things and missing opportunities? Where am I slow to embrace new methods or technologies that would help my customers want to do business with me?” We thought about those questions...and here are the answers we came up with:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Business Growth Strategy

What's the Jam on Jingles?

Posted by Carla Leible on March 4, 2020 at 1:51 PM

“Call 1-800 steemer… Stanley Steemer gets carpet cleaner!”

“Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that... Kitkat bar!”

“Like a good neighbor… State Farm is there!” 

(We are willing to bet you just sang those catchy jingles while reading them…)

Some may say that nothing can drive an advertising message like a catchy jingle. We like to think of jingles as an important part of your “audio signature.” Whether your listeners love it or hate it, a good jingle will relate your brand name with a concept, idea, or promotion. While many people believe that jingles are outdated, we disagree. In fact, one recent study found that 89 percent of participants believed jingles to be an effective method of advertising.

So, does your business need a jingle? Here are three reasons why your answer should be yes:

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Topics: Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Business Growth Strategy

How to Use Magazine Advertising to Brand Your Business

Posted by Carrie Berkbuegler on February 18, 2020 at 12:26 PM

You've probably heard the phrase "print is dead." Given the surge in increased digital usage, current trends in print readership seem to support that statement. However, while magazine is a printed medium, it is not considered "print" in the journalistic sense of the word. The word "print" refers to the world of newspapers, while magazine is a different beast. There are those who prophesied the decline of magazine in the face of its digital counterparts, however, recent data reveals that prediction to have been false. Magazine readership continues to grow.  Online readership has served to enhance, not replace, our favorite magazines. There's absolutely no indication that magazine readership is doing anything but increasing. In fact, many newspapers created magazines as a last-ditch effort to bring in additional revenue. Magazines remain to be a powerful branding strategy and a lucrative form of advertising…if utilized correctly. Here’s how to build your brand using magazine advertising:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Business Growth Strategy, Magazine Advertising

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