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As small business owners, we all dream of a place where we don’t have to guess what people want or like to do. In this place, we have a 360-view of their favorite places to eat, drink, and play. We are invited into conversations among friends about pressures and pain points, brand fails, and unicorns….

The average person will spend nearly two hours a day on social media which adds up to a little over 5 years spent over a lifetime. And these times are expected to increase as social media networks become smarter and work harder to deliver experiences that consumers want to be a part of. For small…

The success of any marketing strategy is at the mercy of how well you understand the data it produces. Identifying and understanding the metrics relevant to your chosen marketing vehicle could be the difference between overspending on tactics that are ineffective or spending just the right amount and seeing a good return.  For brands looking…

Adult consumers currently spend about two hours a day using mobile apps on their smartphones. So it comes as no surprise that many brands feel compelled to get a piece of that action by creating a mobile app for their business. But, creating the app is probably the easiest part. As of March 2017, there…

Women mistrust advertising today.  And why not?  Bloomingdale’s issued an apology for a 2015 catalog ad that many saw as encouraging date rape. In the ad, a man is seen staring at a beautiful woman who is looking in the opposite direction and includes the caption, “Spike Your Best Friend’s Egg Nog When They’re Not Looking.”…

Despite the advent of new technologies, it’s getting harder to reach consumers. Not because they aren’t connected. It’s quite the opposite. Consumers are so connected that the large audience you want to reach is now fragmented, spread thin across numerous digital channels. For brands hoping to reach their audience online, they’re faced with two choices:…

February is a time to reflect on the relationships you’ve built with the ones you love. And for small business owners, few relationships are as treasured as those you’ve cultivated with your customers. By developing a customer relationship marketing strategy, you not only strengthen ties with existing customers, but are certain to woo new ones…

Marketing is changing. The fundamental principles of marketing still exist, but the “how to” has changed dramatically. As marketers, we create an exchange of value between brands and the consumers they service. But to remain relevant, we’ve had to adapt our strategies to keep pace with the market trends currently disrupting small business marketing as we…

Tired of DIY marketing? Well, you should be. It’s hard enough to manage running a business without throwing in how to market it. That is, unless you’re a marketer. The fact is, running an effective marketing program takes not only an in-depth understanding of your core business and culture, but also a strategic perspective on…

For those who have been in business for a while now, you have at least a high-level understanding of how marketing impacts your sales. You’ve noticed trends that stimulate an increase and missteps that trigger a decline. But one thing is certain; a failure to connect your marketing with your sales objectives won’t deliver good…

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