How the 5 Stages of the Buying Cycle Impact Your Retail Store

Today, “omni-channel marketing” and retailing is all the rage. Of course, omni-channel is just a fancy name for attempting to reach your customers every way possible — from smartphones and tablets, to time spent inside of your store. With all of the different channels your customers use, does that mean your foot traffic and in-store...

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9 Social Media Mistakes You Need to Avoid

The world of social media marketing represents an enormous opportunity for local businesses. You can instantly connect with customers near and far, as well as find new customers you might not have otherwise. It’s no wonder businesses are flocking to this growing and evolving marketing medium. In fact, 93% of marketers use social media for...

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8 Ultimate Motivation Tips for Small Businesses

Even the best of us can get a little run down from time to time. You’ve been working hard to meet the needs of customers in your community day in and day out. It’s no wonder you’re tired! During times like these, sometimes it can be a challenge to find that energy or motivation for...

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It’s official- The Autumnal Equinox passed on Monday and that means we’ve passed into fall! The season of state fairs, pumpkin beverages and changing leaves has arrived, and many stores have had themed products on their shelves for weeks. We probably don’t have to tell you that fall also brings a broad selection of community...

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It’s easy to get caught up in a price war with your competitors. After all, customers are likely to respond to a great offer or sale. For many businesses, however, competing primarily on price point shouldn’t become a long-term sales strategy. So, what’s the best sales differentiator for persuading consumers? Value. Identifying what your product...

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LinkedIn is a necessary part of marketing your small business. Don’t believe us? Let’s start with a handful of ways this social media vehicle can help your company: lead generation, traffic for your website, improved search ranking, better personal branding, community partnerships, industry knowledge growth and recruitment. That’s a lot of ways one site can...

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It’s a common concern for marketers and business owners alike: how do I get the most out of my marketing and my budget? After all, it’s essential to maximize your budget for efficiency and productivity. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few ways you can cut out all the unnecessary spending in your...

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Have you ever heard the saying “little things make big things happen”? Well it couldn’t be truer for the Call-to-Action in your direct mail campaigns After all, the call to action is the piece of your mailer that encourages your customers to take the next step in the purchasing process. The ultimate goal of your...

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The coupon is as American as apple pie – and we’re not the only ones who think that. Coupons have become so ingrained in the consumer psyche that they’re arguably one of the most important parts of a marketer’s toolbox. It should come as no surprise that the coupon is keeping up with the times....

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It’s the first week of September – or Savetember as we like to call it – and around here, we all know what that means. It’s National Coupon Month! If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, we’re also celebrating our 46th birthday. That’s 46 years of helping local businesses reach their customers, and helping consumers save....

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We live in a fast-paced, ever-changing world that produces next-level gadgets and innovative technology on a regular basis. These new mediums are often seen as potential new marketing opportunities to businesses of all shapes and sizes. It’s easy to see why business owners can become overwhelmed by the many options at their disposal. When your...

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Launch your business to the next level by tapping into the growing world of augmented reality. No, it’s not science fiction anymore; but instead a cool tool for businesses that want to offer real-time deals and resonate with the mobile-savvy generation. Interactive Technology Augmented reality (AR is the common acronym), is still a developing technology....

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Today, customer service doesn’t stop when the customer walks out of your business, or hangs up the phone. That’s because every interaction consumers have with your brand, whether in person or online, contributes to their perception of your level of service. In this hyper connected world, how do you make sure your service is achieving...

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