8 Keys to a Productive End of 2014

For small business owners and employees alike, the end of the year can either be wildly hectic or oddly calm. We’ve found that most businesses deal with one of these two extremes during this time of the year, and either way, it’s imperative to remain productive before the last page on your calendar flips over. ...

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Creating Brand Loyalty by Putting Joy into your Marketing

Leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and joy is permeating the air as we delve further into the 2014 holiday season. But that joy isn’t just a fun by-product of the winter holidays every year, it’s also an important part of your marketing — now and year-round. Yes, you read that right! Joy is...

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Case Study: Attract Upscale Customers with Direct Mail

We’re just two weeks away from Thanksgiving, and that delicious celebration brings the start of the holiday shopping frenzy. Did we just send your mind into a tailspin? Not to worry, there is still plenty of time to create a dynamic marketing campaign that is sure to bring in holiday sales! In fact, a high-impact...

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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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If you’re thinking about your business’s advertising budget for next year, take a look at our latest survey. We polled 751 small businesses from a variety of sectors and found a growing trend toward digital ads and social media marketing. If you’re not sure where to spend your advertising dollars, let our 2014 survey be...

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Have you been wondering if direct mail is worth the investment for your niche business? You wouldn’t be alone. In fact, we get that question all the time. You serve a targeted community of people who are interested in the particular niche you provide, so is direct mail an effective way to reach those people?...

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Recently, we sat down with small business owners to discover how they advertise and why they choose the media they do. We outlined our findings to see if other local business owners could relate to the marketing strategies and processes. We didn’t just ask how they advertise their businesses on traditional channels. We also wanted...

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If you keep up with our blog, you should be pretty well-versed in all things related to competitive intelligence. However, if you’re just joining the party, you may need to do a little catching up before you read on. Learn all about why competitive intelligence is important for your small business with our post on...

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