How to Utilize LinkedIn for your Small Business

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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Don’t Overspend on Small Business Marketing

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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Improving the Call-to-Action in your Marketing

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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A healthy marketing strategy starts with identifying your target market and ideal customer, and then building out a plan to appeal to their wants and needs. To help you refine your marketing, it’s important to focus on the two major kinds of customers in that strategy. The two types of customers are people who skew...

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Mobile marketing is the latest marketing frontier for local businesses to take advantage of, and as your consumers are getting more mobile, it’s time to follow suit. As a small business owner, you might be wondering just what you need to use to reach these mobile customers. One of the most common debates in the...

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It’s safe to say we are officially in the midst of the summer season, and unless you are in a tourist area, that often means things are a bit quieter around your business. Summer solstice has passed, and many families are headed off on vacations, or to explore their local region. So, how do you...

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Do you feel like you’re up to speed when it comes to recognizing the importance of competitive intelligence? If you need a refresher, start with this post. Once you have the general overview from a business strategy perspective, make sure to jump over and learn how to evaluate your competitor’s print advertising here. Now we’ll...

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It’s one of the undeniable truths about marketing a business: you can’t beat good old-fashioned word-of-mouth marketing. The question is how do you get customers buzzing about your business to all their friends, family, and acquaintances? To help you with the “how” of this powerful form of marketing, we’ve rounded up the best word-of-mouth marketing...

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I bet you didn’t know that 90% of online shoppers say they find video helpful in making shopping and buying decisions. That’s a pretty strong statement about the marketing power of using video! I know what you’re probably thinking: isn’t video expensive? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Today you can take a quality video...

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What are your ultimate marketing goals? We’d guess: drive sales, foot traffic and brand awareness to your business. Are we right? This was the case when the people at CarMax came to see if advertising with Valpak could help grow their business. From our experience, and CarMax’, nothing is better than direct mail when it...

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For many businesses it’s the highlight of the summer; the “Black Friday” of the season, if you will. We’re talking about Independence Day, of course! As the last big holiday before fall, it’s the opportune moment to rope in locals and tourists alike for big sales and increase your business’ foot traffic. Naturally you want...

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If you’re running a small business, you may have concerns about digital marketing. What are the best practices? What do I absolutely need, and what don’t I need right now? These are all valid questions, especially in a digital world that seems to be rapidly changing! You probably have a website already, but with the...

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By now you probably know why competitive intelligence is important, and how your business can utilize it to your advantage. If you missed our first post about competitive intelligence, don’t worry! You can hop over and check out all the basics by going here. We’ll wait for you to come back. Done? Great. Now we’re...

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