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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Did you know that 74% of people find those who save money responsibly more attractive? This means that the tides have turned, and those who save, not spend, are the new sexy. So, what does that have to do with you as a small business owner? Well, we’ve found some ways it should actually impact...

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It’s no secret that your business needs to use advertising to reach new customers. If you aren’t, it could be that you haven’t had the chance to give advertising a try, or you haven’t known how to start. We’re here to tell you exactly what you need to start advertising today or in the near...

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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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