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What the Solar Eclipse Taught Us About Marketing

By Jenna Bruce on Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 09:00 AM in advertising, integrated marketing, keywords

What the Solar Eclipse Taught Us About Marketing

Did you see it? Were you one of the millions who caught sight of the solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017? It was an historic event, and one that inspired people from around the world to travel to the...

How Small Local Businesses Can Leverage Digital Marketing to Get Ahead

By Jenna Bruce on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 @ 09:00 AM in digital advertising, social media, digital ads, email marketing

You’ve no doubt heard the story about David and Goliath. Goliath, a giant of a man, a trained warrior in fact, was set to fight a small, young boy. It should have been no match, as the only weapons David had was a small stone and sling. Well, if you...

How to Become a Better Marketer in Less Than 7 Minutes

By Jenna Bruce on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 @ 09:00 AM in print advertising, local marketing, competing clients, print ads, marketing goals, partnership, results

Here are things that take approximately 7 minutes to accomplish:

  • Hard-boil an egg
  • Make a bowl of oatmeal – (instant)
  • Pay your credit card bill
  • Repeatedly tell your dog to get off the sofa (perhaps that’s just my house)
  • Inflate your bicycle tires
  • ...

5 Must-Dos for Local Marketing Success

By Jenna Bruce on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 08:55 AM in local marketing, local, print, advertisers, social media advertising, branding

Would you be surprised to hear that 62% of phone calls made to small businesses go unanswered? And by unanswered I don’t mean they go to voicemail, I mean they just keep ringing and ringing and ringing. Only 38% of calls actually get forwarded to...

How Much Does Direct Mail Marketing Cost?

By Jenna Bruce on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 @ 12:45 PM in advertising, print, print ads, direct mail

Did you hear the news? Print is dead. Did you hear the other news? The idea of print being dead is completely bogus.

Data continuously shows that consumers respond favorably to direct mail. And here are some stats to back that up:

4 Ways Small Business Owners Can (Almost) Guarantee Their Success

By Jenna Bruce on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 @ 10:59 AM in advertising, benefits of print, media planning, small business, marketing goals

Starting a small business is akin to ice skating on mud – it’s really, really hard. Actually, to be more accurate, starting a small business is hard, but getting that business to grow and succeed is next to impossible, or so it seems.

According to...

Do Your Print Ads Grab Attention Fast Enough?

By Jenna Bruce on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 @ 08:40 AM in magazines, magazine advertising, newspaper, local newspaper advertising, innovative print ads, creative print ads, print ads

Do Your Print Ads Grab Attention Fast Enough?

These days, about the only thing getting shorter than people’s patience, is people’s attention span. And, as these attention spans shrink, marketers must find ways to use their advertising to hook...

10 Marketing Mistakes That Will Kill Your Business

By Jenna Bruce on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 @ 02:30 PM in integrate print and digital, media buyer, media planning, KPIs, ROI, Key Performance Indicators

Small business owners eat, sleep and breathe revenue. Much of their day is spent thinking of how to gain more customers and increase that bottom line. Far too often, however, they don’t give enough thought as to whether or not their marketing...

PR Tips for SMBs

By Jenna Bruce on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 @ 10:37 AM in advertising, advertising strategy, public relations

“There is only one thing worse in the world than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

~ Oscar Wild

Oscar and other famous people throughout history have eluded to the fact that there is no such thing as bad publicity. And while...

4 Ways to Tank Your Social Media Campaigns

By Jenna Bruce on Thu, Jun 01, 2017 @ 04:11 PM in online, social media, online advertising, social media engagement, integrate print and digital, Twitter, Facebook

Reaching and engaging customers via the proliferation of social media channels has become a huge priority for most businesses. And yet many of these companies create and post pointless, promoted posts, sharing information none of their customers...