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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...

3 Steps to Finding the Right Media Buyer for Your SMB

By Jenna Bruce on Mon, May 22, 2017 @ 02:09 PM in integrated marketing plan, media buyer, media planning, media planning agency, partnership

We’re often asked why a company should work with a media buyer when they can execute their own media buys. After all, media buyers are an added expense to a sometimes already-tight advertising budget.

Think of it this way: you can technically gut...

How to Mix Media Like a Pro

By Jenna Bruce on Mon, May 15, 2017 @ 01:59 PM in advertising, integrated marketing, target audience, print ads, Media Mix, targeting

Inlast week’s blogpost I talked about what media mixing is and why you should be doing it. This week, let’s dive into how to go about it.

Though I’ll break it down more as we go, the KEY to determining the right mix of media is to think about who it...

Media Mixing: It’s Easier Than You Think

By Jenna Bruce on Fri, May 12, 2017 @ 09:31 AM in integrated marketing plan, integrate print and digital, integrated advertising campaign, Media Mix

Digital technology and the Internet have changed how consumers get information. While in the past, most relied on one or two main channels for information gathering; today’s consumers rely on far more.

If you want to ensure you reach your target...

3 Ways to Create Revenue-Generating Direct Mail Campaigns

By Jenna Bruce on Thu, May 04, 2017 @ 11:58 AM in advertising, benefits of print, direct marketing, direct mail

I found my old Trapper Keeper over the weekend. (If you’re under 35, Google it). I thought my Trapper Keeper was the coolest thing ever back in the day (still kinda do) and couldn’t wait to show it to my daughter, who I thought might want to use it...

Avoid These 6 FSI Mistakes and Earn Big This Memorial Day

By Jenna Bruce on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 08:00 AM in print advertising, frequency of newspapers ads, free standing inserts, preprint

When it comes to insider marketing, there is no more effective option than insert media. Think about it: getting your offer inside of an already-trusted and beloved newspaper means customers will automatically see your company and offer in the best...

3 Tips on Getting Customer Reviews

By Jenna Bruce on Mon, Apr 10, 2017 @ 09:00 AM in print advertising, reviews, ratings

I almost don’t remember a time before Yelp. I don’t want to remember a time before Yelp. Yelp, and other consumer review sites, are what keep me from getting a hair-don’t. Review sites are what ensure I never pay $400 for a spark plug. And review...

Five Things You’re Doing Wrong with Your Billboard Ads

By Jenna Bruce on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 12:00 PM in advertising, advertising strategy, billboard

As new channels become available to marketers and integrative campaigns become even more complex (and CMOs become even more accountable for delivering big results), it becomes increasingly important to make every advertising dollar count.

Billboard...