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Let’s face it, marketing can be hard! In each marketing blog post, we hope you’ll find the information you need for your business marketing success.

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brand development

Brand Development Doesn’t Have to be Expensive

I’m continually amazed at how often we in the marketing profession, and those in business, assume that brand development has to be expensive! This misnomer is honestly come by, though, because in good times, it’s easy to spend a lot of money on updating your brand image. But having cash ready to spend isn’t a prerequisite to… Read More

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Fun Marketing Campaigns Can Make Your Brand Memorable

What’s your claim to fame? How is your brand memorable in your community? Are you the go-to business for sponsoring non-profits either monetarily or with volunteers? Do you have a big annual blow-out sale? Do you get wacky at Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day with fun marketing campaigns? Crazy sports fan? The brand is all… Read More

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Reputation Management: Your Brand on the Web

The Web. Twitter. Facebook.  Biznik. Foursquare. Merchant Circle. Blogs and Comments. If you’re not at least aware of how these websites are already affecting your brand – it’s time to figure out online reputation management, NOW. Whether or not you intentionally maintain a presence on social media, your business, your brand, your customers, and your… Read More

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5 Reasons a Local Business Owner Should be Involved in Social Media

There are many reasons that every local business should be involved in local social media.  I’ve found that if it takes more than five reasons, then they are afraid of what they don’t understand, or are fearful of change.  To go beyond five you are just reaffirming to someone who believes in what you are… Read More

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Using Social Media Apps with Promotions

We’re rolling out social media promotions for a local client of ours.  The business will be giving away a pair of season tickets to the Oregon Ducks 2010 Football season.  A hot ticket!  The Ducks went to the Rose Bowl last year and had been picked to win the Pac-10 again.  The Ducks have sold… Read More

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Media Fragmentation, It Always Seems To Happen

How much has social media fragmentation affected your audience and at what cost?  Traditional media tries to entertain an audience and keep it, so they can then sell advertising within that form of entertainment.  While the programming and editorial content has become corporate blah for the most part audiences, have rushed over to other venues… Read More

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Tiny Brand Moments

In the midst of running a business, it’s admittedly difficult to maintain the focus on what your brand stands for. After all, you’ve got customers needs to meet, deadlines to manage, and in some cases, employees to direct. That is why it is critical that you take the time to make sure that everything you’re… Read More

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Thoughts on Traditional Media Meeting Social Media

I saw a commercial the other night from Coleman; you know the lantern and overnight camp gear company.  Their claim was that they were the original social network, pretty clever I thought and pretty much on target.  While brands that target a younger and more geeky, (for lack of a better word) consumer with social… Read More

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Social Marketing: Why it matters.

We do believe that social media and social marketing has radically altered advertising. We believe that social media can level the playing field between Madison Avenue and local business owners. It’s not a fad, the landscape of social media has changed dramatically over the past three years, and what we see today will dramatically change… Read More

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Lessons in Brand Authenticity

I stumbled across a question posed on LinkedIn this morning that got me thinking. The question was: How do you see social platforms evolving in the future? And while I answered it from a personal standpoint, I neglected the answer from a brand authenticity perspective – an oversight I aim to correct here. Social Media… Read More

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Who is your ideal customer? Do you really know?

In my years of selling media, I’ve met with hundreds of local business owners. In asking business owners to describe who their ideal customers or clients were, they usually explained who they wished their customers were and not who their customers actually were. They may have seen a couple of BMW’s or Mercedes pull into… Read More