Should I Enforce a Uniform, or Dress Code?

It might not seem like a marketing problem, but we’ve previously discussed the ways in which your retail/customer facing staff can (and should) be considered marketing collateral. More than just that, but remember their power to influence customers—in real time. While not always a make or break, the ways in which your employees present themselvesContinue reading “Should I Enforce a Uniform, or Dress Code?”

Directions for Direct Mail

Direct mail advertising efforts go way back. And, while perhaps a more vintage medium, your campaigns there do not need to feel that way. There are plenty of ways to breathe new life into direct mail efforts; and with all that is going on in the post office right now, it’s a great way toContinue reading “Directions for Direct Mail”

The Power of the Influencer

Everybody is an influencer these days. We all have our own networks, of ranging sizes, that may look to us for inspiration; recommendations; information; and/or entertainment. Brands have recognized the power of those with particularly large, niche followings. And, as they’ve capitalized there, have also found value in the “micro-influencer.” Below, we’ll discuss a rangeContinue reading “The Power of the Influencer”

Leave an Imprint, with Print

Print advertising is a traditional medium that usually comes with a high price tag, and high risk. When implemented effectively, these efforts can be worth the investment. Below, explore some suggestions that can help optimize your efforts in print. Go Big, or Go Home If you’re spending the money on print advertising, don’t purchase theContinue reading “Leave an Imprint, with Print”

Expand-a-Brand

You’ve got a pretty well established brand. You have repeat customers, and they recommend your products or services. You’ve received some good reviews, have a website—maintain your social media. So, what’s next? Advertising, branding, communication, and marketing go deeper than your copy, logo, content, and budget. These business functions should inform all aspects of yourContinue reading “Expand-a-Brand”

Employing Efficient & Effective E-Mail Efforts

Marketing efforts via e-mail have a mixed reputation, mixed reviews, and mixed function. There are many different reasons why, and ways to deploy e-mail marketing efforts. You can use automated e-mails to seek reviews and feedback; create campaigns that promote an upcoming sale, exclusive offer; anything. No matter the goal you are trying to achieve,Continue reading “Employing Efficient & Effective E-Mail Efforts”

Your Consumers Are Talking. Are You Listening?

While a cornerstone of all well-executed promotional efforts: the deep understanding of, and ability to leverage your consumer insights, are extremely high level skill sets. There’s a real difference between knowing who your consumer is, and understanding how they operate; what they think, how they feel. Their desires and their motivations. Following, consider three waysContinue reading “Your Consumers Are Talking. Are You Listening?”

Keep Your Marketing Efforts Local

Especially if you’re a smaller brand with one, or a couple, location(s) in one general area: you don’t want or need to waste money on national efforts. Unless you have, or are trying to build out an e-commerce aspect to your business. Recently, I was approached to purchase ad space in a national magazine—for aContinue reading “Keep Your Marketing Efforts Local”

Brand Photography: to Capture or Collect?

One of the most important assets a marketing department has, is photography. A ton of it. Make the effort to acquire a range of diverse, high-quality images that capture your brand’s identity in various ways, to various levels. You want to ensure you have plenty of different content, to keep your feed entertaining and interesting—notContinue reading “Brand Photography: to Capture or Collect?”

Restaurant/Hospitality Industry Promotion

The hospitality industry is one of the largest, most global industries. In almost any corner of this Earth, you can find a place to stay, or eat—for the right price. Traditionally, the margins for this industry are horrendously low. This can make spending on advertising a particularly severe sting, especially for smaller brands and businesses.Continue reading “Restaurant/Hospitality Industry Promotion”