- 04 Jan
6 Promotional Marketing Trends to Watch in 2019
Promotional Materials Still Maintain a Strong Impact
But interestingly, non-digital channels still hold a huge amount of influence in today’s internet driven world. And of these, promotional marketing could be seen as one of the most consistently successful at both driving sales and brand presence. But, it helps to know what your customers are looking for in the promotional space and to recognize the trends.
After all, what do customers value from promotional materials? To learn the latest trends that are emerging in promotional marketing and how they will shape this still powerful marketing strategy in 2019, read on at Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 15 Dec
Dan Hoff Marketing Receives 2018 “Best of Award”
BELLINGHAM December 5, 2018
Dan Hoff Marketing has been selected for the 2018 Best of Bellingham Award. They have received this recognition in the Marketing Consultants category by the Bellingham Award Program.
Bellingham Award Program Honors Achievement
Each year, the Bellingham Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. And these are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. Plus, these exceptional companies help make the Bellingham area a great place to live, work and play.
About Bellingham Award Program
The Bellingham Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Bellingham area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Bellingham Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Bellingham Award Program
- 12 Dec
Four Steps to Ensure Your Email Campaigns Work
by Nora Snoddy
A common fallacy regarding email programs is that once you set them up, you’re done. The idea is that they are, and should be, self-sustaining. But, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Your email marketing demands regular maintenance. It needs consistent attention. And it needs a persistent desire to create a more meaningful connection between brand and customer. Those are prerequisites to a successful and profitable email program.
But How Can You Get There?
Make sure your email campaigns actually work as you’d like them to. Take these four steps outlined at MarketingProfs.com
- 05 Dec
How to Create a Buyer Persona That Works
No matter what you do for a living, you have customers. And odds are you want more of them. But every customer is not equally valuable to your business. And every potential customer out there does not want to buy what you sell or buy it from you.
You Need to Truly Deep Understand Your Best Prospects
The easiest way to develop that deep understanding of your best prospects is to think about the current customers you have. And, then identify what common traits they share. This is the start of building a persona. These are the people who you are most likely to delight over and over again.
The more detailed and realistic your persona is, the stronger tool it will become for you. Then you can let your personas guide your language, channels, and key messages. So, to learn how to How to create a buyer persona, read the full article on McLellan Marketing Group.
- 30 Nov
The Secret to How Small Businesses Can Impact Their Brand with Social Media
by Sian Jaylo
Unsurprisingly, most small businesses are on social media these days. But having a social media account isn’t enough to attract and engage your audience anymore. A business needs to be both creative and consistent if they want to get the attention of buyers and build relationships with customers. One way to do this is through a strong social media marketing campaign.
But, as a small business, you probably don’t have the ready resources to simply dedicate to social media. And that’s why it’s vital for a small business owner to be smart about social media.
So, what can a small business do to make their social media marketing campaign stronger? To learn the secret to how small businesses can impact their brand with Social Media, read the full article at DrumUp
- 22 Sep
The Ultimate Guide to Video Marketing
Brands need a video marketing strategy. Now, this idea isn’t new. But, what has changed is how important video has become on every platform and channel. It’s no longer just one piece of your overall marketing plan. It’s central to your outreach and campaign efforts. And especially important to your social strategy.
Why is This Important?
Well, if you aren’t creating video, you’re likely falling behind. But, don’t fret. For most videos, the more simple and raw it is, the more authentic the content seems. And that’s what really matters to your audience. And besides that, video production is more cost effective than ever. Now you can shoot in high-quality, 4K video with your smartphone.
So, with video getting cheaper and easier than ever, now is the time to make it work for your business. But, between camera equipment to lighting to editing software, the topic of video marketing can still seem pretty complicated. That’s why we compiled this guide. And to learn everything you need to know about video marketing, read the full guide at HubSpot.com
- 27 Aug
The Ultimate Guide to Marketing Trends in 2018
by Allie Decker
Marketing moves at the speed of light. At least it feels that way when you’re brainstorming a new campaign or strategy. And then, all of a sudden, a new statistic or technology release changes everything.
Ch. . . ch. . . ch . . . Changes . . .
On a yearly, quarterly, and even monthly basis, new trends and techniques pop up. And invariably, it will transform the way we attract, connect with, and market to our audiences.
But simply keeping up with the changes isn’t quite enough. To succeed in this fast-paced marketing world, you have to stay ahead of the game. That’s why the people over at HubSpot created a great guide to help. So, get the full report at HubSpot.com
- 22 Aug
What is a PR Strategy and Does Your Small Business Need It?
As a small business owner, it’s key that you do all you can to maintain a strong and credible reputation in the public eye. And a solid public relations strategy can help you do just that.
But, What is a PR strategy, You Ask?
In a nutshell, a public relations strategy lets your customers and the wider world know that your business exists. According to the Chartered Institute of Public Relations “Public Relations is about reputation. I t is the result of what you do, what you say and what others say about you”.
Well, that sounds simple enough. Right? But, why does your small business really need a PR strategy? To find out and to learn how to make it work for your small business, read the full article at Manta.com
- 20 Aug
The Ultimate Guide to Putting Facebook Ads to Work for Your Small Business
You’ve probably heard this before. But, Facebook can be a great, cost-effective lead source for your small business. For a large portion of the local small business market, it is already a staple of their marketing through organic contact with their followers.
However, statistics show that your organic Facebook posts might only reach about 2% of your followers on average. Now, while organic posts are still an essential part of any Facebook content marketing strategy, you’ll want to make sure paid advertising plays a large and effective role as well. Not only are paid ads your best bet at attracting new business – you can target the people you want them to be shown to, and your current audience will be more likely to see your posts.
But there’s a definite learning curve when it comes to Facebook ads. So, how can you make sure you’re getting the most out of your Facebook ads? Here are 7 tips that will help you strengthen your strategy and get the results you need at Manta.com
- 26 Jul
How Much Will Social Media Marketing Cost for Your Small Business?
ROI from social media marketing for your small business can be substantial. But so can the effort and cost of properly managing it. Once you have a budget, big or small, there are several options available when your SMB is ready to hashtag it’s way to the next level.
Small Business? Don’t Be UnSociable
You’ve been told that you need to leverage social media for your brand. And if you’re new to the platform, social media marketing (SMM) sounds a bit daunting to say the least. There are a lot of elements to success where SMM is concerned. This can include a strong objective, a strong plan, a strong strategy, a strong team. Oh, yea, and a budget and a plan for ROI.
As a small business, we know we need a social media marketing plan, but how much is all this going to cost you? To find out, read the full article at Manta.com
- 17 Jul
6 Social Media Marketing Strategies That Cost $0
Today, small businesses simply can’t afford to ignore social media. And there are several reasons why your business needs social media marketing. The number one reason being that it’s where your customers are. And, bear in mind that Facebook alone has more than 2.19 billion active monthly users. Plus Instagram is rapidly growing as well, with estimates at close to one-billion users.
The Sooner You Become Active on Social Media, the Better
And as a small business, there can be huge value in Social media marketing. It can allow you to attract new customers and engage with current customers, turning them into repeat customers. Now, while things like Facebook ads and paid promotion require monetary investment, there are several ways you can leverage the power of social media without spending any money.
Here are six ways that you can use social media to help grow your small business with zero cost at Manta.com
- 02 Jul
The Easy Guide to Optimizing Your Google My Business Listing
It’s always been a challenge to see any real success of local SEO. From link building to on-page and technical SEO, you still have to get the fundamentals of SEO absolutely right.
Google My Business – The Linchpin of Local SEO Success
One area to pay extra-close attention to is Google My Business. Without a well-optimized GMB listing you won’t get noticed. In fact, your chances of appearing in Google features like the Local Pack and Maps are going to be slim. With 97% of consumers looking online for local businesses in 2017, you need to do everything you can to be as visible as possible in front of this local audience.
Google My Business Now Offers a Whole New Slate of Features
With a whole host of new features for you to take advantage of, there’s plenty you can do to ensure this linchpin of local SEO is fully optimized. Not only that, it’ll encourage users to get in touch with you and convert, right from the listing itself. So, let’s take a look at some of the most useful features, and how you can use them to boost your local SEO on WordStream.com
- 23 Jun
The Art & Science of Social Media Marketing for Small Business
Here’s a surprising statistic. Today, 94 percent of small businesses are using social media for marketing purposes. Now, it’s likely that you’ve already begun to utilize some form of social media. But are you making the most of the platforms you’re using? Because it’s so easy to dive into social media, many entrepreneurs skip past the strategizing that’s necessary to fully experience the benefits of platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
From managing the company Facebook page to fielding customer questions on Twitter, most small businesses are already utilizing some form of social media to generate awareness for their products, services or brand online. But is social media actually helping you reach your goals?
You can become a social media power user
It is possible for you to publish content that better supports marketing goals and drives engagement. All by following established best practices and optimization techniques. And to learn what they are and how to best use them, read the full article at the Deluxe Small Business Resource Center
- 23 May
Your Organization’s Mark On The World
The importance of your organization’s unique trade mark can never be overemphasized. Your trade mark needs to be protected both legally and by using it wisely.
Your Trade Mark – One of the Most Valuable and Important Assets Your Company Has
In marketing terms, your trade name, and trade market are important. But the mark that can mean the most to your business may be the one that your organization is leaving on your community. So, whether you are a solopreneur, have fewer than 20 employees or maybe have a few hundred people who work in your organization – you can leave your mark. And being an organization that changes the course of your community is good for business.
Here are some of the ways it translates to your bottom line at McLellanMarketing.com
- 21 Apr
A Bird in the Hand can be Your Golden Goose
It’s only natural. When it comes to sales and hitting your sales goals you focus on the people who have already demonstrated that they’re willing to give you money. But, it turns out they’re the most likely ones to give you even more.
Consider these facts from both a Forrester Research study and a Harvard Business Review research project:
- Acquiring a new customer can cost five times more than satisfying and retaining current customers
- A 2 percent increase in customer retention has the same effect as cutting costs by 10 percent
- A 5 percent reduction in client defection can increase profits by 25-125 percent (industry specific but seriously – 25% is the low end!)
- On average, loyal customers are worth up to 10 times as much as their initial purchase
- The cost of bringing a new customer to the same level of profitability as a lost one is up to 16 times more
- 12 Apr
Get Web Traffic Without Relying on Google – or Spending a Dime
- Apr 12, 2018
- Dan Hoff
- Google, Google AdWords, Marketing for Small Business, Search Engine Marketing
by Neil Patel
As of this month, Google had almost 75% of the search engine market share. And that means that far more people are looking for information on Google than on any other search engine. So, if you have a new website, you should be putting most of your energy into ranking on Google, right?
That May Not be the Best Way
There’s no doubt that Google is a big player when it comes to generating web traffic and that AdWords can help you get where you want to go – fast. But not everyone who is just starting out can afford to go all in on AdWords.
So, how do you get website traffic without relying on Google? Believe it or not, it’s possible. And you can even do it for free. And to learn how, read the full article at KISSmetrics.com
- 02 Apr
14 Ways to Get Free Advertising for Your Business
When you work at a small business with a limited budget, there probably isn’t a huge advertising budget. It’s not really possible to shell out $340,000 for a 30-second TV commercial. Or to spend $10,000 for an email marketing campaign.
When Your Budget Dictates How Many People Your Business Can Reach
Surprisingly, there are a lot of free ways to supplement your paid advertising efforts. By incorporating free advertising tactics into your strategy, you can remove some nonessential costs and dedicate your budget to deeper, more longterm plays. In fact, we suggest some of these methods regardless of your budget.
To help you spread the word about your business without breaking the bank, here are 14 ways to get advertising for free. To see them all, read the full article on Ways to Get Free Advertising at HubSpot.com
- 21 Mar
Facebook Management Tips for Small Businesses: Everything You Need to Know
“Hello! Earth to Major Thom . . .”
Now, that’s a massive disconnect between small businesses and their target audience. A massive disconnect that many Facebook management agencies tend to discredit. And, it’s no wonder that such agencies and small businesses, who simply rely on posting “creative content” on Facebook, never see an ROI.
To reach and influence target groups, you need the right Facebook marketing strategy. And, additionally, you will need a good social media management tool that can help you execute it. So, to give you a little help, here are 21 Facebook management tips for small businesses and social media agencies on the DrumUp Blog
- 17 Feb
The 5 Commandments For a High Impact Social Media Presence
by Faye Ferris
Each second, there are over 61,000 searches made on Google. And there are 7,698 tweets, along with 794 Instagram posts. So how can you make sure you stand out in such a concentrated arena? It’s every person for themselves out there.
And if you don’t stay on top of it, you will get lost in the crowd.
Long gone are the days where posts showed up in chronological order. Now each social media platform has their own algorithms. And, for the most part, they largely remain a mystery to most of the people using their platforms.
The good news is that there are simple things you can do to make sure your posts stay at the top of the feed for as long as possible, so you get plenty of bang for your buck. To learn how with The 5 Commandments For a High Impact Social Media Presence, read the full article on Jeffbullas’s Blog.