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Why Radio is the Key to Driving Foot Traffic to Your Business

Posted by Brett James on April 9, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Foot traffic is essential to running a brick-and-mortar business, as more traffic opens up more opportunities for sales and customer engagement. This, in turn, leads to higher revenues.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy

5 Things You Should Know About Brand Awareness Campaigns

Posted by Brett James on March 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Building brand awareness is key to promoting your business. It refers to the extent to which customers can recall or recognize a brand, and it can have a positive impact on your marketing efforts, consumer perception and revenue. For this reason, most businesses rely on brand awareness campaigns to increase their visibility.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Marketing to Women: 4 Strategies Auto Shops Can Use

Posted by Brett James on February 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

It’s no secret that many auto shops have trouble attracting women to their business. And although they also need car maintenance, you’ll find that not too many shops really cater to women on their level. Done right, marketing to women can create a huge opportunity for auto repair shops, as 85% of people bringing in their vehicles to be serviced is women. Here are 4 strategies auto shop owners can use to better market to women:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Auto

How to Market Your Lawn Business During the Winter Months

Posted by Brett James on January 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM

The temperature has dipped, the mittens have emerged from storage, and the rush of business has dwindled considerably. Winter can feel particularly chilly for a seasonal business that relies on warmer weather. While lawn care may seem to be tied to those higher temperatures by default, smart lawn care marketing ensures that your brand is the first one that "springs" to mind once the thaw rolls around. Here's how to keep your leads warm no matter how cold it gets outside:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Why You Should Be Marketing Your Roofing Company Year-Round (Even in the Winter)

Posted by Brett James on January 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM

In all but the warmest climates, roofing jobs are typically done during the spring and summer months. This is partly due to customer demand, but it is also because it's much harder to do the work in colder temperatures or when the roof is covered with snow, for example. Because of these things, business for roofers tend to lag during the winter, and it is often tempting to stop marketing during this off-season. However, it is a mistake to do this. People look for roofers all year round, and often decide who to call long before they actually pick up their phones.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Home Improvement

Consistency is Critical (What That Means for Your Home Improvement Marketing)

Posted by Brett James on December 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Seasonal businesses like home improvement may be tempted to ease up on marketing during the off-months, but this can be a mistake. It's very important to remain consistent throughout the year regardless of the activity level of the company. This helps to ensure that people have your business in mind when the time comes to make buying decisions. It also providesseveral other benefits, like building trust and driving customer loyalty.

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Topics: Home Improvement

The Value of Jingles

Posted by Brett James on December 4, 2018 at 11:58 AM

While the popularity of jingles might have peaked in the 1950s, the radio jingle is still an invaluable marketing tool. Advertisers have not given up on this clever tool by a long shot. Brands like McDonald’s and Nationwide still work to generate the goodwill and nostalgia that jingles, at their very best, have done so well for nearly a century.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy

Get Ready to Transform Your Brand at BrandsFormation!

Posted by Brett James on October 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Earlier this year, we partnered with branding expert Chuck Mefford to teach Four-State businesses how to develop their brand through his revolutionary BrandsFormation workshop. The overwhelming feedback we received from attendees convinced us that we need to make this event available to more businesses in our community, so we're bringing Chuck back for an encore!

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Topics: BrandsFormation

Is Branding Frivolous for Farms? (Definitely Not!)

Posted by Brett James on October 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM

There’s a good chance you already have a brand strategy for your farm. You know the types of products and services that you offer, how you differentiate yourself from competitors, and why your farm is uniquely suited to a specific type of consumer. Guess what? You're essentially "branding" your farm! Branding is simply telling a compelling story about your business in a way that interests your core audience.

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Topics: Agriculture

3 Reasons Consistency Is Critical for Your Home Improvement Marketing

Posted by Brett James on September 20, 2018 at 8:00 AM

There’s a good chance that your potential clients have been inspired by Fixer Upper, The Property Brothers, or similar home remodeling shows. They encourage homeowners to step up their “home-improvement game” by taking on small and large renovation projects, and giving them the inspiration they need to tackle their own. But with so many options for home improvement businesses in the Four States Area, how will they choose which is the best partner for their project?

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Topics: Home Improvement

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