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What Are The Recruitment Best Practices?

Posted by Kent Huff on June 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Building strong best practices for recruitment is similar to building a strong sales pitch for potential customers. Your goals in both scenarios are to attract the best candidates to come on board with your company and develop long-term alliances that benefit you both. 

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Topics: Recruitment

Why Top of Mind Awareness Is More Valuable than Aided Awareness

Posted by Kent Huff on March 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM

When calculating a brand's value, one of the most important metrics is awareness. While most businesses are concerned about raising brand awareness, not everyone realizes that there are different levels of awareness. The most important distinction is between top of mind (or unaided) vs. aided awareness. In order to identify these differences in awareness, you need to ask certain questions. There can be dramatic differences in the results produced from different types of awareness. In one study of car purchasing behavior, a Nielsen study found that top-of-mind awareness drives 90% of purchasing intent

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Branding

The Importance of Brand Awareness (and How to Build It)

Posted by Kent Huff on December 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Have you ever noticed that some brand campaign efforts focus less on selling a product or service, and more on building a positive awareness and perception of the brand? This is known as brand awareness, and it is a powerful marketing tool. Why? Because people who are ready to make a purchase will turn to the brand that readily comes to mind first.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

The Value of Setting SMART Advertising Goals

Posted by Kent Huff on October 24, 2019 at 8:00 AM

“A goal without a plan is just a wish”. To grow their organizations, brands need a roadmap. Imagine yourself daydreaming of a vacation in Colorado. If you do not have a roadmap in front of you to help you get there, you will make a lot of wrong turns in your effort to get across the country, and end up wasting a lot of time and energy.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

How to Use Radio to Improve Your Audio Branding

Posted by Kent Huff on September 4, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Businesses define themselves in a number of ways. Their logo, specific colors, and spokespeople or persons that represent their brand all play a significant role in how they interact with their audiences. One of the most often overlooked parts of a brand is their audio. Consumers are bombarded with visual messages, so using the radio to improve the company’s audio branding could be the perfect way to cut through the noise and get your audiences to remember you.

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Topics: Radio Advertising

6 Secrets to Writing the Perfect Radio Ad Script

Posted by Kent Huff on August 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM

If you’re looking for an effective medium to get the word out about your business, radio advertising is an excellent choice. The right radio ad can help build brand awareness, drive traffic to your store, and keep your company top-of-mind in the decision-making process. For radio advertising to be effective, however, you need the perfect script. If you’re struggling to write the ad script, here are some tips that can help.

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Topics: Radio Advertising

Using Radio Jingles to Boost Your Advertising Results

Posted by Kent Huff on August 8, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Have you ever been driving or sitting in a car and you start singing along with the commercial? How about talking to your friends or colleagues and everyone starts singing the words to the latest catchy jingle? That’s the power of jingles that have a lasting impact.

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Topics: Jingles

How to Get Started with Local Advertising

Posted by Kent Huff on July 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Businesses with a brick-and-mortar location need an effective way to reach a specific geographic area, and local advertising provides that venue. Through local advertising, businesses can reach new customers in a local community and increase their brand awareness. Yet sometimes getting started in local advertising feels overwhelming. What are the best channels to use? How can you most effectively spend your marketing dollars? Here are some tips to help you get started with local advertising.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Geo-Targeted Ads

Posted by Kent Huff on July 8, 2019 at 8:00 AM

For companies to reach people who are more likely to purchase their products or services, they need to develop advertising that is locally relevant and more personalized. Enter geo-targeting.

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Topics: Digital Marketing

What is an Integrated Marketing Strategy?

Posted by Kent Huff on June 17, 2019 at 8:00 AM
In the past, it was typical to consider each marketing channel as a completely separate entity. Today, however, businesses have access to a wide range of traditional and digital marketing channels. And to be successful, each channel must be unified and work together cohesively to create a seamless experience for consumers. This requires an integrated marketing strategy.

Not surprising, more marketers are realizing the benefits of an integrated marketing approach. In fact, 36 percent of marketers are now actively working to integrate traditional and digital marketing efforts. To begin using this tactic, start by learning the basics of an integrated marketing strategy.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

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