Four States Small Business Blog

How Would You Spend 3 Months of Marketing budget?

Posted by Melanie Gaudette on April 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM

When developing a three-month marketing budget, you might think it's better to advertise on as many channels as possible.  However, this tends to be ineffective. Many advertisers end up wasting money on marketing channels or advertisements that have little to no impact on branding or sales.  Others waste money by spreading themselves too thin in a single quarter.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Advertising

How Much Should You Budget For Marketing In 2020?

Posted by Pam Larimore on March 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Many company leaders tend to view a marketing budget as a discretionary item, liable to cuts as needed. However, such a viewpoint is ultimately self-defeating. The reality is that a marketing budget is an investment that can yield rich dividends in the near future and in the long term.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

17 Actionable Digital Marketing Stats You Need To Know In 2020

Posted by Jeannette Royle on March 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM

If it seems your marketing job description is changing faster than trending videos on YouTube, you're right.  Every change in consumer behavior (think, for example, of the 900% increase in "near me" searches in Google over the past two years) means you need to adjust your strategy. 

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Topics: Digital Marketing

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

Should I use Google Ads in my marketing strategy?

Posted by Chad Elliot on February 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM

The popularity of Google for search has made Google Ads the default choice of some marketers for digital marketing. According to, Google's share of the search engine market held steady at 92% in 2019. Google has helped drive up the desirability of advertising on its applications through new initiatives like local service ads (LSA), "Google Guaranteed" badges, and Google My Business (GMB) profiles in addition to the original Google AdWords program. But is Google Ads a comprehensive marketing strategy? Even though Google Ads is used by about 35% of all websites, its effectiveness depends on the need of a customer for a product or service. While Google Ads can capture a customer who has an immediate need, it may not be the optimal advertising channel for those who are not actively seeking a solution. In fact, comparing it with radio, social media, and video advertising, and even simple Search Engine Optimization (SEO) indicates that Google Ads is not necessarily the channel with the best ROI.

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Topics: Advertising

9 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website

Posted by Jeannette Royle on February 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Do you know how to reliably get traffic? 

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Digital Marketing

How Do Brands Measure ROI from Radio Advertising?

Posted by Chad Elliot on February 5, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Quantifying the success of your marketing campaign is an important part of making sure you efficiently use your marketing budget. This is true even with mediums such as radio advertising.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing ROI

Is advertising for small businesses on Facebook really worth it anymore?

Posted by Danielle McCollum on January 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Most businesses do not believe they get a good ROI from using Facebook lead ads. 62% of businesses using paid ads on Facebook report it didn’t work to their satisfaction.

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Topics: Digital Marketing

7 Key Steps to Create a Website

Posted by Melanie Gaudette on January 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Your website defines your brand as much, if not more, than your marketing or sales operations. Any business with an undesirable website risks losing all standing among consumers.

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Topics: Digital Marketing

Can digital advertising ever replace traditional advertising?

Posted by Jeannette Royle on January 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM

This year, for the first time, more money will be spent on digital advertising than traditional ads. As digital ad spends grow, marketers are questioning whether they should stop their traditional advertising and move their budgets to digital.

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Topics: Digital Marketing

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