Four States Small Business Blog

Why You Need to Attend BrandKamp 2022

Posted by Mark Zimmer on March 22, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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Topics: Joplin Market, BrandsFormation, Branding

Why Your Business Needs Professional Photography

Posted by Brett James on March 8, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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Topics: Website Design, Social Media, Branding

4 Ways Local Radio is Such a Powerful Branding Tool

Posted by Jeannette Royle on March 1, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing ROI, Branding

Radio Advertising Case Study: Windows and More

Posted by Danielle McCollum on February 22, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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Topics: Radio Advertising, Branding

What Makes Your Business Different? | How to Build a Brand Message Based on Your Difference Maker

Posted by Kylie Davis on October 26, 2021 at 7:00 AM
All business owners have certain fundamental questions they need to have answered to build a successful business. And perhaps the most crucial question to answer is, "What makes my business different?" Answering this question is necessary for you to create a robust growth strategy, and it also must be something your customer can answer because it is why they will continue to bring you their business. 

What is a Difference Maker?

At Zimmer Marketing, we use   Chuck Mefford's BrandsFormation marketing system. In his system, finding your "difference maker" is one of the first steps on the journey to creating a successful brand. It's what will get you out of the no-win scenario of a race to the bottom with your competitors. After all, we can't all have the lowest prices. No, it's better to take a hard look at your business and figure out what's truly unique about it. That way, you can craft a message that resonates with your potential customers and successfully brand your business.

How to Find Your Business' Difference Maker

All business owners have certain fundamental questions they need to have answered to build a successful business. And perhaps the most crucial question to answer is, "What makes my business different?" Answering this question is necessary for you to create a robust growth strategy, and it also must be something your customer can answer because it is why they will continue to bring you their business. 

What is a Difference Maker?

At Zimmer Marketing, we use   Chuck Mefford's BrandsFormation marketing system. In his system, finding your "difference maker" is one of the first steps on the journey to creating a successful brand. It's what will get you out of the no-win scenario of a race to the bottom with your competitors. After all, we can't all have the lowest prices. No, it's better to take a hard look at your business and figure out what's truly unique about it. That way, you can craft a message that resonates with your potential customers and successfully brand your business.

How to Find Your Business' Difference Maker

Since your difference maker is what will define your business and set you apart from your competition, it's important to get it right. To find your difference maker, you need to look at every aspect of your business. If you get your hands on Chuck Mefford's bestselling book, BrandsFormation, he provides a helpful checklist to do this. But assuming you don't have his excellent book, you need to put yourself in the shoes of your customers and examine your business from their perspective. 

Let's imagine you run a roofing company. You review your business from top to bottom, and you find that you provide fast service, offer a quality product, and have competitive pricing. All those things are good, but they also happen to be the same things your competitors emphasize in their marketing efforts. Then one day, one of your customers remarks to you about how happy they were that their hard didn't get torn up by your roofing team. You've always insisted that your crews make sure not to disturb customers' turf or yard features with their machinery. And, come to think of it, you've seen other roofing companies leave a royal mess behind after a roofing job. You've found your difference maker, and now you can craft your message. 

Making Your Difference Maker Into Your Message 

Once you've discovered your difference maker, you need to craft it into a message. That's the message you will use to define your business and present to potential customers consistently. A well-crafted message based on your difference maker will set you apart from your competition and be immediately associated with your company in the minds of your potential customers. To go back to our roofing company example, based on their difference-maker, they could make their message, "We tear up old shingles... not your yard!" When delivered consistently over time through the proper marketing channels, your message will be associated with your company. For our roofing company, the next time somebody needs their roof done and doesn't want their yard to be a mess, only one company will come to mind. And that's the company they'll call.

Find Your Difference Maker with Help from Zimmer Marketing

At Zimmer Marketing, we've helped countless local businesses find their difference maker, craft their message, and put their message out through diverse marketing channels, including radio and digital marketing. If you're ready to start your BrandsFormation, today can be the day! Or, if you want to learn more about BrandFormation,   consider attending a BrandKamp. We host BrandKamp's twice a year. At BrandKamp, Chuck Mefford presents a free workshop to help you turn your local business into a great local brand!
SEO Guide for Joplin Small Business Owners
 
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Topics: Advertising, Branding

4 Things to Expect When You Attend BrandKamp on October 26

Posted by Brett James on October 12, 2021 at 7:00 AM
Zimmer Marketing is hosting   BrandKamp at the Holiday Inn in Joplin, MO, from 11:30 to 1 on October 26, 2021. Just like our last BrandKamp in April, small business marketing expert and author Chuck Mefford will offer insights and coaching on how to turn your good local business into a great local brand. And the best part? The whole event is free! Below we'll offer a preview of the topics to be addressed at BrandKamp.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, BrandsFormation, Branding

How Can I Grow My Business with Traditional and Digital Marketing? | The BrandsFormation System

Posted by Mark Zimmer on September 21, 2021 at 7:00 AM
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Topics: Marketing ROI, BrandsFormation, Digital Marketing, Branding

Does Radio Work? Are You Joplin Famous?

Posted by Mark Zimmer on June 8, 2021 at 7:24 AM
Have you ever wondered whether radio advertising will work for your business? The good news is that radio advertising is budget-friendly and effective. With a good strategy and some consistency, you can make your business and brand Joplin famous. Start your journey toward radio branding excellence today with this guide.
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Topics: Radio Advertising, Jingles, Branding

4 Softwares That Will Improve Your Brand's Graphics

Posted by Kylie Davis on March 23, 2021 at 7:05 AM

It’s essential for any business to be able to create excellent graphics and photos for its company branding. With a multitude of graphics and photo editors out there, it can be a wearying experience trying to figure out which software is right for your business. So let’s take a look at what’s out there and hopefully simplify things a bit.

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Topics: Advertising Creative, Branding

Optimizing Your "About Us" Page with Storytelling

Posted by Danielle McCollum on September 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM

An effective About Us page is incredibly important for your business. It's one of the first places consumers check when they want to know more about your business: who you are, what you can do for them, and what's important to you as a business. It can be tough to figure out what to include when you need to explain everything about your company in one page. 

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Topics: Branding

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