Four States Small Business Blog

How to Guide Your Business Through Economic Turmoil

Posted by Mark Zimmer on January 24, 2023 at 7:00 AM
It's no secret that we've been in strange economic times. The last several years have presented unprecedented challenges to businesses, especially small, midsized, and local ones. Of course, there are ways to navigate economic challenges, and some are more effective than others. Let's consider some problems and solutions to these issues.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, BrandsFormation, Branding

The Power of Running 3 Radio Ads Per Day

Posted by Brett James on January 17, 2023 at 7:00 AM
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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, BrandsFormation, Branding

What is Inbound Marketing?

Posted by Kylie Davis on January 10, 2023 at 8:10 AM
As we've discussed on this blog, numerous tools, such as the   SWOT analysis, can help you visualize, plan, and hone your business's strategy and tactics. This week, we'll be looking at yet another way of looking at your business to increase sales and retain customers: inbound marketing. Inbound marketing is a perfect tool for synchronizing all parts of your business for growth.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing

4 Building Blocks for Your Marketing Bridge

Posted by Pam Larimore on December 6, 2022 at 7:00 AM
As you wrap up 2022 and move into 2023, it's important as a business owner to work out a solid marketing strategy. Although there are many tools at your disposal for creating effective business strategies, we'll share one of our favorites this week: the marketing bridge.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

What's the Difference Between Aided and Unaided Awareness?

Posted by Pam Larimore on November 1, 2022 at 7:00 AM
The goal of any brand is to be instantly recognizable. Each year, businesses, both big and small, spend untold amounts of effort to earn a place in the minds of their target audiences. That brings up a couple of important questions. First, how can you be sure that your marketing efforts are working? And second, how can you take advantage of that knowledge? Let's explore both these questions.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Branding

Take Stock of Your Business with a SWOT Analysis

Posted by Kylie Davis on October 25, 2022 at 9:07 AM
It's always important for any business to have a solid strategy. That's especially true when the business environment is challenging. While we often talk about the importance of branding for business on this blog, this week, we wanted to take a step back and discuss a more general tool to help you strategize for your whole business. The tool we'll be talking about is the SWOT analysis. And, as you would expect, this tool also helps you to brand successfully. 

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

4 Ways to Build a Long-Term Marketing Strategy

Posted by Brett James on October 18, 2022 at 7:00 AM
As we move into the holiday season and, ultimately, the new year, now is a great time to take stock of your business and marketing goals. Whether this is your first time marketing your business or you've been at it for many years, annual vision casting and planning is a necessary and rewarding event. To aid in the process, we want to offer some tips to get you started on your marketing strategy creation or renewal. 

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Marketing ROI, Branding

Get Clarity on Your Business Growth Plan at BrandKamp Fall 2022

Posted by Brett James on September 13, 2022 at 7:00 AM
In a difficult business environment, it is more essential than ever to have a solid branding plan. Branding allows you, as a small business owner, to take control of your messaging to maintain steady growth even during tight and uncertain economic conditions. That's why Zimmer Marketing is hosting BrandKamp this fall.

Save the Date
Tuesday, October 4th
Time: 11:30 am
Where: Joplin Holiday Inn

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Marketing Strategy, BrandsFormation, Digital Marketing, Branding

5 Ways to Boost Your Recruitment Marketing Efforts

Posted by Mark Zimmer on July 26, 2022 at 7:00 AM
Recruitment is a challenge for many employers right now, and as a small business owner, building a qualified and dedicated team can be daunting. But even as   the U.S. labor market continues its tumult from the disruptions of the last few years, rest assured, you can still attract qualified employees. Using tried and true recruitment marketing methods, you can make your case to good job candidates and get those applications rolling in. 

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Recruitment

Is Your Business Using Email Marketing to Grow?

Posted by Pam Larimore on April 12, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing

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