Four States Small Business Blog

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

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

Why Mortar is the Key to Brand Consistency

Posted by Kylie Davis on November 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM

When it comes to building your brand, the process is not all that different from building a house. 

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

How to Create a Call-to-Action Button That Converts

Posted by Jeannette Royle on November 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM

A call to action, or CTA, tells the reader on your website what you want them to do. CTA buttons are buttons that the reader can click that will direct them towards your conversion goal, whether it is a purchase or a subscription or something else. 

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing

How to Build Brand Equity (and Why it Matters)

Posted by Kylie Davis on November 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Think for a moment about the impact of the name Porsche or Tiffany’s. 

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Branding

How to Dominate Mental Real Estate with These 7 Tips

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

What is the most valuable property your company can hope to possess or control? Your physical assets may already be quite substantial. But what is crucial to your growth and development is your ability to dominate mental real estate.

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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

Seven Small Business Advertising Ideas to Boost Your Results

Posted by Pam Larimore on September 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Your products and services are amazing, and your main goal as a small business is to make sure your potential customers know that too. Getting the word out has become a challenging endeavor as competitors crowd the marketplace, so what can you do to stand out? Rather than resorting to the same tactics that everyone else in your industry is using, why not try these secret small business advertising techniques instead? Here are seven fun and exciting ways to increase your advertising, boost your results, and increase sales:

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy

6 Clear Signs of Successful Business Branding

Posted by Chad Elliot on August 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM

 

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

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