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The Fortune Found in a Strong Trade Show Follow-up

When brands prepare for a trade show, they have specific objectives in mind: an estimated 83 percent say that they want to increase brand awareness among the attendees. Despite this planning going into the show, however, an incredible 70 percent do not have a plan for trade show follow-up that nurtures the leads and converts…

Cause Marketing that Engages and Converts

According to Cone Communications, 54 percent of people made a purchase decision that was influenced by a particular cause. When done correctly, cause marketing can have a powerful impact on your brand’s reputation and your success. The struggle for many organizations, however, is determining how to incorporate the right cause into your brand so that…

Marketing to Millennials

The massive surge of millennials as powerful buyers in the marketplace has forced companies and industries alike to re-examine everything they thought they knew about marketing. While some skeptics may wonder whether or not this approach is overkill, the fact remains that millennials are the most important group of consumers to come along in a…

Gain Definition to Your Marketing and Sales Strategies through Small Business Planning

A detailed business plan is important for any small business, as it confirms your vision and business direction for you, your employees and your customers. It’s what drives your marketing plan (the outline of specific marketing strategies and tactics to drive your business toward your vision) and your sales plan (outlining the specific sales strategies,…

The Right Way to do a Multi-Channel Direct Marketing Campaign

Six important dos … and don’ts! Many small and mid-sized business marketers play favorites when it comes to choosing marketing channels, but may not measure its effectiveness to evaluate whether or not it’s doing the job. Smart marketers know a “team effort” works best, and they capitalize on the strengths of multiple channels. Why? It…

The Right Way to do a Multi-Channel Direct Marketing Campaign

Six important dos … and don’ts! Many small and mid-sized business marketers play favorites when it comes to choosing marketing channels, but may not measure its effectiveness to evaluate whether or not it’s doing the job. Smart marketers know a “team effort” works best, and they capitalize on the strengths of multiple channels. Why? It…

Choosing the Right Size Banner for Your Event

If there’s a special event on your horizon, you’re probably planning on posting a promotional banner on a wall, ceiling, booth, tent, nearby fence or elsewhere. But just as there are unlimited applications for banners, so are there an unlimited array of sizes. While it’s unlikely you’ll match a 2015 effort by German soccer team…

Pre-Event Planning for Trade Shows: Five Tips

It’s no secret that participating in trade shows, conferences and other events can be a great way to increase brand awareness, improve product knowledge through hands-on demonstrations and, ultimately, drive more sales. In fact, a 2014 EventTrack study by the Event Marketing Institute and Mosaic reports that more dollars are being devoted to experiential marketing…

Target Marketing: Personal Plus Relevant Equals Power

According to a recent InfoTrends survey, 64% of customer communications and marketing campaigns are personalized with one-to-one messaging, or targeted to a segment of customers or prospects. Only 35% are generic, one-size-fits-all. Across age demographics, InfoTrends research shows that the majority of people want to be marketed to with personalized information . . . and…

Local Lead Generation is Top Goal for 2016

A top business marketing priority for the next 12 months is to gain new customers, according to recent research by InfoTrends. However, not all customer leads are created equal. Some prospects turn into buyers right away, while others may never buy from you. Still others will take nurturing and more information before becoming customers or…