A House is Just a House - Or is It? Understanding the Value of Integrated Marketing Programs

A house is a house, right? Four walls, a roof, maybe a basement if you live up North. Otherwise, they’re all pretty much the same, right? Then why the massive price range? Why is a 3-bedroom home in Harlingen, TX $80,000 and a 3-bedroom condo in New York’s Upper West Side just under $5 million? It’s because a house isn’t JUST a house. Multiple factors go into the value and appeal of each individual property - location, size, amenities, style - all creating a complex mix to arrive at a price point unique to that particular property.

Why Having the Lowest Price Might Be Hurting Your Business

Frequently clients come to us with questions about their pricing - is our pricing too high, is our pricing too low, when should I raise my prices? One of the most common questions we get is if raising their prices will hurt their brand. Ironically, the reality is very often the opposite - a lower price may actually be hurting your brand and here’s why.
 

Price = Value

Get Close, Get Familiar, Build Trust - Top Takeaways from INBOUND17

INBOUND17 was by far the largest marketing conference I’ve ever attended. With over 300 educational sessions, keynotes and spotlight discussions, navigating the learning path at Inbound was a job in and of itself. It was often very difficult to whittle down the many choices to the session that would be most valuable, and yet there wasn’t a bad choice to be made. Every session held value, every speaker was well-qualified and an expert in their own right. It was hard to be disappointed, and in fact, I have yet to meet anyone who was.

Five Tips for Boosting Email Open Rates

Email is likely the most common form of direct marketing used today, and why not? It’s affordable and effective, that is, IF you can get your audience to open your emails. For many small businesses and nonprofits, it's getting this open that is the most challenging obstacle to a successful campaign.
 

Are “Sticky Notes” Killing Your Marketing?

It’s a great idea to brainstorm your marketing on sticky notes, napkins or other scraps of paper, right? Think again! From time to time we work with clients who have great ideas, but capture them in a haphazard and inconsistent method - sticky notes. Learn why “Sticky Note Marketing” can be more detriment to your business than help.

Now You See Me, The Importance of Directory Listings

While many people understand the term SEO, and the idea behind it that leads to increased website visits, business listing sites, or web directories, can be another useful tool to bring visitors to your website. As a business executive who is dependent on website traffic for optimal growth, it’s critical to understand the difference between these two options, and why your organization should consider both.
 
A DIRECTORY IS NOT AN SEO SERVICE

Secrets of The Bounce

Do you attract enough visitors to your site, but don’t understand why aren’t you getting more leads? Your visitors can’t become leads if they don’t take the time to stay and look around. One great way to know if they are doing that is to analyze your website’s effectiveness via the visitor bounce rate.
 

Google v. Facebook - Choosing the Right Ad Program For Your Business

Sometimes, it’s all about leads. Whether you’re working for a small business or a non-profit, the challenges of lead generation with a limited budget (and often limited views on advertising) can be intimidating. As a professional digital marketer with more than 20 years of ad buying experience, let me give you my take on where and how to make your online ad buy decisions.

Magic Bullet or Perfect Storm - What’s Your Digital Marketing Strategy?

When it comes to marketing strategy, most business executives take the same approach they do to the rest of their business - they problem solve. By nature, this problem-solving approach targets the source of the issue. It puts a laser focus on the cause and then works toward a resolution for that specific issue. I like to call this targeted strategy the ‘magic bullet’ - one issue, one solution.
 

Implementing Your Marketing Strategy

In this three-part series we are exploring the common small business problem of “broken marketing”. In Part 1,  we discussed how to determine if your marketing is broken, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a program in need of help. In Part 2, we covered the development of a marketing strategy and a plan that will help to focus your company on success. 
 

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