It is time for your annual business checkup.

You probably get a Physical Check Up and Medical Consultation at least once a year just to make sure you are healthy and to address any medical concerns. Your business needs a regular checkup as well. Whether your marketing program is managed by a big-name Advertising Agency, a Freelance Graphic…

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WHY MARKETERS NEED AN AD BUDGET

If you do not put enough gas in your car you are not going to reach your destination… if you don’t adequately fuel your business marketing efforts, your company will be stalled as your competitors pass you by. Developing an advertising/marketing plan and allotting a realistic budget is like planning…

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MARKETING YOUR BUSINESS IN TODAY’S ECONOMY

If your business has been down over the past few years, take heart, business is up along with consumer confidence now. Unemployment is a record lows. Tax breaks are putting more money in the pockets of buyers. This is a great time to dynamically increase sale and profits. It is…

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Marketing Consultant, Hired Gun

In the old west the Sheriff would call in outside professional help when needed. These “Hired Guns” were professionals, brought in to bolstered their law enforcement by providing their special abilities and talents to resolve local problems. Today, business owners are doing the same, by bringing outside professional Marketing Consultants…

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Successful Marketing: Science + Creativity + Timing!

“Here is what I want to say”, is a statement I have heard many times over the years. My reply is, “It is more important what your customer wants to hear.” Business owners have told me, “I know my market and how to advertise to it.” Some marketers rely on…

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Why businesses fail

Thousands of new businesses are started every week. Ninety percent of those businesses will fail within the first two years. The primary reason is lack of capitalization. The second reason is poor management. Actually the two go together. If you don’t have the money in the first place you are…

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Outside objectivity in marketing

No matter how hard we all try we cannot be objective with ourselves. This is true in every aspect of life including business. Many failed marketing attempts are the result of lack of objectivity. A marketer will tell me “I know my market and how to advertise to it.” This…

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Target Marketing

In today’s political climate, anything related to guns or gun ownership will stir emotions and debate from both sides of the issue. However, the terms “rifle,” “shotgun” and “target marketing” are widely accepted terms in the marketing field and have been for many years. These terms best describe two marketing…

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Ad Creativity

Creativity is a God given talent… not possessed by everyone. Creativity in Advertising and Marketing has produced phenomenal sales results and launched many companies. But it is not understood or embraced by all marketers. Advertising Creativity can be stymied by naïve or reluctant business management because they just do not…

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Marketing Analysis Consultation

  A consultation with a marketing professional is essential before the creation or production of advertising materials a commitment of media, or proposing a cost for promotional campaign. For businesses who have an on-going advertising campaign, a Marketing Analysis provides an outside objective evaluation which can offer alternative suggestions,  improve…

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