LAUNCHING A MARKETING CAMPAIGN

Whether you are launching a rocket, a new product or a new business, the four “P’s” apply. What are they? Product, Production, Preparation, and Propellent. Without these critical functions your rocket or your business endeavor will never get off the ground or crash and burn. Ninety-nine percent of new businesses…

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Launching Your 2020 Marketing Campaign

If your company does not have a comprehensive Marketing Plan for 2020, you will be missing out on sales and profits this year. I am sure you have ideas how you want to promote your business, but if you have not laid out an integrated campaign of advertising, PR, media…

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WHO IS DOING YOUR MARKETING?

By Tom Smisek CPC, Marketing Consultant No one ever said that advertising was going to be cheap. Some of the most expensive advertising efforts have been attempts by marketers, who try to skimp by as cheaply as possible, by doing it themselves, or using freelancers to do their artwork. Their…

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Marketing a new product

“Build a better mousetrap and the World will beat a path to your door”, so the old saying goes. If it were only that easy… there is more to it than just coming up with a product idea. It’s called MARKETING! While many new ideas may have merit, the path…

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The Marketing Highway

Think of business marketing like taking an endless road trip. You are trying to reach destinations along the way … The market and traffic are constantly moving whether you keep pace or not… You are competing with other drivers … There are unpredictable road hazards which can impede your trip…

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What is Guerrilla Marketing?

The dictionary defines it as; Innovative, unconventional, and low-cost marketing techniques aimed at obtaining maximum exposure for products and services. These alternative advertising tactics can work in place of, or in conjunction with major marketing campaigns and have proven extremely effective for small and medium sized marketers. Guerrilla Marketing relies…

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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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Opening a New Business

Thousands of new businesses are started every week. Ninety-nine percent will fail within the first year. Primary reasons are; lack of capitalization and poor management. Actually the two go together. Whether you are starting a manufacturing firm, a service business or a distributorship, getting started is a multi-faceted and complex…

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How to Design a Great Catalog

Whether you are selling, on-line, direct to end users, or through distributors and retailers, an impressive catalog is indispensable in presenting your products and making sales. A Good Catalog is not just a list of items, but a user-friendly organized classified directory. A Great Catalog is more than that! It…

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IS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KILLING MARKETING?

Several years ago, I saw a billboard for a furniture store with the slogan that read, “For the discriminating buyer”. You cannot say that today. Any reference to discrimination has been eliminated from all advertising vocabulary. Marketers must be ultra-sensitive, so as not to offend anyone in today’s Politically Correct…

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