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7 Ways to Turbocharge Your Blog

Do you want your blog to work harder for your business? If you are looking to increase readership of your business blog, you need to create content that is compelling to your target audience. To that end, try the following seven business blogging tips: Add Amazing Value What are your prospective customers’ biggest problems, challenges [...]

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Tips for calculating ROI for brand marketing

Calculating a return on investment in brand marketing campaigns can be challenging for companies of all sizes. For start ups that have yet to establish sophisticated tracking and reporting processes, even more so. Here are a few basic tips to measure the effectiveness of your first brand marketing campaigns that may include: company business cards, [...]

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Experience Businesses: Sarah’s Smash Shack

If you position it right, you can market anything — especially if it aligns with a core human need. In this case,  Sarah’s Smash Shack was conceived to relieve people who are stressed-out. Could the timing be any more appropriate? Customers in San Diego can choose fragile tableware from the Smash Shack Menu—for example a [...]

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What You Need to Know About Email Delivery

Email Delivery sounds pretty simple:  you create an email newsletter or promotional campaign, hit send, and then mighty wizards transport that email to your recipients through the use of hand-crafted cables and powerful laser beams.  What more is there to it than that? As anyone who has sent more than a few email marketing campaigns [...]

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Maximize Your Bang-for-the-Buck through Integrated Marketing

How integrated is your marketing? You’ve established a website for your business. You conduct various marketing activities to promote your business. Now, do you connect the two, or do you instead leave the recipients of your marketing messages stranded? If you want to maximize the bang for the buck from your marketing efforts, you should [...]

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Why Businesses Are Starting Up Now

It’s a recession. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can’t get money. Some can’t even make payroll. So why would starting a business in a recession be a great idea? Here’s why: Time to practice. Recessions are the pre-season: Do you think Kobe Bryant starts hitting the gym in October?  Business, like basketball, takes preparation, training, [...]

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Customer Love: No Love Like Free Love

FREE LOVE, or the art of giving away your stuff to consumers, is an enduring trend. Now, more than ever, FREE = GOODNESS.  From airline tickets to Wikipedia, and from laundry detergent to music downloads there is an all-out war for consumers’ ever-scarcer attention and resulting new business models and marketing techniques. There are also benefits [...]

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My comments on CNN this past weekend

Here’s a transcript of my comments on CNN’s Your $$$$ this weekend. Thought you might enjoy… ALI VELSHI: Businesses start up with in these economies, and by the way consumption we were over consumers and that’s going to change, but we do remain consumers. People do buy things. CHRISTINE ROMANS: That’s right. VELSHI: Richard Sloan [...]

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