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Are Your Marketing ROI Expectations Realistic?

Posted by Mark Zimmer on June 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Successful marketing ROI doesn’t come with the press of a button or the flip of a switch. It requires careful and strategic planning. It also requires setting realistic marketing ROI expectations that enable you to properly plan and evaluate your campaigns. We’ve written this article to be a quick and simple reference to help you ensure your marketing ROI expectations are realistic and achievable. This should help you better evaluate your marketing strategy and goals.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Marketing ROI

Trending Marketing Tips for Your Law Firm: Don't Get Left Behind

Posted by Mark Zimmer on May 30, 2017 at 8:05 AM

Marketing has evolved, and law firm marketing is no exception. Branding is critical to distinguish your firm from your competition and increase the likelihood that when someone needs your services, they will turn to you. Here are some marketing tips for law firms to guide you in developing a marketing strategy that works.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Consumer Behavior, Legal

Why an Updated, Optimized, and Professional Website is Critical to Your Business' Success

Posted by Mark Zimmer on April 20, 2017 at 9:05 AM

At this point, a company having a website is usually a given, but it can be easy to forget that a website is critical to your business’ success. That’s because your site is an extremely valuable tool in establishing your business’ web presence, which in turn helps to drive more business through building credibility and connecting with customers. There are three major areas of consideration to ensure your website’s success: keeping it professional, keeping it optimized, and regularly updating it. In today’s post, we’ll take a brief look at how people are using branded sites now, then provide an overview of each area.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Integrated Marketing, Website Design

10 Ways to Know if You Need a New Website

Posted by Mark Zimmer on April 13, 2017 at 8:30 AM

First impressions matter, and there’s a good chance that the first impression many potential customers have of your company comes from visiting your website. If it’s outdated, confusing, or cluttered, they might take their business elsewhere. What’s worse is you may not even realize they’re being driven away. It’s not likely they will call you to complain about your website. They’ll just move on to one of your competitors. That means it’s up to you to periodically assess your website to determine if it’s up to date and is adequately serving the needs of your customers. We’ve put together this list of 10 signs you need a new website.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Marketing Strategy

Why the Highest Performing Companies Treat Marketing as an Investment and Not an Expense

Posted by Mark Zimmer on February 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

This may be the point in the year when you and your marketing team are taking a look back at the marketing efforts of 2016 and evaluating what exactly it cost your company. Or, if you’re a new business owner, you may be determining what kind of expenditure you’ll need to make to start advertising. Either way, there’s something important you need to remember to do: view marketing as an investment. Quite simply, marketing isn’t something that’s merely nice to have or a good idea that you can get to later, and the costs associated should never be considered without the ultimate impact it has on your bottom line.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Marketing ROI

Budget vs. Results: What You Need to Know So You Aren't Wasting Your Marketing Dollars

Posted by Mark Zimmer on January 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Invariably, what decision makers are looking for when evaluating any spending is results, and it’s no different when considering a marketing budget. Results are the only thing that matter when you get to the bottom line. In today’s article, we’ll touch on why you should be planning your marketing budget to get results, as well as help you put those results into perspective so that your marketing budget doesn’t get wasted.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Marketing ROI

How to Use Radio to Effectively Boost Your Digital Marketing ROI

Posted by Mark Zimmer on January 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Digital marketing is a valuable tool for businesses of all types and sizes. That’s because the internet plays a crucial role in how people make their purchasing decisions. In fact, 81 percent of consumers today conduct online research before buying a product or service.

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Topics: Marketing ROI

What is a Marketing Bridge and Why Do You Need It?

Posted by Mark Zimmer on December 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

The concept of a marketing bridge for business was first introduced to radio advertisers in 1968, and it is arguably one of the most important elements of a company's marketing strategy. Simply put, it is the connection between what your advertising says about your business and what your customer experiences. It’s the forces that combine to make a sale. If your advertising tells people something about your business and they don’t see, hear, or experience it when they arrive at your store or contact a salesperson — in other words, if there is a disconnect — that's a problem. If any of these connections in the marketing bridge are broken or ineffective, it can affect whether your business makes a sale, thus affecting your bottom line. Advertising is the glue that holds the bridge together, but it is not a substitute for strengthening weak links.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Marketing Strategy

Do You REALLY Know Your Customer's Journey: How to Map it and Why It Matters

Posted by Mark Zimmer on November 29, 2016 at 8:30 AM

As the market space becomes increasingly mobile-focused and reliant on multi-screen marketing, it becomes more and more important to know your customer's journey and the touchpoints your brand needs to capture in order to influence it. Customer Journey mapping is the key to truly understanding it in a visual way; it allows you to see the story behind the process from initial contact to consideration and purchase from the customer's perspective. This blog post will inform you on how to map your customer's journey along with insights for the customer journey mapping process.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Consumer Behavior

How to Use Radio to Effectively Boost Your Social Media Marketing ROI

Posted by Mark Zimmer on November 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

In the modern digital age, consumers are diversifying the number of channels they use to communicate, do research, and shop. Operating in this fast-paced, multi-screen world, brands can find improved results when they combine traditional marketing channels with online channels. Most notably, a 2015 survey of 21 brands over 18 months found that brands combining radio and online outreach produced a 23% increase in sales and inquiries when using a mix and match channel approach for marketing campaigns, while individually, the channels only produced a 17% or 14% increase, respectively.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Radio Advertising, Marketing ROI