Four States Small Business Blog

How Your Hospital Can Use Radio to Boost Marketing ROI

Posted by Ryan Jackson on September 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

When it comes to marketing healthcare, radio might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, 2017 is a great year for healthcare brands, practitioners, and hospitals to consider marketing themselves on the radio.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Health/Medical

Can You Really Track Brand Awareness?

Posted by Kent Huff on September 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Brand awareness plays a vital role in the success of your small business. But how do you know whether your brand awareness strategy is working? Like every other aspect of your marketing strategy, it’s important to track and measure brand awareness to understand if you’re getting the results you want and maximizing ROI. Tracking brand awareness can be challenging, so in this post, we’ve put together some tips for getting started.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Marketing Strategy, Marketing ROI

How to Get New Visitors to Your Casino, and Keep Them Coming Back

Posted by Mandy Freeman on September 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

There’s something fun and exhilarating about visiting a casino for Americans. In fact, Americans spend much more on casino visits than they do on movie visits, and an annual $59 billion dollars are spent at casinos across the country.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Consumer Behavior, Casinos

9 Marketing Metrics to Track Year After Year

Posted by Pam Larimore on September 7, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Believe it or not, 18% of small businesses admit that they don’t track any metrics or key performance indicators (KPI) related to their marketing, however, tracking marketing metrics is critical to the success of every marketing campaign, not to mention an overall marketing strategy. That’s because marketing metrics are the only way to know for sure that you’re seeing the results that you need, along with the ROI you want, from each of your marketing efforts. Without them, you have to guess whether you’re reaching your audience effectively, spending your marketing budget on the right channel and tactics, and growing your business. Tracking these metrics provides a history and basis of comparison to ensure you’re improving along the right track.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Marketing ROI

Frequency of 3 and How It Works

Posted by Brett James on September 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Every marketing campaign relies on effective advertising frequency, which is to say, the number of times that a consumer is exposed to an advertisement or brand message per week that’s best at effectively influencing them to respond. It may sound like a magic number, but we know what that number is: a frequency of 3. Hearing an advertisement three times builds recognition and trust while inspiring action without the risk of wearout. In today’s post, we’ll talk about three ways to make the most of the first three times consumers are exposed to your marketing in Joplin, Missouri.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Joplin Market

Pros and Cons of Advertising During the Home Improvement "Off Season"

Posted by Carol Daily on September 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM

It may be strange to think of an industry like home improvement having an “off season,” but it certainly does. Think about it: In spring, people take on projects like painting to help make their home look great for the summer, and in the summer, they take on bigger projects like additions and window replacement because the weather is amenable, the daylight hours are long, and they can go on vacation while the work is being done. In fall, people work hard to wrap up projects and prepare their home for winter. However, whether during the winter (especially snow and frigid temperatures), short daylight hours, a cluster of major holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, and the beginning of tax season all make homeowners shy away from home improvement projects.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Home Improvement

4 Essential Pieces of an Effective College or University Marketing Strategy

Posted by Brice Chavez on August 29, 2017 at 8:05 AM

With multiple universities, colleges, technical and trade schools in the area — it can be difficult for schools to stand out and snag student attention in Joplin. Marketing is an important way to help differentiate your school from the rest and ensure potential students are aware of its best qualities and benefits. Of course, this is a time when people, students especially, don’t want a sales pitch.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Joplin Market, Education

How Often Should I Be Advertising?

Posted by Kent Huff on August 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Advertising is a critical business process and a major investment for businesses of any size. Most businesses understand that an ad campaign will help promote products, raise awareness for special offers and events, and hopefully influence shoppers to choose their brand. However, it’s also critical for both the products and services as well as the brand in terms of differentiation and staying top of mind, influencing consumer perception, and improving retention and recall.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Joplin Market, Advertising Creative

Why Your Brand Matters (and How to Make it Powerful)

Posted by Mark Zimmer on August 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Branding is what helps distinguish your company, products, and services from your competitors. It’s a way to create a connection between your company and your consumers in a visual, emotional, and cultural way.

If you think branding doesn't really matter that much (you've got a great logo, right?), consider that when choosing between two similar products at similar price points, consumers will probably select the brand they recognize.

Some other points to think about:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Advertising Creative

10 Reasons It's Great to be a Business in Joplin

Posted by Ryan Jackson on August 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Doing business in Joplin is ideal for quite a few reasons, from demographics to the local government. In fact, Joplin, Missouri was recently ranked #145 on Forbes list of best small places for businesses and careers. That’s because Joplin came in at #139 in job growth, #110 in education, and #91 in cost of doing business.

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Topics: Joplin Market