Four States Small Business Blog

Don't Get Lost in the Holiday Chaos

Posted by Brett James on December 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM

For consumers and businesses, the Holiday season is perhaps one of the most chaotic times of the year. Between shopping, family gatherings, and an insane amount of shopping, it can be tough for any business to be at the top of people’s (often cluttered) minds throughout the holidays.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Part 1 of 3: Key Ingredients for Small Business Success

Posted by Mandy Freeman on December 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Small business success relies on a myriad of things, but in many ways, it can be drawn into a simple formula. Truthfully, whether you have a national brand or simply want to focus on Joplin, Missouri, marketing, your company will need to focus on branding, a strong website, and a 21-52 marketing plan. We break down this theory in our latest free guide, but today’s post is the first in a series that will give an overview of each piece. We’ll start by diving into branding for small businesses.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Marketing Strategy

Tips for Your Brand Facebook Posts this Holiday Season

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

Tis the season for all things holiday, from spending time with friends and family and searching for the perfect gifts, to putting the perfect touch on your holiday season Facebook posts and marketing. We know the holidays can be busy and somewhat stressful, but if you follow these tips for your brand Facebook posts, you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd throughout the holidays!

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Marketing Strategy

Why Your Discount Isn't Going to Drive Results

Posted by Brice Chavez on November 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Discounts, special promotions, and sales are often a big draw to customers — in fact, two of the top motivating factors for how American consumers choose where to shop are price (81%) and the availability of discounts (71%). But is that what actually drives results? Is that all that keeps customers coming back? In today’s post, we’ll take a look at what drives consistent results, as well as when you should actually be using discounts.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Marketing ROI

How Much Should You Spend on Radio in 2018?

Posted by Carol Daily on November 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

As you draw up your marketing budget for 2018, you probably already know that radio is a great way to go for targeting B2B and making your mark on the airwaves.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Joplin Market

The Importance of a Customer Needs Analysis

Posted by Pam Larimore on November 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM

When an advertiser teams up with a media partner to help develop a marketing and advertising strategy, it’s vital for the media partner to have a thorough understanding of the advertiser’s business goals, target market, marketing budget, and competition. That means the media partner should conduct a customer needs analysis (CNA) to ensure that the recommendations they offer are relevant to the current health of the business and provide effective ways to achieve the growth the advertiser is seeking.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Why 2018 is the Year of 21/52 Advertising Plan

Posted by Mandy Freeman on November 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

If you find yourself avoiding the task of developing an annual marketing plan, you’re not alone. You know the new year is right around the corner, but it’s also a very busy time of year for most businesses, with the holidays approaching and end-of-year activities going on. It’s easy to view planning for next year’s advertising as too time-consuming or too expensive during a period of time when resources are stretched thin.  But consider this sobering fact:  Businesses without a marketing plan are more likely to fail.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy

Radio Works for B2B, Too

Posted by Brett James on November 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM

If you’re in the business of selling products or services to other businesses, then you’re what’s known as a B2B or Business-to-Business enterprise. Okay, so you already know this. But did you know that radio advertising works great for B2B, too?

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Joplin Market

Don't Spread Yourself Too Thin: How to Own a Daypart or Station

Posted by Kent Huff on November 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Music has always captured emotions, and by using the medium of radio for your advertising needs, you can harness the attention of a captive audience—loyal listeners—who are primed to hear your message.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy

These 3 Marketing Mistakes are Scary Bad!

Posted by Brett James on October 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Halloween is a truly spooky time of year that features horror movies aplenty. Yet those monsters creeping in the dark aren’t half as terrifying as certain scary mistakes in marketing. They ought to send marketers running away screaming, but just like the teens in horror flicks, unsuspecting businesses will walk straight into the jaws of doom. In today’s post, we’ve collected a trio of advertising horrors along with the tips you need to survive and avoid marketing mistakes like them for a happier, more successful Halloween.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

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