Four States Small Business Blog

Does Your Restaurant's Website Include These 4 Things?

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

If you own a restaurant, you know how important having a great physical storefront and interior dining experience is to your business. However, there’s another important branding aspect that makes a huge impact in terms of how customers view your business - and that’s your restaurant website.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Integrated Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Restaurants

People Don't Buy Products or Services—They Buy Promises

Posted by Ryan Jackson on October 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Instead of just buying a product, most people actually buy what those products or services can do for them—what the product or services promise the customer. So, it’s important for businesses to always highlight the promises (or benefits) of their products.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Advertising Creative

Branding is NOT Marketing: Getting to the Heart of Your Business

Posted by Carol Daily on October 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM

You know something about marketing, but want to learn more—that’s why you’re visiting this site and reading tips shared by some of the best Joplin marketing pros. But when discussing marketing efforts, you definitely don’t want to leave the importance of branding out of the conversation.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

3 Reasons Why Local Politicians Need Great Websites

Posted by Pam Larimore on October 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM

A big challenge for any local politician is staying in touch with the community. You gained their support to get elected, but now that you’re in office, it’s not possible for you to go out and shake each and every hand like when you were on the campaign trail.

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

Your Logo is NOT Your Brand

Posted by Brice Chavez on October 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Sometimes companies make the mistake of thinking, if they have a great company logo, they’ve done all they need to do in terms of branding. Your logo represents your brand, but it is not, in fact, your brand. In this post, we’ll discuss what your brand is, why it’s important, and why having a good logo is not enough.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Why Branding Is Critical During a Political Campaign

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

Branding is a term that was once reserved for business marketing, but it’s expanded far beyond that now. Celebrities and entrepreneurs have personal brands that are as valuable and powerful as the organizations and companies that fill our marketplace. Recently, however, political branding has taken center stage. Applying brand to a political campaign isn’t actually new, but adapting the corporate terminology that surrounds branding is new in the mainstream. (This is, perhaps, most clearly demonstrated by the film, Our Brand Is Crisis, which centers around two consultants who are, essentially, political marketers.)

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Joplin Market, Government

Why Procter & Gamble Had to Cut Its Digital Budget: Trendy Tools Don’t Mean Winning Results

Posted by Chad Elliot on September 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM

At the end of Q2 2017, Procter & Gamble, the biggest advertiser in the U.S.A., announced that due in part to the fact that it cut back its digital marketing budget by as much as $140 million, it was able to beat earnings expectations. Specifically, despite a slump in consumer spending, P&G reported a 15% rise in all-in net earnings to $2.3 billion, or a percentage point of profit margin, and at least half that gain is a direct impact of cutting its digital advertising budget.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Marketing ROI

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