Four States Small Business Blog

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

Is Your Advertising Budget Too Low? Let's Break it Down

Posted by Carol Daily on October 23, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Budgeting can be very tough for Four State business owners. You calculate your monthly overhead including your lease and utilities, then get to work projecting product costs, labor costs, taxes, and now all of a sudden, you need an advertising budget.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Marketing Strategy

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

How Best Of Contests Energize Local Businesses

Posted by Mark Zimmer on October 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Every region has its collective favorite local attractions and businesses. These might include diners, parks, landmarks, hotels, historical downtowns, or amusement parks. They could include restaurants; for example, when we know we have family and friends coming to visit us, we'll make reservations at our favorite local eateries so our friends can have a taste.

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Topics: Small Business Resources

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

Expanding Your Marketing Reach with One Secret Weapon

Posted by Kent Huff on May 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM

When discussing ways of expanding your marketing reach, one thing seems to dominate the conversation: Digital. From websites and blogging to social media and banner displays, the focus is on SEO and PPC, live video and native advertising. But there is a secret weapon for expanding your marketing reach that is often overshadowed by all the talk about digital. That secret weapon is radio advertising.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Radio Advertising, Joplin Market

The Dos and Don'ts of Branding Your Law Firm Effectively

Posted by Chad Elliot on May 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Branding through marketing is critical for every business, even when that business is a law firm. After all, while clients are probably already a qualified lead by the time they approach your firm, branding is why they know about your firm to begin with. Even so, you’ve studied to win in the courtroom, not the marketplace, and law firm branding may seem outside your wheelhouse. That’s why we’ve put together a list of twelve do’s and don’ts to help you start branding your law firm effectively.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Marketing Strategy, Marketing ROI, Legal

The 2017 State of the Yellow Pages: Are Your Legal Clients Using Them?

Posted by Chad Elliot on April 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Yellow Pages advertising is relatively inexpensive, and for many lawyers, it’s their go-to advertising medium. But the Yellow Pages has its limitations. Many people use the Yellow Pages as a doorstop or booster seat, but it never occurs to them to use it to find a business. For that, they turn to Google. So, while the Yellow Pages remains an effective way to reach a certain segment of your law firm’s target market, it’s important to understand its limitations and explore advertising alternatives that can provide a wider reach.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Legal

Spring and Summer Marketing Tips for Plumbing Companies

Posted by Kent Huff on April 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Many homeowners think of seasonal plumbing maintenance as winterizing — insulating pipes and sealing up cracks. However, plumbers know that spring and summer brings its own risks for plumbing issues. We’ve put together some tips to market your plumbing company during spring and summer.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Marketing Strategy, Joplin Market, Consumer Behavior, Home Improvement

Pros and Cons of Yellow Page Advertising

Posted by Brice Chavez on April 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM

For a long time, Yellow Page advertising was the premier method of getting your business in front of potential customers because it was the reference everyone turned to regularly for contact information. Unfortunately, since the advent of the internet, and in turn mobile access to the internet and the social connectivity that followed, the need for the Yellow Pages (or, as they’ve somewhat rebranded, YP) has dropped. Even so, consumers turn to multiple resources as they move through the path to purchase. Understanding the pros and cons of Yellow Page advertising will help you determine if and how this channel should be a part of your marketing mix.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Marketing Strategy

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