Four States Small Business Blog

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

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

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

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

Pros and Cons of Direct Mail Advertising

Posted by Pam Larimore on April 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Believe it or not, 80% to 90% of physical mail gets opened daily, and some 57% of total mail volume is attributed to direct mail pieces. What’s more, according to a 2015 survey by MarketingSherpa, 54% of people prefer to learn about promotions and products or services via direct mail; that’s the leading format of choice, ahead of emails at the user’s frequency (49%) and visiting the brand website (38%). And about two-thirds of consumers have bought something due directly to direct mail. These are but a few of the indications that this format is a very valuable tool in your marketing mix, so it’s well worth understanding the pros and cons of direct mail advertising.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Marketing Strategy

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

Pros and Cons of Newspaper Advertising

Posted by Chad Elliot on April 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Newspaper print advertising has a long history of reaching audiences to build trust and leverage influence on purchase decisions. And even though we live in an increasingly digital world, the format continues to prove itself useful in reaching consumers — 60.8% of adults over the age of 18 have read a newspaper in the last week, and it still ranks among the most trusted formats before a purchase decision. Thus, newspaper is still an advertising channel that could be valuable to your business, and understanding the pros and cons of newspaper advertising will help you move forward with your marketing plan.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Integrated Marketing, Marketing Strategy

8 Questions to Determine if Your Roofing Company's Brand Messaging is Working for or Against You

Posted by Brett James on April 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Effective brand messaging is important for any business, but for roofing companies, in particular, how you market your company includes addressing some unique characteristics of your business. For example, if your company is involved primarily in construction projects, your branding efforts will be different than if your company focuses mostly on residential roofing. We’ve put together a list of 8 questions to help you determine if your roofing company’s brand messaging is working for you or against you.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Marketing Strategy, Joplin Market

Pros and Cons of Billboard Advertising

Posted by Kent Huff on March 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM

If you’ve driven for a significant length of time, whether that’s a road trip or your commute to work, you’ve seen digital and print billboards lining the side of roads and highways, especially close to urban centers. Billboards are suited to a variety of industries from entertainment and dining to local retailers. This may be an effective tactic for your business, but before you sign up for a strategy that takes advantage of this format, you should know the pros and cons of billboard advertising.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Integrated Marketing, Marketing Strategy

Pros and Cons of Radio Advertising

Posted by Carol Daily on March 23, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Radio is a remarkably powerful tool which regularly reaches 67% of consumers in the U.S. on a daily basis. Because Americans 12 years of age or older also spend three hours per day listening to radio, there’s also extensive room for marketers to leverage the medium to their benefit. That means it’s worth fully understanding the pros and cons of radio advertising in order to judge when and how to use it in your marketing campaigns.

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Topics: Small Business Resources, Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy