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Are You Training Your Customers to Wait to Buy Your Product Cheaper?

Posted by Chad Elliot on January 18, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Let’s do a thought exercise: A consumer wants to obtain a particular product, and they do the research to determine which brand they’d like to buy and which store to buy it from. They find it’s available from their favorite store, but while they want it right now, they know the store consistently runs regular discounts. Instead of buying it now, they wait until the next discount kicks in so they can buy it for a cheaper price. In this exercise, most of the advertising for the product brand and store worked. The consumer is successfully converted, the product solves their pain points and desires, and a sale is made. So what’s the problem?

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Why Advertise if You Can't Show ROI? 4 Steps to BrandsFormation

Posted by Chad Elliot on December 27, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Advertising is supposed to be a tool, and one that provides clear results for your business. You need to be seeing returns on your investment (ROI) for each of your advertising choices. If you aren’t, then why are you advertising? That’s just a waste of time and resources, not to mention a big waste of money!

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

The Bricks and Mortar Approach (How a Brand is Built)

Posted by Chad Elliot on December 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

One of the hardest lessons to learn in marketing is that building a brand takes time. While some lucky brands get struck by advertising lightning — e.g., TOMS, which first made headlines when it was barely a company, nearly tripling orders in one day and sparking even more news coverage thanks to its core cause — most companies have to work hard to carve out a place in their market. Even major brands, like beverage powerhouse Coca-Cola, have to build their momentum over time.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Advertising Creative, BrandsFormation

Our Top 6 Reasons We're Thankful to Be a Joplin Business

Posted by Chad Elliot on November 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

As fall shifts to winter, it’s the time of year where your fireplace may be plenty warm and you’re reflecting on the blessings you’ve received. As a local business for more than 50 years, we have much to be thankful for, and we’re thankful to work with the wonderful Joplin community

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Topics: Joplin Market

Winter is Coming—4 Tips to Reach New Patients

Posted by Chad Elliot on October 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Winter is a great time to attract new patients to your practice. People tend to become more mindful of health issues in the winter because of concerns about the flu and the increase in colds. Your brand can stand out from the competition by letting people know you care about them and that your practice wants to help them and their families stay healthy during cold weather. In this post, we’ve put together 4 tips to help you reach new patients with your marketing for winter.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Advertising Creative, Health/Medical

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: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Marketing ROI, Digital Marketing

How to Find the Sweet Spot for Frequency in Your Annual Radio Advertising Schedule

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

Finding the sweet spot for frequency in your annual radio advertising schedule can be a challenge, but it can affect the success of your radio advertising efforts and campaigns. At Zimmer, we believe that following a 21/52 plan can help you achieve the right balance and bring you success.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Joplin Market

How to Make Your Business a Destination Despite Being in a Low Traffic Location

Posted by Chad Elliot on July 13, 2017 at 7:45 AM

Is your business location a bit off the beaten path? If your location doesn’t have the advantage of being in a high-traffic area, it can be a challenge to drive traffic to your business. But there are things you can do to make your business a destination. We’ve put together some ideas to help you increase foot traffic and make your business the kind of place people want to visit.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Are Outside Factors Impacting Your Marketing ROI?

Posted by Chad Elliot on June 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Most businesses understand the importance of tracking and measuring their marketing ROI, but they often fail to consider the outside factors that can have an effect on it. You could be succeeding at developing an effective message for your target audience and deploying it across the right channels to reach your audience, but external factors might negatively impact its effectiveness. Factors having nothing to do with the effectiveness of your marketing campaign can skew results, making it difficult to accurately measure ROI. It’s important to consider how outside factors affect your marketing ROI, whether in a positive or negative way, because they are often unavoidable.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Marketing ROI

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

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