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Why Employer Branding is Key to Recruiting Top Talent

Posted by Chad Elliot on January 4, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Attracting top talent can be challenging, and with today's low unemployment rate, the competition is high. Fortunately, employer branding can help your company stand out as a good place to work and improve your chances of attracting the best candidates.

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Topics: Recruitment

Everything You Need to Know For BrandsFormation Fall 2018

Posted by Chad Elliot on October 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

There's an exciting event headed your way this fall - BrandsFormation 2018! After a successful event in March, we’re bringing the free educational workshop back to help even more Four State business owners develop their brand and improve their bottom lines. Scheduled for Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00 am., BrandsFormation 2018 is designed to help you transform your business from good to great.

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Topics: BrandsFormation

You Can Advertise Effectively WITHOUT Discounting

Posted by Chad Elliot on September 27, 2018 at 8:00 AM

If you’re used to relying on discounts to drum up business and customer interest, we’ve got good news — you don’t have to use discounts! While discounts can be useful, there are different tactics that you can build into your strategy that are effective at building sales and loyalty. Even better, these methods don’t force you to cut profit margins in order to make the sale.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

5 Ways SEO Has Changed Over the Past Decade

Posted by Chad Elliot on August 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Creating a stellar website is only the first step in getting people to find your business online -- your site must also be discoverable. The process of creating a website that's appealing to search engines is called SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. In its simplest form, SEO is defined by industry-leader Moz as "the process of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results". This sounds fascinating, but what does it really mean? The rules around SEO can be complex and are changing on a regular basis. Here are the top five ways that search optimization practices have changed in the last decade.

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Topics: Digital Marketing

When it Comes to Four State Area Radio, There's Only One Clear Choice

Posted by Chad Elliot on August 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM

When it comes to four state area radio, there really is only one clear choice . . . and you don't have to take it from us! We love it when marketers from around the area share their success stories. It really reminds us why we do what we do every day -- to not only provide quality programming to our listeners but also to help area businesses reach their core audiences and business goals, too. See how the elements of radio advertising work together to supercharge the reach for our advertisers.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Joplin Market

Radio Delivers Real Results for Four State Area Businesses

Posted by Chad Elliot on June 28, 2018 at 8:00 AM

We could share countless stats around the power of radio — 93% of American adults reached weekly, $17 payback per $1 spent on radio by department stores, two-thirds of time spent listening happens outside the home… But we know stories are more powerful than numbers, and we love shining a light on the success of local businesses.

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AM/FM Radio Continues to Top the Charts (4 Quotes from Rush and Nielsen)

Posted by Chad Elliot on June 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Rush Limbaugh recently made a point to remind everyone of the true impact and power of radio, quoting a Washington Times article from this past April that highlighted new findings from Nielsen. In a half-hour audio clip you can find below, the pioneer of AM radio shared why he prefers radio to TV, compelling stats from Nielsen’s second-quarter 2017 Comparable Metrics Report, and a healthy dose of Rush political talk on listenership and stories from around the nation.

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Topics: Radio Advertising

Show You Care — 5 Visual Marketing Tips to Promote Your Assisted Living Facility

Posted by Chad Elliot on May 3, 2018 at 8:00 AM

If you think someone in their twilight years isn’t looking online for an assisted living center… well, you might be partly right, but they aren’t your primary online audience. Their children are often the ones doing research and looking for the best option for their parents, and both groups want to feel confident and happy in their choice.

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Topics: Health/Medical

Help Your Community Stay on Top of Severe Weather

Posted by Chad Elliot on April 17, 2018 at 8:00 AM

This time of year in Joplin can bring to mind images of storms and tornadoes that wreak havoc on our communities. In the not so distant past, storms have been utterly devastating. As a local business, you need to stay prepared, but you can also play a role in helping your community and your customers be better informed and stay safe.

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Topics: Joplin Market, Digital Marketing

Joplin BrandsFormation a Hit Among Local Marketers and Business Owners

Posted by Chad Elliot on April 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM

More than 70 local businesses attended our BrandsFormation workshop earlier this month, led by business strategist and long-time Zimmer Radio, Inc. branding partner, Chuck Mefford. See what one business owner had to say about the event:

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Topics: BrandsFormation

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