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These are posts about small business marketing.

Make it Pop!

There are 5 major components to good advertising copy: (The order of these is essential to success) Command Attention Showcase Benefits of Products/Services Prove the Benefits Persuade People to Embrace the Benefits Call to Action Advertising is sales in print. So, you need to think about the unique benefits your products/services offer and showcase that […]


Direct Response or Bust!

Direct response marketing is a marketing that demands a direct response from your potential customers. This type of marketing is used to answer questions, present your branding, products and the reason you do what you do. Customers love this, as they are offered the opportunity to response, whether that be in the way of signing […]


Dealing with the “Stick-to-it-iveness” Problem

While this word, “Stick-to-it-iveness”  isn’t scientific, it is very real and it is the reason why most people fail at most everything they do! Admittedly this one is a little harder to quantify, but many of the traits that make people successful are hard to quantify. The bottom line though is this…if you never make […]


Nobody Believes Nobody Anymore

As a salesperson and marketer, you face an uphill battle.  Gallup recently conducted a poll asking which jobs people considered untrustworthy or highly suspect.  The results: 10. Business Executives 9. State Governors 8. Lawyers 7. Insurance Salespeople 6. Senators 5. HMO Managers 4. Stockbrokers 3. Advertising Executives 2. Members of Congress 1. Car Salespeople This […]


“QWERTYIOP or something similar…”

In April, 2010, Radicati Group… a marketing and technology firm out of Palo Alto, CA … determined that each and every day:                                                 294 BILLION Emails were sent!!! Doing the math, that boils down to 2.8 million emails a second and about 90 Trillion emails every year.  That’s a lot of cluttered-up-in-boxes. Have you ever […]


Marketing Strategies-The Power of “Me to You” Marketing!

The marketing world is full of tactics and techniques “guaranteed” to help you improve the results of your next direct mail campaign, print ad campaign or email marketing campaign. Some work. Some do not. Times Square in New York City is a metaphor for what you, the business owner and marketer, are up against in […]


Business Marketing Strategies-TAKING ACTION

I love this story from GKIC’s Marketer of the Year, Walter Bergeron. Walter had a pretty damned good business going for himself down in Louisiana repairing electronics. But he had this feeling he was missing out on some real potential. While attending one of GKIC’s “Fast Implementation Bootcamps,” Walter heard Bill Glazer say this: “Look […]


For Business Growth, What Do All Successful Business Owners Understand?

There’s no way around it… For business growth, you are going to have to deal with change.  Sometimes it’ll be to your advantage, but many other times it won’t. In fact, change can often be downright unwelcome. The one thing that all successful entrepreneurs accept and understand is that change is part of the business […]


How The Circus Mastered Direct Mail…And You Can Too!!!

Back in the days before YouTube, Cable TV, iPhones, and 24/7/365 media saturation of every single aspect of our lives, entertainment was actually special. And one thing that every child in mid-America looked forward to was when the circus came to town. But getting Mom and Dad bought into the idea could take some effort. […]


Choosing the ONE thing to start with–YOU DON’T

Here is a question posed in the No BS Marketing Letter by a new member to Dan Kennedy: “There are so many things I can see that need done to make my business successful. How do I choose THE ONE THING TO START WITH?” Dan Kennedy’s answer was… You don’t. The desire for ‘one thing’… […]