Handling Competition: Do’s and Don’ts

Almost every small business owner has to deal with competition, no matter what industry you’re in. Of course, like all things, there is a right way and a wrong way to deal with it, though. Knowing how to handle competition is vital to the small business owner, especially when a new kid comes to the […]

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Small Biz Stories: The Evolution of a Brand

Brands don’t stay the same. They change and evolve over time, responding to both external and internal factors. Simms Jenkins of BrightWave Marketing says that his brand has been influenced by many of his team members, and evolved in very positive ways. “I’ve certainly been influenced a lot on our brand by our Creative Director […]

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Small Biz Stories: Branding for B2B Business

If you think branding isn’t important for a B2B business, think again. In the past, a lot of B2B marketers didn’t pay as much attention to branding, but in today’s market where it’s easy for people to find you—and your competitors—branding is an essential way to capitalize on people’s attention and generate more business. “I […]

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Consultant’s Corner: Marketing Plans for Financial Advisors

Q. What are the best marketing strategies for financial advisors? Financial advisors and similar professionals use customer referrals, local Chamber networking, other professional networking, lead groups, direct mail, newsletters, a business website, social media networking websites, direct sales, and other methods. The best marketing plan will be the one that effectively reaches your defined target […]

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Actively Finding Customers

Somewhere along the line, the process of gaining customers became more about attracting customers rather than actively finding them. “Build it and they will come” is an awesome ideal for small businesses, but there comes a point when you’ll need to get your hands dirty and seek out some customers on your own. So where […]

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Small Biz Stories: How to Find New Business

Finding new business is vitally necessary for every business. But as Simms Jenkins of BrightWave Marketing points out, businesses don’t always have to use the same formulaic approaches to finding and measuring those new customers. “The best way of attracting clients since Day 1 has always been word of mouth and referrals,” he says. “That’s […]

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The Brand of You

Let’s talk about you for the next few minutes, about your “Personal Brand,” the “Brand of You.” There’s real value in identifying your personal brand, giving yourself a recognizable voice, and then leveraging it appropriately. It can be a very challenging, introspective, and yet rewarding process. We’re going to find out more about you, what […]

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