Financial Hack has some great advice on being innovative. Using Japan’s square watermelon, they show why thinking outside of the box is one of the smartest things you can do in the business world.There are some great lessons to take away from this article. I think the main things are to realize that nothing is impossible and to always to look for an easier way to do things. It is these two factors that have been behind all major technological advances. The same spirit that created square watermelon created cars and created the internet. Always keep your mind open and look for a better way!Image Courtesy of …read more
Where do you put your logo? While consistency is important, it needs to be balanced with where the logo is placed. Many items work more efficiently with a logo in one place for one situation and in other situations, they work better with the logo in another location.For example, if you order a folding chair with a carrying bag, there are three possible places to place your logo depending on where you plan to use the folding chair:• Trade Shows: If you order the chairs for set up at a trade show and know people will look at the front of the chair, placing the logo on the front makes the most sense.• …read more
Have you ever noticed all those organizations that sponsor the local Girl Scouts, little league games, community picnics, etc.? People support those businesses that sponsor because they have shown an interest in the community and want to help. You can be one of those companies.Sponsoring local events will build your image in the community. As an extra bonus, if the event is run by a non-profit organization, contributions are tax-deductible. There are many inexpensive ways to show your support and get your community’s support in return.•Provide food. Bringing hot dogs or drinks to a small event …read more
With gas prices on the rise and the fall of the American dollar, it can be a scary time to be a small business owner. It doesn’t have to be. If you use these facts to your advantage, you can take over, or at least be competitive in, your local marketplace.
• Customers Are Shopping Around. In tighter economies, people need to stretch their dollar further. Many of your competitor’s customers will shop around to find the best deal. This is a great chance to lure people in with sales, first-time client discounts and more.
• Loyal Customers Need Love Too. Maintain your existing …read more
Sometimes it is difficult to come up with a unique slogan to suit your company. Fortunately, some local business can get away with using slogans that are unique to their city, but not their industry. These tag lines help inform customers why they should go with your company and help them remember you. Here are a few of these types of tag lines.Lawn Care:• We work hard on your yard so you don’t have to!• The grass is always greener…on your side!• Your lawn is my business.
Real Estate:• Sell or Buy – we can help you do both!• Helping first-time buyers find a HOME.• Why rent when …read more
We have, and will, say it over and over. Staying consistent is one of the most important things a business can do to maintain customer loyalty and branding. Remember the “New Coke” disaster? Consider the following:• If It Ain’t Broke… You will likely get tired of the same message, but your customer relies on hearing it. They want to be assured over and over. And, let’s face it -they aren’t hearing the message nearly as often as you are.• Be Flexible. Don’t try to resist change. Willingness to change is important, but do it slowly to maintain consistency. If you want to update the …read more
Want to kick start your Fall marketing campaigns? Try a simple, email campaign to your customers and you can take advantage of the 57:1 return on investment email marketing provides (Direct Marketing Association, 2005).
An email campaign doesn’t have to be fancy to be successful. Start by emailing each of your customers with a special offer. A weekend sale can help drive traffic into your store. Offer a special off-peak rate for customers who book your services during your less busy time. Whatever the promotion, the most important thing is don’t wait for the perfect time to send the email. Launch your campaign today and you …read more
Effective Logo placement builds your brand –whether you are advertising in a magazine, on a billboard or on a promotional giveaway. Selecting the location of your logo is an important (albeit, frequently overlooked) step in your advertising plan. Here are our thoughts:• Consistency Equals Recognition. Distributing a red tee shirt with your name on the back, followed by a blue tee shirt with your name on the sleeve might keep things interesting, but it may cause you to lose brand recognition. Major national corporations can get away with this because they have so much recognition already; but for a small company, …read more
Graphic design is a fundamental part of every business. From business cards to website, the design you select makes a statement about your company. If you are starting a business or perhaps looking to reinvent the look of your company I highly recommend working with an advertising agency or a freelance designer to establish a brand kit – business card, letterhead, website, and brochure. Keeping these elements consistent will help present a professional look to your customers.Once you have your branding kit, at some point in time you’re going to need to make some changes. Depending on your design skills (and budget) you may want to try to make the …read more