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Are you successfully differentiating your brand in the marketplace?

Are you achieving the sales results you want?

Are you embracing the latest in technology and fresh marketing strategies to build your business?

If your answer isn’t yes to the above 3 questions you are not getting a satisfactory return on your marketing investment and need to invest in the Marketing Business Builder TM from Holland Advertising: Interactive, an advertising agency in Cincinnati. The Marketing Business Builder is the magnifying glass to find hidden profits, reach new customers, find new sales opportunities and grow a company’s business. Respond to in-depth questions about your company’s history and goals – these answers will be the catalyst for the Holland team to develop a customized marketing program with no more money than your company is currently investing. The Marketing Business Builder is more than a revenue generator for companies – it is known as “the wake up call” for business owners who want to take their business to the next level. Read More

Eyes On Impressions give a new perspective to Out of Home media.

The TAB (Traffic Audit Bureau) has a new way of measuring OOH (Out of Home Ratings). It’s called Eyes On Impressions (EOI). EOI replaces Daily Effective Circulation (DEC) as the industry’s measurement currency. DEC’s (the old form of measurement) only calculated traffic counts with no ability to measure demographics, audience, in-market or out-of market travelers, travel patterns, and the position of the display. The benefit of EOI is that it provides demographic information similar to other media, enabling media planners and buyers to plan Outdoor based on the EOI value.

EOI takes into consideration not the number of vehicles that pass the display, but the people that are actually noticing. The seller can sell based on targeted demographic impressions as with other forms of traditional media. For the media buyer, this allows them to compare their target audience delivery as they do with traditional media such as television and radio. Read More

Want to increase your B2C or B2B sales numbers? Try Marketing to Women.

It doesn’t matter what article or study you read – women make or influence the lion’s share of the purchases in the US, and are closing in on men with the percent of earnings and overall wealth, too.

Unless you HAVEN’T been watching television, reading a newspaper (print OR online), shopping, or generally living out in the world in the last decade, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to you that women are beginning to dominate as single homeowners, leaders, risk-takers, and movers and shakers. If you aren’t giving them an equal share of your marketing efforts you’re probably missing out…and it could really be costing you!

Most retailers attempt to appeal to women using mostly old stereotypes, but what about B2B sales? The number of women in decision-making positions in business and as business owners themselves is increasing rapidly. The standard salesman approach to connecting with business customers is finding a dead end with many companies and businesses because their message isn’t being well received. Marketing your business or service is more effective if it has a broader appeal. Read More

If you don’t have a loyalty program, your relationship with your customers may not be very rewarding!

Do you have a store loyalty or rewards card? If you’re like most Americans, you probably have Loyalty or Rewards card (or 3, 4, or 10) in your wallet. But what have they done for you lately?

There is wave of new loyalty programs popping up everywhere. No longer are you only earning points when you shop or refer – you merely check in at a store, restaurant, or venue to get points. Gone are the days of multiple cards and points balances, plus the new programs also reward customers for interacting with your brand and sharing the love via social media. As a business owner the rewards can be great for you, too!

As these programs increase their number of members, some of the old brick and mortar establishments – such as grocery chains – will hold tight to their old loyalty cards. They are immensely popular and used by a wider demographic that isn’t limited to smart phone users, making them a hard habit to change. What will change is that consumers will be able to access multiple loyalty programs from one source. This makes it easier for them to manage their progress, and makes it easier for YOU to track your customers spending and browsing habits. Plus, the information about their habits will enable you to create more effective offers to entice them do more than just check in. You can customize your offers to encourage them to spend, share the love of your brand, or even give them previews to sales and new merchandise.

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Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah! Is THIS what you’re saying to your customers?

If you’re only using social media to further advertise your product or service, this MAY be all they are hearing.

We often blog about social media and website marketing, and at holland advertising : interactive, it’s one of our most common topics of discussion with customers new and old. Social media is a great way to connect, but if you’re only using it as an extension of your marketing efforts, your audience will most likely tune you out.

So your company IS using social media to reach out to customers and prospects to generate sales. How is that working for you? We hope it’s going well, but if it’s not, it may be because you’re missing the mark with your posts, tweets, blogs, shares, etc. It may be that you need to improve the content of what you are saying and how you say it instead of blanketing your audience with buckshot attempts to connect.

This concept is called Content Marketing, and here is how Wikipedia defines it: Content Marketing is an umbrella term encompassing all marketing formats that involve the creation and sharing of content in order to attract, acquire and engage clearly defined and understood current and potential consumer bases with the objective of driving profitable customer action. Content marketing subscribes to the notion that delivering information to prospects and customers drives profitable consumer action. Content marketing has benefits in terms of retaining reader attention and improving brand loyalty.

Information is king. Social media is no longer just tooting your own horn, because if someone is unfamiliar with your brand the message will get lost in the chatter. Provide them with good, no GREAT, information and they will more likely see the value of your brand. As you provide relevant content to your customers, you can position yourself as hero – the service or product provider that can help them succeed.

How do you do this? That is the big question. To connect with customers effectively, there has to be a benefit to them – whether it’s informative or entertaining. Hint: it can also encourage further interaction with some sort of reward, whether it’s a shout out on your Facebook page or a coupon for participating – how you interact with them is up to you. With any interaction remember: providing them with information that will make your product seem indispensible is key.

Here are some great ways to promote your business with effective Content Marketing without hitting your audience over the head:

1. Comments from happy users
2. Information on the best use of the product
3. Reviews of your product
4. Questions (and your answers!) about your product
5. Unique uses for the product that have been submitted by your customers
6. Hero shots of your product

If you are a service, then getting people talking, tweeting, and sharing information about your brand is imperative – and easy. You can apply bullets 1 -4 from above and change “product” to “service” and add the following:

1. Specials that can be earned with repeat patronage of your service
2. Ways for your customer to connect with others via social media – they will share their likes!

An impressive example of quality, employee-driven B2C Content Marketing is the “Store Experts” campaign by Guitar Center. The employees were encouraged to set up individual profiles that highlighted their unique talents, and enabled customers to directly contact the employee – a plus for commissioned employees. It generates 200 qualified leads every day – a success by most standards. It’s a great example of successful Content Marketing, and Marketing Sherpa has a comprehensive case study that is well worth the read. You can access it here:

http://www.marketingsherpa.com/article/case-study/how-employee-content-drove-2002

There are many great examples of how successful, customer-focused Content Marketing can grow your business by leaps and bounds. Check out the links below for more examples of both B2B and B2C campaigns.

http://sproutsocial.com/insights/2012/10/branded-content-marketing/

http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/11015-five-great-examples-of-b2b-content-marketing

Get help from Holland. We can plan a Content Marketing Strategy that can generate new customers, leads, referrals, and best of all, loyal customers that love your brand. Visit HollandAdvertising.com or call Bryan Holland at 513.744.3001.

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