Throwback Thursday: Natick - Home of the First Baseball Factory

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 03:39 PM

In 1858, the first baseballs were manufactured in a Natick, Massachusetts factory. H. Harwood & Sons fabricated the baseballs designed by John W. Walcott and Col. William A. Cutler. The baseballs were used across the United States and Canada. They also manufactured baseball bats. Here’s a receipt from 1871 that notes the different brands of balls and bats they produced.

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[Video] Direct Email Marketing Explained in 4 Steps

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Wed, Apr 08, 2015 @ 01:09 PM

Direct email marketing offers you the opportunity to reach out and attract new customers through email. A 2013 study found that 66% of people who received email marketing messages made a purchase as a result of those emails. It may seem complicated, but it can be narrowed down to just four steps. We outline each step with this video.

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Tags: Small Business, Digital Marketing, Video, Email Marketing

Why Using a Logo Builds Success for Your Brand

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, Apr 07, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

What makes a business stand out? If you own a pizza restaurant, what makes your store different from a pizzeria down the street? Sure, the quality of food is one way to tell the difference, but what if an out-of-state visitor comes to town? How will they decide between two options if they have no reference? The person might makes his choice based on which one has the most impactful logo.

Logos are powerful tools that business owners can use to build a recognizable, trustworthy and memorable brand. Our brains process images 60,000 times faster than we process written language. A picture of a pizza will represent a pizzeria faster than the actual words “pizzeria.” A customer who sees that image and associates it with a memory of eating a pizza may choose that business over yours just based on how that image makes them feel.

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Tags: Small Business, Marketing

5 Steps for Writing a Great Email Subject Line

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Mon, Apr 06, 2015 @ 04:14 PM

The most difficult part of writing an email isn’t coming up with copy. It isn’t trying to figure out what you should promote or offer. It’s not finding people to send the message to. The most difficult part is writing the email subject line.

Your subject line is the first thing consumers see and will be the reason they interact with your message. A successful email title grabs the attention of customers and intrigues them to read more. The email’s content can provide them with details and your contact information.

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Tags: Small Business, Digital Marketing, Marketing, Email Marketing

Learning the Lingo: Targeting

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

Learning the Lingo is a series of posts that will investigate marketing terms, ideas and strategies. Our topic today: Targeting.

It doesn’t matter if you are a new business or an established one, the common goal of all businesses is to draw in new customers. But, that is easier said than done. If every business could pull in enough clients by just opening their doors, there wouldn’t be a need to advertise or leverage deals against your competition.

You may be thinking of ways to attract everyone. But actually, you don’t need all the customers - you just need to attract the ones who will be more likely to buy from you.

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Tags: Small Business, Learning the Lingo, Marketing, Email Marketing

Throwback Thursday: Hingham's Lost Amusement Park

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 01:54 PM

When you think about amusement parks you probably think of theme parks with cartoon characters, roller coasters and parades. However, did you know that there was an amusement park located in Hingham, Massachusetts?

The Melville Garden at Downer Landing was built by Dorchester industrialist Samuel Downer in 1871. It became a destination for visitors during the summer and featured clambakes, fireworks, bowling, and dancing. It was also the first place in Hingham to have electric lights. The park closed in 1897.

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Direct Email Marketing: Your Resource to Finding New Customers

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

Congratulations! You have created the perfect email message. The content is crisp and engaging. The images you have selected are going to direct attention to the copy and create an emotional connection with a consumer. The deal you have included is guaranteed to bring customers into your store and spend money. But, who do you send the email to?

You could send the message to all of your existing customers. You know they respect and trust your business. But do you really want to just reach out to customers who already know you and your business? Shouldn’t you also be trying to engage with customers who don’t know who you are?

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Tags: Small Business, Digital Marketing, Customer Engagement, Email Marketing

March Roundup: Blogs that Explore How To Introduce, Engage and Sell to Local Consumers

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 04:02 PM

March has been a very busy month. We looked at different ways local businesses could connect and serve their communities. Posts that highlighted creating opportunities for your brand and encourage consumers to turn to you for purchases. How to introduce your business by using Email Marketing and Custom Content. Exploring ways that would lead customers to engage with your brand by utilizing social media strategy. Finally, after the introduction and interaction, having an E-Commerce solution in place on your website, to build online sales and traffic.

If you missed any of these posts, here is March’s blog post roundup.

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Tags: Digital Advertising, Small Business, Digital Marketing, Wicked Local, Customer Engagement

5 Steps to Running a Spring Photo Contest

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

Photo sharing has become extremely popular thanks to the different apps and websites that encourage social sharing. Instagram averages 70 million photo shares a day. The increasing popularity has created a surge in companies running photo sharing promotions and contests. These are easy ways for you to create and develop engagement with the consumers in your community and also inspire user generated content for your business.

The start of Spring offers many opportunities for image contests because it can inspire stellar photography. As people begin to wander outside, taking photos to showcase spring, it offers you a chance to invite consumers to connect with your business and share those images with you.

Here are five tips for running a photo sharing contest.

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Tags: Social Media, Small Business, Digital Marketing, Customer Engagement

How To Grow Social Media Engagement Using a Calendar

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Social media should be a part of the strategy for every business. Your social presence provides consumers with information about your business but also offers a way to communicate with your company. Engaging with you means that consumers can turn to you as a trusted resource.

But sometimes creating content on a day-to-day basis for your business can be challenging. Writer’s block can hinder the most creative social media minds. How can you clear a creative path and build strong and engaging posts?

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Tags: Social Media, Digital Marketing, Customer Engagement