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Running Your Business is Like Running a Marathon

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 @ 01:14 PM

Today is the 119th Boston Marathon. It is one of the most famous and notable long distance races in the world. It’s a course that challenges both expert and novice racers. Although you don’t have to leap over obstacles or trudge through mud, the marathon tests you with organic obstacles like Heartbreak Hill and the unpredictable New England weather. If you can battle through the elements, the course, and even your own body, the reward is reaching the finish line successfully.

In a lot of ways running the marathon and running your business are quite similar. Both journeys take planning, commitment and support from people in neighboring communities. You don’t just wake up one day and decide you want to run a marathon. The same goes for starting your business and building an advertising strategy.

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

Infographic: The Best (and Worst) Keywords for Email Subject Lines

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

First impressions mean a lot when it comes to email marketing. Business owners are always looking to write a subject line that will grab the attention of a consumer and entice them to read their message. A study was done to see what keywords encouraged positive engagement and what words led to an email being ignored. This infographic highlights the subject line keywords that worked and the words that didn’t.

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

7 Accessories that Turn Your Smartphone Into a Video Camera

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 12:52 PM

If your business isn’t creating video content it probably should be. Short films build consumer engagement and awareness and shows that your business has a personality. However, purchasing video equipment isn’t cheap, so it’s understandable if some people think the investment isn’t worth it. But, you don’t necessarily need the most expensive camera to create engaging content.

Here are 7 accessories that can step up your smartphone cinematography.

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Tags: Small Business, Customer Engagement, Video

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

How to Grow Your Business With a Blog

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

I’ll be honest, it feels a little weird to be writing a blog post about blogging. But the truth is, writing a blog is a key way for businesses to build consumer interest without spending much money on promotion. It takes time to create content and build an audience, but when you do, it will be full of consumers who feel that they have a rapport with your company.

One of the reasons I think a business owner or manager may be reluctant to starting a blog is because there may be a stigma when it comes to blogging. Afterall the term “blog” is just a abbreviation for “weblog,” or an online diary. There’s a perception that it’s just an online journal. But a blog is what you make it. For businesses it can be a tool to offer real advice and insight to potential customers.

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Tags: Small Business, Digital Marketing, Customer Engagement

Create Your Own March Madness

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 @ 04:17 PM

On Thursday, March 19th, practically every sports fan in the country will be turning on their TV to watch college basketball. The annual NCAA Basketball Championship, also known as March Madness, begins and it is considered something of a national holiday to sports fans.

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Tags: Small Business, Customer Engagement, Marketing

Using Email Marketing to Engage with Consumers

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

People like to claim that social media has become the primary way people communicate with each other online. In reality, email is still the digital conversation king. Facebook knows this and has been trying to make its messenger app an email substitute for younger generations. However, with 122,500,453,020 emails sent every hour, email still holds a majority of the power.

One of the reasons why email is such a giant, is because not everyone has a Facebook or Twitter account. However, almost everyone has at least one email address. In 2014, the Radicati Group reported that more than 2.5 billion email addresses existed globally.

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