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5 Steps to Write Email Content that Connects

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 02:38 PM

Email marketing is a strong tool business owners can use to reach new customers and build their brand. However, it can be a challenge to write content that will connect with consumers. It can be tricky to create a message that is both easy to read and will encourage interaction.

There is no perfect formula to building email content, but there are some steps you can take to increase your level of success.

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

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

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

Make Your Business Headline News

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 02:45 PM

In the 21st century, advertising opportunities have become more diverse than ever before. Businesses can grow a customer base through positive word of mouth. They can engage consumers through social media and be a trusted source for information and products. They can reach their community through direct mail. Advertising is all about having your brand and product be associated with a customers’ need, so they choose you when the time comes to satisfy that need.

No matter what avenue you use to advertise, you are looking to inform consumers about your business. You want to share your name, location, what products, or services you offer and why they should buy from you. In essence you’re creating a news story about your business. However, each medium only offers a limited amount of space to sell your service. But have you ever thought about actually writing a story?

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Tags: Sponsored Content, Digital Advertising, Small Business

#TheDress or Viral Marketing Always Wins

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 03:12 PM

It’s only 17 hours old, but the number one trend across the internet has been #TheDress. It is the lead story across many websites and is even being reported on by cable news networks. Colors and how we perceive them have become the water cooler talk of the day.

What’s lost in all of this hoopla over “Why am I seeing white and gold?” is that the dress in question is completely sold out. Not just the blue and black dress, but that dress in all of its color combinations. In fact, the dress has received so much buzz that Roman Originals, the retailer that carries it, have said that they might end up ordering the same dress in white and gold fabric. One picture inspired massive demand. That’s viral marketing.

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Tags: Digital Advertising, Digital Marketing, News & Trends

Using Live Chat to Engage with Your Digital Customers

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 12:23 PM

Generating sales is more than just having the right products being visible to consumers. It’s also a matter of creating engagement with customers. Every customer wants to feel welcomed to a business. They like to feel that their patronage is wanted and needed.

Advertising and marketing strategies in the 21st century are focused on making consumers feel like they are part of a community. Making this connection through your digital store can be incredibly difficult. After all, you need to still represent your company online, but also offer an easy way for customers to contact and communicate with your enterprise.

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

4 Ways Your Business Can Keep Warm On Snow Days

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, Feb 06, 2015 @ 02:47 PM

Recently, residents of Massachusetts have seen a historic amount of snow. New Englanders know these type of storms are going to happen, so we just hunker down and prepare ourselves.

For children in school, a snow day is a surprise day off. For business owners, it doesn’t necessarily bring smiles to faces.

Depending on the severity of the storm, a local business may have to stop or delay its operations. It means sidewalks need to be shoveled, work schedules need to be rearranged, and deliveries need to be cancelled or rescheduled. Business owners and managers need to also be prepared for the day after the storm stops, and open the store as if nothing happened.

But, if your business is slow or you are forced to close for the day due to a snow storm, that doesn’t mean you still can’t cultivate a relationship with your potential or regular customers. This is a time for you to come in from the cold and work on using social media to reach out to customers.

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Tags: Social Media, Digital Advertising, Small Business

Learning the Lingo: Newsjacking

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 11:54 AM

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

Last week, we were honored to have marketer David Meerman Scott speak at our Wicked Local Media Solutions 2015 Sales Kick-Off.

During the presentation he introduced the idea of “newsjacking.” This is when a company seizes onto a breaking news story or pop culture moment and creates a quick marketing campaign, tying their product into a timely event.

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Tags: Digital Advertising, Digital Marketing, Learning the Lingo

Learning the Lingo: Responsive Web Design

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 02:51 PM

I remember visiting my first website in 1996. I was taking a computer skills class and part of the class was teaching students about using email and visiting websites, since both were fairly new.

There was a fair amount of anticipation as the page slowly loaded to show the home page for the now defunct search engine, Alta Vista. Our assignment was to search for and find a website that interested us. Being a fan of “The Simpsons,” I typed in “Fox Television” and visited fox.com. Thanks to the Way Back Machine, you can see what the site looked liked 19 years ago.

I remember being amazed at that website - even though it was mostly just graphics and not that much actual content.

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Tags: Digital Advertising, Digital Marketing, Websites, Learning the Lingo

Three Trends to Watch for in 2015

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 @ 02:15 PM

I’ve been reading a lot of articles about predicting the social media and advertising trends for 2015. It’s important to read what experts are saying about the upcoming year so you can put yourself in a position to be ahead of the curve and catch a trend while it’s still hot.

There are two types of trends. There’s the type of trends that are hot on social media. These are the ones that are noted on Twitter and Facebook and gauge active interaction. They can help create a viral buzz for your business. But be careful, because these trends have a shelf life.

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