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In the News: Super Bowl Commercials

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

The Super Bowl is known for two things: championship football and creative television commercials. Well, creative and expensive television commercials.

Expensive isn’t just referring to the production value of creating the ads (which can be massive considering the cost of celebrity endorsements), but also how much each ad costs the advertiser to appear on TV during the game.

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Tags: Small Business, Marketing, News & Trends

3 Reasons Print Media Still Works in Advertising

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 01:55 PM

Print is not dead.

Yes, I recognize the irony of reading that in a blog post. A post you probably found via a link from a social media site or from an email. It’s a fair statement to say that in the last fifteen years, the digital landscape has evolved dramatically and has become competitive with the print world.

But, print media is not gone. It’s very much alive and available for businesses to use. After all, the print industry is worth $640 billion and supports $3.8 trillion in jobs and services. Any industry with that much invested into the economy is going to be a viable option for any business.

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Tags: Small Business, Marketing

Learning the Lingo: Call-to-Action

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 @ 01:06 PM

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

As a person, you may not want attention drawn to you. You may want to quietly live your life and not be exposed to the public eye. You don’t want to be a hermit, but you also don’t want people intruding on your life.

And that’s fine. Some of the greatest thinkers, artists and people have lived their lives that same way.

But if you run a business, you crave attention. You demand attention. You want everyone to know about your business. If they know about your business, they will follow your business. If they follow your business, they will want to know about your promotions, events and news. All the work you put into marketing your business is so your customers will see these announcements and act on them.

That’s a call-to-action (or CTA). It’s an instruction to a customer that will drive them to make a purchase or at the very least learn more about why your business is the best place to buy a product. It’s such an integral part of any business that you are probably already doing it, without knowing it.

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Tags: Small Business, Websites, Learning the Lingo, Customer Engagement, Marketing

Digital Advertising Ammo for the Small Business

Posted by Media Solutions on Fri, May 02, 2014 @ 02:58 PM

Did you know that the original consumer purchase funnel is over 115 years old?  Even back then, there was a definitive pattern in which customers moved through a buying cycle, starting from awareness to the end result of making an actual purchase.  The original model was AWARENESS, INTEREST, DESIRE and CONNECTION = SALE.

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