Whether you're opening your first retail store or adding an additional location, marketing the grand opening is critical to letting local consumers know about your shop and enticing buyers to visit early and often. Here are 10 marketing tips for opening a retail store with consumers ready to buy. First, define your ideal customer. Pinpoint characteristics such as their gender, age, work status, family make-up (married with kids versus single, etc.), preferences on how they enjoy spending free time, annual salary and likely disposable income. This information will guide your marketing decisions so you can invest in marketing that [...]
Strategic Trade Show Planning Ensures Strong ROI Trade shows can be a hit or miss depending on your preparedness, so it is important that you start planning early. To give you a rough estimate, start planning about 90 days in advance. In this post, we’ll walk through the critical steps on how to prepare for a successful trade show or conference to ensure good visibility and strong return on investment (ROI). The Planning Stage: First things first. You need to ask yourself, what type of trade show is this? This will lead you to thinking about the types of attendees [...]
Common Questions from Business Owners: Why Hire a Marketing Agency Instead of Hiring Your Own Employees?
I’m often asked why a business should hire a marketing agency like Tell Your Tale instead of hiring employees to handle marketing. The biggest reason is certainly cost. Hiring versus outsourcing is an age-old dilemma but one that often concludes with cost savings through outsourcing. When hiring marketing staff as employees, there are higher costs—both hard and soft—to remember that aren’t extended to the client/business owner who’s working with a marketing agency. Let’s explore. Recruiting candidates: Whether a business owner is paying HR personnel to recruit, running ads on Indeed.com or other recruitment portals or paying other employees to attend [...]
Marketing in a Downturn: We've all heard about the struggling economy and it may be this way for some time. While the economic tightening first affected Houston's oil and gas market, the longer term impact has spread further across industries and even professional levels. We could jump on the political bandwagon to sling mud at the culprits but we've decided to take a different approach. Here are 5 things businesses can turn up in the downturn. 1. Networking: While some may feel more comfortable staying at the office, you've got to put yourself out there so more people can meet [...]