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Importance of Creating Customer Profiles of Your Ideal Clients

Whether your business is in growth mode or an established organization with a large customer database, understanding your clients, what motivates them to buy from you, and how to find more prospects like them is essential for business success. Writing customer profiles or “personas” helps crystallize who your ideal clients are, what makes them tick and what they need from you to complete purchases. Without that type of information, business leaders find their teams are trying a host of activities to make sales, but they aren’t being strategic, leading to wasted time and costs. Instead, what if your business [...]

By |2019-03-26T09:20:21-05:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: PR|Tags: |

Why Blogging for Business is Important

The Benefits of Blogging for Business Why is it important to have a business blog? Blogging once was a platform that allowed individuals to voice their opinions in an ungated way. Blogging has since evolved into a necessary tool for businesses to stay current and visible amongst customers and prospects. Let’s explore the various benefits of business blogging. Reason #1: Blogging boosts search engine optimization. Search engines such as Google and Bing reward websites that publish new/fresh content by sending more site visitors their way. By publishing blog pots regularly, you’re building out the resources that your website offers, [...]

By |2019-03-26T09:21:08-05:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: PR|Tags: |

How and Why to Personalize Retail Marketing

Retailers can make great strides in increased engagement, sales and referrals by relying more on personalized marketing. A recent study indicates that, “Personalization can be a huge boon for retailers and consumers. Targeted communications that are relevant and useful can create lasting customer loyalty and drive revenue growth of 10 to 30 percent.”(1) How and when the personalized outreach is done is key to the campaign’s success. In this post, we’ll discuss mistakes to avoid, ways to personalize marketing and drive foot traffic into stores. Mistakes to Avoid When Personalizing Marketing I appreciate being welcomed to a storefront when [...]

By |2019-03-26T09:21:57-05:00January 26th, 2018|Categories: PR|Tags: , |

Managing Online Customer Reviews on Social Media Channels

A business’ online presence has a strong influence on its reputation. It’s no wonder that companies are quick to build their online presence beyond a website, extending into social media sites and online business listings. The real challenge and power both exist in managing online customer reviews on them all. Not only does proper attention and diligence mold a strong, positive reputation for your business, it also helps generate more traffic to your website, which in turn can lead to more sales. It's the power of online reputation management. Here are some key tips for managing your online reputation whether [...]

By |2019-08-05T14:38:33-05:00January 16th, 2018|Categories: PR, Social Media|Tags: , |

Marketing Trends in 2018 to Adopt

With the New Year under way, business owners are looking at marketing trends that deliver a measurable return on investment (ROI). It’s easy to spend money and time on endeavors that seem all the rage but when the efforts fall short of their investment, it’s time to reconsider. While new technologies and innovations are sure to be unveiled throughout the year, here are 5 of marketing trends to incorporate early into your 2018 marketing. Facebook organic reach has dwindled to an estimated 2 percent to 3 percent. This means that for all the time your business applies to crafting [...]

By |2019-03-26T09:23:26-05:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: PR|Tags: , , |

10 Marketing Tips for Opening a New Restaurant

The love of cooking, a long history working in restaurants, free food and great people… These are a few of the reasons people cite for working in the restaurant industry. Some translate that passion into opening a new restaurant and owning it. Still, the restaurant business is not for the faint of heart and garnering a crowd of hungry customers is serious business. Here are 10 marketing tips for opening a new restaurant with patrons ready to eat and pay. First, define your ideal customer. It isn’t everyone in town. Get specific regarding their likes and dislikes, age, work status, [...]

By |2019-03-26T09:24:16-05:00January 4th, 2018|Categories: PR|Tags: , , |

5 Tips for Email Marketing for Restaurants

The restaurant business in Texas is big business. Just in the Houston area, there are more than 10,000 restaurants with the average Houstonian dining out more than residents of any other city—4.1 times per week, compared with the national average of 3.1. Still, the average meal in Houston costs restaurant goers on average $5 less than the national average.1 So how do you connect with patrons and prospects cost effectively and drive them into your restaurant? Did you know 61 percent of consumers enjoy receiving promotional emails weekly?2 Email marketing continues to be an effective way to connect with customers across [...]

By |2018-09-26T12:59:53-05:00November 30th, 2017|Categories: PR|Tags: |

Why Public Relations is Better than Advertising

Why PR Makes Strategic Sense A topic in the marketing realm that often causes confusion is the difference between public relations (PR) and advertising. While I believe organizations should have a good mix of both, I also understand that with budget and time constraints, executives must prioritize marketing efforts and the associated budget. In this blog post, we’ll look at the key differences between PR and advertising as well as why PR makes more sense for most organizations. Let me start by saying that I know and respect people in the advertising arena. If your organization is a large corporation [...]

By |2018-10-04T15:22:05-05:00November 1st, 2017|Categories: PR|Tags: |

Why Is Public Relations Strategic?

The Long-term Importance of Using PR When organizations set out to conduct public relations (PR), the first questions to ask are: “What are we hoping to accomplish in general? How can PR help us reach that goal? Are we prepared to enable our PR efforts to really work for our organization?” Rather than just writing a press release and emailing it to some contacts, the outreach should be well thought out to reap the most benefits. Taking a long-term view to PR is important. Let’s explore why PR makes strategic sense. Your PR goals should align with your business goals [...]

By |2018-10-04T15:22:43-05:00October 18th, 2017|Categories: PR|

Social Media for Restaurants: How to Attract Hungry Customers

Strategic Social Media Drives Foot Traffic into Restaurants As of 2017, 81 percent of Americans have a social media profile, representing a five percent growth compared to the previous year, according to Statista. Additionally, the number of worldwide social media users is expected to grow to some 2.5 billion by 2018.1 With this whopping number of potential buyers online, many of whom interact with their phones 13 X per hour or 200 X per day,2 social media puts low-cost marketing tools at restauranteurs’ fingertips. Used strategically, social media really can drive hungry customers into restaurants. Here’s how you can make [...]

By |2019-08-05T14:39:20-05:00September 5th, 2017|Categories: PR, Social Media|Tags: |