We all know the old saying: “out of sight, out of mind.” This is especially true for small business owners trying to break out from the crowd. If your potential customers don’t see you, how will they know you exist? Love it or hate it, social media is the easiest way to get your brand noticed without spending big bucks on advertising. When it comes to social media marketing, consistency is key. This means both consistency in how often you post content as well as consistency in your brand’s tone and style. Committing to a regular social media strategy not only helps create a better customer experience but it also […]
“How do I market my business?” This is a question I’m often asked by start-up business owners, and I’m always surprised to hear that they think I can give them a simple, one-size-fits-all approach to successful marketing. The honest answer is, “it depends.” There are many factors that play into my recommendations for an effective marketing plan. Determining the business’ unique selling proposition in the marketplace, their goals, and their realistic budget are all key components of a successful marketing strategy. At Tingalls, we dig deep to learn about our clients so we can tailor their marketing to the specific needs of their business. What makes you special? Identifying your […]
Why is Your Brand so Important? Your brand (for good or bad) creates a first impression that will endure. The way your customers see, hear, and feel about your business is all wrapped up in how they perceive your brand. Present a brand with a strong backbone, oozing with potential and influence, and that’s what people will take away. Follow the pack with a generic, vanilla brand presence, and you’ll be lucky to be remembered at all. So, it’s essential you get people to buy into your brand from the very beginning. It’s More Than a Logo Beyond a nice-looking graphic, your brand’s identity communicates your unique selling proposition (USP) […]
Today, September 19th, is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and thus, a fun day to highlight one of the most important metric frameworks to live by as a startup marketer or to help you grow your business during rough waters. In 2007, Dave McClure, founder of startup accelerator 500 Startups, rolled out a 5-step framework for growth. That framework was called AARRR, or also known as the Pirate Metrics. What is AARRR? AARRR stands for Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Referral and Revenue and is a fundamental framework to understanding your customers, their journey and optimizing your funnel as well as setting some valuable and actionable metric goals for your business. […]
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For a lot of business owners, branding can seem like a vague topic that involves market research, focus groups, and the kinds of conversations people have in Fortune 500 boardrooms. But what they might not realize is that branding is just as important—or maybe even more important—for smaller companies. In particular, small businesses need brands that are consistent from one communication or campaign to the next. The reason is simple: If branding isn’t consistent, then customers won’t necessarily recognize that a communication is coming from your business right away. And, given that smaller companies have fewer chances to make an impression than bigger ones, they have to make each point […]
It’s not easy to find and keep subscribers to your email newsletter. That makes it all the more frustrating when the majority of them don’t actually open your messages. You can’t get results from your email marketing campaign if no one bothers reading what you send, so how can you get subscribers to make your newsletters a priority in their inbox? Here are a few quick tips to help you out… Use Catchy, Intriguing Subject Lines In general, you want your email newsletter subject lines to be short, timely, and attention grabbing. It’s important you don’t go too far to get readers to open your message, though. Anything that looks […]
In our line of work, inspiring creativity is a must. Generating new ideas and staying motivated on a tight deadline is the lifeblood of our business, and something we spend a lot of time thinking about. Regardless of your profession, being creative and inspired is a good way to keep your edge and separate yourself from your competitors. Here are a few ways you can stay at your sharpest, mentally and emotionally: Try to take on projects you enjoy – It’s always easier to be creative when you’re having fun. So, as much as possible, take on jobs and projects you enjoy working on. Be sure to share this with […]
What is organic reach? Why is everyone raving about Facebook marketing? What is it? The Internet simultaneously leveled and skewed the playing field for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The digital landscape of the 21st Century is very much like the Wild West of old – pioneers taking huge risks that sometimes pay off in gold. Bandits streak across cyberspace looking to make a quick buck and in between desperation and vast success there’s the rest of us, trying to make our way. The path to success in the digital Wild West is made more complicated by it’s mutable nature. Things are always changing. A few years ago, Facebook had this thing […]
What is a brand? Marketing experts have struggled to wring every nuance from the word, for nearly a hundred years. Should your brand be re-booted?
Content that counts comes in many forms. This isn’t your first day on the Internet – odds are you have a Facebook account, Twitter feed or even more. Have you noticed any patterns? Everything happens at light speed, in short tiny bursts of concentrated information. This is counter intuitive – the assumption is that audiences want detailed and elaborate explanations of services and products, events and everything else.
Does your business utilize email campaigns? Whether you’re an old pro at putting campaigns together, or your company is just embarking into the territory of email marketing, making sure you’re following these best practices can help ensure each email you deliver to a customer or potential customer is crafted for success — right down to the character count of your subject line … Email Frequency The amount of emails businesses receive these days is often astronomical. Keeping yours to a minimum — 1 or 2 per month — is a good way of ensuring the recipients on your email list don’t unsubscribe. At Tingalls Graphic Design, we’ve found that one […]
There was a time when a handshake was our social media. Live conversation, awkward pauses, and the exchange of business cards were our means of disseminating information to each other. And although the Internet has permanently changed the business landscape, networking is still an excellent way for many businesses to be more involved in the community, and grow their business. That being said, you may not want to join the very first association or group you stumble upon. Doing some research to find a networking group that offers value to you and your business — either with educational opportunities, or potential to meet customers in your niche — can go […]
One of the current trends in marketing & web design is something called native ads, which is defined as “a form of paid media where the ad experience follows the natural form and function of the user experience in which it is placed.” This definition comes from Sharethrough, the world’s largest in-feed advertising exchange. What this means, in essence, is that native ads live within the content of a web page, as opposed to off to the side (usually in a right-side banner area) as we’ve grown accustomed to in web design over the years. Sharethrough’s opinion is that “native ads are more visually engaging than banner ads.” At Tingalls […]
Are you on LinkedIn? If you’re a business owner, do you have a company page? LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for connecting with others, and for acquiring business leads — but setting up a page and connecting with a few colleagues isn’t enough. You’ll need to polish your page so it meet’s LinkedIn’s best practices if you want to achieve “All-star” status. In this installment of our LinkedIn series, we’ll take a look at how to populate the first two sections of your profile page — specifically your “masthead” at the top of the page, and the “Experience” section. This is relevant to business owners and individuals, alike. Populating […]