Tag: retail

The #1 Way to Make Your Customers Happy

Customers are the lifeblood of your business. Successfully attracting and delighting customers can lead to repeat business, positive word of mouth, loyalty, competitive advantage and long-term growth. What’s the best way to make customers happy in the first place? Give them value. In every single communication – written or verbal – tell your customers and […]

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50 Shades of Grape: Marketing tips from wine masters

Tomorrow is National Drink Wine Day in the U.S. To celebrate a beverage that attracts consumers ranging from peasants to monarchs, let’s shine a spotlight on the wine industry – and how you can benefit from its marketing tips. Despite an influx of new wine drinkers, global wine consumption has decreased in recent years due […]

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Want Loyal Customers? Show Them Some Love

This Valentine’s Day, let your customers know they make you swoon. Why? Simple: Giving is the new selling. Giving back to your customers is a powerful business-building and marketing strategy that will help you build brand awareness, engagement and trust. Here are 5 ways to act like a smitten suitor and generously give back to […]

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Boost Your Website Traffic: 10 Tips

The Internet is congested. Today most companies have an online presence, which makes it harder for your website to stand out. To give your company greater visibility on the information highway, and increase leads and sales, you need to attract more traffic to your website. Consistently attracting more website visitors gives you a larger pool […]

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5 Ways Football Helps You Win in Business

Who knew beefcakes with pigskins could inspire better business? With the Super Bowl coming up fast, it’s a good time to review lessons from the football field and apply them in the boardroom. Use these football-inspired strategic communications tips to crush your competition: Stadium = Marketplace: How well do you understand – and deliver – […]

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Create Killer Content for a Competitive Edge

To make your brand stand out and slay your competition, create irresistible content that grabs your audience. Boldly use your predatory instincts to outmaneuver your rivals. The best way is to consistently share useful information to attract and engage customers to ultimately boost sales. The good news? Your company is already bursting with stories and […]

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Top 5 Ways to Toot Your Brand’s Horn

In today’s cluttered marketplace and fragmented media landscape, it’s more challenging than ever for companies to get noticed and be heard. So let’s end the year by reviewing the top 5 strategic communication tips that will help your brand stand out and look good by demonstrating its value. Build these 5 best practices into your […]

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52 Business Blog Posts That Will Blow Your Customers Away

Blogging about your business is one of the most effective ways to boost web traffic, generate leads and establish a sense of authority. Yet some businesses struggle to blog on a consistent basis due to a lack of content ideas, which limits opportunities for customers to engage with your brand. To plan your business blog’s […]

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Measure Your Marketing Muscle

Measuring your marketing efforts can make the difference between whether you’re Mr. Universe or Mr. Puny-verse. That’s because producing strong marketing campaigns is one thing and making sure they move your business forward is another. For lasting success, measure your content marketing efforts and link them to your desired business results. Look beyond vanity metrics, […]

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Want Happy, Engaged Employees?: 7 Tips

What’s the secret behind successful companies’ higher customer loyalty, profits and revenue, and lower turnover? Engaged employees. These employees create business value because they participate fully, feel passionate about their work and willingly “step up” to help their company succeed. Best of all, they tell the world their company’s stories as enthusiastic brand advocates. Use […]

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Help Your Brand Stand Out

The threat of invisibility spooks every business owner and marketing executive. That’s why they work so hard to make their brands stand out and resonate with their target market. What’s even trickier is trying to attract attention in an oversaturated market with a limited marketing budget. To get your brand noticed, use these cost-effective tips: […]

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Case Study: Social Media Crisis Control

Situation: A client called me in a panic after receiving negative feedback on social media. A competitor attacked my client’s brand in a long, rambling post on LinkedIn, which concluded with the man promoting his own brand. Approach: Fortunately I had already collaborated with my client on a crisis communication plan and standard operating procedures […]

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7 Ways to Block Your Rivals’ Shots

True story: A U.S. corporation apologized for its marketing copy on public affairs after it omitted the L from ‘public.’ Embarrassing errors and omissions happen. When they do, your competitors may act like goons and attack your brand. To defend your company, you need strategic communications practices. It’s like having a superstar goalie on your […]

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Create a Competitive Content Strategy

In today’s crowded marketplace it’s hard to stand out, especially if your company lacks a massive marketing budget. Luckily the Internet helps “level the playing field” for companies of all sizes to turn themselves into giants by telling their story — all for minimal cost. Here are five ways your company can gain a competitive […]

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Social Media Selling: A to Z

How social is your business? Over 46% of businesses say social media drives sales, according to recent research. In honour of Social Media Week (Sept. 22-26, 2014), let’s examine how social media can build your business – from A to Z. Audience: No matter who your business targets, your customers likely use social media. Social […]

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Case Study: Break Through the Clutter

Situation: Two of my clients couldn’t have been more different: an IT service provider for institutional investors and an author of a book for young women. However, they both wanted to stand out and generate excitement among their target markets. Approach: I collaborated with each client and partners to develop compelling marketing campaigns. For the […]

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Stretch Your Marketing Budget

Want to market your company without spending money? You can make your marketing efforts more flexible by approaching the media to share your story with a broad audience. The media sector is insatiable, always hungry for good stories. So, using the media is the marketing equivalent of doing downward dog, energizing and strengthening your brand […]

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Discover Your Company’s Story Goldmines

Eureka! Your organization is already filled with an abundance of surprising, free sources of stories. It’s time to share anecdotes on what you do and why your business is a treasure to your target market. Tap into these unexpected goldmines to dig up compelling stories about your company: Sent mail: Look through your email to […]

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5 Ways to Tell Your Company’s Story

Everybody loves a good story. Effective stories have the power to help your business stand out among rivals, engage prospects, win over investors, inspire employees and earn customer loyalty. That’s because stories are more memorable than straight facts, and they engage the audience’s head and heart. Here are five creative ways to tell your business’ […]

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A (Canadian) Branding Exercise

Branding is more important than ever in business, as brands convey consistent quality, credibility and experience. Brands establish an emotional connection and can build value. In honour of Canada Day, we’ll examine a patriotic brand, Molson Canadian beer. Molson Canadian stands out from all the other domestic and foreign beer brands by relying on its […]

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