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4 Rules to Create a Strong Local Branding Strategy

If you have a great business idea and product, having a successful strategy to bring in local customers is key. Local branding gives you an opportunity to form a bond with a local audience and drive sales to new heights. To successfully brand yourself, it’s important to not only understand the market you are in …

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3 Tips for Evaluating the Commercial Potential of Your New Startup Idea

By Amy Shim Entrepreneurs have a keen eye for innovation, but that doesn’t always translate into a gift for market research. As a result, many startups suffer from fundamentally misguided assumptions about the potential profitability of their business ventures. In fact, 70 to 80% of companies that do not meet their projected return on investment …

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Customer Behavior – Marketing Is Habit-Forming: Charles Duhigg Talks About the Power of Habit on Marketing Smarts [Podcast] : Marketing Podcast

Sign up to gain access to thousands of marketing resources! Don’t worry … It’s FREE! “During major life changes, our habits are up for grabs,” Charles Duhigg told me during this week’s episode of Marketing Smarts. (If you’d like to just go ahead and listen to the episode, skip to the bottom!) One such life …

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Customer Relationships – How Community Management Can Help Your Business Grow: Rachel Happe [Podcast] : Marketing Podcast

Sign up to gain access to thousands of marketing resources! Don’t worry … It’s FREE! Rachel Happe and Jim Storer, co-founders for The Community Roundtable, just released their latest State of Community Management report, so I invited Rachel to Marketing Smarts to discuss what they found. (If instead of reading about our conversation you’d like …

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The Rise of the Savvy Auntie: Melanie Notkin on Marketing Smarts [Podcast] : Marketing Podcast

Sign up to gain access to thousands of marketing resources! Don’t worry … It’s FREE! “When we talk about marketing to women, we often assume that all women are mothers,” Melanie Notkin told me during this week’s episode of Marketing Smarts. In fact, she said, 47% of women age 44 or younger are childless.  We’ve …

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Customer Relationships – Have You Sat Down with Your Customer Lately? Patrick Schaber and Joe Sorge on Marketing Smarts : Marketing Podcast

Sign up to gain access to thousands of marketing resources! Don’t worry … It’s FREE! At first blush, you might not think the two guests who joined me on stage at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis to record an episode of Marketing Smarts as part of our Smart Marketers Tour had much in common.  …

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