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7 Marketing Strategies for Chicago Small Businesses

Marketing

Chicago is one of the most unique and fascinating cities in all of the United States. Few other places have the eclectic mix of big city style and homegrown Midwestern values than the great Windy City. Chicago truly is a one-of-kind place. For Chicago small businesses, the area offers many ways to market their brand […]

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How to Market Outside Your Niche

Marketing

Doing well in your own niche is great. In fact, it’s important for businesses to be successful in their own industry if they want to maintain healthy revenue. But how do you continue to grow once you have your niche covered? Sometimes taking your influence to the next level means also taking a step outside […]

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What Does Your 2017 Marketing Strategy Look Like?

Marketing, Strategize

It is never too early to start planning for marketing success in the coming year. In fact, failing to plan is a surefire way to kill your brand and your profits in 2017. Now is the time to begin taking a serious look at your upcoming goals and objectives. It is also the time to […]

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Your Facebook Business Page

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Your Facebook Business Page

Advertising, Analytics, Approach, Brand Strategy, Business Planning, Content Marketing, Results, Social Media Marketing, Strategize

A good Facebook page is a must-have for today’s businesses. It’s a great way to reach your customers on a regular basis in an easy, low-cost way. It also offers a powerful platform for you to market your brand, products and services. But simply having a Facebook page is not enough. A big mistake many […]

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What Will Happen in the Marketing World in 2017: The Winners and Losers

Advertising, Analytics, Approach, Brand Strategy, Business Planning, Content Marketing, Creative Development, Evolve, Mobile Marketing, Results, Social Media Marketing, Strategize

Are you ready to put 2016 in the books? It has been a year of many marketing up’s and down’s. Mobile online shopping and video content both took huge leaps forward while conventional advertising took a backseat. Add in a presidential election and it made for one crazy year. As 2016 comes to a close, […]

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3 Ways to Win Over Customers on Small Business Saturday

Advertising, Approach, Business Planning, Creative Development, Evolve, Marketing, Mobile Marketing

What Black Friday is to big box retailers, Small Business Saturday is to the local shops on Main Street. In fact, many small companies will see one of their busiest shopping days this November 26th. This new concept has gained quick popularity over the last couple years. So how do you capitalize on the push […]

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Why You Need a Professional Headshot

Analytics, Approach, Evolve

Today’s world is a media driven marketplace. Snap decisions are made from the images we see on websites and social media. As business professionals, we no longer have the opportunity to make that great first impression in-person. We now make it online and at essentially any time someone is browsing the web. The new world […]

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3 Ways to Effectively Use Facebook Live

Advertising, Approach, Brand Strategy, Business Planning, Content Marketing, Creative Development, Evolve, Market Research, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Strategize

Want a better way to connect with your followers on Facebook? Facebook Live is a new platform feature that allows users to stream live video to others. It has quickly become a popular way to engage with friends and followers online. And many brands are now jumping on the Facebook Live bandwagon, too. Like most […]

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How to Win at the Marketing Game

Marketing

Is your small business winning at the marketing game? While it may not be your area of expertise, cultivating a strong marketing program is one of the best ways to boost your brand forward. A good plan doesn’t just happen by chance. It takes time and effort to tailor a program that fits your unique […]

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How to Get Your Website Back Into Shape

Marketing, Web Development

Is your website out of shape? It is feeling a bit worn, dated or just not as “healthy” as it what it once was? Even the best of sites need to get back into shape every now and again. Time takes its toll as content gets stale, broken links start accumulating and relevancy begins to […]

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How to Market to Customers NOT on Facebook

Marketing

With 1.71 billion active users monthly, Facebook is arguable the most popular social media site on the planet. From tweens to grandmas to pets, it seems like everyone is posting and liking on the largest network anywhere online. But, believe it or not, many people choose NOT to engage on Facebook. Some see it as […]

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Why You Should Be Thinking About Your 2017 Marketing Plan Now

Brand Strategy, Business Planning, Marketing, Strategize

Start thinking about 2017… now? But it’s not even November yet. While January may seem lightyears away, the New Year will be here before you know it. The hustle and bustle of the holidays will swoop in, speed past us in a flash, and, before we know it, we will be enjoying another 12 months […]

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