Latest Blog

5 Keys of Marketing
What are the best ways to market a small business?

What are the best ways to market a small business?

There are lots of hot marketing terms like Click Funnels, A/B Split Testing, Retargeting, etc. These are all great and have their place if you have lots of extra time and money, but to me, there are 4 key strategies all small businesses should be focusing on. So let’s dive into the best ways to market a small business.

Read more

A&E Magazine Q&A Sublimation Promotional Products —

A&E Magazine Q&A Sublimation Promotional Products

I was asked a few questions about the sublimation of promotional products. Here are these answers to the questions; What are some “out of the box” substrates to sublimate? How can all-over sublimation be applied to promotional products? What are the biggest challenges to sublimating hard substrates?

Read more

How Do Transactional Emails Read to Your Customers

How Do Transactional Emails Read to Your Customers

Recently, I had a Small Business Saturdays episode about Transactional Emails and their importance in your overall marketing scheme. After all, these are the most opened emails of any that a business sends! So why not get some marketing juice out of them and serve the purpose of delivering the order receipt, communicating tracking details, or working with a customer on art and proofs. What is your call to action, and what is the image and brand you portray to your customers?

Read more

Printwear Magazine Q&A Sublimation Apparel

Printwear Magazine Q&A Sublimation Apparel

Recently Printwear Magazine asked me a few questions about sublimation of apparel. Here are these answers to the questions; What can apparel sublimation do for my shop? and What are some advantages/disadvantages to all-over apparel sublimation? What are your thoughts?

Read more

Changing SEO Strategies

Changing SEO Strategies

I have been involved in marketing for a long time and things do change frequently in the marketing world. If you are reading this 2 or 3 years from the time I wrote it, you might think I’m crazy. In marketing the one thing that changes the most often is SEO. Google changes the rules constantly, and the other search engines try to keep up. You think you have your strategy all heading in the right direction, but then change happens, so you can’t just set it and forget it. You have to look ahead to the next change coming.  Google changes its search formula on average 550 times per year. Most of these changes are minor, but some will change things in a significant way as to how your site shows up in the page rankings. They want to provide their customers (the people asking Google questions) with the best experiences, so their systems are growing and getting smarter all the time, hence these constant changes.

Read more

Foundations of Advertising

Foundations of Advertising

Foundations of AdvertisingAdvertising and marketing are really the same things to me, while marketing does encompass a bit more of the front end work being done, it all starts with having a good plan. Without a plan, your advertising is shooting in the dark and potentially wasting a lot of time and money not reaching the right potential customers. The first key to good advertising is having a good plan. The plan and corresponding goal can’t be “I want more customers”. Rather, it should be more like “I want 10 new customers that buy full-color black shirts in quantities less than 12 in the next 3 months.” This would be S M A R T Goal which means Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Trackable.

Read more

Knowing What Business Metrics to Measure

Knowing What Business Metrics to Measure

Knowing What Business Metrics to MeasureThere are 100’s of metrics you can look at in your business from day to day, and many can be great indicators of the success or failure of your business. Obviously, you are in business to make a profit so that should be the number one thing measured, otherwise you have a hobby. Not that being happy and content with the enjoyment of your craft is bad, but as a business, you must eventually turn a profit. Then, you can look at other financial core metrics like cash flow, accounts payable, accounts receivable, direct costs, operating margin, and cash burn rate.

Read more

Being Customer Centric EQUALS More Profits

Being Customer Centric EQUALS More Profits

We all have heard the saying “The Customer is Always Right”, and most companies state that in one form or another and give it half lip service. But, what if you really centered your business around what your customer needs and how you can best serve them? What if occasionally you lost a little bit on an order here or there? What if you put your future investments into ways to help your customers meet their goals, not your short-term metric driven selfishness? What if you made the customer the center of your business, the basis of how you and your employees make decisions? Is that a MORE profitable way to operate your business? 

Read more