Top 3 Reasons You Need a Marketing Plan

3 Reasons you need a marketing plan

Small business owners don’t intentionally set out planning to fail.  Typically, other priorities or lack of knowledge results in failing to plan, which can make the difference between that epic win or tragic loss.

Just like we make new year’s resolutions for ourselves, we need to do the same for our business.

Marketing plans aren’t just for big businesses.  In fact, they’re just as critical for small businesses to make sure you stay focused and on budget to reach your goals.

Your business can’t survive without a marketing plan, especially in today’s ever-changing world of digital marketing and technology, where the competition is fierce.

Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote…
“If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”

Are you equipped to capture more market-share or be left in the dust?

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5 Quick and Easy Holiday Promotions

Easy Holiday Promotions

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Although nowadays, it seems there’s a holiday for everything, now is the time to boost your end-of-year sales for the biggest holiday season of the year.

Still having trouble putting your holiday business promotion together? No worries, we have some great, quick, easy and effective holiday promotions you can create right now.

As a busy Westchester, NY small business owner, it can be difficult and time-consuming trying to come up with new and unique holiday promotions each year. We have some ideas that are sure to facilitate the process.

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Increase Your Holiday Sales

Holiday buying season is around the corner and now is the time to plan your promotions to increase sales for your Westchester, NY small business. 

I always tell my clients, look into your “tool chest” and simply recycle past offers or specials. A perfect example of this is to reintroduce, or create, your business “Gift Certificate” or “Gift Card.”

93% of American consumers have either given or sent a gift card or gift certificate, with these continuing to be the most requested holiday gift item year after year.

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You’re Losing Customers!

Your business isn’t growing, you’re losing customers and struggling to stay afloat.  Your website, or lack thereof, could be what is killing your business.

But don’t worry.  There’s a painless and affordable solution…and yes, we have it.

89% of Americans online use a mobile device, like a smart phone, to access the web and 75% judge a business by its website.

With these statistics, it’s do or die not only for your business to have a website, but for it to be mobile-responsive and mobile-friendly.

Your biggest problem?  You don’t have the deep pockets to create an effective, professional website. Wrong! There is an easy and economical way to build credibility and professionalism that includes all the following key ingredients of a multi-layered website for a fraction of the price…at almost a 50% savings:

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5 Must-Haves for Best Website Design

5 Website Must-Haves

How can my business have the best website design in Westchester County, NY?

Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Your website is no longer just a billboard for your business. Your website is now a 24/7/365 virtual sales force working for you even when you are not working. And, people online do judge a business by its website, so first impressions do matter.

Recognizing this fact is the first step in creating a website that will garner the customers and sales you need in order to be successful.

94% of users leave a website that uses outdated web design

There are 5 must-haves for a website to work efficiently as your lean, mean lead generation machine. If you follow these web standards, you’re on your way to a flourishing business.

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How To Market to Millennials

How to Market to Millennials

How important is it to include Millennials in your marketing efforts? Let’s put it this way, if you’re missing this audience, you’re losing money.

Millennials can get a bad rap for being lazy, entitled and demanding, but let’s face it, they’re also ambitious, proficient with technology and well-educated. And, because of the number of Millennials out there, they’re also highly influential.

The Millennial population is projected to spend $1.4 trillion shopping each year by 2020

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Alert: Google Website Security Requirements

Is your small business website being flagged as “Not Secure” when visitors try to access it?  If you don’t have an SSL Certificate, the answer is (or will be) YES.

Unfortunately, if your website does not have an SSL Certificate, Google and browsers will red flag it as “Not Secure.”  This means that you will definitely lose visitors and potential customers every second of every day.  And, if you don’t see the “Not Secure” yet, you most likely will by the end of this year.

Google and browsers will red flag websites without SSL Certificates as “NOT SECURE” and unsafe!

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5 Guaranteed Ways to Lose a Customer

Do you know why your Westchester County, NY small business is losing customers?

Most small businesses spend lots of money focusing primarily on getting new customers.

You don’t have to spend time and resources finding new clients, just keep the ones you have happy and coming back.

Research shows acquiring a new customer on average is 10 times MORE expensive than keeping an existing one

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A Summertime Business Strategy That Works

Summertime Business Strategy That Works

What’s a good summertime business strategy that will work for your Westchester, NY small business?

Summer can be slow for some businesses, so while you’re relaxing on the beach one of the best ways to stay top-of-mind with your customers and improve communication is with an e-newsletter.

 Email is 40 times more effective at acquiring new customers than Facebook or Twitter

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How to Handle Bad Reviews

How to handle bad reviewsAs a Westchester, NY small business owner, how do you handle bad reviews and make the best out of them?

You can’t please everyone, unfortunately, but you CAN make the best of a negative review.

If a business resolves its issue quickly and efficiently, 95% of unhappy customers return back to your business.

92% of consumers read online reviews, so there will always be Negative Nellies or people who like to complain. However, there are also legitimate complaints. Perhaps you did your best with a product or service you provided, and for some reason it just didn’t work out for the customer exactly the way they would’ve liked. It’s not the end of the world.

Only YOU have the power to turn a negative situation into a positive when it comes to YOUR business.

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