Affordable Local Marketing Alternatives for Small Business


When starting a business, there are several crucial factors to consider and take care of. You need to have capital, first and foremost, but there are other things you need to do in order to succeed. Advertising is perhaps the most important, aside from money, itself, so make sure, once you have every necessity under control, to invest in getting your business the exposure it needs to thrive. Marketing may seem like a luxury for the already established and successful corporations of the world, but there are affordable alternatives to the mass marketing of corporate giants.

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What is Your Marketing Knowledge? Take This Quiz


With a vast array of marketing tools and activities at your disposal, how do you know what is the right marketing mix for your business?

It must ‘fit’ your business.

For example, guerrilla marketing tactics are perfect for many businesses – fun and high impact, it is the perfect campaign to launch a product or cement a brand. But for other sectors and industries, it would be seen as aggressive and over-the-top, deadening your attempts to grow.

People at Colour Graphics have prepared a quiz to test your marketing knowledge. Take the quiz and find out if the results are what you expected.

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How can Fitness Trainers Leverage Online Tools to Expand Clientele

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For entrepreneurs and independent business people, the internet is an invaluable resource that allows them to advertise, reach new clients and engage their existing client base. It has also given way for enhanced competition and market saturation.

Standing out from a crowded online content space can prove difficult for those who aren’t web savvy or versed on the latest digital trends and sites. Fitness expert and professionals find this especially difficult, in part because they are also grappling with competition from local gyms and fitness centers.

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Which is Better: Online vs. Offline Marketing for Small Business

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Ok, think quickly. What type of marketing provides biggest bang for the buck to small business owners – traditional offline marketing or the modern online marketing? If you are struggling to answer this question you are not alone. Many small business owners are in the same boat. Traditional offline marketing has been around for decades and you know how it works – you prepare a nice graphics and tagline, put it in a glossy magazine or on billboard, maybe provide a coupon or two and hope that your customers will notice it in the midst of all other advertisers who are also vying for their attention. Its modern cousin, online marketing, on the other hand, seems like a puzzle. You are not quite sure how to tackle it. Should you create a Facebook page and monitor it constantly? Do you need to have Twitter account and provide stream of updates on it throughout the day? How about Instagram, Pintrest and many other social media sites like that? If your head is spinning already I don’t blame you. Well, let’s take it a bit easy and try to understand both from small business viewpoint.

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What is Small Business Marketing?

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This is probably one of the most intriguing, and misunderstood question in business world. For some people, marketing is about creating catchy advertising slogans that attract customer’s attention. For some other people, it is about promoting the business in social media channels to build customer intimacy. Some people also equate it to the ability to create a strong brand (read Apple), that will create cult-like following with customers. Can you really describe marketing within these narrow boundaries?

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