June Another Weak Month for Retail Sales

The nation’s stores reported dismal monthly sales for June and a recovery in retailing is unlikely in the near future. Yesterday (Thursday, July 9), the industry posted a 4.9 percent sales decline for June, in contrast to a 1.9 percent increase a year ago when tax rebate checks were burning holes in everyone’s pockets. The […]

Marketing: Brand Awareness and Brand Engagement

Do you know the difference between brand awareness and brand engagement? Are you a small business owner that thinks branding is a marketing activity for only the large companies such as Mercedes-Benz or Sony? Branding is important for all companies, regardless of size and budget. Consider these questions and answers provided to SCORE by Gemini […]

Marketing: Trigger Words and Phases for Content

As it turns out, there are some words that energize the reader, boost his or her confidence and instill hope. Great copy writers know that the right words invoke emotion and certain words definitely work better than others. That’s why experienced copy writers often keep a list of great words by their side when writing. […]

Marketing Presentation Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce

On Saturday, February 28, 2009, I will be giving a short presentation on marketing at a small business development seminar title, “Starting & Growing a Business in Today’s Economy. The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce and SCORE are hosting the event. Details below: Starting & Growing a Business in Today Economy Saturday February 28, 2009 […]

SCORE Launches Accelerate Your Success for Small Businesses

As one of the volunteer counselors for SCORE’s Richmond Chapter (Central Virginia), I frequently receive information helpful to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Today, SCORE announced the launch of the “Accelerate Your Success Program,” which includes a variety of tools to help you organize and grow your business. The following is a press release from […]

Online Marketing Trends Making the Shift

As consumers continue to change their behaviors, so do marketing managers. Are we losing our confidence in traditional marketing methods? Why are so many companies shifting their focus to online media in 2009? You don’t need to look far to realize “the numbers walk the walk.” Marketing pros in the know are adding email and […]

Marketers on the Move to Retain Market Share

Online marketing ad spends continue to trend up as target audiences spend more time on the Internet. Marketers are responding by shifting their marketing budgets to retain market share. According to recent findings by the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA), the Internet has more than gained traction, it is the place to attract new customers […]

The Bottom Line on Blogging – The Kansas City Star

The Bottom Line on Blogging – The Kansas City Star Companies find all that Web talk builds business. By DAVID HAYES at The Kansas City Star Hayes does a great job researching the topic. He includes lots of quotes from several influencial bloggers. Here's a sample from the article: “Blogs are wonderful for helping small […]

The Social Customer Manifesto Podcast – AMA Hot Topic Series Review

The AMA Hot Topic Series – The Social Customer Manifesto Podcast The American Marketing Association's Hot Topic series – Feb. 15, 2006 – included discussions on: podcasting, video blogging, word of mouth marketing (WOM), RSS, interactive social networking, etc. Christopher Carfi and Leif Chastaine review this AMA Hot Topic series, give an update on the […]

Blogs Merging With Websites – Imminent?

As pointed out by several marketing and communication bloggers during the past year, the trend of replacing “static” websites with “dynamic” blogs has begun. And, one of the best-known ad agencies in the country is already on board. The move makes sense for several reasons, as we’ll discuss below. But first, are blogs really replacing […]