Graphic design trends shift with the mood of pop culture. According to top designers across the world, fantastical and bizarre is in for the year 2023. Perhaps it reflects the desire to escape the serious happenings and wars going on around the world or the hope to escape the daily stress of inflation that presses on the necks of many Americans and other peoples around the world. Whatever the reason, this year is sure to bring futuristic mixed with retro, fantastical mixed with blunt reality. The only rule to design this year is that there are no rules. Take a moment to check out the wild and creative graphic design trends expected to fill the coming year.
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We are in the last month of 2023. Can you believe it? December is here and the holiday busyness is in full swing. While you’re running around buying presents, making Christmas cookies, and planning for family get-togethers, you may feel like you’ve run out of time to take advantage of the holiday hullabaloo for your business. Don’t worry! There are still plenty of ways you can give your business a little extra push for the end of the year. Take a look at these 12 epic Christmas promotion ideas to add a little extra oomph to your holiday marketing strategy.
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Well, it’s official. The Christmas season is finally here in full strength. The turkey and the pumpkin pie leftovers have been eaten and peppermint has taken over. With December only a couple of days away, it is a good idea to check over your business marketing to make sure you are ready for the upcoming holiday. Take a look at the last minute Christmas marketing checklist below to make sure your business is on the Nice List for Santa this year. Little details can make a big difference in your customer engagement which can make a big difference for your end-of-year sales.
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Every piece of marketing begins and ends with content. I cannot stress enough how important it is to spend your time and resources to produce good content. If your content is terrible or built for the entirely wrong audience your ad spend is focused on, you have completely wasted your time, energy, and resources. Hear me. You must get this part of the process right if you want anything downstream to succeed.
Maybe you’re not sure how your content rates. If you do your marketing in-house, please get a professional opinion. This doesn’t always have to cost a lot of money. Take advantage of your network. It can be as simple as buying that professional marketing friend of a friend lunch to pick their brain and show them a few of your pieces. It is imperative that you are actively auditing your content and more importantly, correctly serving the proper marketing content to the proper audience on the proper platform. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be sure you avoid common content marketing mistakes.
Smart marketing tips and tricks can save a small business’s life. You don’t have to be a millionaire to do it well, you just need to make sure that whatever you can do is the best that you can make it. Remember that Arthur Ashe quote?
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Don’t focus on everything you can’t do. Focus on what you can do. Not everyone has a big marketing budget, so here are some smart marketing tips and tricks to make the most out of what you have.
As a small business owner, you may often find yourself debating the subject of marketing yourself vs. using a marketing agency. In order to hire an agency, you must be willing to set aside some budget for them to work with. Nothing is more frustrating for you or the agency than to, after a series of meetings, come to the conclusion that they are being asked to get paid for their work and results and you are not willing to pay it.
A few thousand dollars a month can do you a world of good when taking advantage of an agency’s expertise, but that budget line can sting when you’ve never committed those kinds of funds to your marketing before. You could continue to make use of that college intern for practically no dollars, but are you really getting anything out of it? Are the marketing tactics you are currently utilizing on your own still the best tactics in today’s ever changing world? Consider the points below to see if marketing yourself vs us a marketing agency still makes sense for your business.
There has been some buzz eluding to the death of email marketing. Regardless of where these rumors have started, let’s put an end to them. Here are some solid email marketing data you should know which will put this notion to rest. 99% of over 4 billion email users check their email daily. This is a ginormous captive audience that is primed and ready to see your company’s name on a regular basis. Even if they immediately delete the email, you are at the very least remaining top of mind.
Your email marketing should be thoughtful in its timing, personalized, ideally based on previous purchases or viewed content, and visually intriguing. Curate thoughtful subject lines and copy, and don’t send too many. You risk people resentfully unsubscribing when the timing is pushed. Pay attention to who your audience is. You want to keep people engaged, so remember that different content should be created for different market segments. Email marketing is an extremely effective tool that is certainly alive and well. Check out the data points to see just how much.
Some people and companies have not come to the understanding that they can use a LinkedIn profile to generate leads. LinkedIn isn’t just a social platform. It is a tool. If you manage to craft your profile and content correctly, LinkedIn can be a powerful sales tool, but you have to do it right. With over 575 million profiles on the platform, you want to be sure you stand out – in the right ways. This can be done by following a few simple rules. Be clear and concise. Make others aware of what you can do for them. What value props can you provide? Don’t use 7 words when 3 will do. State your abilities succinctly and humbly and don’t babble on and on. Short and sweet as they say. You want people to be able to glance at your profile, quickly comprehend who you are, who you work for, and what you can do. Be professional. This is the first impression you make, so don’t be too casual about it. Take a look at the graphic below to get your LinkedIn profile to generate leads and boost your sales and network numbers.
Does your branding need a bit of a refresh? The simplest way that makes an extraordinary difference is updating your font. Did you know 90% of design is in typography? The font not only communicates the basic, cold hard facts and information of your business, but it also expresses the feeling or personality of your business – or can – if done properly. Think of Coca-Cola with its flowing old-time script depicting its history and old reliable essence or Google with its colorful simple script communicating a simplistic yet creative understanding. There is more to typography than meets the eye. It meets the heart – if used properly. Never forget how much it can communicate or forget that people, more and more, choose brands they personally connect with. Choose wisely. Be intentional. Tell your story.
Fear can be paralyzing. Entrepreneurship is inherently risky, and there’s no guarantee that your business will be successful. However, you can overcome fear by reducing some of the risk with these tips.
1. Test Your Business Idea
Before betting everything on your business, try to test your business ideaby starting it as a side hustle. This way, you can test the waters without quitting your day job.
There are a few steps you can take before starting a side hustle:
Create a business plan. A business plan helps you validate your idea and figure out the logistics of starting your business. Write down your business goals, target market, and how you plan to make money. This will give you a roadmap to follow as you start your business.
Outline a marketing plan. Marketing is essential for any business, and you need to figure out how you’ll reach your target market. Write down the marketing channels you’ll use, what kind of content you’ll create, and how you’ll measure your success.
Set up a sales funnel. A sales funnel is the process that your business uses to convert leads into customers. Adding a payment system, such as Paypal or Stripe, to your business website makes it easy to accept payments online.
Start small and grow organically. Finally, doing too much too soon is a recipe for disaster, especially if you’re still working a 9-to-5. Start with a small group of customers and then scale as you gain more traction.
2. Register Your Business
Another way to mitigate the fear of starting a business is by taking the necessary legal steps to protect yourself. Registering your business gives you a level of legitimacy.
If you’re starting a business in the United States, you need to register it with the federal government and your state government. There are four main types of business structures in the US: sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), and corporation. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so choose the one that’s right for your business.
3. Invest in Marketing
In the digital age, there are a number of ways to market your business online, but some of the most effective are search engine optimization (SEO), content marketing, multichannel and social media marketing.
When it comes to digital marketing, the most important thing is to focus on your audience. Who are you trying to reach? What do they want? Once you know the answers to these questions, you can create content that resonates with them and gets them to take action.
4. Stay on Top of Your Finances
As a new business owner, you’ll likely have an eagle eye on everything you spend. However, over time, it’s easy to become lax with this. Unfortunately, a lack of financial knowhow can be one of the main reasons for a business’s downfall; don’t let this happen to you.
The best way to maintain a strong grasp of your financials is to implement accounting software that makes it simple to manage the financial aspects. Look for a product that automatically tracks your income, expenses and job costs, as well as invoicing, inventory management and tax filing.
Take the First Step
The hardest part of starting a business is often taking that first step. Once you’ve done your research and made a plan, it’s time to take action. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be on your way to success.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start building your dream business.