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What Little Red Riding Hood Can Teach Brands

Little Red Riding Hood is a story that every child knows. A little girl, on her way to grandmother’s house, meets a stranger in the woods. The stranger turns out to be a big bad wolf and adventures ensue. It is a timeless tale that nearly every parent reads to their children.

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How to Create and Launch a Successful MSP Lead Generation Plan

 

Information Technology (IT) companies that provide managed services generally describe themselves as managed service providers (MSPs). They are engineering companies at heart. In the early stages, a real focus on providing service  brought enough referrals from happy customers to start the company growing. But, marketing a technology company is very different than providing service. To really succeed over the long term, MSPs need a growth strategy beyond the referral base. They need a process of finding and converting new customers. The difficulty is that most potential customers are already working with someone, and there is no visible trigger as to when a company will switch providers. It takes a creative strategy and commitment of time and money to raise awareness of their service.

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How Collecting Data Transforms Marketing

“You First Must Know What You Are Looking for Before You Can Search For It”
Herb Meyer, CIA

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Panning for Gold: How Marketers Collect Data Online

 

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How a Tiny Montana Retailer, in a Town of 400, Attracts a National Audience

Montana’s outdoor scene was memorably captured in the 1991 film, “A River Runs Through It,” starring Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer. The quintessential coming of age story follows two brothers as they fight the demons of their past, the uncertainty of their future, and spend their time fly fishing their troubles away. These iconic films and novels continue to dazzle audiences and bring tourists to revel in all that Montana offers: hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, and embracing the wild elements. 

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Accelerate Your Marketing Strategy with the Right Tools

Let’s take a moment to imagine your main purpose in life is to cut down trees. You take a lot of pride in this job, and your goal is to cut down an acre of trees every week. The thing is, your tools consist of a handsaw, ax, rope, and a ladder. Those are the only kinds of tools you’ve ever used, and when your ax needs sharpened, you sharpen it. Your employer doesn’t buy you new tools unless it’s absolutely necessary.

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Marketing Tools for Retailers

Imagine two professional wood cutters. They are both hired by a company to clear an acre lot for new construction. The company divides the lot in half with an equal number of trees on each side.

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Real Examples of Retail Companies Doing Inbound Marketing

Thousands of retail companies use inbound marketing strategies to reach new audiences and convert site visitors into customers. We put together a list of retailers using inbound marketing strategies to help you begin brainstorming how to incorporate it into your own marketing plan. The examples we use include small, medium, and enterprise, because we understand not everyone has unlimited resources at their disposal.

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How the Smartest Retailers Use Data to Increase Online Sales

Data is all around us and growing at an exponential rate. The idea of big data is exciting and if you read the headlines trumpeting the arrival of ‘The Age of Big Data,’ you would think every business must be using data to predict customer behaviors and craft compelling offers.

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Inbound Marketing for Retailers

 

When was the last time you Googled anything and only one result came up? Never. If you’re doing any kind of online shopping and Google a product, here’s what that experience looks like: you quickly browse the first page of Google, open links in new tabs, compare prices, read customer ratings, and research the specs. This is a common scenario for the average consumer;

So, how do retailers stand out in a noisy online marketplace?

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