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Summer is an amazing time to offer amazing deals to engage new and returning customers. Here are a few samples for every type of business!

Food and Drink:

Title: Fourth of July Catering Specials!

Description: 4th of July celebrations often involve family, food, grills, and fireworks. Whether you’re looking to bring people together at your office or set-up a picnic with family and friends, we can help you put together some delicious options.

How we may be able to help:

  • Putting together a celebration at your office (or an offsite venue) with some specialty cocktails and fun fourth of July inspired food
  • Sending sides (or the full menu) for a bbq with family and friends. We can add staff if you need some help
  • Letting you pick up a few sides or picnic related food for a smaller at-home event

Shopping:

Title: Christmas in July Sale!

Description: Save BIG this summer with our Christmas in July Sale! Up to 50% off of select items both in store and online!

Beauty and Spa:

Title: Take a Mental Vacation and Relax with Us

Description: Treat yourself this summer with a relaxing day of to our spa! Services include skin care services, massage services, body treatments, hand and feet treatments, aqua detox, organic waxing bar, and many more!

Automotive:

Title: Summer Detailing Discount

Description: Your kids washed the outside, let us help you clean the inside with an interior and exterior detailing for only $30! Package includes: undercar clean with undercoat, trim protectant, tire shine, wheel brite, mat cleaning, door/steering wheel/seat wipe down, and fresh scent.

Travel:

Title: Book a Romantic Summer Getaway to our Local Winery

Description: It’s not too late to plan your summer getaway! Surprise your special someone with a romantic Wine Country Getaway! Relax in a room or suite of your choice, and receive a complimentary bottle of wine or grape juice and luscious local truffles. This package also entitles you to a private tasting at one of our local wineries.

Activities:

Title: School’s Out! Bring in your Report Card for a Free Game of Bowling

Description: Is you report card something to be proud of? Reward yourself with a free game of bowling on us! If you earned an “A” (or the equivalent) on your final 2015-2016 report card, bring it into our location to redeem your free game!

Health & Fitness

Title: Get Your Beach Body This Summer! Free Invitation Fee!

Description: Now is the time to get that beach body you always dreamed of! Join our gym this summer and get the invitation fee waived!

Home:

Title: AC Broken? No Problem! Here are some quick tips to stay cool while you wait for it to be repaired!

Description: Follow these quick tips to stay cool while you wait for your AC to be fixed!

  • Use satin sheets/pillow cases
  • Drink lots of water
  • Set fans to counter-clockwise
  • Wear a water-soaked bandana
  • Close your blinds
  • Avoid hot showers and steam

Service:

Title: Your Summer Just Got a Little Easier: We Now offer Pool Maintenance!

Description: With our new, affordable pool maintenance service, your summer just got a lot easier! Check out our deals and packages for all your lawn, yard, and pool care needs!
Have any other ideas! Share them with us in the comments below!

Constantly clamoring to grab the attention of prospective customers, small businesses are competing with a lot of noise. Consumers are cutting through clutter by fast-forwarding television shows, subscribing to ad-free digital radio, installing ad-blockers to browse their favorite websites sans-ads and customizing what’s in their social media feeds.

To avoid getting skipped over or ignored, savvy digital marketers must craft messages that their target audience wants to see. When small businesses communicate with their customers by providing information instead of offering a sales pitch, the consumer will listen. The message and the brand is no longer an interruption, but a valued information provider.

There’s a name for this tricky tactic — it’s called content marketing. Content marketing means consistently creating and distributing information that is valuable and relevant to those people within a small business’s target audience. Ultimately, the goal is for your content to entice a consumer to do business with your company.

You might be thinking, “That’s not what I do — I’m not a writer!” But whether you sell gizmos, fix cars or build homes, content marketing for your company can help you attract and retain customers.

Here are some of the ways content marketing drives results for small businesses.

1. Boosts brand awareness.

Consistency is a key ingredient to a successful content marketing strategy. This means publishing fresh content at a regular frequency, creating many opportunities for a target market to see the company’s name. Your brand becomes familiar to them, and you’ll be top-of-mind the next time they need your services.

2. Builds an identity as a trusted expert.

If there are 10 plumbers in a town but only one provides helpful information that educates the community about plumbing maintenance, problems, options and innovations, that brand will stand out as the expert. By doing this, a brand is demonstrating its expertise, so prospective customers need not question or research its know-how. Since this small business is helping consumers without getting paid for this advice, it will also earn a reputation of being trustworthy.

3. Encourages your customer to take action.

When consumers need to spend money or make time for a service, it’s natural to procrastinate. However, once a consumer gets clear answers to his or her questions, or hears a story that he or she can relate to, that person could finally be motivated to make a purchase or schedule an appointment. Producing content that guides a consumer through the buyer’s journey (awareness, evaluation and purchase) results in more sales.

4. Sharable content brings people in the door.

Creating a steady stream of fresh information on a variety of topics opens several avenues to drive traffic to a website — through search, social media, traditional media and more — which ultimately results in phone calls, orders or foot traffic. Marketing tactics that are already in place, such as pay-per-click advertising, digital banner ads, public relations efforts, social media accounts and search engine optimization don’t work as well without content to promote.

These vehicles need something to talk about and link to. Publishing new, relevant content gives people a reason to click. Covering unique, timely and seasonal topics will interest a broader audience and encourage repeat visitors. It also boosts ranking in search results, making it more likely that potential customers will find your small business before one of your competitors.

5. Keeps your website fresh.

Most consumers today rely on the web to find information they need to make decisions. So, a website often will be a consumer’s first impression of that business. A stagnant, stale website is less interesting and less professional than one with updated content that changes regularly. Undecided consumers who are researching their options might check out a website and social media presence more than once. When they come back, seeing something new and relevant makes their visit a better experience — and shows that the brand is a professional organization.

 

Original article can be found here.

As a small business owner, email marketing is 100% essential. Often times you’ll get sucked into a purchasing a program that leaves you wondering how to write HTML code. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an EASY and FREE email marketing platform? Well, thankfully, there is! Here are the top 6 reasons why your small business should be using email marketing (even if it’s not Save Local Now’s).

  1. Email Marketing is Affordable

With Save Local Now, it’s actually free. We understand small business and we know that things are tight. One thing we often cut is our marketing budget; now, you won’t need to.

  1. Email Marketing is Easy

You could get all fancy with email and make it into something complicated. With SLN, you don’t have to. Create a business promotion on your SLN platform and publish it. From there, it’s as simple as clicking on that little email icon and pushing it out to your personal distribution lists. Get creative and separate your lists; your messaging for new customers and repeat customers should be engaging and – most importantly – different.

  1. Email Marketing is Quick

With SLN, you can share a published post to your email list in a matter of minutes. Our email platform does the work for you, bringing in your image and copy so you don’t have to. We’ve also integrated Google Maps into our responsive template (just to make it THAT much easier for consumers to find you).

  1. Email Marketing Delivers Retention 

You’re focused on improving customer experience and retention. Stats prove that email marketing is still the #1 way to do this. Make sure that when you’re sending out an email, you have something purposeful to say. Educate and reward the customers who open your emails every week.

  1. Customers Want Email Marketing 

Even in today’s fast paced world, email is still the preferred communication channel for consumers. With the hundreds of thousands of emails sent out every day, what will make yours different? Be creative, engaging, and honest. If they care about your brand (your product, your service, your staff) then they will open your email. Make sure they continue to.

  1. Email Marketing and ROI

Email marketing delivers revenue. This revenue stems from sharing a message with your following and encouraging them to take action. Blindly sending emails to your distribution list won’t get you anywhere. Know your customers, watch their patterns, educate and reward them. Remember: you are a customer, as well. What email marketing messages stand out to you? What have you responded well to? Don’t be afraid to integrate what’s working for others into your marketing agenda.

It’s a common misconception that digital marketing is easy. Throw some words on a cool graphic. Post on social media. Take out an ad here and there. Done! Yeah, If only it were that simple.

Successful digital marketing is reliant on striking a balance between instinct, elbow grease, and acute attentiveness. Not just paying attention to what you’re doing, but also paying attention to what is being said about your brand. Now, you may be wondering, “How am I supposed to know what’s being said about me?” One word: metrics. So many businesses tend to ignore the importance of their metrics, and in turn completely dismiss this vital source of information.

When it comes to digital marketing it’s important to not only understand your metrics, but to also utilize them in order to help you better market your brand. Here are some tips on how to digitally market smarter.

Overanalyzing can hurt more than it can help:

It’s easy to get swept up in the world of digital marketing. With so many factors, angles, strategies and opinions it’s hard not to nitpick. Sticking to the metrics (purchases, creation of new customers, conversions, etc.) will help guide your marketing in the right direction.

Your content doesn’t need to be perfect to be marketed perfectly:

I think we can all agree that the main purpose of your content is to inform, engage, and educate. However, many businesses are so invested on the creation of this content that they forget half the battle is distributing it. It doesn’t matter how flashy your content is; if it doesn’t reach, relate, or connect to your audience it’s irrelevant. Taking the time to determine the best channels and strategies for content distribution will lead to digital marketing success.

Quality over quantity:

One of the biggest mistakes a business can make is trying to increase their breadth while completely disregarding their depth. The desire to be everywhere makes sense, but focusing on the basics and building a strong foundation is key when your goal is long-term success. 

Experience is key:

Just because someone understands how to use #hashtags doesn’t mean they’re cut out to be your marketing director. You need someone who understands the countless marketing channels, and knows what should go where. On top of that, it is essential that they know what kind of metrics to look for and how to use that data to expand your brand. 

Measure, measure, measure:

Marketing 101: the goal of marketing is to create customers, and inevitably keep them. If you aren’t actively analyzing things like customer satisfaction and lead generation, you’re failing. By not basing your strategies off of solid facts and figures, you’re wasting your time. Remember: marketing without data is like driving with your eyes closed.

Grow:

Marketing is an ever-changing field, and digital marketing is no exception. What was successful a week ago may be old news today. Staying ahead of the game and knowing when its time to change it up is fundamental. A great marketer is thinking about next week while everyone else is still thinking about today.