Does your advertising or marketing campaign give you a sense of the “blahs”? If you're a small business owner, copywriter/graphic designer/marketing consultant, or other creative professional, and you know what I’m talking about here, you may be searching for a new twist to freshen up your campaign … to make it exciting again! And you might feel a little overwhelmed. … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Put a Fresh Spin on Old Marketing Concepts
Great ideas often happen when two or more other ideas collide to form something completely new. Think of those old chemistry movies we used to watch in school. Atoms floating around everywhere when two collide and bam! A chemical reaction. Maybe something new was created. Maybe something exploded. Or, maybe it just fizzled out, and nothing happened. Well, a similar … [Read more...] about Need a Great Idea? Feed Your Brain!
While it's true there is never a bad time to get creative with your marketing, I would argue that it's even more important to do so right now. How important? It's so important I'll give you not 1, not 2 but 7 reasons. Let's get started. 1. It's not your grandfather's communications model. Communications has drastically changed since, say, the 1970s when … [Read more...] about 7 Reasons to Get Creative with Your Marketing RIGHT Now
Community relations is one of those marketing strategies that isn't talked about much, even though I venture to say practically every business owner out there ends up doing it at one time or another. In a nutshell, community relations is involving your business in your community. For instance: • Your business donates money to nonprofit organizations. • You or your … [Read more...] about Want Low Cost Ideas to Grow Your Business? Try Community Relations
According to one definition of “creativity,” creative people will look at the same thing everyone else does, yet see something completely different. But what happens when creatives run into roadblocks? It’s sure to happen, as it does with everyone. Maybe it's just not possible to see something different. Maybe you've been focusing on a problem for so long, it becomes … [Read more...] about Change Your Perspective, Change Your Results
It’s simple: If you want people to take action and buy what you’re selling, you’ve got to ask for the sale. Yet I can't tell you how many ads, websites, brochures, sales letters, branding campaigns, etc. are floating around out there without the ask—the “call to action.” Let's start by defining call to action (CTA). It's a clear statement that spells out the action … [Read more...] about Copywriting 101: How to Seal The Deal
Want to know the secret to creating MEMORABLE copy that actually stays with your customers long after they’ve finished reading it? It’s all about the imagery, baby. You must master the fine art of using words to create pictures in your customers' heads. Think about a favorite novel you’ve read that has stayed with you for some time. I’d be willing to bet that you can … [Read more...] about The Secret to Writing Memorable Copy
I believe one of the things that prevent people from fully realizing their creative potential is the idea of stereotypes. For example, maybe you think you “can’t” be creative, because you don't look, act, live, etc., a certain way. Unfortunately, that kind of belief can become so powerful, it actually ends up crippling your creativity. That’s why today, I’m wanted to … [Read more...] about Are Creative Stereotypes Holding You Back?
Let’s face it: when it comes to marketing, the “same old, same old” just doesn’t cut it anymore. To make your marketing stand out (resulting in more sales of your product and/or service), you need to get creative. Keep reading for ten tips to get your creative juices flowing. (Some of these are brainteasers, or what Thinkertoys author Michael Michalko calls “Linear … [Read more...] about 10 Tips to Make Your Marketing More Creative (and More Successful)
Here's a little truth about success. If you want to succeed, especially as a business owner or entrepreneur, you have got to be creative. It's not enough to just master the current "hot" marketing tactic. The industry is changing so rapidly that the smart money is on what Stephen Covey called "sharpening the saw" or taking care of YOU. Your creativity, your knowledge, … [Read more...] about Quiz: Are You Creative?