Category: Marketing

Historic Chester NJ’s Holiday Promotions

Friday, November 20th, 2009

We are in the middle of a very large campaign for the HCBA (Historic Chester Business Association). We created a marketing campaign aimed at increasing local shopping in the Chester area.

Summer Sales?

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Year after year I wonder if the effort is worth it. Between vacations, half day Fridays, and Summer day dreaming… Are enough people in their offices to bother with sales? And if they are, are they thinking about business?
Maybe schools shouldn’t be the only ones with Summer’s off.

To be honest, I’m not quite sure. Whenever I approach sales in the summer, I think of it as planting seeds. I don’t expect to hear much back until after Labor Day. I hope that all the mailings, calls, email blasts, social networking was memorable enough. I want to be the first person they think of when it’s time to spend that end of year marketing budget. When people send there kids off to school and they can concentrate on work again, I start to get the calls in.

It’s been said time and time again… When things are slow and your not making money, it’s the most important time to market your company. Your bound to get a few sales from the efforts at the time of marketing. In addition, you need to market so there are clients finding you in the months ahead. Market for the future. When you start marketing, expect the bigger results several months after you start.

Lastly… A classic rule of marketing is getting your company name in front of people as much as you can. Some say you need to get your name in front of your potential audience seven times before they remember you. The trick is, mix up the techniques. Not all techniques of marketing cost a lot of money or time.

So plant your seeds in the Summer and hope for a good Fall harvest.

The Vendor Client Relationship in Real World Situations

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

This is a great video poking fun at the vendor client relationship. I’ve experienced this first hand too many times. I had a good laugh at this.

The Vendor Client Relationship in Real World Situations

Do I Need Permission?

Friday, June 26th, 2009

This is a great article written by Dianne Brinson, a copyright attorney. It fully explains what rights you have as an artist or photographer. It explains what you need permission to photograph and what you don’t need permission for.
It’s nice to have a clear explanation about the federal laws on photographing landscapes, buildings and people. Just remember… Anyone can still sue your for anything, but it doesn’t mean they will win.

This is a bit of an important subject for me as I paint lots of architecture.

Learn from My Mistakes – Don’t do it yourself.

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

I got an email from one of our freelancers/friend. I found the email to be very true, so I’m sharing with you. I think this is very good advice.

Written by Conrad Winter, Backpocket Copywriter (

Learn from My Mistakes – Don’t do it yourself.

I know how it is to have a little project that seems so small and simple that it would just be easier to do it yourself than involve an outside contractor. Especially with what’s going on today, we’re all looking for ways to cut costs. But it’s a subtle trap. I’ve fallen for it; I’ve made my own business cards and designed self-promotion brochures. I figured I’d save some money and it would look fine. Yeah, right. When I think about all the time I invested in these projects and remember the end product, I just have to shake my head. Who knows how much business I lost because my materials looked like Elmo made them. Who knows how many opportunities I missed while I spent days doing things a professional designer could have done on a single cup of coffee. If I’d kept it up, it surely would have been the death of my business. Luckily, I learned my lesson, and now I always hire a designer. This is my advice for marketers caught in a do-it-yourself vs. do-it-for-me quandary:

Never compromise on professionalism. One convoluted flyer or disjointed landing page can make prospects think you don’t have it together.

Don’t rely on favors. I pay designers to do my stuff. Why? Free work is worth exactly what you pay for it. Deadlines aren’t hard and fast and you “get what you get.”

If you’re going to do it yourself, run it by at least one critic who will be brutally honest.

And if you’re still going to do it yourself, never assume your prospects will think that the imperfections of your do-it-yourself creation are charming. Fix them.

And if you’re seriously committed to doing it yourself, set a cap for the amount of time you’ll spend. Know when to get help from someone who will design it professionally or write it professionally (like me).

And if there’s no way I can convince you not to do it yourself, promise me you’ll treat it like a real project with a stated objective and real expectations.

Hope this made you think. And remember I’m here to help no matter what the size of your writing project. Together we’ll give it the professional and creative edge it needs.

Superbowl Sales or Bust

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

One of the reasons I watch the Superbowl is the commercials. It’s not the only reason, but it’s fun for a marketing professional to witness the commercials that are paying the big bucks. I think it’s great that the Superbowl can demand such high prices for the ads, but I always wonder if it really is worth it.
I’d have to say that some good commercials during the Superbowl have influenced some purchases. Last year was a bit of a bust, but I’m hoping this year will be good.

My favorite so far is Miller’s ad campaign. Miller is advertising the fact that they will be advertising during the Superbowl. The catch is… it’s only a one second commercial. What would you do in a second that cost $100K? Will it be remembered, or will the commercials leading up to it really be remembered? Will anyone truely buy that beer over another because they saw the ad? You tell me.

Miller’s Commercial for Miller’s One Second Commercial