Archive for June, 2012

JDI Design loves Reframe’s Work

Friday, June 29th, 2012

One of the services Reframe Marketing offers is competitor research. What are the strength of your competitors, where are their weaknesses? What can you do to improve your customer service towards another company’s?

Read what JDI Design did with Reframe Marketing to find out!

Promoting Your Business

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

One universal small business goal is to sell the business’s products and services. This is usually best accomplished by positioning the business in front of the target audience, and offering something they can’t refuse or find elsewhere.

To this end, one of the smartest things a small business owner can do for their business is take the time to develop a small business marketing plan that will set them apart from the competition. A marketing plan clearly outlines how you will reach your ideal customers by effectively implementing your marketing strategy.

There are thousands of ways you can promote your small business. With the right mix of activities, you can identify and focus on the most effective marketing tactics for your small business. Here is a short list of just some small business marketing ideas using design to get you thinking about all of the different ways you can promote your business.

Different ways you can promote your business using design

  • Update your business cards.
  • Make your business card stand out from the rest.
  • Create or update your brochure.
  • Create a digital version of your brochure for your website.
  • Explore a website redesign.
  • Introduce yourself to other local business owners.
  • Launch a multi-piece direct mail campaign.
  • Include a clear and enticing call to action on every direct mail piece.
  • Use tear cards, inserts, props and attention-getting envelopes to make an impact with your mailings.
  • Send past customers free samples and other incentives to regain their business.
  • Use stickers or magnets to advertise on your car.
  • Take out an ad in your local newspaper.
  • Advertise on Facebook.
  • Advertise on LinkedIn.
  • Use a sidewalk sign to promote your specials.
  • Create an email opt-in on your website or blog.
  • Create a coupon.
  • Send birthday cards to your clients.
  • Send Holiday greetings cards to your clients.
  • Donate branded prizes for local fundraisers.

How to Leave Your Competition in the Dust with Market Research

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Knowing the right tricks to win the prestige of market dominance can be a distressing matter regardless of what type of business you operate. Do you know what types of products or services that would be profitable to introduce into the market? Do you have an appropriate strategy to beat competitors when entering a market with existing products or services? If you have ever asked one of those questions to yourself in despair, then market research may help you.

Marketing gurus will agree that market research is single-handedly the most important management tool a company can decide to utilize. Market research gathers important information to help firms evaluate the specific needs of their target market and figure out how to effectively satisfy them. It provides sales and profit-boosting opportunities such as identifying consumer segments that not only include existing customers but also people who are unfamiliar with the products or services. Moreover, market research can make companies understand what consumer needs have yet been met and therefore propose solutions that will drive fence sitters to purchase your products or services rather than those of your competitors.

A successful market research initiative that provides an understanding of the industry forces, target market and consumer behavior will enable you to stay one step ahead of your competition by following strategic decisions. Reframe Marketing will gladly assist you in any of your marketing research needs. Visit us on our website http://www.reframemarketing.com to see how one of our experienced marketing consultants can help you take advantage of this powerful marketing tool.

 

Reference Articles:
Why is Market Research Useful? The Importance of Market Research
Importance of Marketing Research

Building an existence

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Starting a business is not easy; as an immigrant, there also must be some frustration and difficulties. As a result, immigrants starting businesses could face more challenges that we can not imagine. This time, Karen would like to share her thoughts which was published at Canadian Immigrant magazine, June issue. Read Building an existence below:

Building an existence

The Canadian Immigrant magazine is no doubt targeted at Canadian immigrants to read, but I am locally born and raised here and enjoy reading it very much. I find the stories in this magazine very authentic and real and a lot of the time extremely inspiring. I currently own a marketing company and when I have my down days I pick up this magazine and read about some of the challenging stories that some of these immigrants went through just trying to get to this beautiful country called Canada and then have to start up a business and I think to myself, ”You know what? Things aren’t so bad afterall.”

I have an unusual background where my parents were born in India, but we are of Chinese descent. They frequently told me stories of how back home they had to study under a lantern as there would frequently be electricity outages, they had very little money to go to school or for food. In general, they had very little money for anything.

It’s extremely hard to relate to this growing up as a child, but now that I am an adult managing a home, finances, business and more, I can understand the pain and struggles they must have went through to give their children a better future. Instead of accepting things as they are, they took their destiny into their own hands, with the risk to fail.

I really admire immigrants, including my parents, relocating to another country and starting out all over again without family or friends. I think that’s the biggest risk an individual can ever take in their life and it’s not something that everyone can do. For those that did, please give yourself a big pat on the back.

As a way to give back to the community, I would love to connect with immigrants who are looking to start a business and would be interested in accessing a local’s knowledge. As a child of immigrants, I know firsthand which difficulties you might face. And even more as business owner, I can tell that starting a business is never easy, even less so as an immigrant, I can imagine.

Reframe Marketing is proud now to sponsor Gladstone Robotics!

Monday, June 11th, 2012

What is Gladstone Robotics? Those are a bunch of very talented kids in a high school based robotic competition team. Amazed by the contest Karen and Abe visited two weeks ago, they decided to support the team to encourage the children’s technical ability and enthusiasm.

We highly recommend: visit some of the upcoming competition and let inspire you by these young talents!

Check out their website here: http://gladstonerobotics.edublogs.org/

Stay tuned for their new website!