What Does Your (Lack of) Branding Tell Potential Clients?

Branding is a very important aspect in the marketing circle. It has the power to push your business forward, giving you a competitive edge. A strong and well-defined brand will result in an increase in sales, customer loyalty, brand value, and most importantly, the...

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Does Traditional Marketing Work in a Digital World?

In a modern, digital world that currently revolves around the use of tablets, smartphones and laptops, it’s very challenging to think in an offline sense. Both traditional and offline marketing still have their clear advantages, but the method of choice for your...

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The Difference Between Branding and Marketing

A business operating amidst a competitive industry makes good use of attraction marketing in order to maximize selling potentials. This technique enables a potential customer to see what you are offering them and how it can actually be of benefit to them before making...

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Yes, we are still talking about mobile!

In 2008, an analyst at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers made a bold prediction. "Mobile to overtake fixed Internet access by 2014. According to the latest report from comScore, we’re way past the mobile tipping point. It’s not whether mobile marketing is important, it’s...

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Top 10 apps for mobile

Here’s the top ten apps for mobile devices, ranging from getting the scoop on local businesses to trying the best new restaurant in town to visiting a new city and looking for the best place to get a haircut. Want to know the closest coffee shop or gas station? When...

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“Near Me” searches are on the rise

According to Google their “Near Me” Search feature has doubled this year as people turn more and more to find local businesses with their mobile devices. Google released this information last week when they launched a new mobile ad product designed specifically around...

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Advertising on Facebook– Why Spend the Money?

Social media plays a huge role in connecting and reaching out to your audience. Even though Facebook has driven some users away with their recent shift to a paid-only format for marketing and advertising, it can still be a very useful marketing tool. One of the most...

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Tools Tuesday: Cut Social Media Management Time by 90 Percent

If you’re not already using DrumUp to save time on social media management, we highly recommend it. Login with any of your social media accounts, and choose keywords relevant to golf/golf courses. At this point, it gets nuts. DrumUp comes back with articles, videos,...

More Time for Social Media Engagement

Part of monetizing social media for your business is keeping your audience interested with content; part of it is engaging with customers and prospects. The engagement part is really where you want to spend a lot of time. People like to talk about good experiences....

Up Social Media Activity with Hootsuite

  What stands in the way of your golf course having success with social media? The short answer to this question is staying active – posting like crazy! Hootsuite can help you do just that, and it doesn’t’ cost anything. It will let you integrate all your social...

7 Successful Facebook Ads

Facebook is still the first name in social media. Although there may be newer trends in social media marketing, Facebook is still the tried and true gold standard for most people. However, there are a variety of ads that work best if you’re trying to market your...

5 Free Facebook Ads Management Software

Facebook is not just the biggest social media site on the planet. It’s also one of the hottest ways for marketers to get their ads across to a wide variety of people. From national campaigns to local ads, Facebook is the future of marketing. As it stands,...

Why Choosing Colors for Your Brand Matters

Choosing colors is very important for any business. In fact, it is very important in a lot of ways that you may be unfamiliar with, especially with regard to your marketing efforts. Color is a very important aspect that you need to keep in mind as you choose your...

4 Ways to Protect Your Company From a Cyber Attack

There is an old saying that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That is definitely the way it works for cyber security. Unfortunately, many employees in some companies have proven themselves to be the weak link in their network security chain. Staying one...

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Covers the Cyber Threats Facing Hospitals

You would think that the last place to learn about the latest cyber threats facing the healthcare industry would be the television show "Grey’s Anatomy."  But a recent episode of the hit show focused on a topic that has become a legitimate issue at hospitals...

Is Your Printer Spying On You? Yes, It Might Be

Ask any IT specialist what the most aggravating part of their job is and it probably won’t be foreign hackers or incompetent users who think they know more than they really do. No, chances are that their biggest nightmare is a little device that most of us take for...

Equifax Has More Than One Bad Day

One of the biggest problems with all of the media attention given to corporate hacking is that after a while it almost becomes blasé. We become so used to hearing about yet another online invasion that has left customer data in jeopardy that we almost start to think...

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Site Revamp: MenStoppingViolence.org

We have been busy the past couple months working with a wonderful non-profit organization. Men Stopping Violence works locally, nationally, and internationally to dismantle belief systems, social structures, and institutional practices that oppress women and children...

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A Few Ideas On Internet Marketing

Promoting your small business on the internet is crucial in today's world. The entrepreneur who ignores this gold mine of potential opportunity does so at his or her own peril. There is too much to be gained through marketing on the internet, and little to be lost. If...

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Five Questions You Should Ask Yourself About SEO

Fact: Your website needs search engine optimization (SEO) to help your website achieve more. Many try and go it alone in the search engine optimization process and, in the majority of cases, they never see the results they would have achieved if they had enlisted the...

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90s Web Design: Is YOUR Website Accidentally Retro?

Remember the days of beige PCs, Netscape, Geocities and Tripod? The mid-late 1990s were the playful childhood of the worldwide web, a time of great expectations for the future and pretty low standards for the present. Those were the days when doing a web search meant...

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Link Building in Depth – Building Links – Bloggers

There is an important difference between articles posted into syndication libraries and those posted directly to blogs. The links in blogs are likely to be far more valuable than regular syndication articles. The search engines know the article libraries when they see...

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13 Semantic Markup Tips For 2013: A Local SEO Checklist

One of the least-tapped areas of local business website optimization continues to be semantic markup. Semantic markup can increase chances that information from your website will be highlighted in search engine results pages via rich snippets, attracting greater...

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Affordable SEO

SEO is critical to the success of a website. After all, you want to attract as much traffic as possible to your site in order to increase your sales. Like the law of supply and demand, once professionally done SEO is established, the price for SEO work will increase...

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Creating or updating your website… from square one.

Before you begin your search for a web design company to help you build your site, you must first analyze your needs and requirements. Make a list of primary and secondary goals you have in mind for your website. It is also critical for you to have a fair idea of your...

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Recommendation for the Chicagoland area

We are very happy to announce that we have teamed up with a local SEO company in Chicago. DuPage SEO matches our own passion for internet marketing and customer response. They are experts in Small Business SEO and website design. If you know anyone in the Chicago area...

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The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Consumers

This video presents key findings from "The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Consumers," a study from Google and conducted by Ipsos OTX, an independent market research firm. The findings come from research conducted at the end of 2010 among 5,013 US adult...

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Happy Holidays from the Grafique Team

We hope we put a smile on your face.  2014 has been a wonderful year of growth for us.  We’ve added new members to our team and have redesigned our website with a new, fresh face.  We hope you like it as much as we do. As we approach the holiday season and the...

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How to Prove Social Media Marketing is Profitable

Before you can begin to build your social media strategy your website should be filled with interesting and compelling content (blog posts, videos, webinars, eBooks, and whitepapers).  Why is that important?  When used properly social media can extend the reach of...

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Why You Should Outsource Your Marketing

It is already common practice to outsource development, accounting, customer service, and other areas of your business because it’s been found to save money/time on overhead, commitment, recruiting time, training time, and expenses that come with a full-time staff....

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Google Promoting Mobile-Friendly Websites

Starting on November 18, 2014 Google started to add a “mobile-friendly” label to mobile search results which they expect to roll out globally over the next few weeks. What makes a site ‘mobile friendly’? According to Google, a page can qualify for the...

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