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RMC Supports Heroes on the Water

In 2017, after purchasing a kayak and taking up kayak fishing as a hobby, I found out about an amazing organization called Heroes on the Water, which takes veterans and first responders on free kayak fishing outings as a form of ecotherapy. Because I believe in using my talents to help others, I decided to […]

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Why Volunteering for a Local Nonprofit is a Great Marketing Strategy

Last year, I started volunteering for the local chapter of a national organization called Heroes on the Water, which takes veterans and first responders and their families on free kayak fishing trips. Helping out that organization has reminded me of something that I already knew–getting involved in the leadership of local nonprofit organizations is a […]

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Five Common Website Mistakes Local Businesses Should Be Cautious to Avoid

The following guest post was contributed by Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Dean Heasley As a website designer at Nashville Marketing Systems, I see many mistakes that local businesses make on their websites. There are some website mistakes that are common and very easily overlooked. These can have an enormous impact on your website’s effectiveness. Most […]

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Changes to Google Review Guidelines

Recently, in a move that really didn’t get the attention it deserved, Google changed some of their guidelines and policies related to text reviews published on Google My Business. You can read the guidelines here.  There were a few changes, but the one causing concern among small business marketing professionals was this one: “Don’t discourage […]

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How to Create an Effective Marketing Message with Tom Poland

If your marketing message sounds something like “We have the best prices, best quality, and best service, so come buy our stuff”, then you need to listen to my most recent podcast episode. My guest for Episode 223 of the Small Business Marketing Minute show is Tom Poland, the bestselling author of Leadsology©: The Science […]

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What’s Broken About the Marketing Industry (and how to fix it)

The small business marketing industry, in my opinion, is broken in two very important ways. First of all, it is just about the only industry on the planet that doesn’t have any type of universally recognized certification that distinguishes qualified providers from unqualified (or at least less qualified) providers, and that also includes a code […]

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Should you be on Instagram?

A client asked me recently if they should be on Instagram.  It’s a good question, and the answer is not entirely clear cut. In Episode 221 of my podcast, I break down which social media platforms you–or any local business–MUST be on, which ones are optional depending on your circumstances, and which ones you can […]

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How to Prepare for the Sale of Your Business

At this moment, it might be hard to wrap your head around the idea of selling your business. It’s taken so much time, effort and energy to get it off the ground and to the point where it is today that the idea of selling it might seem rather strange. The truth is, though, looking […]

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What is Lifetime Value of a Customer?

Have you ever used a term when speaking to a certain audience with the assumption that they knew what that term meant, only later to find out most of them had no clue what you were talking about? That happened to me recently when I realized that many local small business owners don’t know the […]

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Gold Star Referral Clubs with Todd Davis

One of the most cost-effective ways for a new business to grow very quickly is networking and referral marketing, and that’s why I am such a big fan of local referral-based networking groups.  In the past, I’ve had guests on the podcast from BNI and independent groups. My guest for Episode 219 of the show […]

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