When it comes to marketing every firm has a budget. Essentially, for any business owner the bottom line is the same; spend less money but receive equally impactful results.

When it comes to developing a marketing budget that brings strong results, business owners should expect to spend a good percentage of their revenue as a primary source of investment for their campaigns. In fact, based on statistics, it is estimated that for a business seeking to grow at a steady and healthy rate of 20% that business would have to roughly spend 8%-14% of its total annual revenue. Knowing this can be a huge benefit in regards to estimating how much to plan for a yearly marketing budget for an established or start up firm.

The following article will focus on how to constitute and develop a marketing budget that pays dividends to a company’s marketing goals.

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If you have been a part of, or are an owner of a business that utilizes online marketing, chances are you have heard of tools such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Rightfully so, for many local business, online marketing may seem like a very daunting experience because of the scale in which digital marketing can attract. The reality is however, maybe you just want to cater to the people in your local community, or the people passing through. If you don’t sell something that can be shipped or mass-produced, there may not seem like much of a need to deal with SEO, right? Wrong.

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When it comes to getting your page verified on Facebook, it’s actually a lot easier than you may think! Throughout this blog, we will do our best to break down the process in simple steps that can be replicated and followed. The contents of this post will allow you to realize that the steps will vary between verifying a personal Facebook page as opposed to a business page. In addition to this, it is essential to understand the reasoning behind verifying a page and this post will also address this aspect of verification.

What is the Difference between the Blue and Grey badge?

Although both badges mean that you are verified in some way the different colors do have a purpose. A blue badge on the page or profile essentially means that, Facebook has confirmed that this public figure, media company or brand is genuine.  A grey badge on the page ultimately means that Facebook has confirmed that the page belongs to a genuine organization or business house. Badges can also be simply categorized as follows,

Blue badges: For Celebrities and public figures.

Grey badges: For local businesses and corporations.

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Ah, Restaurants and bars. The best places to go for a night out with your friends, a loved one, or to drown out a bad day with some delicious food. Either way, food has become so embedded within social media culture that the amount of #food #drink related hashtags has reached a resounding 200 million posts in 2018 alone. With that, considering that 88% of people are influenced by online reviews in regards to the food business, speaks volumes as to why any restaurant owner should have a well set up social media platform, especially in the digital age we live in today.

The purpose of this post is to inform you in regards to the following,

-Why any Restaurant owner needs to be on social media
-How to set up your online Presence
-How to create posts
-Overall effectiveness

Without further adieu, let us begin.

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Ah, good ol’ Instagram… Over the years this social media platform has increased its reach to nearly 800 million active users today. In fact, with Facebook’s acquisition of the social media app, growth and global outreach has continuously been on the rise. With new users registering nearly every day. Based on this information alone, numerous social media marketers believe that Instagram presents itself as a massive opportunity. For small businesses looking to create brand identity and raise awareness this may be for you. Instagram services such as “Instagram stories” have already proven to be a major hit. In fact, this service attracts nearly 250 million active users on a day to day basis. That is a surplus of 90 million additional users in comparison to Snapchat who at one point in time specialized in providing “Snapchat stories.”

Considering the time frame in which Instagram stories was able to make such an impact in the social media world proves to individuals interested in providing content marketing that, the possibilities for Instagram stories is unprecedented. Despite the potential Instagram stories has, many content marketers fail to use Instagram as a means to create shared value with consumers.

At Sooner Marketing Solutions we are here to disprove that notion once and for all. Therefore without further adieu, it’s time to analyze why you, yes you, need to incorporate Instagram stories in your business and truly understand, how do Instagram stories work?!

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Business ProfileCongrats! You just got some new followers to like your companies Business Profile on Instagram… Nice! The only problem is you don’t just want new followers; you want to make sales! Your customer sees your product and oh man… there’s no action button for him or her to buy it! For individuals who don’t set up their social media correctly, forgetting to put an action button on your post may be the difference between having a viewer or potential sale.

The purpose of this post is to inform you on how to add Instagram action buttons to your business profile. By doing this, you open many opportunities and make it easier for your customers to purchase your product, book consultation, or request a quotation from your business.

By adding a call to action, you provide your customers and viewers a potential opportunity to interact with you and allow them to take the first step to know more about you and your business.

Therefore, without further adieu, let us run through the steps to help you set up your Instagram action buttons.

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email marketing

The General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR is a regulation prescribed by the law in the EU. The bill primarily focuses on the protection of both, data and privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It also addresses and regulates the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas.

Quite recently, due to the implementation of the GDPR, there has been a direct and evident impact on marketing practices. Specifically, email marketing. The GDPR which has been active since May 25th, 2018, has been the causation for a vast majority of marketers forcefully changing the process in regards to how they seek, obtain and save consent.

Ultimately, the purpose of this post is to inform you of how despite the implementation of the GDPR in the EU, how email marketing can still flourish under the new laws and regulatory conditions.

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yelpWe’re excited to announce that Sooner Marketing Solutions is a Yelp Ads Certified Partner! We are now able to support and manage Ad campaigns for all of our clients – both large and small! We are so happy to have been given this opportunity as it allows us to better serve our clients. The purpose of this post is to inform you of our recent partnership with Yelp as well as the benefits associated with the coalition. 

What is Yelp and Why is it Important?

Yelp is a transactional platform consumers visit when they are looking to purchase from a local business. It is extremely important because it is emerging as the leading consumer review site for many types of businesses. Fast food, marketing, auto dealer type businesses, or anything else corporate related, Yelp has a strong influence and is highly regarded by a wide demographic of consumers. In fact, it currently receives high priority from the Google Search Engine results, generally, in the top 5 search results according to numerous tests. This means that with a good review, let alone a partnership, any businesses credibility and digital portfolio is instantly improved for the better.

When looking at the United States, the social platform has an estimated 94.3 million unique visitors on both, desktop and mobile and on top of that, is the 20th most-visited internet property for desktop and mobile combined. In addition to that, according to Nielsen, consumers rank Yelp as the #1 review site for finding local businesses and nearly, 79% of consumers purchase within a week after visiting Yelp.

Clearly, for any business, the platform has a huge influence on their potential customer base. Based on that, this makes Yelp a hugely important aspect of digital marketing for any corporation.

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So your thinking about starting a digital marketing agency but your not too sure on where to start. There are so many niches, platforms, courses that for most people, it becomes too overwhelming to even think about starting a business. People want to know what are the barriers of entry towards starting an agency.

Barriers of Entry

There are always challenges and barriers that make it hard for someone to start up right from the get-go. For digital marketing agencies some of these barriers include,

  1. Number of social media platforms
  2. Cost
  3. Time

Let us dive in deeper detail when looking at each of these barriers.

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Upwork, Fiverr, Guru, Loom, so many options for business owners looking for freelancers. The question is, however, should businesses trust a self-employed freelancer or a well-established marketing agency when deciding which entity to use for their marketing campaign? The reality is that freelancers are everywhere, thanks to individual websites, getting access to a freelancer takes nothing more than just a few quick clicks and a payment upfront. Rightfully so, there are always two sides to each coin, and with that in mind, it’s time to tackle the pros and cons of hiring a freelancer, v.s hiring an agency.

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