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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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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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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$378 million of economic activity Google helped provide for Oklahoma businesses, website publishers, and non-profits in 2016.

Braedon Kruse founded Sooner Marketing Solutions in 2012 to assist owners of small and medium-sized businesses with finding success and customers online. “We help frustrated business owners to expand and grow their companies, find better branding, and gain more awareness,” Braedon says. Their customers range from a window-tinting business and automotive repair companies, and consultants. They may need anything from a website upgrade to full digital services. “We want them to see our company as an all-around marketing department to devise creative solutions,” adds Justin Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer.

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After Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in April of 2011, no one could stop talking about Kate’s wedding dress.

Within hours after the wedding, vendors began making near-identical copies or similar styles of the Stella McCartney- designed dress. Even vendors such as David’s Bridal now have a “Royal” category so you can dress “just like Kate.”

When something is buzz-worthy, it creates high demand. In situations like this, you can align offers with “what’s hot.” Companies will often leverage newsjacking for this type of technique and it works very well for offers, too. As an example, earlier this year people couldn’t stop talking about Pinterest.

How to leverage newsjacking to amplify your marketing

Create new streams in your social media management tools to help you find out what is trending and get on top of it to help amplify your own marketing. The earlier you can get on the bandwagon before it “goes viral” the faster you can rank in searches and the more people you will find attracted to your information.
HubSpot capitalized on this craze by creating the first Pinterest ebook for business owners and marketers, How To Use Pinterest for Business. It quickly became one of HubSpot’s most successful ebooks with more than 125,000 downloads to date. Because it was the first and only ebook available on Pinterest (and we made sure people knew that), and learning how to use Pinterest for marketing was in high demand, it made the offer more unique and thus more irresistible — that’s the power of leveraging both timing and popularity!

By leveraging newsjacking, you can also utilize the bandwagon effect through blogs, webinars, conferences and more to help traffic more qualified leads into the funnel.