I’M WITH THE BRAND (Common Brand Identity Mistakes and How to Avoid Them) If you’re like most business owners, you’ve probably spent a lot of time and energy coming up with a great brand name for your business. But have you given much thought to your brand’s overall look and feel? If not, you may be making some common mistakes that are causing confusion among customers, hindering sales, and undermining

Five Rules for Product Launches on Social Media As well as being an excellent way to keep in touch with friends and family, social media is an incredible marketing platform. From major brands to micro-businesses and power users, thousands of social media presences have been born out of intelligent marketing. These presences have gradually been used to market products and services online. As the medium gained more traction and influence,

A Winning Press Release –The Ultimate Guide to Getting It Right Any journalist can tell you they get far more press releases than they can deal with. That’s why you need to grab their attention – and keep it – with a well written, convincing, and compelling press release. If you can’t, the delete button is ready and waiting. Before you start writing, think about your release from the journalist’s point

The 5 Most Effective Lead Generation Strategies Generating leads for a business is essential for growth. However, it can be difficult to know which lead generation strategy is best for your company. There are many ways to generate leads, especially online. The key is finding what works best for your business. Content Marketing Content marketing is a great way to generate leads for your business. By providing helpful, informative content

MARKETING PSYCHOLOGY: 4 Tactics to Make Customers Sell Themselves Implementing sales tactics based on psychological principles doesn’t mean using deceptive or dishonest means to somehow trick your prospects into making a purchase. Instead, it focuses on taking note of certain sentiments and biases that may influence consumer buying decisions.  There are countless ways to incorporate these principles into your sales strategies and marketing messaging. Here’s a look at a few

How to Use Your Lemonade Stand Experience to Succeed in Business Lemonade stands have been teaching kids about how to run a business for generations. Remember the old Peanuts cartoon where Lucy dispenses advice instead of drinks for five cents, and then Snoopy undercuts her for two cents? Even if your neighborhood was less competitive growing up, your first experience with being an entrepreneur probably made a lasting impression. Some

“MARKETING CHAMPIONS” WITH MARGOT BLACK FROM BLACK INK PR So excited to speak with Howard Wolpoff in his “Marketing Champions” segment of Daily Ad Brief where we discussed various topics on Marketing, such as what what makes a good story. Give it a watch at Daily Ad Brief.com

BLACK INK PR WINS COVETED PRSA WESTERN DISTRICT’S “BEST IN THE WEST” AWARD Award Recognizes BIPR’s Outstanding PR Campaign for Comedy Gives Back’s “Laugh Aid” Live-Stream Event During Early Covid-19 Lockdown Los Angeles — September 30, 2021 – Black Ink PR (BIPR), a leading Los Angeles public relations boutique, today announced it has won the “Best in the West” Award bestowed by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) –

DO YOU KNOW YOUR MARKETING ACRONYMS? Marketers at every level enjoy bandying about a few trendy acronyms to explain their work. Here are some of our favorites: Baby Marketer CTA, CTR, CMS YA Marketer TOFU, MOFU, BOFU Mature Marketer ICP Boomer Marketing Boss Whitepaper And here’s what they all stand for – CTA – Call to ActionCTR – Click Through Rate  =  clicks ÷ impressions = CTR.CMS – Content Management

Three Super Simple Tips to Improve Your Businesses “Likeability Factor” (Especially if you have a challenging topic) Don’t know where to start somedays? Start by asking “How can my business be more friendly and approachable?”  When businesses work well, customers feel part of their tribe and return often with their dollars.  Everyone wants to do business with people they like. At best – your customers are your advocates and share

5 STEPS TO SOCIAL SELLING SUCCESS The best place for any business to market and seek out new customers is obviously through social media. With the majority of customers across the globe engaging in one or more social media platforms, having space and ads floating through their newsfeeds can help you reach customers in a new way. With a social media funnel, you are able to take advantage of different

FREE DESSERT – WHAT’S YOURS? My husband’s family loves this little Italian restaurant in the Valley. It’s non-descript, average sized sign, and the first time I walked in I realized I’d been passing it by for years.  But not my husband’s clan. They love it. And have been returning for generations. And bringing everyone they know. What makes it so special? The owner. He stands at the door and greets