WHY IMAGINARY PEOPLE DON’T BUY Marketing works well when it’s targeted, but you need know who you are selling to. For that to happen every business needs to know their customer avatar. But what is that exactly? Customer Avatar An avatar is a representation of a person who is real and has real problems that you can solve. You need to work out where this person lives, what they want,

IN PRAISE OF THE ART OF MARKETING I truly believe that marketing is a form of love. It is an art form that can bring joy, a huge sense of achievement and extraordinary results in business. Marketing in its purest sense speaks to humanity one-to-one in a way that it reaches many. It is so much more than just throwing anything at a wall to see if it makes you

WHY YOU SHOULD UPDATE YOUR MARKETING AND PR OFTEN   There are very few things in life that don’t require a do-over. Life evolves, news evolves, and business evolves. Because of that, when it comes to your marketing, PR and social media you should be constantly reinventing what you are putting out to your client base. Marketing and PR are live endeavors. Done well, they can be visceral, exciting and

MARKETING TRIBES: Set Your Brand Apart by Joining a Subculture Some huge brands, such as Coca-Cola and McDonalds, try to appeal to almost everyone, and they make huge profits around the world. But not every brand can appeal to everyone. Some brands, such as Mountain Dew and Pabst Blue Ribbon are aimed much more directly at certain types of people, giving them a safe market position within a particular subculture.

HELLO FROM HOLLYWOOD! We had a facelift, need one too?   Hello from the showbiz capital of the world! We’re sorry that we’ve been absent from your inbox for a few weeks, but with good reason. Everybody in Hollywood gets some work done and we decided it was time for an update too. Check out our fresh new website update at www.blackinkpr.com It’s such a good nip and tuck, you’d

Strategy and tactics go together like beer and barbecue, peanut butter and jelly, spandex and disco. Strategy and tactics are besties out of the gate. You need both to achieve marketing and PR success. The difference is small but crucial, so here’s the definition of both: Strategy: A long-term plan designed to achieve an overall aim. Tactics:  A key element of strategy, tactics are actions carefully planned to achieve a specific

NEED TO BECOME MORE VISIBLE? HERE ARE YOUR PR & MARKETING “UNIGNORABLES”   There are four things you have to pay attention to when marketing your business. I call them ‘the unignorables’ because you ignore them at your peril. The unignorables are your social media marketing, your email list, your SEO and your visuals. This quality quartet will form the basis of your success as a business owner, and are

HOW TO MAKE THE MEDIA LOVE YOU More Good Stuff You Need to Know There’s nothing more intoxicating to the media than someone who has a powerful message, a strong brand and great delivery. You never want to miss an opportunity when the media shoot their cupid’s arrow in your direction so it’s up to you to shine and show that you’re ready for a date with destiny. To do

Marketing campaigns, when done incorrectly, can be difficult and expensive affairs. Each mistake you make can cost your small business not just money, but time. However, there are certain mistakes that will ripple past the clock and your bank account. These mistakes are the most dangerous ones of all, and the ones you should be aware of at all times. Here they are: 1. Not Marketing at All The worst marketing

WHAT IS YOUR MILLENNIAL SALES STRATEGY? One of the largest concerns in the PR, marketing, and advertising sectors today is how to reach millennials, anticipate millennial shopping behavior, and ultimately take advantage of one of the most potentially lucrative portions of consumers out there. The only problem is that there is more data and less insight into what makes millennials tick than was the case for any previous generation. One

THE TESTIMONIAL STRATEGY THAT EVERY BUSINESS OWNER SHOULD FOLLOW As a business owner, featuring authentic customer experiences can significantly boost your business. Here’s how to collect, select, and display the most compelling reviews on your website. Why are testimonials so important? Research proves most people rely on reviews when making purchase decisions. Case in point, a Harvard Business School study found that revenues for restaurants increased by 5 to 9

Business has not always embraced the concept of marketing. Until the 1950s, marketing as a way to reach customers didn’t exist. Unfortunately, many businesses are still stuck in the past where marketing is concerned. So how do you ensure your business isn’t stuck in yesteryear, but instead is utilizing marketing’s role in today’s global marketplace? You have to understand the value of the marketing concept and where to put the