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

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

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

The Value of Public Relations in 2021 Public relations is an old industry, one that began long before the internet or even television. The first documented public relations agency opened in 1900. Businesses of all kinds have long recognized the value of attracting publicity. It’s changed a bit with time, however clear communications and consistent visibility is still a key ingredient to any business success. Getting more publicity for your

Feb 2020

Spread the Love

SPREAD THE LOVE Hearts, flowers and chocolate are everywhere as the theme of love is promoted during Valentine’s Day. Spreading the love can be fun with all the cute, romantic and even quirky gifts you can buy for the ones you love. But how about your customers? Are you spreading the love to them? While you may not be able to send each one a Valentine’s card via snail mail

HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM STORIES FOR YOUR BUSINESS Any creative business owner will tell you that to catch your audience’s attention, you have to learn how to adapt to new platforms. The impact of Instagram on consumers is undeniable. So, if you have ever thought of using this platform to elevate your business, now is the perfect time to do so!  Instagram Stories are not only fun but also enormously

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 everyone with the biggest smile

How NETFLIX Has Influenced Marketing When it comes to modern viewing habits everybody gets what they want, when they want it. Netflix has made immediate gratification possible and that’s where your marketing needs to be.   People should to be able to connect with you while wearing their pajamas from the comfort of their couch, on their schedule and when it’s convenient for them.   With Netflix it’s a case

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,

ARE YOU THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR MARKETING? In marketing you need commitment, consistency and a plan. At Black Ink PR we are dedicated to helping small and medium businesses that need to outsource their marketing. We’re like a CMO for those who don’t have full time staff, the resources or can’t manage it themselves. But no matter who is doing your marketing, you still need to show up and participate in some

PR, MARKETING AND SOCIAL: HOW DO YOU KEEP THE LOVE ALIVE?   PR, marketing and social media is not just a labor of love, it’s a long-term commitment to a relationship with your audience. What do I mean by that on this most romantic of days? Simple. If you love your audience, they will love you back. But for that to happen you need to commit to the process in