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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, August 31, 2020
    Do you have a business newsletter? If you don't, what's holding you back? Is content the issue? Are you just not sure what you're going to tell your customers in every newsletter? Newsletters are a great way to stay connected with your audience, especially if you have a long buying process or you run a business that thrives on repeat business. If either of those things is true, sending out a newsletter can keep you top of mind even when your customers aren’t quite ready to buy what you sell. Newsletters are a good nurturing and connection tool when you offer your audience something they want. This comes down to content. You want to make sure that you offer your audience something of value. To help with that, we've detailed a few things that you should put in a newsletter to get more opens. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, August 24, 2020
    Our lives and our businesses have changed a lot during the time of COVID. We have changed how we reach customers and likely how they buy from us. Some of us have had to shut down. During this time, your website should be one of your strongest sales tools. Just as your business has changed, your content should have evolved as well. Are you doing these things to help remain viable in these challenging times? Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, August 17, 2020
    Are you tired of the words “new normal” yet? If you're like most business owners, you probably are. But whether we recognize it as a new shift in how we do business or a temporary tack we take to survive the current economic storm, the point is how you do business has to change if you want to continue to connect to your audience. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    Six months into the COVID and we’re all still trying to figure out what’s going on. Should masks be required? Will kids be going back to school? Do we need goggles? But what we do know is that a lot of customers are still concerned about their health and the health of those around them. Because of that, there are several things you should be doing (and marketing) in your business. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, July 20, 2020
    You likely have heard the phrase, “you need to spend money to make money.” I'm not here to argue that from either side but digital marketing has allowed businesses with very small budgets to make a big impression. While it hasn't exactly leveled the playing field, it certainly has helped businesses gain a larger audience with very little investment. Read more
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    Shelley Iverson
    Thursday, July 16, 2020
    We are living and working in an unsure reality and fear of the COVID 19 virus. The governor of Wisconsin has closed schools and also has banned gatherings of 50 or more people. Many of the public events are canceled. Obviously, this is going to have an impact on our economy. Small businesses will take the biggest hit. We don’t know how long it will last or how people we will get through these times. And a primary concern for many is how does your business “stay afloat”? Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, July 13, 2020
    With numbers of COVID infections increasing daily in many states, people are wondering when it will end and when we can begin to start feeling confident in an economic recovery. No one knows for sure when recovery will begin. In the meantime, there are a few things we know about how business and customers have changed. You can use that knowledge to restructure your marketing in order to better position your business for a stronger recovery. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, June 29, 2020
    If there's one thing 2020 has shown us, it's how to bolster our communication skills. We've had cause for a lot of really difficult conversations with our customers. Nobody ever wants to give bad news but 2020 seems like the year we have to keep reiterating and sharpening our communication skills with difficult messages. But if you feel like you've had challenge after challenge and you're still wondering the best way to deliver those difficult messages, let's take a look at a few tactics you might use. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, June 22, 2020
    Many business owners are currently wondering how they might get more involved in the conversations about race and creating a culture that celebrates diversity. When conversations about race and the workplace arise, the first area of consideration is often hiring practices but it extends to so much more in a business than who you're choosing to employ. In fact, racial tensions can crop up even in businesses that are very focused on equality. If you want a more diverse culture in your workplace, here are a couple of areas to focus on in addition to fair hiring practices. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, June 15, 2020
    This question has been asked for as long as there have been businesses and differences of opinion. Recently, this topic has been brought to a head with the black lives matter movement. It used to be that taking “no stance” was the safest. But with the death of George Floyd, there are many individuals who see a lack of a stance as a stance of its own. This has been a deeply dividing issue with some business owners wanting to get involved while others have worried that standing for the cause was akin to supporting mass destruction of property and being anti-business. So what should a business do? Read more
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