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How (and Why) to Calculate ROI

How (and Why) to Calculate ROI

The marketing world is full of acronyms. B2B, CTA, KPI, PPC, SEO…the list is seemingly endless. And you thought social media was confusing, LOL! Learning what these mean ASAP (bet you know that one!) is essential in helping you achieve your business goals, but it involves more than just memorizing abbreviations. You might already know that ROI stands for Return On Investment, but if you don’t know how to track ROI, you won’t know whether your marketing efforts are making an impact. We’re pretty sure you’d rather spend your budget on campaigns that are profitable, so we’ve put together a blueprint showing you how to track your ROI.

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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Networkers

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Networkers

Networking is one of the best ways to add to your arsenal of professional contacts, helping you to gain new leads and ultimately land sales. Whether you’re attending a large industry conference or a more informal mixer, striking up conversations with like-minded individuals is a tried-and-true method for finding new opportunities and, because face-to-face meetings are more personal in nature, can give you an edge over the competition. You might even make a few new friends in the process! As important as networking is, it doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people, who might be apprehensive about talking to strangers. Developing a strategy in advance will help improve your networking skills and ensure a successful event. In no time at all, you’ll look forward to the opportunity to meet new people!

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How to Ask for Referrals in Six Easy Steps

How to Ask for Referrals in Six Easy Steps

Acquiring customers is necessary in order to grow your business, but can be costly and time-consuming. Business owners have many competing demands and carving out time to focus on customer acquisition is often a low priority. One of the easiest, and most effective, ways to land new clients is through word-of-mouth. But many people are uncomfortable asking for referrals, or simply don’t know how to go about it. Relax; it’s easier than you think!

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Social Butterfly: Which Platform is Right for Me?

Social Butterfly: Which Platform is Right for Me?

Savvy marketers know that a social media presence is no longer an option these days; it’s a necessary part of doing business. But with the number of social media platforms constantly growing, deciding which are best for you can be confusing. Spread yourself too thin and you’ll find it difficult to maintain a consistent presence, but if you throw all your eggs in one basket, you run the risk of wasting time, effort, and money. So, how do you narrow down your choices and make the best decision?

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Startup Weekend at EGM

Startup Weekend at EGM

The Black Hills’ most innovative movers and shakers will congregate in the Evergreen Media office for the second annual Startup Weekend in the area. Organizers Brian Rupert and Lindsay Frankenfeld sat down to give us the scoop.


What is it?

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event over an entire weekend in which teams pitch and plan a business idea to present in front of a group of investors. And it isn’t all fun and games—about 10% of Startup Weekend ideas become actual businesses.

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SE…what?!

SE…what?!

There’s a lot of talk about SEO and SEM these days, but unless you’re a marketing guru, you might be unfamiliar with the terminology. Mastering these acronyms will help your business achieve higher search engine rankings—and that can give your bottom line a healthy boost!

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Survey Says…a Lot!

Survey Says…a Lot!

Feedback is one of the most powerful sources of information you can gather from your customers. It’s a great way of learning what they think of your business and can help you focus on strengths and weaknesses. If you’ve just put on an event, hearing from people who attended will help make your next event even more successful. Whether you’re conducting a poll, having people fill out a questionnaire, or directing customers to an online review site, surveys are an invaluable tool for your business! But how do you go about collecting that information?

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The Art of Follow-Up

The Art of Follow-Up

It takes a combination of hard work and finesse in order to turn leads into sales, whether you are offering a service or product or simply trying to promote your brand. Follow-up is key to helping you achieve these goals. Doing so tactfully is a skill that takes time to master, but it can be done. Here are some tips to following up politely and respectfully and turning that “maybe” into a “yes!”

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Preparing for a Vendor Booth

Preparing for a Vendor Booth

Trade shows and other vendor events are a fact of life for anybody in direct sales. They provide you with an opportunity to meet customers in person, helping you to forge personal connections and establish a rapport. In a world where an increasing number of sales transactions take place anonymously through online merchants, vendor events are a great way to personalize your brand, help build awareness, and generate sales leads. They are one of the most effective networking opportunities you’ll find. An added bonus is the fact that you can stealthily gauge your competition.

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