5 Low-Cost Ways to Get New Customers in 2009

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 3 Comments

Well 2009 is in full swing. My question for you is: How does your pipeline look? If you’re not satisfied with the number of new prospects or leads coming in to your business, it’s time to get serious about what you’re doing to bring them in. Here are 5 ways to gain new customers on a budget: Get to the …

Beat the Recession: Communicate Valuably!

David G. Johnson Get Strategic, Small Business Marketing 1 Comment

As salespeople and business owners, we’ve often been trained to communicate value. After all, if we don’t connect what we sell, produce and provide with the needs of our prospects and customers and do it in a way that helps them understand the return they should expect on their investment, we’re sunk! But in times like these, it’s more important …

Beat The Recession: Reward Loyal Customers

David G. Johnson Get Strategic, Small Business Marketing 2 Comments

Today I walked into a local Starbucks and was greeted by a prominently-placed offer for the new Starbucks Gold card. You probably know by now that I’m a Starbucks regular. But I’ll admit, I’ve spent a lot less time (and yes, money) in Starbucks locations in recent history. A quick scan of my unread e-mail shows that they sent me …

How to Thrive During a Recession

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 5 Comments

We discussed previously that the last thing you want to trim out of your budget during a recession is your marketing. Here’s some actual data (Hat tip: Rod Alan Richardson via Twitter @rodalan) on previous recessions that reveals some very interesting facts: maintaining your marketing budget helps not only during a recession, but afterward your ROI may not be as …

It’s the Economy, Stupid!

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 3 Comments

(With apologies for the insulting quote in the title of today’s post… and also for bringing up memories of an election year gone by…) What do we do in a down economy? It happens.  Sometimes your business is affected by an economic downturn.  Whether you’ve got a local business like the ones that serve our local Sarasota community — an …