It’s a challenge every business owner faces. How much of their marketing budget should be spent on branding versus short-term promotions?
Economic worries may have consumers keeping a close watch on the family budget but there’s one line of products that people are ready to shop for: TVs. Ongoing technology changes are prompting consumers to replace their TVs more frequently. To generate higher sales, marketers must the features consumers want.
Consumers are still giving to their favorite charities and causes in the U.S. But with so many of these nonprofit organizations struggling because of cutbacks from government agencies, the need to raise cash to fund their programs is growing. New research has just been released that shows the best ways for nonprofit groups to promote themselves and their need for donations.
Nobody is predicting that the real estate market is going to roar back. But there are glimmers of hope for an improved outlook as this year’s selling season begins. The latest forecast from Robert Charles Lessor Co. (RCLCO) shows some sectors are in full recovery while others are headed in that direction within the next 6 to 12 months.
Despite a subdued outlook for new home sales across the U.S., some builders are finding ways to improve their visibility in the local marketplace. It’s all about being green. More builders are using the green angle in their marketing for both new builds and renovations. This trend is expected to continue through at least 2016.
As political candidates and political action committees (PACs) begin to fire up their advertising machines, they’ll want to know where voters are likely to be getting their information on the upcoming election. Voters are turning to a variety of media formats to educate themselves on the issues. One important finding of a new study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press contains some surprising information about these sources.
Auto makers and dealers have long relied on repeat business to drive a significant portion of their sales. But lately, more consumers are switching brands. These defections have caught the auto makers’ attention and they’re changing their promotional strategies to appeal to both old and new customers.
Welcome to the world of adolescence in online advertising. That’s the message from researchers at Collective. In the firm’s 5th annual Display Advertising Study, analysts point out that both marketers and agencies are adjusting their strategies with respect to display and social media as the online format evolves.
Restaurants have long offered take-out service. And consumers have made that option popular as they have sought ways to keep down their restaurant tabs during the recession. As the economy recovers, more restaurants are looking for new revenue streams. Many quick-serve and fast-casual operators are exploring catering and tweaking their marketing campaigns to reach a new segment of the population looking for the next level of convenience in food service.