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If your organization or firm targets Convenience Stores (C-Stores) then this is Fantastic News!
Print Companies supplying Displays and Signage, Private Equity firms or brands with products in the convenience store space all need to know that signs point to more revenue in the short, mid and long term.
Now is the time to be Marketing to Convenience Stores!

What are the Signs that Point to Revenue Growth for C-Stores?

One major sign we’ll focus on is hiring.
For example, Royal Farms, Thorntons, Speedway and Pilot are all going on a hiring spree.
More states are opening up fully from the COVID shutdowns and for those that still aren’t 100% restrictions have relaxed, plus the American public is restless and needs to get out.
This Summer’s driving season is going to be HUGE for these reasons, this will bring a huge influx of cash into the convenience store space and force stores to increase staffing.
Positions C-Stores are Hiring For
  • Hourly Retail: These include cashiers, food services, facility services and other similar positions.
  • Retail Managers: These oversee store operations and the hourly retail team members.
  • Drivers: Thousands of new driver positions are looking to be filled for transporting goods and fuel.
  • Corporate Positions: These consist of marketing, supply chain, inside sales, human resources and finance.

In total with just the companies we listed they are looking to fill almost 20,000 positions!

 

Marketing to C-Stores

Regardless of your primary business, if Convenience Stores are a target customer or acquisition for your business, organization or firm then now is the time to increase your visibility to their decision makers.
How should you market to convenience stores?
If we split marketing into two categories: Traditional and Digital ( offline marketing and online marketing )
You really need to be doing both.
Being present to these decision makers in the c-store space where they are engaging is where you need to be.
And the fact is that they are everywhere. Everyone has their own preferences and you being everywhere ensures you’re in front of everyone.
At Acumen we know Digital.
Our strongest advice is to be running comprehensive online campaigns and publishing content to get found by decision makers when they search and to engage them by sharing your value proposition in ads that run on channels like LinkedIn where you can target the industry, companies, and job titles of target customers or acquisitions.

 

If You Have Questions or Want to Talk about Marketing to C-Stores, Call Us at 866-357-7422

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    This is a question we get regularly from different printing businesses.

    They ask, “Does Social Media Actually Work for Print Companies?”

    And the answer is…  Maybe!

     

    What Does Social Media “Working” for You Even Mean?

    This is the real question that has to be asked.

    In our experience what most print companies want from social is new business, returning business and higher frequency of orders from existing customers. There are the exceptions such as print companies who are already growing and are looking to change up their entire brand identity & messaging. That is more of a creative endeavor that requires a different set of tactics on social than the goal of just generating new and more business from social.

    So is that what you think about when saying you want Social Media to “Work” for you? Generate New Business?

    If yes, then keep reading because that is our area of expertise (not branding or identity).

     

    How Can Social Media Work for Your Print Business?

    1. Be Present

    Of course this seems like a no-brainer, but unfortunately many print companies are not posting to social media. Why aren’t they posting? No time, don’t think it works, don’t know what to post about, etc.  But that is the biggest problem. Not being there for any reason guarantees social will do nothing for you and generate no leads or sales.

    2.Be Active

    Some would call this consistency or even engagement and those descriptions work as well, but posting regularly at some frequency is the minimum effort level needed for success. 3 or 5 times a week is all you really need to see an increase in traffic from social to your site and an increase in awareness for your business. We recommend either posting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday or 5 days per week Monday – Friday.

    3. Sell

    This is thing that most printers find troublesome. It’s felt that you can’t sell to people on social media. But the fact is that you need to be. Posting awareness level content is great to give people a glimpse into your world and connect with you on that, but it’s just as important to show customers what you can do, what your value proposition is and move them to buy. This is what brings you that increase in new business from social media.

     

    And that really is it.

    You can do as much as you want or just the bare minimum and you’ll see results. Guaranteed!

    We’ve got more information on Social Media for Print Companies if you Click Here.

     

    If You Have Questions or Want to Talk about Social for Your Print Business, Call Us at 866-357-7422

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      We wanted to share this example of a Direct Mail piece that is extremely simple but uses the power of personalization to increase it’s effectiveness.

      This company, Supplement Superstores, has their store managers send out Thank You cards after in-store purchases with personal handwritten notes that mention what was discussed in the store during that visit or about the products purchased.

      Doing this has increased their customer loyalty and customer retention allowing them to grow significantly year over year.

      Hopefully you can use this as an example of the power of print when talking to prospective customers.

       

      We’re getting print companies in front of customers so they can pitch ideas like this.
      So if you want to learn more about how you can start generating new business online then click here: https://acumenstudio.com/print-industry-digital-marketing/

       

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        Commercial Real Estate Funds have HUGE opportunity to grow with so many deals to be made in the market.
        The great news for funds like yours is that investors are clamoring to find reputable firms who are engaging in profitable deals and developments.
        The question that most commercial real estate funds have though is, “How can I find new investors?”.

        In this post we share two of the easiest ways to connect with these new investors.

         

        Competition in the Real Estate Fund Space

        Competition online from platforms like Fundrise, Crowdstreet are real competitors that are crowding the space, but real accredited investors aren’t using these platforms. Private Accredited Investors, Institutional investors and family offices are all looking for the expertise of successful / proven firms & funds that can the get job done with deals that will pay off big.

         

        How Commercial Real Estate Funds Can Increase Investor Leads Online?

        Most real estate funds simply reach out to their existing network. Previous investors, partners, colleagues, friends and family are all strong sources for raising funds. And while that will bring success there is the obvious limit our how much liquidity exists within that network.

        But what if you want to go bigger by raising more capital and closing larger deals?

        To increase capital you have to expand to outside of your current network and using digital marketing will get your there. Advertising to investors online is literally the most effective way to scale your visibility and generate new investor leads. Here are a couple strategic approaches to how this will work.

        1. Investor Acquisition Online using LinkedIn Advertising
        2. Advertising on Investor Networks and Publications to Increase Awareness & Investor Leads

         

        Finding New Commercial Real Estate Investors for your Fund using LinkedIn Advertising

        Most fund managers know that LinkedIn is a great network to connect with and directly reach out to commercial real estate investors, but what most don’t know is how to run successful campaigns on LinkedIn that are efficient and scalable which deliver a consistent flow of eager accredited investors.

        Running these ad campaigns get you in front of those investors and makes it easy for them to see your message and connect by calling, messaging or getting more information to start the conversation on investing with in your fund.

         

        Increase Visibility for Your Commercial Real Estate Fund by Advertising on Investor Networks & Publications

        This is similar to the LinkedIn ad campaign strategy but different in that you aren’t targeting individuals but instead making your firm / fund visible on the finance, real estate, and investment websites and publications those investors are reading.

        By sharing the message on your ability to drive big returns for investors, you’ll have a consistent flow of opportunities that will fuel your funds growth.

         

        If You Want to Talk With Us About How You Can Increase Your Investor Leads or Have Questions, Call Us at 866-357-7422

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          The two things every firm needs to grow and thrive are Investors and Deal Flow. They both have to exist and can’t live without the other.

          So in this article we are going to address how your firm can increase it’s Deal Flow by using digital marketing tactics that most firms aren’t doing.

           

          How Can Private Equity Firms Increase Deal Flow?

          Most firms have been doing this by tapping into their personal and professional networks which works well but has it’s limitations built in to the reason that it is so successful for them / you. Your Network!

          Digital marketing strategies focused on deal acquisition are the most effective way to scale your visibility and generate new leads on prospective deals. Let’s look at a couple strategic approaches to how this works.

          1. Deal Acquisition Online through LinkedIn Advertising
          2. Investor Network Advertising to Increase Awareness & Deal Flow

           

          Increase Deal Flow for Your Private Equity Firm through LinkedIn Advertising

          Most deal origination teams know that LinkedIn is a good place to connect with and gain direct access to brokers, owners or partners, but what most don’t know how to do is take the strategies that are successful in connecting & sourcing deals on LinkedIn and turn that into a scalable ad strategy on the LinkedIn ad platform.

          These ads get you in front of the exact people you want to connect with and those same people who have assets that fit your deal criteria will see your message and connect by calling, message or getting more information to start the conversation on making that acquisition.

          It really is that simple!

           

          Increasing Deal Flow for Your Private Equity Firm by Advertising on Investor Networks

          Similar to the LinkedIn strategy but different in that you aren’t targeting individuals but instead making yourself visible on the finance, real estate, or commodity websites and publications those brokers, owners and partners are reading.

          By sharing the message on your ability to drive returns for the deals you acquire, you’ll have a consistent flow of opportunities that will fuel your firms growth.

           

          If You Want to Talk With Us About How You Can Increase Your Deal Flow or Have Questions, Call Us at 866-357-7422

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            As we enter December now is the time to finalize plans moving into 2021.

            Specifically focusing on your Marketing Plan for 2021 is what we’re most concerned about as a Marketing Agency.

            Even more specifically we want you think think about your lead and customer acquisition strategy for the new year.

             

            Questions We’re Asking

            1. Do you have a Lead Acquisition plan for 2021?
            2. If not, In 2021 are you looking to gain NEW Customers?
            3. If so, Do you currently have a overall / broad marketing plan for 2021?

             

            If you want to bring in new customers next year and don’t have a broad marketing plan for 2021 at all we suggest at a minimum roughing out ideas you have on promoting the business. But if a big part of your strategy is new customer growth then even more important will be your lead acquisition strategy.

             

            Here are the components of a 2021 lead acquisition strategy that you should consider

            • Is your website optimized for search engines (do you rank well for everything you do / sell)?
            • Is your website optimized to convert visitors when they get to your site?
            • Are you actively publishing content / blogs to your website?
            • Are you actively publishing content to your social media channels?
            • Are you actively running ads that target your primary customers to drive them to your website or to the phone?
            • Are you sending out at a minimum monthly emails to your email list?

             

            If you answered No to any of these then your 2021 marketing strategy should turn those No’s to Yes’s.

            Prioritize these to comprehensively attack getting new business.

             

            If You Want to Talk With Us About Your 2021 Marketing Strategy or Have Questions, Call Us at 866-357-7422

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              It’s time to bring in new business if you’re in the print industry!

              We’re seeing a big increase in print quotes and new sales across all of our print customers and we are seeing a Huge Rise in searches in Google for print services and products.

              Now that we see the light here at the end of the COVID pandemic it’s time to kick back into gear and regain the momentum in your business development.

              Watch this short video to learn what’s happening for printers online and learn more about how you can start generating new business here: https://acumenstudio.com/print-industry-digital-marketing/

               

              If You Want to Just Talk to Us Now or Have Questions, Call Us at 866-357-7422

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                We’ve heard this question so many times… “Does Social Media Work for Construction Companies?”.

                It’s a loaded question because the answer is 100% yes, but if certain things aren’t done then it won’t actually work. Let’s talk about what the things are you need to consider as you build out your construction based social media plan.

                Having a plan on who you’re targeting will be extremely important as it will allow you to do things such as pick what social media channels you need to be present on. With each channel you want to present your brand in a way that is engaging, educational and relevant to your audience. Your strategy will focus on picking the right target, giving them the info they are looking for and saying it in a way consistent to how you act as a company. That is why we created these Top 5 Social Media Tips for construction companies to get better engagement, more leads and more sales. 

                 

                Here are the Top 5 Social Media Tips for Construction Companies

                Marketing for Construction companies can be slightly different than it would be for other businesses. Your digital presence has to mimic what you want the community to think of when they here your name or see your trucks driving around town. These are 5 Tips to keep in mind when you are creating your content for social media.

                • Know Your Audience
                • Be Authentic
                • Assessing Competitors
                • Show Images of Your Work
                • Pay to Promote Your Content

                 

                1. Know Your Audience

                It comes down to more than just the people you want to target, your also need to know what they are interested in. You’ll need to research content they are searching for and what types of content are most likely to grab their attention. Knowing your audience well will help you determine how you will write your posts and what type of content (blogs, sell sheets, infographics, video, images, etc.) to share.

                 

                2. Authenticity

                Authenticity is key when it comes to writing content for your social media. Write as though you are speaking the words out loud because that is how the reader will hear it. Be aware of your tone (they way things are said and the words used) and make sure you don’t come off as a drone, monotone, or someone who doesn’t actually care about what they are telling the customer. Setting the tone for your writing will create more engagement as people can “hear” your enthusiasm about your products and services. They’ll want to actually buy from you!

                 

                3. Assessing Competitors

                When you are developing your content strategy for Social Media, make sure you look at what your competitors are doing. How are they presenting their content? What type of content (infographics, images, vidoes, etc. ) are they sharing? Look at the engagement of the different posts and see what is working well for them and what is not. Shares and comments are the best indicators of engagement. The goal of this is not to “copy” what they are doing but to make your strategy stronger from the start. Make sure to look at competitors that are comparable to your size of business too. A young upstart company isn’t going to have the same reach as large companies such as Bechtel Group or Jacobs Engineering Group. 

                 

                4. Show Images & Video of Your Work

                Words are great, but images do a whole lot better when you are working on large scale projects in construction. Take photos of your team on site, projects before and after, short demonstration videos, etc. People want to see what you’re doing and how you are doing it. This builds a level of credibility and grows the consumer confidence in you as a business they’d like to work with.  If you have the capability (and you do if you have a cell phone), take videos of jobs sites and share those as well. 

                 

                5. Pay to Promote Your Content

                Social media is free, but sometimes if you want to get in front of the right customers you have to pay a little. On Facebook for as low as $1 a day you can “boost” a post from your page to increase the amount of individuals it will reach. Then on LinkedIn you can “sponsor” specific posts to do the same. This will increase the number of target customers that are “served” the message and give you more exposure.

                Targeting on a platform like LinkedIn is very accurate and allows you to run ads to only people in a certain area, with specific job titles, in certain industries or that work for named companies.  It’s very powerful!

                 

                Overall the biggest takeaway from these 5 social media tips for construction companies is to be human. Being human and engaging with your audience makes you a more desirable choice for customers. Your online presence sets the tone for developing a level of trust with your target. Since social media is such a huge aspect of society today, it is often found as a deciding factor for many purchasing decisions. People want to work with those who prove they know what they are doing and have a strong reputation online to prove it.

                 

                If You’re Struggling on Exactly Where to Start or Have Questions, Call Us at 866-357-7422

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                  Now that people are getting back to work, businesses are opening back up fully and people are generally ready to move on from the effects of the virus, what should you be doing now to gain momentum from your marketing, generating new leads and more sales online?

                  How to Bounce Back with Marketing Post COVID

                  During the shutdown we took on new clients but spent a lot of time with out existing clients as well amplifying their marketing to ensure they capitalized on the opportunity given to them that the virus created. While business slowed down for many we made sure that our clients gained even more visibility during a time when their competitors pulled back and did less in their marketing.

                  Competitors Are Still Holding Back!

                  This makes now (or technically yesterday) the best time to kick start your online marketing.

                  What Should You Be Doing?

                  The most effective tactics are going to be a combined effort to ensure you get in front of customers who are eager to get back to work as usual and stay ahead of your competition.  A mix of…

                  • SEO
                  • Paid Social Campaigns (such as LinkedIn)
                  • Paid Search
                  • Blogging
                  • and Email

                  … working together are all going to put you miles ahead of the competitors and will have you front and center for customers who need your products and services.

                  It’s as easy as that. #Truth

                   

                  If You’re Struggling on Exactly Where to Start or Have Questions, Call Us at 866-357-7422

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                    This is going to be a very short post because what we are about to say is so simple.

                    Print Companies need to be advertising their capability for the printing of signs for those attending protests and demonstrations.

                    Here are a few ways to get more protest sign sales

                    • Design Unique Graphics for the Signs and share online
                    • Team up with a groups that are demonstrating and donate a portion of sales to their group (they’ll need to funnel sign purchases)
                    • Design & Print demo signs that you can handout for some protesters with a message on one side and your website on the other

                    We get that everyone has their own opinions on what is going on right now and it’s all very sensitive, but the truth is if you want to keep the lights on “you gotta do what you gotta do” and this is a lucrative opportunity.

                     

                    Regardless of what you do you’ll need to promote yourself.  If you can’t do that on your own we can help.

                     

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