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Marketing Mondays - Free Press

How many of us check our smartphones for the news of the day, scroll through Facebook and Twitter for updates on world affairs, or use Yelp to find a restaurant recommendation?

Marketing Mondays - Creating Your Own Awards Season

Do you know someone local who deserves recognition? Or, do you think you’re worthy of an award? Why not create an annual award and encourage submissions while also applying for awards you feel would bring attention to your business?

Marketing Mondays - Creative Merchandising: It’s New to You

How do we keep up with creative merchandising when things are moving around so quickly?

Marketing Mondays - How Pinterest Can Propel Independent Retailers

Pinterest, the popular social media platform that lets "pinners" organize, collect, and share things they find interesting, is also a key marketing platform for independent retailers—one you should be using on a daily basis. How exactly does Pinterest translate into sales? According to Shopify, 93% of Pinterest users use the platform to plan for purchases and the average order is $50, higher than any other major social media platform.

Marketing Mondays - Go Big or Go Home

I’m a big proponent of offering something very large (physically) or very expensive in your gift and home shop at all times, but especially during the holiday season. Why? Because there are always customers looking for something very special, unique, and one-of-a-kind, even in shops that are focused on one-of-a-kind gifts.

At this late stage in the holiday season, though, how do you offer something big if you don’t already have it in stock?