Are you an independent boutique retail small business owner looking to take advantage of the power of email marketing? You’re not alone! Email is by far one of the most effective ways to reach your target audience and drive sales. But with so many myths out there it can be hard to know when something is true or false. Today, we’re going to help debunk five common myths about email marketing and show why using this tool as part of your digital marketing strategy can maximize ROI for your business. Myth: Email is no longer effective False! Email marketing […]
Email: Still Relevant in 2023?
Email marketing is still relevant and an incredibly important part of any successful business strategy in 2023. Despite the numerous advances in digital marketing, email remains a powerful tool to help businesses reach their customers, build relationships, and increase sales. Email in 2023 The key to successful email marketing in 2023 lies in understanding how consumer behavior and preferences have changed over time. In recent years, users have become more selective about the types of emails they receive. They want personalized content that is relevant to their interests and needs. Segmentation and dynamic content This means that as a small […]
Why are Social Media Trends Important to Retail?
Do you find yourself asking this question when a new trend pops up every 5 minutes (it seems)? Social media trends evolve constantly, whether we’re talking about the tech or how the consumer consumes it. The trick is to be discerning as to which trends we adopt and which we leave for someone else to pick up. The point of social media for business is to gain exposure and build trust with our ideal client. If the current trend you’re considering does that, then great! But how do we know? Start Here Here’s a few questions to ask yourself […]
Is It Time To Refresh Your Retail Hashtags?
If you’re anything like me, you love time-saving hacks. One time-saver that comes in handy is Planoly, my social media planner. Inside, I can store my hashtags by post category, which makes it convenient to add hashtags to my posts. Unfortunately, it’s easy to keep using the same ol’ hashtags over and over. This practice will stagnate your reach, keep you from finding new people, and, worst of all, alert Instagram to your repetitive posts. They don’t reward monotonous use of the same hashtags with more reach. If this is you, then it’s time to refresh your hashtags. How you […]
Pinterest Predictions 2022
Ever wish you could look into a crystal ball and know what your customer is thinking or wanting next? This might be the closest thing! It’s time for Pinterest’s annual compilation of predictions called Pinterest Predicts. The predictions are based on the most popular searches on the platform. It’s like a virtual window into the minds of its users. The topics range from fashion to vacations to personal space renos and more. Below are just a few of the categories I think will be of interest to the women’s retail boutiques with whom I usually work. Each of the titles […]
Pick One Platform and Master It
We all know that social media is an essential part of any business’s marketing strategy, but choosing which platform can get confusing for any of us. If you find yourself sprinkling content here and there, jumping from one hot platform to another, and not getting the traction you desire, it could be that you’re spread too thin and perhaps don’t know enough about any of the platforms to maximize their features. If any of this sounds familiar, then try this: focus on one platform that your ideal customer uses most (even if you don’t personally prefer it) and once you’ve […]
Holiday Video Ideas for Boutiques
This holiday season people are looking to social media more than ever for inspiration whether it’s for holiday decorating (guilty!) or holiday shopping (also guilty!). If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’ve heard me say creating video for social media is a priority. In fact, the head of Instagram posted this video recently letting us know the platform is no longer just a photo sharing app. So let’s make sure your content has the best chance of rising to the top! It’s important to have a strategy when planning and creating your marketing content. If you […]
4 Ways To Delight & Serve Your Customers During The Holidays
The 2020 holiday season is shaping up to be the most innovative with people getting together in smaller groups, zooming their gift exchanges and shopping online more than ever. During the shutdown many independent retailers built shopable websites and increased their social media activity. With all that in place, how can you best serve your customers this holiday season? What problems can you solve for her? How can you add value to her daily experience? Who can she cross off her list at your shop? Your marketing (read email and social media) should be filled with gift inspiration for the […]
Facebook Group Shopping Events
If there’s one good thing coming out of this world event it’s how various industries are creatively leveraging technology during this period of social distancing. From Doctors diagnosing patients via video calls, to fitness studios offering live or prerecorded classes. Which got me to thinking about my retail accounts and how they, as in you, could also benefit from using technology in a new way to drive sales. Did you know that when you post in a Facebook group everyone in the group gets notified? And when you go Live all the members in your group get notified too? Having […]
Virtual Window Shopping
Remember walking around the mall just to see what was there? Checking out window after window in the shop fronts or strolling your “Main Street” and checking out what was in the shop windows? If you’ve been in business long enough you probably remember a time when customers or potential customers did just that and then wandered on in. What’s changed? Where did some of those folks go? There are a few theories floating around like they’re all shopping online or brick and mortar retail is dead. Both of those are myths. By most estimates, 90% of shopping is still […]