Connect with us

Entrepreneurship

7 Marketing Solutions Essential for Boosting Your Brand

Published

on

With digital marketing being the norm, it’s easy to drift away from the physical advertising of old. Many have pointed to physical marketing, however, as still being a valuable resource for one’s brand.

Marketing solutions

While we may be mesmerized by our phone screens, we have also been desensitized to online ads, so when we see a stunning display, it breaks our digital concentration and more emphatically captures our attention.

If you’re having doubts on how to implement physical marketing into your business, let BannerBuzz help you through the process. BannerBuzz provides custom displays using the latest, cutting edge print technology operated by the industry’s most highly skilled professionals.

BannerBuzz boasts over 5,000 products spread across a wide variety of categories. Let’s take a moment to learn about what makes some of their top selling items marketing must-haves.

Banners

An outstanding banner is the easiest and most effective way to communicate a message. Whether you’re marketing your business, displaying for events, or announcing sales, hanging premium-quality banners at key locations will ensure that your target market won’t miss your messaging. When equipped with durable materials, such as PVC flex and polyester, banners can withstand long-term use both indoors and outdoors.

Banners offered at BannerBuzz include 720 DPI eco-solvent printing, which generates vivid graphics. Meanwhile, 1000 DPI UV printing adds fade resistance to a clear, color-matched banner.

Banner Stands

Banner stands

While a banner can display a compelling message, oftentimes they need structural support in order to be positioned in an intriguing way. That’s why it can be best to pair your banner with a banner stand. There are many reasons why this marketing tool has stood the test of time. Banner stands are multifaceted and perfect for any offline banner advertising. They will display your banners at a raised level to generate optimal visibility while providing an easy portability.

Banner stands are available in different styles such as X-stands, L-shape stands, Silverstep floor stands, and tabletop stands, all with stylish designs that will attract anyone to your storefront or event.

Step & Repeats

Step & repeat

If you’re looking for a reliable display for important events that leads customers to engage with your brand, there is no better option than a step & repeat. With social media being such an integral force in all facets of life and business, your audience is looking for a photo op wherever they go. BannerBuzz makes sure to only use long lasting, top grade materials for their step & repeats

Step & Repeats consist of a polyester, wrinkle free fabric that remains picture-ready. This material is also non-reflective, making photos taken clear and glare-free. If you’re using these backdrops outdoors, available lamination will provide abrasion and chemical resistance as well as color protection.

Canopies

Canopies

A must-have tool for event advertising, custom canopy tents provide shade for you and your audience while also delivering ample space to brand your business. Print your logo and messaging on the canopy top and trim as well as the back wall and even side walls if your canopy includes them.

The weatherproof pop-up tents available at BannerBuzz are paired with aluminum frames and telescopic legs, making the product last through a number of important events. Outside of advertising, canopies can be used as a camping tent, emergency medical tent, or gazebo marquee. No matter the purpose of this versatile tool, BannerBuzz will fit your needs with several blank canopy tents that are fully customizable.

To utilize your canopy for a number of specific events., try grabbing a few different tent toppers to serve as replacements and include hook-and-loop fasteners, ensuring a quick set up. Keep a look out for models with adjustable heights for added convenience.

Custom Flags

For a traditional, yet extremely effective way to advertise, make use of custom flags that showcase offerings and messages strategically with ease. When paired with high-resolution graphics, flags present a professional appeal that resonates with a vast number of businesses. The state-of-the-art printing at BannerBuzz generates full-color illustrations that leave a lasting impression on people who encounter your flag.

The flag’s synthetic material makes for smooth color variations for both practical and aesthetic additions to your establishment. The flags at BannerBuzz can be customized by color and size as well as options for single sided and double sided printing.

The beauty of flags is not only their inherent importance throughout history, but also their versatility. This marketing tool looks great when communicating via a logo, a marketing message, or even a personal identity.

Signs & Decals

Store sign

When communicating a message, whether it be for marketing or compliance, you will require a display that is visually stimulating and demands attention. Both signs and decals provide this, with the difference being in implementation. While signs are made from a variety of sturdy material and mainly stuck to the ground or hung from a firm surface, decals are like stickers, made of a thin material and able to be presented on most any clean, smooth surface.

Many signs and decals come with a reflective film that catches light effectively to improve your display’s nighttime readability. Both of these tools provide you with a promotional or decorating method that suits your brand, business, or message. The forms that signs and decals take beat out any other form of display, including:

  • Acrylic Signs
  • Yard Signs
  • Aluminum Street Signs
  • Window Clings
  • Car Decals
  • Floor Decals

At BannerBuzz, there are many ways to acquire the signage you need for your business. You can use a design tool to edit any of their templates with your preferred images and text. Other options include uploading your own artwork or hiring their design team for a one-of-a-kind display.

Table Covers & Displays

When decorated with eye-catching text and graphics, tabletop covers can bring flair to any event set up. This addition will not only give a touch of professionalism to your tables, but when utilized at a trade show, allows you to raise awareness about your brand’s products or services. Covers serve a practical purpose as well, protecting your table against scratches and abrasions.

Covers make for a perfect resting place for branding materials such as business cards, stationary, mugs, etc. For your next conference, job expo, or trade fair, get your table covered with a display made from durable, synthetic materials.

The vast majority of table covers, like those BannerBuzz provides, support machine washing and ironing, so your staff can easily keep them in pristine condition. The displays at BannerBuzz also dry fast and endure rainfall and sunlight, so thriving at outdoor events is fully within your reach.

Entrepreneurship

Eight Types of Company Missions These Entrepreneurs Think Are Vastly Overrated

Published

on


What’s one example of a common company mission that you think is overrated, and why? What should replace it?

Company mission

These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year, and have created tens of thousands of jobs. Learn more at yec.co.

1. Statements That Mention Being the ‘Best’

The missions that correspond to being the “best” are generic and overrated. Being the best there is at what you do is the pinnacle of success. If you get there, what’s next? Businesses don’t grow when they pursue excellence. They grow by making mistakes, learning from experiences and doing better next time. So, seeking continuous improvement can be a good replacement.

Jared Atchison, WPForms

2. Missions That Aren’t Measurable

Generally speaking, any mission statement that isn’t measurable can cause problems for your business. If you can’t track your progress, your statement is nothing more than words on paper (or a screen). People are more willing to get behind mission statements that focus on tangible long-term goals or aspirations.

John Brackett, Smash Balloon LLC

3. Statements That Could Apply to Any Company

Many mission statements contain generic terms that could apply to almost anyone. A common example is “We provide the highest quality service,” which is an admirable goal but doesn’t really tell you anything about what they stand for or how they deliver it. Terms such as “integrity,” “excellence” and “industry leaders” are similar. It’s better to pinpoint something more specific that you deliver.

Kalin Kassabov, ProTexting

4. Phrases About Pursuing Excellence

“We pursue excellence” is generic and overrated — not to mention, the definition of achieving excellence may vary from one person to another. What will be the metric for achieving excellence? No one knows, as not everyone in your company is on the same page. So, replacing this mission with measurable indicators like sign-ups, conversions and other growth metrics would be a good idea.

Stephanie Wells, Formidable Forms

Developing mission statement

5. Missions That Mention ‘Social Impact’

Many companies use the phrase “social impact” in their mission statement, but the impact is rarely evident. For example, a clothing store may mention that it is committed to helping women in poverty, but it will still charge the same amount for its T-shirts. Instead of writing a mission statement, a company should inform customers about how they are helping the world.

Vikas Agrawal, Infobrandz

6. Missions That Call for Perfection

Nothing is perfect! I’d rather see a mission that pushes others to embrace imperfection and to strive harder to be better every day, knowing that there is such a thing as a bad day. The best thing we can do is to stop aiming for perfection and just be better than yesterday.

Daisy Jing, Banish

7. Statements That Don’t Mention Your Industry or Purpose

I think mission statements that don’t directly mention your industry or what your business does can do more harm than good. Failure to mention these details makes your message seem more like a fluff piece than an actual long-term goal for your brand. Instead, brand leaders should focus specifically on how their company will help the industry evolve.

John Turner, SeedProd LLC

8. Missions That Lack Connection

Companies should be able to use their mission statement to connect with their target audience. However, I have seen a lot of companies create mission statements that are too broad and generic. For example, “Helping businesses grow” is far too generic and does not connect with anyone. However, if it was “Helping small businesses grow with our marketing services,” it would connect better.

Sujay Pawar, Astra

Continue Reading

Entrepreneurship

Want to Start a Business? Read This First for a Reality Check!

Published

on

Are you going to start a business and looking for some ideas and tips? Well, you are reading the right blog post, as I will tell you what you might not want to hear, but at the same time, I will give you some reasons why you want to start a business you love – with the right mindset.

Thinking entrepreneur

I’ve heard some cynical comments about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship; one comment says that entrepreneurs are, well, becoming one because they simply can’t get a real job. Another one says that entrepreneurs are a group of people who use their parents and/or everyone else’s money to start a business and have fun with it without thinking of returning any of it.

Some say that entrepreneurship is easy – just get a product people want and sell it for a profit. Right. Some say that entrepreneurship is overrated – you won’t make more than a decent paid job. Right.

It’s sad, really… those naysayer just don’t realise that entrepreneurs and small business are two of the most prominent factors that make the economy moving. Just ask the mentors and experts about what a community could do if small business is not supported by the Government: Crippled. Then the butterfly effect kicks in, and eventually the whole economy of a nation is brought down just because investors, entrepreneurs and business owners are not well-supported.

Yet successful entrepreneurs thrive despite all the unfavourable policies, the naysayer’s boos and jeers, and the non-supportive friends and family, who laugh at their ideas of starting a business out of their garage.

If you are considering entrepreneurship, are you ready for such pressure? You will somehow face people who question your decision jumping into the entrepreneurship bandwagon. The worse part is, those who doubt you often your closest ones – your spouse, your parents, your friends…

Are you ready?

Startups are not for the faint-hearted

We can’t deny the fact that many startups are bound to fail. Well, did you know why many startups fail? There are thousands of reasons, but one of the reasons that I think as the main cause of startup failures is false hopes.

If you are thinking of running a business as traveling all over the world at will, riding a limo sipping champagne, or doing whatever you like in your pajamas or swimming suit – I apologise, but I need to pop your balloon.

Stop dreaming. Start looking into the reality. Entrepreneurship is not easy and if you don’t have what it takes to get a business launched and navigate your vessel through the storm, you’d better get a job.

Entrepreneurship requires to be able to juggle and decide on many things: Balancing your work-life; deciding from many strategic options; choosing between a list of suppliers; and so on. Initially, you need to be able to wear many “hats” – bookkeeping/administrative, marketing, development, production, procurement, and so on.

You need to be open-minded and be prepared for open-ended outcome of your decisions; you need to be ready for any circumstances requiring you to re-focus and re-strategise in the middle of your plan.

And those perks you are having while working for a boss, you don’t have them when you are an entrepreneur: Paid leave, managed retirement planning, and so on. You are literally on your own, supporting yourself with your own resources.

Whether you are a solopreneur or the owner of multi-business ventures employing thousands of staffs while running yours while having fun doing so (like what Sir Branson is doing,) “hard work,” “perseverance” and “delayed gratification” are three of the main “keywords” defining all what entrepreneurs are doing.

Indeed, entrepreneurs are hard worker and passionate about their business. What keep them going is their passion for what they do and their love for everything entrepreneurship, starting up and business ownership.

Entrepreneur dealing with self-doubt
photo credit: Andrea Piacquadio / Pexels

If startup is so difficult, why people are doing it?

Yes, this question is asked by many who are interested in entrepreneurship. This question might be your question.

It’s a fair question: With all the hurdles you need to take on if you are plunging yourself into entrepreneurship, why bother starting up?

There are many answers, but if you asked me, my answer would be this: I love this game.

I love the search of business ideas. I love the many sleepless nights working on my business to see it grows steadily. I love the possibility for me to create something useful for the community – while giving me the lifestyle and financial independent I want for my family. I love the ups and downs of running a business – sure, failing sucks, but I can learn a great deal from it personally and professionally.

I wouldn’t trade what I am doing right now (work at home, surrounded by the people I love) with any high-paying jobs requiring me to work 12 hours a day or more; I love the freedom money can’t buy. I love a business that is built around my lifestyle, not the other way around.

Of course, I don’t love ALL aspects of my business: I don’t fancy the back office operations – bookkeeping, administrative and so on – but you can always hire someone competent to do those for you 🙂

Takeaway

Indeed, entrepreneurship is one of the most risky careers of all. Well, if you want safety and security, just get a job. But if you love the unknowns and embrace risks, entrepreneurship is a path worth walking; it’s rewarding in every sense – financially and emotionally.

So, now you know some facts about entrepreneurship. I do hope you can start a business with the right mindset; I also hope you start your journey with humility; being passionate without arrogance; taking calculated risks, not gambling; eagerness to help others when you have finally reached the top; acknowledging the fact that without God and those people around you – friends, family, fellow entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, etc. – you won’t go far.

Dream big. Start small. Just do it, seriously!

Continue Reading

Entrepreneurship

Measuring the Health of Your Personal Finances

Published

on

Measuring the health of your personal finances can be as simple as evaluating four simple parts about your personal finances including the way that your money is spent and the methods that you are employing to prepare yourself for the future. Use these aspects to take an evaluation of your personal finance situations and begin to learn the techniques required to up the health of your personal finances.

Borrow money

How Much do you Owe?

It is important to determine how much money that you owe in debts. The importance of the total number is sometimes surpassed by the interest rates and terms at which the debt has been accumulated. Are you facing a cycle of debt living paycheck to paycheck and using additional sources of credit to repay outstanding debts? It is important to take a plan to get out of the cycle of debt; if you have found yourself becoming overwhelmed.

Establishing a solid repayment plan that includes fifteen percent of the income, every single month to the debts in the order of most expensive to least expensive is techniques that all debtors should take into account.

Are You Living Paycheck to Paycheck?

Are you unable to find room within the budget to establish a savings account and find all of your money being spent before it reaches your pocketbook? If so, than you are more than likely one of the thousands of consumers that are living paycheck to paycheck – and this is an unhealthy indicator of your finances.

Attack your debt with a solid plan and find ways to increase your income to establish a savings account to increase the health of your finances. Use strict budgeting skills for at least one month to establish a little wiggle room in the personal financial situation and get out of the trap of living paycheck to paycheck.

Impulsive shopping is bad spending habit

Are You Spending More than You Earn?

Living outside or above your means can often be an indicator that sometime in the future the finances will be in jeopardy. When a consumer spends more than they make, this money must come from somewhere. Many people use credit to cover the shortfalls in income, which can lead to drastic mistakes being made in the finances and debt being accumulated faster than the consumer realizes. One day, many consumers wake up and realize that they are shocked to living within their means as they have run out of credit.

Go over your finances and create a budget that allows you to spend less than you earn to increase your financial health.

Have you Established a Savings Account?

An emergency fund or savings account is an essential part of the health of your finances as it in part determines the security of your future.

A savings account should be established with at least ten percent of the income every single month, which should be deposited into a high interest savings account. This money can provide an alternative to credit card use and earn money rather than charging the consumer money through the use of expensive credit cards.

Experts recommend that individuals and families have three to six months of expenses saved within the emergency fund to become truly financially healthy. Does this inspire to you start saving?

Continue Reading

Trending