I like listening and that’s interesting coming from someone who also loves to talk. Still working on the listening thing and being in a profession (marketing & business strategy) that has more than it’s share of talkers, I can say we all have a lot of work to do.
Wait, what the heck is Pinterest exactly and why should I care? A valid question, one I found myself asking a few weeks back, it seems like there is always another “hot” social media site springing up somewhere that is going to suck even more time and effort out of your day. I am here [...]
Getting the Brand Plan together A client who is developing a new company came to FirstTracks Marketing’s President Greg Connolly to get their brand plan in shape. Why? Isn’t it OK to hit the ground running with all the great tools like clever ads, social media buzz, spiffy new website and a catalog or two to [...]
For assisted living homes, independent living facilities and nursing homes, effectively marketing your business can be difficult. When reliance on word-of-mouth is all you’ve got the stream of potential residents can run dry quickly. Granted, having people out there recommending your facility is fabulous but is that enough? How do you influence the “deciders” and [...]
The Temkin Group just published its list of top customer service companies based on a Functional, Accessible and Emotional criteria. Amazon came out on top and interestingly Apple came out 79th! The industry is a buzzin with comments
We received an email from a client today full of thank yous and atta boys along with the comment in bold, “Marketing Works”. We all love applause but what really got me was the last thing she said. “we have added 3 new residents” Ah, the REALLY REALLY important measurement is always Da Monies (thank [...]
The Twitter network is massive and millions of people use it every day to do research, get answers, connect with friends and monitor information. Here is a practical example of how I used Twitter for customer service. And how you could be using it to make your Assisted Living Facility or business much more accessible to a very large audience of users quite easily.
Ever been to a busy hospital lobby or department waiting area? We all have, and what are we seeing when we’re there? Many times it’s not something that’s related to why we’re there. The latest local photographer exhibit or expensive art work that looks like it should be in a museum may be soothing but [...]
Unlike years ago, today’s healthcare consumers are much more savvy and are playing an increasingly active role in the selection of their healthcare providers, including specialists. Hospitals need to be proactive in relationship building with their patients. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways for hospitals to reach out directly to patients is through [...]
Exactly two months ago FirstTracks launched the new e-commerce site for 2Toms. The new website featured design and programming updates that have created a hub of active sports enthusiast’s information integrated with relevant product offerings. The launch of the new site raised their Hubspot website grade 33 points from a 60 to a 93! This [...]
Are you using Twitter yet? Have you set up an account but still don’t know what to do with it? Still looking for a good reason to really apply some time to this social media platform to start connecting with your customers and friends? We use Twitter for business every day here at FirstTracks. We [...]
Is your on line presence all about you? Though we are all fascinating creatures with a wealth of interests blah, blah, blah, the point is that yes, we are ALL interesting in one way or another but is that what people are looking for in their on-line searches?
Can one person change a corporate giant? I’m sure that Heinz was well aware of the shortcomings of their individual ketchup packets. Who hasn’t complained about them? But now we, yes “We the People”, have the capability and the power to be heard like never before. Matt Kurtz thinks so.
You can buy attention (advertising) You can beg for attention from the media (PR) You can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales) Or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free: a YouTube video, a blog, a research report, photos, a Twitter [...]
Below are 8 crucial questions that were posted today by one of my favorite marketing authors Seth Godin. I felt this would be a productive exercise this morning to go through and post our answers to these questions here on our blog and invite others to share their thoughts about this. We are curious to [...]
How we work with you depends on your needs. Each company we work with is unique and we take the time to understand what makes your company successful and how we can help make it better. If you don’t yet have a marketing strategy in place, we help you put together a plan that will [...]