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Creating a strong brand is one of the most important things you can do for your company — whether that be getting a bold, recognizable logo designed, pumping out extra social media posts, or having an amazing website designed. Brand awareness is one of the key components to having a successful business. Here are a few ways a marketing agency can work with you to improve brand awareness. 

photography

When it comes to improving your online presence, there are a lot of things to fit into the budget. In the moment, professional photography may seem like one of the first things to cut in order to save money. After all, you could take photos yourself or use stock photos instead. 

Not so fast. 

The truth is professional photography can be a great asset for effectively marketing your business. No matter what industry you are in or what products or services you are selling, professional photography is an expense that is worth it! 

Here's why you should consider it:

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Social media can be one of the most useful tools when it comes to marketing. Billions of users around the world come together on a variety of platforms to share thoughts, memories, news, products, and more! Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn are all places to share information with the audience you are trying to reach. If you are an individual or business looking for more engagement on these platforms, the information below may come in handy for you.

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This is probably one of the hardest blog posts I have ever written. Well, mentally preparing to write it was the challenge - actually putting the words down was pretty easy, because I’ve learned a LOT from being an Account Manager at Addison Clark. In case you haven’t heard yet – today is my last day at AC. I’m not just leaving for any old reason; I’ve discovered a new dream to become a nurse. I start school in August, and since it’s a full-time program, I had to make a tough decision. It’s weird leaving a job and people that you love for something new and unknown, especially when you’re a creature of habit and pretty set in your normal patterns and routines. But I have to say, I’m excited for this new journey!

Before I leave, I wanted to share some of the things that I have learned about being an Account Manager over the past seven years in this position. Hopefully, I can pass on some knowledge to a future Account Manager (AM) and give our clients some insight on what I’ve actually been doing all these years!

copywriting

Making sure the content on your business's website accurately reflects your brand and speaks to your target audience is often easier said than done; however, it is one of the most important things you can do on your website. 

A professional copywriter can capture your audience's attention quickly with content that's structured in a clear and persuasive flow, while accurately echoing the voice of your brand. If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the pressure of writing content for your business, then you know how invaluable a professional copywriter can be! That said, no matter the skill of the copywriter, there are a few things you can do to help in the content creation process. 

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The days may be hot and half your office may be on vacation, but that doesn't mean your marketing should cool off in the summer. While there is typically a bit of lag in sales during the summer season, that doesn't mean you want your customers to forget about you. 

Here are a few things you can do to stay top of mind with customers in the summer months:

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What do you do at Addison Clark?
I am an account manager at Addison Clark which means I help curate the best client experience possible while delivering killer marketing strategies. 

What's your favorite thing about your job? 
CREATIVITY. Can't live without it. There is something about being in an openly creative space that makes you feel alive!

What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people are disengaged in a social setting because they are staring at their phone. Don't be that person. 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am a Richmond girl through and through. You can catch me at any rooftop spot (HofGarden is my go-to), stuffing my face at Pizza Beer Richmond, enjoying local concerts, and certainly happy hours on Main Street, always with the best friends!

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Posting on your social media platforms is a great way to spread the word about your company, what you offer, any specials you may be running, etc. But why is it important to create content and post often? Great question.

Social media content helps your business curate an online audience who may engage by liking, sharing, or even commenting on your post. In order to create quality content, you need to have a purpose or a message you are trying to get across. Start by brainstorming and creating a content calendar — this way you'll be able to plan out some posts in advance and see exactly what type of content you will be sharing. If you're stumped on what type of content to post on social media, find things that relate to your brand and mission. Stay on top of current events, holidays, and make sure your content is geared towards supporting your message.

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Pay-per-click advertising, also known as PPC, is popular among small businesses who want to increase their brand awareness and sales. There are many advantages, as well as some disadvantages when it comes to PPC. The most important thing is to make sure you have the time and resources to dedicate to a PPC strategy in order for it to be effective. 

seo vs ppc

The decision to invest in a search engine optimization (SEO) strategy or pay-per-click (PPC) marketing — or both simultaneously — depends on the state of your business and specific marketing goals. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. However, there are a few universal truths about SEO and PPC that can inform your decision.

PPC produces faster results while SEO is a long-term strategy.

With PPC marketing, your business can be visible on Page 1 of Google within days. It is a fast way to gain visibility above-the-fold since paid search results are shown above organic results on search engines like Google. On the other hand, gaining optimal rankings in organic search can take some time. In fact, a new website can expect 6-12 months to achieve decent rankings in organic search results. Search engine optimization is certainly not an overnight process. So, why even bother?

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