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Experiential marketing is a big way to get your audience's attention. In the past, it was something only big brands did. But now mom and pop businesses are getting involved and realize it doesn't have to cost a lot of money to give your customers a memorable experience. The return-on-investment is quite high with experiential marketing because people remember experiences. They share them and they write reviews based on them. If you want to improve your sales and get more people talking about your business,

Nearly all businesses experience the cyclical doldrums. For many, that's the end of January or February when the weather is bad and no one wants to go out. But regardless of when your slow time is, it's never a good time for the small business owner, no matter how predictable. Here are several ideas to increase sales during your traditionally slow times.

Today, as a business professional, you're expected to give a certain amount of your knowledge away for free. It's simply the professional standard. While we can argue whether you should do this or not, the truth is much of your competition is probably already offering free content and other benefits of their knowledge. If you don't do the same, you will lose out.

Podcasting requires a time commitment. To create a successful podcast you need to make content available on a regular schedule. The most heavily followed podcasts come out on a predictable timeframe and listeners expect that content.

Log on to social media or do a search online and notice how many different challenges there are out there. There are weight loss challenges, exercise challenges, being present challenges, even savings challenges. Challenges are a very hot commodity these days as people want a quick-hit solution to their problems. They’re good for the person attempting them but they’re an even better for the business creating them.

Email subject lines are one of the most important things to master because they directly affect your open rate. And more opens means more possible action. They can’t do what you’re asking if they don’t open your email. The average open rate for emails is between 15-25%. If you're above 25% you have a great open rate. But let's assume you wanted to get even better.

Storytelling makes for amazing marketing because people don't realize they're being marketed to. They're pulled into the story. They develop an emotional attachment to your business and they stick around for the resolution. Good storytelling casts your customers as the heroes of their stories. You want their successes and triumphs to be told because you want potential customers to hear the stories and think that they can do those things too.

Most marketers these days will tell you that the most convincing way to write your web copy is to solve a problem for your audience. You cannot expect your audience to read your site or watch your videos and guess whether you're good for them or not. Instead, you need to connect the dots for them. You have to be exceptionally clear of the solution you provide and it has to be the answer to the problem they're struggling with.

Utilizing a social media guide is the best way to ensure a successful social media presence for your business. Consistency is key as it helps your audience recognize you and paints a much more effective picture of your business. Even if you have one poster responsible for all your social media activity, creating a social media guide will ensure that you can continue posting in the most effective way if they were to leave the job tomorrow.

Are you dissatisfied with the number of customers that you have? No, this isn't some sort of infomercial selling a sales technique. The number of customers you have, or lack thereof, may be directly attributable to something you are or aren't doing, not because your business isn’t viable. No blaming here. I'm simply saying there could be a quick resolution to getting you more customers. Read the post for a few ideas.