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Small Business Spotlight – Origin USA

Today is Denim Day, but we’re taking a look at a company that does more than just denim. 

Origin USA – Handcrafted in America, Without Compromise. 

That says a lot right there. Even before we had to deal with shipping delays and countries shutting down, they had a vision of bringing manufacturing back to the USA. Starting with an industrial loom that was barely suitable for a museum, they used American ingenuity to build something, literally, from the ground up, using cotton grown in America for their products.

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Small Business Support

Businesses are having to close their doors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your business into hibernation. Many businesses have transitioned to work remotely, but what if your business has a hands-on or in-person product/service? 

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How Much Marketing Can You Get for $1?

How Much Marketing Can You Get for $1?

*This article contains pricing that is accurate as of 1/3/20, prices subject to change. Some prices are estimates, you may pay more or less depending on the size of your project.

Not much. But seriously, if you have a limited budget, it’s hard to tell what’s the best use of your money. Do you need a website overhaul, or can you get by with a few Facebook ads? Depending on your budget and your needs, the options are limitless. Let’s break things down to make it easier for you to understand what you can do with your money.

After filing the paperwork and creating a business plan, you’ll need to market your business. At the bare minimum, you’ll need a logo, a Facebook business page, and a website.

A quality logo inspires customers who don’t already know you. It helps them believe you’re going to deliver something of quality. Your logo should represent your business and use appropriate fonts and colors while being flexible for use in different formats. A logo will make the first impression for your business, so make sure it’s a good one.

With most people on Facebook, it’s a great place to spread the word for your business. Spend some time writing content that others will find valuable, post some interesting or entertaining pictures and grow your followers. It’s also a great place for people to see what hours you’re open and where you’re located.

A website adds a level of legitimacy that gives people an impression of your business. Customers are able to see what you offer and get a better understanding of your business. A website is more than an online brochure, done right, it can be your best salesperson, working 24 hours a day.

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Year-End Review

This article contains links to outside businesses used and recommended by VantagePoint Marketing. These are businesses we believe in and want to support, we receive no compensation for providing these recommendations.

As the holidays wrap up and the year comes to an end, it’s a good time to take a step back and review your business performance from 2019. Now’s the time to wrap up any loose ends and prepare to start the year strong! Set aside an hour or two each day for a week or so to take a serious look at your business.

With the wins and losses fresh in your mind, it’s the perfect time to recap what worked and what didn’t. Don’t get discouraged if you tried something and it didn’t get the results you expected. Turn the rough patches into learning experiences and create something positive from them. Go into the process with a positive mindset, detached from personal feelings, with a desire to make your business better.

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Know Your Audience

The best way to connect with your customers is to have a clear understanding of who they are. What challenges do they face? What are their goals and desires? How do they see themselves? Being able to answer these questions with more than a vague idea is extremely helpful in business.

You can hire a marketing agency to do in-depth research, or you can put in a little time and effort to figure it out on your own. It might seem like a difficult task to wrap your head around, but here are some easy steps to get you started.

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You’re a Leader! (Now What?)

“Everyone can lead because everyone can serve.”

– James Strock

Leadership is one of the most important aspects of a business. Without leadership, things don’t get done. Leadership doesn’t have a title, people with authority aren’t necessarily real leaders, and there are real leaders who don’t have authority. All it takes is someone willing to step forward and get things done. If you’ve started your own business, congratulations, you’re a leader. Unfortunately, leadership isn’t as simple as the push of a button, it’s a constant balancing act.

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