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Marketing Checklist: 5 Things You Need to Do Before 2019

 

The PALO Creative office is looking festive nowadays with wreaths, garland and no holiday decoration is complete without lights (Thanks Linda!). Sure, we’re in the holly jolly spirit, but we can’t help but think about 2019. That’s because now’s actually the best time to review all of the data you’ve covered over the past year and start planning a fresh marketing strategy for the new year. 2019 brings new aspirations, new ideas and new goals for your business. Taking a fresh approach with your business strategy can be of great benefit and ensure your reputation is even more trusted in the eyes of consumers.

In addition to planning new and improved marketing tactics for 2019, there are a few steps that involve analyzing, planning and strategizing, of course. So, where do you begin? We’re glad you asked. At PALO, we’ve taken the guesswork out of strategizing with our end-of-year checklist that’s sure to deliver success in the new year.

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Trailex Aluminum Trailers

Trailex had an ecommerce website that was causing two big issues for the company: Customers were having difficulty finding and ordering small parts, and Trailex was losing money by manually calculating shipping on small part orders.

The latter of the two issues just took too much time. The website didn’t automatically calculate shipping on orders of small parts. So, Trailex sales staff would have to communicate back and forth with the customer to determine exactly which part he/she needed, then would manually calculate and process the shipping quote.

PALO solved the problem with a completely integrated ecommerce shopping cart solution that gets live quotes from FedEx. This helps process all transactions in one click rather than several. Credit card information is collected and confirmed when the customer orders a part, and the transaction is processed at the time the order is placed.

The solution also alleviated the headaches with part searchability for the customer. Customers can access an exploded diagram of their model trailer, identify the part they need, and scroll down the page to select the part from a list. Clicking the part automatically adds it to the customer’s shopping cart.

Keeping with the mobile-first approach, PALO designed the website for mobile-friendliness and aesthetics. Trailex primarily serves owners and collectors of exotic cars, so PALO kept those customers in mind when designing a more high profile, high-end website.

Trumbull Manufacturing

While Trumbull Industries’ market and customers are very traditional, a trend toward tablet usage by engineers prompted the company to work with PALO to develop a more mobile-friendly website.

The company’s existing site was loaded with catalog and product information that needed to be reorganized. Because the site wasn’t responsive to different sized screens, it made product spec tables very difficult to read. Spec tables include detailed technical information, including product SKU variations.

Products only had a few photos, if any at all, and images weren’t presented in an organized fashion. Downloadable product materials, including owners manuals, installation instructions, and maintenance information, were usually buried at the bottom of each product page.

PALO worked closely with Trumbull Industries to reformat the entire website and make it mobile-friendly. Product information and spec tables were neatly organized and arranged so they are easier to display on a tablet or mobile phone.

Downloadable information documents are positioned higher on the product page so visitors don’t have to search for them. Each product also has multiple images and drawings organized in a gallery.

PALO employed Trumbull Industries’ comic book branding elements and incorporated them into a complete website theme, including graphics and fonts. Designers ensured to maintain a professional look while keeping the design fun and interesting.

Briarfield: The Inn at Poland Way

As Briarfield planned construction of The Inn at Poland Way, PALO worked to establish the assisted living’s place in the community before shovels broke ground, and to build public awareness so residents were ready to move in when the doors opened.

Media relations played a key role in PALO’s strategy. We worked with Briarfield to arrange a groundbreaking event where Briarfield executives addressed local media, local elected officials and other public administration on their plans.

PALO leveraged the media coverage to build public awareness and keep Poland Way’s development top-of-mind with the primary audience – local residents in need of assisted living and their families. Because the target demographic responds more to traditional marketing tactics, PALO utilized:

Direct Mailers with appropriate messaging and imagery to introduce the audience to The Inn at Poland Way and its assisted living and memory care services.

Billboards with consistent messaging, strategically placed along Route 224 in Boardman and Poland, so residents were always reminded of the forthcoming assisted living.

Continued Media Relations to keep local media advised of Poland Way’s construction progress.

In the days leading up to the grand opening, PALO worked with Briarfield and The Vindicator to create content for a special, 20-page insert for the newspaper. The insert was published with The Vindy’s Sunday edition the week prior to the opening.

PALO coordinated with Briarfield to schedule interviews with staff and residents, and planned, wrote, and edited stories for publication. We also conducted photography sessions after construction of The Inn Poland Way was complete. We worked directly with The Vindicator to ensure all articles and photos were delivered on time to meet the newspaper’s deadline.

The insert ran in conjunction with a press release that went out to all local media.

Once doors were open and residents began moving in, PALO coordinated media events for the grand opening and a blessing of Poland Way’s entrance, great room, residents, and staff. Briarfield invited Monsignor William Connell of Holy Family Parish in Poland to conduct the blessing.

Next Steps
The Inn at Poland Way is moving in residents at its expected rate, and PALO is working with Briarfield to put the final touches on the company’s new website.

The new website gives visitors a completely optimized user experience with:
• Easy navigation
• User-friendly calendars and meal menus for each Briarfield location
• Updated location-specific photos
• Detailed information on location-specific services
• Contact forms to schedule tours and meetings

‘Your Ad Here’ NBA Takes a Shot with Creative Advertising

Ahhh…the end of fall. Leaves have vanished from trees and lawns, the holidays are approaching, and both the drive to and from work consist of complete and utter darkness. That can only mean one thing – basketball season.

If you’re from northeast Ohio, this is likely your favorite time of the year. Not because you enjoy scraping ice and snow off your car, or having to make small talk with great uncle Tony at Thanksgiving.

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Optimize Your Digital Advertising with a Google Partner

Key takeaways:

A Certified Google Partner benefits from feedback, specializations, and direct Google connections

Clients benefit from Google product expertise, precise ad targeting, and optimized ROI…no wasted advertising dollars!

Want better ROI for your digital ad campaign? Roll with a Certified Google Partner.

Here’s a little known secret: business owners don’t care how many businesses are advertising on Google.

We could try to ‘wow’ you with research about the more than 1.2 million businesses advertising on the Google Search network in 2014, and the more than 1 million websites that were part of the Google Ad Display Network that year. Or we could boggle your mind with stats like how Google AdWords served an average of nearly 30 billion impressions daily in 2012, or how Google commanded 31.1% of the global digital advertising market and 40.5% of the global mobile digital advertising market in 2014, or how 82% of total U.S. paid search ad spend in 2015 was with Google.

We could do that. But if you’re a business owner, you likely have no interest in the statistical minutiae of digital advertising. All you care about is how we, your digital ad representatives, will ensure that your customers see your ad ahead of the millions of others.

That being said, you should care if your ad agency is a Certified Google Partner. Continue reading

PALO Helps YNG Airport’s New Flights Take Off!

Nothing breaks up the day-to-day like being on the ground floor of something really special. For PALO Creative, we had the opportunity to promote the launch of daily air service from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport (YNG) in Vienna to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). This is a big deal, as the area has been without daily service since 2002.

Right away we were facing tight deadlines. YNG needed marketing materials ready to go as soon as the flights were approved by the Department of Transportation. Our team hustled to put together ads that directly engaged both leisure and business travelers with a clear message – From Home to Chicago O’Hare, Fly Anywhere. Creative was set to run the moment YNG said “Go!”

We designed a strategy that leveraged the wide-reaching impact of traditional media (newspapers, television, radio, and billboards) with the targeted reach of digital platforms (search ads, website ads, email, and social media). We’re proud to say that the results from the digital ads were some of the best we’ve ever seen with plenty of user engagement.

Keeping the story in the news was vital, and PALO applied a full-court press with press releases and persistent media relations. We worked with YNG to organize several media events, including a large, service announcement press conference, as well as a ribbon-cutting event with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber the day of the inaugural flight. YNG enjoyed extensive coverage in newspapers, as well as on the radio and television, including local TV morning shows.

Of course, we can’t speak for something unless we try it out. PALO had a contingent of four aboard the inaugural flight. We highly recommend it and we can’t wait for our next trip to Chicago from YNG!

Sliced Bread: Marketing the Greatest Thing

The greatest thing since sliced bread

For years, we have praised the pinnacle of human achievement with these words. But how did something as simple and practical as sliced bread become the measuring stick of innovation?

Human beings have produced and eaten bread for thousands of years, but sliced bread has only been around since 1928. In fewer than 100 years, it has become a mainstay on grocery shelves and in our homes. Since it was first introduced in July, we’re taking a look at the history of the invention that made sliced bread possible, and the marketing efforts that made it a success.

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Taste-makers Like DiRusso’s Trust PALO To Make Sites Sizzle

When we think of great taste and Youngstown, we think of DiRusso’s Real Italian Sausage! But DiRusso’s great taste doesn’t end with their delicious products. As community leaders and true local entrepreneurs, DiRusso’s discerning tastes extend to their marketing as well. Enter PALO Creative. This responsive, CMS-driven site includes tons of special features like a store locator, full data-driven product catalog, tag-powered, responsive photo galleries, a recipe database that you can dynamically tweak serving sizes, and much more. PALO worked closely with the management staff at DiRusso’s to create a showcase for their products that will last. Congratulations to DiRusso on the launch of the biggest thing since Youngstown’s home for real Italian sausage.

New Website Electrifies Leads for B&J Electric of Poland, Ohio

B&J Electric of Poland, Ohio came to PALO looking for a fresh new look that fit with their growing business goals. We gave them an economical CMS-based solution that was responsive, loaded with great content, and keeps with their brand standards. The subpages with their engaging styling make this site live and breath, and we here at PALO couldn’t be prouder at the amount of traffic and leads B&J’s new site is driving for them! Nice job, Team PALO!

Budweiser/America: Patriotism or Pandering?

Budweiser: This Beer was Made for you and me

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Source: Budweiser

Starting this week, Budweiser will roll out limited edition ‘America’ labels, temporarily renaming its signature beer. Social media has been buzzing over the campaign since it was announced, and while the conversation has been a bit divisive, is that necessarily a bad thing? Continue reading

Rob Talks Super Bowl Ads on 21-WFMJ

Which Super Bowl Commercial was Your Favorite?

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From singing Super Bowl babies to ‘puppymonkeybaby’, last night’s Super Bowl commercials gave us plenty to talk about. Check out Rob’s take on what hit and what missed on Monday’s WFMJ Today morning show!

Watch Part 1 & Part 2