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Monday Morning Coffee With Alchemy Tea

Alchemy. It’s the medieval precursor to chemistry as we know it, based upon the transformation of matter. Early alchemists tried to convert base metals to other materials in a quest to find the “universal” elixir. It can also mean a “magical process of transformation or creation.” In St. Joseph, Missouri., “alchemy” means all of this […]

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Spoon Friez from Heinz are a perfect example of out-of-the-box marketing.
Fries and a Spoonful of Ketchup With a Side of Marketing to Go

If bread is just a vehicle for getting butter in your mouth, if you’re more addicted to caramel macchiato than you are caffeine, if the veggies are something you put up with to get the dip, then the latest marketing idea from Heinz is sure to hit the spot. This past July, Heinz celebrated National […]

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Not sure which digital marketing tools are best for your use? Take a look at these suggestions.
3 Digital Marketing Tools Worth Your Notice

Even as companies pivoted to stay relevant and struggled to stay profitable throughout the pandemic, consumers continued to send a strong message: they wanted brands that would do more than just sell to them; they wanted brands that would know them. And for many organizations trying to meet customer expectations, the right digital marketing tools […]

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Enjoy some Monday morning coffee with some local farmers and a peek into the agriculture industry.
Embrace the Ridiculous With Your Monday Morning Coffee

To get noticed, sometimes you have to make a little noise. And sometimes you have to be willing to be absolutely ridiculous. Brew a pot of your favorite dark roast this Monday morning and let’s talk about the silliest attention-getting stunts pulled by brands. SJC will rate each one with one to four stars by […]

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Enjoy some Monday morning coffee with some local farmers and a peek into the agriculture industry.
Monday Morning Coffee in the Football Huddle

This fall, your Monday Morning Coffee will be all the more rich and rewarding. That’s because you’ll be sipping in the glow of football season. The Friday night lights, the band playing the fight song and the smell of soft pretzels all contribute to the magic that hangs on through Monday morning. Maybe it’s your […]

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Use your marketing research to build content that speaks to specific audiences.
Should You Tailor Your Marketing Strategy for Younger Audiences?

If your target market includes Gen Z and Y segments, you will want to tailor your strategy to the preferences of these groups. Younger buyers are sensitive to marketing content that is too “salesy” and they will quickly move to another brand if your content includes a lot of pressure to make a purchase. While […]

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Enjoy some Monday morning coffee with some local farmers and a peek into the agriculture industry.
Monday Morning Coffee With Bling

When it’s time to refresh your clothing, shoes, or jewelry, your first thought may be to head to the mall. While these businesses feature great prices and merchandise choices, it may be time to try a boutique experience. A boutique provides access to exclusive styles and offers a chance to support a small local business […]

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Your audience wants to be known. Give them the personalized treatment they prefer.
Knowing Your Audience (Spoiler: They’re Actual People)

It’s easy to get stuck picturing your audience as a faceless crowd. Maybe your business has grown enough that you’re not quite sure who follows you on Instagram anymore or whether your blog is being seen by people likely to buy from you. This is a common growing pain for businesses when you transition from […]

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The decision to outsource your marketing could come with unexpected benefits, like a fresh take on your strategy.
4 Reasons it’s Time to Outsource Your Marketing

Is it time to outsource your marketing? You may have noticed that you just don’t have the time or energy to engage in marketing activities, but you have reservations about outsourcing: How will they know my business well enough? What if it’s outside my budget? How do I choose an outsourcing partner? These are all […]

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A recession can be a great opportunity to get more marketing bang for your buck.
Start Your Fiscal Year With a Bang, Not a Fizzle

It’s time to launch your new fiscal year, and it’s no secret that the headlines are buzzing with talk of a recession. From a bear market to inflation to rising interest rates, everyone seems convinced that the economy is due for a bit of a fizzle. So what does this mean for your marketing? You’re […]

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