Small Business Guide to COVID-19

Small Business Guide to COVID-19

The pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 across the world has caused huge economic effects in many industries. Among some of the hardest hit industries at this time are traditional brick and mortar retailers. Businesses that have relied on in-store sales up until this point are being suddenly forced to close their doors for an undetermined amount of time. For those who already have e-commerce set up, this may not be a huge change to your business other than ensuring that your…

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How to Grow Your Business in 2020

How to Grow Your Business in 2020

Whether it was improvements in technology, tax reforms, or consumer preferences, the United States business environment underwent numerous important transformations in 2019. U.S. GDP maintained a growth rate of at least 2% in three of four recorded quarters, and despite an ongoing trade war, most notably with China, 2020 is shaping up to be a productive year for businesses on a national scale. While there are certain aspects of a business that inherently limit or facilitate its expansion, there are…

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6 Ways to Improve Customer Loyalty

6 Ways to Improve Customer Loyalty

In 2019, the average consumer has the ability to pick and choose what they buy like never before. A massive shift of business into e-commerce, more efficient modes of shipping across the globe, as well as overall expansion of the economy have each played a role in giving power to buyers in every industry. In a matter of seconds, a single internet search gives one results for thousands of different varieties of the same product. In research published by management…

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How to Design a Great Product Label

How to Design a Great Product Label

When it comes to designing an effective label, it’s important to keep in mind that it will represent your product on the shelves of every store to which it goes. Even long after a customer has left or when someone walks by the front window, a label has the ability to leave an impression on anyone that sees it. How one presents their product to the public shows a lot about how a business wants to be seen and whether…

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Plastic Bag Bans: Causes, Effects, and What to Consider

Plastic Bag Bans: Causes, Effects, and What to Consider

In the last several years, plastic bags have been a topic of hot debate for environmentalists, packaging producers and consumers, as well as politicians. Much of the concern around their use stems from their environmental effects, and many different organizations and individuals have taken a stance which calls for their taxation or even outright prohibition. In 2014, California was the first state to enact a complete ban on plastic bags, as other states followed its lead, implementing fees and taxes…

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The Importance of Color in Branding & Packaging Design

The Importance of Color in Branding & Packaging Design

According to a study done by Loyola University Maryland, the human brain prioritizes its perception of color before both image and type recognition. Whether one attributes this to an evolutionary advantage or fluke of nature, the Loyola study is a good indicator as to how significant color actually is when it comes to branding and marketing strategies. In fact, color is so important that this exact same study found that its effective use in a company’s design scheme has the…

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How to Use Instagram to Grow Your Business

How to Use Instagram to Grow Your Business

Instagram has been around since 2010, and a lot has changed since its inception into the world of social media apps. Acquired by Facebook in 2012, Instagram started to focus on native advertising and began offering more promotional tools for businesses. While Instagram started out as an app to share pictures with friends, it has quickly grown into a business tool for all types of businesses and entrepreneurs. Retailers, restaurants, service-based companies, and self-employed influencers all utilize the various features…

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Brick & Mortar Retail: What Does the Future Have In Store?

Brick & Mortar Retail: What Does the Future Have In Store?

You may have recently seen some alarming articles and reports about the future of retail, but the real takeaway is that we are seeing a fundamental shift in how retail works. E-commerce, millennials, smart-shopping, bankruptcy, Amazon. All words you have probably seen and heard attributed to the decline in brick and mortar retail success. Retail has had a shaky landscape the past few years, with a drastic rise in e-commerce sales and ultra-fast shipping services. Many large retailers are now…

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How to Handle The Retail Holiday Season Like a Pro

How to Handle The Retail Holiday Season Like a Pro

Many businesses get excited for the holiday season, because it always marks an increase in sales brought on by holiday gift shopping! Sometimes businesses get overwhelmed during this season, and end up scrambling to get things back in order. The key to having a successful holiday retail season is to plan ahead and be prepared. Here are some simple tips for accomplishing your holiday retail goals! Plan Your Promotions The holiday season is a great time to get creative with…

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How to Create Branded Gift Packaging your Customers Will Love!

How to Create Branded Gift Packaging your Customers Will Love!

Design Your Custom Packaging with Branding Power Customers have high expectations for brands, especially during the holiday shopping season. Among wanting fast shipping, giveaways, and discounts, they are looking for gift-like packaging that can be used in place of wrapping or packaging gifts themselves. Many Americans no longer yearn for wrapping paper or classic holiday designs, they want sophisticated packaging options that make a statement. Make It Ready To Use The typical person is very busy. With working, cooking, raising…

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