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Keeping our members informed on the region, best business practices, and marketing. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting articles from members to post as blogs on the Chamber’s website. These should contain useful information relevant to your industry and might solve a problem member companies may be having or alert members to and describe a new trend. You will get by-line credit for writing the article and we encourage you to include a brief bio about yourself and your business or organization. These are not intended to be a sales pitch. All articles must be approved by the Chamber staff before they are posted to the website. Depending on the number of submissions, we reserve the right to schedule articles for later postings. If you have questions or would like to submit an article contact Nick Sharps at nick@garrettchamber.com or (301) 387-5237.
Friday, January 3, 2020
Tips and Tricks to Ace Experiential Marketing

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,

Christina R. Green

Monday, December 16, 2019
The Power and Problem with Free in Your Business

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. People researching your product or service will find free content on your competitor site, spend more time there, possibly download some

Christina R. Green

Thursday, December 5, 2019
One of the Hottest New Sales Engines for Getting More Customers: Challenges

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. Businesses use challenges for two reasons. People seem to enjoy them and it's a great way to

Christina R. Green

Monday, November 25, 2019
4 Practical Subject Line Ideas to Get More Opens

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.

Christina R. Green

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
How to Get a Jump on 2020

2019 has flown by and we’re quickly approaching 20/20. Even though the holidays are here and our minds may be on time off and events with friends and family, this is also a great time of year to assess what worked and what didn't. Many of the people you do business with will be out of touch causing some frustrating log jams. If you find yourself in a place in your business where you can't get a whole lot done, you can use the time to start making plans for the future. This isn't a trends article or things

Christina R. Green

Thursday, November 14, 2019
4 Ways to Pull Great Stories Out of Your Customers

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. But finding the stories isn't always easy. Sometimes you're fortunate enough to have a loyal customer who bathes you in compliments. More often than not, these stories are silent successes that aren't shared with you. You need to find a way to dig these up so that you can breathe life

Christina R. Green

Thursday, November 7, 2019
15 Easy Ways to Build a Huge Email List

Guess what? You need an email list. Even if you’re only occasionally sending out emails and can’t/won’t commit to a newsletter, you MUST HAVE a list. I’m not even exaggerating or trying to scare you. In today’s business climate, most products and services aren’t instantaneous decisions. Generally, the person making the purchasing decision thinks about it before they even step foot in your place of business. If you’re not in touch with them on a regular basis, you won’t be on their mind when they decide to

Christina R. Green

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
25 Ways to Incorporate Halloween in Your Business at the Last Minute

Guess what? Halloween’s almost here and that marks that time of year when every time you blink there’s another holiday right around the corner. It can be exhausting but also a fantastic time to reach out to existing customers and get new ones. Holiday marketing is fun and helps people get to know you better. But if you’re looking at the calendar, you’re probably thinking you’ve missed your opportunity for Halloween. Not so. Here are 25 things you can do to make the most of Halloween at the last minute.

Christina R. Green

Monday, October 21, 2019
Experience Is the New Marketing Gimmick

I've worked with many businesses in creating content for their website. When I do, one of the questions I ask is what makes them different from their competition. Almost always they answer their customer service and their willingness to stand behind their product or service. Perfect. Except…Every business thinks they have these things. And even if they do, this does not make them unique in the marketplace. They need something else.

Christina R. Green

Thursday, October 17, 2019
8 Mistakes the Average Business Makes Engaging Online

If you’re online for business, you’ve likely been told to engage and be human. But what does that look like? And can you do it wrong? Yes, you can but it’s also easy to avoid these common mistakes.

Christina R. Green

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