Navigating inflation in retail: Six actions for retailers

Navigating inflation in retail: Six actions for retailers

The TV series “The West Wing” was my favorite television series. Ever. The writing, the cast, and the production were all top notch. In Episode #32 Noël, Leo tells Josh the following story (Josh refers to it when talking to Leo in “Bartlet for...
3 in 4 Spurred to Spend More At Small Businesses by Promotions

3 in 4 Spurred to Spend More At Small Businesses by Promotions

  The #1 reason consumers shop at small businesses is the availability of promotions and discounts. Smart small businesses should combine value-oriented pricing with an expert staff and reliable after-the -sale support for results that add up to more than the sum...
Branding Your Family-Owned Small Business After the Pandemic

Branding Your Family-Owned Small Business After the Pandemic

To say that our world has been turned upside down over the last year and half would be a gross understatement. The way we find and interact with customers has changed. Unfortunately, many family owned and operated businesses are “stuck in the mud”, still...
Is Advertising an Expense or an Investment?

Is Advertising an Expense or an Investment?

  What do many companies do when faced with “times like these?” They stop advertising! But why? Marketing budgets get cut first because they are often viewed as non-essential costs. It’s easy to look at your marketing budget and wonder if it’s worth continuing to...
Planners are Winners

Planners are Winners

NOTE: Read this post to the end to discover how to get a free 30-minute marketing consultation with BAM. Planners are winners. If your company is heading into 2021 without a marketing plan, you’re at a distinct disadvantage. A well-strategized plan defines your...
Bittersweet Day

Bittersweet Day

September 11, 1997. September 11, 2001.  September 11, 1997. I woke up, dressed for work. Walked into a bedroom much like the one pictured above. Sat down at the desk, and started my first day of work at Bob Abbate Marketing. It was day one of what has now become...