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6 Marketing Questions to Ask Yourself:

What are you saying? After branding, a user-friendly interactive website is likely one of the most important tools that you need for your business or organization. Your online messages including Social Media postings, along with cohesive marketing collateral, make a big difference for increasing your business. To help you get started in the thought process, here are 6 Marketing Questions you should ask yourself:

1. If I’ve never heard of my business, is it absolutely clear ‘WHAT IT IS?’ that I do?
2. Do my messages immediately identify the ‘WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?’ question?
3. Am I consistent in my branding across ALL print, logo, tagline, ad, POP item, website and Social Media?
4. Do I have a UNIQUE printed piece that I could give to my clients that encourage repeat business?
5. Does everything I do include my website ADDRESS?

6. Most important of all? Do I tell people what it is that I want them to do? Everything needs a CTA (Call to Action) Read about CTA’s here >

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Want the Best Website?

Start With the Answer!

It’s not about you. People are so busy today, they’re either surfing the net or have landed on your #website via #Search Engines or connection recommendations because they’re looking for answers to their questions or problems.

It may be to learn, for entertainment, to connect, to increase their business or to find help for themselves, family or friends, but basically they’re looking for answers. They’re looking for content that provides VALUE, solving their needs, essentially answering the question:

‘What’s in it for me?’
People are too busy today, have too many choices and things to do. You have 3-5 seconds for users to decide if they are in fact on the right website, the best solution that answers their quest. So, your site better give them what they want, NOW.

Who Are They?
When you start with the answer, make sure you’re addressing the right people. No matter how big or small your business or organization is, the truth of the matter is that you are ‘speaking’ with ONE person when they’re on your website. It’s just one person and their computer or other electronic device.

That one person may indeed be and likely is, part of a larger group, whether it’s business or personal connections. The one thing you can be sure of, is, when you’ve answered their questions properly, they will let others know.

Who might they be?
This is where you must know the answer to ‘Who is my target market and demographic anyway?’.  Knowing who you’re ‘talking to’, helps you to make sure you answer the right questions, for the right people.

Content, design, navigation and functionality. A website strategist plans what your website will DO for users, long before the pretty colours and pictures are in place.

When we know what your website will DO for people, the answers come, in turn, answering the ‘What’s in it for me? question. This in then translated into the website structure for navigation, functionality and ultimately, the look and feel of the design.


One of the biggest mistakes made on websites is the failure to tell people what you want them to do with the information that you are providing. Tell them with  ‘Call to Action’ text, images, navigation and buttons.

Think About It
Here’s some questions to help you to get started with the answers:

1. What makes me so great?
This is where you turn your features and benefits into the answer to their problems. What’s your USP (unique selling point)?

2. What are my readers really looking for?
Solve their problems. Know your target market, learn their needs and give them what they want.

3. What action do I want users to take?
Do you want them to sign up, buy now, read on, learn more, contact someone, share with friends or comment? Tell them!

4. Do they need the whole enchilada?
You’ve heard the saying less is more? Way to often, websites have so much text, content, generally speaking, that it actually drives people away from websites. How much ‘So, who cares?’ info do you have on your site?

Grab users with content that matters to them. Show them you ARE the answer. You will be rewarded in spades.
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Words That Get Your Content Shared!

Well, this is one handy Infographic!

We do quite a lot of Social Media Management over here at Engine. It certainly is true that WHAT you SAY and HOW you SAY IT makes a big difference in engaging people online. Of course the ‘Likes’ of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and so on, change the rules all of the time, but your audience always reacts to engaging content. Because, guess what? They’re human!

What’s the Rule?

Be real. Be transparent. Provide interesting, valuable information (CONTENT) via images and text to keep user’s interested. Practice different ways of sending your message. Here’s a handy guide that offers great insight on how important your words really are.

Need help with Content Marketing? Contact Us >

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How can I increase my open rate on enewsletters?

There are a ton of elements you can vary to try to entice more of your subscribers to open up your emails. Here are just a few things you could try:

  • Experiment with your subject lines: Try including details about the content of the email right in the subject line, instead of using your standard subject.
  • Send on a different day: Are your subscribers too busy on a Wednesday morning to read your email, leaving it languishing down the inbox? Maybe a Tuesday afternoon email would be welcomed.
  • Get the important content up the top: Remember that many people will see a preview of your email before deciding to open it or ignore it. Make sure your email is recognizable, and that your key points are in the top third.

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You Can Have Your Own Marketing Team

Ongoing Marketing Support Program

Some of our clients go onto our monthly marketing program. This may work well for you. Everyone on our team here at Engine Communications, has between 15 – 20 years of marketing experience that can really help you to increase sales and awareness. We can help with a primary plan of action, as it helps with productivity and costs.

You can have your own Marketing Team.

We set aside an agreed-upon monthly marketing budget as your dedicated marketing team. Typical time varies around 2-10 hours/week.

In this instance, we can help to prioritize, identify, consult, create and manage items like:

  • Website updates
  • Online Consulting
  • Social Media Management/Supervision
  • Graphic Design
  • Coding & Programming
  • Custom Designed Ads for Web and Print
  • Content Creation
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Deal with pesky phone book advertising sales people
  • Inbound Marketing Campaigns
  • On-site Communications Tools
  • Can also include consulting, review & recommendations for:
  • Events
  • Reports
  • Signage – Interior and Exterior

………………..whatever is needed to increase your business sales, awareness of your organization, your Engine Marketing Team is here for you.

If you need help ongoing or just from time to time, click here to Contact Us to discover the possibilities.


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Tourism Marketing Project Launches

Exciting Destination, Local Economic Development & Tourism Initiative

We’re very excited to launch this new project with the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance. Major marketing initiatives have been created to promote The Trails increase business and Economic Development in our communities while promoting Tourism as well.

New Interactive Website just launched. Marketing strategies include:

  • ZIGZAG brochures featuring Fun Package Deals, Your Vacation Is Here and Discover your Outdoor Playground
  • New interactive website launched. Feature business, package deals, what to do, where to stay, eat, have fun, shop and more including FaceBook promotions and online marketing with new interactive map to follow
  • Signage off of the 401 leading to Trails Entrances
  • Gateway Signage for Businesses. First Gateway begins at Belleville at Corbyville. Approximately 15 major signs throughout the Trails Region.
  • Rustic Wood-look Arrow Signs on the Trails pointing kms/direction to your business
  • Handy Pocket Map Guide featuring businesses
  • Multiple Community Partnerships
  • Business Marketing Opportunities
  • Featured at multiple Tourism & Recreational Trade Shows throughout the Province
  • Research, Strategic Planning, Graphic Design, Copywriting, Online Marketing, Web Design and Development, Social Media, Print, Project Management and Marketing Consulting

More to follow! Check out the new Interactive Website at:

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