Stephanie Miles | Street Fight - Part 39

Case Study: Connecticut Pub Casts a Wide Net With Patch Ads

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Case Study: Connecticut Pub Casts a Wide Net With Patch Ads

Like many entrepreneurs, Daneen Grabe, owner of Little Pub restaurant, has little time to research all the advertising platforms that are available in her town of Ridgefield, Conn. She now spends most of her marketing budget on ads in six local Patch sites, in the hopes of attracting some of the hyperlocal news network’s most plugged-in readers. Here’s why.

Case Study: A Deal Company’s Power Is in the Size of Its Mailing List

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Case Study: A Deal Company’s Power Is in the Size of Its Mailing List

Savvy Cellar Wines owner Brent Harrison has an email subscriber list with more than 3,500 addresses, a Facebook page with more than 2,200 fans, and a Twitter feed with more than 500 followers. Still, the Mountain View, California, entrepreneur says getting the word out about his small business is the No. 1 reason he runs daily deals on a regular basis…

Case Study: Daily Deal Pitches Overwhelm SF Restaurateur

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Case Study: Daily Deal Pitches Overwhelm SF Restaurateur

If daily deals haven’t already reached a tipping point, then San Francisco restaurateur Joe Hargrave believes that day is coming soon. The Tacolicious owner gets between four and nine pitches from daily deal salespeople each month. He struggles to understand why businesses would want to target potential customers who are only after a good deal…

Case Study: Ads on Hyperlocal Blogs Reach Local Customers

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Case Study: Ads on Hyperlocal Blogs Reach Local Customers

As the owner of Urban Ashes, a home furnishings company in Michigan that uses salvaged wood from local yards, parks and urban areas, Paul Hickman believes strongly in supporting local businesses and causes. This carries over to the way he markets his business: Hickman regularly advertises on hyperlocal news sites like The Ann Arbor Chronicle to connect with residents who are well-educated and want to support local enterprises like his.

Case Study: Using Mobile Tools to Track Coupon Redemptions

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Case Study: Using Mobile Tools to Track Coupon Redemptions

Oklahoma Premier Carriage Company owner Clint Parker has run daily deal offers with all the major players – from Groupon and LivingSocial, to smaller companies like Wimgo Deals. He says that new mobile scanning apps are making it possible for his employees to track voucher redemptions while working in the field, which has led to fewer instances of fraud and bigger tips from satisfied customers…

Case Study: Struggling to Turn Deal Chasers Into Repeat Clients

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Case Study: Struggling to Turn Deal Chasers Into Repeat Clients

When it comes to running daily deal promotions, Maria Camacho is far from a newbie. In the past few years, the owner of The Little Yoga Studio in San Diego, California, has run deals with a handful of different group coupon companies. She says the low-paying group coupons are worth it to her as long as two or three of every 100 daily deal customers become repeat clients.

Case Study: Realtor Finds Value in Patch Ads

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Case Study: Realtor Finds Value in Patch Ads

David Nelson is a real estate agent who knows value when he sees it. Since Nelson started placing ads and blogging on the Lakeville Patch, he’s seen an uptick in interest from people looking to buy and sell their homes in his area. Given the targeted audience that reads Patch — and the exposure that the neighborhood site provides — he views the associated marketing costs as a wise investment…

Case Study: Santa Fe Sports Shop Scores Big With Groupon

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Case Study: Santa Fe Sports Shop Scores Big With Groupon

When Santa Fe Mountain Sports owner Dan McCarthy first got a call from Groupon, he wasn’t sure what to expect. Despite some initial trepidation, McCarthy was able to craft a deal that cost him very little and was purchased almost exclusively by new customers. All things considered, he says Groupon deals are the cheapest way he’s found to get new people through the front door at his shop.

Case Study: Why Static Ads Don’t Work For a Seasonal Business

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Case Study: Why Static Ads Don’t Work For a Seasonal Business

Neal Schwartz is the director of Tutoring Club, a learning center for students in Armonk, New York. Although he advertises regularly on a number of hyperlocal news sites, he finds it’s difficult to assess the value in online advertising and gets frustrated with local publishers who aren’t responsive to his needs as the owner of a seasonal business…

Case Study: Restaurant’s Major Discounts for Foursquare ‘Mayor’

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Case Study: Restaurant’s Major Discounts for Foursquare ‘Mayor’

When Amelia Sawyer and her husband Jonathon jumped on the Foursquare bandwagon, they had no idea what an impact location-based services would have on their bottom line. Years later, customers are “fighting to the death” to become mayor of the Greenhouse Tavern – both for the bragging rights and to take advantage of the 40% discount – making it one of the most sought-after mayorships in Cleveland…

For a Couture Cookie Shop, Branding Is Everything

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For a Couture Cookie Shop, Branding Is Everything

At Cookie Couture in Miami, co-owner Jael Toledo is careful about the image she projects. Together with her sister and business partner Cindy Toledo, Jael has eschewed more well-known daily deal sites in favor of “high-end” niche sites like Gilt City and DailyCandy Deals as a way to position Cookie Couture as South Florida’s premiere purveyor of chic baked goods.