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Local Marketing Solutions Group Named to Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies

August 17, 2018

Local Marketing Solutions Group, Inc. Ranks No. 1,673 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 274 Percent NEW YORK, August 15, 2018 – Inc. Magazine today revealed that Local Marketing Solutions Group, Inc. is No. 1,673 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a […]

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What SMB’s can learn from Top CMO’s

June 14, 2018

I recently attended the 2018 Notre Dame Chief Marketing Officer Summit sponsored by the Mendoza College of Business.  The theme was “The Future of Customer Engagement in a Digital World”.  Top marketing officers from Kellogg Co, TD Ameritrade, Intuit, Keds, Constellation Brands, American Eagle Outfitters, Ally Financial, Edward Jones, and USAA shared thoughts among others.

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Automation Implications for SMB Retailers

April 13, 2018

We are well into 2018 and we’ve seen our share of stories reinforcing the narrative that large retailers continue to shrink their footprint, (Toys R Us, Foot Locker, Best Buy cell phone stores), while Walmart, Amazon and even several Chinese retailers test larger automation. This new testing is well beyond the adoption of simple tablets at casual dining restaurants like Applebee’s and Chili’s, so we’ll focus on what’s new.

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The other shoe just dropped – how footwear brands and retailers must feel

September 26, 2017

The last few years have seen some dramatic shifts in the footwear retail landscape. It may have started quietly in 2014, when kids shoe retailer Stride Rite announced it would close 140 retail stores and shift those resources to ecommerce.

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The Tipping Point in Retail, and how Brands Rebalance

August 4, 2017

News from the last 30 days has us convinced that a tipping point has been reached with major brands selling online through Amazon. Once a sensitive subject among major brands who feared a backlash and loss of business from their traditional retail channel, the floodgates now appear to be open.

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Goodwill Industries International Summer Conference 2017

July 31, 2017

Local Marketing Solutions Group CEO Al Croke and Chief Revenue Office Mike Mancini were excited to meet Simon T. Bailey, author of “Shift your Brilliance” at the opening ceremony of the Goodwill Industries International Summer Conference on Sunday.

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Giving Back to the Community

July 31, 2017

Over the weekend our very own President of Content-on-Demand Brett Knobloch was making a difference volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, Indiana. Great work #givingback Brett!

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Three lessons SMB’s can learn from United Airlines and the Fyre Festival

May 16, 2017

Recent weeks have seen some of the largest service breakdowns and resulting PR disasters in recent memory.  Everyone is aware of the United Airlines story:  A flight leaving Chicago needs to free up some seats for another flight crew.  After offering incentives to free up some seats, and still in need of more, they hold […]

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Retail is Dead! Long live Retail!

April 10, 2017

Recent news of multiple store closings has sparked a hot discussion on whether retail as we know it is dead.   – Payless Shoes to file Chapter 11 and close 400 – Macy’s to close 68 – J.C. Penny to close 140 – Sears to close 42 – Kmart to close 108 – The Limited […]

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SMB Websites: Error Page Not Found

March 11, 2017

A recent dealer survey from Outdoor Power Equipment1 exposed some interesting facts about the current online presence of US Outdoor Power (i.e. lawn & garden equipment) dealers.  The 2016 survey of more than 100 dealers revealed that 77% of dealers had a website.  This was up dramatically from 2001 when only 48.7% had an online […]

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