Developing a Digital Marketing Strategy That Works: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Creating an effective digital marketing strategy is essential for businesses looking to thrive in the digital age. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of developing a strategy that not only reaches your target audience but also drives engagement and conversions.

1. Define Your Goals

Start by defining clear, measurable goals. Are you looking to increase brand awareness, generate leads, boost sales, or improve customer retention? Setting specific objectives will help you tailor your strategy and measure its success.

2. Understand Your Audience

Knowing who your audience is and what they want is crucial. Create detailed buyer personas by gathering data on your customers’ demographics, interests, and online behavior. This will help you craft messages and offers that resonate with your audience.

3. Analyze Your Competitors

Understanding your competitors’ strategies can provide valuable insights. Analyze their online presence, marketing tactics, and customer engagement. Identify their strengths and weaknesses, and look for opportunities where you can outperform them.

4. Choose the Right Channels

Select the digital marketing channels that align best with your goals and audience. This might include social media, email marketing, SEO, content marketing, PPC advertising, and more. Consider where your audience spends their time and how they prefer to consume content.

5. Create Engaging Content

Content is at the heart of digital marketing. Develop a content strategy that aligns with your brand voice and appeals to your audience. This can include blog posts, videos, infographics, podcasts, and more. Ensure your content is informative, engaging, and provides value to your audience.

6. Leverage Marketing Technology

Utilize digital tools and platforms that can help streamline your marketing efforts. Tools for automation, customer relationship management (CRM), analytics, and content management can enhance efficiency and provide deeper insights into your campaigns’ performance.

7. Optimize for SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is essential to increase visibility and drive organic traffic to your website. Optimize your content with relevant keywords, improve site speed, ensure mobile-friendliness, and build quality backlinks to enhance your search engine ranking.

8. Monitor and Adjust

Digital marketing is dynamic, so it’s important to continuously monitor the performance of your campaigns. Use analytics tools to track metrics like traffic, engagement, conversion rates, and ROI. Regularly review and adjust your strategies based on these insights to optimize performance.

9. Stay Updated

Digital marketing trends evolve rapidly. Stay informed about the latest trends, tools, and best practices. Attending webinars, subscribing to industry publications, and participating in relevant forums can keep you updated and ready to adapt to changes.

10. Evaluate and Refine

At the end of each campaign or periodically throughout the year, evaluate the overall performance of your digital marketing strategy. Look at what worked, what didn’t, and why. Use these learnings to refine your approach for future campaigns.

By following these steps, you can develop a digital marketing strategy that not only meets your business goals but also engages and grows your customer base in an ever-changing digital landscape.

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Protect Your Home: Stinging Insects, Bat Eviction, and Fall Planning Ahead!

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Aggressive Stinging Insects!

We’re in the heat of the season for stinging insects such as paper wasps, baldfaced hornets, yellow jackets, and ground bees. These pests are actively building their hives and multiplying. While it’s best to leave them alone, sometimes action is necessary when their nests intrude on our homes, busy entryways, and common outdoor areas.

At Northern Pest, our techs are fully equipped with the necessary tools and treatments to safely and effectively address your stinging insect problem. Depending on the species, we use a powder insecticide for structural hives or a gas pesticide that can penetrate deep within the hive. Additionally, we apply spot treatments in hard-to-reach areas where conventional sprays are ineffective.

The aggressive nature of most stinging insects instills fear in those nearby, as their venomous stingers can cause severe allergic reactions. If you spot a nest or the presence of multiple stinging insects, contact Northern Pest to remove and eliminate dangerous hives from your home or property.

The most serious reaction to an insect sting is an allergic one. Protect yourself and others by seeking medical treatment if:

•              Hives, itching, and swelling appear in areas other than the sting site.

•              Abdominal cramping, vomiting, intense nausea, or diarrhea occurs.

•              You experience any tightness in the chest and have difficulty breathing.

•              You have a hoarse voice or swelling of the tongue or throat, or difficulty swallowing.

•              Dizziness or a sharp drop in blood pressure occurs.

•              Loss of consciousness or cardiac arrest happens.

Planning Ahead!

In August: We will begin our late-season whole-house barriers for flies and other harboring insects, such as boxelder bugs and Asian lady beetles. If you need treatment, plan ahead and contact us now!

Fall Rodent Prevention: It’s been a big season for mice due to last year’s mild winter. The mouse population is up. Avoid seeing mice this fall and winter by setting up your rodent prevention now!

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Good news: they are alive and well, and their populations are increasing! Bad news: they are finding their way into more homes. If you suspect bats are in your home, contact us today to learn more about our safe and humane bat eviction methods and to schedule an inspection. 

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Contact Northern Pest of Petosky or the Upper Peninsula, MI, for safe removal of bats, stinging insect hives, and to schedule your upcoming whole-house barrier against harboring insects and rodent prevention services. 

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Kitchen Storage: Appliance Garages

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What Are Appliance Garages

Appliance garages are specialized cabinets designed to keep small kitchen appliances like toasters, blenders, coffee makers, and mixers hidden but easily accessible on countertops. These cabinets usually have a roll-up or sliding door that can be closed to conceal the appliances, keeping the kitchen neat and uncluttered. When you need to use an appliance, simply open the appliance garage door, use the appliance while it sits on the countertop, and then tuck it away out of sight when done.

Appliance garages help maximize counter space, reduce visual clutter, and can be a great way to maintain a streamlined look in your kitchen while keeping frequently used appliances handy. They can be built into a kitchen design to match the existing cabinetry, ensuring a cohesive aesthetic.  Depending on preference, you can stack them on top of each other or align them side by side to double the effect. You can even consider hiding a small TV as an option!  

Consider Different Design Ideas

The design of an appliance garage door is crucial for its functionality. These doors are an excellent way to keep appliances accessible yet out of sight. Below, we list the latest trending cabinet door options:

  • Flap Cabinet Doors: These doors can flap up or down with a slight push. If you’re looking for additional counter space, flap-down doors provide an alternative way to create an extra work surface for making coffee and other tasks.
  • Roll-Up Cabinet Doors: Also known as tambour doors, these are made of narrow slats that roll back into the upper area of the cabinet. The advantage of this type is that it moves entirely out of the way and takes up no counter space when open.
  • Slide-Back Cabinet Doors: Similar to the above, these doors swing open and then slide back into the cabinet. To close them, slide the doors out until they’re fully extended, then close them like a standard cabinet door.
  • Vertical Swing Lift Cabinet Doors: In kitchens that lack the space for traditional swinging doors, consider hinged doors that rise vertically for a streamlined effect. Choose between single hinge or bi-fold vertical lift cabinet doors.

Are Appliance Garages an Easy DIY Project?

While it is feasible to convert existing cabinets into appliance garages, doing so requires an assessment of your DIY skills. Any part of your cabinets—whether upper, lower, or awkwardly shaped corners—can be transformed using appliance garage design ideas. However, be prepared to handle tasks such as installing door hinges for standard, roll-up, or slide-back doors; drilling holes for cables; ensuring proximity to electrical outlets; running electrical wiring to the cabinet; and ensuring proper ventilation of the cabinet. For best results, consider hiring a professional. Contact JFC Remodeling to ensure the job is done right!

Can Appliances Be Used Within These Garages?

Appliance garages are designed primarily for storing small kitchen gadgets out of sight. While it’s safe to use appliances like microwaves and coffee makers within them, using heat or steam-generating devices such as air fryers and toasters requires caution. These appliances can cause stains, burns, or leave grease and watermarks, potentially leading to permanent damage to your cabinetry or walls. It’s important to allow adequate counter space in front of the appliance garage for heat-generating appliances. Sliding these appliances forward during use helps dissipate heat and steam into the kitchen rather than into the confined space of the garage, minimizing the risk of damage. After use, the appliances can be tucked back into the cabinet, keeping them out of sight.

Considering an appliance garage for your kitchen? Contact JFC Remodeling to explore ideas and receive a free estimate.

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Electrifying Trends: Unveiling the 2024 Electrical Contractor Industry Report

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The 2024 Electrical Contractor Industry Report, published by NECA and developed by Renaissance Research and Consulting, presents significant industry growth and evolving trends. The comprehensive analysis, spanning over 100 pages with a 14-page summary, captures a current snapshot of the industry including firm sizes, revenue, demographic shifts, and project types. Key insights include:

Firm and Revenue Growth: There’s a notable increase in the number of larger firms (10+ employees) and a corresponding rise in revenue, particularly among firms earning over $2.5 million. NECA-affiliated firms especially have seen growth, with more reaching revenues beyond $10 million.

Demographic Changes: While 56% of firms have maintained their workforce size, 28% report hiring more employees. Younger electrical contractors are becoming more prevalent in larger firms.

Revenue and Project Trends: Revenue from commercial, industrial, and institutional projects is on the rise, reflecting economic strength. There is also increased involvement in cutting-edge areas like electric vehicle charging and smart home technology.

Purchasing Shifts and Brand Influence: There’s a shift towards online purchasing over traditional electrical distributors. Contractors continue to play a significant role in brand and project specification decisions, influenced primarily by availability and price.

The full report and its summary are accessible through ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine’s July and August editions and online at


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Pigeon Proofing Your Property: Protecting Roofs and Solar Panels

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Pigeons, while often charming urban dwellers, can become a significant nuisance for property owners, particularly when it comes to maintaining clean and functional solar panels and rooftops. Their nesting habits and droppings not only create unsightly messes but can also cause long-term damage to building structures and reduce the efficiency of solar panels. Here’s a guide on how to effectively pigeon-proof your property, including crucial steps to protect your solar installations.

Understanding the Risks

Pigeons are attracted to building ledges, roof spaces, and solar panel arrays for shelter and nesting. Their droppings are acidic and can erode and corrode building materials over time. For solar panel owners, accumulated pigeon droppings and nesting materials can block sunlight and significantly diminish energy production. Furthermore, the moisture from nests and droppings can lead to mold and water damage.

Starting with Prevention

Install Bird Spikes: These are long, needle-like rods used for bird control. They can be attached along ledges, roofs, and even on solar panel edges to prevent pigeons from landing and nesting. Ensure the spikes are of high quality and weather-resistant to avoid frequent replacements.

Use Netting: Placing netting around solar panels or across large roof areas can deter pigeons from accessing potential nesting sites. The net should be robust and securely fixed to outlast environmental wear and tear.

Bird Slopes: Installing slopes on ledges can prevent pigeons from gaining a foothold. These are slippery panels that are angled and positioned in potential roosting spots, making it impossible for pigeons to nest.

Optical Gel Disks: These disks create an optical illusion of fire, which scares pigeons away without causing them harm. They can be strategically placed around roofs and solar panels.

Acoustic Deterrents: Devices that emit sounds unpleasant to pigeons can also be effective, especially when combined with other methods. These can be set to activate when motion is detected.

Regular Maintenance and Cleaning

  • Regular Inspections: Check your roof and solar panel areas regularly for signs of pigeon activity. Early detection can prevent extensive damage and nesting.
  • Clean Regularly: If pigeons have been near your solar panels or roofing, regular cleaning is necessary to remove droppings and nesting materials, which helps maintain the functionality and hygiene of the space.

Professional Help

If pigeon proofing becomes overwhelming, or if the pigeon population around your property is substantial, it’s worth calling the pros at Front Range Pest. Our wildlife control experts can install pigeon deterrents in hard-to-reach areas safely and offer more sophisticated solutions to deter birds.

Legal Considerations

Always ensure that your bird control methods are humane and comply with local wildlife protection laws. Pigeons are protected under wildlife conservation acts in many areas, and certain deterrents may be restricted. At Front Range Pest, we strictly adhere to Colorado and Wyoming state laws for all pest control-related issues.

Protect your property and maintain a clean, healthy environment by effectively pigeon-proofing against nuisance birds. Contact Front Range Pest for an assessment of your situation.

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Key Points on Complying with State Law When Forming a Joint Venture

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Understanding State Law Requirements for Joint Ventures

As highlighted by PilieroMazza, small business joint ventures (JVs) aiming for set-aside work must adhere not only to Small Business Administration (SBA) JV regulations but also to relevant state laws. A recent ruling by the SBA’s Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) underlines the critical importance of this dual compliance. In the case of SysCom, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-6195 (March 7, 2023), OHA reversed a decision that had found SNI United, LLC—a JV between an 8(a) participant and a small business—eligible for an 8(a) contract award. The reversal was due to SNI’s failure to comply with Michigan state laws and its bylaws, which allowed its non-8(a) member to exert undue control over the JV.

Specifically, Michigan law requires a designated manager in a JV’s operating agreement or articles of organization, which SNI lacked. Furthermore, SNI’s bylaws necessitated both JV members to be present at board meetings to achieve a quorum, thus enabling the non-8(a) member to block actions by simply not attending. This setup contradicted SBA regulations, which mandate that an 8(a) participant manage the JV.

Managing Board Structure to Comply with SBA and State Regulations

The takeaway: for a JV to qualify as a small business under SBA set-aside contracts, it must not only fulfill SBA JV regulations but also ensure strict adherence to the state laws where it is organized. This requires careful documentation of the JV’s management structure in its organizational documents. Failure to comply with state laws can render a JV ineligible for contract awards, despite meeting all SBA requirements. (Original blog referenced from:

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Pool Safety Essentials: A Complete Guide for a Secure Summer

Ensuring the safety of your pool is crucial, particularly when small children and pets are involved. Although accidents can happen, careful planning and the right precautions can create a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone. Here’s a comprehensive guide to prioritizing safety at your pool.

1. Install Proper Fencing

One of the most effective ways to prevent unsupervised access to your pool is by installing fencing. The fence should be at least four feet high and surround the pool on all sides. Make sure that the gates are self-closing and self-latching, with latches out of reach of young children. Clear the area around the fence of any objects that could be used to climb over it.

2. Set Up Pool Alarms

Adding an extra layer of security with pool alarms can provide peace of mind. There are several types of pool alarms to consider:

  • Surface wave detection alarms activate when there is a disturbance on the water’s surface.
  • Subsurface disturbance alarms detect movements in the water itself.
  • Gate alarms sound when the gate leading to the pool area is opened.
  • Wearable alarms can be worn by children and will alert you if submerged in water.

Choose the type that best suits your needs and ensure it’s always in working order.

3. Establish Safe Swimming Practices

Education is key to pool safety. Make sure everyone in the household knows the pool rules:

  • Never swim alone: Always have a buddy when swimming, regardless of your swimming skills.
  • Supervision is crucial: Never leave children or pets unattended near the pool. Even pets that are good swimmers can get into trouble.
  • Swimming lessons: Encourage or require swimming lessons for everyone in the household. Being comfortable and competent in the water can dramatically reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Keep rescue equipment and a first aid kit nearby: Make sure a life ring, pole, and fully stocked first aid kit are accessible near the pool area.

4. Check for Hazards

Regularly inspect the pool and surrounding area for potential hazards:

  • Slip-resistant surfaces: Ensure the deck area is non-slip to prevent falls.
  • No electrical appliances near the water: Keep all electrical devices, including radios and chargers, away from the pool to avoid electrical accidents.
  • Proper drain covers: To prevent entrapment, ensure your pool’s drains are covered with compliant drain covers.

5. Pet-Specific Precautions

  • Teach your pets where the steps are: Just in case they fall in, they need to know how to get out.
  • Keep a sturdy cover on the pool when not in use: This can prevent pets from accidentally falling in.
  • Hydration and shade: Make sure there’s plenty of fresh water and shaded areas around the pool to help your pets cool off during hot days.

By taking these steps, you can ensure that your pool area is a safe place for fun and relaxation for both your two-legged and four-legged family members. Regularly review these essentials, and you’ll enjoy a safe and relaxing swimming season!


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Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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In the United States, nearly one million people live with multiple sclerosis (MS), an immune-mediated inflammatory disease that affects the central nervous system by causing demyelination and axonal transection, leading to regional and whole-brain atrophy. Characterized by symptomatic episodes that can occur months or years apart, MS symptoms vary widely but commonly include sensory loss, spasticity, bladder and sexual dysfunction, fatigue, and muscle weakness.

Key Points in MS Diagnosis:

Prevalence and Impact: MS is a major neurological cause of disability among young adults, often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. Although traditionally considered more common among young White individuals, recent data suggest a higher incidence in Black populations. Women are diagnosed about three times more often than men, similar to other autoimmune diseases. The disease significantly affects quality of life, primarily due to physical disabilities and associated conditions like depression and anxiety.

Diagnostic Criteria: MS is diagnosed based on clinical signs and the McDonald Criteria, which require a clinical event indicative of demyelination, such as optic neuritis, brainstem syndrome, or transverse myelitis. These events must present symptoms consistent with the disease for at least 24 hours, supported by neurological exams that point to central nervous system involvement.

Imaging and Tests: MRI is crucial for MS diagnosis but must be interpreted by experts to differentiate MS from other conditions like migraines or ischemic changes. Other tests include cerebrospinal fluid analysis and blood tests to exclude diseases with similar symptoms.

Cognitive and Physical Symptoms: Cognitive impairment, affecting 40%-65% of MS patients, includes problems with memory, concentration, and multitasking, often occurring early in the disease. Recognizing and managing these symptoms, along with physical ones like spasticity and fatigue, is vital for improving patient quality of life.

Advancements in Treatment: MS treatment has evolved significantly, especially with the introduction of B cell-depleting therapies in 2017, which have shifted understanding and management of the disease. Current treatments offer various administration methods, including oral and infusion options, and continue to improve with ongoing research into new therapies like tolebrutinib.

Understanding MS involves recognizing its complex symptoms and staying informed about the latest diagnostic and treatment strategies to manage and mitigate its impact effectively.


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Green Financing: Eco-Friendly Options in Commercial Property Lending

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The concept of sustainability has become a critical consideration in nearly every industry, with the real estate sector experiencing a significant transformation in how properties are financed. Green financing, especially in the context of commercial real estate, offers a pathway not only towards environmental stewardship but also towards potentially lucrative financial strategies. This blog explores the growing trend of sustainable and environmentally friendly financing options available for commercial property projects.

Understanding Green Financing

Green financing refers to any structured financial activity — a loan, investment, or other financing mechanism — created to ensure a positive environmental impact alongside a financial return. In the realm of commercial real estate, this translates to funding the acquisition, development, and operation of properties with a reduced carbon footprint.

Why Green Financing?

The shift towards green financing is driven by several factors:

  • Regulatory Compliance: Increasingly stringent regulations on environmental sustainability are compelling businesses to adopt greener practices. Financing that supports these practices can ease the compliance burden.
  • Corporate Responsibility: There’s a growing recognition that sustainable practices in real estate development and management are integral to corporate social responsibility.
  • Investor Demand: Investors are increasingly directing funds towards assets that demonstrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria. Properties with better sustainability profiles tend to attract more investment.
  • Economic Benefits: Green buildings often result in lower operational costs through energy efficiency and can attract higher rental rates and property values.

How Does Green Financing Work?

Green financing instruments in commercial real estate can include green bonds, green loans, and sustainability-linked loans, among others. Here’s how they typically work:

  • Green Bonds: These are fixed-income instruments specifically earmarked for raising money for climate and environmental projects. The proceeds are typically invested in sustainable infrastructure, energy efficiency upgrades, and other eco-friendly projects.
  • Green Loans: Like green bonds, these are meant for financing or refinancing projects with clear environmental benefits. The difference lies in the flexibility of usage and typically less stringent reporting requirements compared to bonds.
  • Sustainability-Linked Loans: These loans are increasingly popular, where the financial terms can improve if the borrower meets certain predetermined sustainability performance targets.

Examples of Green Financing in Action

Several high-profile cases demonstrate the effectiveness and benefits of green financing in commercial real estate. For instance, a notable office building in New York City recently secured a significant green loan to implement energy-efficient systems and sustainable materials in its construction. Another example is a commercial developer in California who issued green bonds to refurbish existing properties with solar panels and energy-efficient HVAC systems.

Challenges and Considerations

While green financing is promising, it’s not without challenges. These may include:

  • Higher Upfront Costs: Although the long-term benefits are clear, the initial investment for sustainable technologies and designs can be higher than traditional methods.
  • Complex Certification Processes: Obtaining certifications like LEED or BREEAM can be complex and time-consuming.
  • Market and Regulatory Risks: Changes in regulatory frameworks and market dynamics can affect the viability and benefits of green financing projects.

The Future of Green Financing in Commercial Real Estate

As awareness and commitment towards environmental sustainability grow, the future for green financing in commercial real estate looks promising. Innovations in financial products and collaboration across governments, investors, and developers will likely expand. Moreover, as technology advances, the cost of implementing sustainable practices is expected to decrease, making green financing an increasingly attractive option.

Green financing not only supports environmental goals but also offers a compelling business case, making it a win-win scenario for developers, investors, and the planet alike. As the market evolves, staying informed and adaptable will be key to capitalizing on the opportunities presented by green financing in commercial real estate.


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Research Shows ‘Forever Chemicals’ May Affect Heart Health in Older Women

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New research from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has discovered a link between certain “forever chemicals,” specifically per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases in postmenopausal women. These chemicals, common in nonstick pans, waterproof clothing, and various other consumer products, persist in the environment and accumulate in the body, particularly after menopause when women’s natural expulsion mechanisms, like menstruation, cease.

The study focused on understanding the biological mechanisms by which PFAS contribute to cardiovascular diseases during the menopausal transition, an area previously not well explored. By analyzing blood samples from 70 postmenopausal women in Turkey, researchers identified that different PFAS chemicals, such as PFOS and PFOA, are associated with different types of heart diseases, linked through their interaction with inflammatory pathways in the body.

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The findings highlighted that PFOS is closely related to coronary artery disease, whereas PFOA is more predictive of coronary microvascular disease. Interestingly, these chemicals affected the levels of certain amino acids and inflammatory proteins differently, suggesting that not all PFAS chemicals behave identically within the body.

This study underscores the broader implications of PFAS exposure on heart health in older women and stresses the importance of minimizing exposure to these chemicals. The researchers advocate for increased public education and regulatory measures to reduce PFAS contamination in the environment. They plan to continue exploring the specific impacts of PFAS on women’s health to better understand and potentially mitigate these risks.

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Protect your family’s health by purifying your water right at the source; contact Reynolds Water Conditioning to learn how.

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