Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Year Business Resolutions

With each new year we all look for ways to improve ourselves. Why not our business? Because of growing competition and the world constantly changing, we have to work harder and find new ways to improve our own businesses. Here are a few resolutions to help grow your business in the new year. If you don’t like the word resolutions, then substitute the word goals:

Create a business plan

Budget your finances for the entire year. Buying equipment and assets are unavoidable in running your business. Prioritize your needs first to take full advantage of your dollars. Be sure to give yourself an advertising budget. Once you know how much money you can spend you can create your marketing plan. Hiring a local advertising agency is key to getting the best return on investment. 

Meet with new prospects regularly

You can’t grow your customer base without meeting new potential clients. This can feel very time consuming, but it is an important step to expanding or even staying afloat. Find a way to network and ask for leads and referrals on a weekly basis. Keeping up with your schedule and having a positive attitude will make this step pay off greatly.

Rid your business of harmful clients

If you’ve been in business for a while, you have had a client that has been a drain on your time and resources. Those customers are usually the same ones who pay late and expect extras or discounts to keep them happy. If you are not seeing any clear profit from a specific client and feel stressed every time they call, it is probably time to part ways.

Be willing to outsource

The larger your business grows, the more help you will need. Focus on what you do best and trust others to be in charge of other tasks. If you can stay on top of what brings money in, you will have the budget to outsource those that can help support your business. Let an expert like the Mullikin Agency assist you with all your advertising, marketing, public relations and promotional items.

Take care of yourself

A business owner is faced with an overwhelming amount of duties. And saving time usually starts with cutting out exercise, family activities, consuming many fast food meals, and cutting your sleep short. These have a direct negative impact to your productivity and mental health.

A productive and positive 2018 is in your grasp! 

Our owner, Randy Mullikin says, “Hiring an advertising expert will not only save you time and money, it will improve your ROI.” 

If you need any assistance with your advertising, marketing, public relations and/or promotional products, the Mullikin Agency is your full service advertising agency here to help!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Are You Being Talked About?

You already know that The Mullikin Agency offers the most advanced, targeted and measureable display and video advertising online, but what if we could be there for you during all your on-line moments? What if we could target your customers, potential customers and competitor’s behaviors, demographics and interests? We can!

Your campaigns can be optimized programmatically and by a certified Digital Analyst every day to ensure the highest level of post-click engagement and maximum ROI using our Core Solutions.


1. Digital Targeting

We can drive traffic to your website and business by reaching and influencing audiences based on their interests and browsing behavior. Digital Targeting is about reaching customers during the micro-moments that occur during the entire customer journey. Consideration, Research, Purchase and Loyalty

How we will do it:

Your ads will appear to those who have shown an interest or desire in your (or your competitors) product or service, based on their browsing history.

Your ads will appear on sites that match your campaign’s target keywords and topics. Your message will reach customers who are actively researching your (and your competitor’s) product online.

A profile of your ‘best visitor’ is automatically created and updated daily. Your ad then serves to potential customers who match this profile. Even customers who have never been to your site before.

Your ads serve to people who are ready to purchase your (or your competitor’s) product within a couple of weeks. Visits to certain sites (i.e. recent visits to a lending website) suggest that a purchase decision is imminent.

Your ads follow people online after they visit your website. Re-targeting occurs throughout the entire customer journey.

More than 1.4 billion use Facebook and more than 900 million visit every day. When you run a Facebook Ad, you choose the audiences that see it by location, age, interests and more. With Facebook Ads, you can choose the type of people you want to reach and we deliver your ads to them. Your ads will be more relevant for the people who see them, and in return bring you results. Facebook advertising is great for giving directions to your store, downloading your app, viewing your videos, adding items to shopping carts and directing consumers to your website.

2. Geo-Fencing

We can help you reach on the go consumers as they enter or leave your single or multi-location ‘geo-fence’.

How we will do it:

  • We will create a geo-fence around a physical address. Your message will be served to customers via mobile apps.
  • Our proprietary multi-layer geo-fencing program serves ads on both mobile apps and browsers for maximum reach. An ideal solution for small businesses to national chains interested in hyper-local marketing around their locations-or their competitors.

3. IP Address Targeting

We can rooftop target homes or businesses by converting a physical address to an IP address.

How we will do it:

We will use your customer list or create a new custom list based on:
            ➡  Home value, income
              Gender and age
              Special interests, etc.

  • Ads are served to all devices using the Wi-Fi device in that home or business.
  • Our IP converter outputs a file letting us know which physical addresses were successfully converted to IP addresses. So, at the end of a campaign, we can do a direct analysis of new sales resulting from customers who viewed your ads.

4. Search Engine Marketing (SEM) or Paid per Click (PPC)

We use this form of marketing that offers advertisers a strong method of gathering qualified business leads. This form of marketing will reach users when they are searching for your product or service.

How we do it:

  • We will advertise within the sponsored listings of a search engine or a partner site.
  • We will use our existing relationship with Google, plus our relationships with committed Bing reps to make sure we are using the most up-to-date features the industry has to offer.
  • We will use professional SEM Analysts that use the latest technology and are Google Ad Words certified and Bing Ads accredited.
  • We will determine your goals and create a plan to accomplish them. Whether the goals are quality traffic, ROI conversion-based goals or other metrics, we will make sure that your specific goals are met.
  • We will use our proprietary insights reporting platform to provide detailed performance analytics on a real time basis for you.
            ➡  Google certified agency-best practices
            ➡  Every ad has site link extensions and a call extension
            ➡  Call report is included with each campaign

Search Engines process over 175 billion searches every month. Why not do what 85% of retail businesses are already doing and use the most effective customer acquisition tactic? Search Engine Marketing can help your business. Our company president Randy Mullikin says:
“For most of our clients, SEM campaigns generate the most immediate response as any of the on-line approaches.”

So are you ready to be talked about?

We can help your on-line advertising be the talk of the town! 
The Mullikin Agency is here to help you stand out. 

Call or e-mail Randy today and let’s get started. 


Thursday, August 24, 2017

What has your attention??

How many times have you been watching your favorite show on TV only to come across a commercial that peaks your interest? You then decide to google the product/service to find out more details. According to GfK Mentor Survey 2016 of persons 18 years of age & older, 62% of those new car prospects said yes to having been motivated by an advertisement on television to go to the Internet to find out more information. 66% of those planning to purchase a home/condo said yes to this question, as well as 61% planning to remodel their house & 58% that visited Urgent Care. It would seem you aren’t alone in this!

Whether you realize it or not, that commercial led you further into the Consumer Purchase Decision Funnel Process.

Consumer Purchase Decision Funnel Process

Television is the #1 influencer across all 5 steps of the consumer purchasing decision process. It would be easy to say Social Media would beat television as far as time spent, business details, etc since we are in the age of technology, but as you can see in the graphs, television is #1 in Time Spent across all age groups.

Time Spent on Ad Supported Platforms
(GfK Mentor Survey 2016 M-S 6a-12m. Persons 18+)

 A Week in the Life – US Population
(Neilsen The Total Audience Report Q1 2017 - released July ’17)

 In light of these details, your business should be spending money where consumers spend the most time & are the most influenced. Broadcast TV is the most cost-efficient medium your business can buy. To put this into further perspective, it takes:
  • 36¢ to reach one person via Direct Mail
  • 35¢ via Yellow Pages
  • 10¢ via Newspaper
  • 7¢ via Cable
  • 3¢ via Radio
With Broadcast TV…it takes a whopping 1¢! Can you believe it?! J In our local area (Ft Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers areas), local TV stations are preferred with 95 of top 100 shows from May ’17 Neilsen Book being on broadcast. With the Consumer Purchasing Decision Funnel Process steps, here is a picture of  how each step is influenced via different channels of media outlets…of course television being #1. ;)

What Influences Consumers Most
(GfK Purchase Funnel 2017 A18+)

Randy Mullikin, President of The Mullikin Agency, says, “Television is still one of the most powerful advertising mediums because it is the perfect combination of sight, sound, emotion, imagination and creativity. Whether it be a :15, :30, or :60 second commercial, it impacts people like no other medium can do.”

The Mullikin Agency offers nearly 25 years of experience as your television/media ad placement experts. We can help you put a plan together that includes script writing, talent, & creating the perfect original sound track or jingle. We can produce a professional TV spot and negotiate the best price for your commercials on the right stations at the right times. We will save you time and money and generate new customers for your business. Contact us today to help your business in this powerful & results-driven avenue of advertising.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Does your business need a Sales Boost?

If you’re breathing & reading this right now, then you’re more than likely answering that question with, “Of course!”  Your next question is likely, “Then how do we do it?” It’s as simple as two words…a website! Did you know that 46% of businesses do not have a website! That’s almost half the businesses today! In the technological age we’re in, having a website is a necessity.

More times than not, consumers will start their purchasing process for a wanted item(s) via using a search engine like Google. As much as 52% of consumers will get product information directly from a company’s website. How much of that business are you missing with not having a website for them to find your business/products?

David Halpin, President of Halpin Digital, gives four tips for website design & turning visitors into prospects. A couple of his tips are:
  • Hire a Developer
    • If you don’t know how to build a site or are using a website builder to build the site yourself, chances are the site could be not-so-great. Your website is the face of your business! Hire the Mullikin Agency to give you a leg-up on your competition. We can bring creative ideas & modern technology to the table so to create a top-notch website for your business!
  • Get Creative with SEO
    • Consumers are more interested in local search engine optimization (SEO) rather than those Google results that show “Ad” by them. At the Mullikin Agency, we can work up a professional comparison so you know where your competition stands as far as SEO.

Online presence can be a daunting task for some, but when you partner with us at the Mullikin Agency that task scales back down to a size you can handle. Our team of professionals is here to help your business grow! Creating a website that is mobile-responsive, modern, & creative is one area of our expertise! We look forward to working with you. Once we create or re-design your website, promoting it would be the next step & we can also help you with that.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Top Reasons Companies Work with The Mullikin Agency

When your business faces complex projects &/or marketing challenges, you need cost-effective solutions & fast results. How are you supposed to make that happen when you have duties to fulfill to keep the business running? You turn to one place…The Mullikin Agency. Why? We make it happen! You can breathe easy knowing our team of experts can take care of your projects/challenges while you continue your day-to-day tasks! Why choose us?

The Mullikin Agency provides:
  • 25 years of experience & expertise that saves you time, money & stress 
  • Advanced cutting-edge technologies for smart solutions 
  • A vast number of services & products all at one location 
  • We customize a solution around your goals & expectations
  • Personable, fast, friendly services because we're human beings - just like you 
Our award-winning staff of professionals offer in-depth experience in traditional marketing with blends of digital advertising formats. It is our attention to detail & working effectively & efficiently for our clients. We are small enough to react quickly & big enough to handle all your needs.

Achieving success for our clients is a passion, & we do so with integrity, hard work, & attention to detail. We have designed many successful turnkey marketing campaigns & promotions for over two decades. Check out some client testimonials just to give you an idea…

Ready for a meaningful & professional relationship? Learn more about how The Mullikin Agency has helped others & can help your business too by clicking here for a list of our services! Give us a call 479-750-0871 or visit our website.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Why Transit Advertising is a Great Way to Advertise your Business!

Today there are so many great ways to advertise your business, but you may be asking, “Why should I choose public transit to advertise?” Here’s why: Because public transportation is being used more & more every year by all kinds of people. Today, public transit is not just for those who can’t afford a vehicle to get around. Public transit is a great way to get more cars off the road, save money, & benefit the environment. Because more & more people are choosing public transit over driving, etc, passengers are now people of all different income levels & statures. Not only do these people see ads on or IN the buses, but they also wait at bus shelters where ads are at eye-level catching their full attention! Why could this benefit your business? The likelihood of someone who is in need of your goods, services, &/or organization is going up all the time. We're talking thousands upon thousands of people seeing your ad either in motion or on a shelter! This type of advertising is good because it will be seen repeatedly by the people who use public transit on a regular basis.

Many transit riders spend an average of 30-40 minutes riding the bus. During that time, your ad is what they are seeing while they travel. Additionally & maybe more importantly, transit riders aren’t the only ones who can see your ads. Putting your "advertising into motion" on the outside of buses brings a whole new opportunity to reach thousands of additional potential customers. Your ad can be seen by hundreds of thousands of drivers, pedestrians, commuters & consumers each month. In 2015, public transit was responsible for more than 72,000 routes in the United States, all of which traveled 43 million passenger miles! Of those routes, transit buses covered just shy of 32,500!

Having an advertisement on the outside of a bus isn’t the only option. There are also ads inside the buses like this one, which gain much attention from thousands of passengers. 

There are bus shelter ads similar to this one that are seen not only by those waiting for a bus, but by those walking by, driving by, etc!

Exterior ads (seen in pictures below) come in all kinds just like those you're trying to reach. Out-of-home advertising via public transit ads include:
  • Curb & Street Signs: Located on the sides of transit vehicles. They are the largest of the signs & are full color vinyl signs.
  • Tail Signs: Located on the rear of transit vehicles. If you've ever been stuck behind a bus at a traffic light or in a traffic jam, you know what the back of that bus says by the time you start moving again.
  • Full, Partial or Tail Wraps: Graphic that covers parts of or the entire bus. These ads are a great way to make an impact visually & really sticks in the mind because it is difficult to ignore, especially if the ad has a clever graphic or says something funny.

According to a study conducted by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) this year, for every $1 spent on outdoor advertising, an average of $5.97 is generated in product sales! This type of advertising raises digital search effectiveness by over 40% & print by over 14%. With a consistent growth in ROI, why would you not want to tap into this avenue of advertising?!

If you’re interested in public transit advertising, call The Mullikin Agency today! We are your exclusive source for advertising on the Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) buses & on the University of Arkansas Transit buses. We would love to help you with all of your advertising endeavors!

Call us today at 479-750-0871 or learn more online at 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Change...the only constant in life.

One thing we can count on is change. Change happens every day all around us. In relation to the business world, consumers are constantly bombarded with why they need the next big thing, the out-with-the-old / in-with-the-new ads, etc. This can really cause problems from a business standpoint IF said business isn’t doing their due diligence in keeping up with the constant changes. One major way to help your business is by using different ways of communicating with your clients in person, by mail, e-mail, text, phone calls, PR, other forms of advertising, through your website or App, blog, podcast or video.

Another way of engaging today involves social media. According to Brandwatch, there are 2.3 billion active social media users as of 2015. 2.3 Billion! Not only that, but 91% of retail brands use 2 or more social media channels. Given this fact that many businesses know the importance of social media, how much competition is there for your business now?

So what does a business do with consumer expectations changing at phenomenally fast rates? How can a business keep up if there isn’t a ton of time to figure out what is working for the business? Daniel Newman, Forbes Contributor, gives 10 trends to put into action that may very well help keep your business ahead of the game. Here are just a few…

  • The Customer Experience.
    • Those businesses that are successful at keeping up with these changing times are the ones making the customer their focal point. What do your customers leave feeling like after they’ve done business with your company? Research that answer in detail & do what you can to adjust things so that customers experience a “piece of heaven” so to speak.

  • Video, the new content form.
    • Online content on social media sites (ie – reviews, blog posts, etc) still remain the core of a company's social media presence.  Brandwatch shows there are 8 billion average daily video views from 500 million users on Facebook! Real-time video & live-streaming are really starting to make an impact with consumers. Posts that include videos of company events, activities, product demonstrations, etc show a more human & more real side to your business.

  • Personalize it!
    • Do you want to make consumers purchases simpler & more responsive? Research the trends of your consumers lifestyle characteristics, online habits, & their purchase behaviors. Knowing the answers to these research points allows your business to make a very personal experience for your consumer by marketing communication based on the subjects said consumer is interested in at any given time.

As you can see, it is extremely important to engage with your consumers continuously so to be in-the-know of what they’re looking for & what they want in the moment. If the thought of all this overwhelms you, we at The Mullikin Agency are here to help & happy to do so!