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Marketing Do’s and Don’ts

Why your marketing is failing and what to do about it As marketing consultants to developers since 1982, we at Parker Associates have had the opportunity to constantly meet business leaders who have questions about marketing or are curious about how to market to their prospects. Almost every conversation starts with “Our marketing strategy isn’t working…” or “We need a new marketing strategy that will help us reach more customers.” After a few consultations where we dig a little deeper, there’s nearly one common reason why most companies struggle to generate success through their marketing efforts: They define marketing by thinking about tactics instead of strategy. Marketing tactics vs. marketing […]

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4 Letters to Selling Anything

Why do people buy? One of the keys to being able to sell a product is to understand what makes it sell. Some things don’t change, people like to buy things because they want it or need it. But, there are always choices. How do you stand out in a crowd is how you will be noticed. People are often torn between a curiosity about new things and a fear of anything too new. As a result, they tend to gravitate to products that may be a bit outside what they are used to but also not too far from what they are accustomed to. The theory, developed a hundred […]

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3 Keys to the Housing Market

Things to Know in Today’s Housing Market. A lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t know yet. The following three areas of the housing market are critical to understand: interest rates, building materials, and the outlook for an economic slowdown. 1. Interest Rates One of the most important things to consider when buying a home is the interest rate you will be charged to borrow the money. In our recent post we posed the question, “Are Low Interest Rates Here To […]

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Exit Planning for Your Business

Aging US Business Owners As America’s population gets older, many businesses will change hands in the coming years. Just as the workforce is aging, the ranks of business owners are grayer on average. A lot of owners are mulling how and when to sell. Businesses will be changing hands soon Note that the basic demographic situation that a quarter of business owners are over 60, a figure that will grow once all of the members of the Baby Boom Generation reach retirement age. Lots of them intend to sell relatively soon; as many as half aim to so in the next five years according to one recent survey of business […]

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Falling Interest Rates

Falling interest rates are spurring a new wave of mortgage refinancing. With the average rate on a 30-year fixed home loan now at less than 4%, there are 7 million homeowners who could cut their current rate by three-quarters of a percentage point. Many are taking notice: Refis are up 28% in the past four weeks. Many of the folks who can gain from refinancing took out their current loans last year. Still, it’s not a repeat of the boom in refinancing that took place in 2013, when refis made up 63% of the mortgage market. This year, the figure will be 26%. The Fed pumped the brakes on refis […]

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The Homebuying Process is Speeding Up

The Process of buying is faster Kiplinger reports that the process of buying homes is speeding up as a host of start-up firms use sophisticated algorithms to identify promising investment properties and generate an instant offer made directly to the homeowner. If the owner accpts, closing can take place in as little as two weeks. The purchaser makes renovations and then tries to quickly resell the house at a premium. It might be thought of as the new version of “flipping.” Among the firms driving the trend are Opendoor, Offerpad, Knock and Perch, among others. The biggest of them, Opendoor, aims to buy and sell homes in 50 markets soon. […]

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Avoiding the SEO Pitfalls

Avoiding the SEO pitfalls of URL parameters URL parameters are the parts of the address of a web page often visible after a question mark (?), ampersand (&), equals (=) or other attribute. Parameters might also be referred to as “query strings” and are commonly used on e-commerce websites. Numerous websites make use of query string parameters as a core part of their site architecture for tracking session IDs, languages, powering search queries and more. However, query string parameters can often result in multiple variations of the same URL all serving the same content. For example, the following URLs would, in theory, all point to the same content: a collection […]

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SEO Friendly URLs

The Ultimate Guide for an SEO-Friendly URL Structure Google’s Featured Snippets are prime real estate in the SERPs, but if you want to capture them it’s hard to know where to start. This powerful tool identifies and organizes Featured Snippet data for your keywords making it easier for you to rank in Position 0. First impressions count. And when it comes to your website, your URLs are often the first thing Google and customers will see. URLs are also the building blocks of an effective site hierarchy, passing equity through your domain and directing users to their desired destinations. They can be tricky to correct if you don’t plan ahead, […]

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Here Come the Pivotals

Reaching Gen Z If you’re anything like everyone (and most of us are), then you don’t have a clue about Generation Z, becoming popularly known as “The Pivotals” and for good reason. Finding out how to connect with the next generation of consumers is a critical marketing understanding for any company. Who are the Pivotals? They are diverse in gender, ethnicity, and style. They’re primarily ages 13 to 34 — which is to say, Generation Z with some young, or Trailing Edge Millennials thrown in. They’ve been raised on the internet and are perhaps more informed than any consumer group before them. They watch up to four hours of digital […]

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