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5 Lessons for Big Brands from Small Business Content Creators

By Melissa Simmerman on Nov 27, 2019 1:44:18 PM

This Friday, millions of people will be shopping. And millions of people won’t.

Every year, it seems more “conscious consumers” opt out of Black Friday and into the Small Business Saturday/Shop Local movement, started by American Express in barely post-recession 2010 to keep Main Street alive. Almost a decade later, the movement has proven its value: a recent survey found that among consumers who plan to shop on Small Business Saturday, 96% said the event “inspires them to go to small, independently owned retailers or restaurants that they have not been to before or would not have otherwise tried.”

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The New Rules for Black Friday, and How Brands Can Capitalize

By Rob Mixer on Nov 25, 2019 5:27:01 PM

Folks, Black Friday has arrived.

We’re going to assume you aren’t frantically checking your phone or your calendar to confirm, because if you’re like most shoppers in the United States, you’ve started holiday shopping already. Some of them—an increasing number, we might add—began the journey this summer, with a little something we know as Amazon Prime Day.

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February Retail Round Up: 3 Things We Love This Valentine’s Day

By Kyle Collins on Feb 13, 2019 4:27:49 PM

The red and pink candy, hearts, and flowers have exploded in stores and on sites across the country, and retailers are in the mood for l-o-v-e. The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects it to be a record year for Valentine’s Day shopping, with more than $20 billion being spent on everything from cards to clothing.

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