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Strategies Designed For Success


CALHOUN PRESS, INC. knows that most businesses are looking to increase sales and income yet many smaller businesses are concerned that marketing can be a scary risky proposition. In reality, marketing is the lifeblood of most     successful and growing businesses, assuming it is done correctly.

Marketing Provides Measurable Results

I know at least half of my advertising budget works; I just don’t know which half.” Henry Ford.

You can’t just start a marketing program and set it on autopilot and hope for the best. Marketing strategies, while hopefully well thought out, need to be managed and tended. One would not start a garden and then wait until the end of the growing season to see how things went. In the same way, marketing is an ongoing process that needs regular and constant review to check for results and make appropriate changes. Several methods are available to businesses to confirm the effectiveness of their marketing and advertising methods. In addition, a measured start and adjusted growth of marketing and advertising is essential to avoid wasting time and money.

Call or email me today for a FREE consultation and some ideas.

Direct line 860-202-0998  or email me at

Best of Success,


If you think marketing is expensive, think what it’s costing you when you don’t.

Fact: People want what you offer but they don’t contact you. Why? They don’t know you.

People are looking for what you offer. They don’t know you and don’t know you are out there. You don’t know they are looking for what you offer. An opportunity is lost. Lost opportunities occur over and over again without any notice. Opportunities come and go on a regular basis.

People contact others they can easily find. Businesses and other organizations invest in marketing so that people can easily find them. Getting your contact info in front of potential consumers is crucial for growth and prosperity of your organization.

What is it costing you for every customer and sale you don’t get? Most businesspersons are aware of apparent operating costs such as rent, wages, utilities, materials, supplies and taxes.  There is an equal, and other important cost to consider, lost opportunity cost. Lost opportunity costs are hard (if not impossible) to measure but they are certainly real.

The solution. There are many marketing strategies that will mitigate and minimize these lost opportunity costs, whether you are marketing to businesses or consumers. The opportunity cost must correlate to reasonable and available financial resources and should increase as the marketing strategies work to increase revenues and income.

Here are some outcomes of any effective marketing strategy:

  • Increase your visibility, generally.
  • Generate increased traffic to your website and/or business location.
  • Provide increased visibility through social media platforms.
  • Create awareness that you and your business are an expert in what you offer.
  • Generate trustworthiness and credibility with your current customers and prospects.
  • Allow assessment of your value with no strings attached.
  • Increase awareness and credibility of you, your brand and your products and services.

Wishing you the best of success,






Update Your Website Frequently

“There is nothing permanent except change”. Heraclitus

So many people are so busy with the day-today operations of their business or nonprofit organization that they forget to check on the status of their website and what others are seeing when they visit the site. Don’t leave your website unchecked and outdated. Out of site out of mind is probably hurting your organization. The way you maintain your online presence gives the public an impression of how you run your business.

Make a Great First Impression

You want to make a great first impression and keeping your website up to date is part of that. Your website is likely the first thing people looking for what you offer see. if the website is outdated or missing links the prospect will likely quickly lose interest and move on to check out websites of others. A site that is outdated does not have a fresh look, is uninteresting, shows poorly and is doing the owner a disservice. It can disinterest prospects quickly, even before the viewer finds out what you offer, and are about. Keeping your website looking fresh is very important in attracting new prospects and keeping current customers and clients.

Keep Your Content Up to Date

Updated content and pictures will give your website a current fresh look. It is much more likely to cause your prospects to spend time reviewing your site, ultimately driving more traffic to it and your organization. Set a schedule to remind yourself that it is time to review and update the site or hire a pro to do that for you. Technology and trends are always changing, and professionals are up to date on the latest nuances and features of websites.

Start a Blog

Blogging is a great way to expose your website to new traffic, promote search engine optimization (SEO) and give you the opportunity to show prospects that you and your organization have expertise in the products or services you offer. Blogging will also force you to see and review the website on a regular basis. Blogging shows people who are searching for solutions you offer, that you have the solutions they seek, and that increases the chances that they will buy from you or utilize the services you provide.  Blogging in general is a great way to increase visits to your site. Blogs can be done on any basis. A monthly blog would be the great, but when it comes to blogs, the more times the merrier and something is better than nothing! Professionals can also create great blogs if you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself.

Keep Keywords Updated

Keeping the keywords current and using the right keywords in your website is essential.  The right keywords help drive traffic to the website. It is just as important to keep the keywords on your website current as it is the content. Pages on your site need keywords that represent the products or services you offer. The keywords you use should represent and convey the same image and message, about what you offer, to prospects who are searching online. Location keywords describe the proximity of your location and the area(s) you serve. Things change, and it is important to keep both the website pages and the related keywords current so that your location, contact information and service area are correct and up to date.

Bottom Line

If you don’t regularly update your content, pictures and keywords, your website will gradually get less and less useful and effective. Make a point to come up with a plan to regularly update the website . Remember the words of Ben Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Failure generally creeps up on us, we certainly don’t plan it. Review your website regularly, keep your web pages and keywords up to date, seriously consider starting a blog, and plan to succeed!

Best of success,


Call or email me today for a FREE consultation and some ideas.

Direct line 860-202-0998  or email me at


Three Low or No Cost Marketing Strategies

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” Henry Ford 

Many cash-strapped businesses diminish the high value that investing in marketing brings. That’s right, investing! The money and time spent on marketing will normally repay itself many times over. Marketing is a big part of running any successful business.

Too many businesses are short sided and invest little or nothing in publicizing themselves to increase sales and income. Without marketing the business normally continues the vicious cycle of low sales and low income, which leaves little or nothing for marketing and on and on. Many times, the business struggles to survive. This view is a big mistake, because marketing can actually provide the cash to pay for further ongoing advertising and other promotional expenses that grow a business.

For those businesses with little or no funds to start marketing here are three ideas:

Ask for referrals. Create an incentive that lets your customers do the marketing for you. Offer a small finders-fee, such as a gift card, to any current customer who brings a new customer to you. This lets current customers know that you are currently seeking new customers and are therefore much more likely to mention and recommend your business to people they know. It has been found that people are four times more likely to deal with, or buy from, a business or organization, when it comes from a recommendation and referral from someone they know.

Get involved with local groups, clubs and chambers of commerce. Don’t underestimate the power of working and meeting in public settings and social media groups. You will likely come across folks with questions that you can answer and thereby show your expertise. Try to participate or sponsor a local event, such as an open house or offer some free service, to promote your business. The more involved you are with your local community and online social media groups, the more likely you are to acquire new customers. Typically, it doesn’t cost anything to become a member of online communities, so you can reap the benefits with nothing more than a few hours of your time.

Write press releases, news articles and blogs. Think of newsworthy things you can report. Many times, if you have something noteworthy to report, such as a significant change in your industry or other considerable news, media will report it for you. Press releases are a free or inexpensive way to get your business or organization mentioned in key media, thereby also enabling the posting of a link to your website or the listing of your contact information, potentially giving rise to some new connections and patrons. By doing the work yourself, media releases can be another free marketing tool.

The bottom line? If you are struggling financially and still want to start working on finding new customers, look for imaginative ways to get the word out that you exist and are seeking new customers. The ideas here are just a few of the many free or low cost ways to get started growing your business!

Best of Success,


Telephone 860-474-3888

Why Should My Organization Have a Website?

Why should my business have a website?

It’s a fact – most people looking for goods or services these days look on the web. In today’s fast paced world people simply need to enter a few keystrokes on their computer, tablet or smart phone to find what they want – and thats what they do.

Most small businesses owners would like a great website but can’t spend a small fortune and don’t know enough about website design to build a website themselves.

Calhoun Press, Inc. will design a great website that will help to ensure that people searching the web for your services get a great first impression about you and get the information they need to select you while they’re shopping around. Only designers that are competent and creative will create your site. We avoid common website design mistakes to ensure that you and your designer work together for a great result we can all be proud of.

Building a website for a business is a big task. More than any other advertising or marketing you do, your website conveys your primary image and provides information to those looking for the things that you offer.

A simple, clean website is also very effective. You want to include enough information to keep your prospects attention but not so much that they become overwhelmed. You want to do everything you can to keep your potential client or customer at the website until they contact you.

Give Larry a call at 860-202-0998 for a free initial consultation

No Success Until You Start

You Don’t Have To Be Great To Start, But You Have To Start To Be Great, Zig Ziglar

The effort and determination you take provides your road to success and achievement. Inspiration and determination are good but it’s the implementation and action that create success. No one ever prospered by just thinking about an idea. Consistent action is required!

Zig Ziglar’s words prove true. Most people have ideas and dreams yet never get started because they are waiting for something, the right, day, the right time, a certain amount of cash, and so on. Most misjudge and believe that they will be successful when they are ready, when they have a certain amount of cash/capital and so on and so forth. Life is fleeting. There is no time like NOW to get started.

Do yourself a favor. Get started on your dream today, not tomorrow. Even small amounts of effort every day will eventually lead to success.

Like anything in life, you don’t get credit for trying until you’ve taken some real shots at your goal. You may not succeed the first time you take a shot, but until you start taking real measurable shots (shots that count) you’re not really giving it an actual try. it’s getting started taking some shots that matter. As Benjamin Franklin aptly stated, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained!!!”

Get started today!

CALHOUN PRESS, INC. can help you map out a plan for success.

Give us a call at 860-202-0998

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Your website tells your prospects what you offer and how to buy or otherwise contact you.

The website also provides the prospect their first view and interaction with you and your organization.

The website should grab a visitors attention and cause them to stick around to review your site in detail and ultimately contact you.

A well designed website with good content, graphics and pictures should be well designed yet be low cost. You don’t need to go crazy spending, but you do want to have great content that attracts visitors, and an SEO setup that attracts prospects. A website alone provides benefits in terms of showing the validity of your business or organization but you need to optimize the website for SEO to attract new visitors and prospects.

A superior web host is necessary for all websites and blogs, you can host the website for minimal cost with excellent reliability and customer service.

Ready to get started? Give Larry a call at 860-202-0998 for a free consultation and additional information.

$500 Websites

Cheap Website Option for Small Businesses

Get a presence on the web for only $500!

You have a business or brand that you want to get online. We have the solution.

Call Larry at 860-202-0998 for details and to discuss your ideas.

Up to 3 pages including pictures and content.

The only other cost you will incur is the Domain registration fee of around $10 and the annual hosting fee which is about $100 a year. These costs are for outside providers who will host your site on their servers. These fees do not go to us.

The organization returns

CALHOUN PRESS, INC. has restarted operations! The great grandson of Thomas F. Dignam who is also the grandson of John V. Dignam, Larry Carlson, Jr., has restarted the CALHOUN PRESS, INC. to offer outstanding websites, search engine optimization (SEO) and marketing services to help your business grow and prosper.

The organization follows the tradition of providing excellent and outstanding innovative products and services to help other organizations succeed.

Give Larry a call at 860-202-0998 for a free initial consultation.