Marketing & Business Assistance
It's easy to get so wrapped up in the day to day challenges of running a business, that we all forget to take a look at the basics.
Can your potential customers find you?
Review how your customers will get to know you. Do you have a website, or do you need one, we can help if you do. Are you using Social Media, if not, why? Are you using a land phone line or a cell phone? Search for your business on-line and see if you can find yourself. If you have a tough time, will your potential customers be successful or become frustrated and move on?
Are you building a customer database?
When you earn a customer, don't lose them. At that very first transaction collect a mailing address and email address. Keep in touch often. Mail birthday cards, holiday cards, information about special events. Keep it professional and focused. Use both snail mail and email for variety. Don't over do it, more than weekly contact is too much.
Do you have consistent hours?
If you post an opening and closing time, stick to it. Customers expect you to be there when you say you will. Don't disappoint them, they may not come back.
Is your entry way welcoming and inviting?
Take a minute and walk through your front door, not the back door you always go in. Does your entry way invite customers to come in? Flower pots, lights, flags, are all inviting. Graffitti, trash, dirty windows, and old posters are not.
Are your windows fresh and clean?
Your window displays should be changed often and should show your current merchandise. Of course, the glass needs to be shiny clean so folks can see your display. If you need help learning how to put together effective window displays, just let us know. There are several pros downtown that would be happy to help.
Are you appealing to all of the senses of your shoppers?
That's pretty easy if you are a bakery or restaurant, but not so easy if you are a bookstore or antique store. Be sure your store smells fresh and appealing.
Do you need professional help?
That may sound like a loaded question, but it's not meant to be. Every business owner needs help along the way. Do you need to hire a bookkeeping firm? Are you going to hire a new employee and need help with interviewing or have human resource questions? Do you need to talk with a banker to review your business loan? There are a variety of needs and we have advocates from various firms that would be happy to sit down and speak with you. We'd be happy to make a recommendation.
Shop, Dine & Play in Old Town Pocatello
Old Town Pocatello, Inc.
420 N Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204
Revive @ 5 Summer Concerts
Every Wednesday All Summer!
The Bannock Civitan Club hosts the weekly Wedneday night concerts from 5-8pm at the Old Town Pavilion. Admission is free and all are welcome. Click here to see this year's line up!
Portneuf Valley Farmers Market Open Saturdays 9am to 1pm! The Market will be open on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm through the end of October.
Welcome Back Orange & Black, Monday August 28! The business community of Pocatello and Chubbuck will welcome back our ISU Bengals with the 6th Annual Welcome Back Orange & Black Communiversity Event on Monday, August 28. All ISU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this welcome back bash. Lots of food, prizes and fun at the Old Town Pavilion from 4 to 7pm.
September First Friday Art Walk Friday September 1! Old Town will be alive with crowds this Friday as we host the September First Friday Art Walk. Don't miss this opportunity to view and experience art by local artists as well as regional and national artists. The walk includes over twenty businesses, restaurants and galleries, some with art on display, some with the artist on hand and some providing a live demonstration. Refreshments are always available. You may also find live music along the way. All local residents and visitors are welcome. There is no charge to attend monthly Art Walks.
Be sure to visit The Kind Village installation taking place during Art Walk. For more information click here.
End of Summer Bash, Wednesday September 6! End of Summer Bash on September 6th! Don't miss the last Wednesday night concert of the Summer from 5-8pm at the Old Town Pavilion. Admission is free. Live music featuring the Kyd-J Band. Great food by The Sand Trap. Cold drinks, ice cream, balloons for the kids, and more! Proceeds from beverage sales will help support the Pocatello Chiefs and their community projects.
Kind Community Kick Off Celebration, Monday September 18!
On September 18, Old Town Pocatello and Kind Community are partnering to present our community with this year’s Kind Week Kick-off Celebration. From 5-9pm there will be food, music, activities, trolley rides and more for the families of Pocatello and Chubbuck. The event will take place on the East and West sides of the Center Street Underpass, in the Underpass, and along Union Pacific Avenue. For more information about this Kind Event or for information about becoming a Kind Vendor during the Celebration please visitwww.kindcom.org
Saturday September 30! The AV Center Professional Aviation Services, Teton Honda and Teton Hyundai are proud to present the 12th Annual Oktoberfest Street Party at Portneuf Valley Brewing on Saturday, September 30th! Gates open at 4pm with live music featuring Hot Pursuit, The Kyd-J Band and Gas, Food & Lodging beginning at 5pm. Beer, brats, music, and Oktoberfest fun for the entire family. Half price admission for ISU students. Plan to join the street party after the ISU homecoming game!
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