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Ron Cates

Director of New Market Development


Ron Cates

An award-winning business leader, Ron Cates has developed a broad range of solutions for marketing professionals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations, helping strengthen their customer and donor relationships.  Ron is a popular speaker and educator on topics including developing email marketing strategies, designing effective email communications, and maintaining powerful relationships with stakeholders. He has supported small business for decades and has an extensive background in marketing. A digital marketing pioneer, Ron has educated nearly 100,000 organizations on behalf of Constant Contact, and has presented at hundreds of high-profile conferences and events. In his position, Ron has the unique opportunity to interact with marketers of all kinds from across the country. Because of this experience in the field he is able to stay on the pulse of the newest trends and obstacles in the ever-changing world of online marketing. 


Creative Ways to Promote Food and Beverage Online Article
7 Creative Ways to Promote F&B Online   September 2, 2014
By: Ron Cates

Marketers that are even remotely related to the food industry have been a bit gun-shy when it comes to promoting food and beverages. Here are seven ways to do it right.

Mobile Marketing through Customers Smartphones Article
Why A Customer’s Smartphone Is Your Best Marketing Device   August 5, 2014
By: Ron Cates

The key to driving successful mobile campaigns is to earn a place in your customers’ conversations. Dipping into the tip jar, here are five ideas for creating and executing mobile marketing campaigns.

Social Media Marketing Blog
Weighing in On the Art of Online Conversation   June 16, 2014
By: Ron Cates

The clumsy behavior that makes us laugh behind the bar is not too different from how some bars present themselves on social media.

Twitter Article
Twitter: Are You Killing It Or Is It Killing You?   April 29, 2014
By: Ron Cates

Following are some best practices for establishing credibility, building and keeping a following, and driving new business through Twitter.

Found Online Article
Making Sure You’re Found Online    April 1, 2014
By: Ron Cates

Sure, any business can create a profile on Facebook or Twitter but turning your online presence into profit requires a bit more than that.

Online Brand Blog
Building Your Bar Brand Online   March 10, 2014
By: Ron Cates

Becoming the “it” place in the neighborhood isn’t a matter of luck nor is it about being the hot, new establishment in town. Today, the most direct path to popularity and prosperity comes from establishing your brand online.

Content Marketing Article
5 Most Common Content Marketing Obstacles    January 28, 2014
By: Ron Cates

Content is currency on the Internet. It’s what people consume, share, and it’s what can help get your business found.

LinkedIn Blog
Eight Ways To Boost Your Business Through LinkedIn   November 26, 2013
By: Ron Cates

When it comes to promoting your nightclub or bar on social media, odds are that Facebook and Twitter are the first two social networks that come to mind. However, let’s not forget about LinkedIn. With more than 250 million users, LinkedIn dominates the professional networking space.

QR Code Blog
Is it Last Call for QR Codes?   November 5, 2013
By: Ron Cates

If you listen to the rumor mill, they’ll have you believing that QR codes are dead when this is simply not true. However, if you’ve had hit-or-miss luck with QR codes, perhaps it’s time to consider that it may not be the code that’s causing the problem.

SMS Texting Campaign Article
10 Gr8 Tips for Using SMS Mktg 2 Ngage Custmrs   September 10, 2013
By: Ron Cates

How do you draw in people on short notice? In these scenarios, you know the best way to get the word out is through a text.

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