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4 Steps to Create Valuable Content for the Content Marketing Game

According to Smart Insights, more than 20% of more than 2,300 marketers said that content marketing would give their business the biggest incremental uplift in leads and sales in 2017.  But content marketing isn’t easily mastered, nor is it always easily implemented.  What is this beast that marketers everywhere wring their hands over? And how can smart marketers tame that beast and get leads rolling in once and for all?

5 Tips to Conquer Your First INBOUND Conference

 

Traveling with work is both exciting and stressful. Your first business conference can be a true first glance into adulthood. Last year, I attended my first one. It was HubSpot’s INBOUND conference in Boston, and lucky for you, I took notes on how to survive the week. Check out my tips below to conquer your first INBOUND experience.  

 

Is Traditional Marketing Dead?

As traditional marketing methods seem to fall more and more by the wayside, it seems everyone these days is looking for the next hot trend in marketing. The digital world is moving so quickly that by the time most B2B marketers get with the current trends, the Next Big Thing has already come along.  B2B marketers are tired of feeling left behind, but, at the same time, they wonder if the same trends driving the B2C market can really be effective in the B2B marketing world.

Customer Journey Mapping: 3 Ways It Impacts Your Internal Brand

You know that mapping customer journeys is a critical component of your marketing program from the customer perspective. However, have you stopped to consider how going through the mapping process can positively impact your company and your sales?

 

Are You Telling Your Customers Where to Go?

There is fierce competition for your customers’ attention. Whether you believe the Media Dynamics 2014 study that stated consumers were exposed to, on average, 362 ads each day or the HubSpot infographic that estimates consumers see 5,000 marketing messages every day, the truth is that customers are bombarded with messages. They are inundated with brand messaging, tantalizing promotions and product promises each and every day.

 

How do you cut through the clutter, grab customer attention and get them to focus on your brand?

What is a Brand Ambassador Anyway?

You've heard about them. Brand ambassadors are everywhere. Famous faces and voices touting products and pitching companies are filling television screens, popping up in online searches and giving us all kinds of reasons why we should buy or invest in or use the services they're promoting.

That's all very well and good for Coke. Or Buick. Or Delta Airlines. They've got tons of money to buy ads and pay celebrities beaucoup bucks to sell, sell, sell.

 

But what happens to all the rest of us who live in the marketing trenches? We have finite budgets and limited resources to attract prospects to our fabulous products and services. And people are telling us we need to get a celebrity to pitch products? Hmmm.

 

5 Ways to get Creative With Your Marketing Strategy

It happened again. Your company president just told you that he wants something "really creative." You stare at him blankly. Wasn't last month's Fat Tuesday event creative? Wasn't that terrific ad campaign last quarter completely off the charts? What more does he want from you? What on earth does he mean by "really creative marketing?"

 

Let's face it, the competition for consumer attention is fierce. People are bombarded by hundreds (some say thousands) of marketing messages every day. How do you get your brand to stand up and be heard?

 

It's not enough to pull out the Mardi Gras masks and offer King Cake at your events. It's important to use those fun props and themes to tell your brand story in a compelling way that makes your potential customers pay attention.

 

Here are five ways to boost your creative marketing strategies and make your boss sing your praises at company picnics.

 

3 Things to Consider When Hiring a Marketing Agency

 

Choosing a partner agency is extremely important. Essentially you are choosing a group of people that will become an extension of your existing team. There are several things that you need to consider when choosing an agency and we are going to mention just a few. Make sure to download the content at then end of this blog to see a comprehensive set of questions you should ask an agency before hiring.

Marketing Tools and Tips: Marketing Lessons from Vegas

Las Vegas, as a destination, is a marketing fiend. If you haven't heard the infamous slogan "What Happens Here, Stays Here" then you've either been watching far too much TVLand or you've opted to tune out all the genius marketing ideas of the last 10+ years. Vegas, as an entity, is a lesson in modern marketing tools and tips that even the most seasoned vets among us can learn from.

5 Ways to Make Radical Changes to Your Marketing Plan in 2015

“We’ve always done it this way.”
 
“It works every time.”
 
“Why fix something that isn’t broken?”
 

I was having a conversation a few days ago with a younger colleague who explained the ins and outs of Snapchat and why she thinks that it’s a great new marketing tool.  I own a Snapchat account and I even have a few friends there. But I have no REAL clue how to use it even though everyone I know under the age of 25 seems to turn to it almost exclusively as the communication tool of choice. They effortlessly snap photos, add captions and sail them off into the wild world of the ‘net and move on with their lives. And I thought that my growing ability and desire to text over talk was edgy.  Not so.  If I’m going to stay in touch with my kids, my younger colleagues and the ever-changing world of marketing, I’m going to have to get savvy about Snapchat.

 

The 5 Building Blocks of an Integrated Marketing Plan

Having an integrated marketing plan has not only proven to make your "marketing life" so much easier, but this day-in-age it is a necessity. Integrated marketing gives your marketing initiative a method to its madness. It focuses on the customer, and on the basics while including the multi-faceted aspects of today's marketing channels. 

 

{Enter the golden era of advertising and the explosion of Mad Men creativity. As Don Draper puts it in the renowned AMC television series, “If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.”}

 

So you can still keep that vibrant creativity, but you also need to remember your customers. What keeps them coming back for more? What problems do they have that you can fix? 

Build an Integrated Marketing Campaign: Enough with Shotgun Marketing

I’m going to give you a few tongue-in-cheek marketing definitions for thought:

 

E-mail blast:  A desperate attempt to reach my customers because it’s been two months since I’ve communicated with them and I have something AMAZING to tell them.

 

Last minute ad buy:  I realize that I’ve never purchased an ad in this magazine before and that I have no intention of ever doing so again but this FEELS SO RIGHT.  And it’s 85% off the rate card. 

 

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