Archive for the ‘Innovation’ Category

Competing with the Big Guys: Leveraging a Narrow Niche, the Personal Touch and Agility

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Whether you’re a startup looking to break into an existing market, or an existing business looking to branch into a new product or service line, it can be intimidating to survey the competitive environment and find yourself potentially face-to-face with behemoth multinational corporations and Fortune 500 companies. While a mega-competitor could, theoretically, direct its massive resources into forcing out an upstart competitor, there are some ways to compete by exploiting the advantages small can have over large. (more…)

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Planning is Overrated: Execution is Where It’s At

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

executing your strategic plan, strategic planning, strategic communicationWhat’s more important: a great idea or great execution? There’s certainly an argument to be made for the importance of ideas for entrepreneurs, and it’s easy to point to famous examples of huge fortunes and successful businesses that sprung from a great idea — Facebook, the automobile, the PC, etc.; but the idea is just the beginning. (more…)

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Our Go-To Publications For Great Marketing Insights

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

content marketing, content management, newsjacking, social media, digital marketing, SEO, online marketingStaying informed is key for any business or profession, and marketing is no different. As marketing consultants, we use a variety of sources of information to stay on top of current trends. Magazines (online and in print) offer both a reader-friendly format and insights on trending topics within the industry. Below are some sources we’ve found particularly worthwhile. (more…)

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Rookie Mistakes that can Kill Small Businesses

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

It’s not easy starting a small business. One of the reasons entrepreneurs are so admired by the rest of society is because of the risk involved in striking out on one’s own. Many leave the stability and certainty of a salary, health insurance and a retirement plan to bet the farm on a venture they are confident in and passionate about.

Unfortunately, many of these intrepid business people fall prey to some very avoidable pitfalls. (more…)

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Engaging Through Mobile Channels

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Pew Research recently released their State of the News Media 2015 report, which includes some interesting information on the impact of mobile.  Consumers are increasingly consuming content via their mobile devices—even long-form content. Google’s ongoing algorithm changes and a growing trend toward the use of mobile have advertisers and marketers wondering whether their content will continue to resonate in smaller mobile formats.

The jury is still out, as they say, but the question is a valid—and evergreen—one these days. (more…)

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Who Are You Trying to Influence? Their Personality Types May Impact Your Effectiveness!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

By Justin Grensing, Esq., MBA

There’s a certain feeling one gets when having a light bulb moment – a great idea that is so brilliant it absolutely must be acted upon. Similarly, a polished business strategy or project plan that is the result of hours and hours of consideration and mental exertion can be like a child one has groomed for success. But when that idea or plan gets shot down because it’s too risky or too expensive, or because your managers, customers or business partners simply don’t get it, it’s certainly a bubble-bursting moment.

Just as a great product or service is useless if it can’t be sold to the marketplace, a great idea is useless if it can’t be sold to the right stakeholders. What works for one executive won’t necessarily work for another; different leaders have different motivations, fears and triggers. Identifying those cues really requires knowing what type of executive you’re dealing with. (more…)

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Surviving and Thriving in a Blue Ocean

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

In a previous blog post, we discussed the difference between blue oceans and red oceans. As a very brief recap, red oceans are the “what is” of the industry; it’s what is being done. Blue oceans, by contrast, are an open frontier. They are the unknown. They are the space where companies create their own new markets.

The benefits of blue oceans are apparent. There’s no competition yet. You invented the market and are in many ways a monopolist. Given the benefits of blue oceans, every business would operate in them if they could; however, it’s not that easy. (more…)

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How Will You Make Your Audience Want To?

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

I’m a big fan of EContent, a media outlet that focuses on content related to digital publishing, media and marketing. They have a number of very influential contributors* who write about trending topics, and useful strategies and tactics to help readers succeed in the online world.

It’s one of the many media outlets that I try to read as often as I can. Recently, when browsing through the topics on their homepage, I came across a piece by Theresa Cramer, the editor of EContent: Lessons From Serial: The Myth of the Shrinking Attention Span. I found it to be a very thought-provoking piece, and I was especially struck by one particular line in the piece: (more…)

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Why Your Customer Surveys Just Aren’t Working

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Customer surveys are one of the most commonly used arrows in a marketer’s quiver. What better way to get an idea of how your customers think than by asking them directly? While the basic idea is sound, the execution of customer surveys is often lacking. (more…)

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Engaging Customers in Real-Time Product and Service Development

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Traditional forms of marketing often pose a challenge for businesses in that they are often necessarily reactionary. Generally, marketers can’t determine customers’ satisfaction with a product or service until it’s already been created and introduced. By that time, it may be too late. (more…)

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