Archive for the ‘Marketing and Branding’ Category

Why You Might NOT Want to Become a Thought Leader

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Thought leadership is something we talk about a lot, and for good reason: it can be a great marketing vehicle—if done correctly.Because content marketing is so prevalent these days, creating and disseminating content across a wide range of channels (traditional and digital) is more cost-effective than ever before. And people are hungry for useful, relevant content.


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13 Branding Skills Recommended by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC)

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

20846299 - typography illustration poster of brand management wordsA recent slideshow by discussed what they consider to be 13 skills that will help improve branding efforts. Of course, this is a subject area we are particularly focused on, so we wanted to take a look. The list was compiled by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), with each skill provided by a different member of the YEC. The 13 skills they recommend are: (more…)

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Building Your Brand Story, One Piece at a Time

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Brands are made up of multiple components – your product or service; your logos, advertising campaigns, public relations and sponsorships; the behaviors of your employees and your customers’ interactions with them; the personalities of the top executives and/or owners, etc. As we’ve said many times before, it’s ultimately the market that truly defines your brand, and they do so by absorbing all of the elements we just mentioned into an overall image in their mind of who your company is and what it stands for. (more…)

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Are You Wasting Your Time at Networking Events?

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

In a recent Entrepreneur article, John Rampton explains to readers “Why You Should Stop Wasting Your Time on Networking Events.” In the piece, Rampton writes, “If people will be there that have great ideas and energy to share, I’m game. But attending an event just to hand out business cards and get a stack in return with the hopes of landing a new client or important connection is not for me.” (more…)

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Iterative Innovation: Improving Upon Competitors’ Ideas to Build Value for Your Customers

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

8970947 - illuminated light bulb in a row of dim ones concept for creativity, innovation and solutionWhen facing competitors, there’s an old saying that goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” In other words, if you aren’t able to overcome your rivals, you’re better off cooperating with them or joining their side in the hopes that you’ll gain some sort of advantage. In the business world, a better saying might be, “If you can’t beat ‘em, copy ‘em.” (more…)

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Avoiding the Top 3 Networking Blunders

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Hiring marketing or content marketing talent?Networking is an important activity in any industry. The term has many definitions depending on who you talk to, but in a broad sense you can think of it as just getting to know people in your industry. It’s surprising how many employment, mentorship, sales and partnership opportunities come about just by tapping into who you know and who you’ve met through networking activities.

Unfortunately, we don’t always leverage those relationships to best advantage. (more…)

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Captivating Consumers With Top-Notch Product Images

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

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How important are product images in your online marketing activities? If you effectively describe the product specifications, give some detailed reviews and have an in-depth description, is that enough? It seems like it isn’t. In fact, Lumina Datamatics cites a survey by the National Retail Federation showing that 67 percent of customers consider images more important than product-specific information, long descriptions and product reviews.

Think about that for a second. (more…)

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Guiding Consumers to the Bottom of the Funnel (BOFU)

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Customer reviews, client reviews, best PR firm, public relations, content marketingThe word “sales” often conjures up some very specific images. A man in a suit holding a briefcase going door-to-door selling encyclopedias or vacuums, for example. Or a guy hustling in a car lot. But as we know, sales is, in reality, a process. A process that ends with a pitch. The direct pitch to the customer or the final sales touchpoint is the last step in the sales process and is often referred to as “the bottom of the funnel” (BOFU). It follows TOFU (top of the funnel) and MOFU (middle of the funnel) activities that are designed to move the consumer down a pathway to a purchase. (more…)

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Brand Building for a New Business

Monday, November 27th, 2017

It can take years to develop a firmly established brand. And for good reason. A brand is more than a logo or an advertisement or even an entire ad campaign. A brand is how the market sees your business based on the totality of the information available to them: your marketing efforts, media coverage of your organization – including social media, stories from friends and family – and their own personal experiences.

For new startups, the brand is essentially non-existent. The market may be familiar with the entrepreneurs behind the company, which can add some element of a brand, but for the startup itself, the brand is a blank slate. That’s both a curse and a blessing. The curse is that nobody knows anything about your company: your story, your values, your mission, etc. The flip side to this – the blessing – is that you have the opportunity to attempt to build a brand as you see fit. (more…)

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Should You Be Adding Messaging Apps to Your Marketing Mix?

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

For the last several years, companies have become increasingly aware of the importance of social media in their marketing efforts. For many business owners and marketers, social media marketing largely supplanted directed marketing using traditional mail or email. Interestingly, the trend may be coming full circle as many marketers are now looking at using direct messaging apps in conjunction with their other social media marketing.

In an article for Entrepreneur, Alfred Lua discusses the growing popularity of messaging apps, advocates for incorporating these apps into online marketing mixes and looks at strategies to maximize their effectiveness. We’ve picked out a couple of his tips that might be most useful for small businesses. (more…)

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