Archive for the ‘Marketing and Branding’ Category

Sponsorships Can be a Slippery Slope

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Sports fans and students of media and advertising are no doubt aware of the perceived sexist comments recently made by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton toward a female sports reporter. When asked by Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue about the route-running of Panthers receiver Devin Funchess during an October 4 press conference, Newtown stunned the gathered reporters. (more…)

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Evaluating Your Brand? One Key Question to Ask Your Target Market

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

38309393 - group of different families together of all racesWhile businesses can never have complete control of their brand, they absolutely have the opportunity—and obligation—to work to manage and influence how their brand is perceived. Part of that journey starts with some basic market research. You need to understand how you’re currently perceived before you can start planning to get to where you want to be. (more…)

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5 Critical Elements of Successfully Managing Your Online Presence

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

When businesses think of branding and marketing, they often think in terms of the company as a whole. This is certainly important; however, personal branding can also be a big boon to your company. For sole proprietors and professional organizations (doctors, lawyers, accountants, consultants, etc.), showing off the personal expertise of the owners or management team is a great way to promote the company as a whole. Even larger organizations can benefit from showing the personal side of key executives—or touting their credentials to help boost business. (more…)

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Hiring Marketing Talent? Why Strategy Matters.

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Hiring marketing or content marketing talent?So, you’re in the market for a strategic marketing professional. You’ve screened hundreds of applicants, and it’s down to the handful you’ve picked to invite in for interviews. But this is an inherently creative position, and cookie-cutter interview questions about an applicant’s past experience or about their evaluation of their own qualifications might not give you enough insight to pick the right man or woman for the job. (more…)

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If Your Content Isn’t Working in Concert, It Isn’t Working!

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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Despite talk about multichannel and omnichannel marketing, the reality is that content creation and dissemination are often still siloed within organizations. That can lead not only to conflicting messages, but potentially negative brand impacts. Ideally, every consumer experience with an organization-regardless of how large it is-should be aligned and seamless. Messaging should be consistent in terms of content and quality. Clearly, that’s not an easy outcome to achieve, particularly between seemingly disparate parts of an organization (for instance, billing and HR). But what about between marketing and sales-two parts of most organizations that are outward-facing? Wouldn’t it seem logical to assume that their messaging would be aligned and consistent? (more…)

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Marketing: It’s Not Just For Getting New Customers

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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When businesses think about marketing, it’s typically and understandably in the context of attracting business. People who will pay you money. But marketing your business to potential employees — those you will pay money — can be just as important. And yet, so many employers overlook the importance of such marketing. As Wes Gay writes for Forbes, “Businesses are familiar with investing in consumer marketing, yet rarely consider investing in marketing for new employees. This is especially important for companies looking to recruit top millennial talent, as reaching the millennial generation can be challenging for older companies.”

 

With that in mind, we thought we’d provide some tips on how to market yourself to potential employees. The process is very much the same as any form of marketing. Here’s what you need to know. (more…)

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Email Marketing Still Works: If Done Effectively

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

mail marketing single large imageTracking the engagement of potential customers on a website has become second nature to most marketers. Even a relative novice to online marketing understands the fundamentals: time on page, conversions, shares, scroll depth, etc. But, it’s important for marketers to go beyond the basics.

One of the issues, or areas of misunderstanding, that we often come across is the lack of consideration of the pathway that a consumer will follow in the earlier practice of email marketing. There is a process that most follow as they engage with the email messages that crop up consistently in their inboxes on a daily basis (if, that is, those emails aren’t stopped at a firewall or relegated to a junk mail folder).

Here we take a look at that process:    (more…)

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The Proof is in the Metrics: If You’re Using the Right Ones!

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

marketing analyticsToday, virtually every business has a webpage, sometimes multiple pages. Not to mention social media accounts. But, while getting your name and your brand online is a crucial first step for raising awareness and preference for what you have to offer, it’s just one piece of the marketing puzzle. To be truly effective, you need to develop a process and method of tracking how effective your online marketing actually is. (more…)

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Why You Should Build Your Brand Based on Reality—Not Advertising Campaigns

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

20846299 - typography illustration poster of brand management wordsMarketers are understandably concerned about building and protecting strong brands. An Economist article from a few years ago discusses the power of brands.  “Brands account for more than 30% of the stock market value of companies in the S&P 500 index, reckons Millward Brown, a market-research company. Everyone knows that a Ralph Lauren Polo shirt costs more than a polo shirt; Coke without the logo is just cola.”

But, brand-building efforts are sometimes misguided– (more…)

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Retailers on Red Alert: Are They Doomed?

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Sears. Kmart. JCPenney. Macy’s. These are just a few of the growing list of retailers announcing store closures.  

And yet, at the same time as many stores are shutting down, Amazon is opening brick and mortar stores and recently purchased 431 Whole Foods stores.

It’s an interesting dichotomy and one I considered recently as I was writing a column for the summer issue of Chippewa Valley Business Report. (more…)

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