Best Practices in Defining Your Value Proposition

November 7th, 2017

content marketing, content management, content strategy, strategic marketing, marketing strategically, strategic communicationsThe value proposition for a product or service is a foundational element in any sales and marketing activity. The value proposition responds to consumers’ question of “why” related to your products and services. “Why should I buy your product?” “Why should I subscribe to this service?”

A value proposition isn’t an off-the-top-of-your-head pitch to potential customers. It has to be carefully crafted, based on a solid understanding of your audience’s needs and values. Writing for Forbes, Rebecca O. Bagley recommends a three-step process for developing a value proposition: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Market to People Who Hate Marketing

November 2nd, 2017

Millennials have changed the face of the world in so many ways: culture, technology and business to name just a few. As this group grows to represent an ever-larger share of the consumer market, one characteristic of this cohort, in particular, can be extremely vexing for marketing professionals: they—even more than previous generations—dislike and distrust marketing and advertising. So what can you do about that? Read the rest of this entry »

How to Respond Effectively to Negative Advertising

October 31st, 2017

For many businesses, connecting with and selling to a target market can be challenging enough on its own. But, when a competitor jumps into the mix and badmouths your product, service or entire company, an entirely new front opens up. Consider a local grocer watching TV when an ad comes on from a competitor discussing how the local grocer’s produce is not as fresh as the competitor’s and that its product selection is less expansive. Many marketers and business owners struggle with how to respond. Do you ignore the attack? Do you hit back? Read the rest of this entry »

Strategic Communications Featured as a Leading PR Firm on Clutch

October 27th, 2017

Customer reviews, client reviews, best PR firm, public relations, content marketingStrategy matters. Not only for our clients, but also for our own team. Strategy is what sets the foundation of a successful partnership, project, or campaign. Part of our strategy at Strategic Communications is being included on Clutch. Clutch is a reviews platform for businesses in the IT services and traditional marketing industries. Their coverage of public relations firms has been continuously growing over the last few years, with over 1,000 companies involved.  Strategic Communications recently joined their growing list, making us very proud that we’ve been able to rise to the top as a leading provider in the PR space. Read the rest of this entry »

Sponsorships Can be a Slippery Slope

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Critical Elements of Successfully Managing Your Online Presence

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Hiring Marketing Talent? Why Strategy Matters.

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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? Read the rest of this entry »

Marketing: It’s Not Just For Getting New Customers

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. Read the rest of this entry »