5 Steps to a Better Blog

March 19th, 2018

We’ve been writing this blog for a long time – since 2009 actually! It actually draws more traffic than our website and we’ve also been recognized over the years, most recently by Feedspot as a “Top 30 Communication Blog.”  Recently we were asked by a reporter to share our top tips for effective blogging; we thought we’d share here as well. Here are our “Top 5 Tips for Building a Better Blog”: Read the rest of this entry »

5 Branding Missteps You Should Avoid

March 15th, 2018

 

Branding is an area we explore regularly with clients – conducting brand audits, developing brand positioning, etc. Some of the most common errors we see are: Read the rest of this entry »

Do Buyer Personas = Stereotypes? Yes, but…

March 8th, 2018

We recently responded to a reporter’s question of: “Are buyer/audience personas just a better way to say ‘stereotypes’?”

The answer:

Yes, but…

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Advertising Isn’t About Entertaining Unless it Also Drives Sales!

March 6th, 2018

“Dilly, dilly!” It was the marketing catchphrase of the year, according to the Wall Street Journal. And it’s definitely catchy. I love the commercials and the catchphrase and smile every time I hear it. I’m not alone.

Unfortunately, despite the popularity of the company’s new ad campaign, sales are slumping.  Read the rest of this entry »

Should Manufacturers Think More Like Pharmaceutical Companies When it Comes to Marketing?

February 22nd, 2018

8970947 - illuminated light bulb in a row of dim ones concept for creativity, innovation and solutionWhen you think about the types of companies you typically see ads for, manufacturing firms don’t typically come to mind. That’s because, historically, manufacturing companies haven’t invested a great deal in traditional marketing. They tend to be focused more on business-to-business (B2B) sales, than business-to-consumer (B2C). Their business focus has typically been on achieving operational efficiencies to drive down costs and increase profits. They set themselves apart from competitors by providing higher quality, faster turnaround or lower cost, and they haven’t typically spent much time thinking about the end user consumers of their products. Read the rest of this entry »

What Your Marketing Metrics May, or May Not, be Telling You

February 15th, 2018

Marketing has long been faced with a perception that its results are difficult to accurately measure. Consequently, many business leaders are skeptical of investing money into marketing efforts, because they aren’t convinced they can tie the dollars they put into marketing to their bottom line. When it comes to online marketing, in particular, a lot of metrics have been developed to help evaluate the effectiveness of marketing efforts in the absence of the ability to measure a concrete ROI.

But, not all metrics are created equal, and not all make sense. Read the rest of this entry »

Email Marketing is Not Dead: Why It’s a Top Tool for Connecting With Millennials

February 13th, 2018

38309393 - group of different families together of all racesYou don’t have to be a tech-savvy millennial to set up your email’s junk mail filters to ensure you never see an unsolicited advertisement. But when it comes to millennials, email marketing may be one of the best options available. Matt Bryant, writing for PPR North America, writes that, “millennials, the first generation of digital natives (grew up using computers), don’t respond to traditional advertising and marketing tactics as past generations did. A recent study found that 84 percent of millennials don’t like traditional advertising nor do they trust it.” So, how can you effectively reach this group? You may be surprised. Read the rest of this entry »

Answers to Your Top Questions About Super Bowl Advertising

February 1st, 2018

football in foreground for super bowlAs Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots approaches, it’s an obvious time to take another look at some of the data on the marketing spectacle that surrounds the event. Here we address some of the top questions many consumers have as they prepare to watch the commercials (er, game…) Read the rest of this entry »

Content Marketing and the Pathway to Purchase

January 23rd, 2018

Business owners know that bringing in new sales can be extremely challenging and often frustrating. More often than not, a potential prospect never makes it from sales lead to paying customer. There are a number of steps along the path to purchase and prospects can be lost at any one. But it doesn’t have to be this way! At least not in the world of online marketing. Great content generation can help move prospects through your sales funnel more effectively. Read the rest of this entry »

Content Marketing: A Wide Range of Options

January 18th, 2018

At Strategic Communications, we are big advocates of content marketing. It’s crucial to offer something of value to your potential customers rather than simply advertising to them. Blogs and whitepapers can be great vehicles for this type of marketing, but there are many, many forms of content marketing, and some might not seem to fit that label at first glance. Read the rest of this entry »