Archive for the ‘Strategic Planning’ Category

Staying on Top of Trends in Digital Marketing

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

One of the things I really love about the work I do is the ability to stay continually connected with clients and experts in a number of areas, especially traditional and digital marketing. Technology and competitive forces have caused change to be constant and rapid. Over the past year, especially, the pandemic has prompted a wide range of changes across all industries and areas of professional practice.

So how can you keep up on the changes that impact your work to make sure you’re remaining relevant as an expert in your field and valuable to those you serve?

Tactics I Use to Stay On Top of Trends

In addition to the typical ways of keeping up – e.g., reading trade and professional publications, blogs, attending trade show/webinars, etc., I have been fortunate to be able to call upon some unique experiences to help me stay up-to-date and informed. These include:

  • Teaching marketing courses at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as an adjunct lecturer. I learn from the research I need to do for my lectures as well as from the students themselves who share their experiences and knowledge during class and through their assignments.
  • Making presentations for trade and professional groups—both virtual and live. As with teaching, the research I need to do keeps me up-to-date on emerging trends/best practices, etc.
  • My clients. Working with a variety of clients (as opposed to working full-time for a single organization) offers an opportunity to learn from them—about their industry, their company, their processes, and the tools they use. Some of my clients are individuals, but I also work with large organizations and often serve as part of an agency team. These experiences introduce me to new techniques/strategies as well as new tools and apps. In addition, some of the projects I do are focused on digital marketing (like writing a white paper for a digital marketing firm to help establish them as thought leaders) which gives me an opportunity to do research and learn about new and emerging trends in the industry.
  • Writing by-lined articles for a variety of trade publications and blogs. In many cases, my work here requires me to find and interview expert sources related to what I’m writing about. This has been a really great way to stay up-to-date on trends. For instance, I was recently working on a piece about emerging marketing technologies. I posted a query to HARO and Profnet and got an overwhelming amount of input. While I often can’t use all of the input I receive, I still benefit from seeing not only the unique perspectives of various respondents, but also from being able to spot common threads or themes among the responses.

Attending conferences and trade shows, reading and listening to blogs, webinars, etc., are all great ways to stay up-to-date. But, I enjoy the ability to learn organically through the work I do every day and the real-world experiences and insights I gain from the professionals I’m fortunate to interact with.

How about you? How do you stay up-to-date on trends in your areas of expertise?

About Us

Strategic Communications, LLC, works with B2B clients to help them achieve their goals through effective content marketing and management with both internal and external audiences. We work with clients to plan, create and publish high-quality, unique content. Whether on- or offline, or both, we’ll help you achieve desired results.

(Strategic Communications is certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise through the Wisconsin Department of Administration.)

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Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

I saw a very interesting question in an online group I monitor recently: “Is it ever a good idea to give your work away?”

In this case, the question was related to consulting services but the question could just as easily apply to companies selling tangible products. And, perhaps, it is in comparing the two ─ services and tangible products ─ that this answer can make the most sense: “Yes, there are definitely times when giving your work─or your products─away can be a good idea!”

But when?

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Marketers: Here’s How You Can Get That Seat at The Table

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

I’ve worked in marketing for a number of years, and I know that it can be a thankless role at times. After all, the marketing department is a cost center, not a revenue center. It’s a function that is often highly scrutinized in terms of how dollars are being spent and what results are being achieved from those expenditures. Marketing staff is sometimes viewed as “squishy creative types” who don’t really understand business issues but like to throw money at bright, shiny things and the latest social media craze. (more…)

How To Demonstrate Your Productivity When Working Remotely

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

I’ve been thinking a lot about remote work lately. Not only because of the coronavirus, and not only because I’ve been working from home since 2008, but because my new book “Managing Remote Staff: Capitalize on Work-from-Home Productivity” was released by Self-Counsel Press, a publisher I’ve written a number of books for.

I received a lot of input for the book from both those who manage remote staff and those who work remotely. Some have been doing this for a number of years; others only since the pandemic emerged and changed the work landscape forever. Companies have historically been hesitant to allow employees to work from locations other than their official workplaces. This is true for a variety of reasons, many revolving around trust, concerns about communication, and the ubiquitous concern managers have of being able to successfully manage employees when they are “out of sight, out of mind.”

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The 3 C’s of Marketing and STP: How they Align

Thursday, October 29th, 2020
The 3 C’s of Marketing (company, customers and competitors)  is a popular model used to help businesses and marketers develop marketing strategies by encouraging them to think about their customers and what they value, what they have to offer that address what customers value/need, and what others (competitors) are offering. It’s a model that also aligns very well with another three-pronged marketing approach: segmenting, targeting, and positioning.

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Marketing During, and After, the Pandemic

Friday, June 19th, 2020

As businesses slowly begin to open back up, many find themselves doing business far differently than they may have before the pandemic. Safety is top of mind. Not all customers feel comfortable at this point, interacting in person with the businesses they may have frequented without fear in the past. That means for many companies, a combination of in-store/in-person and online or socially distanced interactions. Many are operating on the fly, figuring things out as they go. But now may be an excellent time to take a step back and update, or create, a marketing plan to help you move forward more strategically. 

Here’s some advice for doing just that: (more…)

Social Media and Your 2020 Marketing Strategy

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

There have been plenty of notable changes in the social media landscape as of late. New channels (like TikTok) are popping up. Legacy channels (like Facebook and Twitter) are cracking down on users and APIs whose approaches have been more spammy than strategic. (more…)

Another Year Draws to an End

Friday, December 27th, 2019
It’s hard to believe that another year is drawing to an end. I can still vividly remember the countdown to Y2K and the anxiety so many were feeling as they wondered what a new century would mean in terms of digital disruption. The year 2000 came in with more of a whisper than a bang but, since that time, much has changed in terms of the ways technology continues to impact our personal and professional lives.

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Goodwill: Being Strategic About Your Giving Decisions

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Supporting the local community can be expensive. Even large organizations have to be careful about how and where they lend their time – and money. Is there value – beyond personal satisfaction – in supporting local events and activities? Which ones? How can you say “no” graciously to the many requests that come your way? (more…)

Growing a Subscription Model Business

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

by Justin Grensing, Esq., MBA

 

content marketing, content management, newsjacking, social media, digital marketing, SEO, online marketingWith an up and down history dating back to the 1960s, the software-as-a-service or SaaS model has become the norm in tech-centered industries over the last couple of decades. With a SaaS model, providers of various applications or data storage capabilities allow end-users to remotely access the application or data. This is in contrast to models many of us were familiar with in the 1990s and 2000s where you would purchase an operating system software and install it via CD on a personal computer, for example.

In an article for Entrepreneur, Thomas Smale writes that the SaaS model has moved further and further toward a subscription model and suggests several subscription model-oriented growth strategies. These aren’t strategies only for very large, enterprise organizations. Even the smallest businesses, or solopreneurs, can leverage the subscription model to build sales. (more…)