Brand Activation Is A Global Movement

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Once upon a time, I lived in Chicago and I spent some time freelancing for Frankel. Bud Frankel was a pioneer in sales promotion, and I thought it was pretty cool to see him walking the halls as Chairman of the firm he founded, led and eventually sold. The sales price in 2000 was estimated […]

New Media Requires New Marketing

  New media is the new buzzword that can mean everything and nothing. It goes largely undefined, but is used as if everyone knows exactly what it means. The term, itself, may even be mildly offensive to the veterans of traditional media. By declaring itself “new”, it is positioning as “old”, that which came before. […]

The Game Changers of Online Marketing

Some ten years ago, I was a fledgling amateur of website design so it went without saying that if I could get a business owner within earshot then I would be pitching them ideas. It was astounding how resistant individuals were about the simple idea of taking their business online. Today is a different story. […]

Ad Agency Process Is Slower Than Molasses — Clients Are Not Impressed

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Have you heard the news? Journalists are migrating to Adland to help agency personnel get off their asses and move at the fast pace of business today. According to the The Wall Street Journal, Caitlin Francke, a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun and the Philadelphia Inquirer, is now senior vice president and director of […]

Why The Marketing Pie Is Becoming Mush

I didn’t make any industry predictions for 2014. But one thing is certain to happen: More and more advertising and marketing firms will continue to grab any business they can. Whether they’re competent in a certain type of work or not. If you’re hiring any kind of marketing firm, it’s always good to look at […]

For Modern Brands, Social Media Marketing Is A Shared Responsibility

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Hats off to David Zaleski at iMedia Connection for capturing a serious topic in a humorous way. Zaleski says at the end of his video lashing that there’s no need for social media managers. I wouldn’t go that far, but statistics do point to a downward trend. According to newly released stats from career site […]

5 Of The Best Printed Marketing Materials For Your Business

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As a business owner, it’s likely that you’re actively investing a significant amount of your marketing budget in the world of online marketing. In fact, it’s likely that your budget for online marketing is increasing year on year, likely leaving less money to invest in offline marketing. Over the last decade or so, online marketing […]

6 Alternative Ways to Put Your Brand in the Hands of Customers

Companies rarely go the extra mile to include small items as a bonus gift with their orders because they see it as an additional expense that takes away from the profit margin but, on the contrary, it can be just as effective spending money on these items as it would if you were to diverge […]

Think Locally to Market Your Online Business

Just because you operate an online business doesn’t mean you can’t take full advantage of local marketing strategies. An online business may be located in the virtual world but business is very much done person-to-person. Bringing your online business to a local, physical level allows you to radiate your branding from a core location. Each […]

Is Marketing An Act Of Love Or War?

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Have you ever thought of your customers as an “insurgency” that needs to be fought and overcome? Or are your customers people who can be taught to love your brand? In marketing, the goal is always “more” something: More sales, more awareness, more attention, more engagement. I’d imagine marketers who prefer love and attraction to […]