Tag: marketing

Empathy as the Centerpiece of Your Marketing Strategy

Sometimes, our industry gets a bad rap. But we’ve kind of earned it. We’ve peddled such fallacies as certain soaps will make you more beautiful, certain candy bars are better at satiating hunger, and certain cigarettes provide better throat protection against irritation and cough. Seriously. That one’s real. But we’ve come a long way, haven’t…
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3 Ways to Improve Social Media Marketing That Nobody Is Talking About

Let’s just start with the bad news: there’s no magic bullet for social media marketing success. There, we’ve said it. Now let’s talk about one of the biggest reasons so many marketers are dissatisfied with the results they’re seeing from their social media marketing efforts today. We’re dedicating more resources, time, and attention to social…
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The Why’s of Advertising

If you work with me for a while, you’ll grow to learn that I have a favorite question, and that question is: “Why?” There are a couple of primary reasons for the power of why. First of all, I’m a curious person by nature (and there’s a big difference between curiosity and being nosy, but…
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How Ambassadors Can Help, or Create, a Crisis for your Brand

Some call them the good old days of crisis communications. Maybe they were for some, offering a place to hide or a quick news cycle to blow over. These good old days weren’t so long ago, and companies are still adjusting. Consider this: ten years ago when a brand faced a challenge with a product…
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What Would John Hancock Do?

“When I was your age, we didn’t type our signature in an email, we WROTE it, with a pen, in CURSIVE. And we liked it!” My, how things have changed. Gone are the days of pen to paper. Now I’m typing emails to people and signing my name with a cute font in a pretty…
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Readability: Writing for a wider audience

Readability wasn’t a word that was thrown around much back in my creative writing department at college, but if you asked I probably would have said I was pretty good at it. My professors and classmates liked my writing, what more was there to it? However, once I switched from writing stories to writing articles,…
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Darren’s Diary: Dude, Who’s the Influencer on Your Team?

Dear Diary, Have you heard about the hottest trend in the marketing industry? Many companies are gaining confidence about using this strategy, but most have yet to explore it. Regardless, it’s continuously gaining popularity among consumers. What is this fascinating thing, Diary? It’s influencer marketing. What is Influencer Marketing? Influencer marketing is the action of…
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Stop Hating the Cubs

I’m sure 80% of you just cringed while reading that subject line, and probably only clicked on this blog to hate me. It’s a bold statement, especially coming from a Cardinals fan, but I fully stand by my statement: It’s time to stop hating the Chicago Cubs – because it will help your business. Now,…
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The Key To Winning – Consistency

All entrepreneurs start their business with a passion for what they do, and a vision for what that business could become. Perhaps it’s a dream to forge a new path in an industry, develop a life-changing product, or somehow follow in the footsteps of someone you admire. Regardless of the reason, at some point you…
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Signs It May (or May Not) Be Time to Retire a Tired Logo

It happens to all business leaders. You begin to get a nagging feeling in your gut about your symbolic emblem, the diamond in your crown — your logo. Perhaps it seems a little worn out, or maybe you’re the one who’s tired of it. Could it be “time”? Whether it’s been in place for generations,…
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