November 15, 2017 @ 12:00am

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In the old days (try about two years ago) when it came to discussing political issues on your brand’s social media accounts, there was one prevailing message: DON’T DO IT! There was no surer way, the experts would tell you, to get rapid backlash against your brand and to lose customers.

Then, the 2016 election happened. Today more and more brands have made a habit of dipping their toes into the political pool. Sure, addressing social and political issues on social media can be a digital bear trap. But, for many businesses, it can also be a way to stand out from the crowd, affirm brand values and even reach new prospects.

September 12, 2017 @ 12:00am

Lynn Marolt

From a very young age, Lynn was always striving to be seen as someone with a story to tell. As an identical twin, Lynn grew up understanding the importance of branding yourself to stand out from the pack. She decided to channel her passion for branding into a degree in advertising and marketing and has been helping others create and manage their image in the world ever since. All of that, of course, with her added twist of country music influence, red lipstick and Elvis impersonations. 

October 18, 2017 @ 12:00am

Radio

For an advertising medium that began in the 1920’s, radio has shown itself to be a resilient way to deliver brand messaging. But with the rise of digital advertising, many are questioning radio’s continued longevity. Web marketers will tell you it’s dying a slow death while radio marketers will tell you it’s never been more relevant.

The truth? Well, it’s somewhere in the middle.

September 13, 2017 @ 12:00am

Nike, Just Do It

Nike’s “Just do it.” American Express’s “Don’t leave home without it.” Looking around the corporate landscape can make you feel like a killer tagline is crucial to your brand.

June 01, 2017 @ 12:00am

 Healthcare technology

As a healthcare marketing director/executive, I am sure you are bombarded with digital transformation solutions every day. You use, manage or integrate with CRMs, EMRs, PRMs, SEO/SEM, CMS, Google Analytics, etc. etc. Add them all together and they equal more patients and higher profitability, right? When integrated correctly this can happen. At the end of the day, without a clear strategy of what you hope to achieve, it’s just a bunch of technology sitting in silos.

July 05, 2017 @ 12:00am

Personas and media planning

A few weeks ago, we discussed what personas are and how a business can use them to create a marketing strategy. Now, let’s take those concepts a bit further and see how personas can be used to buy advertising space and develop a media strategy.

May 31, 2017 @ 12:00am

Business personas

Let’s say you’ve decided to start your own small business; you’ve been passionate about candles for a long time, and your new business is making and selling candles. As part of your business plan, you’ve found a workspace, purchased the supplies to get your first batch going, filed all necessary paperwork and even found a designer to design and print the labels for your candles. Next on the “to do” list is to get business cards printed and your own website launched. You’re feeling great about your plans, but a month later you’re struggling to find customers. What went wrong?