Room for Improvement
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Room for Improvement

Where marketers are polishing up their content efforts Are you striving for good, or great, with your content? The majority (77%) of marketers agree that their content marketing is effective, according to Skyword’s “2020 Content Marketing Trends” report. However, there is always room for improvement. Here are the areas in which they are focusing. This...

New Game, More Defined Strategies
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New Game, More Defined Strategies

A couple of the newest buzzwords in marketing today are DOOH (Digital Out of Home) and CTV/OTT. CTV is the device used to watch TV content online, like a smart TV or a gaming console, while OTT is the delivery mechanism for TV content online, usually through streaming or video on demand, “over the top”...

Your Move
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Your Move

Why Marketing is Accountable Craig Agranoff remembers marketing’s good old days. The thing is that he’s not quite sure if the memories feel like they were yesterday. The pandemic has changed all of that. Today’s chaos-charged environment continues to blur the lines for everything and everyone, especially marketers, whose “new normal” presents persistent challenges to...

Cultivating Trust
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Cultivating Trust

In Deloitte Insights’ recently published “2021 Global Marketing Trends” report, the loss of confidence among executives to influence their peers is staggering but not all that surprising. In a world that has become fairly self-oriented, it turns out that the confidence that CMOs have influencing their associates and making an impact fell from 5% to...

Making A Connection
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Making A Connection

Ask any of today’s marketers and they will tell you that the goal of every brand is to make a rational and emotional connection with its community. Because people are emotional animals, when choosing between two similar offerings, the tiebreaker often is how they feel about the company. A brand narrative creates a connection by...

Posted by November 23, 2020February 22, 2021
Make it Count, Make it Real
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Make it Count, Make it Real

Earlier this year, Larry Fink, CEO of Blackstone, caused a stir in the business world when he published a letter highlighting the positive relationship with purpose and profits, suggesting that CEOs should rethink their business model to deliberately link purpose with profit. “Unnerved by fundamental economic changes and the failure of government to provide lasting...

Posted by February 25, 2020February 22, 2021
Be the Mailbox: Your 5-Point Plan to Direct Mail Success
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Be the Mailbox: Your 5-Point Plan to Direct Mail Success

Direct mail works. Think about it. In today’s over saturated digital landscape, are people really reading your digital direct marketing pieces? We’ll wait. Okay, now printed pieces. That’s a whole different ballgame. Sending a personalized piece in the mail is going to get attention—and always has. Here, Hallmark Business Connections and the Content Marketing Institute...

Purposefully
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Purposefully

When your brand is more about the cause than the money During the 2011 Thanksgiving shopping season, outdoor gear and apparel designer Patagonia ran an ad that turned more than a few heads. In big, bold letters, the ad read, “Don’t buy this jacket.” A closer look at the brand’s decision showed how it detailed...

2020 Design Trends
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2020 Design Trends

With 2020 just around the corner, the design community is wondering what next year will bring. Research shows design is trending in many different ways. Here are some of the trends you’ll be seeing. Monochromatic Simple is in! Do you remember the enthusiastic use of duotone from a few years ago? Well, there has been...

Posted by November 25, 2019December 31, 2019
Brothers in Arms
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Brothers in Arms

Your 3-step plan for aligning marketing and sales Brands everywhere can swap stories about what it takes to keep their sales and marketing departments on the same page. According to a Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and LinkedIn survey, only 46 percent of marketers describe their sales and content marketing teams as well-aligned. That means 54...