Refocus
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Refocus

The importance of value-based marketing In Deloitte Digital’s recent report, “Navigating Uncertainty: The Protector, the Pragmatist, and the Prevailer,” 16,000 people were surveyed about the motivations that matter to humans. Utilizing yet another fancy algorithm and a tidy acronym (HXTM), they determined that it is critical for organizations to understand the human experience—and the nuances...

Speak to the Heart
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Speak to the Heart

Why connecting with your customers is more important than ever. If you ask Deb Kwiatt the secret to marketing, she will tell you that the answers lie in your customers. Listen to them and you’ll be able to create messaging that resonates. In her role as Marketing Communications Manager, she develops and implements marketing initiatives...

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...