4 Differences Between Marketing and Journalism
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4 Differences Between Marketing and Journalism

The journalism school at my college had two tracks of emphasis to choose from: news and information or strategic communication. News and information studied writing, reporting, and editing while strategic communication focused on marketing, advertising, and public relations. I did a little bit of both. My background in broadcast paid off when I shot and...

5 Business Hacks to Attract New Customers
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5 Business Hacks to Attract New Customers

There are a few different things you can do to your business that are proven to help your business and make it visible to more potential customers. Use Social Media to get to connect with potential customers Online marketing plays a vital role in this contemporary era. In our new digital age, social media marketing...

How Snapchat Is Transforming The Way We Sell Real Estate
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How Snapchat Is Transforming The Way We Sell Real Estate

Finding a new place to live can be a real pain. You search for available units online for hours and as soon as you find one you like and set up a viewing, someone else has already taken it. But imagine the ability to look at a new set of units every week without ever...

Read Up and Invest Time into Your Multi Channel Efforts
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Read Up and Invest Time into Your Multi Channel Efforts

Social media is the marketing activity nonprofits say they need help with most, according to a free report from Constant Contact called the Nonprofit Pulse Report. More than 57% of the 307 respondents said they needed help with social media, followed by 36% with email marketing, and 35% with their nonprofit websites. Not surprisingly, 88% of...

It’s Not Too Early to Know the Latest Marketing Trends
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It’s Not Too Early to Know the Latest Marketing Trends

Do you feel like you’re constantly playing catch up? If so it’s particularly hard to stay ahead of trends. We can relate; thus the reason we’re posting a 2013 marketing trends piece in late April. Take a breather and read the eight trends projected by Forbes and CIO Network magazines. 8 Marketing Trends Projected for 2013 #1  Businesses will...

IKEA Takes Direct to Consumer Approach to Grow Customer Base
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IKEA Takes Direct to Consumer Approach to Grow Customer Base

IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, is rolling out an “IKEA Family” loyalty program. Specifically designed to keep the steam turned up on its integrated marketing channels (email, print, and social media). IKEA has a loyal customer base of 3.6 million people who opted into IKEAs database to receive specials, flyers and its annual print catalog,...

Social Media Goals – What are yours and who is responsible?
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Social Media Goals – What are yours and who is responsible?

A recent survey by Ragan/NASDA QMX Corporate Solutions reported that 65% of organizations add social media duties on top of all the other duties an individual already holds. 27% have a social media team and 3% outsource their social media efforts. Other important findings: 69% are dissatisfied or only “somewhat satisfied” with how they measure social media....

Quit Pitting Digital against Print – Cross Pollination is the Only Win-Win
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Quit Pitting Digital against Print – Cross Pollination is the Only Win-Win

No customer wants to hear all messages via email; via direct mail; via social; via traditional media. You get the gist. Today’s preferred channels for communication have created new consumer behaviors. And consumers prefer different channels of communication depending on personal preferences. This means to effectively communicate one-on-one with any customer you need print plus digital...

Has Your Ad Agency Made These 5 Shifts to Stay with the Times?
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Has Your Ad Agency Made These 5 Shifts to Stay with the Times?

  During the Mad Men era of advertising in the 60s, an agency wouldn’t work on an account that didn’t have several million dollars in mass media spending power. Then in the 90s, an agency wouldn’t work with a client that didn’t have huge budgets to build out an integrated marketing plan that included many...

Raise Your Optimism by Preparing a Content Marketing Plan
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Raise Your Optimism by Preparing a Content Marketing Plan

Businesses of all sizes are posting content, but few have a content marketing plan. Why research, interview, write, edit and post, if you do not have a clear path where your blogs will take you and bring back leads, sales or deals in return? With only half of small businesses achieving profit growth, according to...