Marketing Strategy

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You Need a Target Audience

A couple of days ago, I asked you, “How Effective is Your Marketing Plan?” The first question on the Effectiveness Quiz was: Did your plan clearly articulate your target audience, including demographic information?(The correct answer would be something on the order of 20-34 yrs old, middle income, attending “X” school and living in “Y” neighborhood…. Read More

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How Effective is Your Marketing Plan?

It’s officially fall, and that means many marketers are in the middle of another year of planning. Unless of course, you’re ahead of the game – in which case, congratulations!!! But since that’s probably not the case, as you begin to work through the process of another year’s planning, it is useful to consider how… Read More

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Marketing Plan: Intersection of Planning and Improvisation

I thought I’d take a moment before the frenzy of annual strategic planning begins to discuss some strategies you might want to consider as you start to build your annual strategic marketing plan. Naturally, your strategic marketing plan should contain your best guess as to how you’re going to advance your brand and product positions… Read More

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Buzz Marketing Ideas for Branding

Branding is about being memorable and creating buzz marketing. There are lots of ways to do it; you just have to get creative. Here are some buzz marketing ideas to get you started Why not work out a deal with a local coffee stand to hand out a discount card to your customers for their product?… Read More

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Considerations for Choosing a Marketing Firm

I’m honored to be the guest blogger today over at the rno1 blog. Head on over to their blog to learn what six questions you should be asking any marketing or advertising agency you’re considering hiring. Knowing the answer to these questions will help you make sure you’re hiring the right firm for your business.
We’re working on having the folks at rno1 guest post here as well – so stay tuned!

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Fun Marketing Campaigns Can Make Your Brand Memorable

What’s your claim to fame? How is your brand memorable in your community? Are you the go-to business for sponsoring non-profits either monetarily or with volunteers? Do you have a big annual blow-out sale? Do you get wacky at Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day with fun marketing campaigns? Crazy sports fan? The brand is all… Read More

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Media Fragmentation, It Always Seems To Happen

How much has social media fragmentation affected your audience and at what cost?  Traditional media tries to entertain an audience and keep it, so they can then sell advertising within that form of entertainment.  While the programming and editorial content has become corporate blah for the most part audiences, have rushed over to other venues… Read More

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Who is your ideal customer? Do you really know?

In my years of selling media, I’ve met with hundreds of local business owners. In asking business owners to describe who their ideal customers or clients were, they usually explained who they wished their customers were and not who their customers actually were. They may have seen a couple of BMW’s or Mercedes pull into… Read More

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Keeping Media Buying Simple

For most small business owners dealing with media buying  is like dealing with an ever-changing alphabet soup. This is primarily because the language of media is cluttered with acronyms. And understanding each acronym is necessary to getting the most out of your media buy. AQH, GRP’s CPM, CPP and that was before web banners, unique… Read More