Search
 

Author: jeangianfagna

Gianfagna Strategic Marketing / Articles posted by jeangianfagna (Page 12)
Customer Testimonials in Marketing | Gianfagna Strategic Marketing Ohio

10 Ways to Get Great Client Testimonials for B2B Marketing

There’s nothing more powerful in marketing than a testimonial from your customers about the value of your products or services. That’s why so many smart marketers, especially companies that sell business-to-business (B2B) professional services, use client testimonials in their advertising, sales presentations, brochures, and websites. So how do you get a client to give you a great testimonial for your marketing campaigns? Follow these 10 tips....

View More

4 Things My Idea File Taught Me about Great Direct Mail

Most marketing agencies keep an idea file of creative, interesting promotions by other marketers that serve as inspiration for new marketing campaigns. Since we’re moving soon to new offices (a new suite in the same building in Cleveland, Ohio), I decided to take the opportunity to weed out our idea file, especially our massive collection of direct mail. I tossed a lot of old stuff, but I was surprised at how many direct marketing campaigns created five, ten, or even 20 years ago still pack a powerful marketing punch. I wondered: Why do...

View More
Unique Business Branding | Gianfagna Marketing Cleveland Ohio

Marketing Professional Services: Sell Smarts, Not Service

Promoting a professional services firm is one of the most difficult challenges in marketing. Whether you’re selling legal services, marketing services, accounting, IT, insurance, benefits, payroll, or consulting, it can be tough to create a marketing strategy that differentiates your company from everyone else who does what you do. Here's the usual approach: “We have great capabilities and we deliver great service.” No offense, but you must, or you wouldn’t still be in business. Plus, all your competitors say the same thing. Is that really what makes you stand out? Is that...

View More
Social Media Marketing Management | Gianfagna Strategic Marketing

How to be a Great Content Curator on Social Media

The most successful social media marketers create and publish a high volume of original content through blogs, videos, white papers, and other vehicles. But they also share quality content produced by others. Gathering, sorting, and republishing content from other authors that you believe your followers will value is called curation. By being a great content curator, you help customers, prospects, and colleagues find the “good stuff” online and know what to read. This not only makes you an informative and influential social media contributor, but it also helps attract new followers....

View More
Guide to Website Building | Gianfagna Strategic Marketing Cleveland Ohio

A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning a Great Website

Every smart marketer knows the importance of an effective website. But there’s a big difference between a good site and a great one. A great website is the foundation of a smart marketing strategy. It supports your brand promise and differentiates you from competitors. It delivers high-value information that demonstrates your capabilities and makes people want to do business with you. And if you’re a business-to-business (B2B) marketer, it’s probably also your best tool for lead generation, according to new research. So how do you create a great website? It’s all in...

View More
Branding Preferences in Young Children | Smart Marketing Cleveland

Branding at Birth: How Young is Too Young for Marketing?

Did you see the recent article in Adweek about efforts by major consumer marketers like Disney to establish brand preferences in children ages 0-3? The Next Great American Consumer by Brian Braiker provides a fascinating look at this development. Braiker says branding at birth is “a trend—fueled in part by the growth of digital devices—toward aggressively targeting a demographic that didn’t exist, in marketers’ eyes, until recently: infants to 3-year-olds. By getting their logos and iconic characters in front of babies—even those with still-blurry eyesight—they hope to establish brand-name preference...

View More

A Lesson in Bad Direct Mail List Preparation–from the USPS

I am a born and bred direct marketer. I learned about direct mail from the legends of the industry – Ed Mayer, John Yeck, Paul Sampson, and Rose Harper – at a seminar for college marketing students sponsored by the Direct Marketing Association in the 1970s. And though I often recommend social media and other marketing strategies to clients of my marketing agency, direct mail is still my first love. Like all direct marketing practitioners, I’ve been dismayed to watch the U.S. Postal Service struggle for survival. As the organization...

View More
Importance of Marketing with Social Media | Smart Marketing Ohio

How to Get Your Company Excited about Social Media Marketing

How many times have people at your company told you that they just don’t “get” social media – or understand why your company needs to join Justin Beiber and Lady Gaga on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter? These aren’t just idle comments. Misconceptions about social media can hurt your brand and hamper your ability to compete in your marketplace by limiting your company’s participation in the social media dialogue. And if the people who hold those misconceptions also control the marketing budget, alarm bells should be ringing in the marketing...

View More
Trade Show Marketing | Smart Marketing Strategies

10 Tips for Choosing a B2B Trade Show Sponsorship

If you’re a business-to-business (B2B) marketer, sponsoring your industry's trade show can deliver high visibility for your brand. But trade show sponsorship can be a big investment. Sponsorship packages for some national shows are topping six figures and even smaller sponsorship options can be costly. Before you spend valuable marketing dollars on a trade show sponsorship, here are 10 guidelines for choosing sponsorships that are worth the marketing investment....

View More

Social Media Marketing: 21 Tips for Smarter Tweeting

Marketers everywhere are discovering the value of Twitter for sharing content and insights with customers and prospects and creating top-of-mind awareness. I used to be skeptical of Twitter but I've become convinced of its marketing power. As I approach my 1,000th tweet on Twitter as @jeangianfagna, here are 21 tips I’ve learned for using Twitter in a smart marketing strategy. ...

View More
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons