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Why Listening is the Most Powerful Skill in Marketing

A successful career in marketing requires many skills, such as copywriting, graphic design, and project management. But there’s one skill everyone in marketing needs to master, no matter what their role: Listening. Here’s why listening is essential for marketing success and 10 tips for doing it better....

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of “Old School” Direct Mail

Social media and web marketing have pushed direct mail to the back burner for some marketers, but a classic direct mail package, using all the tactics and techniques that have been tested for generations, can still be a powerful marketing tool. Here’s why “old school” direct marketing still packs a punch – and some tips for using it in your smart marketing strategy....

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How to Use Your Brand Voice to Be Heard in Social Media

Social media is the noisiest place on the planet. Every day, there are over 1 billion Facebook posts and 400 million Tweets. If you’re straining to be heard amid the social media din, try using one of your most powerful marketing assets: The voice of your brand. Here’s why brand voice is important in a smart marketing strategy, especially for social media marketing....

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How to Develop a Marketing Plan: 10 Essential Steps

One of the biggest mistakes marketers make is focusing on the tactics of marketing – the new website, direct mail campaign, or Facebook promotion – without first developing a marketing plan. Though a comprehensive marketing strategy for a large company can be a big undertaking, nearly every marketing plan involves these 10 essential steps....

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5 Reasons Your New Marketing Campaign May be Doomed to Fail

A brilliant creative concept is often at the heart of a great marketing campaign. But sometimes the creative goes too far -- and what seems like a breakthrough idea at the concept stage results in marketing that misses the target and confuses the audience. Here are five signs a new marketing campaign is a little too creative to succeed and some tips for avoiding these mistakes in your smart marketing strategy....

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Marketing Insights: How the Class of 2016 Sees the World

If you sell to college students, the annual Beloit College Mindset List is a must-read. Each year, Beloit’s researchers profile the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. It’s a critically important tool for marketers who sell to this influential demographic. Here are some insights from the 2016 Beloit Mindset List for your smart marketing strategy....

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Why There’s a QR Code on Your Banana

QR codes – those funny-looking, square-shaped symbols with pixelated, black-and-white patterns – are showing up everywhere in advertising, signage, and product packaging. I even found a QR code on my Dole banana this morning, advertising the movie Madagascar 3. Our Cleveland, Ohio marketing agency is now using QR codes in nearly all marketing campaigns we create for our clients. Here’s why QR codes are becoming ubiquitous in marketing and 7 tips for using QR codes in your smart marketing strategy....

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4 Simple Lessons in Branding from Blackie, the Stray Cat

There was a stray black cat in my neighborhood near Cleveland, Ohio. The three little girls who live next door fell in love with him, so they convinced their parents to adopt him and make him their pet. And of course, they gave him a name: Blackie. As a marketing consultant, I think Blackie the cat offers some helpful reminders about the principles of effective branding. Here are some branding insights for your smart marketing strategy, as demonstrated by the future marketers in the house next to mine....

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Advertising: Still the Most Fun You Can Have with Clothes On

Famed ad man Jerry Della Femina, the creative genius behind many brilliant ad campaigns (remember the singing cats of Meow Mix?) and the author of From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor, once said that “advertising is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.” I’ve spent my entire career in advertising and marketing and have owned a marketing consulting firm in Cleveland, Ohio for 20 years. Here’s why I believe Della Femina is right about advertising and marketing and my advice for anyone considering a marketing...

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