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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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10 Ways to Start Off on the Right Foot with a New Client

Landing a new client is always great news for business-to-business marketers. But once the celebrating is over, it’s time to get serious. The way you begin a new client relationship can have a big impact on how long you keep the customer. Here are 10 ways to start off on the right foot with a new client in a smart business-to-business marketing strategy....

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When a Blog Post Leads to Sudden Fame: 5 Tips for Marketers

Blogging is a powerful marketing tactic in a smart marketing strategy. A blog lets you share your expertise and demonstrate your knowledge. Blogging is also vital for search engine optimization because it creates a constant stream of new, keyword-rich content for search engines. Sometimes those keyword-rich blog posts lead to big-time notice. Case in point: My recent blog on political advertising in Ohio. Here’s how a blog post led to me being featured in a story by the Associated Press and five tips about blogging and publicity for your smart marketing...

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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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Welcome to Ohio, the Eye of the Political Advertising Storm

If you live in a solidly red or blue state, you may be seeing very little political advertising this presidential year. But here in the Buckeye State, we are drowning in political ads for the presidential campaign and the U.S. Senate race between Sherrod Brown and Josh Mandel. How bad is it? Here’s a snapshot of what life is like in Ohio and other swing states this election season – and some thoughts about whether this massive media buy is a smart marketing strategy....

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Getting Started with B2B Marketing: The First 5 Steps

Companies that sell to businesses often rely on referrals to find new customers. But the day may come when referrals aren’t enough. New competitors, new technologies, new types of customers, or new sales territories can create new challenges for your business. To achieve your goals – and capitalize on your opportunities – you need marketing. If you’ve relied primarily on word of mouth to promote your business and you haven’t done much marketing, where do you begin? Here’s advice on the first five things to do to create a smart business-to-business (B2B) marketing...

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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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11 Ideas for Using White Papers in a B2B Marketing Strategy

If you’re a business-to-business (B2B) marketer, white papers can be a powerful way to demonstrate your expertise and differentiate your company from competitors. In part three of a three-part series, here are 11 ideas for using white papers as marketing tactics in a smart B2B marketing strategy....

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How to Create a Great White Paper: 10 Tips for Success

White papers are one of the best ways to market a business or professional services company. But there's more to developing an effective white paper than just writing about what you know. To create a white paper that supports a smart marketing strategy by establishing your credibility as an expert in your marketplace and positioning your company as a preferred solution provider, you need to plan carefully and think strategically. In part two of a three-part blog post, here are 10 tips for creating a great white paper from my...

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