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Employees Damaging Reputation | Smart Marketing Cleveland Ohio

How Your Employees’ Public Behavior Can Damage Your Brand

Marketers spend a lot of time and money building their brands. But nothing can hurt a brand faster than bad behavior by a company’s employees in public. Here’s why your employees’ behavior outside the workplace is an important factor in a smart marketing strategy – and how easily employees can hurt your brand and your business....

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The Ultimate B2B Content Marketing Tactic? Publish a Book

If you’re a B2B marketer and an expert in your field, there’s a content marketing tactic you should seriously consider: Writing a book. Here’s what makes a book such a powerful element of a smart marketing strategy, as shared by an expert at Content Marketing World in Cleveland, Ohio....

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Why It’s a Mistake to Take a Break from Blogging

If content marketing is part of your smart marketing strategy, consistent blogging is essential. In fact, letting your blog lapse can be a big marketing mistake. How do I know? I just did it. Here’s why a break in blogging can be bad for your business – and five ways to get your blog back on track....

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Media Marketing Strategies | Smart Marketing Cleveland

Paid, Owned & Earned Media: Why Marketers Need All Three

The term “media” used to have a simple definition in marketing: "Media" were the paid advertising channels marketers used to deliver promotional messages to prospects. But today’s definition of "media" is decidedly different. If fact, there are three kinds of media that belong in a marketing plan: Paid, owned, and earned media. Here’s what "media" means today and why paid, owned, and earned media should be part of your smart marketing strategy. New Elements of a "Media" Plan When I studied advertising at Ohio University, my textbook defined a media plan as “the overall...

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B2B Marketing Strategy: 7 Ways to Sell to Influencers

One of the trickiest aspects of business-to-business marketing is selling to influencers – people who are not end-users of a product or service but whose opinions influence the purchasing decision. Here are seven tips for marketing and selling to influencers in a smart B2B marketing strategy....

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New Report: How to Use White Papers to Market Your Business

White papers can be a powerful tool in a smart business-to-business marketing strategy, especially for marketers of professional business services. But how do you develop a great white paper? And how should you use white papers in a marketing plan? Gianfagna Strategic Marketing has just published a comprehensive, free guide to using white papers in B2B marketing. Our report explains why white papers are so effective in establishing credibility, the steps of creating a high-impact white paper, and how to maximize the value of white papers in your B2B marketing...

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“Be Different!” How a Cleveland Marketer Keeps It Creative

Dan Malley is a third-generation chocolatier in Cleveland, Ohio with 21 bright pink and green retail candy stores across the region. He’s also one of the area’s most creative marketers. Here’s how a savvy retailer in Cleveland consistently comes up with fresh ideas for a smart marketing strategy....

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Why “Football on Your Phone” is Funny – and Smart Marketing

"Football on Your Phone," the hilarious hip-hop spoof featuring the Manning brothers rapping for DirecTV, is a viral sensation. It’s also very smart marketing. Here’s why “Football on Your Phone” broke through in a crowded media marketplace and what makes this ad a smart marketing strategy....

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