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Marketers, Please Stop! 6 Creative Themes to Banish Forever

It was the Honda Presidents' Day Sale TV spot that finally put me over the edge: Yet another marketing campaign with an overused creative concept that makes consumers roll their eyes and wonder what marketers and their agencies are smoking. Why do so many marketers continue to develop ad campaigns that have no originality or insult the audience? Can’t we agree as agencies and marketers to stop the madness? As a marketing consultant, I’m sure I speak for millions when I say I’ve had enough. Here are six marketing approaches I’ve seen...

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7 Tips for Creating a Powerful Tagline for Your Brand

A brand identity is an organization’s public face. The visual representation of a brand – the logo – is often paired with a short marketing tagline that positions and differentiates the brand in the marketplace. The tagline’s role in branding is straightforward: Communicate the company’s most important advantage, benefit, or point of distinction in a few compelling words. But it’s harder than it looks – and most marketers fail. In part two of this two-part post, here’s advice for creating a powerful positioning tagline for your brand in a smart marketing strategy. ...

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Branding Strategy: The Power of a Positioning Tagline

Which candy “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand"? Which car is “the Ultimate Driving Machine”? Which auto insurance company puts you "in good hands"? If you're an American consumer, you know the answers to these questions without even having to think, because smart marketers like Mars, BMW, and Allstate have created unforgettable positioning taglines that have become powerful components of their brands. What is a positioning tagline? Does your brand need one? And how do you create a great one? In part one of a two-part post, I explain why...

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Is That Super Bowl Ad Effective Marketing? 7 Ways to Judge

An estimated 111 million people will be watching this year’s Super Bowl and a recent survey showed that many American adults prefer watching commercials to watching the game. That’s why marketers are willing to spend an average of $3.8 million for a 30-second spot. When you have an audience that big and that eager to hear your message, your ad had better be great. But how do you know if an ad campaign or creative concept will be a winner -- or be worthy of such a huge marketing investment? What makes...

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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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