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10 Lessons for Blogging Success: Year 1 as a B2B Blogger

Blogging is a powerful marketing tool and an increasingly popular tactic in a smart marketing strategy, especially for business-to-business (B2B) marketers. I know, because I launched this blog to promote my Cleveland-based marketing consulting business exactly a year ago. Here are 10 lessons I’ve learned in my first year as a B2B blogger and three ways blogging has boosted my business. ...

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Want Better Marketing Results? Audit Your Marketing Strategy

What’s the best way to maximize the return on your marketing investment? Take a step back from your day-to-day marketing projects and conduct a marketing audit. A marketing audit is a top-to-bottom assessment of your entire marketing program, from branding to tactics. The beginning of a new year or the start of a new budget period is an ideal time to do it. How do you conduct a marketing audit? And how can an audit help you develop a smart marketing strategy? Here are some answers. ...

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6 Degrees of Marketing Strategy: Lessons from Kevin Bacon

The new TV ad for Logitech starring Kevin Bacon as a fan obsessed with Kevin Bacon is brilliantly creative advertising. It’s also a big hit on YouTube with more than 750,000 views. But is it good marketing? And is building an elaborate creative concept around a star – and giving your product less than 15 seconds of airtime in a 60-second spot – a smart marketing strategy? For all its creative cleverness, this new ad campaign succeeds in one way but fails in another. Here’s why the Kevin Bacon spot works,...

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11 Predictions for 2011: Marketing Agency Execs Look Ahead

What’s ahead for marketing agencies and the marketing communications industry in 2011, especially in Northeast Ohio? The top executives of three successful Cleveland marketing agencies gazed into their crystal balls to forecast the future at the Northeast Ohio Communications Advocates (NOCA) Forum at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Here are 11 predictions these leaders shared for the year ahead, and insights for your own smart marketing strategy. ...

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Success in a Box: The Power of Dimensional Direct Mail in B2B Marketing

What if you got a real mailbox – a full-size, metal mailbox – sent to you at your office? Would you open it? You bet you would. MSP, a direct marketing services company in Pittsburgh, has been sending real mailboxes to its best prospects for nearly 10 years. I still remember my reaction -- “Wow!” -- when I opened the mailbox I received from MSP in 2004. Six years later, MSP’s mailbox remains the single best example of effective B2B lead generation dimensional mail I’ve ever received. Here’s how MSP deploys dimensional...

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