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From Cookies to Creepy: Is Marketing Tracking Going Too Far?

Remember when “cookies” on websites were controversial? People used to be uncomfortable having cookies track their activities on the web. But cookies are nothing compared to the tracking technology available to marketers today. Sophisticated tools enable marketers to follow your every move online and even in real life in a retail store. Having such in-depth customer knowledge and the ability to pinpoint prospects so precisely is a marketer’s dream – but some of the latest technology makes me wonder if we’re on the verge of going too far. Here are some thoughts on the...

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More than Swag: Why Branded Premiums are Smart Marketing

Branded premiums and promotional products can be an extremely effective tactic in a smart marketing strategy, especially for business-to-business (B2B) marketers. Here’s why you should be using branded premiums and seven tips for selecting a premium for your business....

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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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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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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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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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11 Days, 11 Emails: A Lesson in Marketing Overload from Loft

Retail marketers often use email to promote sales and events to customers and prospects that have opted in to receive email communication. It’s a smart marketing strategy when it’s done right. But when it’s done wrong – especially when it’s overdone – retail email marketing can annoy the customer and ruin the relationship, particularly when the customer is new. Case in point: Ann Taylor Loft. Here’s how this retailer bombarded a new customer with 11 emails in the first 11 days of the relationship and provided a powerful example of...

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