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Why Facebook Fizzled as a B2B Marketing Channel

f you’re a business-to-business marketer who still doesn’t have a business page on Facebook, relax: You probably don’t need to be on Facebook after all. As social media has matured, each social media channel’s role and value has become clearer. Though Facebook is by far the dominant social network, B2B marketers increasingly are questioning its value for connecting with business decision-makers. I’m no longer advising most of my B2B marketing clients to focus on Facebook. Here’s why – and what it might mean for your smart marketing strategy....

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When Does “Edgy” Marketing Go Over the Edge?

Have you seen the new “Ship My Pants?” ad campaign from Kmart? The TV spot is a viral sensation with nearly 16 million YouTube views. It’s been featured on CNN and The Today Show and it’s everywhere on social media. But just imagine the discussion that took place at Kmart when the company’s ad agency, Draftfcb Chicago, proposed an idea that sounds a lot like what happens when you don’t have time to make it to the bathroom. When is “edgy” marketing over the edge? Would you have said yes to “ship my...

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A Peek Inside the C-Suite: CMOs Re-define Marketing’s Role

Chief marketing officers at top companies are using customer insights and passion to build brand equity and increase the strategic value of marketing within their companies, according to new research by Dr. Rachel Talton, an award-winning marketing and branding consultant, researcher, and author in Cleveland, Ohio. Here’s what Talton has learned about today’s CMOs and some tips for how marketing agencies can help clients create smarter marketing strategies....

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Should You Hire that Marketing Agency? 7 Questions to Ask

Choosing a marketing agency to help you develop and execute a smart marketing strategy is a critical decision for your business. But how do you know if a new agency is right for you? And how can you avoid making a mistake? Here’s some advice for advertisers about evaluating agencies, from my experience on the agency side and as a former client....

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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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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Smart Marketers

At the beginning of a new year, most of us will resolve to live healthier lives and clean out our closets. New Year’s resolutions also can extend to marketing – and many smart marketers use the turning of the calendar page to make some long-overdue changes to their marketing strategies. Here are 10 resolutions to make your marketing more effective in the New Year....

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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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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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