Marketing is a Balancing Act

By |2020-01-16T13:40:24+00:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Branding, Marketing, Marketing Assets, Strategy|Tags: , , , , |

As a marketing and advertising agency, it makes sense that our primary contact at most clients is the individual who oversees marketing. But we usually find ourselves navigating around many masters. When a company draws upon outside accounting expertise, that firm normally works with the controller or the CFO. If legal help is what’s needed, the [...]

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You Probably Don’t Know Your Customers All That Well

By |2020-01-08T10:20:00+00:00January 7th, 2020|Categories: Branding, Marketing, Strategy|Tags: , , , |

If your objective is to increase the number of customers you serve, a prudent way to start is by taking a closer look at the customers you already have. If that sounds odd, consider that the customers you already work with are presumably happy with the work you perform on their behalf. If you use [...]

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What to Do When DIY is No Longer Strategic

By |2019-12-04T14:49:10+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Branding, Marketing, Strategy|Tags: , , |

Want to fix a kitchen sink, restore a broken dryer to health, or create the perfect crème brulee? A quick trip to YouTube will give you dozens of do-it-yourself videos. People like the DIY approach because they feel it empowers them and saves money. Entrepreneurs in particular love to boast about “bootstrap” approaches to their business [...]

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Overseas Outsourcing Can Create a World of Problems

By |2019-09-22T11:08:40+00:00September 17th, 2019|Categories: Branding, Copywriting, Language Translation, Marketing|Tags: , , , |

The internet broke down geographic barriers for businesses, making it possible to find lower-cost suppliers around the world. But if companies lack the knowledge and skills to manage those suppliers properly, they may end up spending far more than expected. We’ve worked with companies all over the globe to help our clients meet their advertising and [...]

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Don’t Skimp on Professional Writing

By |2019-08-25T12:37:14+00:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Branding, Copywriting, Marketing|Tags: , , , |

As the client reviewed our estimate for their new website, they had no problem with the numbers for the design, the hosting, or the programming. But they didn’t understand why we recommended they should pay for writing. Couldn’t they just do that part themselves? Well, yes, they could. But we didn’t think they should. It’s a [...]

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How to Avoid Pains in Your Assets

By |2019-07-15T15:16:37+00:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Branding, Marketing, Marketing Assets|Tags: , , , |

Among your company’s most important assets are the materials used in your marketing and promotional efforts. But do you know where they really are … or who they really belong to? Your website’s domain name, your product photographs, and those expensive demonstration videos are items you may assume that you own and can access easily. Don’t [...]

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A Pro Photographer Can Be Your Best Friend

By |2019-02-22T10:05:57+00:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Branding, Creative, Design, Marketing, Photography|Tags: , , , , |

It's no surprise that an estimated 8.8 trillion photos were taken worldwide during 2018, given that most of us carry high-quality cameras in our phones. But shooting all those photos doesn't make us photographers. Digital technology has become a powerful equalizer in so many ways. Everyday people have access to tools that are far more sophisticated [...]

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How Honest Do You Want Me To Be?

By |2019-01-23T13:38:21+00:00January 8th, 2019|Categories: Branding, Marketing, Strategy|Tags: , , , |

Does this make me look fat? The classic question and deadly measure of spousal honesty illustrates the inherent dilemma in conducting customer surveys. Just as spouses typically hesitate before responding, wondering whether the asker is truly seeking honest feedback or fishing for a compliment that might be a little untruthful, many companies claiming to be interested [...]

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What Do Customers Really Think of You?

By |2019-01-08T12:46:09+00:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: Branding, Marketing, Strategy|Tags: , , , |

Ask a business owner how her customers think about the services they receive or the products they use, and you’ll hear comments like "they love us." But when a third party asks those customers the same question, the results can be eye-opening. I recently shared the story about developing a customer profile for a professional services [...]

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When the Tail Wags the Dog

By |2018-10-29T07:34:38+00:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Branding, Marketing, Strategy|Tags: , , , |

We had carefully studied the client's stated objectives and analyzed the budget, then created a strategy that addressed both with great efficiency. So we were startled when our plan was completely tossed out the window. The reason? One of the executives walked into the meeting and said he really liked a particular technology, so using that [...]

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