Keep Your Shovel in the Dirt: gardening tips from a not-so-green thumb

 

Farmer on local sustainable organic farmI’ve never been very good at gardening, even though I still try each year.  I till my little patch of land so that I can sow my vegetables, spending far more on plants and preparation than my meager harvest would ever come close to paying out.

Each year, my timing seems to be off.  Right around the time that my tomatoes are ripe for the picking, I’m typically out of town for my family reunion.  My house sitter says they are delicious, though.  Read the rest of this entry »

Measuring Your Return – Can We Determine ROI of an Advertising Campaign?

WebWhile recently reading On the Near Impossibility of Measuring the Returns to Advertising by Randall A. Lewis and Justin M. Rao, it was stated that the average American sees 25-45 minutes of tv commercials, multiple billboards and an array of internet ads per day.  They go on further to say that industry reports place annual advertising revenue in the US in the range of $173 billion, or about $500 per American per year.  In order for advertisers to break even they need to net about $1.50 in profits per person per day – translating into about $3,500 -$5,500 per household per year. So is this possible?  Is it possible to measure the exact return on investment metrics of an advertising campaign? Read the rest of this entry »

Why All Startups Should Invest in Public Relations

April1.bill-gates-prAs I often do when writing these blog posts, I harken back to early in my career.  This one in particular made me laugh a bit to myself because it reminded me of something I said to my mother when I was desperately trying to figure out what to do for a living.

During our discussion, she had mentioned that she thought I would be good in ‘public relations’.  I remember literally looking at her and saying ‘I have no idea what that means, but when you can tell me what it is, I’ll do it…’. At the time, it was a flippant remark.  Because A) I had no idea what public relations was and B) It annoyed me that she already had me pegged into a field that I knew nothing about, nor did I think I would ever be interested in.

As we all know, mom is always right! Not only do I know firsthand now what public relations is, but it has become my career and passion to understand its importance and why companies, especially startups, should invest in it. Read the rest of this entry »

How Well Do You Know Your Brand? 4 quick tips to give you a baseline

Mar2.personalbrand_bannerSo many companies focus on identifying their brands by sitting around their own conference room discussing what they think their customers value about their brand.  Few step outside the office to truly figure out what resonates from an end user perspective.

 

Time, money and sometimes even ego are the often the root causes of a misguided branding strategy, but let’s look at how a few simple outward-facing steps can help you start to formulate a valuable branding strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

Knowing the Limitations of Marketing Automation

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Robots vs. Humans

Marketing automation is an exciting topic these days. Very few other management platforms combine both marketing, sales and analytics functions effectively into one package. When done correctly, marketing automation can save time, automate routine operations and provide analytics. Read the rest of this entry »

Put your money where your mouth is*

Knowing how far your claims may reach

In doing some research for a client about the role of safety in manufacturing environments, we came across a very interesting piece of news…a major manufacturing company had appointed the first ever safety advocate, designated to oversee worker health and safety. Wow! Nice work protecting the little guy, Corporate America.

 

Of course, we had to know more.

 

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10 Tips for a High Quality Website

Feb1.website tipsOne of your most powerful business marketing tools is simple: your website. It can help you stand out from your competitors and defines you as a company. It is a direct reflection of you and can give people an idea of how you conduct business. Your website can be what makes the first impression, so make it a good one! Read the rest of this entry »

Why Your BtoB Company Should be Using Twitter

Jan2.TwitterIt seems only logical that most business-to-business companies consider LinkedIn to be the most effective and successful social media platform for content marketing; after all, it is built on business relationships and networking. But what about its runner up – Twitter?

According to the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs’ B2B Content Marketing: 2015 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends – North America, Twitter is the second most common social media platform that BtoB companies use (behind LinkedIn). In addition, 55% of marketers rated Twitter as an effective platform, which is a 5% increase from last year. Still, many BtoB marketers – especially in the manufacturing and engineering industries — believe Twitter won’t be an effective platform for their type of business.

 

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So why is Twitter so popular?

First, we need to take a look at why marketers love LinkedIn. While it is mainly used for professional networking, LinkedIn can also be used as a social media platform. Just as you would make a status update or post a link to Facebook, the same can be done in LinkedIn. Read the rest of this entry »

We are so on board with Google Cardboard!

Google CardboardWhen Google Glass came out, we kind of did a shoulder shrug—it seemed to carry with it a pretty hefty point of entry with a $1,500 beta price tag and Clark Kent-looking frames. Thanks Google, for a carrot we just can’t seem to reach. Read the rest of this entry »

A/B Testing – Algebra and Statistics in Marketing Communications

a/b testing, testing campaigns, marketing testing, marketing efficiency, marcom efficiency, marcom ROI, measuring ROISomeone recently asked me about A/B testing and how it relates to marketing and business. I had to do a little bit of research as I wanted to make sure I could explain it. As I started to read up on it, I could feel the anxiety build in my chest. Terms like ‘randomized experiment with two variants, A and B’ and ‘two versions (A and B) are compared, which are identical except for one variation that might affect x’s behavior’. What the heck?!?!?!?!!??! I’m a communications professional!!! Math is not my forte! Read the rest of this entry »

The Personal Aspect of Collaboration

networking, relationships, collaboration, business development, personalEmail, cell phones and web-based platforms have made global collaboration as common as using an ATM. It has definitely redefined our models of business efficiency and what can be accomplished in a day, with the limitations of geographic borders and time zones essentially eliminated. Read the rest of this entry »

Create a Compelling Webinar by Following the 3 Ps….

Oct2.webinarWe all know what a webinar is…but, do we all know how to prepare and present a compelling webinar? Read the rest of this entry »