Someone once said: “I could spend one million dollars on marketing, but that would be one million dollars wasted.”
We live in an imperfect world, and that means we can only have imperfect information. So, there is no sin in using inherent knowledge and a little imagination to finesse a marketing strategy or to get a decision just over the tipping point.
Strategy outlines what a marketing program will do, tactics deal with how the strategy will be implemented, but it’s the creative that captures a target audience’s attention. Earlier this month, we were pleased to get the news that the creative output we delivered for two of our clients in 2020 was recognized for excellence by the Summit International Awards organization.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to adjust the way we conduct business. In the new normal, there will be even more emails sent, online meetings had, virtual events attended, and digital opportunities leveraged to connect and network with leads. As you adjust your business processes, it is more important than ever to remember that how you communicate and everything you communicate contributes to the overall perception of your company’s brand.
Marketers are always asking themselves the age-old question: "How do I generate more leads?"
Unfortunately, that question doesn't have a simple answer. A quick Google search reveals plenty of opinions, tools and resources claiming to be the best and easiest way to do this. With so many resources, and everyone claiming "the" answer to all problems, it can be challenging to know where to begin.
Content marketing is a major focus for business-to-business marketers everywhere. Articles, blogs, reports, white papers, guides, briefs, e-books, infographics, and even video tutorials are created every day to explain the role of content marketing in an effective marketing strategy. In the process, content marketing has generated its own content marketing program, as can be seen on the Content Marketing Institute website. If nothing else, all this content about content marketing proves that content marketing works.
One of the questions we get quite often is “What exactly does a creative director do?”
That’s understandable. To most clients, it’s obvious what agency writers do — they write. And designers? They design. But, unless you’re in the agency business, it’s not immediately obvious where a creative director fits into the services offered by an agency.
Many B2B marketers stick to tried and true social marketing platforms. Typically, marketing efforts are focused on leveraging LinkedIn and Twitter to reach business audiences, with Facebook a minor consideration, and Instagram not even on the list. Most B2B marketers see Instagram as a personal photo album, or at best, a B2C tool.