Thinking Outside The Gift Box – Holiday Marketing Ideas That Mean More

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’Tis the season – *groan* – for junk mail, needless promotional ads, spammy inboxes, and more! As consumers, the Holidays are a whirlwind of “too good to be true” offers and “hurry before it’s too late” pitches. With that and the absolute inundation of digital media with

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Old is New Again in Direct Marketing Strategy: “Lumpy Mail” Wins

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Direct mail marketing programs are not dead. They should be an integral part of your Direct Marketing Strategy. Contrary to every social media super star’s testimony to the contrary, when you use “Snail Mail” to send something of value to a customer or a prospect, it’s going

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Strategy Sparks Joy and So Much More

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Sometimes I get so laser-focused on the “day-to-day” that I forget the joy in what I do. Outside graphic design, outside web development and maintenance, outside content writing, outside video, outside all of the “tasks,” I love (pronounced “luuuuuuuv”) strategy. As Marie Kondo says, “It sparks Joy.”

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7 Ways to Stay Top-Of-Mind and Make Marketing Connections

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What is your brand doing to maintain relevance to its audience? If your / your company’s brand is dependent on continued exposure in a specific market, what are the steps you’re taking to maintain that contact and staying “top-of-mind?” Back in “the day” it was a combination

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TRUE Branding and Building a Stronger Association

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We had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with the members of the Iowa Society of Association Executives (ISAE) this week, discussing branding and building a stronger association community through our TRUE Branding process. The afternoon breakout session covered the concepts of brand and branding as it

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Is That A BIG MAC In Your Pants?

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… Or Are You Just Glad To Be Seen? Brand extensions, they’re like bad hair weaves on The Flavor of Love – (usually) obvious and irritatingly pointless. You know ’em – everything from the innocuously sponsored video games and branded energy drinks; to the (extremely) disturbing, outer

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Tasty Morsels: Do You Have a “Cracker Jack” Brand?

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Morsels making brand history: On this day, in 1912 was the first time Rueckheim Bros. & H.G. Eckstein, owners of Cracker Jack decided to put a surprise in every box of their nutty, caramel popcorn concoction. Until that time, the snack candy company was finding difficulty positioning

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Resources For Your Story – A Baker’s Dozen

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There’s a question I like to ask of myself (and others) on a regular basis: “Is there more to the story?” It’s never given to me immediately, but through focused observation, reading, research, discovery, and a few more questions; the answer about knocks me out of my

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