Three steps to improve your digital marketing

Last weekend, I took my nine-year-old son to a batting cage to get ready for his upcoming baseball season. He's a natural athlete, but soccer has been his full-time sport of choice for the last two years, so he needed some reps swinging the bat to switch gears to baseball. As […]

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Strategy shift: How CMOs are leading data-driven marketing (part 2)

As technology has changed the way people communicate, do business and generally lead their lives, CMOs have shifted their strategies to lead data-driven marketing in ways that maximize new opportunities and mitigate new risks. As the second in a two-part blog post, I’m sharing the recurring themes I’ve taken away […]

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10 tips to avoid talking at your audience

How do you feel when someone is talking at you? It's not quite the same as someone talking to you, is it? When someone talks to you, they might be using your language or even matching your rhythm. By contrast, someone talking at you seems like they're more interested in what they want to say and less on what you want to […]

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Where do devices fit in your marketing plan?

How are you factoring devices into your marketing plan and approaches? As I think about what I am trying to accomplish and how that might change in the coming year, I find myself increasingly asking that question. Like all marketers today, I do my best to stay relevant to my audience […]

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What marketers can learn from Sharknado

A friend of mine was telling me a story the other day. Since we live in a 140-character world, I'll summarize it: Basically, boy meets girl, boy goes to New Zealand to spend two weeks with girl, girl comes home and tells boy that she actually met someone else and […]

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Shifting marketing to meet mobile customers

Mobile customers have the potential to change our business in profound ways. Advanced mobile communications is coming of age at a time when other technologies and societal shifts are working in parallel to radically transform whole industries. Some of these shifts have shown up in the marketing realm in the form of social media,  customer […]

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B2B engagement supports overall marketing success at Coca-Cola

Springtime...Baseball...Hot Dogs...Peanuts...Coke...  I remember growing up on the south side of Chicago watching my beloved Chicago White Sox play at the old Comisky Park.  My father would take me to a few games during the summer and I would remember the refreshment vendor walking up the aisle saying "Things go better […]

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The five keys to content-powered marketing

Content plays a critical multifaceted role in marketing today - simultaneously beckoning and informing your customers at any given time. Content imparts details, stirs emotions and sways decisions. And when created and promoted correctly,  content fuels a sales funnel whose narrow end points to the shangri-la of closed sales and happy customers. And […]

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Ten content ideas for your next product launch

The number one rule about product launch blogging is to never blog about your product launch. Take that, Fight Club! And yet, most marketers are expected to write multiple blog posts in conjunction with a launch. How do the smart marketers do it? They talk about the issues and share their […]

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Sponsors get ongoing impact with DMA 2012

In this era of "do not call lists," anti-spamming legislation, mailing opt-outs and the many ways that consumers tune us marketers out, one might expect the 95 year-old "Direct Marketing Association" to be a quaint reminder of a bygone era, gradually fading into irrelevance. That's definitely not to be the case because they have evolved […]

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