How to Engage Employees as Marketers & Brand Ambassadors

Posted by Danielle Cyr on Fri, Sep, 08, 2017 @ 08:09 AM

Who knows your organization better than the people who work inside it each and every day? Employees have the unique position of being internal stakeholders, knowing the ins and outs of the organization. Their perspective brings an authenticity and value to marketing that can’t otherwise be replicated. With that said, it is important that employees believe in marketing the organization and the messages that are being shared. Here are some tips for engaging employees as marketers and brand ambassadors.

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Topics: marketing, b2b marketing, b2c marketing, brand ambassadors, employee engagement

Is ‘Mobile First’ Part of Your Marketing Strategy?

Posted by Danielle Cyr on Wed, Feb, 01, 2017 @ 08:02 AM

If you’ve skimmed the vast array of blog posts commenting on 2017 marketing trends, you’ve likely noticed a heavy emphasis on the notion of ‘mobile first’ marketing. Under this model, companies and causes place their primary emphasis around planning for the mobile user experience. Which begs the question: how does this ‘mobile first’ mindset impact an organization’s marketing strategy?

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Topics: marketing, b2b marketing, b2c marketing, mobile marketing, mobile marketing strategy, user experience

On Target: Back-to-School Ads Reinforce Importance of Knowing Your Audience

Posted by Danielle Cyr on Wed, Jul, 27, 2016 @ 08:07 AM

There’s something different about Target’s 2016 back-to-school ads and it isn’t the products they are featuring. Underscoring the importance of knowing your target audience, Target and its agency of record handed over the reins for its campaign to the target audience. That’s right: Target’s 2016 back-to-school ads are scripted, illustrated, directed and styled by kids.

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Topics: marketing, social media marketing, b2c marketing, back to school marketing

Is Social Media Marketing Right for B2B Companies?

Posted by Danielle Cyr on Wed, Jun, 08, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

As a full-service marketing agency that works with b2b companies, b2c companies and nonprofits, we are often asked which marketing tactics are best suited to which industries and audiences. Among the questions that come up during these conversations is: Can social media marketing work for b2b companies?

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Topics: b2b communications, b2b social media marketing, b2b marketing, b2b content marketing, b2b inbound marketing, b2b PR, b2b blogs, b2c marketing

Marketing & Fundraising Lessons from #GivingTuesday 2015

Posted by Danielle Cyr on Wed, Dec, 09, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

In just its fourth year, #GivingTuesday surpassed the 1 million tweet mark before day’s end. Further, Blackbaud reported a 52 percent increase in the donations it processed over 2014. Not to mention the slew of celebrities who engaged with #GivingTuesday through Twitter and other social platforms.

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Topics: marketing, #GivingTuesday, b2b marketing, b2c marketing, Giving Tuesday, fundraising

5 Lessons from Thanksgiving Weekend Marketing Mayhem

Posted by Danielle Cyr on Wed, Dec, 02, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Did it feel like Black Friday lasted nearly a month this year? Has your inbox been flooded with Cyber Monday teasers since the onset of November if not sooner? What were once day long occasions to bolster holiday gift sales have become weeks long marketing campaigns that run the gamut from price-driven to gift-driven and everything in between. You have retailers offering up charitable donations with purchase, exclusive social content teasing upcoming deals and, of course, limited time only offers based on price designed specifically to drive immediate action. So, as your inboxes continue to be overwhelmed with holiday offers from your favorite retailers (sorry – there’s still a few more weeks to go), what lessons can small businesses glean from the marketing madness that was Thanksgiving weekend 2015?

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Topics: marketing, b2b marketing, b2c marketing, Cyber Monday, Black Friday

Fifteen Marketing Missteps to Avoid in 2015

Posted by Danielle Cyr on Wed, Nov, 19, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

The start of a new year is often the time to implement a new marketing plan. The marketing strategy your business in 2015 should be strategic, research-informed and aligned with your overall business goals.

Remember, effective marketing campaigns aren’t run in silos. They are integrated with strategic business plans and help to achieve common goals. Results aren’t simply about how many likes, follows or clips you accumulated during the past year – they are  about how each of these outcomes contributed to achieving larger goals, such as lead generation, improved organic search engine rankings and securing speaking opportunities at trade events. As you reflect on your 2014 marketing success and failures, and refine your plan for the year ahead, aim to avoid these missteps in 2015:

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Topics: marketing strategy, marketing, b2b marketing, b2c marketing