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The 15 most important things you need to know about your customers.

The 15 most important things you need to know about your customers.

What are the most important things you should know about your customers? You should know what they are most frustrated about. And what they’re trying to achieve. You should know where they hang out online. What else? Create your own list, but first read our list of 15 things you should and can know about your customers. It will get you started. What is the biggest frustration about their life right now? What is it they are trying to achieve? What do they think it will take to achieve their go...

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Value Matters.  Measure It.

Value Matters. Measure It.

Valcort 35 Keys to Business Growth: #14. Consistently measure all marketing and sales activities and your progress toward achieving your vision, and communicate the results with the company regularly. How would you define personal success? What will make your life a success? These are great questions to ask yourself. Perhaps it’s raising healthy and happy children, having fulfilling relationships, being authentic in conversations, writing a book, loving a career, or adhering to the call of your ...

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The 10 Best Super Bowl Ads of All Time

The 10 Best Super Bowl Ads of All Time

Watching what most analysts saw as a relatively weak field of  Super Bowl ads in 2015 left us yearning for a look at the great ads from years past. What have been the best Super Bowl ads of all time? You’d get a lot of different opinions on that question. But we found that there is rather common support for several favorites over the last 30 years.  Here’s a list (and links) we’ve compiled from many sources and lists—The 10 Best Super Bowl ads. Enjoy. But before you view the favorites, what sh...

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Questions you should ask about your marketing efforts

Questions you should ask about your marketing efforts

Instead of making decisions based on feelings or shooting in the dark, marketers need to use metrics and data. Data provides information you need to make adjustments in your marketing program, and can demonstrate to the organization the value of your efforts and specific campaigns. As you develop measurement tools, such as interviews and surveys, here are some questions to ask about your offerings, your customers, the market—and yourself [from a Forbes article: The True Measure of Business Suc...

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Are you trending?  How to improve social media effectiveness

Are you trending? How to improve social media effectiveness

Social media is exploding as a way to build a community of followers and share your message with them in an efficient and cost-effective manner. How do you evaluate which social media platforms are working for you? How do you prioritize your time? It’s a big topic, but here are four areas of focus: Have a plan. The key to any successful social media channel is to be clear about this: What question are you answering for your audience? Answering this question will keep your social message on poi...

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Top 25 Nonprofit Management Tools and This Weeks Other Leading NPO Stories

Top 25 Nonprofit Management Tools and This Weeks Other Leading NPO Stories

Leaders  Weigh in on 25 Nonprofit Management Tools For nonprofit organizations to realize their potential for social impact, they need more than a good program and ambitious leaders to expand it. They need good managers who adopt approaches that make the most of opportunities, anticipate threats, develop talent, and produce strong results.  The nonprofit Bridgespan Group is collaborating with The Chronicle of Philanthropy to establish a resource to help nonprofit leaders tackle these challen...

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Changing how America shops, and the week’s other top business stories

Changing how America shops, and the week’s other top business stories

1. The man who changed how America shops – Chief Executive To successfully market when forces conspire to make everything a commodity, amplify the emotional content. 2. Ensuring that business transformation does not fail -- Forbes Just because everyone agrees business transformation is important doesn’t mean everyone knows how to do it. 3. Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway as top NFL executive -- Fortune John Elway displays the same instincts, hard work, and swagger as a GM that he did as an...

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Executing mind-shaping media campaigns

Executing mind-shaping media campaigns

Last winter was pretty rough in many areas of the country, including here in the upper Midwest. So when this winter started early and came on with a vengeance in recent weeks, memories of last year’s record breaking snowfall had me thinking about the wisdom of a snow blower. That was no surprise to area retailers, and there have been flyers and ads full of great deals on snow blowers, and tempting models placed strategically in the front aisles of Wal-Mart and even the local grocery store. That’...

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Get a cue! Connecting your brand to everyday life

Get a cue! Connecting your brand to everyday life

One way that your advertising can influence what people think about and notice is through ‘cueing’ –linking your brand to words or expressions that come up naturally in everyday conversation. Repeated often in your advertising and other communication, they become cues that help increase the power of your brand. You see and hear these many times a day. How many of these did you know? Cue Brand/Product Gimme a break Have a Kit Kat Have a break... Have a Kit Kat MmmmmMmmmmm Good Campbel...

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Some of our Favorite Recent Media Campaigns

Some of our Favorite Recent Media Campaigns

Ice Bucket Challenge In 2014, one of the most successful public relations campaigns was the organic Ice Bucket Challenge. That’s no surprise for most people, because the messages and images of the campaign were pervasive, very wet, often entertaining and sometimes highly emotional. The campaign began inauspiciously, when two friends in Florida pushed each other to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, which initially was a tactic to raise money for charity generally. One of them selected ALS as his ...

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