Posts Tagged ‘marketing’

How Optimization Influences Communications

Why are you reading this blog post? That, I’m not really sure about. Who are you? Why are you reading this blog post? I can take a good guess. You probably have marketing, communications or PR in your profile somewhere. Chances are, you’ve read a post on a similar subject or even read something on the Zer0 to 5ive blog before. If our readership mirrors a site such as MarketingProfs, you are likely a professional at a small or medium-sized business in North America. How do I know this? Because we’re inside an optimization loop. It’s similar to the social media bubble of our own de...
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Jan 09

Three Reasons to Incorporate Marketing Goals into Website Design

Today, websites have to do more than simply “exist.” With high levels of competition in the digital space, a website must be fully integrated to a company’s business objectives and goals. Investing in a website that integrates your sales and marketing messages into a compelling design can improve user experience and directly impact your business’ sales funnel. Make a Lasting First Impression You only have one chance to make a first impression, and in marketing, that first impression is your website. The Internet has become such an integral part of our lives that most people searc...
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Dec 14

5 Strategies to Promoting a Successful Webinar

For reasons too many to name, webinars continue to be one of the most popular strategies for leveraging content to drive qualified leads. There has been significant focus on creating great content over the past few years, for good reason, but the fact remains that no matter how good your content is, if people can’t engage with it, it’s all but useless.

Have a plan. There is so much that goes into planning a successful webinar, but in order to start you need to ask yourself: Who are you targeting? What amazing content are you going to be presenting that is going to kn...
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Nov 07

GTM Planning for Health Tech Startups

This past Thursday, I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the Plexus Healthcare Innovation Hub in Philly. What an amazing place for health tech startups, especially medical device companies to get started – the space, equipment, people and networking at Plexus are incredible!

I was lucky enough to follow two amazing demonstrations that kept everyone glued to their seats and fully engaged – the first from Dr. Alan Flake of CHOP, who demonstrated an artificial womb that has the potential to significantly decrease the mortality and birth defects that can arise with p...
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How to Leverage Cultural Fads to Maximize Marketing Efforts

A great way to promote your brand is by leveraging popular trends. Through a few well-managed steps you can create a strong link between your product and a popular trend, giving you an extra boost from the association. One notable example is the recent AR/mobile hit Pokémon GO. The game itself garnered massive amounts of media attention and numerous marketing capitalization articles to follow. In light of such a successful launch, I want to detail how you can successfully capitalize on the next big trend when it gets here.

Timing

In baseball, if you swing a second too la...
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Experiential Marketing: The Secret to Building Brand Loyalty

In today’s buyer-empowered marketplace, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to establish brand loyalty and effectively reach their target demographics. Audiences have become deafened to companies’ self-promotion, and standard marketing practices are falling short. In recent years, integrated marketing strategies have replaced more singular efforts. However, campaigns are oftentimes still missing a valuable component that is proven to broaden campaign reach and build brand loyalty: Experiential marketing.

Experiential marketing, also referred to as event marketi...
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Oct 13

How to Be UGLY: Finding Your ZAG with Marty Neumeier

Crocs. Cake Pops. Uggs. Snuggies. What do all these have in common? Well, you probably hated them before you loved them. Uggs were ugly, Cake pops were foreign, and Crocs were for geezers.

Turns out, these products had some genius behind them. That genius is called ZAG.

So, what is ZAG? Marty Neumeier describes it in his book, Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands, as the embodiment of what it means to be different.

Today, we all have a need for speed. Amazon ships overnight, Seamless delivers everywhere, messages send in seconds, and what used ...
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10 (PR) lessons from my first Consumer Electronics Show

Last week, I attended my first CES. While I have sent numerous clients to the show and supported the PR outreach around their attendance, I had never physically attended the show.

Fortunately, I have been to many conferences, so I knew a lot about the Do’s and Don’ts, but CES is one of a kind – a show that attracts nearly 200,000 people in the tech industry. It can be an intimidating event for a first-timer like myself. My client has been exhibiting for a number of years, so that helped me to prepare, but there are a few lessons every PR-pro should know if they get a chance to att...
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Jan 20

It’s time for B2B to get social

As B2B companies prepare their 2015 marketing plans and allocate dollars for various programs, it is important to optimize the value of social media and how far an investment in these channels can go to communicate your value proposition and engage your customers. When evaluating the best channel for your message, it is key to remain focused on your target audience. Determining which social media platforms you should allocate time and money to requires an evaluation of your target audience, your competitors, and your industry influencers social media behaviors.  These behaviors include not o...
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Jan 13

Dear Media List: It’s not me, it’s you.

Media list, media list, media list. As a PR specialist’s “life line” to reporters, a robust media list that spans multiple vertical publications, as well as mainstream outlets, is critical to a successful PR program.

Hours are spent sorting through media databases and vetting reporters to get that “perfect list.” As a result, the media list becomes the first place many PR professional go to find a reporter to pitch.

While this is a great first step, it is equally important to remember that every reporter that could be targeted for your story may not be in your list.  Hav...
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Dec 11