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Branding

4 Steps to Create a Lasting Brand Identity

4 Steps to Create a Lasting Brand Identity

We’re all familiar with slogans like “Just Do It,” “Live Más” (Spanish for “more”) and “Because You’re Worth It.” These slogans have become synonymous with the brands they represent, so it’s natural that small business owners would associate the notion of branding only with big corporations. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Branding should be a priority for small business owners, as well, despite its being one of the most difficult things to tackle. According to the U.S. Bureau of [...]

5 Reasons Personal Branding is Non-Negotiable for 2018

5 Reasons Personal Branding is Non-Negotiable for 2018

Why is everyone all of a sudden trying to become LinkedIn-famous? Is anyone else tired (like me) of reading about all of the branding “hacks” out there? After all, there’s a lot more to achieving great personal branding than tricking algorithms. Achieving great personal branding is important. In fact, when it comes to being a truly innovative entrepreneur or industry professional, having a personalized online footprint is essential to your business strategy. Research has confirmed this. Kredible found that 52 percent of [...]

6 Reasons To Diversify Digital Marketing Strategies For Brands

What’s the secret to digital marketing success? Think of it like investing in stocks; when you diversify your marketing approach for reaching potential customers you reduce your risk and extend your reach at the same time. Think about it. If you were dependent on Facebook for 80% of your leads, what would happen if Facebook suddenly decided to tweak its platform or shut shop? You would lose control over your brand and business. To enjoy the marketing mileage and results you’re [...]

The art of Storytelling

In the epic classic “One Thousand and One Nights” a young woman named Scheherazade devises a brilliant plan to save her life. Each night, she tells the Sasanian king a story so enthralling that he must postpone her execution another night to hear the ending. So it goes for 1,001 nights, until the king decides he cannot execute Scheherazade. The power of storytelling is more than a fairy tale, though, and businesses could learn a lot from Scheherazade. It is one [...]

digital marketing

3 of the Top Opportunities and Challenges for Digital Marketing in 2018

Augmented reality, live video streaming, data visualization: There’s plenty of hype about which digital marketing trends will hit the big time in 2018. But, in your rush to jump onto the latest trend bandwagon, don’t overlook the importance of battle-tested strategies, like local listing optimization, or online reputation management. Recently, I sat down with Peter Handy, CEO of Dallas-based digital marketing agency Advantix Digital, to discuss the future of digital marketing trends in 2017. Because Advantix, founded in 2001, was [...]

offline retail presence

The Importance Of Offline Retail Presence In An Online World

Today, the World Wide Web is ingrained as part of the day-to-day experience for all of us. From communicating with colleagues and banking online to personal entertainment and staying in touch with friends, “logging on” is now an intrinsic human behavior. The movement has completely reimagined the retail industry, with the rise of online shopping materializing as a convenient, and cost effective way to consume. Yet, while the latest research from Verdict Retail predicts that UK online retail sales will hit [...]

luxury strategy

Marketing To A High-End Consumer, Using The Luxury Strategy

40 years ago, a group of European luxury brands, famous but small at the time, decided to use the opportunity of globalization to grow significantly beyond the small circle of their happy-but-few historical customers. To do so, they needed to implement a marketing strategy, but they quickly discovered that while the usual marketing strategies would help them grow, they would also put them out of the luxury bracket. So, they decided to implement a totally new business strategy, which [...]

Positioning Your Brand Keeps Your Business Focused and On Track

Positioning Your Brand Keeps Your Business Focused and On Track

Recently we’ve been working with some businesses that have been struggling with growth. Only it’s not the trouble you think it is — business is actually good. The trouble is whether they’re growing the “right way” for their business. Many business owners think that they need to chase every revenue opportunity down. And while in start-up mode with little to no cash flow coming in, it’s easy to understand why that makes sense. But very soon that becomes a habit. [...]

How eCommerce Is Turning Stores Into Just Another Marketing Channel

How eCommerce Is Turning Stores Into Just Another Marketing Channel

Remember when a brand’s website was little more than a 2.0 version of a brochure? In 2003, Prada’s website featured two photos taken from its ad campaign– nothing else. Versace’s homepage boasted more sophisticated web design and a Flash animation, but took an annoying 97 seconds to load. With a few exceptions – like LVMH group’s online shop eluxury.com – high-end brands back then saw the internet as just another promotion tool. The business of selling – that was [...]