Tactical tunnel vision: When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Marketing managers today rely on teams of tactical agencies, each a specialist in a specific area of expertise. Content agencies. Digital agencies. PR firms. Creative boutiques. Direct marketers. Website designers. Social media experts. The list of hyper-specialized tactical agencies goes […]
CMOs want more strategic thinking from their agency partners. Why aren’t they getting it?
In a 2017 survey of CMOs conducted by the Data & Marketing Association (DMA), marketing managers revealed that one of their greatest concerns is “the inability of their agency partners to provide good, long-term strategic thinking”. They’re right to be concerned. A concurrent DMA study surveyed agencies nationwide and made a surprising discovery: Nearly one-third […]
Don’t Let Design Get in the Way of Your Message
We’ve all seen it. A TV spot that’s funny but you ultimately miss the product message and can’t recall the sponsor. The same is true of design. A great message can be masked by an overpowering design. This is one of the first mistakes a marketer makes: letting the design or clever idea overpower your […]
Is your website generating leads? Here’s how to fix it.
It seems a lot of time and money are wasted these days on digital marketing efforts when all clicks lead to the home page. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a big fan of home pages, but they end up being more informative and directional rather than the lead generation machines we want them to be. […]
If you’re not conversing, you’re not converting
Did you know that Frisbee (the flying disc) began as a pie tin? In 1871, William Frisbie established the Frisbie Pie Company. His pies, delivered in metal pans, were a huge hit, especially among college students. He logically attributed his success to the freshness of his pies. “Fresh Always” became the company’s slogan, consistently appearing […]