Tagged 'Strategy'

Simple is as Marketing Grows

Posted by Grant Johnson on February 24th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

"If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself," said Albert Einstein.
We live in an over-communicated society.
Heck, when I began in advertising and marketing, adding an outbound phone call to a direct mail campaign was considered "Integrated Marketing."
The fact is, we are exposed to thousands upon thousands of media impressions each and every day.  As such, as consumers, we CRAVE simplicity. If you can simply explain what you are selling (which, by the way, is what advertising and marketing is), and how your product/service will benefit me, then wrap in a compelling reason -- the correct messaging and/or offer, I will likely take the next step in your sales process. But please make sure to explain to me what you want me to do -- call, respond to the email, visit the website, like us, etc...
Precise copy is the key, but we also must consider how we can graphically simplify our message so it is easier to digest and get the point across immediately. Here is an example of what I mean: http://www.a2591.com/2011/03/more-minimalist-effect-in-maximalist.html
Most of these everyday products are, perhaps, better served today as stripped-down versions.
That's why the combination of video and the internet/social media is so... Read more

The State of Human Interaction in Marketing

Posted by Grant Johnson on February 5th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

A funny thing is happening with the proliferation of social media, it is making way too many people LESS social. Walk down almost any high school hallway and you will see. The kids’ text each other rather than converse. Or they Snap Chat, Tweet or use Instagram.
In business circles we seem to prefer email to voice messages and rarely seem to talk to each other, conducting a lot of business electronically via chat, email, webinars and/or, sometimes, conference calls. What about meeting face-to-face?
This may further divide the role of sales and marketing. It’s curious why so many firms still put the two together in one job title. From my experience, they are two different types of thinkers. Most great sales people are not great marketers and most great marketers are not stellar sales people.
It is true that marketing needs to sell today, and input is crucial from both parties. However, when it comes down to it, especially in bigger, considered purchases like in the B2B space, a great sales person can make all the difference in closing the deal.
But it is not limited to B2B. A great retail sales person can turn you into a loyal customer faster than most marketing... Read more

How to Clone Your Best Salesperson

Posted by Tony Quin on January 15th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Imagine this: sales people that never get tired, never need vacations and happily work 24/7; they don’t need commissions and you always know where they are and what they’re doing. Best of all, every one of them is as good as your best salesperson.
Believe it or not, that is exactly what your company website can and should be.
Too often, brand or company websites are just glorified brochures or worse, repositories for tens of thousands of documents. Enormous amounts of time and money go into expensive content management systems and complex technology that make these sites function, but nobody really seems to answer the most important question: how is our website going to drive sales?
First, you should recognize that your website has become pretty important to your prospects. As the 2013 “Trust in Advertising” study from Nielsen revealed, brand websites are now the second most trusted form of advertising, second only to personal recommendations. This is important because it means that brand sites have become the preferred way that prospects explore a purchase. It’s where they form opinions about your company and about the only place (short of a face-to-face pitch) where you can completely control the story that you tell.
That’s... Read more

Has Your Website Ever Been Stolen?

Posted by Tony Quin on January 13th, 2014 at 9:49 am

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, scraping has to be right up there.
Last week, we discovered a website hosted in the Bahamas called www.iqadvertisingagency.com. Some delightful individual, who was clearly not raised right, decided to scrape (or steal in the old vernacular) our website for some nefarious purpose. They changed the contact info to the address of an internet café in Toronto and replaced our telephone number with theirs. Worse, they seem to have persuaded my entire team of executives to go and work for them…traitors.
I can’t help but wonder what they think they can achieve. Opinions in the office range from they are trying to get a loan and needed a cool site to show their banker to they are trying to sell themselves as us to get business. Clearly they have never been in any competitive pitches. Most clients today not only want to meet and grill the entire team before they hire you, but many actually want the agency to do the work in advance to see how good you are. Good luck with that.
We sent off the necessary communications to the hosting provider and requested that the site be be removed from Google... Read more

2013 – Change is the new constant for SMB digital marketing

Posted by Katya Constantine on December 18th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

As we draw the curtain on 2013, it's safe to say that the year heralded more change in digital marketing than almost any year before. It saw the resurgence of adtech IPO's, a number of social networking giants moving aggressively to new models of monetization, and hundreds of new start-ups emerging in digital marketing space. But while for large marketers this year has been about growth and maturation, for SMB’s it’s been a constant whirlwind of both change and opportunity.

So let's review some of the most interesting developments of 2013 across various channels and how they may have impacted you.