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One of the most frustrating experiences for a marketer is seeing a great product or service that is marketed incorrectly.  In this case, “incorrectly” may mean choosing the wrong target audience, choosing the wrong methods to reach that target audience, building creative that doesn’t resonate with that target audience, or a host of other mishaps. Perhaps even more frustrating is watching a great product or service flop from a marketing standpoint not because of a weak marketing strategy, but rather due to the absence of a person or firm in the role of Marketing General Contractor. Let me illustrate the need for a Marketing General Contractor using a situation I ran into a bit over a year ago.  I was approached by a medium-sized national sales organization that had grown to around 75 employees in 10 offices throughout the US.  The President of the organization had... (more)

The Art of Unfollowing: Twitter Time Management

Twitter on Ulitzer For those of you who read Marketing Trenches regularly, I promise this is the last time I will post something about Twitter for at least one month.   There are more pressing topics to cover, topics that are more relevant to your various business missions.  That being said, given the relative popularity of my last post - The Only Rule of Twitter: Be True To Yourself - I decided to finish a post that I started conceptualizing weeks ago. I am a small business owner, and from what I can gather from sources like Entrepreneur or Inc. Magazine, that makes me about as ... (more)

You Don't Need a Social Media Superhero

"I hear you guys are the social media gurus in this area. Can you help us blow out our efforts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook?" These were seemingly innocent words from a prospective client, spoken just last week. As we dug a bit deeper, the red flags started flying. He wants help with social media only, and wants to address only those three properties. He doesn't want us to worry about how the website, blog, search, email or other areas might impact social media. He is concerned about tracking the effort, but his tracking and measurement will focus on volume of followers, f... (more)

You Don’t Need a Social Media Superhero

New Media on Ulitzer “I hear you guys are the social media gurus in this area. Can you help us blow out our efforts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook?” These were seemingly innocent words from a prospective client, spoken just last week. As we dug a bit deeper, the red flags started flying. He wants help with social media only, and wants to address only those three properties. He doesn’t want us to worry about how the website, blog, search, email or other areas might impact social media. He is concerned about tracking the effort, but his tracking and measurement will focus on volu... (more)

Who Are You? The 5 Key Components of a Core Messaging Document

With apologies to rock icons The Who – and I suppose the CSI TV franchise as well – this is one of the biggest challenges many companies face.  If you think about it, I’m sure that you see this all the time too. Whether it’s an elevator pitch at a networking event that leaves you wondering what it is that this person does or a disjointed marketing effort that just doesn’t hit the right chords – a lot of people out there have a messaging problem. When working with a client, one of the very first places we start is to take a look at their messaging — It’s critical that their messa... (more)