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Admit it.  You haven’t started working on your 2010 marketing plan.  Sure, you’ve thought about it and maybe you even built an outline.  You may have held a meeting or two to discuss.  And your calendar for 2010…well, it’s already full of trade shows, weekly meetings with your marketing team, scheduled promotional mailings, and perhaps even a few webinars.  Unfortunately, that’s not really a marketing plan.  And that’s certainly not the way to address interactive marketing. If you already have your 2010 plan built and ready for action, I commend you.  Based on the organizations that approach us on a daily basis regarding planning, you early planners are in the minority.  The good news - industry wide - is that strategic marketing planning is back in vogue for 2010. It seemed that the end of 2008 and at least the first half of 2009 were marked by marketing plans that... (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)

This Is Why You Pay Your Marketing Leadership the Big Bucks

We live in a business world, and in particular a marketing world, that is dominated by what lots of people call “solutions”.  Software solutions.  Automation solutions.  Content management solutions.  Social media solutions.  You name it, and someone, somewhere is peddling the latest solution to fill the needs of the enterprise space, the small business space, the startup space, or perhaps the going out of business soon space. Can you tell I am not a big fan of the word solutions? Marketing has not become any easier over the last 15 years.  That’s right.  I’d argue that marketing... (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)

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)