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So you got yourself involved with a startup company.  It may have happened by circumstance or by choice.  You're either a founder or one of the first employees.  You either envision your concept as a potential single to be flipped in 3-4 years, or a grand slam that will allow you to socialize with the likes of Brin, Bezos and Cuban. Awesome.  We all love a good startup story.  Unless you've got an inherently viral concept on your hands (and by the way, keep in mind that there have only been about 5 inherently viral products introduced over the past 5-7 years), you're going to need to put a significant emphasis on marketing.  I wrote an earlier post about the necessity of bringing marketing expertise to your internal/external team, but this post isn't designed to belabor that point. You're going to need to do certain things during your first 90 days to survive and s... (more)

Social Media and Search - One Good Turn Deserves Another

Web 2.0 Journal Whenever a conversation starts around the topic of social media, inevitably I find a number of people that immediately question the value and want to see some ROI numbers before getting involved. We’ve talked about both sides of this discussion before in many posts, most notably Businesses: Stay Away From Social Media If You Meet The Following Criteria and Social Media: Justify Your Love With the Right ROI Approach. Just today I came across this research in B to B magazine, which seems to once again prove some value to social media activity, particular as it re... (more)

How to Outsmart 90% of Marketing Job Seekers

Lazy. Entitled. Disloyal. Coddled. Arrogant. Sloppy. Does this sound like the type of person you’d want to hire? Me neither. Call them stereotypes or misperceptions, but if you’re curious about why members of Generation Y, or millennials, are often described using these terms, look no further than the job trail. Oh no, here comes another cranky post from a baby boomer, bemoaning how our future leaders can only be described as slackers … and that’s on a good day. Hold there. First, I am part of Generation X, the tweener generation between the baby boomers and millennials. I like t... (more)

Three Key Steps to Make Your Web Presence Work Harder

A colleague of mine often says “Your website should be as good as your best salesperson” – which for many organizations is easier said than done.  Those of you who read this blog regularly know we always advocate looking at your overall marketing strategy, your web marketing strategy as a set of that, and your website itself as a piece of that. In addition to looking at the big picture, sometimes it helps to slice off a few clear and actionable improvements you can take.  Some organizations have never done all 3 of the steps outlined below, while for others this is a chance to g... (more)

Content May be King, But Don’t Forget the Tone

We’ve written on this blog previously about the importance of content and how writing is often undervalued, whether for a press release, website, social media, email or really anything else.  Just as important as having the right content and writing well is having the right tone. People connect with – and buy from – people, or at least the brand’s personality.  Make sure your approach to your content represents your company’s personality.  If you are a creative services company and a bit irreverent, your tone should reflect that.  At the same time, you probably don’t want your m... (more)