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An Open Letter to Customers from The Brands

by · December 18, 2014

Dear Customer,

So glad you like the stuff! We do make great toothpaste and laundry detergent and we really appreciate your loyalty. We’re really glad the food is good and the car works well. But, we’re worried about you. The fact is, we don’t know why you buy, and we don’t know what the triggers are. We would love to figure that out.

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Mission-driven business will always win

by · December 4, 2014

Last month an article was written and widely circulated about a former employer of mine, the who is not important, what was important was the assertion that they lost their mojo because they shifted focus from being all about the “mission” to maximizing shareholder value. These types of articles always cause me to pause because the downward spiral of a business is not one decision, but a series of decisions. But, the fact remains when you stop delivering value to your customers; you are exponentially less likely to follow a growth trajectory.

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Searching for social ROI?

by · November 12, 2014

I am pulling my hair out over here! It’s one of the absolute worst, most frustrating feelings one can have…losing stuff. You see, I have a computer cord that I only need about twice a year, and I always put it back in the same place when I am done with it. Because when I need it, I really need it. And it’s not here. It’s not in its place, and I’m in the process of tearing my house apart looking for it. It’s a totally helpless feeling. And if you are being asked to prove your social ROI…you know this feeling firsthand. But lucky for you, there’s help for your lost things. Keep your hands off of your hair, and see what SME Digital has found for you.

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Enough with Busy!

by · October 29, 2014

Busy, busy, busy. Aren’t we all so charming with how very busy we are? It feels like we are all competing over who’s the busiest. Don’t believe me, just look at your social feeds. Everyone is really, really busy (of course not too busy to take the 2 minutes to update their status with how busy they are, but whatever) We are all just so darned busy with work, and our families, kids sports, events, holidays, special projects and hobbies… Just. So. Busy. And we just keep adding things to our to-do list to be busy with little thought being placed on if we should add these things to the list. We just are mindlessly adding tasks. It’s as if busy has become a sport these days and frankly, there are no winners.

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Four Things My Four-Year-Old Has Taught Me About Social Marketing

by · October 16, 2014

My youngest daughter turns four years old today. Not only has the time flow by quicker than I could have imagined, I have learned more that I ever thought possible from her. So in honor of my little Jasmine’s birthday, here are four social marketing lessons she has taught me (to the tune of Frozen; apologies in advance).

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Love & Measurement: A Startup Case Study

by · October 14, 2014

Measurement scares the snot out of a lot of marketers. I’ve written about it here and here, in case you forgot. Sometimes is scares me, too. The thing about tracking things is you never know what you’re going to see. It’s like stepping on a scale. When you know it is going to be bad, you won’t look at it. When you know you’re doing awesome, you can’t wait to peek.

But, sometimes, you’re not sure how you’re doing. On those days, it just feels better to guess. Because guessing means you can’t see the holes in your product or campaign’s funnel. And that means you don’t have to actually DO anything about it. But then you think better of it and put on your brave pants and look, for the stuff you can cheer about as well as the areas that offer you an opportunity to improve and grow. You know, like I did recently. Like many of you reading this, I have a passion project. And after months of development and bootstrapped marketing, it was time to really look at the data. And I admit I was pretty scared to look.

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Magic and Marketing; Are You Amazing Your Audience?

by · September 17, 2014

Think of a card, any card…

I am a huge fan of magic. And after dabbling a bit on my own, I have realized that there are three types of audiences for magic: the Uninformed, the Unimpressed, and the Amazed. I wouldn’t call many brands – nor their marketing efforts – magical, but there are interesting similarities when it comes to the growth and evolution of our audiences. And I believe there is something to learn here.

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Is Fun Content Over-rated?

by · September 11, 2014

So your friend would be Bender if he were in the Breakfast Club according to BuzzFeed. How about that? And people are clicking all over that stuff and sharing liberally. Someone somewhere is getting your feed’s attention and it wasn’t you. You know why? Apparently that stuff is fun. Not for me, per se, but for the gaggle of people I know on Facebook it must be the most fun thing in the world. And guess what, people like fun. At first, I thought this was all about the fun, but then I realized, it is exactly the type of fun people like. They like fun that is all about them.

So, if you can make your content fun and totally focused on the id and ego of the reader…#win. But what if your brand isn’t inherently fun? There are a ton of products and services in the world that are not at all fun, no matter what. What if you’re a bank or a cable company or other utility? No offense banks and cable companies, but it is the rare individual who views your products and services as “fun”. Yes, cable companies provide entertainment, and banks can help you buy something fun like a motorcycle, but they are merely the conduits to fun. They aren’t the backbone of fun.

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