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Four Traits Every Brand Needs From Agency Partners

by · January 22, 2015

Many of us spend our career on one side of the table: Brand side or agency side. Expectations are set based on the experiences we have with those on the opposite end. I have spent time on both sides, but most of my experience comes from the agency side. From my time as an agency partner, I’ve come to learn that some brands have very low standards for their agency partners, which leave them with a less than “WOW” experience. A recent conversation with one my clients inspired me to share these four not-so-obvious traits every brand side marketer should expect from their agency partners.

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The Curse of High Performers

by · January 15, 2015

Making magic is something that high performers do. They have a knack for conjuring amazing results for their managers, clients, and team. High performers are crafty and they make it look easy. And everyone adores them. The problem with your high performers… they’re going to leave you. They’re going to leave you because you expect magic, and when they deliver time and again, you know what happens: these magic makers get fewer accolades and worse yet…less budget. Yes, the magic makers in your organization get less budget because they can do so much with so little that they get less… therefore, they’re going to leave.

I have banged my head against the wall about this for years. I will never understand this. Ever. Because my brain doesn’t work that way. Here’s how my brain works. When I get magical results…I want to invest MORE into that thing that drove the magic…not less. I want to replicate that magic across everything I do. Conversely, when something isn’t working…you know what I am not going to do? Throw more money at it. A campaign with zero recall is not a success no matter how many awards it garners. Yet, we keep making them. I do not understand.

What can we do about it? Well, I happen to have a little soapbox here at my desk and I would like to pull it out and make a little four-part rant.

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Yet Another Case for Curation

by · January 7, 2015

Last year, all I wanted for Christmas was to have the “80/20 rule” become standard. Clearly I was on the “Naughty List” as this did not come true. For those of you who are new to the “80/20 rule”, the idea is that 80% of your social posts should be designed to deliver value to the audience. This content should be curated from other sources and aligned with your brand’s mission, vision and values. The other 20% of your content can be about you and your brand. The idea is that if you spend 80% of your updates on content that is valuable to your audience; you will earn the right to talk about yourself. Problem is, we preach it. Heck everyone preaches it! But far too few brands and companies do it. Go ahead, go and audit your posts right now. I bet the best you did was 50%. I understand why. It is easier to talk about you and it is also easier to do that when leadership is reading because they want you to talk about their company. But, the reality is the more you talk about you, the more your updates become ignorable noise.

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An Ode to Mailing It In

by · December 24, 2014

Well, we’ve made it. It is the last few weeks of the year and everyone is either on vacation physically or mentally. Not much gets done this time of year in the business world that I work in. Sometimes it’s different, last year was one of those years. I was neck deep in projects and strategy development. But this year, this year is closer to normal than last year.

Personally, I love this time of year because it is so different than the rest of the year. I usually spend my day in high gear. A lot of energy flows from me during the day and at this time of year; I like to take it down a notch (or 50). And it’s refreshing. I take the pedal off the metal. My days are not planned to the minute. I love that things slow down for the most part at work and I am able to take a minute and reflect on what has happened this year. And maybe we should all take a minute and do that. Take a day. Reflect on the year that has passed. Look at the wins. Look at the losses. Look at the places where you really rocked. See where you might have done better.

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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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