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Three ways to enable your sales team (Part 1 of 3)

Note: In January, we introduced marketing trends to watch in 2020 (read the post here.) Here is an in-depth look at the first trend, sales enablement.     Part 1 of 3: Provide alignment with content strategy.   As someone who has spent much of my career in sales,...

Ask Hellman: Engaging the Sales Team for a Product Launch

Question: How do you engage your sales team and excite your customers about a new product?   Answer: An integrated launch campaign with audience-specific messaging. Materials to help educate the sales team included a brochure with a tagline of “Own the floor,” and talking points to...

Stand up for your brand (Part 3 of 3)

Brand building blocks.   It starts with your logo – which serves as your flag, your shield, your crest. It’s the visual identity that the rest of your branding will branch off of. On the surface, it tells your customers who you are, what you do...

Stand up for your brand (Part 2 of 3): Freedom of creativity

Branding guides are essentially rule books governing the use of you company’s identity, but that doesn’t mean they limit your creative team’s freedom. They’re foundational building blocks. It’s so interesting to see what happens when different craftsmen begin work with the same tools. Established brand standards...

Stand up for your brand (Part 1 of 3)

You’ve done your research. You’ve been through countless iterations and months of back-and-forth with your team, your designer, your agency. Finally, it’s done: your new logo, tagline and branding platform.   Now what?   You need a branding guide.   A branding guide is the only way to set standards...

Email marketing: Let’s bust some myths.

When I was a kid the adults in my life would offer me advice that I often deemed silly. And of course, the rebellious side of me always had to test the limits and attempt to prove their advice was nothing but a myth. I...

The testimonial video grows up.

For a trend that seems like it should have peaked by now, video marketing continues to grow. Consumers of everything from household products to commercial services aren’t just viewing video content, they’re demanding it. According to HubSpot, 85% of companies are using video marketing, and...

5 marketing trends to watch

There’s so much marketing content out there, it’s easy to get lost among the headlines. We’ve been doing our own new-year trend watching, and narrowed down the list to five that are most relevant for our clients. Today’s blog is a brief introduction. We’ll post...

In 2020, resolve to set goals. And then work toward them.

Truth be told, I’ve never been on the New Year’s resolution bandwagon. I am self-aware enough to know a new number on a calendar isn’t going to spur change within myself. It seems I am not alone, as a mere 8% of those who make...

Plan for success in 2020

Are you busy tying up loose ends before the year comes to a close? Or is your mind thinking ahead to your goals for 2020? If you’re anything like me, it’s a combination of both. While we all know the importance of taking time to...

Don’t be fooled into choosing the wrong marketing agency

Growing up, my family took April Fools’ Day seriously—especially my oldest brother, Mike, and me. His best work: Sneaking ketchup into my milk glass. I was 5 and never saw or tasted anything amiss until I reached the bottom. To this day, I don’t drink...

What’s the deal with VR?

The idea of virtual reality has been all the rage in the last few years. With options ranging from cardboard headsets to often-overpriced pieces of hardware, we’ve all been told that virtual reality will change the way we interact with the world around us. However,...