Strategy

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...

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...

CAD Files: Your #1 Untapped Marketing Tool

A detailed marketing strategy. Approved features and benefits. Researched media buys. There’s a standard short list of must-haves for bringing a product to market.     But what about 3D CAD files?   That’s right – CAD files. In the hands of the right agency, what was once tucked away in your engineers’...

11 Ways to Get Better Results From Your Ad Agency

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about client/agency relationships. Or perhaps a better word is "partnership." Either way, good communication is key, and there’s always room for improvement. There’s plenty of literature out there about ways agencies can nurture the relationship. But we wanted to hear...

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Ice, Ice, Maybe: Are Pre-Roll Ads a Good Idea? (Part 3)

Not all video marketing is a surefire hit; pre-roll ads can be deceptively slippery. In this three-part series, learn why it’s important to do pre-roll well, how to deliver a great pre-roll ad—and how to avoid getting the cold shoulder from your customers. As we discussed...

Pre-Roll Ads Part 2

Ice, Ice, Maybe: Are Pre-Roll Ads a Good Idea? (Part 2)

Not all video marketing is a surefire hit; pre-roll ads can be deceptively slippery. In this three-part series, learn why it’s important to do pre-roll well, how to deliver a great pre-roll ad—and how to avoid getting the cold shoulder from your customers. ••• As we discussed...

Pre-Roll Ads

Ice, Ice, Maybe: Are Pre-Roll Ads a Good Idea? (Part 1)

Not all video marketing is a surefire hit; pre-roll ads can be deceptively slippery. In this three-part series, learn why it’s important to do pre-roll well, how to deliver a great pre-roll ad—and how to avoid getting the cold shoulder from your customers. ••• Here in Iowa,...

Creating Valuable B2B Content Can’t Wait

Why Creating Valuable B2B Content Can’t Wait

Here's a startling statistic. 60% of the sales cycle is over before a buyer talks to your salesperson. If you already produce valuable content (like blog posts, case studies, social media posts and how-to videos), that statistic should make you smile. But if you’re not confident in...

How to Write an Advertising Tagline

How to Write an Advertising Tagline: A Distilling Process

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but a bad tagline will just stink up the joint. Here’s how not to offend your olfactory system – and your customers. A great poem by Emily Dickinson suggests that rose oil and poetry have a lot...