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Is The Print Ad Dead?

Recently on a LinkedIn group, someone started a conversation on whether or not print advertizing is dead.

Back to The Basics

As we head into summer here, I thought it might be useful to put together a quick summer reading list. If you haven’t already read these three books, go get them now: The Art of War (kindle) (Apple Books) The Book of Five Rings (kindle) (Apple Books) The Prince (kindle) (Apple Books) If you have […]

Outbound Marketing

Everything from web-site design, to search-engine marketing (SEM/SEO), to trade shows, to television commercials, classic outbound marketing, also known as marketing communications (MarCom) is the nuts and bolts of any marketing campaign. It can also include branding, publicity, and public relations, which I already discussed under brand.

Inbound Marketing

The epitome of marketing, according to Peter Drucker, inbound marketing is perhaps the least understood subdivision of marketing. In fact, it’s so poorly understood that many modern marketers have started to misuse the term — using it specifically as a synonym for Internet marketing or generally as an antonym for outbound marketing. This couldn’t be […]

Brand

Building the value of your brand, and building raport with your customers, employees, investors, and the public at large is a critical part of your marketing campaign.

Marketing as A Science

One of my credos is that marketing must first and foremost be a science. That’s not to say we marketers are discovering big, universal truths over here, the way mathematicians or physicists might be. But it is to say that we’re using the scientific method to find little, local truths about how you can best […]

Facebook for Websites

With over half the people on the Internet using Facebook at least once per month, Facebook has become an extremely important part of Internet life. And they’re using that power to change the web as we know it: they’re driving the “social web”. Being on the cutting edge of that transition can put you in prime position to improve your business through referrals — the best source of customers.

Marketing is Measuring

Continual Improvement Marketing is only as good as its results. That’s why I strongly encourage both state-of-the-art analytics, and continuous improvement. Every action you take in marketing has a cost associated with it — and hopefully an associated reward. You must treat your marketing dollars very judiciously, and seek to continually get the best possible […]

Marketing 101

Just What Is Marketing? If you look marketing up in a dictionary, you’ll get something along the lines of, “the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising.” That does give someone who’s never encountered the word before a decent understanding of the notion. But how, exactly, does […]

Small Business Marketing Goals

Before you set off trying to do this thing called “marketing”, there is probably no single thing more important than that you understand your goals. Specifically, you should have goals at varying degrees of granularity (e.g., strategic goals vs. tactical goals), and regardless of their granularity your marketing goals should be desireable, measurable outcomes.

Social Networking

As we come to the close of the last quarter of the year, I look back to the close of the previous quarter, where I briefly digressed from this introductory series on on-line marketing to take a closer look at Twitter. The fact that that article was one of my most popular ever makes me […]