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Brand Identity: Alternatives to traditional promotion

Thinking Outside the Box

In April we talked about some outdated marketing materials and practices that might be holding your business back. Now we’ll discuss a few ideas that are ahead of the curve. While business cards and company brochures are still staples at tradeshows and similar events, many forward-thinking businesses are getting more creative with their promotional materials.

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Mix, Marketing Strategy, Change and Innovation, Trade Show Strategy, Branding and Identity

A Dated Marketing Strategy Can Make You Seem Irrelevant

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Mix, Marketing Strategy, Change and Innovation

In Pursuit of More Leads for Sales

Is Your Marketing Strategy Optimized to Attract Today’s Buyer?

The operative word in this question is Attract. The impact of pushing your message out to your target prospect via advertising, PR, and direct sales has changed. Leading companies recognize that buyers no longer just listen to your message – that it takes an engagement process to first attract the right prospects and then move them along the buying process, until they are ready to make a decision. An engagement mindset is important because according to Forrester Research, your prospective customers are 67% to 90% through the buying journey BEFORE they contact the vendor.

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Mix, Marketing Strategy

Google+ and Your High Tech Marketing Strategy

Google+: A rundown

Although it has been criticized as a too-little-too-late competitor to Facebook, a year and a half after its launch, Google+ (sometimes abbreviated as G+) seems to be holding its own. The site (plus.google.com) has 500 million registered users, 135 million of whom are active on a monthly basis, Google announced Dec. 6, and it is the fastest-growing social network.

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Topics: Marketing Mix, Marketing Strategy, Social Media, SEO

B2B High Tech Marketing Budget Allocation For 2013

Tech Marketing Budgets & Trends

Earlier this Fall, IDC released their 10th annual CMO Tech Marketing Benchmark Study, highlighting the budget allocation and trends of mid-sized and large tech companies. Marketing Profs also covered some of the results last month. While the IDC survey represents primarily mid-to large tech companies, there are insights and trends that apply to even the smallest of tech companies.

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Mix, Marketing Strategy

PLS President, Michele Nichols to Present @SPIE Photonics West 2013

SPIE Photonics West - Optics

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Topics: Optics, Company News, Marketing Mix, Marketing Strategy

The Role of PR in your Integrated Marketing Mix

Press Releases: Do they still work?

PR has always been considered an important part of an integrated marketing plan. It helps to create awareness and establish credibility in a way that paid advertising cannot. 

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Topics: Marketing Mix, Marketing Strategy

A Case for Integrated Marketing

Inbound Marketing Takes Hold

Having just returned from HubSpot’s #Inbound12 conference in Boston, participants, most of whom are inbound marketing HubSpot partners, like us (PLS Launch Solutions), HubSpot customers, and marketers – I learned of companies in a broad range of industries (B2B & B2C) having success generating sales through inbound marketing while leveraging HubSpot. I also learned that traditional marketing continues to play an important role – more focused – more integrated, on- and off-line. The bottom line is our clients need to be where their customers are – and that’s more on-line.

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Mix, Marketing Strategy, Trade Show Strategy

Does Email Marketing Still Work?

Does Email Marketing Still Work?

Email marketing is passé. Business people are inundated with so much email. The chance of getting their attention is slim. Email marketing is being replaced with other channels including mobile and social media.

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Topics: Marketing Mix, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Metrics, Email Marketing

Mental Biases that Derail B2B Marketing Strategy

Are Mental Biases Derailing Your Corporate Strategy?

The presidential debate has spent a lot of airtime on something we businesspeople already know: corporations are people. Whatever the corporation's rights and responsibilities, success and failure comes down to the people that make up the business. And corporate strategy most often fails due to our inherent mental biases.
In a classic McKinsey report, Hidden Flaws in Strategy, Charles Roxburgh outlines the 8 human biases that drive good executives to create flawed strategies:

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Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Mix, Marketing Strategy, Change and Innovation