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10 simple thoughts to ponder to help to improve your marketing efforts

“Just because you can measure everything doesn’t mean that you should.” – W. Edward Deming   Is your marketing effort going after people that really matter or just anyone?   “Clients don’t care about the labor pains; they want to see the baby.” – Tim Williams   Are you measuring the power of your salespeople’s online brand? If

4 Companies Rebranded Into 1 Powerhouse in 4 Weeks

Rebranding is hard, but rewarding when it all comes together on the launch date. When a company we were working with decided to purchase a couple of companies to expand their capabilities, all eyes were on them as a growing with no cap in site. A private equity firm saw the potential in the team

Cool Aircraft Technology Video

Cool Tech Video #Hexa by Lift #Aircraft is a unique looking personal aircraft designed to decongest traffic #transportation. The electric aircraft would transport a single person without the need of a pilot’s license. 18 independent electric motors and propellers help left the individual up and with both autonomous and semi-autonomous controls can transport them to

Nanette Gregory : Inside Plastics News "Women Breaking the Mold: 2020"

Nanette Gregory has been recognized by Plastics News as a “Woman Breaking the Mold in 2020.” Nominated by her son, Chase Gregory, Nanette has been sought after by the plastics industry for her knowledge, public relations, connections, and consulting for the past 20 years. She started her background in plastics working for a communications company

Right Now Your Customers Need You To Be Human

Almost every manufacturing company these past five months has upped their marketing game by offering more webinars, creating instructional videos, participating in virtual trade shows, running Zoom sales presentation calls, running Google and Social Media ads, sending out lots of emails, and making plenty of phone calls. All to convince you, “they” have the “solution”

From Gartner CEOs And CMOs Split On Outlook And Martech Skepticism Grows

Marketers remain the gimlet-eyed optimists of the management team, believing the worst of the economic impact of COVID-19 will pass quickly. The bosses, however, do not agree, according to Gartner’s annual CMO Survey which was released overnight. “Gartner data from a poll of CFOs showed that the majority (almost 60 per cent) are building scenario

Increase revenue by blending your sales and marketing departments

Increase revenue by blending your separate sales and marketing departments—Into A Growth Team Instead   We think we can all agree there is nothing like a well-run team. These teams are the ones that win high stakes games, have fun doing it, and often are unstoppable. As outside consultants, we often have the advantage of

7 Trade Show Replacement Ideas

Most trade shows are up in the air, at least for the next 3- 4 months, maybe even until the end of the year. So, I have been having conversations with clients on what they can do instead. Here are seven ideas I think are worth mentioning:  1- Promotional items Send the promotional items you

What can we do for our customers to help us survive this COVID-19 downturn?

Your business, like mine, was probably humming along before the COVID-19 shut down. We both knew we’re decent companies. We offered our customers good products/ services at a reasonable price and delivered them on time… but so were our competitors. You and I both knew we should be doing more to protect ourselves against a

Additive Manufacturing Panel at Plastics News Executive Forum 2020

  Plastics News publication puts on an Executive Forum every year in Naples, Florida. Both Nanette and Chase have presented at this privately held conference and this year, Nano put together a panel of highly recognized professionals in Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing). The video below is from the panel on additive manufacturing

How Manufacturing Executives Should Effectively Communicate During a Crisis

The days of “no comment,” communication, and lack of transparency rarely work very long for any executive today. Today, employees, suppliers, and / or local communities via social media put manufacturers in the spotlight with negative news. Before a crisis gets out of hand, I suggest you sit down with 2-3 vital team members and

Marketing 2020

Marketing in 2020 requires you to out-perform your competitors to earn solid results. For the past 5 years or so, there has been a huge surge in new ways to market your brand / company using digital and traditional tactics. I believe 2019 we hit a plateau of new tactics. There is nothing really new

5 Ways to Overcome Public Relations (PR) Challenges

Photo Caption: An Effective Public Relations program will help get the right kind of attention today for your company. Photo Credit Jason Rosewell I have been involved in public relations for over 15 years and I hear plenty of reasons from CEO and CMO’s on the why they are not running a PR program. The

A Good Publicist Needs To Have...

I have many stories from my 15 years as a publicist— some good and some a little ugly. The story I want to tell you today— involves some of the lessons I have learned as a publicist and what skills I believe companies should look for when hiring an individual team member or firm. Bottom

5 Marketing Resolutions for 2019

Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze?- Jean Kerr There are days every marketer feels a little helpless because everything is in flux and there seems to no easy answers. As you move into 2019 here are a few ideas

Quality vs Quantity Marketing---Quantity Wins

Today, I started re-reading Originals by Adam Grant today as I was looking for some inspiration for my business and a marketing blog post. It did not take long to find an important message to share on page 37. “It’s widely assumed that there is a tradeoff between quantity and quality—if you want to do

A Professional Online Presence

  There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about- Oscar Wilde Today, everyone wants to make business decision quickly without needing to have meetings or walk into your store, as meetings and traffic are time consuming. The place where the majority of people will