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Budgeting for Small Brand Marketers needs Marketing Effectiveness

2015 is coming.  Time for ambitious brands with limited budgets to make really tough choices.  We’ve just won our second award for Marketing Effectiveness, for a project that came in under $350,000.  So we hope you’ll find this helpful: Two things to know about changes in Social Media Be aware that an algorithmic change will drastically reduce your Facebook exposure:  Facebook
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Food Marketers for CPGs Seeking the Secret Weapon – News from the Food Aisle

Part of our job (the fun part) as food marketers is to keep up with digital and mobile innovations.   Some clever solutions are in beta with major brands, and if they can train consumers to use them, they’ll do magic: enhance the shopping experience and help brands make noise at point of purchase. Overcoming Point Of Purchase Block Point of
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The Fifth “P”: Selling in the Era of the Maximizing Mindset

You built your brand on the four P’s – product, place, price, and promotion.  Now you need to think about how your company approaches the fifth ‘P’ – Personhood. Anyone who’s read Groundswell, the seminal text on how social media changed business forever, is familiar with the new reality – that the ‘fourth wall’ has come down.  Corporations used to
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Top Planning Tools for 2014

Is it August already?  For the kids it’s back to school, for the rest of us, it’s time to lock and load on our marketing plans for 2014.  If your frontal lobe is a bit rusty, these will help: some of our favorite planning tools and overviews. The Things to Come This will get you started with a 30,000-foot perspective. 
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Get up to Speed: Marketing Automation

With promises to drive sales conversion through the roof, here comes marketing automation — delivering improved email targeting, real-time triggered messages, customer relationship management integration, and stay-in-touch campaigns. Businesses around the globe are implementing automation with success. Their seeing lower overheads and more customer intimacy. They’re gaining access to useful return-on-marketing-investment (ROMI) metrics, because automation tracks the effectiveness of marketing
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Maximizing Mobile and Marketing Automation for Beauty

With the number of US smartphone owners officially passing more than 50 percent of the population, marketers realize that these devices are shaping consumer behavior and purchase decisions at astonishing rates. Shoppers’ ability to access the internet on the fly affects all stages of the purchase cycle. Consumers constantly reach for their phones for product reviews, price comparisons, coupons, and
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Where to Coupon for Maximum Response

Given the multiple ways consumers can get coupons – through events, in-store sampling, store affinity card programs, etc…we are always curious about what’s most effective for redemption. We discussed it with Associate Professor Leonard Lee of the Columbia Business School, who, as it happens, did his dissertation on “Shopping Goals, Goal Concreteness, and Conditional Promotions.”  The findings are fascinating.
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When Shopper Marketing Backfires…Or Does it?

Brands spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on in-store promotions, often with results that are hard to measure. The provocative title of a new study out of Columbia University suggests that those efforts may not only be ineffective, but actually have a dampening effect on sales.  In the study, titled When Shopper Marketing Backfires, the team coined their findings the
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