Rational, emotional and self expressive benefits and a little magic = brand strategy.

Sometimes the conventional wisdom — no matter how fervently believed or widely accepted — deserves to be reconsidered in a new light. There is no shortage of perspectives on brand strategy, but when all the pundits agree, it’s time for a second opinion.

4 Keys to Effective Content Marketing

Content Marketing Starts with Great Content. Here’s How to Create It Identifying prospective customers, capturing their attention, fending off competitors and closing sales is difficult work. Smart companies everywhere are turning to content marketing to help them drive, nurture and convert leads more effectively. Also known as inbound marketing, it’s based on the premise that, […]

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The New Importance of the Acting/ Interim CMO

As the pace of business continues to accelerate, having the right marketing leader in place—one who understands how to leverage the strategic potential of the new tactics at their disposal—confers distinct advantages. The advent of new technologies and techniques for generating, tracking, nurturing and closing leads has precipitated dramatic changes across all global marketing functions. […]

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Aligning Philanthropy with Business and Brand Strategy

No corporate web presence would be complete without a section devoted to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The world, of course, has no shortage of challenges. Happily, there are corporate eleemosynary outlets of almost infinite variety ranging from the currently fashionable like sustainability to the consistently intractable like disease and poverty. Often CSR simply involves giving […]

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Branding a Blatantly Bad Deal: Dollar Loan Center

When we set fingers to keyboard to excoriate First PREMIER Bank Platinum Mastercard for exorbitant fees and a 79.9% APR, we hoped it represented a low watermark for awful consumer credit offers. Unfortunately, we discovered a new ignominious winner: a 196.96% APR from Dollar Loan Center and <a title="Dollar Loan Center" href="http://www.don

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