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  • How to charge for content – or not

    How to charge for content – or not

    You may have considered how content can be used to attract new members, new clients, or new partners.  But for all of the talk about Inbound Marketing, you have reservations due to two simple questions:  If the content is so valuable, why should we give it away for free?  And [More]

  • Insight: Should AIDA be replaced?

    Insight: Should AIDA be replaced?

    In 1903, Elias St. Elmo Lewis coined one of the most important marketing frameworks: AIDA. It has stood the test of time, and has helped many marketers more strategically plan their campaigns. AIDA is an acronym for Attention, Interest, Desire, and Action. But is AIDA intrinsically flawed, or at least [More]

  • Social ROI: Connecting Community to Commitment

    Social ROI: Connecting Community to Commitment

    Do you have a creeping feeling that you will never get an adequate return on your Social Media investment?  If so, you're probably right. To improve digital ROI requires three key ingredients: the first reduces costs, and the second and third improve return. Improve program efficiency: Swap out experimentation and [More]

  • Three Digital Strategies

    Three Digital Strategies

    Most organizations invest in their external digital footprint.  They start with a strategy, then execute it, monitor it, and if they are good, they feed these results back into the strategy.  A feedback loop is critical, as it both injects market knowledge into the organization, and enables continuous improvement. Unfortunately, [More]

  • Growing Social Legs: Event-powered Communities

    Growing Social Legs: Event-powered Communities

    "Selling" the movie to distributors and driving public demand for the movie was his real challenge... or was it? Lixin Fan's ulterior goal was to show the real China, and particularly the younger generation, to foster an understanding of the country on an international stage. At the same time, the [More]

  • Trust: Earning the Right to Ask

    Trust: Earning the Right to Ask

    How often have you walked in a shop, only to feel pressured into buying something you didn't really want?  Perhaps you were at a restaurant, and the waiter actually sits down at your table, introduces him or herself, and asks for your order? Or maybe you found yourself in the [More]

  • Exceeding Expectations

    Exceeding Expectations

    Two people walk into the campground office. The park ranger warns that there are bears - and that it is dangerous. The first camper quickly replies - "that won't be a problem". The ranger says, "I hope you can run fast - very fast".  "Not really," the camper replied. "But [More]

  • Does it (Google) Translate?

    Does it (Google) Translate?

    If you are reading this, the chances are very high that you understand English. But what if you didn't? What if your target audience didn't? Or what if your target audience did understand, but felt more comfortable in their own mother tongue? The obvious solution: translate your content. The not-so-obvious [More]

  • CASL:  Six Name Recapture Strategies

    CASL: Six Name Recapture Strategies

    Canadians are (supposedly) no longer receiving non-consensual emails, as these are no longer allowed under Canadian Anti-Spam law (CASL).  Yet spam continues to pour in from overseas - as do "legitimate" marketing emails from organizations outside of the country.  Seemingly, the only losers are the businesses that actually comply.  If [More]

  • Real World or Digital

    Real World or Digital

    Despite the near ubiquity of Social Media, you can't say hello to your Starbucks barista there.  Putting aside Zoom, which isn't Social Media anyway, you can't see your team's body language during a meeting.  You can't celebrate with friends and family in real-time.  Everything seems to be in 2D - [More]

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