Category Archives: Brand Strategy

Why Giving Back Pays Off: Target’s New Marketing Campaign to Benefit Students

Let’s just say it’s been a tough year for Target.

The retail juggernaut has been no stranger to bad press following its massive credit card breach. But there’s nothing like a good comeback. The company is launching a feel-good marketing campaign to kick off the school year and, of course, increase awareness for its Up & Up brand. Continue reading →

How to Become a Thought Leader in Three Easy Steps

shutterstock_122602369So you want to be the cream of the crop? The head honcho? The most respected thought leader in your industry? Well, join the club. Being crowned a “thought leader” is one of the biggest compliments in the business world.  While it might not get you special treatment at a swanky restaurant, it does garner more exposure for your business, which translates into dollars—lots of them. However, being dubbed a thought leader is one the hardest things to achieve. Continue reading →

For LeBron James, Four Years Made All the Difference

In 2010, NBA superstar LeBron James, having just completed his first professional contract, announced during a surreal television special that he would be leaving his “hometown” Cleveland Cavaliers (James actually hails from Akron, Ohio) and playing for the Miami Heat. “The Decision,” a 75-minute interview with Jim Gray in which LeBron waited nearly 30 minutes before actually declaring his intention, aired on ESPN and was a ratings boon for the network.

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Marketing ‘Without Walls’: Using Social Media to Engage Customers

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On average, people check their smartphone over 150 times each day. Just think about how often you refresh your email at work or glance at your Twitter feed for the latest news. How can your brand use this to its advantage? Simple: by getting users to advertise for you.

The clothing brand, Without Walls, is a great example of how social media can be used to spread brand awareness and increase consumer engagement. The trendy athletic wear website has launched a social media crusade to get its customers up and active in its clothing. Continue reading →

Saying Goodbye to My All-Time Favorite Branding

This week, the best golfers in the world take aim at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina for the 114th U.S. Open. The event features a lot of juicy storylines, from Tiger Woods’ absence to the recent redesign of the hallowed venue.

One storyline has fallen largely through the cracks, however, with the notable exception of my golf buddy Alex Myers at Golf Digest. With the tournament telecast switching from NBC to FOX next year, what I consider to be the greatest theme music ever written will no longer be part of the broadcast.

And that is a bummer.

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Unconventional Tradeshow Tips and Tricks for Increasing Leads

tradeshowI love a good tradeshow. Perhaps that is because I am by nature a people-person, but I also believe that there is something for everyone at such an event. That’s because conferences, when leveraged correctly, can serve as a powerful content marketing vehicle for garnering leads—something that every business leader, regardless of personality type, enjoys. I spent some time yesterday at The Small Business Expo 2014 in New York City where I was reminded of some simple, yet often forgotten, tips and tricks for maximizing leads and making the most out of every tradeshow experience: Continue reading →

10 Best Practices for Launching a Product

Your company needs to make waves this year. Perhaps campaigns took a tumble or initiatives fell off the radar. As a way of getting back on track, your boss comes into your office and explains that the company is planning to roll out a huge new product. This is make-or-break for your company, and guess who he’s entrusting with the product launch? You.

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The Sad Plight of the New York Mets

On the mantle in my parents’ living room there is a picture of me at a Mets game, five years old eating ice cream out of a plastic helmet and loving life. Without giving away my exact age, that means I have been a Mets fan for about 25 years.

As any Mets fan knows, the team has its fair share of great moments that are inevitably followed by soul-crushing disappointments. But lately, the Mets have had greater problems than anything that’s happened on the field. Starting with the revelations that Mets ownership had invested with Bernie Madoff the franchise has suffered one embarrassment after another over the past five years.

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Do’s and Don’ts for This Year’s Product Launch

shutterstock_161159720There’s no disputing the fact that you have a product launch on this year’s strategic roadmap. After all, the product market was predicted to reach nearly $221.3 billion by the end of 2013 and industry pundits expect it to surge to $284.6 billion by the end of 2018, according to the 2013 “Antiaging Products and Services: The Global Market” report. But just because your team meetings and budgets are centered upon expansion and great unveils does not mean your launch will be a walk in the park.

Just consider that fact that as many as 95 percent of new products that are introduced each year fail, according to Cincinnati research agency AcuPoll. So how do you break away from the majority and enjoy success this year? By keeping the following do’s and don’ts top of mind:

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No Such Thing as Bad Publicity? We Beg to Differ

When marketers say that there is no such thing as bad publicity, what they actually mean is that if nobody is talking about your brand, you are in serious trouble. While that is undoubtedly true, all you have to do is take a look at recent news to understand that negative exposure can seriously damage a brand’s image and have a major impact on its finances, customer satisfaction levels and public credibility:

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