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Wendy’s Contracts ’90s Boy Band to Market Its Pretzel Bun

shutterstock_193439297Wendy’s, the popular fast food chain and creator of the beloved Frosty, is back at it again. The company recently launched a social media marketing campaign featuring Boyz II Men to promote its pretzel bun sandwiches. To some, this campaign may seem familiar, as Wendy’s launched a similar campaign last year in which pop singer and former 98 Degrees front man Nick Lachey sang tweets from fans about the chain’s pretzel bacon burger. Continue reading →

With August Approaching the Question on Marketers’ Minds is, ‘How Can I Slow Down Time?’

shutterstock_98725346Here at the office, I am constantly chastised by my team for saying the following: Summer is almost over. And I don’t say it to be cruel. After the polar vortex last winter, I am hardly wishing for snow.

It’s just that as marketers, the fast-pace of the job keeps us on our toes, our fingers feverishly typing away on the keyboard and our carpal tunnel persistent. And, before we know it, June turns to July, July turns to August, and August turns to September, which starts fall. (See… I’m not that off in my thinking with how fast the weeks go).

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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 →

Three Reasons Your Product Launch is Failing

shutterstock_171227993You don’t even need to consult the market research to know that launching a new product is cumbersome, complex and costly. Often a look around at the faces sitting at your boardroom table, or a quick scan of internal team emails reveal the frustration, anxiety and sheer chaos surrounding a new unveil.

But let’s just say you did want to consult the stats. Just how harrowing are they? Well let’s take a look:

  • 66 percent of new products fail within two years
  • 96 percent of all innovations fail to return their cost of capital

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B2C Companies: Respect Your Customers’ Social Space!

Stop and think about the more personal reasons you log onto Facebook. Maybe you want to see what your aunt is up to in California. Or perhaps you want to check in with a group of friends that you haven’t seen in a long time. You log in because you want to connect with those around you that you care about.

1196px-Not_facebook_not_like_thumbs_downAs a marketer entrenched in social media campaigns, it can be easy to forget that Facebook is still a social networking site. So any social media marketing you do should always be carefully orchestrated.  Consider the results from Gallup’s “2014 State of the American Consumer” report, which shows that 94 percent of consumers log onto social media to connect with friends and family. Just 29 percent log on to follow trends or find product reviews and information. Continue reading →

What Marketers Can Learn From Phish

AlpineAnyone that knows me knows that I am a die-hard Phish fan. For those of you who don’t know the band, you’re probably wondering what genre of music the band plays. Rap? Rock? Alternative? The thing is you can’t really place Phish in a particular genre.  With an arsenal of songs ranging from rock all the way to bluegrass—they even have barbershop quartet-style songs—Phish is a musical jack-of-all-trades.  Continue reading →

Facebook Emotional Experiment Draws Ire from Users: What’s the Marketing Takeaway?

shutterstock_185616656It was so inconspicuous you could have missed it, particularly if you rarely post Facebook status updates or comb your newsfeed. It was such a minor change that even the most diehard users would not have taken notice.

But now the word is out: in early 2012, almost 700,000 users were randomly selected for a Facebook psychological experiment. The premise was simple. Facebook set out to alter the number of positive or negative posts users saw in their newsfeeds to see what effect this change had on the tone of the posts the recipients then wrote in their own status bars. Perhaps as one might expect, researchers found that moods were contagious: those who were inundated with a series of optimistic posts responded by sharing positivity of their own in their statuses while those who were saturated with negativity expressed the same dejection in their own posts.

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Happy 4th of July! Gain Your Independence Back with Content Marketing

cafourthofjuly30Let the red, white and blue festivities begin. Independence Day is just around the corner and you know what that means— a long weekend filled with fireworks, parades, barbeques, and the beach. But this Fourth of July weekend, instead of eating one too many hotdogs, take a page from our founding fathers and declare independence from your competitors with content marketing. Continue reading →

The Biggest Social Media Disasters and How to Avoid Them

social mediaCompanies continue to invest time and money in social media as it allows them to engage with consumers and spread brand awareness.  In fact, 93 percent of marketers use social media for business. Despite its popularity, however, some businesses have failed to get it right. Below, we explore the biggest social media disasters to date and ways in which you can avoid a PR disaster: Continue reading →

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