7 Competitors Every Marketer Has

According to Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III“Never hate your enemies — it affects your judgment.” This is useful marketing advise. You must monitor your competitors to be able to develop effective strategies that weaken their ability to attract profitable sales. The hardest part is determining who your competitors are since it’s not always obvious. Here are seven competitors every marketer has.

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How Actionable Marketing Stacks Up (against other forms of marketing)

How does actionable marketing compare to other forms of marketing?Actionable marketing refers the ability to persuade prospects, customers and the public to engage with your brand, product and/or firm. These three elements distinguish actionable marketing from other types of marketing. Read further for comparison chart.

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Do Your Corporate Communications Miss the Mark?

Today’s corporate communications are complex. They’re no longer just broadcast messages from your organization to your customers and the public. Instead they’reone-to-many, one-to-one or many-to-many. These messages may be distributed via your internal media (such as your website, blog and print communications), third party media (such as television, newspapers and magazines) or user-generated media (such as social media networks). These exchanges may be created and disseminated by different departments and resources without centralized accountability.  As a result, your corporate communications may lack a unified perspective, voice and/or branding. Even worse, there may be areas where you’ve no coverage leaving your organization vulnerable in today’s 24/7 always-on world. Here’s a 15 point corporate communications checklist.

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What Ashton Kutcher Can Teach Marketers

Ashton Kutcher wants to be entertained or he’s gone. As marketers, this means you need to tell a story regardless of the medium, digital or live, because we’ve been trained to understand them since we were children. Here are five tips from Digitas’ The New Front 2011 to illustrate how celebrities enhance your marketing stories.

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Social Media Marketing on a Budget

For small businesses and other organizations with limited budgetssocial media marketing can be a great equalizer by providing another way of engaging with your target market and the public. Social media marketing on a budget requires thinking through your business and marketing strategy first. Focus your efforts on one form of social media and do it well. Here’s a set of ten questions to help you lay the groundwork and seven options for leveraging social media on a budget.

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72 Marketing Definitions

Marketing Definition

What is Marketing? Here are 72 marketing definitions from experts and professionals with years of experience.

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Mobile Marketing: 56 MUST Have Facts [Data Included]

Mobile marketing is on three out four marketer’s plans for 2011 according to Forrester Research. Unlike other forms of digital marketing, mobile marketing involves a layer of complexity due to the difference in platforms and devices. To help you understand this evolving marketplace, here are 56 mobile marketing facts including 23 charts. Each point is based on market research and can guide your marketing plans.

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What’s Your Firm’s Value Meal?

in today’s price-conscious marketplace,your firm just might need to develop a really attractive reduced price offer (aka its “value meal”). Here are 7 value offers and 7 economic factors to consider.

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2011: Year of Social Media Integration [Research included]

Following social media’s tipping point in 2010, 2011 is the year of social media integration. Social media is NOT just marketing anymore! The top three social media programs are brand monitoring, staffing and training.  As a result, companies will be focused on social media ROI. [Research included.]

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What Snooki Can Teach Marketers

Think that Snooki of Jersey Shore fame is loud and brash so that she has nothing to do with your marketing? If so, you may want to reconsider since Snooki has ten lessons that can help marketers improve their marketing.

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