March 29, 2017

How far can TV programs go with sponsored content?

Ad-wary TV viewers could get relief from an unlikely source – the advertisers they dislike. Recent moves by networks and advertisers signal what may become the next evolution in TV commercials: sponsored content. It’s an evolution that could also be a relief to brand marketers who have seen a steady decline in advertising effectiveness. Not […]

Brand awareness is earned

The secret to building brand awareness is to start with customer awareness. Companies today are much more likely to invest in advertising to customers rather than understanding what matters to them. On average, they spend $14 on advertising for every dollar spent on gaining customer insights. But in a world of ad blockers and fractured […]

Buyer personas for selling toilet cleaner (and other marketing dirty work)

It started out innocently enough. We were having an earnest conversation about the ABCs of buyer personas: what they are, the business benefits they bring, and how to create them. We were well on our way to another informative discussion. Then it got weird. Jayme introduced an article from the Wall Street Journal titled Trying […]

Uncover hidden gems that deliver a brand message ‘zinger’

It is like being in the Twilight Zone. You’re sequestered in a room with a half-dozen other business smarties toiling away at one of the toughest, most frustrating assignments you’ve faced in a long time. You’ve been tasked with describing your entire company in short sound bites that define your business. It should be simple […]