By: Kristy Hoelscher and John Donovan Strategic America serves clients in countless ways, and one of the most important is one that often goes unnoticed: Making sure you present a consistent brand voice. Your brand voice is at the core of your brand’s personality. The words, sentence structures, and punctuation you use to engage your audience determine their perception of your business.
Galleries of shockingly tasteless “Mad Men”-era ads are often posted on social media, but I wasn’t sure what I’d find in the copy of Life magazine covering the funeral of President Kennedy, dated December 6, 1963. Even its mailing label shows it comes from a different era, addressed to “Mrs. John S. Welch.” As a current ad agency employee, I was more curious as to what a complete issue of the magazine would look like, rather than review selected samples of the most backward and out-of-date ads.
In May 2015, Strategic America provided public relations services to the U.S. Small Business Administration highlighting the importance of small businesses in our economy. We were able to engage network news, major dailies, entertainment programs and online media outlets serving more than 10 million impressions. Relevant and important then, the story is even more so today.
Connected TV. Streaming audio. Social media. Odds are good you’ve heard at least one of these words in the last year, doubly so if you spoke to anyone in marketing. It’s what all the cool kids are talking about and if you’ve heard about “the next big thing” in media, you can bet it’s something digital.
What goes on in a consumer’s mind? The answer to that question can have a strong impact on marketers. If we can understand why a consumer takes a specific action, we can help companies better position themselves to reach their desired outcome with the consumer. Very few marketers would say that their profession is “brain surgery.” But looking at discoveries and ideas in neuroscience can help better understand the human mind.
“Big data” is everywhere. More and more data is available to companies every day, and with it an increasing demand for new progress in attribution and insight. Over the next three years, it’s estimated that spending on marketing analytics will increase by almost 200%. Clearly, companies are not only looking for ways to obtain data, but discovering ways to leverage that data for results.
March Madness means more than basketball when you work at Strategic America. March is also the time when our longtime client, Lennox Industries, host Lennox LIVE learning conferences in multiple cities across America. SA attends every Lennox LIVE event, which in 2018, will take us to Phoenix, AZ; Dallas, TX; Orlando, FL; and Mashantucket, CT.
The job hunt after graduation can be brutal for young professionals looking to get started in their career. There’s a lot of pressure to find a job in your field that pays well. On top of that pressure, there’s a rush to get there in under six months so you can be part of your college or university’s “successful graduate” rate.
Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated. Star Trek fans will immediate recognize the words of the ominous Borg from movies and TV. But marketers and public relations specialists dealing with digital content might confuse this unstoppable, inscrutable and all-consuming force for the world of social media and its increasingly powerful weapon—video content. Make no mistake: Video isn’t just coming to take over social media, it’s here now.
A few weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg made a platform-changing announcement regarding the ranking system for Facebook. The newsfeed algorithm will now be even more selective of the content we see on a day-to-day basis. Facebook is concerned about the clutter of posts from pages and is determined to make the platform more purposeful to everyday users.