*This blog was first published at Waxing Unlyrical. By Lisa Holtorf and Dawn Buzynski For most companies, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) means giving back to the surrounding community. It is typically done by supporting specific organizations either financially, through time and resources, or both. Companies choose to give because it’s the right thing to do, and it directly impacts the communities in which their employees live and work.
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By Jill LaBarre and Stephen Smith “How was your day?” This question is asked millions of times across the world every day. Why? Because we all share a thirst for collecting new information. As humans, we are constantly exploring and learning, most often from people and sources we trust. While asking this question demonstrates a curiosity, it also demonstrates care.
If you’re like me, it can be a challenge to consistently create new story angles and ideas. For content marketers, it’s critical to keep pushing out content to the audience. But we have to make sure that content has relevance; the message must be significant enough that audiences will take notice. This is just as important for media relations when trying to get the attention of journalists and editors.
Smart home products are beginning to come into their own, and there is a long way to go before they reach their full potential. Amazon Echos and Google Home units that flew off the shelf last year (and continue to do so) are doing more than making for an easy gift for your tech-minded friend.
Over the past year, Facebook has come under a continued scrutiny for how it handles member data. Increased attention to how that data is gathered, as well as who has access to the data continues to be an ongoing issue for Facebook. While the changes will increase user data privacy, it creates new challenges for marketers and advertisers who use Facebook for programmatic ad buys or other kinds of targeted marketing to get word out about their product of business.
In every successful marketing program, the focus begins with the consumer—and how they prefer to be served in the journey to purchase satisfaction. That goes for channel marketing too. This hasn’t changed, but in today’s marketing environment, the channel (i.e., the local retailer, dealer, distributor or agent) is more focused, data-driven, automated and accountable than ever.
Big data is not a fad. As business and marketing leaders work to increase value for consumers and measure the results of their advertising efforts, spending on data analytics continues to rise—and it’s not predicted to slow down any time soon. According to the Data & Marketing Association (DMA), becoming data-centric continues to be a priority for U.S.
To the untrained eye, a well-designed website is just a pretty face. As a web designer, I can tell you first hand that high-quality web design is about a lot more than appearances. There’s quite a bit of depth behind all those good looks. Maybe you’ve heard of user experience (UX) and user interface (UI).
There’s nothing more subjective – more likely to stir passions – than an idea. Wars have been fought over ideas. Lovers have quarreled over ideas. And closer to home, ad agencies have prospered or failed in the pursuit of the elusive Big Idea. And there’s the problem. An idea that’s brilliant and breakthrough to one person is lame and disposable to another.
For companies looking to best understand their brand and improve the connection with their customers, a useful piece of consumer insight can pave the way to marketing success with memorable messaging that effectively attracts new customers. In our data-rich age, the abundance of readily available facts about customer behavior and preferences would make it seem that consumer insights would be available at any company’s finger tips.