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Creating a Mobile Push Notification Strategy that Works

When you first read the title of this post, you probably thought…oxymoron! How can an invasive push notification on your phone be something you would ever look forward too! Stick with me because it may not be easy but it is possible to create a successful push notification strategy. The infographic below from Microsoft takes a deep dive into what makes a push notification strategy successful or ineffective. Continue reading

6 Marketing Podcasts You Must Listen to in 2016 (1)

6 Marketing Podcasts You Should Listen to in 2016

In 2015, I joined the podcast movement as an avid listener. I will not lie; I was amazed at the amount incredible free content that is available via podcasts from so many talented marketers and entrepreneurs. How did I not know about this sooner?!? There is a wide variety of marketing podcasts out there to choose from; almost to the point that it can be overwhelming when you first get started building your playlist. So, I thought I would help!

Over the past year, I have narrowed down my weekly podcast listening queue to my top favorites. Continue reading


Top 5 Website Design Trends for 2015

More than anything else, a company’s website is the public face of their business to the world. Consumers are doing more research than ever before when looking to buy a product or service; and when doing that research, if a business does not have a website they will typically loose any potential business from the customer because consumers are finding businesses without websites unprofessional. Continue reading


Building Your Blog [SlideShare Presentation]

Blogs have become the life force behind a brand’s online identity. Blog posts fuel social media efforts, give search engines content to crawl and index, provide companies the opportunity to showcase themselves as thought leaders in their industry, and much more. As such, diving into creating a blog should not be taken lightly, but you also should not be scared of developing your own great blog. It can be a fun, exciting, and very educational journey (for those of you who love to learn as much as I do). Continue reading

3 Lessons in Brand Passion from Winning Brand Builders

Brand PassionWhat separates two brands in an industry, from one being successful and another not? Brand passion! The passion that company founders have for their brands is transferred to their customers, so customers not only purchase products but they become brand advocates because they are as passionate about the brand as the brand creator.

There is no one formula for creating a successful brand, and while passion is often a key factor, it does not guarantee brand growth. To achieve phenomenal company growth and brand awareness, brand founders need to strategically focus their passion for their product into the right marketing outlets, i.e. newsletters, social media, website design, product design etc.

To better understand how brand passion, combined with strategic marketing, can lead to brand success I want to look further into three passionate company founders: Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Pete Cashmore, founder and CEO of Mashable, and Susan Gregg Koger, founder of ModCloth.

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How to Choose the Most Effective Social Media Platform for Your Brand

Go where your audience is

This is a basic of marketing, digital or not. For example, If you are selling custom hunting bows, you wouldn’t advertise in the Vogue magazine. Instead, you will analyze the reader demographics and psychographics of each magazine to determine which magazines will allow you to best reach your target audience. This same process should be used for determining which social media platforms you should focus the majority of your efforts on.

The infographic below from Social Barrel analyzes the audiences that frequent ten of the most popular social media platforms to help you decide where you should focus your efforts. Continue reading