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Integrating Tactile Marketing on a Digital Platform

Posted by Sarah Wai on Dec 8, 2015 9:35:00 AM

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When you walk into a store or a company, you immediately catch a vibe. You get a sense of who they are, what expectations they may have, how they can cater to your needs, etc. This is the same with digital platforms, minus a lot of the tactile elements that can be found in a physical place. When you look at a website, you immediately get an impression of who they are and what they represent. This is why branding and website design are so critical to your company's success. People are immediately drawn to or discouraged by the impression they are given. One thing that multiple companies are starting to implement to encourage positive impressions is the idea of incorporating tactile marketing.

Sell Ideas, Not Products

Posted by Hannah Lacy on Aug 11, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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In the business world, it used to be enough to sell a product. Talk about what it does, how it will help you, and it is bought. Now, a product needs a story. An idea. There are hundreds of others offering what you do; what makes yours different?

Increase Engagement on Facebook

Posted by Hannah Lacy on Jul 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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You may be doing better on followers, but is the only sound on your Facebook... Crickets? You're posting regularly, (we hope) but no one responds. We've found some pretty nifty tips for increasing Facebook engagement, which we've used ourselves, and thought we'd share:

Let's Play a Game

Yes, games work! They're fun, they show your personality, and people like to play. The key is not making them about you or your business, but about your audience. Be sure to check out Facebook's guidelines first, then go wild!

Here are some games you might try out!

Best Guess

Run a "Take Your Best Guess" competition! 

Get to Know Your Customers With Data-Driven Marketing

Posted by Robert Wulff on Jul 9, 2015 10:12:00 AM

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Business owners use several marketing strategies to entice customers and increase profits. Some strategies succeed and reinforce sales, whereas other methods exhibit insignificant results. Market and data research is vital in determining the best marketing or advertising strategy. Data-driven market research is perhaps the most important tool for business owners when evaluating the market they are interested in engaging with.

Market Like It's Hot

Posted by Hannah Lacy on Jun 30, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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It's heating up in the Treasure Valley, with guesses of 104 by the end of the week. (What the heck?!). Our clients all over the world are feeling the heat too, and you can bet their customers are. But what does this mean for marketing over the summer? Change.

Don't Get Branded

Posted by Doug Collins on Jun 17, 2015 8:07:00 AM

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You've finally done it; you finally have all the matching electronics from your beloved tech company. You've imagined this perfect world where your phone shares well with your tablet, laptop, and desktop. You think of the beautiful symmetry involved in seamlessly taking a document from your desktop to your phone while you are on the go and then dream of yourself laughing and smiling because nothing ever goes wrong with your technology.

3 Elements of Marketing Authenticity

Posted by Corey Smith on Feb 19, 2015 10:32:23 AM

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Years ago, as a sales manager, I was asked to develop a brochure for my company. Aside from the fact that a sales manager should never be assigned to the task of creating an effective marketing piece, there were a number of key problems with the development of this brochure. The process I went through to develop this brochure is critical to the understanding of the problems with trying to ‘fake’ your way through the marketing process.

As I was asked to create this brochure, I went through a number of iterations of what I wanted it to say but just couldn’t come up with anything that made sense. I had a background in graphic design, so this should have been easy. Shoot, I had just come from a job as the Color Systems Specialist for the Western United States for Canon USA… I knew how to do this. But, alas, I couldn’t get it done for the life of me.

On the fourth or fifth iteration I took to the president he finally gave me the content that he wanted in the document. It included a number of philosophies that our company didn’t exhibit and services that we really didn’t offer.

My response was simple, “But we don’t do any of that.”

How to Choose the Right SEO Company & What Questions to Ask Them

Posted by Corey Smith on Feb 10, 2015 12:07:00 PM

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Search engine optimization is only the beginning of your company’s overall web marketing strategy and it is not "one size fits all." It needs to be tailored to your specific industry and needs. It is important to understand that just because your site is optimized for search engines, it doesn’t mean it will attract visitors. Once visitors can make it to your site, it doesn’t mean you will get conversions (sales or leads).