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As winter approaches and the trees are losing their leaves, there's no better time to take a good look at the season passing us by: Pumpkin Spice Season. While it tends to be a love-it-or-hate-it flavour, there's a lot that marketers can learn from the pumpkin spice phenomenon.
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Social media has enabled people to do so at a great capacity and velocity. Today, you can hear about something, like it, and tweet about it within minutes and the news spreads like digital wildfire. Joining this social media crazed phenomenon and somewhat new to the game, is Periscope.
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It's no wonder that when you Google "personal marketing plan," more than 50 million results appear. As the workplace becomes more difficult to navigate and expectations of our performance rise, we are often faced with conflicting goals. They pit our need to remain true to ourselves against doing what it takes to move forward in our careers and businesses.
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The reason ad blocking has been met with so much fervor, is that it challenges the very basis upon which much of the internet is run and financed. The public accesses content for free, in exchange for seeing ads that produce income for the creators of such content. The ethical dilemma has been framed as the following: does the public have a right to both consume the content, and block ads?
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No matter how successful we are in life, when you take away all the awards, recognition, money, or even fame, what makes us equals is that first five seconds you get when shaking someone's hand. So, the next time you go to extend your hand to someone else's, make it count.
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Failure taught me that just because a technique or strategy worked so successfully and resulted in millions of dollars for one person, it didn't mean that it was right for me. It taught me that the voice I needed to listen to first and foremost was the voice inside me. I needed to give that voice the megaphone.
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If loyalty programs helped turn around an ailing airline industry, why couldn't it do the same for the arts?
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Tested Parent Approved and anticipate what the following year will bring. As the seasons change, so does the way we shop for new products, market our businesses and spend time online, so I wanted to take a few minutes to keep your eyes focused on the holiday marketing trends that will shape your business this holiday season.
When you think of millennials and fashion, the first thing that may come to mind is big brand names. After all, millennials are hard-working, successful individuals who go after what they want and indulging in that high-end designer item may be their way of treating themselves. However, recent findings are proving otherwise.
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This week, Tim Hortons uploaded a series of commercials to YouTube featuring Nova Scotia hometown boys Sidney Crosby and Nate MacKinnon serving up coffee. It elicited numerous tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook statuses at the time, and even garnered TV coverage. This campaign subscribes to many of the 10 top reasons things go viral, methods you too can use to spread your business' message.
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It's a common misconception that branding is for larger companies while smaller companies should stay focused on their products and services. In reality, it's just as important for small companies to do their research, find their target market and build a brand that communicates their intended message.
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Branding is such a powerful tool. Every year across North America, companies spend billions of dollars in advertising to ensure their products are seen by the masses. The reality is, you don't need to spend a ton of money to put yourself out there. In fact, each and every one of us is already the head of a major brand -- our own.
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Although I had about 20 years of marketing experience and knew how to brand and market myself, I had never run my own company. I was outside my comfort zone! I was told that the fastest way to reach your goals is to get advice from someone who has already successfully done what you want to do.
As a small business owner, social media can feel overwhelming. So what are the best methods to market your small business using social media? To find out all the tips and secrets to effective social media marketing, I spoke with Jill Schoolenberg, Vice President of GoDaddy Canada.
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Consider the opportunities you can create to forge stronger relationships with current clients and with others in your industry. Trade shows also give you the chance to get a good look at your competitors' offerings and collect useful intelligence to take home with you.
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While the Pan Am Games do not offer the same marketing value for competing athletes as the Olympics do, the added attention provided a great platform for athletes to showcase their abilities and introduce themselves to the Canadian public. It also provided brands with a chance to scout athletes that could potentially be used in endorsement deals leading up to next summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
It's time to be strategic and forget about the rest. I'm not necessarily advocating that you pick two platforms and dump the rest. But you could certainly focus 80 per cent of your effort on those two that are well aligned, and put the others you've established in maintenance mode -- updating basic info from time to time.
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To produce good content, brands will need to get out of the mindset of old-school publishing. No, you generally can't ask for the sale in that piece of content. No, it's not an opportunity to list all of the benefits of your product or service. It is however an exercise in reflection and creativity, and an opportunity to build trust.
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Consumers want streamlined and intuitive products, but sometimes that comes at the cost of giving up some privacy. Businesses and developers want to create apps that will be used by many, which leads to monetization via fees, advertising and leveraging of data collected.
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There may be numerous reasons to explain why you may not be seeing an increase in leads, sales, or other targets on advertising spend. As an example, your ads are sending traffic to your site's homepage instead of to a landing page, designed specifically to convert visitors into leads or sales.
In 1989, I flew to see the gorillas in Zaire. I was a determined 25-year-old; I had never flown solo across the world. It was always intended as a three-week window into adventure and nothing more. I needed to fully experience what lay one-dimensional in my university books.
When I set out to create my own brand, I didn't want just another tagline. I wanted a rallying cry. A call to arms to start aligning our careers and businesses with the values that matter to each of us. So of course, my tagline had to reflect my own core values. It had to be brave, fun and real: me.
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On July 9 a raccoon died in Toronto. By July 10 it was national and international news, which begs the question -- why? And more importantly, if you're in marketing: how? Although it's unlikely, for those that missed the story, a report of a dead raccoon was called into Toronto City Animal Services the morning of July 9th, and despite a timely initial response, the raccoon was not taken away for over 14 hours. In the ensuing hours a growing vigil spontaneously sprung up around the raccoon, as news of its untimely demise and neglect by city authorities went viral online and in the media.
Celebrity endorsements are as old as the advertising industry itself. But in the past few years a new type of celebrity endorsement has emerged: we've moved from celebrity as spokesperson to celebrity as "global brand ambassador," someone who aims to raise the global profile and is an ongoing evangelist for the brand.
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Understanding your target online audience is a key process in order to achieve objectives such as increasing sales and leads. To some, this can be a daunting process, but there are three simple ways to get to know your audience: testing, leveraging analytic platforms and doing competitor research.
The organization, at large, will eventually need to wake up and realize the very structures that have lasted for decades are inhibiting them and stifling their ability to effectively understand and pay attention to their customers. This is what the market demands. Yet, companies continue to operate under the guise that what's worked for decades can and will subsist.
As the SCOTUS decision permeates business and marketing discussions, there have been a few arguments against brands publicly supporting equal marriage and LGBT rights. And not always the kinds of truthiness inspired arguments you might expect, but rather, reasoned (if ill-informed) arguments based on a few common assumptions. I'd like to address those here.
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For a generation that values experiences above results and marketing claims, brands need to continue to implement a marketing strategy that embodies FOMO factors and the experience their products can provide. By doing so, millennials will continue to purchase the very products brands are selling.
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Anyone who has flown recently in Canada knows that there is currently a premium being placed on the overhead luggage space. At the root of all of these examples is the need to solve a problem creatively and cost effectively. Air Canada, are you read to challenge convention, disrupt and innovate?
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Without careful attention to some of the ways data can be misused, we run the risk of acting on those insights with potentially damaging outcomes. Identifying mistakes individuals and organizations make when dealing with data is important not just to data analysts and decision makers, but to the public too.
Food companies and restaurants will do anything to get you to buy their products, including using bogus marketing claims. And by bogus, I mean "has no official meaning, but makes you think you're buying mom's home cooking when you're buying a piece of mass produced crap." Here are the most popular food claims that are seen tricking people all over the place.
With video continuing to dominate on social media as a more relatable, engaging and effective alternative to static forms of content, brands have a lot to win in this sphere, especially those with causes to promote. But not all videos are created equal, and not all campaigns know how give a video the leverage it needs to be seen.