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5 to Thrive!

October 14, 2016

Similar to the common struggles companies may face with social media platforms, diving into SMS marketing can have may folks asking, "So... what works and where do we start?" Whether you are texting customers for a short-term campaign or as an ongoing marketing channel, there are a few best practices to keep in mind when establishing your plan and forming each outgoing message.

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Pointing Fingers at Pantone 448C

June 18, 2016

We know colors can invoke different feelings or emotion, and therefore actions and behaviors. This is why fast food restaurants and their branding are typically bathed in red and yellow. This color combo can make us feel hungry and happy. Two cheeseburgers please! But what about the ugliest color in the world? What can it do?

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First thing in the AM?

July 21, 2014

Recently I was re-reading a “popular discussion” from thinkLA regarding the 18 must-know stats for modern email marketers; one of the stats got me thinking. You know the saying, “Timing is everything?” Well, number 7 of the must-knows indicated “58% of adults check their email first thing in the morning.” I absolutely agree. In fact, I would have guessed that percentage to be even higher. That aside, I wondered, “Yes, but how many are seriously checking their email?”

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RMK Special Bulletin: “Kit and Kaboodle”

September 24, 2013

RMK was pleased to work with Southern California Edison on a recent project to create a campaign kit promoting the statewide Flex Alert program. Flex Alert is an urgent call to all Californians to immediately conserve electricity and shift energy use to off-peak, evening hours (after 6 p.m.). Public awareness is critical to achieving high levels of conservation during heat waves and other challenging grid conditions. The goals of the Flex Alert Kit were to help community organizations and municipalities increase awareness and educate their constituents about the program, including how to respond when a Flex Alert event is called (via radio and/or television).

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10 for 10

July 18, 2013

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, a Toronto-based advertising agency, Grip Limited, invited a creative and rather astute group of 10-year-olds to take hold of the agency reins. Tasked with creating a variety of campaigns for a few of Grip’s existing clients, the “Execs in Training” strategize, brainstorm, develop and present their fleshed out ideas in hopes of hitting a home run.

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You Gotta Hand It to ‘Em

May 28, 2013

I think we can all agree mobile marketing is continuing to expand and grow. Its really “on the move” you might say. To be frank, there is really no reason why it shouldn’t. With global mobile browsing increasing 162.73% over the last two years1 it’s a terrific tool for marketers and consumers alike. When you acknowledge all the ways customers utilize their mobile devices (to scan QR codes, run in-store price comparisons, redeem coupons, email, social media, etc.), you really just gotta hand it to ‘em... literally. What better place for your brand than the palm of their hand? I wouldn’t say its ingenious, but it is good marketing.

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Candy is Dandy, But a Letter is Better

May 7, 2013

For those of you who don’t receive your monthly issue of Deliver Magazine, there is a great, little section featured toward the front of the magazine called “By the Numbers.” In bite-sized pieces, they give you some recent industry statistics to keep you in the know. In an issue of Deliver I came across an interesting statistic; taken from the DMA Statistical Fact Book 2012, Deliver shares with us the age range of consumers most likely to respond to mail piece is 22 to 24. Surprised? With the popularity of digital channels and social media coming out of our ears—or so it would seem—you may have been under the impression that this particular age group would shy away from “old-fashioned paper methods.” I immediately began asking questions to find ways to justify the statistic; For example, how much mail does the average 20-something receive? Perhaps they don’t receive a large volume of mail and therefore take a little more time to pick through and find relevance in the pieces they receive. Maybe a younger demographic finds a non-digital method refreshing and it becomes more likely to catch their eye. Hmm… Ultimately, I thought I’d seek out more support for this statistic.

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Loose Lips Sink Ships

April 23, 2013

The saying “Loose Lips Sinks Ships” was made popular during World War II. Primarily used in war campaigns and propaganda posters, the expression, quickly turned slogan, served as a catchy reminder to not speak carelessly with regard to important information. In times of war, “unguarded talk” regarding tactics, planning and movement could be heard by the enemy, giving them an advantage to disrupt a course of action or literally sink a ship if given its location.

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Social Butterfly Gets the Worm

April 12, 2013

Does your company currently engage in social media marketing? If your answer is “no”, according to a recent poll conducted by Chief Marketer, you are part of a small group of those yet to adopt social media into your marketing mix. Perhaps you thought channels like Facebook and Twitter were passing fads not worth your marketing dollars. Maybe you didn’t feel like your services or products really lent themselves to such a dynamic marketing channel. Or, you might even get the feeling social media is more for B2C use than B2B. However, consistent growth trends over the last few years suggest otherwise on all counts.

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Optify’s 2012 B2B Benchmark Report

March 20, 2013

We are quickly wrapping up the first quarter of 2013, but we've come across a great benchmark report output by Optify regarding 2012 Web traffic trends. The report digs deep into topics such as social media, conversion rates, organic and paid searches, and lead generation. If you are looking for a little insight on how to carry out future campaigns, then look no further.

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