How to Market Your B2B Business in Scary Times

B2B business COVID

Early in the COVID-19 crisis, some U.S. B2B brands turned off the marketing spigot temporarily, while others kept marching forward with adjustments in campaigns and messaging. Even B2B businesses that survived the aftermath of 9/11 in 2001 and the 2008-2009 financial crisis didn’t have a marketing playbook for a global pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to […]

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Marketing hacks: A cheat sheet from an open mic

open mic marketing

Raise your hand if you like public speaking. I thought so. Almost no one volunteers for that. Next, picture yourself singing at an open mic. Not. Gonna. Happen. The very idea gives many people heart palpitations. As a singer, you’ve got to put on your grown-up pants and pretend you don’t mind the loud-mouthed drunk […]

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Unfunny like a clown: The power and pitfalls of humorous marketing content

humor in marketing

I’m a certified coulrophobic – one of those people who are terrified of clowns, and not just the kind born in Stephen King’s dark imagination. This has been so ever since Chicago’s 1972 St. Patrick’s Day parade, when a cute 3-year-old spectator was lifted off his father’s shoulders and deposited into the outstretched arms of […]

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The most important blog post you will ever read

dangers of hyperbole

Today, I want to discuss the most important and consequential subject to arise in the history of Western civilization. I know of what I speak, because I am the foremost and most highly trained expert on the issue, with knowledge and insights unmatched by anyone, anywhere on the globe. If you fail to heed my […]

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Feeling stuck? 6 expert tips to spark your creativity

spark your creativity

No matter which area of marketing is your expertise, you’re bound to feel mentally “stuck” at some point. Marketers, website designers and copywriters are equally susceptible to creative dry spells. Check out these six expert tips on how to spark your creativity – one just might be your savior next time you’re struggling to produce […]

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Who do you think you are?

When I was in fourth grade, our teacher tasked us with writing our “autobiographies.” Given that a compelling and lengthy personal narrative is a rarity among 9-year-olds, she also told us to write a chapter about what we thought our futures would hold. I wrote that “I will be a linebacker for the Chicago Bears […]

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3 visualizations to bring clarity to your copywriting

Graphic designers might be the masters of all things aesthetic, but copywriters think visually, too. The images in our heads just manifest themselves as words, sentences and paragraphs, rather than colors, lines and typefaces. I grew up drawing, painting, and exploring all things creative. At one point, my family encouraged me to pursue visual art […]

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Storytelling: It’s not just for kids!

Storytelling and public relations go hand-in-hand. It’s a huge part of what we do. How do you tell your story in a compelling way? It’s difficult to explain what makes a story “sellable,” but there are many ways to tell a great story. Whether you’re pitching to the media or selling your marketing director on […]

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