Summer is just a few weeks away, and many of us are dreaming of vacation. It’s so tempting to hang the “Gone Fishing” sign and take the summer off, but your brand never takes a day off. Rather than checking out, check in with your brand strategy. Not sure if your brand deserves a passing grade? Put it to the test. Does the strength of your brand start from within? Too often, organizations try to build an external marketing strategy first, focusing on selling a brand before they build it. This creates a “cart before the horse” situation. Before
As you’ll read in the following article by eMarketer, mobile migration continues to take over. Its newest avenue? Social networking. As smartphones become the primary access point for media consumers, mobile advertising stands as a ripe and often underutilized opportunity. Why not reach people where they seem to be spending the majority of their time? BCG sees the power of mobile and believes it to be a key component of a successful multi-channel marketing approach. Nearly every digital marketing product out there today reaches the target audience across all devices, including their mobile device. However, there are digital strategies specific
In case you haven’t heard, the banking and financial landscape is experiencing some major changes. Community banks have not been immune to the great digital migration, but it seems they have been especially hesitant to ride the technological wave. 20% of bank customers are digital-only users, preferring to prospect and purchase online. Online and mobile banking were an effective change, but unfortunately they were just a drop in the bucket. With the digital world expanding every day, user expectations are higher than ever, and community banks and other financial institutions must adapt to survive. Smaller, local banks can’t match
We recently came across an incredibly spot-on article from HubSpot that really proves something we know to be true here at Barcelona Creative Group. The utter importance of building a brand from the inside out, NOT from the outside in. When you build a Brand that is strong inside, it becomes even more powerful on the outside and it becomes a brand that is able to truly connect with BOTH your people and your marketplace. In case you’re wondering what sort of impact marketing your brand to internal employees could have on your company, we suggest you read below.
Recently, I attended a conference for employee benefit administrators. It’s an event I’ve been attending for many years now as our agency has worked with third party administrators for nearly 30 years. As always, I left with nuggets of valuable information and a few great ideas, but this last time struck a different chord. I was listening to a panel discussion where industry leaders were questioning who it was they truly served – the employers or the plan members (aka the employees and their dependents who actually use the health benefit plan offered by the employer)? As the debate
If your life was a rom-com, there would be a scene where you ran down the beach into the arms of your brand. Or, your brand would be standing outside your bedroom window holding a boombox blasting “In Your Eyes.” If you were Demi Moore, your brand would be your ghost. If you’re a bird, your brand is a bird. But seriously, imagine being in love, real L-O-V-E, with your brand. Imagine if your employees gushed about your brand to their best gal pals, and told all their buds that it’s the one. Like any other love, romancing your