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What it Really Takes to Build an Admired and Successful Legacy Brand

In a world full of choices and ever-changing trends, some things manage to stand the test of time. We can think of a few brands that have been around for generations and are still going strong today. These are what we call legacy brands. But what exactly is a legacy brand? And why should you aspire to build one?

When you’re in business, you know that building is hard—and it's even harder to build a brand that will last for generations. But if you're up for the challenge, it can be done.

What E…

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5 Conversational Marketing Strategies To Help Your Business Grow

You have probably heard about conversational strategies before but do you really know what they are? After all, there are many ways to communicate with your customers, but not everyone knows how to do it effectively. Conversational marketing is a type of inbound marketing that enables you to connect with your audience in an organic way and can impact every part of your business. When done correctly, it can create authentic experiences, build relationships, improve lead generation quality, and pr…

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How Much Should I Spend on Marketing?

This is one of the most common questions we get from clients. It’s a simple question with no straightforward answer. In other words, “it depends.”

I get it, it’s not the answer you want to hear. You would love to hear an exact number or formula that guarantees an exact ROI on every dollar spent. But that would be at best, misleading and at worse a straight-up lie.

There are too many variables to consider and it’s the wrong focus because marketing is bigger than just generating new leads for sa…

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How Much Will It Cost to Work with a Fractional CMO?

If you’re evaluating whether a fractional CMO is right for your business, that is sure to be one of your first questions. Getting a clear answer to this question can be challenging because there are a variety of fractional CMO models that offer different levels of engagement, expertise, and pricing structures.

Let’s start with an average hourly rate. The average hourly rate of a fractional CMO is typically between $150-375 an hour. Some fractional CMOs charge by the hour and others work on a re…

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Content Marketing Strategy - Benefits of Being a Likeable Brand

Did you know? 70% of marketers are actively investing in content marketing, making it critical that you develop a good content strategy to compete in your industry.

An effective content marketing strategy will answer specific questions like:

  • Who will be reading your content? How many audiences do you need to create content for? Just as your business might have more than one type of customer, your content strategy can cater to more than one type of user.
  • What problem will you be solving for …

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Guest Post: How to Connect Your Brand with Reverence to Increase Your Social Impact

Continuing my guest post series, here is an article from Eben Greene, President and Vision Keeper of the top change management agency, ShiftUp. You've heard me talk about him before, he helped with the Omicle rebranding and we've partnered on projects.

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Eben Greene says...

Like meeting someone for the first time, your initial encounter with a business can leave a lasting impression. That feeling or belief in a company or product branding is powerful. It lays the gro…

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Scale Your Business Better: The GROWTH Stage

The goal of this stage is to be ready to scale and build a much bigger business. In this stage, your focus is on building a scalable infrastructure to improve your selling as well as how you deliver the products and services that you offer--customer experience.

You'll be focused on questions like:

  • How can I make this more efficient?
  • Is there a way that could be easier for me to do this?
  • How can I make fewer sacrifices (money, time, or energy) to complete this task?

Efficiency may sound …

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Three Rules For A Successful Marketing Campaign

The majority of new businesses fail in the market. According to some studies, up to 90% of businesses fail within the first year. Of course, this makes sense since, in order for there to be victors in business, the bulk must lose.

This is also one of the most important reasons why the majority of new firms fail. There could be a variety of elements at work here. Some go above their budget and allow costs to spiral out of control. Others hire the wrong personnel, while many others fail miserably…

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Scale Your Business Better: The HUSTLE Stage

A better name for this stage would be “AHHH THERE’S ANOTHER FIRE”. You don’t know what you don’t know about your product, service, or market, yet.

This stage is all about identifying the actual problem that your product or service is intended to solve as well as the actual audience that is willing to pay for it. This is a reactive stage mainly focused on lead generation. All questions that need to be answered will fall into one of two categories:

  • Are you creating a solution that fits the mar…

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Scale Your Business Better: 3-Stages You Need to Know

What does it mean to scale your business?
How is it different from growing your business?
Is scaling the same for all businesses?

These seemingly common questions have very different answers. Growth and scaling are often talked about as if they were one and the same. But they're not and it's important to know the difference.

Scaling is about increasing revenue without incurring significant costs. The intention is that as revenue grows, expenses only increase incrementally. When an organizatio…

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