Welcome to 2015: Starting Something New for Your Personal Brand

January 2, 2015

Kinda hard to believe we’re at the start of another year. Want to feel old? That whole Y2K thing came and went 15 YEARS ago. Remember how important that felt at the time … and maybe like me you felt a little silly when it passed with nary a problem? That story illustrates the whole […]

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Why is Your Brand’s Product or Service Newsworthy?

December 24, 2014

I love media relations. Hands down, it’s my favorite part of my job. See, I come from a journalism background, not pure PR, so I’ve got perhaps a little different approach toward media relations than colleagues of mine. Having been a journalist, I know what I would look for in a story topic that a […]

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What Does Change Mean for B2B Brands?

December 10, 2014

Seth Godin has been blogging about the concept of change a lot lately, including this gem from a couple of days ago, which got me to thinking. What exactly is change for B2B brands? To me, it’s the inevitability of movement from one state to the next. That, of course, could be a desired state, […]

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Take a Cue from Uber: B2B Brands Should Never Go ‘Off the Record’

November 24, 2014

Ragan.com had a piece this week that dove into the complicated waters of going “off the record” during a media interview. This is timely, of course, because of the unfortunate comments made by an Uber executive that he thought was off the record. This person basically said he would be for hiring researchers to target […]

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Twitter’s Struggle to Define its Vision a Cautionary Tale for B2B Brands

November 10, 2014

Friday’s story in the Wall Street Journal about Twitter CEO Dick Costolo’s struggle to define the vision of the social media network is a cautionary tale for organizations of all sizes, including (and perhaps especially) of B2B companies. The story notes that, “Amid staff changes, Mr. Costolo has vacillated in defining Twitter, confusing investors betting […]

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Where Does Wearable Technology Fit for B2B Brands?

October 24, 2014

I have friends who work in IT that swear the next big thing is wearable technology, and the statistics seem to bear that out – the market is supposed to be anywhere from $5.8 billion to as much as $12 billion by 2018. Of course, we’ve seen Google Glass for a couple of years now, […]

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Simplicity Key for Brands to Make Communications Channels More Effective

October 20, 2014

Jacobs & Clevenger here in Chicago had a blog post recently that posed a surprising question: Have all communications channels stopped working? In it, Ron Jacobs muses about whether marketers should stop investing in websites, if SEM and SEO are still effective, and the virtues of direct mail. It was a perfect segue for today’s […]

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Why Are Some B2B Brands STILL Doing Social Media Ineffectively?

September 30, 2014

I was working on a research project recently where I was tasked with surveying a group of B2B companies’ social media presences, and once again, I was astonished by how ineffective they collectively were being approached. What was wrong, you ask? You name it – one-way newsfeed-like communication, complete and utter lack of engagement, no […]

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Maximizing Your LinkedIn Profile, Part 2: Content

September 15, 2014

My note: In Part 2 of this mini-series on maximizing a LinkedIn profile, I dive into profile content, specifically focusing on things to improve that might not be obvious. My friend and LinkedIn connection Patrick Mayoh talked about connection in Part 1 last week, which you can read here. I might add that in the […]

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Maximizing Your LinkedIn Profile, Part 1: Connecting

September 11, 2014

My note: From two continents, my friend and LinkedIn connection Patrick Mayoh and I attack the challenge of maximizing your LinkedIn profile in Part 1 of this two-part series. You may remember Patrick, who works for Euromonitor International in his native Cameroon, in west-central Africa, wrote this insightful post about the brands that stand out […]

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