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I am a New Yorker. I am a tech marketer. I fly Virgin. I buy organic. I blog. I care about human rights and healthcare. I wear Theory. I practice yoga. I am more these things than perhaps the Irish, Catholic girl from a suburb of New Jersey I once identified with. I am, in some way, the sum total of all of these things. I typically walk into the office in the morning with a Starbucks Venti.
1. Deliver a clear brand promise. What is the value you offer to customers? Say it crisply and hit a drumbeat. Many brands do this very well. Coke – happiness. Red Bull – energy. Verizon – works everywhere. Make your brand value prop crystal clear and preferably differentiated. Consistently hit that drumbeat across all channels. Be known for something.
The sharing economy, simply put, is the phenomenon where people are increasingly willing to share their home, car, clothing, goods, services—almost anything—online. It’s having a major disruptive influence on the way business works today. New consumer-driven businesses are cropping up quickly and taking a significant share of revenue from traditional counterparts.
I recently attended a meeting with Siegel+Gale, where the conversation turned to large brands and their tendency to engage in “drive-by marketing.” The concept immediately resonated with me. It’s something we’re all guilty of from time to time. So what is “drive-by marketing” exactly? Simply put, it’s the banner ad campaign you launched that ended in a dead-end customer journey.
I don’t think I’ll get too many opinions to the contrary when I suggest that effective marketing is getting harder every day. Consumers seem to have developed an allergic reaction to anything that smacks of selling. Banner ads are essentially wallpaper with a dismal .1% conversion rate. Television ads have been all but eradicated by the DVR.
Let’s start with the basics of SEO. A search engine ranks for content relevance with traits like comprehensiveness, freshness and ease of use. It then serves up content based on a digital algorithm that is tested and refined by user interaction. Often, however, basic search is only a crude indicator of intent. It’s designed by the masses, and therefore it’s often wrong.
I recently had the chance to hear the CEO of Warby Parker, David Gilboa, tell the story of how he and a team of college friends built this new powerhouse brand. He told the remarkable story of his kitchen-table startup and its almost immediate rise to success. To give you an idea of the viral success of this brand, during it’s first year in business, the company made its ann ...
Growth hacking in tech is hot. Every entrepreneur knows it. It's being credited as the new thing for tech start ups to drive exponential growth. So what is it exactly? Essentially, it's the science of developing software that can sell itself. The thinking goes something like this. Early adopters are the new on-ramp to getting your product used, which in tech, is essentially ...