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The Secret of Success in Marketing and Life Itself

The Secret of Success in Marketing and Life Itself

Branding, Business, Marketing
Empathy. It’s one thing we could all use more of if we want to be more successful in both our professional and personal lives. Yup. Think more about others and less about yourself. It's that easy. That’s the secret to success in marketing, the field in which I earn my livelihood, in business in general and in life itself. When you walk in someone else’s shoes, you learn a lot about how they think, feel and live. You gain an understanding of their needs and wants, their shortcomings and strengths, their wins and losses. You can relate better to them and vice versa. It is easier to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with them. Empathy towards others – friends or family, colleagues or clients, teammates or neighbors, even complete strangers…
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A Few Words about Marketing with Amanda Baier

A Few Words about Marketing with Amanda Baier

Marketing, Social Media
In this episode of my podcast, Bob Cargill's Marketing Show, I talk to Amanda Baier, the Director of Marketing Communications for Vecna Robotics in Waltham, Massachusetts. About Amanda Baier Amanda Baier is the Director of Marketing Communications for Vecna Robotics. She is responsible for corporate communications, including the internal communications, sales support, and the planning and execution of strategic industry-facing initiatives. She has previously held roles within small IT and automation startups and nonprofit organizations and thrives at the intersection of business impact and humanistic outcomes. Amanda holds a dual degree in English and Comparative Literature with a Specialization in Technical Communications and Business Writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Social Media Usage During the Pandemic

Social Media Usage During the Pandemic

Branding, Communications, Marketing, Social Media
A lot of things have changed during this pandemic, including what people expect from social media. Not only are they turning to social media more often lately, they’re looking for a shared experience with others there, a stronger sense of community. That’s something that was emphasized in an article I read recently written by Victor Snyder for business.com... https://www.business.com/.../social-media-patterns.../ I’m not surprised about the increase in social media usage. Almost everybody’s in quarantine in some way, shape or form. If not necessary for doing business, jumping onto LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like is the next best thing to being there with our friends, family, colleagues and clients. The coronavirus crisis has accelerated the advancement and adoption of online communications technology. In both our professional and personal lives, we’re…
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A Great Ad for a Great Cause

A Great Ad for a Great Cause

Advertising, Communications, Fundraising, Marketing, Restaurants
It’s a great ad for a great cause. But it’s much more than just an ad. It’s a fundraising campaign for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. It’s about the closing of Coogan's Restaurant in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City after some 35 years in business. Facebook put this ad together, pledging to match up to $100,000 of the funds raised as a result of this campaign. What particularly stands out to me about this spot is the riveting version of Gloria Gaynor's classic, mega-hit song, “I Will Survive,” sung by Swedish artist, Lykee Li, that accompanies it. See – and listen – for yourself here.
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The #WhoAmIMaskChallenge

The #WhoAmIMaskChallenge

Advertising, Branding, Cause-Related Marketing, Marketing, Motivation
Why do you wear a mask? I wear a mask because I want to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. I wear a mask because I don’t want people to get sick and die from COVID-19. I wear a mask out of respect for those around me. What about you? Not only is this a relevant, timely conversation that was started by William Lucas (Bill) Walker last month, this is a great campaign which you can learn more about here. Bill is an Emmy Award-winning writer/producer who wanted to get the word out about the importance of wearing a mask during this pandemic. So he challenged people – like me and you – to record a short video introducing ourselves and telling the world why we wear a mask.…
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Marketing During the Pandemic and Beyond

Marketing During the Pandemic and Beyond

Branding, Marketing, Social Media
In this webinar (which I presented for the New England Direct Marketing Association on August 19, 2020), I talk about the importance of authenticity and immediacy in marketing, especially as witnessed during this pandemic. I share a handful of examples of brands that have pivoted during these tough times, changing up their messaging to align with how consumers are feeling about the world these days. You will learn how the social in social media can help you put a face on your brand and build trust among your audience which can lead to long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships. Webinar production provided by Robert Lee of ShaLaLaLa Productions and John Kovaleski of OMBM Enterprises.
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Age Is Not Just a Number

Age Is Not Just a Number

Advertising, Branding, Leadership, Marketing
Age is not just a number. You can say that again. Age is not just a number. That’s the hashtag - #AgeisNOTjustaNumber – in a campaign recently launched by Grace Creative, an agency in Los Angeles specializing in marketing to women. Featuring a special Age Anthem video (which you can watch here) starring a number of women who talk about their respective career and life journeys, this ridiculously awesome new campaign asks women over 50 to “Tell us in a video or photo caption the journey your age has taken you.” This is an inspirational, motivational campaign that anybody of any age should want to get behind, especially women, of course, as this campaign is geared towards them. Ageism is real, after all, but everybody ages. Good for Grace Creative…
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I’m Running the 2020 Virtual Boston Marathon

I’m Running the 2020 Virtual Boston Marathon

Boston, Boston Marathon, Fundraising
I’m psyched. I’m in. I’m participating in the Boston Marathon Virtual Experience. Of course, the Boston Marathon was cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Those of us who were entered to run this historic race were disappointed, but we totally understood. There was no way the race could have been held given the coronavirus crisis. The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) came up with a virtual version of the marathon, however, giving official entrants the opportunity to go the 26.2-mile distance on their own course, on their own time, sometime between September 5-14, 2020. So after having trained in the cold temperatures all winter to run this thing, I picked up where I left off a couple months later and trained all summer under the hot sun. I’m ready. I’m…
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