9 Best Practices for Effective Calls to Action

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© Wavebreak Media; used with permission  Has this ever happened to you? Just last week I was looking up information about a particular author I wanted to know more about. Five clicks and 30 minutes later I was on a webpage describing the benefits of weight-training versus aerobic exercise. This is what Chris Brogan calls the “serendipity” of the internet. …

$97 to Celebrate 97 Years

I am a child of the 60’s and proud of it! The 60’s were a time of innovation, challenging authority and pushing the envelope.  We are the original “outside of the box,” “cutting edge” generation! That independent spirit was important to me, as a young girl with her whole life ahead of her.  The women’s liberation movement of the 60’s …

Content Marketing: What Is It?

Marketing Overview Summary First there was Integrated Marketing. Then there was Direct Marketing. Then Online Marketing, Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing and now Content Marketing.  With all these marketing buzz words, one can easily become confused. (Apologies if I missed a few 🙂 ) What’s the difference?  Is there a difference?  Interestingly, there can be quite …

Storytelling: The (Marketing) Tie That Binds

  Who’s the storyteller in your family?  We all have at least one.  Growing up, my dad’s mom, “Grammie,” was the storyteller in our family.  She worked as a waitress at Howard Johnson’s on the PA Turnpike for over 35 years.  A widow at a young age, with a limited education and three small boys to raise, she saw her …

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Millennials: The Economic Engine of the Future

The wedding is just over 5 weeks away. After marrying 3 sons off in the last three years, I FINALLY get to play the role “Mother-of-the-Bride!” As the parent of 5 millennials, it’s easy to identify with the stereotypes of this younger generation as entitled, spoiled and non-committal. Wedding planning is a great microcosm to see these characteristics at their …

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Association Membership: Keeping Gen Y Motivated and Engaged

  “The challenge inherent in keeping Gen Y engaged is that we’re easily distracted, we want to see progress from our daily efforts, and have a high need to stay in touch with those leading us.” ~ (p. 108) Translation for Associations: GenY needs to know OFTEN why being a part of your association matters. They need to see measureable …

The Marketing Persona: 4 Benefits of Using a Persona

I was thinking about how teams prepare to play each other during March Madness. All of them use scouting reports that outline the unique ways a team likes to play. The reports are fairly basic, but some details can stand out for a coach, such as information that a specific player only likes to go to his or her left. …

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SOCIAL MEDIA PHILANTHROPY: “HER AIM IS TRUE”

“Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.” –Robert Redford I like to think I’m a person who sees the glass half full.  I’ve always been intrigued by obstacles and how a simple mind shift can reveal possibility and the path to success.  Oftentimes that mind shift requires creative problem-solving and a willingness to take risks.  Isn’t that …

5 TIPS TO MAKING YOUR WEBSITE SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY

Strategic branding and web design are very important for businesses. Social media has changed the way brands relate to their audience and potential clients. As brands consider revamping their websites, we interviewed our web designer, Will Rabil, for some suggestions on how to make your website stand out in social media. To re-cap, here are the key points that Will …

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VIDEO BLOGGING: 4 THINGS TO GET YOU STARTED ON YOUTUBE

When I was a kid, I really wanted a video camera. I wanted to make home movies, and a chance to tell my audience important things, funny things, or to just plain show off my creative talents. I had high hopes of being selected for America’s Funniest Home Videos. While my parents didn’t agree with my need for a video …