Category Archives: Insights

  • 5 Reasons Direct Mail is More Effective Than Ever

    Some say that direct mail is dead. It’s not. In fact, when used strategically, creative direct mail executions have been proven to attract attention, drive action, and move the needle on defined business goals. Here are 5 reasons why direct mail should be considered for your marketing mix:   1. Less Is More As more and... Full Article

  • Want to know what your customers think about you? Then ask them.

    For every business and every brand, ongoing in-depth research plays an essential role in helping you understand your internal audience (your team), your external audience (your customers), and your competition. Whether you are launching a new product or simply want to better understand existing brand attitudes, there are a lot of effective qualitative research tools... Full Article

  • 5 Steps To A Successful Channel Partnership

    If you’re looking to capture a greater share of today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace, channel partnerships present a highly profitable opportunity for your company. By leveraging a sales force other than your own, you can develop new customers and revenue streams in a way that far exceeds the capacity of your in-house sales team. Of course,... Full Article

  • Building the Annual Media Plan

    As cooler weather sets in, one thing is definite: It’s time for the creation of an annual marketing plan. For most businesses, this means reflecting on the past year’s successes (and misses), as well as identifying opportunities for continued momentum and growth. Two key components of these efforts – Media Planning and Buying. Our team... Full Article

  • Why Your Brand Needs a Good Tone of Voice

    The right brand voice can make all the difference in how people experience and feel about your business. It will enhance and reinforce your positioning in subtle yet critical ways. And it will help close the gap between the kind of company you say you are and how your customers and employees talk about you.... Full Article

  • Eight Customer Marketing Trends to Watch

    Everybody loves to talk about the sales funnel and how to best align marketing efforts with a prospect’s journey from the wide rim of awareness to the narrow neck where deals are closed. But what happens after the prospect exits the funnel and becomes a customer? In today’s hyper-competitive business landscape, a positive customer experience can often... Full Article

  • The ABC’s of Content Marketing

    Thanks, Martina!

  • McDonald’s Beloved Brand Isn’t Made In a Kitchen.

    Just like Pepsi vs. Coke or Ford vs. GM, the battle between McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) and Burger King represents one of the most closely-studied business rivalries in American history. For more than 60 years, McDonald’s has been the trailblazer that set the standard by which all other franchises operated, and although a revitalized Burger King has begun to narrow the... Full Article

  • 5 Steps For
    Better Internal Alignment

    Our Charlotte marketing agency works with companies across different industries, but one thing remains the same: the interdepartmental bottleneck that can weaken or kill a marketing project. So how can marketers take the lead in shaping strategic direction across all parts of the business? Here are 5 steps to improve internal collaboration, align goals, and get it done. 1. Kick off with... Full Article

  • The Little Campaign That Could. Or Couldn’t?

    When you think Buick, you picture your grandpa or dad’s old car that holds memories of you as a kid. GM is trying to change that. With the launch of their Experience the New Buick campaign in 2014, Buick is addressing the public’s opinion of “old man car” and attempting to alter that perception through... Full Article

  • To Eat or Not To Eat? That is No Longer the Question.

    Propelled by First Lady Michelle Obama in an effort to reduce America’s increasing obesity rates and related diseases – as we have all seen even here in Charlotte – Americans will now be able to see exactly what their food contains. The new label was designed by Kevin Grady (the global head of content and... Full Article

  • P&G Knows Moms

    Four years ago, Proctor&Gamble aired its first Thank You Mom campaign to coincide with the Olympics. With Mother’s Day coming up (don’t forget to send flowers), it seems appropriate to not only pay tribute to Moms, but to acknowledge one of the admittedly best marketing campaigns ever (besides the ones our Charlotte marketing agency creates, of course).... Full Article

  • Is AmazonSmile really something to smile at?

    This year, Amazon launched a new program called AmazonSmile, which allows buyers to donate a small percentage of their purchase(s) to a charity, or charities, of their choice. The catch? Really, there isn’t one, unless you count that Amazon is only giving .5% (that’s right, one half of one percent) – or that there is... Full Article

  • 5 Essential Steps For Effective B2B Social Media Marketing

    There’s no shortage of social media campaigns in the B2C world, and stand-out efforts (like Coca-Cola’s Share a Coke campaign*) have succeeded on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and other sites because of the fresh thinking behind them. The business to business world, however, has been a bit slower to buy into social media marketing, but that’s changing quickly. From Global Fortune... Full Article