Author: Robin Bectel

08 Nov A two-step approach to starting a new category

Photo credit: [Paturo] Noroeste Pro 2017 (III) via photopin (license) Many companies come to us with a desire to create a new market category. While its natural for an innovator to believe that what they are doing is so different it defies current norms and definitions,...

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19 Oct WHAT HAPPENED TO RESPECTFUL MARKETING?

Recently, I somehow got on the email list for a national marketing professional organization that I do not belong to. In the last month, since I was added to their list, they have emailed me 15 times about three different events. That seems a bit...

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14 Aug Does Work/Life Balance Really Exist?

If you do a quick, unscientific look through Glassdoor for reviews on the leading mid-sized PR firms and management consultants, you will spot a troubling trend. The scores for work/life balance seem to sit right in the middle of the scale. Even among award winning...

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16 Jul Do We Really Trust Anyone Anymore?

I have a secret. I like the Edelman Trust Barometer. Not as much as I love Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report, but I do look forward to it every year. It’s interesting how much things change in a short period of time when it comes...

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26 Apr Video: What Marketers Need to Know

With one-third of the time people spend online spent watching video, it’s no surprise that marketers want to know how to leverage this valuable format. At the Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit, a panel of video consultants and users talked about the core issues and costs facing...

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16 Apr THE NEVER CHANGING WORLD OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

In public relations, we spend our careers telling our clients’ stories. Ideally, there is a good mix of reality and just enough future promise to make things interesting. The trick with good PR is to find the sweet spot - never letting your company story...

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19 Mar HOW TO GET MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK WITH AWARDS

Building off Pete Larmy’s recent post on creating an award submission that gains the judges attention, I wanted to explore how to be more strategic with awards overall. Many companies pursue product awards as a way to get recognition for their technical innovations. However, those...

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21 Feb No Place for Ego

With one exception, I have always worked in fairly collaborative environments, but I recognize that not everyone shares this experience and many wouldn’t like it if they had. But, collaboration is quickly becoming commonplace in organizations of all sizes. Even if your team doesn’t embrace...

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17 Jan GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING

When you work in B2B marketing, the opportunity to be creative has traditionally been elusive. Not always, certainly, but for many years across most B2B technology companies, it was seen as unneeded and inappropriate to use creative tactics, outside of advertising, to reach customer targets....

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15 Dec Thought Leadership Requires a Bold Stance

Every year, thousands of companies approach a PR agency saying something along the lines of “we want to be a thought leader.” And, most agencies will promise to make you or your company known as a thought leader. While good agencies certainly will help raise...

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06 Nov KISS – KEEP IT SIMPLE (STUPID)

In B2B and B2G marketing presentations, we try to deliver every message in our playbook and make all possible arguments for our solution. We never want to talk about our company, product or service without including a plethora of differentiators. This happens when we talk...

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16 Oct Why Agency Based Marketing is Critical in B2G

In the commercial space, companies often have thousands of potential customers, and because of this, their marketing focuses on broad categories of customers segmented by job title, vertical market, etc.. But, in the government sector, companies might be wise to look at hyper-specific marketing efforts that target one agency or even one program within an agency.
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