Posts in Marketing Industry/Trends
How Improv Makes Me a Better Marketer

Improv is an art form present in everyday life. From jazz musicians following a riff, to a nervous boyfriend reviewing topics to discuss with his girlfriend’s parents - improv is everywhere. But how is this silly storytelling tool of make believe relevant to marketers?

Mastering the ability to think on one’s feet makes any situation easier - especially in marketing. Whether working in customer service, a pitching environment, social media marketing, or on a team - marketers who purposefully or subconsciously employ some of the foundational pillars of improv will undoubtedly find more success connecting with their consumers. 

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How Public Relations is Evolving

The definition of Public Relations, or PR, is “the professional maintenance of a favorable public image by a company or other organization or a famous person.” PR covers a range of disciplines, ranging from consumer relations to influencer marketing to corporate social responsibility. Essentially, PR is the deliberate spread of information. It’s a tool to tell a story, build a relationship with the public, and influence the public’s perspective.

How has PR changed over the years and what tactics still remain true today?

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Leveraging Data in 2019

In the digital world, marketers have access to endless data - what they do with that data determines their strategy and success. Each individual data point is a grain of sand that buries the marketer like a sandstorm in the desert when unorganized. With the right guidance, however, marketers can become more purposeful and create a strategic sand trap.

AgencySparks’ agency partner, The Shipyard, wrote the following guest blog to guide marketers away from common pitfalls when using data.

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How to Drill Down to an Agency’s True Capabilities

There are over 120,000 agencies out there - and that’s just in the U.S. alone. Many agencies identify as “full-service” or “integrated,” but are they really? Have they demonstrated experience in every marketing discipline? Maybe they have…but what are they best at?

This obscurity, coupled with the fact that many agencies will say almost anything to win new business, makes it difficult for client-side marketers to discern whether or not an agency would be a good fit for their brand.

Cut through the clutter and assess potential agency partners’ performance capabilities instantly using the following tactics…

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Why do Clients Fire Marketing Agencies?

The agency selection process is comparable to the dating process. Many suitors (the agencies) present their charm (expertise) in hopes of winning the heart (the business) of the client. But just because the business is won doesn’t mean the work is over. As a partner, the agency is required to support, communicate, provide results, and deliver on promises made. Any move outside of what is expected could cause the client to question the entire partnership.

Why do clients typically fire their marketing agency?

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Identifying Gaps in Your Marketing Team

How should leadership typically fill gaps in their team? Making this decision relies heavily on where the team’s gaps are located, the company’s current needs and budget, and industry.

Provide a marketing skills gap analysis to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the marketing team and discover potential areas for improvement in the company.

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How to Evaluate Your Agency Partner’s Performance

The average agency-client relationship lasts less than three years. Agency “breakups” generally happen when an advertising agency fails to communicate, respond, or provide results to their clients. However, sometimes clients stay with an underperforming agency. This is because hiring a new agency is a labor-intensive (and sometimes costly) process that involves countless pitches, endless planning, and tedious RFPs.

How can marketing leaders most effectively navigate evaluating their agency partners?

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SEO Tips for 2019

In 2019, marketers can no longer rely on outdated SEO strategies like keyword stuffing (artificially inflating keyword density), exact match domains, backlinking, or uploading different pages for every keyword variation to increase organic traffic and SERP (search engine results page) ranking.


Since there is an influx of new SEO marketing strategies every year, Senior SEO Manager, Doug Cooper, from the SEO experts at Swarm Agency, highlighted the essential search engine tips and tricks to help marketers’ content shine in 2019.

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Game of Thrones: A Case Study on Marketing to Millennials

If there’s a case study in how to create a comprehensive marketing strategy for a specific generation - that case study is Game of Thrones.  

Think about it. This premium cable television show - which has over 30 main characters and takes place in an alternate fantasy universe with magic and dragons - executes the driving principles behind UX, authenticity, community building, digital marketing, storytelling, personalization, and more in its millennial-focused marketing strategy. So, what lessons can marketers learn from Game of Thrones?

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How to Avoid Insensitivity in Marketing

Marketing in a multicultural landscape is inherently difficult. With so many perspectives to consider, brands often miss the mark in marketing campaigns.

Besides, offending consumers leads to hefty costs dealing with social media backlash, public relation nightmares, a decrease in followers, and loss of brand credibility and loyalty.

How can brand marketers avoid cultural insensitivity in campaign advertising?

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