Talking Shop: Another Agency Blog About Hiring An Agency

Bari Cener, Director of Client Services

Ilene and I recently attended an event that matched us with companies who had identified and expressed varying needs or holes in their marketing efforts. It was modeled against from a speed dating scenario, where we had a set amount of time to chat with each company representative and engage in a mutual exchange of “We need this” and “Here’s how we [White Space] can help.”

It was a long, full day but a good exercise in exploring different industries and corporate personalities. We also got a view of how companies perceive us, as an agency, and what that may mean to an entity that already has in-house marketing.

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Topics: marketing strategy

Marketing Strategy Kick-Off: Defining Goals And Mapping Customer Journeys

Bari Cener, Director of Client Services

Very few people have the luxury of being a totally free spirit… although wouldn’t that be fun? Most of us need structure and planning to get through the day—and to be able to (hopefully) cross a ton of stuff off the always-growing to-do list.

In marketing, building structure and strategy isn’t a fully linear process (as much as we’d like that to be true). Things come up that force reassessment, redirection. That said, there are key steps that can help make creating strategy a more efficient and effective exercise.

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Strategy Isn’t Just An 8-Letter Word

Bari Cener, Director of Client Services

Every marketer knows that strategy is necessary for effective execution, but oftentimes we get that deer-in-the-headlights look when it’s time to get down to business. . This hesitation isn’t necessarily rooted in fear. Rather, key players become anxious thinking about all the “stuff” that accompanies the strategic process—so much so that the process gets marginalized.

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Prioritization And Project Management: Building A Solution-Focused Environment

Annette McMichael

In last week's blog, my colleague, Bari, explained her time-tested (and mom-approved) approach to prioritization, which focuses on a perceived short-term, mid-term, and long-term view of tasks, actions, and goals. It's a helpful strategy for both the big picture of things and the everyday minutiae.

If you’re someone who needs a more concrete prioritization methodology, there’s a fairly simple step-by-step process that can help you identify, rank, and assign importance. While dollar signs often dictate prioritization, this formulaic approach takes a combination of factors into consideration. You might find that cost isn’t the be-all end-all.

So, how do you set your priorities when they’re too close to call?

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Topics: email marketing, marketing strategy

Perfecting CX: I’ll Scratch Your Back (And You Don’t Have To Scratch Mine)

Sylvia Anderson, B2C/B2B Writer

In my blog last week, I referenced that I believe I’m becoming a “real, human marketer.” What I meant by that is that I’ve started to look at everything from a marketing, branding, customer journey, and customer experience perspective. I would not go so far as to say “the student has become the master” (I still have a lot to learn), but it’s actually quite fascinating to observe the world in this new(ish) light.

One thing I’ve observed is that brands who “do it right” share this defining characteristic: They really take care of their customers.

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Topics: email marketing, marketing strategy

Employing A Prioritization Strategy That Produces Results

Bari Cener, Director of Client Services

In last week’s blog I discussed why prioritization is so important for progress and why it’s so much more than just picking your battles. There is a method to the madness.

Unfortunately, gaining a clear understanding as to why one action ranks over another is oftentimes tricky. Anyone who has felt inundated with work, life, relationships knows this firsthand. It takes a little work to determine an order of prioritization, but it can be done.

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Topics: email marketing, marketing strategy

Why Your Sales Spiel Will Only Get You So Far

Sylvia Anderson, B2C/B2B Writer

I subscribe to a daily inspirational email newsletter, which doesn’t always spark me as so much “inspirational” but rather a bit preachy. However, from time-to-time, the creator (Jerry Del Colliano) gets me into a light-bulb state of mind. One recent topic was, “People Want to Buy, Not Be Sold.” The writer prefaced his quick snippet of wisdom with the following:

That’s true not only of merchandise and services, but ideas and concepts.

If you have a great idea for your team, spend much of your effort into getting them to buy it from you rather than have you sell it to them. If you have a daughter or son who could benefit from your wisdom, don’t push it, get them to buy it from you.

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Topics: email marketing, marketing strategy

More Than Picking Battles: Why Prioritization Needs Clear Strategy

Bari Cener, Director of Client Services

I’m forced to prioritize daily—and many times throughout the day. My daily routine actually starts the night before when I put my workout clothes next to my bed (wishful thinking!). If I make the girls shower at night, that’s 10 or 15 extra minutes the next morning… so, let’s do that.

Once they’re on the bus to school, there’s no more hiding from the beastly inbox of things waiting to be addressed. Sometimes that’s not so simple to determine what comes first. The same applies to business and marketing. You know certain pieces of strategy are more pressing than others, but how do you select, definitively, the order in which they rank?

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Topics: email marketing, marketing strategy

Inertia Is The Enemy: How To Overcome Plateaus In Biz And Marketing

Adrianne DelaRaba, Director of Marketing

When you hit a plateau—in business or life—it can mess with your motivation. Oftentimes, it’s even more frustrating than hitting a “wall,” because that would mean there is a clear obstacle in your way and there are defined ways to get around it. With a plateau, there may not be a clear hurdle to get over or anything glaringly negative in terms of performance results. It may just be… boring.

Of course, this happens all the time in business, and many times marketing is leaned on to shoulder the burden and get out of the rut. A campaign levels off, then starts to become ineffective. Budget cuts can create a challenge and often require creativity. Senior leadership isn’t interested in what you have to say, making it easier to stay placated and say, “I guess this is fine…”

It’s anything but fine.

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Topics: email marketing, marketing strategy

Finding The Value In All Customers, Regardless of Size

Sylvia Anderson, B2C/B2B Writer

When I was visiting my sister and her family over the Thanksgiving holiday, we got into a conversation about customer service based on an instance where my two nephews were attempting to order at Panda Express. The key word here is “attempting.”

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Topics: marketing strategy

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