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02/23/22

How to Develop a Business Presence on YouTube – Marketing Minute

by Jim Ragosta, Director of Digital Strategy & Sales YouTube continues to dominate being the #1 social media platform, and the #2 most visited website domain in the United States, only behind their parent company, Google. (SEMRush) If you want to build your brand, it’s a safe bet that you should be on YouTube, whether that’s with a paid advertisement, or
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02/03/22

Communicating a Sustainable Brand – Marketing Minute

by Deb DeFreeuw, President and Certified Brand Strategist We know that sustainability and eco-friendly are big buzzwords in our culture, and companies like Patagonia are champions of a circular economy. But what does this mean for the average business, who may or may not be directly connected to a market where sustainability is encouraged? You may know it’s the right
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01/27/22

How Will Your Brand Stand Out? – Marketing Minute

by Jim Ragosta, Director of Digital Strategy & Sales 2022 is going to be the year of your brand.  Times are changing, as are consumers like you and me. How we buy products, gather information, entertain, communicate, etc. all revolve around one thing, your brand. That’s all well and fine, but what do you need to do to make your
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01/25/22

How Much to Spend on Marketing: Marketing Minute

Deb DeFreeuw, President/Certified Brand Strategist Setting a Marketing Budget As we start our new year, I would like to talk briefly about typical percentages of revenue that should go be allocated towards setting your marketing budget. For small businesses (revenues of 5 million or less), a common rule of thumb is that B2B (business-to-business) companies should spend about 5% –
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01/14/22

More Effective Marketing: Marketing Minute

By: Dan Vukmirovich, Director of Creative Strategy Today we’re going talk about effectiveness, and what it means in your marketing. Two “M’s” …and maybe a bonus “M” to give you a little bit of marketing advice.  Effective Messaging in Marketing So the first M is Messaging. Are you being effective in your messaging, whether it’s on your website, in your
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01/05/22

What The Stellantis & Amazon Partnership Means For Digital Marketing?

By: Jim Ragosta, Jr., Digital Media Specialist I recently watched a live press conference of Stellantis featuring CEO Carlos Tavares discussing the transition of Stellantis to a sustainable mobility tech company. Great things are happening with the company, the presentation left me with two takeaways of how this could impact digital marketing efforts.  Stellantis announced a partnership with Amazon to work on improving the consumer experience
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11/24/21

Key Takeaways from This Year’s FOUNDER FACTORY / A Startup Summit

By Beth North, Director of Business Development “Being a woman-owned business has its challenges – but most worthwhile things do. Is it always fair? Nope, but if you surround yourself with the right people and apply some grit, anything is possible. I still believe that.” — Deb DeFreeuw, President, Founder, Owner of Force 5 This blog post is filled with
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06/01/21

Achieving Customer Service with Chatbots

By Jeff Murphy Extraordinary customer service is a value that businesses are constantly aiming to achieve. As new technologies are introduced, new opportunities arrive that enable companies to assist their consumers in ways that were previously unimaginable. One recent breakthrough in online customer service has been the implementation of chatbots on company websites. This breakthrough has prompted many a question
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05/12/21

The Importance of Brand Ambassadors

By Deb DeFreeuw, President, Force 5 Recently I happened to shop at two different Martin’s Supermarkets in our area and each provided very different experiences. The different experience at each brought to light the importance of brand enculturation. Brand enculturation is making sure that the people on the team understand, believe and live the brand promise. Understanding the promise to
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03/10/21

What it Means to Be a Woman-owned Business

By Deb DeFreeuw, President – Force 5 This is a very deep and challenging topic – I have the typical stories of being the only female at a boardroom table full of men, being paid less for the same job as a man in the same role, etc. Many women have experienced this – some more than others. But to
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02/17/21

A Look Ahead in Big Tech – Change is Coming

By Jim Ragosta, Digital Media Specialist 2020 was an interesting year for the social media industry. The COVID-19 pandemic led many businesses and people to turn to social media to stay connected, whether that’s through direct or indirect communications. 2020 also brought light to the questions many have had for years surrounding Big Tech in regards to censorship and privacy. And,
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12/30/20

Messaging In The Year Ahead – Bring On The Empathy

2020, well, what hasn’t been said – a year we didn’t see coming, a year we can’t wait to put in the rearview mirror. Needless to say the pandemic will have a lasting impact on many aspects of our lives and in the year ahead, marketers will need to be especially conscious to approach their messaging with empathy. That empathy begins
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