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How can Small to Medium Sized Businesses use social media effectively?

On February 17th, the American Marketing Association held a round table discussion on creating maximum social media impact for Small to Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs). I attended the lively discussion and took away a lot of insightful advice from the panelists. I’ve outlined some of

Manage dozens of opinions with an internal communications plan

The land border Duty Free stores are a group of 28 retail entrepreneurs who operate independently of one another. They share the market challenges that most Canadian retailers face, and our marketing objective was to determine the best way to communicate the common benefit of

Search behaviour hasn’t changed

We expect too much of Google "Why isn't my site number one on Google?" is a popular question. Occasionally, it's because of poor content or mediocre meta-content, but usually it's because the site doesn't have a traffic building or awareness program behind it. The site is

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Last night (Dec. 7th, 2010) the Marketing Planning Group of the American Marketing Association hosted a networking and learning event called Deciding the right mix in a new world of exploding choices. The fundamental question was this: how can marketers balance new and old media

Season’s greeting social experiment

OK. In the left corner we have a greying, slightly overweight fighter - his name is Mr. Impressions. In the right corner there's a cocky newcomer. She's clever – maybe too clever for her own good. Her name is Miss Social. At Beakbane we have been

Deciding the right mix in a new world of exploding choices

The American Marketing Association is hosting a networking and learning event in Toronto on Dec. 7th. In the world of old connections determining the right marketing mix was more certain. Marketers had more control, understood the costs and could predict the impact of a campaign. However, social

Satisfying when it all comes together

There are few markets as brutally competitive as automobile retailing. There is excess manufacturing capacity with too many retailers selling identical products and fighting over easily aggravated consumers. This is an ideal testing ground for fresh and more disciplined approaches to marketing communications. The president of

A few of our greetings cards from years gone by

For over 20 years we have been sending holiday greeting cards. As the everyday communication turns digital, so did our holiday greetings. But who doesn't like a good old paper card. Here are some of our favourite creations from over the years. Some humorous. Some mildly offensive. A

Strategic repositioning results new business

Stereotypes are attractively dangerous, so let's start with two. B2C organisations understand the value of branding, positioning, promotions, etc B2B organisations call this "the fluffy stuff". Actually these stereotypes are not always, even often, true. Tehcna Thermoplastic Innovations (formerly Tehcna Manufacturing Inc.) is a B2B injection molding

Genuine caring happens all the time.

For most of Canada October is the month for breasts, and November is the month for prostates. Mul-T-Lock Canada is taking a different approach. November is the launch of their Breast Cancer awareness campaign, and will run through select dealers until the end of the year.