Jen Neumann

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Be Curious About Automation

Posted by Jen Neumann on Jul 9, 2018 9:17:02 AM

This summer, a whole new batch of graduates headed out to the working world ready to put what they learned to good use. Yet, what I’ve noticed, as an employer, is that the skills many graduates are leaving their four-year institutions with are skills most employers already have automated or are moving to automate.

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A Digital Marketer's Checklist for GDPR

Posted by Jen Neumann on May 15, 2018 9:15:39 AM

The European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is all about how companies use the personal data of those they interact with. Everywhere we go on the internet, we leave a digital footprint. That footprint consists of our demographics, our behavior, our purchases and interactions, and it has become something of great value. (As the Economist says, “personal data is the world’s greatest resource.”) As is the case with anything of great value, it creates the need to protect that data from abuse—from benign misuse to serious breaches and malicious intent.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

What's Your Website's Shelf Life?

Posted by Jen Neumann on Apr 26, 2018 10:59:35 AM

You invested in a new website—how long should that website's design last?

The answer varies. It depends on the structure of your website. It depends on your ability to freshen up imagery and update the technology. And it depends on whether it's built on a platform that allows flexibility in the layout and functionality. 

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Web Development & SEO

Both a Mentor and a Mentee Be

Posted by Jen Neumann on Feb 23, 2018 9:50:39 AM

I remember, once upon my early thirties, my boss telling me I should have a mentor—specifically, I should find a mentor in a particular industry and geographic area. 

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Topics: Agency Lifestyle

Goal Setting Leads to Marketing Success

Posted by Jen Neumann on Dec 4, 2017 7:43:27 AM

Start your marketing and communications plan for the year with goals designed for results. 

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

What Do People Say About Your Brand...

Posted by Jen Neumann on Nov 28, 2017 12:26:41 PM

...when you're not in the room? 

Expensive / Worth it? (Quality)
OR 
Pricey / Not Worth it (Overpriced)
Inexpensive / Effective (Value)
OR
Cheap / Crappy (Garbage)

Quick to Respond / Accountable (Great Service)
OR
Unresponsive / Rude (Poor Service)

This is the heart of how your brand is perceived and communicated. So how do you know how your brand is perceived? 

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Topics: Branding

Stalk-In Traffic: Working With an Informed Public

Posted by Jen Neumann on Oct 2, 2017 2:08:22 PM

Your customers know almost everything about what you offer before they "walk in" the door. Whether you sell items off shelves, provide a service, are a museum or tourism attraction, a library or even an entire community, hardly anyone walks in without background information. They've stalked your company—and your competitors—online well before they make contact. 

Here's how to treat the informed consumer:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Stock Photography Tells the Viewer One Thing

Posted by Jen Neumann on Aug 2, 2017 3:49:33 PM

The proliferation of cheap, accessible stock photography has been an amazing boon over the years to content producers. However, it's also produced an unintended side effect: everyone's sites, posts and emails look the same. Worse yet, they look disingenuous. 

Here are three ways to overcome the pitfalls of stock imagery overuse. Yes, they all cost money or time (see the Venn Diagram of Getting Sh!t Done), but in the long run, they're worth it. 

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Topics: Web Development & SEO, Branding

Resist the Siren Song of Short-Term Media Buys

Posted by Jen Neumann on Jul 11, 2017 12:21:45 PM

As champions of inbound marketing, it's not going to come as a surprise that we tell our clients to take a long-term approach to their marketing. But beyond the obvious, we frequently see similar patterns:

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Topics: Media Buying

Use Inbound Marketing to Strengthen Economic & Community Development

Posted by Jen Neumann on Jun 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

"If you build it, they will come."

Other than a baseball field in Iowa, that statement really isn't true. You can create the perfect environment for your community or region to grow and expand new and existing business, but if you don't actively market it - in ways that cut through the clamor of all the other competing sites/cities/states, then you are leaving a lot to chance. 

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Economic Development

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