Category: Tools & resources

What’s Your Goal?

As soon as you know exactly what you want, take “baby turtle steps” toward it. Break your goal into tiny action items. Make each task so small and so easy that they start to seem more appealing than intimidating. Keep it simple For instance, you could simply: • Follow your dream company on LinkedIn • […]

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Infographic: The Explosive Growth In Retail Technology

It’s not your imagination. The speed of innovation within retail has accelerated at a blistering pace in recent years. In this disruptive sector, companies that invest in retail technology to meet consumer expectations succeed by gaining a competitive edge. For a recent history of how retail technology has shaped how we shop, see the full […]

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9 Tech Trends Connecting Retailers to Consumers

In retail, geeky is the new sexy. In this intense, competitive sector, technology has evolved from an indulgent luxury to an essential strategic investment that helps companies serve shoppers better. To remain relevant and competitive in today’s market, retailers are adopting the following tech trends to woo consumers by delivering superior speed, ease and convenience. […]

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9 Ways to be Fearless (in an Age of Fear)

It’s the ultimate F word: Fear. While this powerful emotion is inevitable, executives, entrepreneurs and freelance professionals all say the same thing: Facing our fears helps us triumph in business and in life. To help us replace our fears with confidence, security and even boldness, this article offers practical tips so we can focus our […]

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99 Ways to Score a Marketing Touchdown

Few companies can afford a $5 million TV ad during the Super Bowl. For the rest of us, here are 99 ways to tackle the competition and score a touchdown using simple marketing tactics. Marketing Planning 1. Revise or create a marketing plan for your business. 2. Revisit your market research. 3. Analyze your competition. […]

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20 Tips for Working Remotely (& Productively)

Now that warmer weather is here, it may be time to free yourself from the office to work from a more scenic locale — without compromising your productivity. To boost cost efficiencies, morale and retention, a growing number of companies are embracing programs for staff to work remotely. Whether they work from home, a coffee […]

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Checklist: Maximize Your Marketing Muscle

Looking to end 2015 on a strong note? Consider applying more proven marketing practices to reach and attract your ideal customers. Use this checklist of 101 marketing tactics to identify new opportunities to maximize your marketing muscle. 101 Marketing Tactics: Advertising Affiliate marketing program Annual reports Banner ads Behind-the-scenes images and videos Blogs Brochures Business […]

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Strategic Communications 101

With the back-to-school season underway, let’s review how to achieve your business goals by applying reading, writing and ‘rithmatic to develop a strategic communications plan. An effective communications plan acts as your company’s results-oriented roadmap, helping you get where you want to go — using minimal time, money and effort. Use the following steps to […]

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Plan Your Content, Crush Your Competitors

The Internet is clogged with content. How will you make yours stand out among your rivals? Take a tip from top-performing companies: Be proactive and consistent (rather than reactive and random) with your external communications. To stay on track, manage your workflow and create impactful copy, develop an editorial calendar. An editorial calendar helps you […]

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Editorial Calendar – Sample

Use this sample editorial calendar as inspiration when you plan your company’s upcoming communications. Save time, money and effort by proactively organizing your external content.      

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20 tips for working remotely (& productively)

To boost cost efficiencies, morale and retention, a growing number of companies are embracing programs for staff to work remotely. Whether they work from home, a coffee shop or a library, employees have greater flexibility than ever in their choice of workspace. A 2012 Reuters Ipsos worldwide poll indicated one in five employees works from […]

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A (Canadian) Branding Exercise

Branding is more important than ever in business, as brands convey consistent quality, credibility and experience. Brands establish an emotional connection and can build value. In honour of Canada Day, we’ll examine a patriotic brand, Molson Canadian beer. Molson Canadian stands out from all the other domestic and foreign beer brands by relying on its […]

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Declutter With a Communications Audit

Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home: ‘tis the season to declutter your messaging by conducting a communications audit. By reviewing the effectiveness of your communications, you can distinguish between what delivers an attractive return on investment and what you need to polish. Strategic Considerations An effective communications audit asks: What are our communications goals […]

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Web Writing S.O.S.

In today’s sink-or-swim world of business, your company needs to be online – and use website copy that advances its strategy. Use these 25 web writing tips as a lifesaver to make your company’s digital content stand out: Writing basics Write clear, simple content. Plain language is easiest to read. Cover only one topic per […]

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99 Ways to Score a Marketing Touchdown

Few companies can afford a $4 million TV ad during the Super Bowl. For the rest of us, here are 99 ways to tackle the competition and score a touchdown using simple marketing tactics. Marketing Planning 1. Revise or create a marketing plan for your business. 2. Revisit your market research. 3. Analyze your competition. […]

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Pinpoint Your Target Audience

Tired of playing hide and seek with your target market? To identify a suitable target, successful entrepreneurs recommend these tips: 1. Pick an audience you can relate to. Choose and audience you understand and admire — then tailor your product to their pain points. 2. Consider long-term potential. Among customers that will adopt early, which […]

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Recipe for a Strategic Communications Plan

A strategic communications plan mixes together all your communication vehicles to accomplish your mission. Its methodical recipe helps you get the results you want. Key ingredients of a communications plan: Executive summary: Write this section last and limit it to one page. Communication process description: Provide information to help decision makers who are not trained […]

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Timeless Strategic Writing Tips

Whether we write for the web or print, copywriting is about understanding your audience and addressing its needs. That’s why these century-old copywriting tips are still valid today: Focus on benefits: Tell your target why they need your product or service Listen closely: Understand your audience’s needs so you know how to fulfill them Skip […]

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Communication Vehicles Checklist

Is your communications plan effectively reaching your audience? Use this checklist to identify other communication vehicles that will maximize your marketing impact. Advertising Annual reports Banner ads Blogs Brochures Business cards Business proposals Business case studies Case studies Collateral Company profiles Contests Corporate booth (for trade shows) Coupons Direct mail Editorial calendar eBooks Elevator speech […]

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Objective Clarifier Tool

Aligning your communications with your corporate strategy makes the best business sense. To make sure your communications are effective, you need clear objectives. Use these questions to create results-oriented communications: Briefly describe the business challenge/opportunity What does success look like? List your corporate objectives (e.g. vision, strategic objectives) List your communication objectives (ensure they are […]

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