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5 Ways Football Helps You Win in Business

Who knew beefcakes with pigskins could inspire better business? With the Super Bowl coming up fast, it’s a good time to review lessons from the football field and apply them in the boardroom. Use these football-inspired strategic communications tips to crush your competition: Stadium = Marketplace: How well do you understand – and deliver – […]

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Create Killer Content for a Competitive Edge

To make your brand stand out and slay your competition, create irresistible content that grabs your audience. Boldly use your predatory instincts to outmaneuver your rivals. The best way is to consistently share useful information to attract and engage customers to ultimately boost sales. The good news? Your company is already bursting with stories and […]

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Top 5 Ways to Toot Your Brand’s Horn

In today’s cluttered marketplace and fragmented media landscape, it’s more challenging than ever for companies to get noticed and be heard. So let’s end the year by reviewing the top 5 strategic communication tips that will help your brand stand out and look good by demonstrating its value. Build these 5 best practices into your […]

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52 Business Blog Posts That Will Blow Your Customers Away

Blogging about your business is one of the most effective ways to boost web traffic, generate leads and establish a sense of authority. Yet some businesses struggle to blog on a consistent basis due to a lack of content ideas, which limits opportunities for customers to engage with your brand. To plan your business blog’s […]

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Measure Your Marketing Muscle

Measuring your marketing efforts can make the difference between whether you’re Mr. Universe or Mr. Puny-verse. That’s because producing strong marketing campaigns is one thing and making sure they move your business forward is another. For lasting success, measure your content marketing efforts and link them to your desired business results. Look beyond vanity metrics, […]

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Want Happy, Engaged Employees?: 7 Tips

What’s the secret behind successful companies’ higher customer loyalty, profits and revenue, and lower turnover? Engaged employees. These employees create business value because they participate fully, feel passionate about their work and willingly “step up” to help their company succeed. Best of all, they tell the world their company’s stories as enthusiastic brand advocates. Use […]

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Help Your Brand Stand Out

The threat of invisibility spooks every business owner and marketing executive. That’s why they work so hard to make their brands stand out and resonate with their target market. What’s even trickier is trying to attract attention in an oversaturated market with a limited marketing budget. To get your brand noticed, use these cost-effective tips: […]

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Case Study: Social Media Crisis Control

Situation: A client called me in a panic after receiving negative feedback on social media. A competitor attacked my client’s brand in a long, rambling post on LinkedIn, which concluded with the man promoting his own brand. Approach: Fortunately I had already collaborated with my client on a crisis communication plan and standard operating procedures […]

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7 Ways to Block Your Rivals’ Shots

True story: A U.S. corporation apologized for its marketing copy on public affairs after it omitted the L from ‘public.’ Embarrassing errors and omissions happen. When they do, your competitors may act like goons and attack your brand. To defend your company, you need strategic communications practices. It’s like having a superstar goalie on your […]

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Create a Competitive Content Strategy

In today’s crowded marketplace it’s hard to stand out, especially if your company lacks a massive marketing budget. Luckily the Internet helps “level the playing field” for companies of all sizes to turn themselves into giants by telling their story — all for minimal cost. Here are five ways your company can gain a competitive […]

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Social Media Selling: A to Z

How social is your business? Over 46% of businesses say social media drives sales, according to recent research. In honour of Social Media Week (Sept. 22-26, 2014), let’s examine how social media can build your business – from A to Z. Audience: No matter who your business targets, your customers likely use social media. Social […]

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Case Study: Break Through the Clutter

Situation: Two of my clients couldn’t have been more different: an IT service provider for institutional investors and an author of a book for young women. However, they both wanted to stand out and generate excitement among their target markets. Approach: I collaborated with each client and partners to develop compelling marketing campaigns. For the […]

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Stretch Your Marketing Budget

Want to market your company without spending money? You can make your marketing efforts more flexible by approaching the media to share your story with a broad audience. The media sector is insatiable, always hungry for good stories. So, using the media is the marketing equivalent of doing downward dog, energizing and strengthening your brand […]

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Discover Your Company’s Story Goldmines

Eureka! Your organization is already filled with an abundance of surprising, free sources of stories. It’s time to share anecdotes on what you do and why your business is a treasure to your target market. Tap into these unexpected goldmines to dig up compelling stories about your company: Sent mail: Look through your email to […]

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5 Ways to Tell Your Company’s Story

Everybody loves a good story. Effective stories have the power to help your business stand out among rivals, engage prospects, win over investors, inspire employees and earn customer loyalty. That’s because stories are more memorable than straight facts, and they engage the audience’s head and heart. Here are five creative ways to tell your business’ […]

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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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CEOs’ Top 10 Twitter Topics

Forget what you learned in business school. All organizations are now in the communications business – and Twitter is the new newsroom. For that reason, CEOs need to embrace social media. Twitter alone attracts 255 million monthly active users. Business is one of the top 10 topics on Twitter, making it a key platform to […]

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Social Media for a Media-Shy Company

Situation: A risk averse client in business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce wanted to attract new customers, strengthen loyalty and establish itself as a trusted brand. However, senior executives feared the company’s lack of control over the tone of traditional media coverage, so they also felt reluctant to use social media. Approach: I worked with a partner to […]

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Teamwork as a Competitive Advantage

This week, the world’s best soccer players begin competing in the 2014 World Cup and their high-performing teams can teach businesses how to win. Effective communication among teammates – on the soccer pitch or in the boardroom – can increase productivity, heighten morale and improve efficiency. Use these communication tips to turn your team into […]

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Nail Your Elevator Pitch

Successful professionals and business owners know how to toot their own horn – fast – to turn strangers into customers, investors or part of their network. To learn from their best practices, remember that your audience is busy, so you have less than a minute to make meaningful connections, establish credibility and showcase your talent. Use […]

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