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Strategy Articles

The Most Important Digital Ad KPI

Today’s the day! Can you feel the excitement, the suspense??? You’ve waited for weeks (at least two), and you’re ready to get the results of your investment. That’s right, it’s time to log ...
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What Does a Grand Rapids Marketing Group Know About Economics?

Marketing and economics go together like... Peanut butter and jelly Laverne and Shirley Mac-n-cheese and ketchup  Okay, so maybe not everyone agrees that all of those things go together, ...
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Content Marketing = Demand Generation. 3 Areas to Tackle Today.

What is essential in your morning routine? A piping hot cup of coffee is likely involved, but what else? And I mean further than just a piece of toasted bread. What are you doing while you ...
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From Video to Victory: How to Maximize the Use of Videos Within Your Marketing Strategies

78% of people watch online videos every week. Are you using video to maximize your marketing strategy?
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4 Things That Make 1 Bold Step Different From Other Marketing Agencies

According to Statista, “In 2015 there were more than 13.3 thousand [marketing/advertising] establishments in the entire United States.” That’s a jaw-dropping number and can make choosing ...
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The Fundamental First Step of an SEO Content Strategy

Good Content Isn't Enough for SEO You know it, I know it, the whole digital community knows it: content is king. It’s impossible to consistently rank without content that’s relevant and ...
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Maybe You Don’t Need a Marketing Staff

Is it possible that you don’t need an in-house marketing staff? I’m going to make the case that for small B2B companies (under $10MM) you might be better off outsourcing most, if not all, ...
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4 Focus Areas When it Comes to Marketing Automation

Many companies have had to adopt a digital approach to marketing recently and have had to adjust the way they handle their go to market strategy. And in order to adopt a more digital ...
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Maximizing Your Investment in Marketing: Habits For Continuous Improvement

Marketing isn’t something you do once - there’s no “set it and forget it.” In this business, you slide backwards when you’re not continuously improving. And with the growth rate of new ...
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Top 4 Types of Marketing Consultants. Do You Have the Right One?

Hiring a marketing consultant can be tricky in today's digital landscape. Terms like "marketing operations," "martech," "agile marketing," "SEO," and "inbound marketing" are all new things ...
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Marketing Takes Time, So Start Now: A Real-World Example

We recently had someone reach out to us for marketing help in Grand Rapids. You may be thinking “So? You’re a marketing agency. That’s what people should be reaching out to you for.” And ...
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How to Align Your Marketing Plan with Your Strategic Plan

Our team recently kicked off a webinar series, titled "Q & A with A & J." We wanted this series to be different from most webinar series. A lot of times, a webinar is just one-sided where ...
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