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Rebecca Geier

Co-Founder and Brand Strategist

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Align and Inspire Stakeholders With Mission and Vision Statements

Just as companies develop a business plan to define their markets, their strategy to compete, and operational structure to succeed, it is an important idea for companies large and small to develop mission and vision statements. Done right, they can provide alignment and direction across the enterprise and inspiration for all employees and stakeholders.

Want to Market Against Your Competitors? Proceed Carefully

Remember when you were young, and there was that kid who spent more time dissing you or others than making something of themselves? Maybe you wanted to let them have it, but you knew (or maybe your parents gave you some advice) that it was best to take the high road and focus on your strengths and success.

The Leadership Chemicals: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Some Don't

What makes some teams pull together, while others totally fall apart? According to Simon Sinek it all comes down to instinctive human behavior. As leaders, we can all learn from this to create environments that draw out the best in our teams.

Part 2: 4 Steps to Develop Your Brand Message

This is part 2 of a blog series on brand positioning and messaging. In the first post, I explain the 10 steps to develop your brand positioning. In this next post, I explain how to use the positioning language to develop your brand messaging. It is recommended you read part 1 of this series before reading this post.

Part 1: 10 Steps to Develop Your Brand Position

This is part 1 of a 2-part series on brand positioning and messaging. In this first post, I’ll walk step by step through the process of developing your brand positioning. In part 2,  I’ll then talk about using the positioning language to develop your brand messaging.

Make Sure Your Ad Passes the 2-Second Test

The shift in marketing dollars to online advertising has changed advertising, but there is still a place for traditional print advertising. But it has to pass the 2-second test - the time a user will give to your ad before scrolling past it. 

Is It Time to Go Deeper with Your Buyer Personas?

Buyer personas are a critical foundational element of a sound marketing program. Getting agreement among leadership, sales and marketing about your company’s buyer(s) enables you to ensure every dollar and hour spent designing your website, creating and marketing content, or developing your trade show message delivers the exact kind of leads you need to drive growth. In lieu of defined personas, your efforts are less targeted and thus, less effective. Fortunately, with so much data available today about the buyer journey moving online, and the control shifting away from marketers and into the hands of your customers, many are leading the change to ensure their teams have their personas defined. 

5 Proven Tactics to Reach Engineers

At TREW Marketing, we work everyday to help deeply technical companies effectively market to engineers and scientists. Based on years of researching engineers' search, content and buying preferences, and working with companies across North America in industries from automotive to IIOT to implement content and inbound marketing programs to drive awareness and demand, we have put together this list of five proven best practices to follow. 

TREW CEO Challenges Marketers to Be Brave  

‘Be Brave: Say No to Grow’: TREW Marketing’s Rebecca Geier Shares How Narrowing Business Focus Widens Potential for Success 

Your Brand Position Mantra: Say No to Grow

As I was preparing for a call from a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, I paced back and forth in my son’s bedroom where my makeshift home-office was at the time. Our niece had moved in to our home in Austin from California, and we needed the extra bedroom. So, there I was, surrounded by LEGO-built spaceships and Hot Rod racecars, trying to come up with just the right sound bite - all my days in PR served me well on this fall morning in 2011.

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