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7 Elements of a Cohesive Brand Messaging & Identity Strategy

Your brand is what people say, think, and feel about your company, products, and services. Brand positioning defines who you are, who your customers are, and how you solve their problems. Once you have developed your brand positioning and messaging, you need to be consistent with your brand identity. Staying consistent with your brand builds recognition, trust and credibility for your company.

The Key to Powerful Content: A Strong Brand

We hear the success of content marketing strategies: speaking directly to a target audience, web traffic, lead generation. We want those results and we want them now, so we jump to developing content – webpages, white papers and presentation slides – often skipping the backbone of that content: a strong brand identity.

4 Brand Differentiating Questions to Ask

Brand positioning and messaging is a critical component to your business because it tells your buyers who you are and why you're different. The positioning process and the way it hones and defines your company's brand, tone, and differentiators help align executives and stakeholders and often later dictate decisions as broad as website hierarchy and overall content strategy.

5 Steps to Take After a Brand Positioning and Messaging Project

How To Share Your Brand Message

Content Reuse: Repurpose, Revamp and Reap the Benefits

As busy marketing professionals, we all juggle projects and wear many hats in our organization. It can be hard to find the time and inspiration to create new content every week.  At the same time, your marketing strategy prompts you to produce quality content consistently, while also publishing new ebooks and white papers quarterly. So, what's the secret to producing quality content while still getting the rest of your work done? Repurposing and revamping valuable content saves time and money while still driving results. 

15 Tips To Demystify Product Naming

So you’ve developed a new product for your technical industry - spent hundreds of hours and undergone multiple rounds of revisions and beta tests, figured out your pricing and distribution model – and now it’s time to bring it to market.

How to Create a Product Positioning Statement

You’ve put in the countless hours to perfect your product, and worked hard to develop an effective product launch plan. You’re almost ready to execute and go-to-market, but you still have one big step to complete before you write the news release headline, pick your keywords for SEO, or design your new webpage. You need to define your product’s brand.

How to Create a Compelling Brand

Your brand story is the narrative of your company. It’s what should flow off your tongue to describe the problems customers face, the solutions you provide, and the results your solutions bring.

10 Keys to Success as a Technical Marketing Manager

To be a successful technical marketing manager, you need to understand how to apply marketing best practices in the context of a nuanced technical audience.  If you’ve hired a technical marketing manager, pass along this information to help your new staff member understand the breadth and depth of technical marketing. Or, if you’ve just been hired as a new technical marketing manager, congratulations! Here's a jumpstart to your job: research from hundreds of engineers that shows how they search for information and how they want to interact with marketing and sales. These 10 keys – which focus on brand, positioning, website plans, content marketing strategy, and awareness and loyalty campaigns – will strengthen the skills and knowledge you need to be a successful marketing manager in a technical, B2B company:

Your 2018 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.