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Site Building 101

Having a web presence for your business is crucial. Billions of internet searches are conducted each day. Eighty-one percent of people do online product research before purchasing. And online research is part of the buying process for 89% of B2B researchers. A web site is one of the best online marketing tools you can invest…

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A Good Fit: the Agency-Client Relationship

When a prospective client first reaches out to us, they may or may not know what they’re looking for in an agency—but over the past 24 years, we’ve gotten pretty good at knowing, instinctively, when there’s going to be a good mutual fit. So while a prospect is interviewing us, we’re interviewing them right back.…

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Authenticity and the Brand Promise

If you follow us on Facebook, you may recall that we recently shared a post from Seth Godin’s blog where he defines authenticity as “consistent emotional labor.” Seth’s definition resonated with us, particularly as it can be applied to a company’s brand. An authentic brand is one that is consistent, both in words (their brand promise)…

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Filling Empty Seats: The Ally Creative Staffing Program

If you found yourself with an open seat in your marketing department tomorrow, where would you go to fill it? Would you post the position on your web page, or take out an ad in your local paper? Maybe you’d share it on social media. You might ask other employees if they know anybody who…

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Why Infographics Work

Infographics have been a trend in internet marketing since the early 2000s, so it stands to reason their popularity must be fading, right? Wrong. Sure, we’ve reached a point where they’re being abused, either as clickbait or by companies who are just using them because they’re trendy. But used properly, infographics are still an effective…

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Graduates: How to Get Your Foot in the Door

It’s that magical time of year when recent graduates appear en masse looking for work. Armed with your shiny new diplomas and fresh resumes, you take to the streets (okay, more realistically, the internet) in search of gainful employment in your field of study. As a business owner, I receive dozens of these solicitations every…

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Email Crimes & Misdemeanors

I spend a lot of time reading email messages, and I bet you do too. It seems we’re in good company—the average person receives about 75 work-related emails daily. We all know the basics of good email communication—but when you’re up to your eyeballs in unread messages, it can be tempting to break some of…

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Harnessing the Power of Personas

If you’ve been paying attention to marketing trends, you’ll know that the hard sell is giving way to a kinder, gentler form of marketing: content marketing. And at the heart of the best content marketing is storytelling. But one story isn’t right for everyone. Just as you wouldn’t expect a kindergartner to be interested in…

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The Cure for the Summertime Blues

Unless you’re a teacher, summer break becomes a thing of the past as soon as you get your first full-time job. And while there are advantages to working during the summer (a shorter commute thanks to not having to slow down in school zones, for example), we sometimes find ourselves longing for those carefree days…