Tag: messaging


Apr

04

2016
Nothing Happens Without Engagement

K-12 Marketing Rules of Engagement

K-12 marketing strategy sets the direction that aligns with business goals. Marketing tactics creates the roadmap to achieve those objectives. But nothing, nada, happens without educator engagement. Engagement is multilayered, and has to satisfy a myriad of requirements. Here are some of the notables: Be a Storyteller  The best marketing tells stories. Those stories are most effective when they tell how educators’ lives are improved...

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Mar

24

2015
K-12 is a whacky market

Purchasers, Users, Influencers: Sorting Out the K-12 Market

I’ll just come out and say it.  K-12 education is a whacky market.  Typically, if you market and sell curriculum products, the person who purchases your educational solution doesn’t use it, and probably doesn’t even understand it (Purchasing/Business Office). The stakeholders (Superintendent/District Curriculum Director) generally have nothing to do with its implementation or use. The implementers (teachers) frequently — and oftentimes mistakenly — aren’t targets...

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Aug

22

2014
Your blogging workstation.

Should You Blog for Business?

It’s another in a line of naggingly tough questions.  What color to paint the house?  How can such a small toddler make such a big mess?  Should my business have a blog? No easy answers.  But if you determine that it makes sense to take the plunge and become one with the blogosphere, the benefits can be significant.  Here are five reasons why you should:...

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Jun

29

2014
Your Personality is Showing.

Your Personality is Showing: Don’t Let Boring Messaging Kill Good Marketing

Regardless of what you market, from ball bearings to particle accelerators, you communicate with people, not companies. People don’t want to be talked at. Like you and me, people want to be talked to. We don’t want to hear another blatant sales pitch. We want to know that our needs are understood and can be met. And we don’t want to be bored. Having a...

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Feb

13

2014
Demos do this.

Bragging Rights: 5 Tips for Using Demos as a Marketing Tool

We all know that proper positioning of our products is essential. But for a strong and lasting business, even the most brilliant positioning will never take the place of showing off your great offering using demos. When you have great product, bragging rights apply. So use demos to showcase your offering while building awareness and understanding. Product demonstrations hold enormous sway in the sales cycle,...

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Feb

04

2014
5 Ways to Keep Your Messages Simple.  And Effective.

5 Ways to Keep Your Messages Simple. And Effective.

When you keep your communications simple, you’re creating access. And clarity. And that allows your core message to be heard louder and clearer. It’s the difference between being on point. Or rambling around its peripheries. The KISS principle certainly applies to messaging, as it does to most things we do in life. But when we create outbound communications, there sometimes exists a habit to “kitchen-sink”...

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Jan

26

2014
You can win here.

K-12 Education Marketers: Arm Your Reps with a Winning Sales Presentation

It’s marketing’s responsibility to make sure the sales team is fully on message, so provide them with a top-notch, killer sales presentation. With one at their disposal, one that they can used in nearly all selling situations, then you’ve made important strides to maximize your sales potential. So what are some attributes of a really great, highly effective presentation? Adaptibility. If you design your presentation...

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Jan

09

2014
So where did all my customers go?

The K-12 Marketing “End Zone”: January through April

January is the “beginning of the end” for all of us who market to K-12 and rely on funding from school budgets. It’s the start of what can be termed the K-12 marketing “end zone.” January through April. It’s during that period of time when we aggressively market our wares to align to an incredibly and at times intolerably rigid purchasing cycle. If tapping school...

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Dec

11

2013
Pedaling Awareness

Can You See Me Now? How to Increase Brand Visibility.

“Authentic brands don’t emerge from marketing cubicles or advertising agencies. They emanate from everything the company does…”  ― Howard Schultz A brief story on visibility. In 2000, Bell Atlantic rebranded to Verizon Communications. What seemed to have taken place in the span of a few days was a full-scale rebranding, and to a brand no one ever heard of — what’s a “Verizon?” An immediate...

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