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Frank Lloyd Wright: Branding Master

Rockford is home to a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian house, the Laurent House.

A man of many hats, Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect, interior designer, writer, educator and visionary. Yet, until I read "Frank Lloyd Wright Was A Great Architect–But He Was Even Better At Branding," I had not put much thought into how the renowned architect really had a knack for branding.

Just like the iconic “swoosh” is synonymous in your mind with Nike, if you’re familiar with Wright’s work, you seem to know it when you see it! Although his building designs evolved over his career, much of his work is immediately recognizable -- the horizontal lines, open floor plans and custom furniture and furnishings.

His brand, however, extended beyond buildings. His brand encompassed his philosophy on design, industry expertise, customization, level of service and persona. His brand, like any, was more than what he made or the services he offered.

John Williams of Entrepreneur once offered a simple explanation of branding, "Your brand is your promise to your customer. It tells them what they can expect from your products and services, and it differentiates your offering from your competitors. Your brand is derived from who you are, who you want to be and who people perceive you to be."

From his over the top models and distinct product to his well-known persona and beliefs, Wright was selling more than buildings. He was establishing a differentiated presence in the market.

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Website Re-Engagement Best Practices

Re-Engagement

How can I increase my website conversions or site engagement? Or how can I capture a few more email addresses or leads each month through my website? These are challenges marketers ask themselves on a daily basis. One method we have found effective is re-engaging website users with pop-ups that appear based on pre-defined user patterns. This method is called website re-engagement: Re-engagement pop-ups are everywhere these days and most are annoying at best.

Website re-engagement works when done right. And to do it right, evaluating user experience is crucial. Study your analytics to identify user behavior patterns and then set your set behavior criteria conditions. For example, if a visitor shows interest in a particular service or product, but does not take inquiry or purchase action, you can set a condition to display a pop-up offer. Again, the goal is to increase website conversion, whether to sign up for your newsletter, fill out a contact form or complete a purchase.

An important note to remember is Google penalizes websites that implement re-engagement on mobile devices. So, make sure your re-engagement pop-ups are disabled on tablets and phones.

I suggest giving website re-engagement a try to see if it makes sense for your organization and marketing goals. It has worked for KMK and our clients very well under the right conditions.

Website Re-Engagement Case Study

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United Airlines and Their PR Facepalm

United Airlines and Their PR Facepalm

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you’ve no doubt seen the uproar caused by an incident where a United Airlines passenger was forcibly removed from a flight just prior to takeoff. The situation led to international backlash, countless jokes and Internet memes at United’s expense.

To make matters even worse, United CEO Oscar Munoz released an initial statement that was criticized by many as tone-deaf and insensitive. It also contained one of the most infamous made-up words of all time, stating his regret when United Airlines had to ‘re-accommodate’ their customer.

As with most high profile PR blunders, the blowback from the United Airlines incident wasn’t so much about the removal of the passenger itself, but the company’s seemingly apathetic response. Munoz eventually changed his tune, however, and apologized for the situation, labeling it as a “mistake of epic proportions.”

Eventually public outcry will die down and the event will be remembered as an embarrassing blemish in the company’s history. However, for the time being, ‘United Airlines’ is just about synonymous with ‘root canal’ or ‘telemarketer.’ Here are a few other well-known PR goofs that might make the folks at United feel a little bit better about their jobs.

Phillip Morris touts the financial benefits of death from smoking

In 2001, tobacco giant Phillip Morris published the results of a study that outlined the positive financial impact of early deaths due to smoking. The study examined the economic benefits from smoking deaths in the Czech Republic – stating that smoking “resulted in a net gain of around $147 million, including saving between 943 million and 1.2 billion korunas (about $24 million-to-$30 million) in health-care, pension and public-housing costs due to the early deaths of smokers.” Not surprisingly, the company was grilled by media outlets around the world and eventually apologized.

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Style guidz? Grammar rules in marketing and advertising and when to break them

Style guidz? Grammar rules in marketing and advertising and when to break them

“Eat More Chikin.” “Got Milk?” “Eat Fresh.”

English teachers and grammarians alike groan when they see these slogans, and fellow marketers like me give the brands a nod of approval for their cleverness. These ad campaigns are all grammatically incorrect but are memorable and appeal to their audience.

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Leverage Demographic and Socioeconomic Data to Make Sound Marketing Decisions

Leverage Demographic and Socioeconomic Data to Make Sound Marketing Decisions

Whether, researching the best area to place your marketing dollars or identifying the best location to open a new business, Census Business Builder Small Business Edition is a wonderful resource to quickly gather data on your market. And it is free. Census Business Builder, is a tool that leverages various demographic and socioeconomic data to help marketers make sound business decisions.

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Dove’s 2017 “Real Beauty Pledge”: A demonstration of social responsibility and effective storytelling

Dove’s 2017 “Real Beauty Pledge”: A demonstration of social responsibility and effective storytelling

Eleven years ago, Dove’s “Evolution” video went viral. The 60-second video illustrated how lighting, make-up and Photoshop completely transformed a model. It was compelling and eye-opening for consumers, yet did not sell a product. Instead, it supported Dove’s social mission and resulted in becoming one of the most shared and talked about videos of the year.

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What Exactly is Fake News?

What Exactly is Fake News?

The term ‘fake news’ has been thrown around quite a bit since the 2016 presidential election – so much so that it’s getting more and more difficult for people to distinguish what ‘fake news’ actually is.

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Feeling Fenced In?

Feeling Fenced In?

If you’re feeling fenced in, it’s probably because you are.

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So We Eliminated Staff Meetings. Now What?

So We Eliminated Staff Meetings.  Now What?

What company can survive without staff meetings?

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Shopping goes social & the right media mix

Shopping goes social & the right media mix

This is not an endorsement for Target or the Cartwheel app but an observation of exceptional marketing. 

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