The Global Digital Economy

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By Brian Silverman   |   August 8, 2017

The global digital economy is opening new opportunities for companies big and small, by increasing connectivity to their clients, enabling tailored customer offerings, and streamlining relationships with suppliers, all of which can sharpen responsiveness to changing markets and increase customer satisfaction.

The consulting firm McKinsey shares in their report “Digital globalization: The new era of global flows” that there is a shift toward globalization as businesses enter “a new phase defined by soaring flows of data and information.”

Companies can respond to the global digital economy as a threat—or as an opportunity to innovate and lead in their chosen markets.

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Finding and using the right statistics in marketing

By Laura Lambeth   |   August 4, 2017

As marketers, we are always searching for the latest statistics on various issues. For us, it usually centers around the technology world. Data security, BYOD challenges, the prevalence of cloud application usage, and the list goes on.

As an agency team, we had the pleasure of helping prepare the 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index for publication to a global audience. It was a thrilling experience, as the data that’s compiled each year has been gleaned from world–renowned researchers.

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Simple tips for successful webinars and presentations

By Brian Silverman   |   July 14, 2016

Lessons learned pre-internet era still apply

By Brian Silverman

In the ‘90s, I had the pleasure of helping create the IBM Internet Briefing Center. I was part of a group of subject matter experts who were hired to become the hosts and presenters for IBM solution presentations at the beginning of the Internet era.

Because the team came from the field, labs, and development centers of IBM, we attended what we fondly called “charm school”

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Budweiser Renames Itself

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By Sara Rider   |   May 25, 2016

When a company decides to rename an established brand, it’s a big deal. Thousands of hours of research, strategizing, and creative thought go into the final decision—as well as a whole lot of money to launch and support the new name.

Now one of the iconic brands in America—Budweiser—has taken a new approach to rebranding, changing the name of its flagship beer from “Budweiser” to “America.”

A new beer for summer

Beginning May 23rd the new bottles and cans were available in stores throughout the country.

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Advertising and Sports: What Will Be the Impact of the Rio Olympics?

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By Sara Rider   |   May 12, 2016

It’s now less than 86 days till the 2016 Summer Olympics open in Rio de Janeiro on August 5th.

No matter what story lines unfold with polluted water, deadly mosquitoes and the inevitable doping scandals, companies will be looking for ways to use the cache of the Olympics to build their brands. But is the promotional impact of the Olympics limited to those companies with big budgets and a direct sports connection?

Building your Brand

If your company doesn’t have an obvious tie-in to sports and you lack the big bucks budgets to pay for high-dollar endorsements,

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Would an Open-Plan Office Space Work for You?

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By Amy Valentine   |   May 4, 2016

A look at the pros and cons of open-plan office spaces

Many millennial start-ups and cool advertising agencies have open-plan office spaces. Sometimes these are cubicle designs with partitions dividing up the workspace, and sometimes the design features desks or tables with no screens or dividers at all. Where did the concept of open-plan office spaces come from in the first place?

According to an interesting article by the BBC News Magazine,

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The Changing World of Social Media

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By Sara Rider   |   April 14, 2016

What’s in, what’s out, what to consider when you plot your Social Media strategy

Twitter. LinkedIn. Instagram. Facebook. The world is full of social media options. But what is best for your business? Should you commit staff time and effort to all of the options (Tumblr anyone?), or should you focus on a few of them?

The reality is that the world of social media is changing. It is a vital part of any organization’s communications strategy,

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Has Social Marketing Replaced In-Person Meetings?

By Brian Silverman   |   March 14, 2016

Meet me in Las Vegas!  Can Digital and Social marketing replace in-person meetings and events?

We all live accelerated lives. We are emailing for work, for home, for school. We log onto Facebook and Twitter to share our days. We are so busy with social media that when we hear the digital marketing experts talk about the importance of digital and social marketing, it’s easy to believe that in-person contact is not as important as it used to be.

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Listen Up: 100 Podcasts to Check Out (Beyond Serial)

By Barbara Goutelon   |   March 10, 2016

Podcasts have been around for many years, but they never really seemed to be for me. The format seemed tailor-made for road warriors or long-distance runners (of which I am neither). Then, there came Serial. You may have heard of it?

In late 2014, all over social media, my friends and acquaintances were consumed by the “did he or didn’t he?” questions of the murder case at the heart of Season 1 of Serial.

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InterConnect 2016 Underscored the Value of Connection

By Renee DeLaune   |   March 4, 2016

Going to a conference? Wear your walking shoes and mingle, connect, and be inspired.

 

Last week, I was at IBM InterConnect 2016, one of the largest technology conferences in the world. It was just me and 23,000 other people—and a lot of walking and talking!

Let’s be honest: conferences are hard.

At this one, IBMers, customers and Business Partners were on the move all day,

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