How do your digital marketing assets portray your benefits?

By Jay Bretzmann   |   January 15, 2019

As a young writer, the parable of the blind men encountering an elephant made an impression on me. The story is all about how someone without sight would interpret a being they encounter. Divorced a bit from reality by their lack of sight, the blind men had to rely on what they could feel.

First-time visitors to your website

Something similar happens when visitors visit your website for the first time—no matter that they can see and read.

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Add a Fresh Coat of Paint to Your Marketing Assets

By Jay Bretzmann   |   January 9, 2019

If you’ve ever sold a house or are looking to do so, one of the first things people will tell you is to add a fresh coat of paint—to just about everything. New paint is bright. It covers up dirt and generally forces you to repair a whole bunch of dings, scratches, and other flaws that make a house look older.

The same is true for your marketing assets.

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This year’s big security threats—sort of

By Tim Lord   |   January 8, 2019

If you’re inclined to ease into the new year with some IT security predictions for 2019, there’s no shortage:

Here are 10 from Tech Radar, five more from Security Boulevard, and another four from BetaNews. (I prefer TechCrunch’s snarkier approach.)

Are you selling the right data security basics?

The kicker is that even though there are new and more complex threats each year to keep up with,

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Digital marketing: Align your strategy, brand and message

By Tim Lord   |   December 12, 2018

strategy diagram

Every once in a while, I hear someone put the em-PHA-sis on the wrong syl-LA-ble, and it distracts me to the point where I miss the meaning. The lesson? Messages need to be clear and delivered correctly. (With bonus points for brevity!)

Your name in lights

Similar disconnects happen when an organization’s digital marketing messages clash with its established brand. It’s something people know when they see it.

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Why does free software need paid advertising?

By Tim Lord   |   November 12, 2018

Why does free software need paid advertising?

Someone who emerged from a decade-long nap beneath a technological rock (decades-long, really) might be shocked to see how much of today’s IT landscape, from programming  languages to  virtual environments, infrastructure standards to critical networking software, and even entire operating systems, belong to no one.

Or at least, belong firmly to no single, particular person or organization—and are freely available to try out,

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DeLaune and Associates Wins Nine MarCom Awards!

By Amy Valentine   |   November 6, 2018

World-renowned International Competition Receives 6,000 Entries Annually

AUSTIN, TX—DeLaune and Associates, a digital marketing firm, has won nine awards for marketing materials in the 2018 MarCom Awards competition, an international awards program that recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals.

DeLaune was awarded a Platinum, four Gold and four Honorable Mention awards for marketing materials that included a digital survey, infographics, interactive white papers,

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Automating your marketing efforts? Keep diversity in mind to exceed expectations.

By Brian Silverman   |   June 6, 2018

A colleague and I were discussing marketing automation solutions and I commented that without careful implementation automation can make a company’s marketing efforts seem too much like Netflix. Netflix is great at delivering movies and bingeable TV, but it’s not a model that works for everything. Without care, market automation can aim marketing messages too narrowly—they’ll only hit those already inclined toward a given offering. How? If advertisements or tailored search results only reach the most likely prospects,

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There’s always something new to learn – and new ways to learn it

By Ernie Wood   |   May 29, 2018

School’s in at DeLaune & Associates. Every few days, we’re called on to learn something new. Blockchain? Check. Robotic process automation? For sure. How about the banking, insurance, food and automotive industries? Or the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation? Of course.

We read up on the topic and interview experts in the field. Then we write and design marketing collateral. It feels a lot like writing term papers in college—especially the part about footnoting white papers.

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Writing about technology for business

By Tim Lord   |   May 8, 2018

Skip the hype—favor humanity

Some roadway signs have an irritating quality: they’re only useful to people already familiar with the road they mark. A turn-only lane appears suddenly—too late to safely get back in the forward-going lane. Or an ambiguous sign makes it hard to tell which way you need to exit, or how far you’ll need to detour around a construction area.

That same frustrating quality crops up frequently in descriptions of new technology.

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Content is King: A Successful Blog Strategy is Key to Success in Digital Marketing

By Brian Silverman   |   September 13, 2017

An important strategy in achieving social media marketing success is providing valuable and relevant content. Here at DeLaune & Associates, we specialize in assisting clients in building a foundation of valued content that is on message, on brand and of interest to our clients’ target audiences and personas.

The Wild West age of digital marketing is all about delivering content with increased speed, agility and regularity. The information you share should be engaging while supporting the wide variety of social media,

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