SIX THINGS A NON-PROFIT CAUSE CAMPAIGN MUST HAVE

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By Jessica Cruz Although a non-profit’s main objective is to support a particular cause, it still must raise awareness of that cause to support it effectively.  Thus, non-profit brands face the same challenges as those encountered by any for-profit organization marketing products and services. They too, must compete with hundreds of other advertisers to gain attention and raise awareness of …

FOUR STEPS TO DEVELOPING A 360-DEGREE MARKETING STRATEGY

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  The world is in a state of constant reinvention that all too often can seem as intimidating as it is exciting. For many business owners – catching up with marketing trends, let alone trying to get ahead of them can seem a daunting task. However, the fact is, to stay competitive today every business must have a 360-degree marketing …

TARGETING THE ELUSIVE MILLENNIAL: INSIGHTS FROM AN INSIDER

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By Karl Langhans As a fellow Millennial, I’ve heard those from other generations express much frustration in regard to reaching my labeled demographic. We seem to be the most misunderstood and generalized generation to date. Greedy, impatient, wasteful, lazy. We’ve all heard such adjectives used to describe the Millennial. And with constant reiteration from the mainstream media, it’s easy to …

WARNING! ADVERTISING CAN BE DANGEROUS

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As a creative marketing agency we have an enormous respect and affection for TV commercials. But sometimes, in the wrong hands, an ad can do real damage to your brand, your reputation and your business. Such is the case with the TV campaign the American Intercontinental University (AIU) is now running. Here’s an example of an ad that misses – …

WRITING AN EFFECTIVE CORPORATE BLOG

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Corporate blogs are a wonderful, cost-effective way to educate your current customers, attract new ones and raise your company profile online. Here are some points to remember as you establish or perhaps, revamp, a blog for your company: A corporate blog should help your customers, not advertise your products. The primary purpose of a blog is to provide objective, useful …

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WHO MOVED MY CHEESE, A FABLE ABOUT CHANGE

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Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life,  by Spencer Johnson, was first published in 1998. It addressed the universal challenge of coping with change and the sense of insecurity that this creates. Of course, fear of the unknown has been felt by every generation and probably every species since ...

HOW TO GET MORE VALUE OUT OF YOUR AD AGENCY

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We’ve always been innovative and a step ahead of the crowd, – bucking trends, zigging while others zagged – and now we’re doing it once again by offering our customers valuable services for FREE! That’s right! While airlines are charging extra for the food, drinks and luggage they used to provide for free and doctors are tacking monthly concierge fees …

YOUR BRAND. IT’S MORE THAN JUST A LOGO.

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To many people (even those in marketing who should know better) a “brand” is a “logo” or icon that visually represents a company, association or organization. Sometimes this logo is enhanced by a one-line description of the company or its product called a “tagline.” But a brand – your brand – is much, much more than that. It’s what distinguishes …

A GREAT READ ON HOW THE WORLD EXPERIENCES YOUR BRAND

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Sometimes you come across a great article that you just want to share. That’s what happened to us when we read, “Embodying Brand in the Workplace” by Peter Conant in the latest edition of Work Design magazine. (Just click on the article to read it for yourself.) It’s on the importance of telling your brand story through your work site. …

CRUX CREATIVE BUILDS LOCALIZATION GIANT, WELOCALIZE, A NEW WEBSITE

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Crux Creative designed a fully branded, new website for welocalize, an international translation company headquartered in Frederick, Maryland. The twenty-plus page website features full screen imagery and sliders, contact forms, videos, blogs and job postings all in six different languages. The welocalize website is in English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese and is entirely mobile friendly. The site also …

PROTECTING YOUR BRAND

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“How Visible are you?” I usually take Hwy 50 into Lake Geneva but lately, due to construction, I have been taking the interstate to work. Aside from less traffic it offers a different view of Walworth County. During my drive I get to see the beautiful countryside and what it has to offer… including billboards. One billboard in particular stands …

TIPS ON BRAND STRENGTHENING

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Here at Crux we don’t like to call re-branding re-branding. Instead we prefer to call it a brand strengthening. We help companies improve and enhance their brands. It is our job to point out what is working and what isn’t doing so well for your brand and provide solutions as to how to fix the issue(s). Its pretty obvious what …

THE POWER OF BRANDING

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Before we get too far into this post, let me first clarify that no animals were hurt in the making of this blog post. This is because branding is not talking about sticking a hot piece of iron on an animal. According to Entrepreneur.com, branding is defined as “The marketing practice of creating a name, symbol or design that identifies …

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CAN DO FOR YOU!

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If you own a computer, watch television, or pay attention to the media at all, then you have heard the popular phrases, “friend me” and “tweets.” By now, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+ and even Groupon are common terms in our everyday language. These social network sites can provide the latest up to date news on anyone’s personal life, but …