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Research & Strategy: Together or Separate?

  Recently, I got into a little debate with a market researcher I’ve known for years. He said, “Don’t you think marketing research and strategy should be kept separate? Clients should be outsourcing market research to one objective firm. That way it won’t be compromised or biased to support a certain strategy.” I always had…

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Marketing in Lean Times

When the Going Gets Tough, Let Marketing Maintain Your Strength When the economy falls on hard times, the first move of many business owners is to cut back — and one of the most common places to do so is the marketing budget. This is an ill-advised move that will definitely lower your profits. Maintaining…

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Why Build a Newsletter List?

5 Reasons a Newsletter List is Valuable to Any Business   When we talk about social media marketing, there is often a heavy focus on Facebook and Twitter, and blogging. I sometimes think that the potential value of e-newsletters is overlooked. Here’s why I’m of the opinion that your newsletter list has value that can’t…

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Social Media: New Town Hall 

Following the last Alberta election, there was a lot of talk about how social media had been a better predictor of the election results than polls leading up to election day. This may have had a lot to do with the fact that polling ended four days before we voted, but it’s also true that…

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Tweets for Sale?

Twitter Amping Up Sale of Data The announcement that Twitter plans to supply user data (not the private parts like direct messages, mind you) to marketing firms like Klout and companies including IBM, Oracle and Salesforce.com has me pondering both privacy on social media, and the possibilities for marketers and consumers. This Twitter announcement is…

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