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MARKETING MATTERS

Branding Tips

Branding tips can be helpful when you don’t know where to start in building your brand. Building a “brand” is something few people will have to deal with in their

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The Importance of Facebook Ads in 2017

Although Facebook is one of the older social media platforms it continues to innovate to stay current with its users. While it is true that Snapchat, Instagram and other social networks have been growing more rapidly over the last year than Facebook, they definitely haven’t overtaken the social giant. At the end of 2016 Facebook was at about 1.18 billion daily active users. This far exceeds Instagram’s 600 million and Snapchat’s 161 million. Regardless of being a 13-year old company, Facebook continues to grow due in large part to their ability to adapt and innovate.

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Being Informed is the Real Key to “Cutting Edge…”

It seems that we all know those two or three people that seem to effortlessly and legitimately know something about everything. These are the people we quickly grow to hate or depend on for the answers to all of our menial inquisitions throughout the day. Ever wonder how they do it? They probably just made an effort.

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Establishing Your Website Budget

Your marketing budget will vary depending on your industry—but all the experts agree it should be between 2% and 12% of grosssales.

In other words, if you’re a $1 million company, you should set a budget somewhere north of $20,000 and up to $120,000 pending your industry and other factors,  to market and promote your brand .

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Blogging-What’s a B2B Company to Do

Blogging-What’s a B2B Company to Do? If you’re responsible for marketing or business communications at a B2B company and you’re still on the fence about incorporating a blog into your business-aligned communication strategy, this post should be of interest. HiveFive, a Cambridge, Mass.-based internet marketing software solutions company, has released the results of a marketing research survey that suggests many business-to-business companies don’t fully grasp the business opportunities associated with blogging. Some, in fact, see it as a resource drain. Hence, the title of this blog “Blogging-What’s a B2B Company to Do?”.

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Foster a Loyal Customer Base: 3 Reasons Why

We all know that loyal, long-term customers are the lifeblood of most businesses. Current customers are less expensive to sell to than potential customers, and they are often your personal army of advocates.

Here are 3 specific reasons to take the time to foster your loyal customer base:

-They are a great source of referrals of potentially good customers.

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Avoid Common Rebranding Mistakes

Smart companies know a brand must evolve over time to stay relevant. Some of the top reasons for a rebrand are:

*Respositioning the company or one of its products(Target did a great job at this.)

*Move the brand upmarket(Looks like Ford is trying to do this. I’ll reserve judgement on whether it is successful or not.)

*Communicate a new message or fundamental change(Starbucks is not just coffee, as evidenced in their rebranding.)

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“Trends” with Benefits

Finally, a trend that actually pays benefits. Businesses know they have to follow market trends to remain relevant, and we have watched the “green” trend grow and evolve over the past 20 or so years. Here are a few benefits you can enjoy when you “go green” in your practices:

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Organic Social Media Management

Learn how to effectively use social media to build your brand and cultivate a loyal fan base.

This consultation includes the following components:

Interview: Element212 will review:

  • Your current social media platforms
  • Competitive analysis
  • Target market analysis

Recommendations:

  • Social media posting strategy
  • Content overview strategy
  • Strategy evaluation
  • Develop followers
  • Tools & Resource recommendations
  • Quarterly review
  • Consistent branding across social media platforms

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Learn how to optimize your website and improve your website’s ranking in search engines such as Google.

This consultation includes the following components:

Approach: Element212 will provide:

  • Keyword selection strategy
  • Step-by-step instructions to maximize on-site optimization for your content
  • Tips on where to place and link keywords on your website
  • 2 high-quality backlinks

Recommendations: You will receive:

  • An actionable strategy for improving on-site and off-site SEO
  • 3 & 6 month check in and recommendations

Full Brand InsightsTM Research

Duration: 7-9 Weeks

We’ll take an in-depth look at your brand, communications & buyer’s journey to devise a comprehensive marketing strategy that works.

This consultation includes the following components:

Interview: One-on-one interviews with team members & customers or clients to uncover:

  • Company S.W.O.T.
  • Company Goals
  • Internal/external perspectives
  • Brand perception gaps
  • Customer persona
  • Differentiators
  • Internal & External expectations
  • Customer buyer’s journey
  • Perceived value and benefits
  • High value

Survey: Online customer & team surveys

Analysis: Current marketing audit

  • Marketing Collateral
  • Website
  • SEO
  • Content

Report & Recommendations: In-depth overview of your customer’s and team member’s brand perceptions along with a comprehensive marketing strategy and a Gantt timeline for the following:

  • Integrated marketing communications
  • Ongoing marketing messaging
  • Website audit
  • Brand positioning
  • Digital advertising

General Marketing Strategy

Duration: 14 days

Ready to step up your marketing? We’ll identify opportunities and develop a plan that capitalizes on those findings.

This consultation includes the following components:

Interview: Half-day team interview to uncover:

  • Company growth goals
  • Company S.W.O.T.
  • Brand expectations & voice
  • Company differentiators

Survey: Online customer & team surveys

Analysis: Current marketing audit

  • Marketing Collateral
  • Website audit
  • SEO audit
  • Content audit

Report & Recommendations: Data gathered to bridge the gap between customer & company perspectives with insights to shorten the sales cycle. This report includes marketing strategy recommendations and a Gantt timeline for the following: Website Social media Print marketing Digital advertising Public Relations

Agile Brand InsightsTM Research

Duration: 5 days

We’ll take a look at your brand and identify opportunities for the advancement of your marketing efforts.

This consultation includes the following components:

Interview: Half-day team interview

Survey: Online customer & team surveys

Analysis: Current marketing strategy

Report & Recommendations:
High-level overview of your customers’ & team members’ brand perceptions along with marketing strategy recommendations and a Gantt timeline.

Buyer's Journey Research

Duration: 3 days

We’ll help identify your customers’ buyer’s journey and how you can influence their purchasing decisions.

This consultation includes the following components:

Interview: Up to 10 customer interviews

Survey: Online quantitative customer survey

Analysis: Secret Shopping (when applicable)

Report & Recommendations: Insights into the decision-making process your customers go through when researching, considering, and ultimately deciding where they make their purchase. This report also includes marketing recommendations along with a Gannt timeline.

Internal Team Communications

Duration: 7 days

Let’s take a look at your team’s internal and external communication processes and identify opportunities for improvement.

This consultation includes the following components:

Interview: Half-day team interview

Survey: Online anonymous team survey

Analysis: Secret shopping (when applicable)

Report & Recommendations: Insights report showing gaps and opportunities for internal communications & processes and marketing recommendations with a Gantt timeline.