Liz Schaefer

Business is transforming at the intersection of marketing and technology, and you can be sure that when technology, media and creativity are merging that Liz Schaefer, Vya's Director of Client Engagement, will be in the middle of it! In this blog, Liz will discuss the opportunities and challenges technology presents to today’s marketer.
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Recent Posts

How to Foster a Marketing Culture at the Local Franchisee Level

Jan 26, 2017

Running a local franchise business requires a broad skillset. From day-to-day operations management, customer service, accounting and business planning, to HR, inventory control and facilities management—franchise business owners wear many different hats. For many franchisees, one hat that never seems to fit quite right is that of marketer.

That’s not to say that franchisees lack an understanding of the importance of marketing and promotion to the success of their business. In fact, in a recent survey of franchise SMBs by local media researcher BIA/Kelsey, franchise owners reported more than half of their business is derived from promotions.

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Tags: localized marketing, marketing productivity, marketing resource management, local marketing automation, franchise, streamline marketing, scale local marketing, franchise marketing software, getting franchises to do marketing campaigns, turnkey marketing campaign, local marketing resource management

Step Up to Creative Production Management that Won’t Leave You in an Abandoned ‘MOOD’

Nov 29, 2016

If you’ve been managing your creative projects with IBM’s Marketing Operations OnDemand (MOOD) system, previously known as Unica Marketing Operations OnDemand, you might be feeling abandoned since IBM announced it plans to end support for the product on June 30, 2017.

Instead of feeling abandoned, how about feeling supported? Vya has a great alternative for MOOD users. Our Vya creative production systems enable users to seamlessly route, approve and track progress on creative projects. Even better, we just announced a new release of the system with an upgraded user experience and enhanced reporting capabilities.

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Tags: creative production management, MRM, marketing resource management

Local Marketing Insights Could Be Hiding in Your MDF Funds

Apr 21, 2016

There are many industries that use some form of MDF, co-op, or local advertising funds. Whether it is manufacturing companies selling through dealers or franchisors selling through franchisees for example, these industries who don’t sell directly to consumers can find it challenging to get a complete picture of their customer at the local level. Fortunately, by effectively managing and tracking how local marketing dollars are being spent, you can gain marketing insights that you may be missing today:

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Tags: localized marketing, local marketing, MDF funds, local marketing budgets, sales support, sales and marketing alignment, MDF marketing, marketing budget management, co-op dollars

3 ways to engage franchisees in local marketing efforts

Nov 24, 2015

Franchises face unique challenges when it comes to local marketing. They are reliant on local owners to share corporate-supplied marketing campaigns and messages, but are not always able to measure effectiveness, or even tell if franchisees used materials provided.

That can be a big problem. If franchisees aren’t engaged in marketing strategies and techniques, then customers aren’t receiving carefully crafted materials – representing a loss to revenue and a waste of time and money spent creating campaigns that never get used.

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Tags: localized marketing, local marketing, franchise, franchise marketing, marketing strategies, marketing techniques, how to market franchise, distributed marketing, franchise marketing best practices, Drive sales, through-channel marketing, franchisee marketing, franchise marketing campaign

5 tools to ensure brand consistency across local markets

Nov 11, 2015

Brand consistency is more than just typeface, logos and colors. It’s about delivering a brand experience with your products, services and people that customers begin to expect and anticipate. That consistent experience ultimately helps your brand stand out from competition and drive sales.

Make the path to purchase easier with a consistent, compelling brand experience across local markets.

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Tags: brand consistency, franchise, brand loyalty, brand development

Curious about co-branded campaigns? Here are four factors for success.

Aug 17, 2015

Have you been hearing more about “co-branded” campaigns lately? It’s with good reason. Co-branded marketing campaigns can increase your reach and introduce you to new audiences, and drive brand awareness and sales.

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Tags: manufacturing, insurance, marketing resource management, co-branded, co-branded campaigns

Looking for a MRM partner? Ask these questions first.

Jun 29, 2015


If you’re evaluating marketing resource management (MRM) solutions, you’ll find there are many aspects to consider beyond just features and functionality.

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Tags: marketing resource management, Hiring an MRM partner, getting started

5 tips to fine-tune your email marketing and reach local audiences

Jun 19, 2015


Email marketing has a high return on investment. It’s a great way for local franchises to connect directly with consumers in their markets—and whether you’re sharing news about a specific event or communicating as part of a broader campaign, email marketing can grow brand loyalty, generate leads and boost sales.

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Tags: email marketing, email, marketing resource management, franchise

Support local sales requests, efficiently

May 14, 2015

 

As marketers working closely with local sales channels, you already know those teams on the ground are key to driving sales with consumers.

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Tags: marketing resource management, marketing fulfillment, sales support

Solving local marketing challenges may be easier than you think

Apr 16, 2015

 Marketing resource management (MRM) isn’t exactly a topic of most business conversations. In fact, most people don’t even know the solution exists or understand how it can solve marketing challenges and help them reach business goals.

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Tags: MRM, localized marketing, marketing resource management, co-op funds, MDF funds, print, local marketing challenges,, systems

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