Ideas for Grand Opening Event Success in a Distributed Marketing Model

Jun 09, 2016

Managing local grand opening events can be a challenge when you operate in a distributed marketing model. As a corporate marketer you want to support the success of the new location and ensure brand consistency. At the same time, you want to enable your local team the flexibility to create an event that resonates with their local market.

We’ve supported many clients’ local grand opening events. From franchisors facilitating new franchise openings to banks launching newly acquired local branches, here are some guidelines based on our experience:

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Tags: bank marketing, brand consistency, franchise, distributed marketing, franchisee marketing, grand opening event ideas

How to Scale Localized Marketing

May 12, 2016

Often we are approached by companies that are experiencing tremendous growth. Sometimes it’s a bank that has made an acquisition and is in the process of integrating many new bank branches into their corporation. Other times it’s a franchisor who has many new locations under construction or has several new franchisees under contract. It’s exciting to be part of a growing business; but it can also be stressful, especially for the corporate marketing department.

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Tags: bank marketing, financial services, localized marketing, marketing productivity, marketing resource management, local marketing automation, franchise, scale local marketing, franchise marketing software

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

Reduce Marketing Trash with Marketing Resource Management

Apr 07, 2016

Marketing collateral materials are an important prospect touchpoint: In a matter of seconds, they create a brand impression, convey your product or service’s unique value proposition, and ideally capture the prospect’s interest. Marketers invest a significant amount of resources in developing marketing materials. However, all too often these materials go under-utilized or unused by Sales, and tons of outdated printed pieces end up being thrown out.

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Tags: marketing ROI, print on demand, marketing resource management, marketing asset management, marketing systems, marketing resource management ROI, sales support, sales and marketing alignment, print management, marketing hub

Localized Marketing for National Brands

Mar 24, 2016

We’ve all heard it before: Content is king. But how are you getting the most out of your content? A big part of what makes content “good” is context – where is the content showing up and who is reading it? Did the audience discover the content on their own, or did the content find them? In other words, localization of content is incredibly important. Local sales channels need to be able to utilize messaging that’s directed toward their audience, not be stuck with a one-size-fits-all approach.

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Tags: localized marketing, local marketing, local marketing automation

Ensuring Brand Consistency in a Distributed Marketing Model

Mar 10, 2016

Overseeing brand consistency in communications with customers and prospects can be challenging for any organization, and especially challenging in a distributed marketing model. When going to market with a large, disperse sales force - including agents, branches, franchises or dealers - brand consistency across these channels is critical. Even details that may seem subtle, such as logo size, brand colors and the tone of messaging can dramatically impact how your organization is perceived.

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Tags: brand consistency, marketing resource management, distributed marketing

Interactive Displays: Revolutionizing the Customer Experience

Feb 24, 2016

By the time a customer walks into your location, he or she has already had multiple interactions with your brand, many of them online. They came in wanting something more – an experience that not only drives them to make the purchase, but form a deeper bond with your brand and your offerings. The fact they are in your location means they’ve decided to take the relationship with you one step further – what are you doing to engage them?

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Tags: customer experience, Retail, interactive displays

Distributed Marketing and Technology - Friend or Foe?

Feb 10, 2016

The onset of the Digital Age has added layers of complexity to the challenges faced by marketing leaders. For those in a distributed marketing environment, where corporate marketing and local sales channels simultaneously represent a single brand, the increase in complexity is exponential.

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Tags: marketing resource management, local marketing, distributed marketing

4 Steps for Localized Marketing

Jan 27, 2016

Making a local connection can be a good way to capture your audience’s attention. But, how do you effectively adapt your content to local buyers and markets? Below are some tactical steps for localized marketing.

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Tags: localized marketing, marketing resource management, local marketing, distributed marketing

New Systems Can Streamline Your Marketing Management Process

Jan 13, 2016

As many marketing professionals know, the marketing management process often gets bogged down in redundant, routine tasks. These tasks, such as tracking down approvals, locating collateral, managing budgets, do little to help you achieve corporate goals. To really make an impact on the business, marketers need to identify opportunities to automate insignificant tasks to free up time for strategic endeavors. Marketing resource management (MRM) systems are one example of a technology designed to optimize marketing workflow. Here’s your guide to opportunities for optimizing your marketing management process.

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Tags: brand management, campaign management, marketing resource management, local marketing, marketing operations, distributed marketing, marketing management process

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