You interviewed the subject matter experts, did your research, wrote an outline and drafted the piece. The detail is captured correctly and you’ve told a complete story. Unfortunately, it has all the appeal of the ingredients list on the back of a cheap can of soup. 

Don’t beat yourself up. It took...

Is there a better way to close out the year than by taking home a couple of coveted marketing and public relations (PR) honors? Perhaps. When a co-worker suddenly announces their regal lineage and makes tenuous claims to a British castle, you know you’re finishing big. 

First, the awards.

For the...

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love getting together with friends and family and having an excessive meal. Then it’s leftovers and football for the rest of the weekend! 

That said, with the holiday upon us… hang on, keep reading… this article will not be about all the things...

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I swear Bob and I invented buzzword bingo. He was the toughest art director ever and I don’t mean critical or demanding; he was “I’ll kick-your-ass” tough. One day he announced he could beat any of us at any sport. I challenged him to an arm wrestling match, betting him five bucks I could “lick...

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Finding and hiring the right agency is often a difficult decision. How do you know they’ll deliver what you and your marketing team need? Will they be enjoyable to work with? Just how many proposals and pitch sessions do you need to make your selection?

Once you’ve made that decision, the real work...

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Congratulations, you’ve received your 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)! You’ve worked for weeks, months, perhaps even years to get to this point, and I’m sure you can’t imagine working on one more plan – but you do need a marketing plan for your FDA clearance.

You...

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Marketers sometimes have “shiny new object syndrome” and rush to test out new channels. Yet, for all the hubbub around emerging digital marketing tactics and ways to address the latest and greatest social network, you can’t discount the classics. 

I understand the appeal - it’s like conquering the...

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Public relations (PR) and marketing agencies used to be two entirely separate entities and disciplines. However, companies began to recognize that budgets can stretch further – and awareness can climb higher - when stories are told through a mix of earned, owned, paid and shared media. Ever since,...

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There are no shortcuts to good marketing. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I strongly believe it.

Sometime within the last five to 10 years, the meaning behind the term “growth hacking” has morphed into an excuse to use hacks (sometimes more closely resembling tricks) to achieve growth at any...

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It was around 1990 and I was working in broadcast advertising for a large discount department store chain. I was in a recording studio casting voice-over talent for a series of television spots and needed a gruff CEO-type voice to personify a product.

I don’t recall the exact item, only that it...

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My spouse recently introduced me to Pitchfork’s Over/Under. If you’re not familiar with the cheeky interview series, it “prompts artists for their take on random selection topics, begging the question: Is it overrated or underrated?” 

After watching DJ Khaled’s take on important worldly topics like...

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Consumers love podcasts, so it was only a matter of time before marketers started launching them to promote their businesses. A survey from IDG, CMI and MarketingProfs found 64 percent of technology marketers increased their use of audio/visual content in 2018. A report from HubSpot in 2018 noted...

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I recently returned from HIMSS19, an annual pilgrimage for anyone and everyone involved in healthcare IT, medtech and really any sort of innovation in healthcare. The industry descends on sunny Florida to network, demo the latest and greatest, hear from regulatory agencies on new rules and...

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I admit it. I was somewhat taken aback when I stepped inside the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando recently for HIMSS19, the world’s largest gathering of healthcare IT leaders.

Don’t get me wrong: I thought I knew what to expect. Working in PR and marketing, I had previously long-supported

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