Branded House vs. House of Brands

What your brand architecture means for your business Ever gone house hunting? If so, you may have been asked by a realtor about your style preferences. Mid-century ranch? Colonial two-story? Cape Cod or bungalow? Whatever your taste, the architecture of a house is what speaks to you. It tells you how the house is built and what you can expect...

Do You Have Trust Issues?

  How to manage and market your online reputation for better consumer relationships   Joan Jett didn’t give a &$%# about her bad reputation, but those of us in the business world don’t have the same luxury. Our reputation can draw customers in… or turn them off before we’ve even had a chance to prove ourselves. Our online reputation is...

Truthing in Advertising

Reaching your audience in the post-truth era of alternative facts One of my favorite marketing soothsayers is Rohit Barghava, a former Ogilvy exec-turned-bestselling-author, whose annual books on the latest marketing trends are consumed by more than a million readers. Each year, Rohit compiles a list of trends that he curates over the course of the year, based on a number...

Automation, AI and Machine Learning

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Going to Impact Your Business Will 2018 be the Year of the Robot Revolution?   As owner and CEO of Willow Marketing, I do my best to stay on top of the latest industry trends. In our increasingly fast-paced, tech-evolving-at-the-speed-of-light society, that’s not always an easy task. One thing is becoming increasingly clear: today’s evolving...

Happy 10 Year Anniversary, Kim!

She was young. Only a couple of years out of school, but smart and driven. As President of the American Marketing Association, I needed someone on the board to serve as VP of Collegiate Affairs. Someone who would really kick-start efforts. And she did just that. Within a year, she helped to revitalize or initiate several collegiate chapters for us resulting...