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Strategic Philanthropy

The Road to Hell for Any Brand Is Paved With Guaranteed Marketing Results

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Great marketing is iterative and subject to lots of variables. "Guaranteed results" are inherently time limited and the negative economic bias that's set up at the outset means there is no budget or time for iteration.

Fight Content Smog to Win Fame, Fortune and Your Dog's Undying Love

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Scratch any millennial geek today and "disintermediation" will bubble to the surface immediately. For good reason. Our world is being redefined as never before. It's the new digital world order and here is quick review for brands in need of refreshment.

Speed to Market is Essential for Success in the Digital Age

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

There's an old Gypsy saying heard around the campfire: "speed can be a friend or your enemy." This is so applicable to small to mid sized companies today. Rapid change and global markets are defining how business grow and compete.

African Philanthropists and Community Members Help Lead the Fight Against Ebola

Jane Wales | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Jane Wales

It is easy to feel helpless in the face of such a tragedy. But we are not. And African philanthropists, and Africans with lesser means, have shown the way.

Great Content Is Embedded in Your Business DNA

Lee Traupel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Involve your entire organization whether it's five or fifty people: great content ideas come in all shapes and sizes: admins, customers, channel partners, sales, support, customer service and/or exec staff.

Fight Content Starvation With Savvy Publishing Tactics

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

So, you just uploaded some great content to your blog post and shared it across you social accounts expecting a signal back from the universe. But nothing: a ping with no echo.

Four Critical Marketing Strategies for Growing Your Business

Lee Traupel | Posted 11.18.2014 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Digital Oxygen starts and ends with design, with smart content woven into the mix. What's on your critical short list and what can you pushback til...

Tech Nirvana: Don't Take a Knife to a Gunfight

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Today's shiny markets wrapped in social media and buffed with billion-dollar valuations are a false line on the horizon for non-tech-savvy brands. ...

Creating Content is About Grit, with Little Glory Early On - Be Tenacious

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Terabytes are written about how to create great content every day. It all flows from a few simple attributes. Cut to the chase, tell a story, find a...

If Your Web Site Is Driving Marketing Strategy, You Are in Trouble

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Too many businesses fail miserably at good web site design. Every web site is a living/breathing digital asset and has to be developed accordingly. Your business is just homesteading on social media platforms but you own your web site.

Using Google Alerts for Brand Monitoring and Competitive Intelligence

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

In today's modern spy vs. spy world there is no better 1.0 tool than Google Alerts - the Swiss Army Knife for content sourcing, spying on competitor...

Standing out in a Content Drenched World

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Every business needs to stand up and out in today's content drenched world. Social media economies of scale starts with your staff. Whether your five or five hundred strong, look around the office or review the org chart.

Build a Movement, Not a Brand

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Crowds are never a good thing for business unless it's outside your front door. How do you stand out in today's tech drenched smartphone in hand world full of noisy content?

Viral Fun Is The New Philanthropy 2.0

Forbes | Ryan Scott | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact

More than $100 million. That’s how much the ice bucket challenge has raised for ALS, courtesy of three million plus people. According to the ALS...

Why Brands Have Kicked Traditional Marketing to the Side of the Road

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Digital has clearly usurped traditional marketing methods. Remember the ubiquitous fax machine? To be successful, your businesses must understand ma...

30-Plus Apps that Will Help You Grow Your Business and Leverage Technology

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.07.2014 | Technology
Lee Traupel

In our work building marketing stacks for clients we use an ever-changing suite of apps and products. Here are 30 of our favorites with a functional...

The Best All Frills, No Chills Way to Build Brand Awareness

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

A buyer persona identifies who you are targeting with marketing initiatives. It's the go-to foundation of all your marketing. You may have more than one.

Web Site Design Killers Lurk in the Shadows & Conference Rooms

Lee Traupel | Posted 10.04.2014 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

The easiest part of web site design is the design itself. Sounds like an oxymoron but it's not. The real holy terror smacking brands and design agenc...

How GoPro Is Redefining Brand Immersion in Today's Tech Drenched World

Lee Traupel | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

As the web morphs to a more visual medium, creative storytelling is moving front and center as way for brands to build engagement and virality. GoPro...

Saving the World, DIY-Style

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

My general philosophy is to do some real good in the short run, while learning how to scale that up in the long run -- to the entire planet in maybe 20 years. I'm also very committed to helping people from the bottom up, to give people a break that rarely get one, and to help give a voice to the voiceless.

Marketing Sages are an Endangered Species for Good Reason

Lee Traupel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

I can't believe the amount of content targeting small business rhapsodizing the endless rewards bigger brands are generating with social media marke...

Future Proofing Your Brand Strategy

Lee Traupel | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

"The future has already arrived. It's just not evenly distributed yet." William Gibson Future proofing your brand strategy is a constantly moving tar...

Ten Ways to be a Mythic Content Whisperer

Lee Traupel | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Rule #1 - blog with the absolute best content you can produce, don't waste valuable time or resources on social media until your business has 30-50 blog posts completed.

5 Key Tactics for Improving Your Marketing Platform Strategy

Lee Traupel | Posted 10.23.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Every business today, regardless of size needs a marketing platform strategy to get your content "heard" on the right social channel.

Philanthropy-Yoga

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

What is the optimal way to use your money? The answer to that will likely change over time, encouraging effective donors to keep posing - and answering -- questions. But you shouldn't worry. It's like a kind of philanthropy-yoga: regularly asking deep questions about giving helps donors stay flexible as well as strategic.