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Why You Should (Probably) Turn Your Service Into a Product

Service-based businesses have limits. Often, those limits are based on the capacity, location and talents of a core group of employees.  If you’re targeting significant growth or acquisition, those limits could hurt you. For businesses trying to rapidly scale, they can represent critical faults.  Think of it this way: Would a plumber or a plumbing…
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Marketing: Internal Branding and Workplace Culture

Former Facebook Executive and Co-Founder of Arrive Hotels and Restaurants on Internal Branding and Workplace Culture Internal communication in your company is just as important as your B2B external communication with clients and customers. Think about it: Why do you think Microsoft just paid $1.2 billion for Yammer, a digital social enterprise tool that allows…
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Allocating Marketing Budgets in 2020: a Data-Based Approach

In our last post, we looked at using data to set your 2020 marketing budget. Now, we’ll look at what the data says about how to allocate that budget. Like our last post, we’ll be combining data from several industry surveys, along with our own experience. Those surveys are Gartner’s “The Annual CMO Spend Survey…
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A Data-Based Approach to Setting Marketing Budgets for 2020

By looking at several studies on marketing budgets, we find out how much companies of different sizes and in different industries are spending on marketing. There are many factors that affect the ideal marketing budget for any individual company, but the core principles that we find are: The average large company spends around 10% of…
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3 Strategies to Calculate ROAS in Digital Healthcare Advertising

A large, multi-location healthcare organization came to us with a challenge: with a 6-figure digital ad spend, they had no idea what their ROAS (Return on Ad Spend) was. To put it another way, they didn’t know if their digital ad campaign was a money pit or a valuable resource. It’s a challenge we’ve seen…
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Tips From A Start-up Founder Turned Venture Capitalist

When Minnie Ingersoll left her dream job at Google, she went from founding the start-up Shift in her co-founder’s Bay Area apartment to successfully raising $200 million from Sand Hill Road, from seed funding all the way to Series D. When she recently moved back to Los Angeles, she joined TenOneTen, an LA-based venture capital…
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5 Friday Coffee Meetup Presentations to Watch Right Now

When Friday Coffee Meetup started, we never imagined that the gathering of 12 like-minded professionals would grow to include over 6,000 members. But grow it did. Since its inception, our little group of techies, business folks and innovation pioneers has blossomed into a full-on phenomenon — largely because of the impressive roster of speakers that…
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Creating an Effective Link Building Campaign

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Links are important. Like really, really important. In the modern age of digital advertising, link building has become an essential part of any successful marketing campaign and SEO strategy. On top of that, link building is a key ingredient to a healthy growth strategy, as it…
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Dive Into Subscription-Based Success

Let’s face facts: we live in a one-and-done society where people rarely go beyond dipping their toe in the water of your brand. Sure, they know the deep end is full of rewards and benefits, but they’re hesitant to commit beyond that first experience because there could be something (or someone) out there with a…
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