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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Nov 25, 2015 7:47:38 AM

Five Reasons for Putting the Thanks in Thanksgiving

There's no shortage of things to be thankful for, which seems especially apparent in a year when the world has gone mad. In the professional realm this year, five things make for a sustainable difference, for which I am thankful.

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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Oct 21, 2015 7:30:00 AM

To Build Your Online Brand, Start with "Buyer Personas"

If you're in the marketing field, you've probably heard of "Buyer Personas," but what are they exactly, and why do you need them?

For fans of the Showtime series, Homeland, you may have seen super sleuth antihero, Carrie Mathison, sitting cross-legged, surrounded by an array of suspect's photos, including bios, histories and known associations. These are personas. In the case of "Homeland," these are Terrorist Personas. Fortunately, we live in the less perilous, yet often elusive world of marketing, but share Carrie's need for a deeper understanding of our targets; what they look like, what they like and dislike, where they congregate, what they read and who they associate with on a regular basis.

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Tags: B2B / branding / rebranding / brand positioning
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Sep 30, 2015 11:03:25 PM

UX and UI Design vs. Web Design: What's the Difference and Why Should You Care?

So, you have a project and you need the right digital agency but it's getting harder and harder to understand what various agencies do. The language they use to describe themselves is full of acronyms and insider references; while nearly all sell themselves as web designers, quite a few claim to specialize in UX design and then there are some that do UI design. Sound a bit confusing? In this post, I will briefly address each of these disciplines, explain the differences between web design, UX design and UI design and why it matters to the clients that hire these designers.

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Tags: web development / web design / design / UI design / UX design
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Sep 18, 2015 9:27:01 AM

How to Develop Quality Content

I read a solid post from the folks at Impact titled, What is Quality Content? It was predicated on the idea, "Quality content is evergreen; it stands the test of time and keeps people coming back for more." The post provides a useful set of rules, that when followed, enable one to fulfill this description of "quality content."

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Tags: marketing / copywriting / content creation / content marketing / Quality Content
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Sep 9, 2015 8:34:55 AM

Trump and the Power of the Tagline

Amidst the blow-by-blow coverage of Donald Trump, and by association, the other candidates (including Democrats), there has been surprisingly little said about the 2016 candidates' taglines and their impact, or lack thereof, thus far. This post should not be construed as an endorsement or opinion of any candidate, just their brand strategies as represented through their use of campaign taglines.

To understand the power of a tagline, look no further than Barack Obama's success in 2008 with his two taglines: “Hope” and “Change We Can Believe In.”

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Tags: brand messaging / rebranding / brand / differentiation / taglines
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