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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Aug 18, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Five Reasons Starting with a Concise Brand Strategy Will Save Your Website Project

You are in charge of Marketing. Your competitor just launched a new site. And it's good. They have case studies, testimonials, video and interactive diagrams. What's even more disconcerting is that they are telling a compelling story with a point of view. Their copy is solid, design is modern; They got their branding right. 

Your CEO is not happy, wants to see something done about it and wants results fast... but within a budget. How do you get it done?

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Tags: web design / B2B / branding / brand messaging / design / rebranding / brand / brand positioning / analytics
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Jun 2, 2015 8:25:00 AM

Is Removing Top Navigation a Web Trend to Avoid?

For the most part, I'd answer yes, but at the same time, it may be inevitable.

By the time a web design trend is recognized as such, it is a fait accompli, and practically all new sites begin to look the same. Take a look at the most recent web trends such as Parallax scrolling, long scrolling pages, use of icons, full bleed images, infographics and the list goes on.

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Tags: information architecture / SEO / user experience / mobile / design / design trends / responsive design / navigation / trends / mobile web / analytics
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Feb 9, 2015 8:29:00 AM

SEO is a Process, Not a Project

I was looking over the analytics for our blog, Driving Rain, the other day and noticed that several posts had garnered particularly high traffic. For example, in conjunction with the website design work we've done for Clayton Christensen and Innosight, I had written a blogpost about how we applied Professor Christensen's "Jobs-to-be-done" methodology in creating his website, which has been among our most popular, at least by the standard of "number of visits." Another popular post we wrote was in conjunction with our website for Jim Stengel, former CMO of Procter & Gamble, which also drew a large number of visits.

Neither Clayton Christensen nor JimStengel were in the original list of keywords for our website, but upon viewing our analytics we learned how popular they were as keywords, hence the increased traffic they brought our way. Our end result has been an increased number of leads from other companies, including consulting companies, interested in the kinds of services we provided Messrs. Christensen and Stengel.

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Tags: SEO / analytics
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Nov 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Best Practices for Generating Quality Leads and Growth for B2B Companies: A CMO Discussion

Chief marketing officers have never had it easy. In today’s tight economic climate and with transformational shifts in marketing technologies and trends, some would say the job of CMO is tougher than ever. But those same shifts create exciting new tools and opportunities for reaching and motivating B2B buyers.

Mike_MitsockIn this conversation with seasoned CMO Mike Mitsock, we explore his thoughts on meeting today’s challenges and practical approaches for creating strong brands and generating measurable growth.

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Tags: B2B / creativity / inbound marketing / digital marketing / CMO / healthcare IT / analytics
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