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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 1, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Five Reasons You Need an Agency and Five Reasons You Don't

I've spent considerable time as an agency owner putting myself in the shoes of our clients and prospects to better understand when an agency like ours, or any agency — creative, brand, web, inbound marketing, etc.— is the right investment and when it isn't; here are my insights.

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Tags: marketing / B2B / branding / website / brand / inbound marketing
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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 Aug 5, 2015 8:30:00 AM

How to Become a Marketing Mind Reader

My mother taught me how to write. My father taught me how to defend myself (verbally). Art Center College of Design taught me how to present my ideas. But none of these venerable resources taught me how to read minds. What does mind reading have to do with marketing or design: practically everything.

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Tags: marketing / web design / B2B / branding / rebranding / brand / design and business / Web Design Strategy / Marketing for Consultants / branding for websites
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Jul 22, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Do We Work On Your Business or Your Website?

The other day, I saw a website for an agency that uses the tagline, "We Work on Your Business, Not Just Your Website." I related to the line's strategic positioning and have to admit to being disappointed that I hadn't come up with it myself.

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Tags: marketing / web design / B2B / branding / brand messaging / design / rebranding / website / brand / taglines
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