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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Oct 21, 2014 12:43:00 PM

How to Use Video as a Marketing Tool

The Benefits of Video Marketing for B2B Companies

video_iconAre you struggling with your company’s content strategy and social media strategy? Video is an effective way to elevate your social media plan and hook your viewers. Several of our clients are asking us to integrate video into their websites and social media and here’s why we recommend doing it.

A short video (up to two minutes) is an opportunity to tell your company’s story. We recently updated our website and by embedding a video on the "About RainCastle" page, we were able to tell our story in a new way. Within seconds, prospective clients and employees gain insight into our culture and team, even some of our technologists who often work behind the scene.

Video shows how your product or service works. In less than a minute, by showing a demo, a video can explain how a new technology or product works. Our client, AirStrip Technologies, creates medical software that allows healthcare providers to monitor patient data on their mobile devices. They use video to demo and promote the exciting new technology they've developed - technology that enables clinicians to interact with and respond rapidly to clinically relevant patient health information.

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Tags: marketing / B2B / branding / email marketing / lead generation / content creation / video / content marketing / trends / blogging
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Oct 16, 2014 8:18:00 AM

The Secret World of Social Media Strategy

Entering the social media world without a clearly defined strategy is full of perils. Clients who come to us for branding or a website or marketing programs sometimes want to throw in a little social media, lest they be left behind or miss out on an important channel.

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Tags: marketing / client relationships / branding / social media / content strategy
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Sep 22, 2014 8:55:27 AM

Why Messaging is so Important for Successful B2B Marketing

Branding is Lead Generation’s best-kept secret. And what is “Messaging” if not the public face of your brand?

When clients and prospects approach us about a lead generation campaign or website, they’re seeking a way to cut through the clutter of similar sounding competitors or the perception of market monotony. Sometimes, they have a target number of leads in mind, or some idea of a marketing campaign to achieve goals, and usually a tight time frame for achieving results.

In these situations, the success or failure of marketing campaigns and websites often comes down to one thing — Messaging —finding the right concept and meaning that will authentically express the value of their brand and engage with customers to make a lead convert.

Here are some compelling reasons for you to focus on your brand messaging before launching a marketing campaign or website:

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Tags: marketing / B2B / branding / brand messaging
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Aug 27, 2014 3:27:00 PM

What Is a Content Strategy?: How Planning Simplifies Your Marketing

Businesspeople understand the need for a market strategy, some understand the need for a brand strategy but relatively new on the marketing landscape is the need for a “content strategy.” So, what is a content strategy, why do you need it and how do you create one?

Having a content strategy is at the heart of what makes a website a lead generation tool vs. a static brochure-ware experience. Initially, the driving force behind corporate websites was that the technology existed to create them and that all of one’s competitors had one. The recipe for creating a website became standardized:

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Tags: marketing / content creation / website / content marketing / content strategy
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Jan 6, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Seeking A Higher Algorithm

I've never been one to announce my New Year's resolutions, but this year is different. This year I resolve to abolish the whole idea of New Year's Resolution in favor of "Seeking a Higher Algorithm." Let's face it, there is an algorithm for everybody and everything, making us all increasingly predictable. As a marketer I am a contributor to this revolution via the data-driven marketing practice known as "Personalization." In this week's Sunday Business section of The New York Times, I was reminded of personalization that targets... me, which I have to admit I found a little irksome.

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Tags: marketing / technology / content marketing
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