Where to Begin Your Design

From a Marketer’s Viewpoint

Over 25 years ago, when I was beginning my career in marketing, I decided to take a few design courses at night in Baltimore, where I was living at the time. The school, now called Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), taught me many important lessons—which at that time were tailored to a physical or print world, but which are still applicable to this day in the digital world.

First, space is space. And while marketers like to fill that space with words and images, white space (the blank area in between images) are equally as important because they give context to and define the actual design, guiding the viewer’s eye from what is primary to what is secondary in priority. The human eye cannot view everything equally or all at once. It’s that simple.

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Thursday Thoughts:
Relationship Marketing Part 2

When a business is just starting out, relationship marketing can seem intimidating. Here are our suggestions on how to incorporate relationship marketing in the early days of your business:

Utilizing Relationship Marketing strategies as a new Business:
  • Research competitors to see who they are targeting and how. From this intel, determine your target audience.
  • Think like your ideal customer. Ask yourself:
    • What type of content do they want to see?
    • What type of marketing campaigns do they typically engage with?
    • What are their pain points that we can solve?
    • What are their pain points with their current provider of the product/service?
  • Learn from your ideal customer. Ask current and prospective customers questions to begin the relationship and help to rationalize your marketing plan moving forward.
  • Engage with customers and prospects on social media. This is a more casual introduction, and everyone loves a shout-out!
  • Develop a database to use in email marketing and cold calling. Maintain the relationship throughout time by continuously reaching out to this database. Initially promote brand awareness, later focus on what’s specifically important to each customer.
  • Start with brand awareness and then get more specific using data. Start with more generic brand awareness to get the message out there and acquire clients; once you have some data begin sending more targeted messages to your customer segments and follow up with a sales call.
  • Request reviews on Google and Yelp to continuously get feedback and foster the two-way street relationship.

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Happy 25th Anniversary to Markitects

Let’s start at the beginning:

You could say that marketing for technology products officially started in 1984 (when I was just starting my career in marketing) with the mind-blowing Apple Computer Super Bowl ad—clearly a watershed moment for Apple, if not the entire industry. The meteoric rise of Apple, Microsoft, IBM and other technology leaders of the day incited a revolution—and the eventual birth of an entire industry—one comprised of hardware, software, distribution, service, and R&D companies of all types, started by individuals and financed by the venture capital community. Who wouldn’t want to be part of these exciting times?

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Thursday Thoughts: Relationship Marketing

What is Relationship Marketing?

Relationship marketing is a strategy designed to build and foster long-term relationships with customers. The goal is to establish customer loyalty for repeat sales; however, these customers also tend to act as good referral sources.

Think of brands you use and purchase from repeatedly. You have a relationship with these companies as they continue reaching out and selling to you. In comparison, there are companies you may buy from only once and never hear from again; you may not even remember their names.

In B2B marketing, we use traditional marketing in certain instances, but relationship marketing in others. We work with many companies that utilize us for the strategy and execution of their traditional marketing, but also have us oversee and aid in relationship marketing, alongside their sales team.

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Thursday Thoughts: Backlinking

To wrap up the month of February (and hopefully winter) here is our recap of our favorite Wednesday activity, SEMrushChat! This week’s discussion focused on the importance of trustworthy links in your SEO strategy.

First, let’s define what this means. Search engines’ ranking algorithms focus on a variety of different metrics to determine authoritativeness, relevancy, and trustworthiness of a website. One of these metrics is backlinking.

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Thursday Thoughts: PPC Audience Targeting

Every Wednesday, Markitects participates in SEMrush’s Twitter Chat. This week’s discussion focused on how to take advantage of PPC audience targeting.

Here are our top takeaways:

1) Some key audiences to include for general campaigns are:

  • Audiences consisting of previous visitors to your website, especially those from high buyer intent pages like a RFQ page
  • Audiences based on demographic reports (i.e. from Google Ads & Analytics)
  • Audiences consisting of individuals searching for specific terms that align with your campaigns’ keywords and ads

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Markitects Featured in Forbes’ “Drive Your Brand With Creative Messaging: 12 Expert-Recommended Tactics”

Forbes features Markitects in their article, “Drive Your Brand With Creative Messaging: 12 Expert-Recommended Tactics”. A strong, creative message is essential to brand awareness. Markitects’ approach to creative messaging: Meet With Customers Face-To-Face. Learn more about Markitects’ approach, along with insights from other experts in the industry, in the article below.

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NCCPAP Influences Redacted Data Policy

In December 2018, NCCPAP participated in a conference call with the IRS concerning issues affected by the IRS redaction of transcripts. Upon initially hearing about the IRS redacting proposal, a few months ago, NCCPAP immediately suggested the IRS simply put the unredacted information into the taxpayer representative’s e-Services secure mailbox. NCCPAP is proud to announce that effective January 7, 2019, Wage & Income (W&I) transcripts can be obtained in an unredacted format.

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New at Proconex: AccuTEST Safety Valve Test System

The AccuTEST Safety Valve Test System is a fully automated in-situ test system that utilizes a computer-controlled electric motor in conjunction with system pressure to verify set point. AccuTEST accurately determines if a valve lifts within set point tolerance and if the valve seat is tight, giving you the peace of mind that your safety relief valves will perform when needed and protect your plant assets and personnel. See AccuTEST in action at Atlantic Valve Services, Proconex’s valve service operations center.

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