Author: Bonnie Harris

Google changes "Trademarked words" policy By Joy Gendusa, CEO of Postcard Mania, a direct marketing firm Google Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising can be a great addition to your small business marketing arsenal. It allows you to build brand awareness and generate leads by displaying targeted ads to prospects on any of the millions of websites within the Google Display Network. However, it can be a complicated process. There are 4 ways that you can maximize the benefits of PPC marketing to build business growth. Let’s take a look at them...  1. Organize campaigns into niche keyword groups

Here’s the  last of a small series of blog posts by Jeanne Bradford, a innovative leader with a track record at AOL, Cisco and Apple. Jeanne shares her wisdom and advice for accelerating innovation in today’s business environment.  B. Below is a sample of the results of a Social Innovation Readiness Scorecard.  The boxes in grey indicate those areas where the mean value is less than 3.0.  The team will want to consider further preparation in these areas before launching a social implementation to increase the likelihood of success. By analyzing the results of the self-assessment and collecting any further information, the facilitator should be able to create an an action plan. Your organization will have a prioritized list of initiative areas to improve the readiness of your social innovation efforts. Jeanne Bradford                   The Benefits of The Social Innovation Readiness Scorecard
  • Provides a new methodology for accelerating innovation and time to market in your product development organization

Here's the second of a small series of blog posts by Jeanne Bradford, a innovative leader with a track record at AOL, Cisco and Apple. Jeanne is a brilliant new product marketer and manager. She shares her wisdom and advice for accelerating innovation in today’s business environment.  B. 

How to get started using social innovation

When companies first applied social media to their enterprises, there was a big rush to implement a social strategy. Unfortunately, many companies stumbled because they jumped before they really understood the framework they needed to be successful. They needed new tools, processes, roles & responsibilities, and decision-making models for successful implementation. Getting the most out of social communities also requires changes in how organizations share information and make decisions. It’s critical to understand these nuances to optimize the effectiveness of this methodology. We developed the Social Innovation Readiness Scorecard to quickly solve this problem and allow the management team to provide their organization with their best chance at success and ensure that you get the most out of increasing the quality of ideas while accelerating the rich collaboration that leads to groundbreaking innovation.

I'm thrilled to host a small series of blog posts by Jeanne Bradford, a innovative leader with a track record at AOL, Cisco and Apple. Jeanne is a brilliant new product marketer and manager. She shares her wisdom and advice for accelerating innovation in today's business environment.  B. 

Social Technology: The New Secret Weapon for Accelerating Innovation & Speed in Product Development

By Jeanne Bradford Never has it been more important to innovate on an accelerated timeline. Yet many companies are stuck in the myth that you cannot achieve both innovation and speed in new product development.  This is not true! Our research has found that you can get both by tapping the collective minds of your employees and your customers to ideate faster by using social technologies.  Many companies use social solutions in marketing and customer support, but they can also apply them to the product development process to increase both innovation and time to market. The most important aspect of applying social technologies to product innovation is the ability to create a “community” of technical thought leaders where they can share, build upon, and develop ideas. However, you need a methodology to prioritize and implement these solutions. You can apply social communities internally to harness the innovative thinking and problem solving across the company. You can also use them as an ideation and collaboration platform with your customers. For geographically dispersed organizations, social solutions are a superior method for gathering, evaluating, and managing internal ideas.  And there are several third-party social collaboration tools that are available from companies including Spigit, BrightIdea, Communispace and Innocentive, to help you collect and manage the new set of data that comes with social innovation. While similar to the concepts of Open Innovation, broader research demonstrates that applying social technologies can extend throughout the entire product life cycle.  The use of community can add value to innovation and accelerate product delivery beyond ideation to product design, testing and early feedback. The application of new social technologies in the product development space is a new approach for companies, and we see it becoming an increasingly important methodology. TCGen conducted a benchmark study to identify what companies are applying social technologies to product development and to identify emerging best practices.  Here are the key takeaways:

Mobile marketing is the latest trend in attracting more consumers to your products. People  are becoming more engaged in using  mobile devices in everything that they do from shopping, browsing for information, communicating with others and for entertainment purposes. There are unlimited things that you can do with mobile technology making it the best platform for marketing products and services.

Online marketers  invading the mobile platform in their marketing strategies. You can use mobile apps to build a brand and attract the consumer world using the mobile platform. But before you take a step in launching a mobile apps marketing, you need to know these 3 marketing strategies for mobile apps to reach your goals successfully.

Where does your audience get their information? One reason to really, truly know your audience is that the answer to this question is "Everywhere!" In the old days, we had print and TV (and only three channels) and signage and it was an easy bet as to where to place your messaging. Today's world contains everything from text messaging to billboards to social media. Chances are your audience is looking at about 7-8 different messaging channels a day. You've heard of many of the popular ones but others like a podcast ad or a GPS-enabled mobile banner may not be as obvious. Knowing your audience means you can identify trends. The younger the audience, the more they tend to change channels regularly. The older audience typically finds something they like and sticks with it.

When I ask someone about their target audience or client the first reaction is usually a blank stare.  Or they might answer "anyone 18-80!" in an enthusiastic bright tone. Unfortunately trying to market to "anyone 18-80" is nearly impossible. You really have to understand  the true sweet spot within your client base, particularly if you're starting on a content marketing campaign. What I've found is that with a little digging, most business owners really do know their client base pretty well. But they don't want to miss anyone who actually might buy something so they say "everyone". This is faulty logic because we can't market effectively to "everyone." Here are five way to help you identify your own client "sweet spot" without leaving anyone out: