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It takes the right “mix” of ingredients to put something on the menu. How these ingredients are put together, however, is what creates something special. It’s this “special sauce” that helps make it stand out from the crowd and keeps people coming back for more, again and again. Let’s just say this specialty is a …

There is no shortage of lists outlining how to create great content. But the truth is, great content is both art and science. And while, the checklist approach to quality ensures that content is on “brand” it doesn’t mean it’s high quality. Focus groups and copy testing are designed to help predict performance, but if …

You don’t know s#!t from Shinola! Ever heard that saying? This World War II-era colloquialism caused a movement to revive the American watchmaking industry and with it bring to Detroit yet another chapter in its storied history in manufacturing. This year at SXSWV2V, I was fortunate enough to interview Shinola president Jacques Panis live on …

Digital spending will exceed TV spending, one-click lifetime purchases coming soon!, wearables and increased focus on mobile millennials and “dad” buyers — these are just some of the trends identified by the market leaders who made the cut as “Brand Innovators 40 Under 40 Class of 2014.” “Digital spending will exceed TV spending. The tipping …

Everyday, I hear three words on repeat from marketers: acquisition, nurturing, retention. The interesting thing is they are often spoken about in silos rather than as components of a total process that is in some parts linear and in other parts cyclical. Today’s leading-edge marketers are the ones speaking about the total Customer Lifetime Experience. …

“She’d be great for the role, but I’m concerned that she seems to job hop every few years.” “He’s the perfect candidate. The only red flag for me is he seems to change jobs every couple of years.” “I love her experience, but she doesn’t seem to stay at one place very long.” I’ve heard …

Social media is easy. Really, it is. Send a tweet. Build a Facebook page. Let your website visitors pin your content. It’s very easy. We see companies executing these initiatives every day. But, a collection of social media initiatives, is not social media at scale. Social media at scale? Yes, social media at scale. A …

As we close Q1 of 2014, I can’t believe we still don’t have a truly enterprise social platform, one that connects the dots and allows users to take in the big picture from a single vantage point. We have no shortage of platforms, which function like tools that go into a toolbox. Ask a social …

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by Brandon Gutman
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Brandon is an expert connector and seasoned business development professional. As Principal of Brand Approved, he's led the advisory to become the bridge between brand marketers and best of breed service providers that are reshaping the industry.

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    • Simply put, people prefer to do business with those they like and trust—the definition of the word relationship.
    • Social marketing is less about driving traffic and more about attracting people.
    • Your most important prospects are you current customers.
    • Remember... everyone influences someone.
    • In todays Social Age any small business can market themselves by making a "Time" commitment vs a "Capital" commitment.
    • When marketing and engaging, don't just think effective, think appropriate. The upside and downside.
    • A brand will become critically valuable to consumers if they invest their personal brand and resources in it.
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