Content Marketing is the Future of Promotion

Norbert Hobrath

ISSUE 16
I see a chasm between creating great marketing campaigns and maintaining great marketing and branding. It seems the world is focused on the next big creative idea. The ‘ice bucket challenge’ of the past year comes to mind. But what drives branding excellence? What makes people remember your company and your brand and keep coming back for more? It is content marketing.  Read more

Thinking Big Leads to Big Results

Norbert Hobrath

ISSUE 15
Now and then I write a case history on content marketing projects I’ve worked on where “thinking out of the box” or “thinking big” helped customers create a lot of buzz and interest for their products or events.  Read more

‘To Advertise or Not to Advertise’ in the Trade Press

Norbert Hobrath

ISSUE 14
For the majority of the world, when you talk about advertising, the images of those clever commercials come to mind as seen during the Super Bowl. They are expensive to produce, and each year the price seems to rise for the time slot. Some are memorable, some are not. (I personally still like that little Darth Vader boy in the Volkswagen commercial). Sometimes it seems the PR generated around the commercial delivers more punch than seeing it live.  Read more

Consistent Graphics on all Platforms Builds Brands

Norbert Hobrath

ISSUE 13
Want to get extra mileage for your branding efforts? Then make sure that everything you do has a consistent graphic approach.  Read more

JUST DO IT! (I did. It worked.)

Norbert Hobrath

ISSUE 12
Slogans. Catchphrases. Themes. Advertising jingles. Whatever you call them, they just snare your attention. Everyone can name dozens off the top of their head without even blinking. Do they work? Let’s see. I’m going to throw in my thoughts on slogans and when to use them. When I think back to my marketing classes in college, the professors drooled over topics like this.  Read more

Making the Most of Smaller Marketing Budgets

Norbert Hobrath

ISSUE 11
When I hear, “I’m melting. I’m melting,” from the crying Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz movie (1939), I sometimes think of some companies in the marketing field. Some budgets just seem to shrink year to year. So what should you do if your marketing budget doesn’t allow for world-class commercials during the Super Bowl? Do the next best thing – focus instead on doing a few things right!   Read more

"Keep It Simple" Should Be Writing Theme for Us All

Norbert Hobrath

ISSUE 09
I saw a concert by Michael Stanley (of the famous Michael Stanley Band). He was just emerging as a local rock star in the Kent/Akron/Cleveland area in the mid-70s when I loved his music. Hearing him live again was a treat. He delivered the same passion in his music as almost 40 years ago. Why? I believe it is because he loves what he does.    Read more

Website 101 - Keep Your Website Fresh… and Keep it Current

Norbert Hobrath

ISSUE 06
The topic of the day covers the Granddaddy of all marketing tools – the website! This is probably the single most important marketing tool in your arsenal. It can do so much for your company or organization if it is done well and kept current.  Read more

Effective Public Relations Builds Brands

Norbert Hobrath

ISSUE 05
Continuing on a previous blog, “The Power of the Press,” I am going to give you some strategic insight and examples of how one of our customers used public relations to meet specific objectives.  Read more

The Power of the Press

Norbert Hobrath

ISSUE 04
The commonly heard phrase, “The Power of the Press” still rings true. In this blog, and more in the months ahead, I will talk about effective public/media relations and how this type of content marketing can impact your brands  Read more


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