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The Blog: Branding

Account planners at all levels should be familiar with the notion that brand planning is often an unexpected journey. For starters, you work within the scoped marketing budget to extract the best possible set of insights from primary research and existing data to get to a strategically-relevant brand story.

dangerous client
Branding | Content Marketing | Digital | Strategy

Are You a Dangerous Client?

The criteria might surprise you. We find that the most dangerous clients are those who try to control the internet. Yes. You read that correctly. Those who try to control the internet. If you are guilty, it’s understandable. A brand can get crushed out there without a plan.

Having too few options in life can be limiting and frustrating. This is especially true in the pet pharmaceutical market where pet owners want more prescription options from both a price and convenience standpoint.

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Branding | Creative | Digital

Do We Really Need TV Spots Anymore?

For decades, the :30 TV spot defined advertising. There was no better medium to tell a brand story than film, and no better way to reach the masses efficiently than television. When it came to emotionally connecting to an audience, a well-crafted spot combined music and pictures to touch the hearts and minds of open, receptive audiences.

sweaty palm
Branding | Pet | Retail | Strategy

You Want Your Agency to Make You Nervous

Marketing your company, or its products or services, can be a stressful job. There is a lot at stake, and every move you make as a marketer is scrutinized by, well, everyone.

customer services
Branding | Digital | Pet | Retail | Strategy

Why Customer Service is Really a Part of Your Marketing Team

Most of us have had an experience at some point or another when a brand’s customer service has wowed us and turned a negative experience into a positive one. For me, a standout was the time I was rush-shipped a new sound machine for our infant daughter after it suddenly stopped working in the middle of the night.

millennial matchmaker
Branding | Content Marketing | Pet | | Strategy

Pets, the Millennials' Matchmakers

Through our recent 2016 Changing Pet Ownership Study, we uncovered generational insights among Millennial, Gen X and Boomer pet owners. Not surprisingly, Millennials are driving the most significant changes in pet ownership.

We constantly rely on data to point our clients in the right direction when shaping their brands. The quality of the solutions we deliver can only be as good as the data our research provides. Recently, we learned an important lesson in how sample size can affect both research results and the conclusions we draw from it.

conference blurry
Branding | Digital | Pet | User Experience (UX)

Why Aren’t Brand Experiences More Experiential?

North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference, the first veterinary conference of the year is behind us. As February kicks off, I am reminded of the 11 months of conferences still ahead. Having attended these conferences for nearly two decades, I’ve seen many great brand ideas break through the clutter.

Reimagining brand stories. Creating relevant communication plans. Intersecting with customers in digital and purposeful media. These components help Trone craft insightful messages that will convert telecom prospects into customers and customers into advocates.

Storytelling is an attainable marketing strategy for companies of any size, even the most hyperlocal. Because a compelling brand narrative is built on the strength of imagination and creativity—not wallet size.

bite-size branding
Branding | Content Marketing | Digital |

Bite-size Branding

GenZers are fluent in a sort of visual vocabulary—a sophisticated short hand in their Snapchat-Instagram-Whisper-world that minimizes reading and maximizes their time. Millennials don’t read for many other reasons. They appear to be a little effort-challenged.