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8 “Simple” Questions Brand or Product Managers Must Ask

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The 8 “SIMPLE” questions every Brand Marketer or Product Manager needs to ask themselves about their strategy in order to build proper tactics.  When it comes to digital marketing & strategy - the best flashlight is a well-formed question. Below are a few “simple questions” that cross both product and business...
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Marketing AI Curious? - 7 Critical Questions to Ask

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Artificial Intelligence(AI) has recently been integrated into marketing and is still in its early stages. It makes automated decisions based on available data and audience observations or economic trends that impact marketing. By doing so, it enables marketers to gain more insight and understanding of their target audiences.  However, a business...
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Data Science Team - Build or Rent?

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There are numerous reasons why a company may decide to develop a data science team in their organization. The skills an in-house team brings can enable organizations to turn raw data into strategic assets. Their skills lead to better use of data assets including understanding customer behavior, error detection, automation of...
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What is Digital Transformation?

What is Digital Transformation?
Digital transformation is the process of implementing workflows and technologies that leverage data into your business operations. From using AI for marketing purposes to replacing paper invoices with billing apps, companies all over the world are changing their business processes, customer relations techniques, and marketing tactics. While it may be obvious...
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Digital Strategy Traps to Avoid

Avoid Deadend Digital Strategies
When developing your digital marketing strategy be aware of traps. These traps can result in a strategy that won’t deliver the results you’re seeking.  Development of your strategy must start with clearly defined goals. We like to recommend crafting your goals using the S.M.A.R.T. approach.  Specific: target a specific area for improvement. Example:...
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Get Busy Optimizing Your Data or...

Get Busy Optimizing Your Data or...
Note: Spending some time recently with a client, helping them sort through their data aggregation and clean-up, gave me the opportunity to catch up with Randa Minkarah, Co-Founder & President from Resonance A.I. Randa and I talked about the challenges that companies are still having regarding not only being “data-driven” but...
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What Does A Data Science Team Do?

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"Data Scientist in Residence", "Chief Data Officer", "Big data engineer"...the data science buzzword du jour is “Data Scientist.” These data scientists are part data analyst, part statistician and part software developer. With data quickly becoming a top strategic business priority for many companies, the need for data scientists will only increase...
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Do You Need To Hire A Data Scientist?

Do You Need To Hire A Data Scientist? Data Scientist at Work
  Data and analytics have taken the business world by storm - finally! It’s been a long time coming though many may say they’ve always used data to support decision making. While true for some, the rise of Data Science from the back office to the boardroom conversations as the most...
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Truth to Marketers: AI is a Tool, Not the Solution

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Okay, we're going to be blunt here. Fellow marketers time to “get over” the artificial intelligence (AI) hype. Time to stop thinking it’s all about “disruptive,” complex technology on the bleeding edges of a new frontier. The unfamiliar terminology. The unseeable interactions between variables lead to discovering solutions. The ridiculous and...
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Advanced Analytics - The Core of Marketing Decision Making

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Advanced Analytics is an encompassing term that is used to categorize techniques and technologies that seek to understand what happened in detail or to predict what may happen with an unmatched degree of precision. We use the term to encompass services that include Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, or AI and related...
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Change Only Lasts - When They Think It Was Their Idea

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Ask questions. Focus on strengths — not on what's wrong.  Build a "probability" of change, not a "possibility" In every Change Management scenario that I've been involved in.  The stakeholders who I interview are desperate to tell me what's wrong with the organization.  They are in so much pain that the...
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Digitally-enabled Business Transformation - The Process

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There are many, many methodologies for Change Management out there — Clayton Christensen's - Jobs to be Done, Potter, Appreciative Inquiry, and more.  Literally, thousands of books have been written on the subjects of digital transformation. Despite what the pundits and large consulting firms might say.  No one size fits all....
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Beware Using Tactics Without a Strategy for your Digital Marketing

Beware Using Tactics Without a Strategy for your Digital Marketing
Transactions Come in All Sizes & Shapes and Are All Motivated by Customer Pains and Where They Are in Their Buying Cycle Understanding the motivation of your most valuable target personas is essential to developing the strategies needed to define tactics to execute. Marketing or advertising without considering these crucial factors...
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Leadership in 2021 Begins with Advanced Analytics

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Since the advent of Big Data Analytics over a decade ago, the challenge has been to gather the data so that you can see the data and display it in such a way as to allow it to be useful in the day-to-day processes of a business.  Dashboards are very popular...
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Latent Effects Modeling + ML for Deep Insights

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We’ve been posting opinions and comments that urge marketers to “get over” artificial intelligence (AI). To dive into AI’s veritable treasure house of research tools and insights, instead of circling it warily, for fear of banging into a “disruption” moment.  So, we hereby plant the flag of AI for the regular...
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Developing A Content Marketing Plan For Your Cannabis Company

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Content marketing is made up of two parts: content and marketing. Once you have developed original content and optimized it for search, it’s time to start thinking beyond inbound traffic to promotion and outreach for that content. Not everyone uses the internet the same way, and so while many people may be finding your...
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Leadership vs Management in Change and Crisis

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There’s a fascinating emerging set of literature on true leadership (versus management) of crises. One of the signal books in this genre is Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath. The author explains that true leaders are people whose names you don’t know. Why is that?...
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Google Tools for Cannabis Businesses Beyond Adwords

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Editor's Note: this article was lightly updated in May 2020. We hope Google sees the light and opens up more of its platform to legal cannabis, CBD and hemp companies.  Marketers in the cannabis industry have an interesting environment in which to work. The product is in demand and audiences want to...
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The 9 Acceptable Uses of Personal Data under California's Privacy Act

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Digital marketing professionals who are using the personal data from California consumers need to make sure that they are up-to-date on the impending restrictions associated with the California Privacy Act of 2018 that went into effect on January 1, 2020. In many ways it makes Europe’s GDPR look tame! At its...
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Developing a Content Playbook for your Cannabis Business

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A content playbook is somewhat like an extended campaign brief, it sets the direction and strategy for the content campaign and it’s designed to serve as a resource for the content team members to reference back to as the campaign is executed. Simply put, the content playbook asks these three questions:...
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