Variety is the Gingerbread Spice of Strategic Marketing Campaigns

By Stacey Piper Before the Thanksgiving leftovers are finished, my daughter and I start to plan the holiday baking, digging out the family recipes and locating the cookie cutters in the back of the pantry. Starbucks got a jump on us, releasing the seasonal gingerbread latte in early November. Gingerbread …

The Core Truth: Use Video to Strengthen Your SEO Balance

By Stacey Piper While many in-person fitness franchises shuttered during the pandemic, boutique gyms are taking off, providing smaller group sessions focused on one or two types of exercises. Look around and you’ll see yoga studios, cycle bars, and many other specialized workout regimens, including Pure Barre. Pure Barre combines …

Walking on Sunshine: The Potential of Your Digital Footprint

By Stacey Piper Since school starts before Labor Day, we take our end-of-summer beach trip to the Outer Banks in early August. This year with three tween-age girls, the week was filled with floating movie nights in the pool, TikTok dance videos, and crab walks by flashlight. Summer is still …

Selecting a Marketing Communications Firm: The SMART Evaluation Framework

By Stacey Piper and Denise Willard Marketing communications firms come in many shapes and sizes. Some are full-service, while others specialize in niche skillsets. Some work only on projects, while others require a minimum monthly retainer. And some work collaboratively with in-house resources, while others must manage all aspects of …

5 Life Lessons for Government Contract Positioning

By Stacey Piper What a month it has been for this horse lover—the stunning Kentucky Derby, followed by Mother’s Day with my equestrian daughter! The last three years since my 11-year-old got into riding have been the realization of my childhood dream. Practice, patience, and perseverance are just a few …

Spring Forward: Recruitment Marketing for Changing Times

By Stacey Piper Spring in Washington is always so refreshing and somehow unexpected, bursting with surprises, despite the fact that I’ve experienced this seasonal cycle for more than 30 years living in Virginia. At the same time that humans are trying to adjust to the lost hour of sleep on …