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 …

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 …

The Great Rematch: Leveraging Workplace Culture to Attract Talent

By Stacey Piper Relationship Building 101: Don’t forget birthdays, anniversaries, or Valentine’s Day. And apparently we’re not! Americans spent $23.9 billion on Valentine’s Day in the U.S. this year, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s roughly the same amount as the state of Connecticut’s annual budget or the 2021 …

After The Great Resignation: Recruitment Marketing in 2022

By Stacey Piper It’s no surprise that this year’s holiday season was markedly different than my family’s pre-COVID celebrations. The lighting of the National Tree near the White House wasn’t open to the public, but we masked up and went downriver to our first President’s home, Mount Vernon, which was …

10 Top Website Best Practices to Achieve Your B2G Goals

By Stacey Piper and Nicholas Kosar Web development and web design practices emerge one year and solidify as trends or fade away as fads in nearly every industry. It can be confusing for businesses to prioritize their best practices approach to building effective websites. Fortunately, GovCon and AEC have the …

Gambling on Strategic Marketing: How to Play Your Cards Right

By Stacey Piper The world is selling secrets. Advertisers bombard us with promises: the secret to a happy marriage, to retiring early, to looking younger, to losing weight. We’re ingrained to seek that special “something” that will be the answer, the solution, the magic equation, the be-all and end-all. I …