Content Layering: Your Five-Step Recipe for Effective Content Marketing

By Stacey Piper With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about margaritas and guacamole more than usual. Mexican five-layer dip is extremely easy to put together in a casserole dish or trifle bowl, or you can buy ready-made variations from three to seven layers at many …

The Buyer Journey: When & How to Show Your True Colors

By Stacey Piper In today’s fast-paced marketing landscape, it’s crucial to evolve beyond the standard marketing campaign and get the most out of your resources by targeting your efforts. I advise my clients to adopt a comprehensive, end-to-end approach, building strategic marketing programs supported by robust campaign pillars. Each pillar …

Deliberate Marketing: 10 Steps for Successful Campaigns

By Stacey Piper February, the time of deliberation. We started out the year attacking our New Year’s resolutions to eat right or get in shape, or optimistically committed to target both pillars—nutrition and fitness—in an integrated way. But by now, many of us have fallen back into old habits or …

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 …