Remove Your Marketing Cape: Authenticity is Your Brand’s Superpower

By Stacey Piper Maybe it’s because it’s Valentine’s month or the chill of winter is dragging on too long, but lately I’ve been drawn to things that warm the heart, whether it’s flowers and hot chocolate, inspirational quotes, or anything that promotes a genuine connection. My teenage daughter and her …

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: The Universal Truth of Government Marketing

By Stacey Piper In the ever-evolving landscape of business-to-government marketing, it can be hard to know where to turn for up-to-date and trustworthy information. That’s why I was eager to be involved when federal marketing strategist Mark Amtower asked me to be one of twelve contributors to Government Marketing Best …

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 …

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 …