Insights in digital marketing

3 Steps to create your first strategic marketing roadmap (PDF)

A marketing roadmap helps communicate priorities, dependencies, and the impact “emergencies” have on everything else you have going on. But, roadmaps don’t have to be intimidating to create. With Excel, a list of your current projects, and an afternoon, you can feel more confident to manage everything on your plate. It’s an easy way to start thinking strategy over tactics.

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How to structure a marketing product roadmap (with real examples)

If you’re wanting to build cool things on time, on budget, and meet your goals, open up Excel (or use a whiteboard, piece of paper, or even do it in PowerPoint) and create your first consolidated marketing roadmap. It costs nothing but a little bit of time and will revolutionize the way you and your team work.

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How to write a project brief

How to write a project brief for a website (with examples)

It never fails. You want to redo all or part of your website and it ends up NOTHING as you imaged it, it’s way over budget, and it took twice as long as you thought. Second in our five-part series on how to write website requirements, learn how to write a project brief with our real-life examples. We promise it will make your next website enhancement project successful.

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Stay in your lane: Separating the “what”​ and “how”​ when building a website

No matter what digital marketing project you’re working on, the Business needs to define what and Technology needs to say how. Defining these roles ahead of time allows everyone on the project to understand the responsibilities and duties that are required and expected of them. First in a five-part series on writing requirements, get some tips on how to set ground rules and have a successful project.

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The benefits of marketers thinking long-term

Easy wins can keep your boss happy, keep your internal clients happy, and reward you with a steady job. But, they only work if they are making steps towards the BIG WIN. Taking the time at the beginning to really identify what you want and not settle for second-best when it gets hard is the difference in long-term success and failure.

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Digital strategy isn't just digital

Digital strategy is no longer just digital

Digital strategy is no longer just digital. It’s creating a customer or patient experience that is unified and consistent between both the digital and physical world. Your data, online and offline personas, journey maps, experience maps, branding, and overall “feel” of your company all need to be unified into an integrated customer experience. How do you do this? First, three questions to ask yourself to see if you’re lagging behind. Then, four tips to get you pointed in the right direction.

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Pick the best agency for your website

How to pick the best agency for your new website

You’ve received multiple quotes for your new website and one comes in at $60k and the other at $400k. Chances are the discrepancy in cost is due to the vagueness of what you asked for. To avoid picking the wrong agency, and getting a new website that does nothing for your business, follow the approach we use to really nail down what you’re asking for.

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Building something? Start with a Point of View document

Building something? Start with a Point of View document

If you are starting a new project, building a new feature, or can’t figure out why your team seems to be focused on the wrong things, you have a problem being unified with the same perspective. A Point of View document is one way we’ve found to join engineering, IT, database, UX, design, marketing, communications, and any other team involved in a project. Human nature causes us to tackle problems from our perspective. By writing it down, you’ll find your team headed in the right direction, together.

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