Marketing Is Alive and Well

June 1 marks the 119th anniversary of Mark Twain’s well-known quote: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

It seems an appropriate time then to report that any rumor suggesting that marketing is dead (and branding is meaningless) is also an exaggeration. Last month, SSRS, a full-service market and survey research firm (www.ssrs.com), completed 1,000 interviews with adults ages 18+ across the United States. The SSRS Omnibus Survey uses a dual-frame model (RDD and cell) with 60 percent of the sample cell-phone respondents. Two of the survey questions suggested by ab+c Creative Intelligence were related to consumers’ current opinions of marketing and branding.Read full post...

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February 22, 2016

Be Bold, Be Confident – Advice for Female Marketers

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Panelists from the Philly Ad Club “Women in Advertising” event.

A few weeks ago the Philly Ad Club hosted an event, “Women in Advertising,” at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Some of us from ab+c were lucky enough to attend and listen to the panel of speakers offer advice for female marketers. The panel consisted of women from agencies, corporate communication departments and higher-ed marketing departments. After we all had a beverage (or two) and a bite to eat, we settled in with a huge roomful of women and men to listen. Here are our biggest takeaways from the event.  Read full post...

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How to make a strong marketing plan for 2016

Have you updated your marketing plan lately?

Have you updated your marketing plan lately?

I’m here to say, it’s 2016 and marketing has changed. A lot. Marketing is no longer centered around your product, but your customer.

Now’s a good time to update your marketing plan (you have a marketing plan, right?). Make it your road map for this year’s marketing initiatives. Use it to set goals that you can check on from time to time—and say, “Oh, yeah, lookin’ good” or “Oh, sh*t, we’re totally off.” If you Google “marketing plan template,” you’ll find a standard outline consisting of about ten things you could include—like a SWOT analysis, USP and pricing strategies.Read full post...

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July 28, 2015

Stamford Health System Selects ab+c Creative Intelligence as Agency of Record

StamfordHealth_LogoWilmington, DE—ab+c Creative Intelligence has been named the agency of record for Stamford Health in Stamford, Connecticut. As a leading healthcare provider in southwestern Connecticut, Stamford Health will leverage ab+c’s experience to launch its new brand and the opening of its new hospital through comprehensive advertising and marketing programs.Read full post...

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July 16, 2015

ab+c Creative Intelligence Wins Three Golds and “Best of Newspaper Campaign” from the New Jersey Ad Club

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Three of ab+c’s healthcare clients were among the winners.

Wilmington, DE—ab+c Creative Intelligence won five awards at the 47th annual Jersey Awards, hosted by the New Jersey Advertising Club. Ads for three of ab+c’s New Jersey healthcare clients—Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Holy Name Medical Center and Cooper University Health Care—were among the winners.Read full post...

No Mad Man

Celebrating ab+c's 40th anniversary at a Mad Men themed party.

Celebrating ab+c’s 40th anniversary at a Mad Men themed party.

Many have heard me talk about how lucky I was to “fall into” the advertising business. Not sure it was pure luck—my dad owned an advertising/PR shop for many years that was located, coincidentally, about two blocks from my office today.

My entry into this business was pretty much accidental. I had given notice at my other job and told the agency I had been working with as a client that I was “talking to some folks.” To this day, I swear I had no appointments lined up, but the agency said, “Well, would you talk to us?” Three meetings later, I was in the advertising/PR world!Read full post...

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Four Steps to Analyzing a Media Vendor

Four ways to see if a media vendor and their services are right for your campaign.

Four ways to see if a media vendor and their services are right for your campaign.

When I first started as a media intern here at ab+c, one of my most frequent tasks was analyzing different media vendors for plans. This included vendors servicing print and digital magazines, websites, outdoor media ventures, out of home media, social media vendors — you name it. I would research and analyze different organizations to determine whether they’re the right vendor to accomplish our clients’ goals and reach the target audience for media plans.Read full post...

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