Optimize My Brand

Strategy, tactics, ideas and tips from Creative Company.

Have marketing teams reached the Capacity Ceiling?

Have marketing teams reached the Capacity Ceiling?

It’s a symptom of tight budgets and the importance of newer online tactics I have heard this over and over from clients and potential clients … how everyone in the organization is stretched thin with too much to do–whether they’re an owner, manager, marketing director or in-house communications team... read more
Linkedin tips for the new profile format

Linkedin tips for the new profile format

Ian Brodie’s good advice for Linkedin I recently discovered Ian Brodie, a professional services consultant for firms like mine. After attending a webinar and receiving his emails, I have to admit I really like his style. Pithy, packed with good advice, and so easy to read. We all receive... read more
Recommended apps and tools for marketers

Recommended apps and tools for marketers

I confess. I’m an app junkie … for iOS. Not Android, not Windows. Just the sleek, fashionable and uber-cool iPhone and iPad. Taking that into account, here are a few ideas for really useful tools for marketers … two iPhone apps and a Word tool. Analytics – love ’em!... read more
Get a higher marketing ROI from your points of choice: 12

Get a higher marketing ROI from your points of choice: 12

Brand Responsibly Manifesto: 12 Your audiences are bombarded daily by ideas, messages, advertising, visual clutter and a profusion of information. Your audiences are overwhelmed and frequently have a tough time making a decision. That’s why the concept of “point of choice” is essential to building a marketing program that... read more
Create the visual and verbal brand: 9

Create the visual and verbal brand: 9

Brand Responsibly Manifesto: 9 A brand is made up of experiences–what people see, hear and read–whether online or offline. As communication channels continue to splinter and new choices emerge, managing brand consistency is even more challenging. Manage how your brand is seen, heard and read In a culture overwhelmed with... read more
Brand positioning is messaging and identity: 5

Brand positioning is messaging and identity: 5

Brand Responsibly Manifesto: 5 Strategic definition describes current perceptions, audiences, and communication channels. It directs well-crafted messages and a bold identity to express the brand’s positioning. That positioning is recognized through messaging and identity. Positioning is the visual and verbal brand The concept of positioning was introduced in the... read more
How do stealth applicants find and choose you?

How do stealth applicants find and choose you?

Student recruitment challenges: Part 3 A high school student who qualifies as “stealth” is doing his or her own research into colleges or universities. They’re avoiding direct contact. He or she is likely starting online and searching multiple sources of information—websites, reviews, magazine articles, social media, blogs, chat rooms... read more
Do stealth applicants understand what you stand for?

Do stealth applicants understand what you stand for?

Student recruitment challenges: Part 2 In the last ten years, many higher education institutions have gone through an elaborate, lengthy and often expensive rebranding process. On-campus interviews, surveys of current students, faculty, staff and alums have all been conducted to determine the key ideas that differentiate this school from... read more
Stealth applicants are a lost opportunity

Stealth applicants are a lost opportunity

Student recruitment challenges: Part 1 We hear many colleges and universities commenting on the number of stealth applicants they’re seeing each year, and how that number is growing. Some colleges and universities note 25% to 30%, or even more, of applicants can be designated “stealth.” These potential students haven’t... read more