Viva’s Blog: March Madness: Marketers Tune In

The NCAA dominates the month of March with the college basketball tournament. The highly promoted event isn’t just huge for sports fans. Marketers from all industries use this cult-like attraction as an avenue to catapult their brand visibility. March Madness offers brands a center-stage platform for integrating themselves into the tournament through paid ads in online and offline media outlets, social media conversations, branded placements, and experiential events.  March Madness is a business – a…

Viva’s Blog: Super Bowl 2018 Ad Cheat Sheet

It’s not too late. For only $168,333 a second, you can still buy a thirty-second TV spot during this year’s Super Bowl. Sure, a lot of money is on the line, but more importantly, so is a brand’s reputation. In the year of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, all eyes will be on how brands depict women in their commercials.  Marketers have released far less about their Super Bowl gems before the big showdown than…

Crain’s Cleveland Business feature article by Laura Sheridan: Eight marketing mistakes to avoid in 2018

January 06, 2018 4:00 am Adviser: Eight marketing mistakes to avoid in 2018 By LAURA SHERIDAN   Marketing mistakes are inevitable and can be costly. We test, measure and refine in search of the greatest ROI and customer experience. Learn from others and avoid these eight common pitfalls in 2018. Mistake No. 1: Evaluating creative on your computer Is email marketing part of your 2018 marketing plan? Then it’s important to know that in 2017,…

orthobrain Selects Viva La Brand as its Brand & Marketing Strategy Firm

Viva La Brand, a Cleveland, Ohio-based brand strategy and ad agency search firm, was selected to help lead the brand development and marketing strategy for orthobrain, an entirely new approach for general dentists to provide orthodontics in their office. Dr. Dan German founded orthobrain after practicing orthodontics for twenty-five years. Throughout his career he eagerly shared his knowledge, insight and diagnoses, treatment plans, and appliance design, with specialists and general practitioners. He created orthobrain, a…

Viva’s Blog: 7 Tips to Improve Your 2018 Marketing Plan

Without customers, your business will die. Without marketing, customers and prospects may not be aware of how you can help them. Without a really smart marketing plan, how can you ensure your marketing activities are reaching the right people, delivering the right message, and using the right media approach to achieve your business objectives? Incorporate these tips into your marketing planning process and you’re more likely to reach your goals.  Tip #1: Start with your business goals. Marketing’s job…

Viva’s Blog: Are you data-driven but insights poor?

Great data is crucial to understanding your customer. However, data alone won’t result in a win for your brand. Data are the raw materials needed to produce insights, the heart of effective advertising. It’s insights that enable you to develop messaging to create an emotional connection with your customer.  So, once you have the data to develop insights, how do you determine if the insights are GREAT? Here are examples of companies that have used data to…

Viva’s Blog: Customers crave simplicity: Do you deliver?

Consumers today have more choices than ever and are bombarded by sophisticated solutions to their problems. However, no matter how advanced technology becomes, customers prefer simple solutions. According to the newly released Global Brand Simplicity Index study: Simplicity earns a premium: 64% of consumers are willing to pay more for simpler experiences. Simplicity builds loyalty: 69% of consumers are more likely to recommend a brand because it’s simple. HAPPY BELLY GETS IT Familiar with Happy Belly,…

Western Reserve Historical Society Selects Viva La Brand

Northeast Ohio’s collector and preserver of national, regional and local history hires Cleveland-based brand and marketing strategy firm. CLEVELAND, OH – July 17, 2017– Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS), the resource for history, artifacts, archives and events for Cleveland, Akron and all of Northeast Ohio, has selected Viva La Brand to let the community know about the multi-million dollar, “Cleveland Starts Here®”, exhibit and online portal presented by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation….

Viva’s Blog: Why Snapstreak is a thing

No one likes losing things. Especially when you’ve worked on them every day for a year and a half. That’s how Gen Z’s (the iGeneration or Post-Millennials) feel about keeping their Snapstreaks alive. A Snapstreak is when you send snaps (videos and photos which self-destruct a few seconds after a person views them) back and forth with a friend for consecutive days. The longer you go without breaking the chain of communication, the longer the streak. To…

Viva’s Blog: Learn from Antonio Vazquez (Who?)

Antonio Vazquez is a guide for Spain’s Sevilla Bike Tour Company. While “guide” may be his title, he’s really a master marketer. Lesson #1 from Antonio:  PASSION MATTERS You don’t have to be passionate about your product, service or company to market it, but it helps a lot. Just like you don’t have to love the game of basketball to be a good player, it is almost impossible to be a superstar without passion. Passion is the…

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