A Cheat Sheet for Hiring Your Next Marketing Professional

Hiring for your marketing team is hard. It’s easier to assess the quality of a candidate for an accounting, sales or IT position. Engineers have to be great at math; marketers give you a bunch of words. That’s why Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh offers new hires $3,000 to leave the company. After the company’s intense four-week training program and a week on the job, Zappos makes what it calls “the offer,” $3,000 to leave the…

West Hartford day school engages Viva La Brand

WEST HARTFORD – This month, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford (SSDS) is rolling out a new logo and website designed to more fully engage parents, students, and alumni and to attract new enrollment. The idea to consider rebranding for the school, which was founded in 1971 and offers a dual Judaic and general studies curriculum from preschool through eighth grade, was first raised two years ago, when Head of School Andrea Kasper had just…

Full-service v. speciality agencies: Which one reigns supreme? Laura Sheridan, President of Viva La Brand, is asked to comment

As published in thedrum.com by Lisa Lacy: Like precious snowflakes, each brand and agency is different, so – spoiler alert – there isn’t a definitive across-the-board answer about whether it is best to work with full-service or specialty agencies. In fact, like so many things in life, with the necessary caveats, of course, the ideal arrangement, broadly speaking, may lie in a healthy compromise between the two — or what I’d like to call the…

Mars Electric Selects Marketing Strategy Firm, Viva La Brand

Mars Electric engages Cleveland-based brand and marketing strategy consulting firm. CLEVELAND, OH – August 10, 2016 – Mars Electric, a leading independent wholesale distributor of lighting, gear and electrical supplies, has selected Viva La Brand as its marketing strategy firm. A third generation service business, Mars Electric has eleven branches across Northeast Ohio with the variety of inventory contractors need to quickly complete a job. “We engaged Viva La Brand to help us understand our customers’…

Plain Dealer taps Viva’s President, Laura Sheridan, for insights on Super Bowl ads

Super Bowl 50 ads: What to watch for in this year’s commercials Actor Willem Dafoe channels Marilyn Monroe in the latest version of Snickers’ Super Bowl 50 “You’re not you when you’re hungry,” spot. Super Bowl 50, between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, will be played Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (Mars Chocolate North America via AP) (Mars Chocolate North America via AP) By Janet H. Cho, The Plain Dealer February 05, 2016 CLEVELAND, Ohio —…

Crain’s Cleveland Business feature article by Laura Sheridan: Why niche marketers win

You have great products or services but your results are disappointing. Is marketing the problem? Are you trying to be all things to all people? Is your messaging resonating with customers? Is your target audience seeing your advertising? Are you targeting a mass audience when niche marketing is the answer? Even successful companies that sell products with mass appeal often started by selling to a discrete audience. Case in point: the rolling suitcase. Northwest Airlines…

Viva La Brand Celebrates its 9th Anniversary

Cleveland-based brand and marketing strategy consulting firm marks 8 years of service to manufacturers, health care companies, financial services firms and start-ups. CLEVELAND, OH – September 8, 2015 – Viva La Brand, the Cleveland, Ohio-based strategic brand consulting and ad agency search firm, is starting its ninth year working with clients in industries from manufacturing to health care to financial services. “We started this firm to help companies and organizations of all sizes more effectively…

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