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    Content - Why Less is More
    "Why do we need two dozen hot dogs?” This was my question as my husband and I shopped for...
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    Talk to Me! - Questions to Spark Conversations
    If you’ve ever been at a social gathering, in a business meeting or even on a date trying desperately...
  • Remi's Rebarks - How to Grow Successfully
    Ahh, spring. The world has burst into bloom and basking in the sunshine feels good. This is my first...
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    8 Ways to Make the Most of Marketing Automation
    (Lately, we've received quite a few questions regarding how to use marketing automation properly. So, we're re-posting a blog...
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    Remi's Rebarks - Are You Speaking the Same Language as Your Customers?
    “Speak” is one of those odd commands that humans like to teach dogs – mostly for their own entertainment....
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    Why Manufacturers Must Embrace Content Marketing
    “The seven most expensive words in business: ‘we have always done it that way.’” This quote from author Dr....
  • Remi's Rebarks - Looking for More Website Traffic?
    As I drive into work with my human, I often hear complaints about traffic, such as “this traffic is...
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    Content for Each Stage of the Sales Funnel
    Imagine meeting someone for the first time and being subjected to hearing his or her entire life story. Unless...
  • Remi's Rebarks - Sniff out the Details
    (Note: I recently made a new friend who gave me some great advice about the importance of details. Her...
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    How to Improve Your Content in 4 Easy Steps
    Let’s get real for a moment. As the amount of content grows, the competition for attention gets fiercer. How...
  • Remi's Rebarks - Guilt is Good (aka ROI Accountability)
    Okay, I confess: I was a bad dog. Recently, I was off exploring while my human was calling me...
  • Remi's Rebarks - Curiosity is Not Just for Cats
    When it comes to curiosity, cats get all the credit. You’ve heard the phrase “curiosity killed the cat,” right?...
  • Filling Your Funnel with Marketing Automation
    If you poured black coffee into the top of a funnel and it came out the bottom as a...
  • Eight Elements of Awesome Print Promotions
    Before anyone prepares a eulogy for print advertising, let’s be clear – rumors of its death are wildly exaggerated....
  • Remi's Rebarks - Coming Clean on Marketing Automation
    I just had my first bath. After I got over the shock of “what the heck is happening?” it...
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    Remi's Rebarks - Is Your Bark Worse than Your Bite?
    Everyone knows that biting is bad. This is hard to remember when you’re teething, but I would never do...
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    Remi's Rebarks - Don’t Annoy the Humans
    I try hard to be a good dog, but it’s not always easy, especially when you’re still learning. Some...
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    Marketing Tips from MacGyver
    Who doesn’t love MacGyver—that resourceful science nerd who solves complex problems by making things out of ordinary objects? This...
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    Remi's Rebarks—Satisfying Needs
    Let me introduce myself. My name is Remington, but you can call me Remi. I happen to work at...
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    Are Trade Shows Worth the Investment?
    What is the most profitable B2B media strategy? You may be surprised to learn the answer is trade shows,...
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    Why Target Hits a Bull’s-Eye with Customers
    Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, but like many Americans, I often spend at least part...
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    Mobile Optimization: A Love Story
    Whether you view Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark holiday,” an opportunity to express your eternal love, or simply as...
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    Synchronized Sales and Marketing: The New Dream Team
    There is something mesmerizing about synchronized swimming, don’t you think? Some might argue its validity as an Olympic sport,...
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    May We Have Your Attention, Please? How to Cut Through Content Clutter
    Research shows that the average person has an 8.25 second attention span. Based on that statistic, you may have...
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    Confessions of Successful Salespeople
    Because being in sales can be more competitive than American Ninja Warrior (and just as challenging!), successful salespeople are...
  • We’re Not Here to Sell You Anything: Educational vs. Promotional Content
    Have you shopped for a car recently? If so, you may have noticed a subtler approach to the sales...
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    How to Pitch the Next Great Marketing Idea
    What’s harder than coming up with a brilliant marketing idea? Selling it to management! In fact, research suggests that...
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    How to Create Compelling Content
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    Keeping Up with Shifting Buyer Personas
    Have you ever thought you knew someone inside and out and then been surprised by something they said or...
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    Blessed Are Those Who Can Give without Remembering and Take without Forgetting
    Is that the aroma of roasted turkey we smell? Just thinking of stuffing and that first bite of pumpkin...
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    The Secrets to Having Satisfied Customers
    Have you ever been so surprised by excellent service that you felt like hugging someone? Unfortunately, customer service at...
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    10 Reasons to Be Glad This Election Is Over
    Let’s face it, this election has been one of the most divisive in history. Now that we are at...
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    Are Marketers Having an Identity Crisis?
    My favorite Halloween costume this year was a little girl who looked like an angel from the front and...
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    Is Your Message Connecting with the Right Audience?
    “Creative without strategy is called ‘art.’ Creative with strategy is called ‘advertising.’” Which one are you producing? It takes...
  • Show Your True Colors: Why Logo Designs Are So Important
      I once painted a room such a bright shade of yellow that my daughter, who was just an infant...
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    4 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Marketing Automation Platform
    My son wanted a new phone (sound familiar?), so I asked him why. He ticked off a number of...
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    Is Your Website Helping or Hurting Your Business?
    Would you frequent a business that was hard to find and had an unwelcoming, unappealing storefront? What if the...
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    7 Ways to Stand Out at Your Next Trade Show
    When is traffic something to smile about? When it refers to people flooding your trade show exhibit! As a...
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    Spry Ideas Title The Complete Caregiver’s Organizer Wins Gold Award
    For Immediate Release Ann Arbor, MI – September 21, 2016: The healthcare publishing division of Spry Ideas, an Ann Arbor–based...
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    Take It from the Kids: What Animated Movies Teach Us About Effective Content
    Animated kids' movies can teach us a thing or two about writing more effective content.
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    Are You Ready for Trade Show Season? 10 Tips for Show-Stopping Graphics
    Did you know that 40 of the 100 biggest trade shows in the United States are held between September...
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    Marketing Automation: 8 Bad Habits to Break
    When our dinosaur of a television finally became extinct, my husband immediately ran out to buy something new. “Don’t...
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    6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Agency Partnership
    “The best partnerships aren’t dependent on a mere common goal, but on a shared path of equality.”
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    10 Ways to Harvest Some Fresh Content
    Continually generating fresh, quality content can be a challenge.
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    Spry Ideas Expands Service Offerings with Pardot Certification
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katie Spence | Marketing Manager, Spry Ideas | p: 734-531-7402 | e: kspence@sprypub.com Spry Ideas Expands Service...
  • The Benefits of Customer Advocacy
    Basing purchases off the recommendations you receive from another customer is not a new trend. Whether through traditional means...
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    Spry Ideas Names New Content Specialist, Robin Porter
    Ann Arbor, MI—August, 2, 2016: Spry Ideas, a full-service creative agency and source of leading patient information book titles,...
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    The Case for B2B Marketing on LinkedIn
    LinkedIn has surpassed Facebook as the most important social media platform for B2B marketers.
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    Misconceptions About Content Marketing
    The finer points of content marketing as it becomes the primary marketing strategy
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    How to Defend Your Brand on Social Media
    Social media has proven to be an incredible resource for building brand awareness and reputation. A promoted post on...
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    Dazzle Me, Spaceman
    Tips for Writing Successful Headlines
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    Lights! Camera! Action!
    Video Production Tips for Companies That Think It’s Too Expensive
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    8 Ways to Lower Your Bounce Rate
    Bounce rate is one of the most dreaded terms in website analytics. It’s a tough metric to improve, and...
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    Don’t Fling the Paint: 10 Egregious Website Design Mistakes
    For most companies, the website is the most influential selling point. A website should be impressive, clean, and intuitive...
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    Profound Thoughts on Business: Henry Ford
    Henry Ford is one of the most notable and prolific businessmen in American history, and if you live or...
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    FAQs About Marketing Automation
    Marketing automation is one of the newest and most effective tools for generating leads. But, there are still many...
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    The 2016 Marketing Mock Draft
    Welcome to our analysis of the 2016 Marketing Draft. This year’s crop of young players hopes to fulfill their...
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    Dear B2B Business—A Love Letter from Social Media
    Dear B2B Business, I understand it’s easy to be dismissive of social media as a manufacturing/medical/ company ... But just...
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    Keep Customers on the Edge of Their Seats with Episodic Content
    Episodic content has become one of the most employed marketing strategies in the last few years and is set...
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    How Can Your Marketing Strategy Compete with the Big Dogs?
    Are you frustrated that your small business’s marketing strategy is struggling to compete with your largest competitors? How can...
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    Why You Shouldn’t Try To Go Viral
    With the emergence of social media as a marketing medium, brands are rushing to be as effective as they...
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    Keep Your Customers Coming Back for More!
    Increase profits by employing these strategies to improve customer retention. As marketing costs rise, acquiring new customers has become increasingly...
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    How Social Media Can Be Used for B2B Outreach
    Our favorite tips to make social media a key part of your B2B outreach When people consider business use of...
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    How to Budget Your Marketing Dollars
    It’s fascinating to think of how social media, something that didn’t even exist a decade ago, will account for...
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    What Makes a Video Shine?
    You don’t need to be the next Steven Spielberg to make video shine for your business. Video is an...
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    Trends in E-mail Marketing—What’s Hot? What’s Not?
    E-mail is not dead, it is evolving. Do you employ the hottest e-mail trends in your marketing efforts? . The rise...
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    Picture This!
    As they say, a picture is truly worth 1,000 words, but what types of images engage readers most? (Well,...
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    Calling All Customers!
    Do you ever wish you had a magnet to draw customers in to look at your product or service?...
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    Is Your Content Annoying?
    Before you invest any more money and time developing content, be sure you’re avoiding these common content habits that...
  • Warning: You’re Losing Money Not Using Marketing Analytics
    Marketing efficiency has constantly been a challenge for businesses of all sizes.  Although vast quantities of data are becoming...
  • Marketing Trends—A Shift from Global to Personal?
    As technology advances, marketers can more easily target customers with personalized content, making outreach more meaningful. What will the...
  • Building a Content Strategy to Improve ROI
    Smart marketing professionals are increasingly relying on content to reach their customers. We’d like to put you at home in...
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    10 Tips for Internet Marketing—What's Hot? What’s Not?
    The Internet is not just a resource for businesses, but also an immense tool with endless marketing potential. By harnessing...
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    Turn Signal Crusade
    Some readers might ask why there is an article on turn signals on the Spry Ideas Blog. Well, the editorial...
  • Spry Ideas Names New Marketing Specialist, Katie Spence
    Ann Arbor, MI—Spry Ideas, a full-service creative agency and source of leading patient information book titles, has hired Katie...