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By Dick Maggiore and Mark Vandegrift

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Building a Brand: Differentiate, strategize, target and shout from rooftops

Have you found your brand’s positioning idea? Southwest Airlines is low cost. FedEx is overnight delivery. Volvo is safety. When building a brand, you must differentiate...

Southwest Airlines Aligning Business Strategy to Brand Positioning

Southwest Airlines: Aligning business strategy to brand positioning

Anyone who has been lost at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport knows the secret to effective marketing. First, determine where you are. Next, figure out where you want to be.

Optimize Your Business Strategy

Test, learn, tweak to formulate business strategy

Learning to write and solve equations is the foundation of formal education for many of us.

Entertain and Inform for Effective Advertising

Effective Advertising: Big question is whether to entertain or inform

Every ad person wrestles with the conundrum whether effective advertising should focus more on entertaining or more on informing.

Mickey Mouse Differentiation in Business

Differentiation in Business: A marketing lesson from Mickey Mouse

Winning brands are desirably different in consumers’ minds. Differentiation in business is what helps them win.

Importance of Brand Reinvention

Brand Reinvention: Reinvent or die

What do you do when even a good coat of polish doesn’t make your shoes shine anymore? It might be time to buy a new pair of shoes.

Extensive Business Growth

Business Growth: When is ‘too big’ too big?

Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are in a five-horse race to dominate global business.

Businesses Merging Data and Creative

Merging Data and Creative: Path to head goes through heart

Like scientists, many business folks have a deep-rooted belief that if they have all the information — all the data — they’ll be able to come up with the precise…

Basics of Brand Positioning

What’s a brand anyway? The basics of brand positioning

Dunkin’ Donuts is planning to change its name to Dunkin’. The move is the latest example of corporate repositioning to make news that mainstream media will report.

Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Marketing

Artificial intelligence and marketing, the next big thing

Few would argue the impact of the wheel, the printing press, steam and gasoline engines, the telephone, electricity and the light bulb, nuclear power, the airplane, penicillin, the computer and…

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PositionistView®

PositionistView® is an inside look into Innis Maggiore's thinking, culture and talent. They're opinon pieces through the positioning filter. No jargon. No ad-speak babble.

June 29, 2021

Advertisers have long been known for how well they accept change, pivot to new possibilities and adopt the newest technologies.

June 23, 2021

Many pundits in the world of marketing and advertising are obsessed with stuff dying. “Radio is dead in 10 years. This study proves it. ” “TV is dying.

April 7, 2021

Advertisers have long understood the potency of television (TV) as a brand-building medium for consumer products. However, business-to-business advertisers typically kept their distance, and for good reason.

April 7, 2021

The problem with mass marketing has finally been solved. The answer is programmatic advertising. Imagine two neighbors. Both watching ESPN. One sees your ad. The other doesn’t.

February 11, 2021

(Special to the Canton Repository) In this year's National Football League AFC Divisional Round playoff game, Cleveland Browns Coach Kevin Stefanski was accused of playing it safe.

Agency News

From associate promotions and new team members to awards and events, keep up with the growth and good things happening at Innis Maggiore.

November 2, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (Nov. 2, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the addition of two fall interns, one in the Digital Marketing department and one in its Creative department.
October 26, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (Oct. 26, 2021) – Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced it has been awarded General Services Administration (GSA) approved certification. This certification allows the ad agency to sell to United States government agencies as well as state and local entities through the GSA.
October 12, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (October 12, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced that it earned a Healthcare Advertising Award, the oldest, largest and most widely respected advertising competition in the healthcare industry.
September 23, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (September 23, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced that Drew Dailey and Noah Whittington have joined the agency as web developers.
July 26, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (July 26, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced that four students from Kent State University at Stark have been awarded the Innis Maggiore Endowed Scholarship for Communications for 2021.