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Kaepernick Nike Controversy

Nike's campaign with Kaepernick brilliant

Nike just did it. We were taught in business school not to mix the brand with politics. Conventional branding wisdom says it would be brand suicide.

Competitive Advantage Positioning Map

‘Positioning map’ can reveal your competitive advantage

Today, more than ever, businesses need the right strategies to compete and win in the hyper-competitive marketplace.

Heinz Mayo Brand Extension

Brand Extension: Mayo move spread Heinz too thin to win

It happens every time I give talks here and around the country on brand positioning and brand extension. Rather than using PowerPoint presentations, I use products as props.

B2B Sales Digital Branding

Think digital branding in today's B2B sales

Brand positioning is designed to tee up sales — a mission as important as ever with today’s plethora of digital branding opportunities to engage and motivate our customers and prospects.

Toys R Us Brand Repositioning Misses

Brand Repositioning Misses: Lessons from Toys ‘R’ Us

Beyond my office window, directly across Whipple Avenue, sits the once mighty, and now vacant, Toys “R” Us building.

Branding is the Marketing Holy Grail

Find your business’ marketing Holy Grail

In the Christian tradition, the vessel Jesus and his disciples used to drink wine at the Last Supper is called the Holy Grail.

Seven Areas for Durable Competitive Advantage

Building Durable Competitive Advantage

Warren Buffet, the “Oracle of Omaha” and arguably one of the greatest investors of all time, is a man whose perspective is widely respected across a variety of business disciplines.

Marketing Pendulum of Brand Change

The Pendulum Of Brand Change

Vision without execution is hallucination. Your strategy determined and decisions made, it's time to execute.

Google and Positioning in Digital Marketing

Positioning in Digital Marketing: Start with positioning to win online search

In the 1970s, Jack Trout and Al Ries first coined the term “positioning” for use in the field of marketing.

Effective Strategy Southwest Airlines Value Proposition

Southwest Airlines Value Proposition Soars on Low-Price Strategy

The Southwest Airlines value proposition is a great example of aligning business strategy with the brand positioning idea. Southwest founder and CEO Herb Kelleher knew in his head and his heart that his airline could own the position of “low price” in his category...

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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.

July 7, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (July 7, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the addition of two summer interns, Andrew Ferguson and Sadie Reda. Andrew, a marketing major and recent graduate of Walsh University, is working in the digital department.
June 24, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (June 24, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation's leading positioning ad agency, today announced the promotion of an associate and the hiring of another. Joe Chenevey, formerly a senior web developer at the agency, has been promoted to director of technology.
June 14, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (June 14, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the hiring of Martha Belden to lead public relations to complement the agency’s full range of marketing services.
March 2, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (March 2, 2021) — Perfect Power Wash, Ohio’s leading professional-grade power washing company, has named Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, as its agency of record. The Innis Maggiore team is excited to work with Ohio’s leader in professional-grade power washing.
February 22, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (Feb. 22, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced it earned seven awards at the 2021 American Advertising Federation Awards (ADDY® Awards) ceremony Friday evening.