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Brand Purpose Beyond features and benefits companies win with their whys

Brand Purpose: Beyond features and benefits, companies win with their whys

Not too long ago, the popular advertising strategy was to promote product features like low calories, shavers with pivot heads and toothpaste that removes stains... 

Seven ways to win in a commodity market

Seven ways to win in a commodity market

Many of the more than 5 million businesses in the United States compete as commodities hamstrung by not understanding how to grow and thrive. Sooner or later, most products and services become commodities...

Digital Marketing vs Sales Digital dictates need to reset sales and marketing

Digital Marketing vs Sales: Digital dictates need to reset sales and marketing

Sales and marketing were once dominated by person-to-person interaction. Technology has led to disruption in the field. Today, our interactions are primarily digital and the margin for error is smaller than ever. It’s imperative that our sales and marketing align for business success. Dick Maggiore explains...

Want to be like Buffet and Socrates Read

Want to be like Buffet and Socrates? Read!

How can you take your business to the next level? Some of the greatest intellectuals of all time believed reading is key to business growth. While there are thousands for readers to choose from, Dick Maggiore pinpoints the seven best business books of all time...

Advantages to being first

Advantages to being first

One of the easiest ways to be remembered is to be first. Do you remember who was the first person to fly solo across the North Atlantic? Charles Lindbergh, of course. But who was the second? He was Bert Hinkler, considered a better aviator than Lindbergh. But he wasn’t the first, so nobody remembers Bert...

7 greatest brand positions excel in 3C test

7 greatest brand positions excel in 3C test

Brands become great by finding a position that sets them apart from the competition, is meaningful and relevant to the consumer, and is an idea they can get passionate about. In his latest column, Dick Maggiore reveals seven companies that have passed the 3C’s positioning test with flying colors...

Demings gift to marketers Test. Optimize. Repeat.

Deming’s gift to marketers: Test. Optimize. Repeat.

William Edwards Deming is credited with launching the Total Quality Management movement that is the groundwork for our modern emphasis on efficient and effective manufacturing...

Repositioning Can Deliver The Advantage Your Business Needs

Repositioning Can Deliver The Advantage Your Business Needs

We hear often about repositioning in the world of marketing, but the truth is relatively few people truly understand what it means...

Nike Tagline How to execute the perfect tagline

Nike Tagline: How to execute the perfect tagline

Gary Gilmore was strapped to a chair on the morning of Jan. 17, 1977, wearing a T-shirt and a bag over his head. He was to become the first person in the United States to be executed in a decade...

Find your brand positioning Play your Cs to win in marketplace

Find your brand positioning: Play your Cs to win in marketplace

Do you ever feel like you’re throwing a wad of spaghetti against the wall and hoping some will stick?...

 

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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.

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. If you are like most B2B advertisers, you don’t have the luxury of the large media budgets and soft accountabilities afforded consumer brands. With no way to target niche audiences, traditional TV has simply been too expensive and too wasteful to be considered viable in the B2B marketing mix.

April 7, 2021

Programmatic advertising, since the late 90s, had been waiting for a similar catapult, and 2020 brought it. While total ad spend in programmatic had grown by double digits each year since 2017, those in the know say it got the big boost from the pandemic, allowing 2020 to be dubbed, “the year of programmatic.” What was the inflection point?

 

February 11, 2021

In this year's National Football League AFC Divisional Round playoff game, Cleveland Browns Coach Kevin Stefanski was accused of playing it safe. Trailing by five, facing fourth and nine in the fourth quarter, he punted and put the game in the hands of his defense. Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid, later facing fourth and one, left his offense on the field and went for it.

August 11, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may be the biggest shock to our lives and livelihoods since the Spanish flu in 1918. Our lives and the economy have come to a near full halt. There’s major economic upheaval from Wall Street to Main Street. The ground below us has shaken.

April 20, 2020

The Chinese word for “crisis” is frequently cited for its use of two Chinese characters signifying “danger” and “opportunity.

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.

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.
January 19, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (Jan. 19, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the hiring of Rose Browning as director of media services. Browning will lead Innis Maggiore’s media-related activities, including strategy, research, planning, buying, negotiating and reporting.
November 17, 2020
CANTON, Ohio (Nov. 17, 2020) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the hiring of Tony Bell as director of client services.
October 13, 2020
CANTON, Ohio (Oct. 13, 2020) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced it earned two Healthcare Advertising Awards, the oldest, largest and most widely respected advertising competition in the healthcare industry. One award is for the development of the Aultman Alliance Community Hospital website.