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Sears saga found in snowblowers

Sears' saga found in snowblowers

Former Sears executive Steve Goldstein was so shocked when he found snowblowers for sale at his company’s Miami store that he wrote the book, “Why are there Snowblowers in Miami?” That is but one of myriad anecdotes in Sears’ 120-year history, yet it reveals much about the thinking of those who were in charge of the retail brand and why the company is fighting for its life today. Sears' changing business environment was being overlooked...

Want to win in Business Google it

Want to win in Business? Google it

Your business and your competitors have been Googlized. Google is the new Yellow Pages for everything. If we want to know how many times man landed on the moon, we Google it. If we want to lease a copier or hire a financial services firm, we start our search with Google...

Ground control to Elon Musk

Ground control to Elon Musk

Elon Musk is widely known for his willingness to invest his mind and his riches to stretch the envelope on a variety of frontiers, from automobiles to software to outer space travel...

Nikes campaign with Kaepernick brilliant

Nike's campaign with Kaepernick brilliant

Nike's 30th anniversary campaign features an unretouched black-and-white close-up of Colin Kaepernick's face, highlighting the NFL kneeling controversy with the headline, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." There's much to learn from the Nike brand controversy...

Positioning Map to Reveal Your Competitive Advantage

‘Positioning map’ can reveal your competitive advantage

A positioning map is a powerful tool to find your position, providing a visual representation identifying brand perceptions in your marketplace.

Brand Extension Mayo move spread Heinz too thin to win

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. When I hold up a jar of Heinz mayonnaise as an example of a poor product line extension, the looks on the faces of the people in the audience tell the whole story...

Think digital branding in todays B2B sales

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...

Branding Social Responsibility Ability to respond an important responsibility

Branding & Social Responsibility: Ability to respond an important responsibility

Terrell Owens, the former NFL All-Pro receiver, unprecedentedly is passing on attending his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton. It's a case study in branding and social responsibility...

Brand Repositioning Misses Lessons from Toys R Us

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. How did this happen? What went wrong? What can we learn from brand repositioning misses?...

The likely key to content marketing has been discovered Its probably not what you think

Differentiated Content: The Key to Content Marketing

The likely key to content marketing has been discovered; It's probably not what you think. Remarkably, 95 percent of CEOs whose companies use content marketing as a marketing tactic report they believe it has had no effect on their businesses...

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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.