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Arby’s Social Media Win

In Listen Up by lisavgray

Kudos to Arby’s social media team for taking advantage of the Steve Spurrier retirement story that broke yesterday. With 4.4K retweets and 3.8K favorites (as of this moment, anyway), it’s clear the Arby’s Twitter Team was listening to its customers’ conversations yesterday. By hopping in with a brand-focused, news-cycle-savvy tweet, they’ve hit this wave at the right moment. Up to …

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In Case You Missed It

In Listen Up by lisavgray

Here’s a quick round-up of some of the week’s more interesting, thought-provoking, or most-discussed marketing news…just in case you missed them. Customer-Centric Product Development The New York Times reports that make-up companies are designing their products to look good in daylight selfies, to meet the demands of young buyers. “We’ve got one type of consumer who is constantly taking pictures, …

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Making Great Nonprofit+Corporate Partnerships

In Good Tools, Listen Up by lisavgray

In the Nov 2014 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Shayna Samuels and Glenn Turner of Ripple Strategies summarize the steps to creating successful nonprofit+corporate alliances. “In these symbiotic, public-facing partnerships, the nonprofit and business essentially “hold hands”—they declare a shared mission and execute a marketing campaign around it. The end goal is increased awareness for both entities, along with increased …

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On Being Relevant

In Inspire Hope, Listen Up by lisavgray

I had big fun last week attending the two-day Hopscotch Design Festival in Raleigh, NC. Hopscotch brought together visual communicators from lots of different backgrounds, representing every conceivable esthetic and showing off boatloads of smart, beautiful and downright nutty designs. The conference itself had no overt theme, but the sessions I attended featured information architects, software developers, architects, curators, graphic …