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Keep. Throw. Donate.

If you’ve ever moved, you’re likely familiar with these three words. Moving is a perfect time to clear out clutter and start fresh at your new place. Your favorite pair of hiking boots? Keep. A paper from your first college English course? Throw. That old smoothie machine? Donate.

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If you were given no more than a tenth of a second to make an impression on a customer or prospect, would you able to make a good impression?

According to Princeton psychologists, that’s how long it takes to form a first impression. And on top of that, researchers estimate consumers see over 300 ads per day and are becoming blind to banner ads. So how can a marketer break through? 

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A picture is worth a thousand words. In advertising, you have to catch your viewers’ attention in a split second. With more than 300 million photos uploaded to Facebook alone every day, the images in your marketing efforts need to stand out in a sea of visual clutter that your customers are drowning in every day.

Too often, selecting or producing photography that effectively communicates your messaging becomes an afterthought. The images in every campaign should be carefully chosen to:

  • Match the characteristics of your brand.
  • Speak to your target audience.
  • Show your product in an interesting way.
  • Convey an emotion that you want the audience to feel about your product or service.


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Bringing your customer journey to life isn’t easy. It’s a big job, and it requires a big picture strategy for everything from digital marketing to integration.

While the work itself is complex, we’re always looking for ways to make it simple for our clients. And after attending Salesforce Connections in New York City last week, we’re excited about new advancements in technology that will help enhance and streamline the customer journey on a global scale.

Wondering what’s in store? Here’s a quick recap of the conference, including the top tech, tips and takeaways.

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A follow-up to the Top 5 Tips for Improving Online Forms, I explore 5 more valuable lessons in online form usability.

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