The Top Reasons Startups Fail

The Top Reasons Startups Fail
I recently came across some research done by CB Insights about The Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail. They’re data aggregators backed by the National Science Foundation and other heavyweights, and they regularly read startup post-mortems and compile an aggregation of why startups fail.  The first thing that really stood out to me was that HALF...

Overcoming “Not For Me” With Your Marketing Messaging

Overcoming “Not For Me” With Your Marketing Messaging
We’re bombarded with dozens, if not hundreds of messages every single day. Yet many of my clients and students still want to try to deliver a single message aimed at multiple targets. Entrepreneurs, especially, are not comfortable narrowing their target because they worry that’s akin to leaving money on the table. But here’s the...

Leveraging the Power of Word of Mouth

Leveraging the Power of Word of Mouth
If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that Word of Mouth is their best source of business, I’d be a rich woman! Whether you’re a B2B, B2C or services company, Word of Mouth will always be your best source of business! Learn a little more about how to make it work for you in this quick video....

The Difference Between Strategies and Tactics

The Difference Between Strategies and Tactics
Many people seem to have a hard time differentiating between strategies and tactics. Here’s a video from one of our Marketing Strategy workshops that lays out our handy rule of thumb and some real world examples....

Book Launch! Marketing Your Book By Working Your Network

Book Launch! Marketing Your Book By Working Your Network
Occasionally I get asked for recommendations for marketing a book. This email, from my business school friend Sheryl O’Laughlin, is a great example of leveraging social media and your connections to spread the word about a book or anything else you’re personally passionate about. It was written by Sheryl to spread the word about her...

The News Section of Your Website Makes Me Sad

The News Section of Your Website Makes Me Sad
Is there anything sadder than a “Press” section on a website that’s filled with nothing but unrequited press releases? The good news about this is that many people have clearly gotten the message that public relations is a great tactic if one of your core marketing strategies is Generate Awareness. The bad news is that a sizable...

Five Favorite Marketing Hacks

Five Favorite Marketing Hacks
There’s no greater marketing challenge for a startup than a budget that is almost non-existent. Whenever I work with entrepreneurs who are in a low to no-budget situation, one of the first things I ask them is: How much skin are you willing to put in the game? Because in the entrepreneurial world, passion and scrappiness are going to be...

Hiring an Agency

Hiring an Agency
Because Argentum’s niche is marketing strategy, we do not provide creative services like ad design, logo creation or web site development. But we gladly help our clients identify and hire the creative and digital talent they need. As a result, we have been fortunate to work with lots of great creative agencies, not only on behalf of our...

The Making of a New Logo

The Making of a New Logo
Argentum will be launching its new website and logo later this month. In the interim, I thought it’d be fun to give a sneak peek at our new logo and the logic behind it. My hypothesis has always been that the Argentum Strategy Group logo was derived from the atomic structure of silver. There are a few reasons I suspect this: 1. The...

Dentist’s Ad Needs More Teeth

Dentist’s Ad Needs More Teeth
A lot of times we’re just too close to our own marketing to objectively assess it. If Lincoln Park Smiles, a dentistry practice in my neighborhood, had asked someone else to look at their ad before it was turned into a finished billboard, then maybe their ad would’ve shown some teeth! If you’re a dentist selling smiles, then you...