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Online Inspiration: Links to Feed the Savage Mind

We asked a handful of Savages (yes, that’s what we call our group of talented employees) to share some of their favorite online resources. What you’ll see here is an eclectic set of links that reflect our interests – branding, design, web, strategy and a bit of fun thrown in. We hope this sparks some new ideas for you.

Annual Reports in 2013 ‰- The Trends say it‰’s not Print vs. Online, but Both

In my previous post on the Current Trends in Investor Communications, I highlighted some of the data from the January 2013 data on annual reports from the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). What we are finding is that many of the trends we saw two years ago, such as the shift away from the traditional report to the summary and 10-K wrap, are still continuing, and the shift towards digital is increasing.

The Advantages of a Strong Company Culture to Employee Engagement

A company with engaged employees is easy to spot. In these organizations, the culture is clearly defined and employees understand the purpose and goals they are working toward. Simply put, there is a feeling of shared success.

Need More Effective Communications? Start by Aligning Your Brand with Your Culture

Your company is sending out communications every day, but do these messages paint an accurate picture of your customers’ experience with the company? If your customers see a disconnect between what you say you do and what your employees actually do, then that creates a “credibility gap” for your brand.

M&A Cultural Alignment: A Unified Culture Means a Strong Brand

When companies participate in M&A activity, they understand that there will be challenges associated with combining two unique businesses into a single entity. How customers will react to the combined business is a big concern. Managing customer expectations, ensuring that the company’s external brand is shifted smoothly and value remains high all need to be addressed in the external rebrand.

Become a Brandonomics Insider: Three Top Tips

Over the past four months, our Brandonomics interviews on The Businessmakers have highlighted top brands and their marketing strategies. We’ve interviewed marketing leaders from various industries about their new strategies, their best campaigns and the direction they see their brand going next year.

Storytelling for Branding and Marketing. Links to Read and Follow.

Stories motivate, inform and inspire. Like campfire stories of old, they are memorable because they invite the audience to “actively participate” and absorb key points by relating to the narrative elements. Because of this, storytelling is a powerful tool for brand communications (and let’s not forget social media too).

On Being Innovative. Links to Read and Follow.

Perhaps it’s the start of a new year (which makes everyone more optimistic), but innovation has surfaced in many articles I’ve researched and read over the past week. I thought I might share a few that highlight variations of that theme. Let the reading, bookmarking, sharing and following begin.

10 Benefits of a Website Redesign

Your website is your best marketing asset – always working to support your sales team and provide value for your customers. But if it’s overdue for a redesign, you may not be extracting as much value as you can, leaving dollars on the table. In the age of tighter marketing budgets, you need to maximize each communication and marketing channel, starting with a hard look at your website to determine if it’s time for a redesign.