Anchor Ideas

Solve Problems By Asking “Why?”

Have you ever been the target of a young kid who incessantly asked “why?” I remember when my own kids were in this phase. Sometimes the conversation would go on and on until I was exasperated! This single-minded curiosity is acceptable for small children because we understand that he or she is developing and trying… Read more »

Mergers, Acquisitions And Messaging

If you’ve ever read this blog before, you know that Anchor Marketing believes wholeheartedly in the power of a strong brand. It helps to define your business in the minds of your customers. It helps to differentiate you from your competitors. It helps to give prospects a head start on getting to know your products… Read more »

Getting Your Team Behind Your Brand

If you’re a fan of sports – any sport, really – you already know how important teamwork is to success. Good communication is also critical. In both cases, the goal is a coordinated effort. Imagine a team where some of the players are running one play while others are running something entirely different. The results… Read more »

Why Is B2B So Difficult?

As I teach my marketing courses at the local university, I often hear myself differentiating between the worlds of business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) branding. They are drastically different undertakings, after all. B2C mostly deals with the “now” of marketing. It’s often very promotion-based, with sales and offers and high-pressure tactics. It’s tempting to measure… Read more »

Jargon Can Hurt Your Brand

Here at Anchor, we work with a lot of engineers. Our manufacturing, distribution and systems integration clients deal with a lot of technical jobs, and it can be very easy to get caught up in the technical language that goes with them. To an engineer, this language makes sense. But to the layman, it sounds… Read more »

Five Reasons Lean Won’t Work For Your Company

There are a multitude of excellent reasons for manufacturers to implement lean production practices, and business leaders are often enticed to go down the path of continuous improvement. However, that doesn’t mean that lean manufacturing will work in every company. It can have huge benefits, but you need to have the right mindset. In my… Read more »

Build A Process To Convert Prospects Into Customers – And Include LinkedIn

How to turn prospects into customers in an effective way: it’s been the holy grail of sales since the first business opened its doors. Let’s say you have a list of email addresses, for example. It’s tempting to simply send out an email blast. However, email blasts need support to be effective. It’s never as… Read more »