Author: Greg "Hal" Halliday

Greg “Hal” Halliday is Anchor’s managing partner and also serves as an account manager, putting 25 years of sales and marketing experience to work for our clients. He joined the Anchor crew in 2010. Originally from a small town in southeast Minnesota, Hal is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a degree in business and an emphasis in marketing. He also serves as the president of the Highway 2 West Manufacturer’s Association.
Be Sure Your Messaging Reflects Your Culture

Research is an amazing thing, not just because it provides us with facts, but because it often reveals the truth about facts. I hear stories often about companies performing research, and leadership being surprised at the results. One business, for example, discovered that their customers thought of them as conservative, rigid and intimidating. Leadership was stunned. They… Read more »

The Biggest Mistake Business Leaders Make

Forgive me for the click bait-y headline, but it is an accurate way of describing the issue I am going to discuss in this article. I’m not going to write about business plans or financing issues or supply chain miscues. Instead, I’m going to write about a problem that is more insidious because it hides… Read more »

Do You Know How Engaging Your Social Media Is?

All social media content is judged based on a somewhat nebulous concept known as “engagement.” Hypothetically, it’s a measure of how much your followers are interested in the things you post on platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In practice, engagement can be harder to pin down.One way for a business to judge engagement… Read more »

Branding VS Marketing

I am the president of Anchor Marketing. However, sometimes the hardest part of my job is explaining how marketing is different than branding. When you say “marketing,” a lot of people think you are talking about advertising and sales promotions. And while that is true, it’s only a small part of what Anchor does. The… Read more »

It’s Easier Than You Think To Use Emerging Media To Promote Your Brand

Remember when newspaper, radio and TV were on top of the media world? Remember when direct mail and personal sales calls were the only real options for business to business communication? It seems like it was only a few years ago this was the case, but I have a few startling facts for you: Facebook… Read more »

Does Your Branding Rely Too Much On Timing?

Everyone knows that humans don’t make buying decisions all at once. To employ an over-used marketing buzzword, it’s a journey – one that includes the awareness step, the consideration step and finally the decision step. The trick, then, comes in trying to show them your product or service in the right way at the right… Read more »

For Engineers And Systems Integrators, It’s Better To Have All The Questions Than All The Answers

We all know somebody who only talks about themself. It’s a character trait that is less than endearing, and I see it manifest itself too often in the world of branding. Think about your experiences with LinkedIn. It’s likely that you’ve been approached by someone you’ve never met trying to make a connection, and as… Read more »