Author: Jay Mindeman

Jay Mindeman is the award winning creative director at Anchor Marketing. He is responsible for writing a good portion of the content that the agency produces. He also oversees graphic design and web development. In addition to his work at Anchor, Jay teaches communication at North Dakota's largest university.
Next Big Thing Fatigue

Right now the biggest name in social media is probably Instagram. Of course its older sister Facebook has more total users (as does its cousin WhatsApp), but if you are looking for a legit, mature platform that is in its prime, Instagram is the winner. And speaking of mature – did you know that Instagram… Read more »

The Paradox Of Privacy

Imagine that your job is to scout an opposing football team. Initially you are given full access to your opponents. You get to watch them practice. You get to listen in on their planning sessions. You are allowed to watch their facility 24 hours a day to see who comes and who goes. You even… Read more »

The Upside Of Seeing The Downside

Those who work with me are used to me asking “what is the downside” as we evaluate a decision. While it may sound like a negative question, that couldn’t be further from the truth. When I ask for the downside on an issue, I’m really just asking “what is the worst that can happen?” Here’s… Read more »

Stop Being Pushy And Start Succeeding With Your Brand

The words “push” and “pull” have a long history in the world of brand building. For the past century or so, marketing professionals have used them to describe how our messages drive sales: a push strategy could “push” the product down through the sales and distribution channel to get it in front of consumers (mainly… 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 »

Spam And Eggs VS Cheeseburgers And Pepsi

My wife and I like British television. Specifically, I can’t recommend programs like Shetland, Line of Duty and Broadchurch enough. Even comedies like Black Books, Gavin and Stacy (where we discovered James Corden years before he made it big on late night TV) and Doc Martin rank as some of our favorite shows. Why do… Read more »