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Maintaining the Brand: Why Delivering Consistent, Content-Driven Messages is the Key to Long-Term Success

This article was first published in IFA’s Marketing Toolkit in April 2017. For more recent IMN press releases and coverage, visit our Recent News page. As a franchisor, your key marketing goals are twofold: maintaining the consistency of your brand across your franchisees and retaining the loyalty of your customers. Multi-unit franchise organizations face unique challenges delivering a consistent message, identity, and set of offers through individual franchise locations. Finding that consistency can be especially tricky when considering franchisees’ understandable desire for at least a little individuality. After all, how can they credibly connect with their local communities and customer bases if they’re seen as just another faceless piece of a larger corporate entity, ultimately no different than any other franchise location? Delivering a Consistent Message One of the best solutions to this problem is the strategic use of branded email newsletters, a marketing solution offered by IMN (iMakeNews, Inc.). Branded email newsletters are designed to help multi-unit franchise brands acquire, retain, and engage customers. Branded email newsletters work as a solution at both the corporate and local levels, solving problems for […]

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Let Us Handle It

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Never let it be said that marketing in the financial industry is a simple business. Banking marketers face a great deal of pressure from all sides: your content has to pass regulatory and compliance standards that are some of the strictest around, and your customers expect you to be engaged to help them meet their own goals. With that said, we here at IMN are consistently impressed by one simple fact: you know what marketing practices you need to put into effect to deliver useful, relevant content month in and month out. You get it. We see that you get it. Banking marketers know the value of offering informative content addressing financial topics and presenting a consistent, reliable brand image. But, there’s still a problem. You’re very, very busy. One of the pressures I alluded to earlier is this simple reality: on a typical day, banking marketers are getting pulled in approximately a hundred different directions at any given moment. You may know what needs to be done to craft a profitable marketing strategy, but that doesn’t mean you have […]

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Measured Results: The Analytics Behind Email Newsletter Success

As a franchisor, maintaining the consistency of your brand and the loyalty of your customers is at the top of your list of priorities. Email newsletters have proven to be an effective vehicle for delivering targeted, dynamic content, but there is an important technological component to understanding that effectiveness: measured results through tracking and analytics. Any email newsletter solution you may be considering, or have already implemented, should be backed by a full suite of tracking and analytics. The reason? This component gives you complete insight into which email newsletter articles, promotions, and products are most popular and impactful with your audience. How do you know if the email newsletter solution you’re looking at is up to the task? Check for these characteristics: Analytics should be easy to read and understand, and should highlight those customers who responded to articles and promotions, making it fast and easy to identify hot leads and the most interested prospects. When engaged consumers signal they are in-market for your products and services, your franchisees should be alerted through an automatically generated report. Each report […]

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Content Marketing Stats and Trends

Content Marketing. Everyone talks about needing it. You probably even do it. Have you ever wondered what other marketers are doing with it? What has content marketing done in 2017 for marketing efforts? Marketing Profs recently released their 2017 Stats and Trends infographic to share the full picture of how marketers are using content marketing and how they feel about it. Some stats of note? 63% of B2C marketers say they are more successful with marketing than they were a year ago. Content marketing will reduce your costs, while simultaneously generating up to 3x the leads of traditional advertising. Most of all, Content Marketing will be a $300 billion industry by 2019– more than double in under four years.

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Know Your Account Manager– Erin K.

We work hard to provide our clients with the best possible email newsletter service to keep their customers informed and engaged. No one works harder than our Account Services team members who work each day to provide unsurpassed customer service to their assigned accounts. Over the years we’ve heard glowing reviews of their hard work and dedication, and this blog series is helping us put an additional spotlight on our greatest asset. This week, we highlight Erin K., an IMN employee since June 2011. Originally from Los Angeles, Erin attended Sonoma State University. After graduation, she worked on a popular TV show as an executive assistant and post coordinator. Despite the experiences and opportunities she had working in the film industry, she decided she wanted to try something new and began working in marketing.     Erin has lived in Boston for 10 years now and worked at a few other companies before joining IMN. Erin’s favorite part of her job is working with her clients and coming up with new ideas on how to market their products. Erin is […]

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