Category: Industry Trends

Go Green: Trend or Lifestyle?

Within the go green movement, we can find trends like sustainable fashion, zero-waste practices, recycling, reducing single-use plastics, and eating a plant-based diet. The “eco-friendly” movement has increased popularity as more people realize the threats our planet faces. If we look at the history of green marketing – used to highlight the environmental benefits of

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Our new focus: Gen Z

Decades ago, consumers would adapt their wants and needs to what was offered in the market. This dynamic has changed as consumers now have a voice and companies are the ones who must adapt. Companies carefully listen to different consumer segments in the market. Marketers struggled when it came to targeting millennials because of their

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Facebook Algorithm Change

Mark Zuckerberg’s Head Is On Fire (But Facebook Isn’t Dead)

Most of us have seen the doomsday articles about Facebook in the past few months and pictures of Mark Zuckerberg’s head on fire. What does this mean for us as marketers? “Something’s rotten in the state of Facebook.” “Something’s rotten in the state of Facebook.” (Shakespeare, anyone?) The drama surrounding Facebook’s newest algorithm change (explained

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CMI’s Joe Pulizzi, Content Marketing Process – Audiences First

As I stood next to my fellow Tampa Bay AMA members and watched Joe Pulizzi write “Be Epic” in my newly published Content Inc. book, I thought… how appropriate.  Pulizzi, one of the world’s leading experts on content marketing presented at The University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center, framed by Tampa Bay and the Downtown Tampa

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Healthcare Marketing in Tampa Bay Needs to Focus on Patients as Consumers

By Mike Stephenson As healthcare marketing in Tampa Bay and elsewhere becomes increasingly competitive, Jim Jacobsohn advises doing what any marketer would do: “Think about your strengths … and advertise the heck out of them,” he told the crowd of nearly three dozen at the American Marketing Association of Tampa Bay Healthcare Shared Interest Group

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Visual marketing and communications: Setting your plan in motion

By Mike Stephenson   More than 60 percent of marketers and small business owners say they plan to invest more in video marketing this year.  Visual marketing and communications are surging in importance as we’ve discussed in parts one and two of our series for AMA Tampa Bay. In our final installment, we’ll look at

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Visual marketing and communications: How to make photos and graphics

By Mike Stephenson With visual marketing and communications becoming dominant, more and more companies are focusing on the how to of incorporating visual content into their efforts to get their message out. “As we continue on in the next couple years, the need for visual storytelling is going to become greater …” Indiana University Health

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Visual marketing and communication: It’s important to show your work

By Mike Stephenson Your Facebook feed is cluttered with photos, videos and graphics. Your attention constantly bounces from checking your Twitter feed to skimming your email to thumbing out a text-message reply. But what do you remember? What communication is breaking through? Increasingly, it’s visual marketing and communication. While studies show people remember 10 percent

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Chatbot Assists in Marketing and Sales

Chatbot is defined as a computer program that is designed to simulate conversation with human users, mostly used over the internet. If you’ve ever asked Apple’s Siri or Android’s Cortana a question you have used a chatbot. The conversation can be text based or spoken conversation. When used properly, the dialogue is so natural that

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The AMA Tampa Bay Winning Super Bowl Ad Is…..

AMA Tampa Bay members gathered to hear advertising expert Scott Sheinberg, Executive Vice President of 22squared, discuss Super Bowl Advertising. We watched 16 ads and voted on one winner. With many years of experience as a creative director, Scott educated all of us on what makes a good Super Bowl ad, and here are the main

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