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Pokemon Go uses augmented reality to “catch” Pokemon in real-world places.

This week has been exciting in that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the F8 developer conference that we will see more platforms and apps using augmented reality, especially on Facebook and Instagram. This is a further testament to how marketing is moving into the digital landscape and isn’t looking back.

media trainingThe adage that it takes a lifetime to build a reputation but only seconds to destroy one or that you only make a first impression once can be applied to a wide array of scenarios, including your interactions with the media. It’s always surprising, then, why so many people think that can just “wing it” when it comes to media interviews. This approach is common across many industries, but especially true when it comes to professional service firms. Whether accountants, investment advisors, lawyers, financial planners, architects, or engineers, subject matter experts in complex fields too often miss the mark when provided with media opportunities. The reasons as to why so many professionals take this view could be the subject of an entire blog post. Rather than focus on the problem, I want a take a closer look at a reasonable solution that works: media training and interview prep.

Imagery – graphics, photos, GIFs, and more – are no longer an option in social media posts. They are central to creating great content that your audience will engage with. In fact, if an image is paired with relevant information, people will retain that information 65% better than information presented as plain text.

Yet, many marketers spend a large budget and an even larger amount of time creating images only to find that they receive little to no engagement on Facebook. When you’re creating one-of-a-kind images for your brand, it’s important to consider the following tips:

Negotiation is a valuable business and communication skill for any professional. Negotiating with someone else doesn’t just happen in an office or a boardroom sitting across a table from someone else. We are constantly negotiating as we navigate our daily lives at work and home. Sure, different situations require distinct negotiation and communication tactics and the stakes vary widely from one negotiation to the next, but the core principles of the best negotiators stay the same. That’s one of the key lessons learned last week at the annual conference of the Society of Marketing Professional Services’ Virginia Chapter. There were a number of insightful presentations with great takeaways, but the one that stood out the most was “The Cartography of Negotiation” by Scott Wayne of The Frontier Project. Scott outlined tools and tips to enhance your negotiating skills. Here are my three biggest lessons:

It’s only February and 2017 has already been a wild year for marketing professionals! From fake news to ongoing disruptions in how people consume information, the communications landscape remains challenging. Despite the many hurdles, opportunities abound and there are exciting new ways to reach your target audience in an engaging manner. But, what really works and how do you manage it?