Merritt Group Blog

USA TODAY NETWORK's VP of Corporate Comms Shares Secrets to Branding Success

In case you haven’t heard already, Merritt Group recently launched its very own podcast called Lay of the Brand. Our podcast explores the latest innovations in marketing, creative and PR and how these disciplines are revolutionizing the way the tech industry communicates and sells.

Topics: content marketing Security Healthcare government branding public relations emerging technologies performance marketing podcast creative services 2019

Watch out Silicon Valley! The Texas ‘Silicon Prairie’ Is Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot!

When people think of geographic centers for tech advancement, a few key markets come to mind, mostly Silicon Valley. But innovation is happening all over the United States - in particular, Texas!

Topics: Security Healthcare startup government emerging technologies Texas 2019

Time for an Annual Checkup: Does Your Healthcare Provider Have a Pulse on Cybersecurity?

When scheduling your next checkup or appointment at the doctor’s office, a few things may come to mind: rearranging your work schedule, covering the copay or visit cost, anticipating the next steps or outcomes of the visit and so on. It’s rare that a patient considers the potential threat of a cyber attack during a standard doctor visit. But as we've seen from recent examples such as malware faking cancerous nodules, hospitals, health systems, private practices and others in the healthcare field can't ignore looming and potentially devastating cyber threats...especially as adversaries become more sophisticated and as our interconnected world expands the attack surface.

Topics: content marketing Security Healthcare public relations performance marketing 2019

Announcing Merritt Group's New Podcast: Lay of the Brand!

Looking for some industry insights and the latest tips and tricks to listen to on the commute to work, at your desk, or relaxing at home? Well, you’re in luck! Merritt Group has officially launched a new podcast series, Lay of the Brand, where we sit down with the leading industry experts to discuss the top innovations in marketing, creative and PR – and the way these disciplines are revolutionizing how the tech industry communicates – and sells to the world.

Topics: content marketing Security Healthcare government public relations emerging technologies performance marketing podcast creative services 2019

4 Reasons Why Startups Should Have a Brand Strategy

Having a strong and consistent brand is foundational to any startup’s success. Don’t believe me? A 2018 study found that 87 percent of B2B companies increased their brand investments over the previous five years, resulting in 82 percent of those seeing payoffs in increased sales and customer acquisition.

Topics: content marketing Security Healthcare startup government branding public relations emerging technologies creative services 2019

Q&A With a Merritt Group-er: Get to Know Hayley Bumgardner

Get to know who's who on the Merritt Group team! 

Topics: Corporate Culture staff profile creative services 2019

Why Long-Form Content is (Still) Critical to Engaging Government Buyers

Long-form content marketing is dead, right?

Our attention spans have dropped to a disturbing low of 8 seconds, so content has to be visual, short and simple to engage target audiences. That’s what the marketing world has been collectively preaching for the past decade. While that sentiment isn’t totally wrong, it doesn’t reflect the nuanced world we live in. The fact remains that various content formats have different goals, and make sense at different points in the buying cycle – especially in the government market.

Topics: content marketing government performance marketing 2019

Forget the Royal Baby! These Are the Can't-Miss Cyber Events of the Season

If you follow the Royals, it has been quite a decade for grand events – from Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding in 2011, to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding in 2018, to the birth of their first child.

Topics: Security public relations 2019

5 Easy Ways to Boost B2B Sales with Video

If you haven’t integrated video into your content marketing mix yet, you could be missing an enormous opportunity to cost-effectively reach, engage and convert more customers. It’s hard to argue with the fact that marketers that use video are growing revenue a whopping 49 percent faster!

Topics: content marketing Security Healthcare government video emerging technologies performance marketing creative services 2019

Segment, Grade and Score Your Leads to Increase Deal Sizes

Two major KPIs that we use for our clients to measure marketing effectiveness is decreasing Cost Per Acquisition (CPAs) and increasing deal size. There are a variety of ways you can impact both KPIs, but one of the most strategic is the combination of lead grading and scoring, and segmentation as a precursor to both.

Topics: Security Healthcare government emerging technologies performance marketing 2019