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How Trump Changed the Way Government Communicates

 

“Did you see what he tweeted?”

For nearly two years now, that one question has been asked in every single morning meeting that I’ve been in with federal contractors or employees. It’s on everyone’s mind when they start their day – what did the President tweet today?

Topics: government social media

Federal Data Strategy: Helping Gov Drive Digital Transformation

The world is currently witnessing a fourth industrial revolution. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects a 28 percent increase in world energy use by the year 2040, affecting food, transportation and more. Meanwhile, innovative technologies are used to support these global transformations. Driving this fourth wave and underpinning these technologies is one essential ingredient: data. 

Data was certainly the hot topic at Informatica’s 2018 World Tour’s stop in Washington DC. To kick off the event, Anil Chakravarthy, CEO of Informatica, discussed how data can drive intelligent disruption and digital transformation across industries. “We believe in the disruptive power of data to transform every business, every government agency and every non-profit,” Chakravarthy said. “Data is helping to drive digital transformation with new customer engagement models – or new citizen engagement models for government, new products and services, and new operating models, like those of Uber or Amazon.”

Topics: government federal marketing

Merritt Group Supports 17th Annual Samsung Charity Gala

 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)

Jayson Schkloven and I had the immense honor of joining Samsung last night at the 2018 Samsung Charity Gala. Held at the Manhattan Center in New York, the 17th annual event raised proceeds for Samsung’s charity partners through its ‘Samsung Gives’ philanthropic programming. Last night, more than $3 million dollars were raised.  Since 2011, efforts have raised more than $75 million throughout the U.S., benefitting more than 2,600 schools, hospitals, and foundations.

Topics: government thought leadership federal marketing

Why Digital Marketing is the Best Way to Reach Federal Leaders

Federal is an old-school market that requires an old-school marketing approach. Right?

Not exactly. Successful contractors are going digital.

That’s one of the key takeaways from the 2018 Government Contractor Study that we recently produced in partnership with Market Connections and the Professional Services Council to find out what works in federal contractor marketing and business development.

Topics: government thought leadership federal marketing

How to Position Your Company for Federal RFP Success

Winning federal government business is hard. There are long procurement cycles, budget fluctuations and rapidly-changing acquisition strategies. So how do the most successful contractors position themselves to win in this increasingly competitive industry?

Topics: government thought leadership federal marketing

Industry Reacts: 2018 Federal Government Contractor Study

The results are in! If you’re pursuing government business, you won’t want to make another marketing or business development (BD) move until you read this year’s Federal Government Contractor Study.

Unveiled by Merritt Group earlier this week, together with partners Market Connections and Professional Services Council, the study reveals the best BD and marketing practices and strategies of winning contractors. Merritt’s Sean O’Leary moderated a panel of experts at the launch event in Arlington, VA to dig deeper into the data and gain additional industry perspective on what’s working (or not) in the contracting world.

Topics: government Marketing to the Government federal marketing

Learn the Secrets to Government Contractor Success

 

You may think you know how government contractors succeed through marketing, but the results of a recent survey may surprise you.

Did you know 86% of government contractors have event sponsorships in their 2018 marketing budgets? 

Did you know that 53% of contractors increased their digital advertising spending this year? 

Topics: thought leadership government marketing

How to Make a Splash in the Federal Space Without Wading into Political Controversy

 

A challenge that we often run into in MG’s Government Practice is how to effectively sail the seas in this controversial political climate to help our clients to make a splash without rocking the boat. The seas are rough and it seems easier to just stay out of the water completely.

It’s understandable that some companies avoid policy talk altogether because they feel like it eliminates risk and therefore protects their brand. If you don’t touch controversy you’re better off, right?

Yes and no.

Topics: thought leadership government

Why Media Tours Aren’t Dead - Yet

 

As a millennial in PR, there’s a tendency to listen to the stories from those who have been in the field for years with shock and wonder. Who puts together print clip reports? You faxed press releases to reporters?

Topics: thought leadership Healthcare government