Merritt Group Blog

Don’t Be the Last to Know: Corporate Policies for Disclosing Data Breaches

It’s a Monday morning and the last thing you want to wake up to is finding out your entire identity was stolen. 

Topics: Security cyber cybersecurity data breach

Top Takeaways From Black Hat 2019

It’s hard to believe that a month has passed since we packed our bags for Vegas to attend the Black Hat 2019 conference. This year, cyber professionals from around the world congregated in the packed halls of Mandalay Bay for this leading security event, now in its 22nd year. 

Topics: Security public relations BlackHat

Keep Your Logo. Refresh Your Brand.

There’s a common misconception that ‘brand equals logo.’ Companies are often nervous about words like ‘branding’ or ‘rebrand’ because they assume it means a logo redo is in order. The thought of a new logo strikes terror in even the most open-minded of key stakeholders. They cannot stop thinking about all the signage, business cards, t-shirts and office supplies in which they’ve already invested.

Topics: Security Healthcare government branding emerging technologies creative services 2019

Podcast: The Evolution of Performance Marketing in Tech

Ever wondered what exactly performance marketing is, where it evolved from and how the latest developments and thinking can be harnessed for more powerful campaign results?  

In our latest episode of Lay of the Brand, Senior Marketing Project Manager Abigail Bracy provides insights into the changing data, influencer and buyer landscape and how you can use them to your advantage when it comes to refining your marketing campaign strategies. 

Topics: Security Healthcare government emerging technologies performance marketing podcast 2019

How to Dominate Black Hat Headlines This Year

In less than two weeks, thousands of security professionals will flood the halls of Mandalay Bay for Black Hat, all edging to stand out from the crowd and make a name for themselves. Yet, with the cybersecurity industry growing at an unprecedented pace, the task of rising above the noise remains a challenge. So how can marketers get beyond the event buzz and drive awareness among their key audiences? The solution is simple, yet daunting: bold, differentiated and effective storytelling.

Topics: content marketing Security public relations performance marketing 2019

Boost PR and Marketing Results Through Evidence-Based Strategies

What exactly is evidence-based practice, and how can an approach that’s revolutionized other fields like medicine, education and criminal justice be applied to the field of communications?  I had about 30 minutes to discuss this last week during a media relations webinar hosted by the National Association of County & City Health Officials for public information officers from municipalities around the country.  

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

How to Ace Your 5G PR Strategy

In my previous blog post, I talked about how to create an effective marketing strategy around 5G innovations. Now, I’ll dive into PR strategies for cutting through the increasing market chatter around this exciting next wave of technology so your product or service doesn’t get lost in the fray.

Topics: content marketing Security Healthcare government public relations 5g emerging technologies 2019

Is Content Marketing...Just Marketing?

The buzz around what “content marketing” is or is not can be a bit confusing for marketers like me who have been around the block and seen the communications landscape shift over the past decades. Why? Because I view content as the foundation and fuel for any campaign or message out to market. It’s about being smart in your approach and not just blindly writing about whatever topic suits your fancy. Content marketing is about digging into the market and competitive data; doing the research to make sure your message resonates with your specific buyer; timing that asset just right so the audience is receptive; and crafting stories that pull at the heartstrings while also pleasing the algorithms. 

Topics: content marketing Security Healthcare government emerging technologies performance marketing 2019

How to Make Your 5G Marketing Pop

It’s impossible to avoid the buzz around the rise of 5G in today’s headlines and marketers need to be smart in their approach if they want their fifth-generation cellular network-related technologies to stand out from the crowd. But before we talk about marketing this innovation, let’s first fully understand...What is 5G anyway?

Topics: content marketing Security Healthcare government public relations 5g emerging technologies performance marketing creative services 2019

Brand a Startup in Half the Time: Here's How

Don’t be scared at the prospect of branding, assuming you need an extensive timeline and a massive budget to be successful. A branding project doesn’t have to take months or years. Accelerating the execution process - from concept to implementation - just takes a few simple ingredients. Here are the essentials I’ve distilled for you based on years of branding experience. 

Topics: Security Healthcare government branding emerging technologies creative services 2019