Tom Marin

Tom Marin

Tom Marin is the managing partner of MarketCues.com and provides corporate and brand strategy to organizations of all sizes. He has an extensive background in the graphic arts, printing, publishing and media industries. Marin is an accredited member of the national and international chapters of the Business Marketing Assn., is a (CBC) certified business communicator and a past marketing chair of the Chicago chapter.

The Voice of an Advocacy Brand

Of all brands, an advocacy brand is the easiest to setup and hardest to sustain. The importance of knowing your issue and being able to stand up and evangelize it is a requirement, not the secret to success. Yet, far too many .org advocacy brands rely on just that and often find their organization lacking in funding and market dominance. Building an advocacy brand requires several keys to be successful. Here are several that are time-proven and built to last.

The Key to a Corporate Brand

When a team works together in unison it can always accomplish more than a solo artist if they work together and not against each other. Success comes to teams who appreciate each team member equally regardless of their rank or experience.

The Upside of a Personal Brand

Having the strongest brand possible is a necessity, not a luxury reserved for larger companies. In order to succeed today, you need an extremely well-defined brand just to stay in the game, and one way to accomplish this is to build a personal brand.

Three Ways to Review Your Brand Like a Pro

Making the brand review an ongoing practice of your organization will ensure it stays current and relevant in the market—not something you have to do, but something you want to do. That’s how the pros think about brand reviews and how they keep their brands in leadership positions.

Three Lessons We’ve Learned About the New Marketplace

Much of the time our assumptions of what a market will value are not correct. This is often difficult to deal with by a leader who is not trained in the art of listening! What makes sense though is to find the "keys" that will unlock your organization’s true strengths and listening helps you find them.

How to Create Value, Really

If your core value drives your organization to be better and do better, then what you make or provide will have even more value to those you serve. Just talking about ideas doesn’t prove a thing other than proving you’re very smart. Putting your ideas into the hands of those you serve with honesty and transparency increases your value today and into the future.

How Are Your Sales and Marketing Going?

Regardless of the type of business you run, your company’s ability to create new customer relationships is the lifeblood that will keep your company growing—not to mention profitable.

Three Excellent Ways to Kill Your Website Traffic

Websites are supposed to bring prospects to your company and assist you in turning them into clients, but in many cases they actually are killing these chances. So why does this happen so much of the time and what can you do about it is the million-dollar question.

Three Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Marketing

Thinking there’s no foolproof system for avoiding marketing missteps completely is not a realistic expectation, but there are certain warning signs you can watch out for as you prepare your next marketing campaign.

The Benefits of a Strategic Plan

Today’s business environment is both exciting and challenging, particularly if you are interested in growing your business to its next stage of growth. Have you developed a "Core Strategy" that defines the specific strategic initiatives you need to achieve your goals?

Four Ways to Grow Your Company

Having a clear vision of what you want your company to achieve and how it is going to exploit its plan is the last major key to growing a company successfully. Incremental changes are safer to make, of course, but will rarely produce the rapid growth that a daring strategy can.

How Do You Define Strategy?

Strategy has become an often-used word that is applied to many circumstances and areas of business. There are strategies for sales, technology, marketing, HR, and the list goes on and on. As a strategist I actually welcome this, however, it seems that its constant use has somewhat changed its meaning over the years.

Some New Rules for the New Economy

The question you have to ask yourself today is, am I prepared for the future? Hopefully the answer is yes because the business world is becoming increasingly harsher and less forgiving to even the best-known companies.

How to Empower Your Organization

A smart strategy will provide you with the basis for a sound strategic plan that can lead to significant growth. If your organization is going to survive the many market changes and fierce competition it faces, you need to plan and manage with the clearest path from Point A to Point B you can muster.

Why a S.M.A.R.T. Strategy Really Is Smart

Research shows that approximately 90 percent of all U.S. businesses lack a formal strategic plan and of those organizations with them, only 10 percent say they fully implement it throughout their organization. So if you and your organization find yourself in the majority you should consider asking yourself the following.