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Emily Hegland

Emily Hegland
Emily Hegland is a Chicago-based copywriter.

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How to Craft an Emotional, Effective Brand Story

Relationship Marketing, Brand Story August 6, 2020

Consumers make decisions emotionally.  

It’s true.  

According to Gerald Zaltman, emeritus professor at the Harvard Business School, 98% of buying decisions are made in the subconscious.  

That means these buying decisions come from the heart or the gut… rather than the brain. Emotion beats logic nearly every time.  

And that’s why it’s vital to have an emotional brand story.  

Facts appeal to the brain. Stories stir the heart. If you want to create a real connection between your brand and your customers, you need a brand story that sticks with your buyers. 

So how do you do it? How do you craft a brand story with emotional impact?  

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Branding and Marketing Efforts are Shifting Amid COVID-19

Marketing Data July 22, 2020

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has thrown a wrench into everyone’s plans for 2020. To avoid tone-deafness during a crisis, many brands have had to tweak, pivot or completely scrap their marketing calendar. In a recent survey of marketing professionals across industries, only 6% didn’t have to change their marketing strategy. The rest are refocusing messaging or changing how they do business. Forty-five percent of companies surveyed say the impact is moderate… they haven’t had to throw everything out the window. But 18% have found themselves changing drastically.

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How to Use Direct Mail Retargeting to Recapture Sales

Relationship Marketing, Direct Mail July 2, 2020

The lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has changed consumer buying habits. Many people have gotten used to only venturing out to the grocery store or pharmacy. Online ordering is up. Curbside pickup is expected.

But as the country moves toward reopening, phase by phase, companies are looking for ways to recapture sales and reignite the interest of consumers in their brand.

Right now, many consumers need a nudge. And retargeting through direct mail could be the push they need to engage with your brand.

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4 Guidelines for Creating a Direct Mail Campaign Amid COVID-19

Direct Marketing, Direct Mail May 27, 2020

The pandemic has changed everyone’s priorities.

Right now, people are worried about their health, safety and financial stability. And further down the list is — ah, yes... business objectives.

In the midst of this crisis, you may want to rethink your marketing strategy. Any plans you made pre-pandemic may be off the table. So take time now to evaluate your method, your messaging and more.

Direct mail is a promising avenue for the current state of things. According to the WHO and the CDC, sending and receiving mail is considered safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. And with so many people staying at home, the mailbox is a direct line to your prospects.

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Why Customer Experience Matters for the Financial Industry

Financial Services, Customer Experience April 22, 2020

A recent Adobe study found that 63% of financial services organizations ranked customer experience as their number one priority. To keep up with the competition, you need to put your customers first… or they’ll find a provider who does.

Today, customers expect a seamless digital experience across channels, personalized advice and a financial partner they can trust. Take a look at this infographic to see why customer experience matters to the financial industry — now more than ever.

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Transforming Customer Experience in the Financial Services Industry

Financial Services, Customer Experience April 7, 2020

When it comes to the financial services industry, customer loyalty needs some attention. Because in this business, the name of the game is customer experience (CX). But what does that mean in today’s world?

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Why Customer Experience Matters for Insurance Companies — Infographic

Customer Experience February 25, 2020

Customer experience (CX) has risen to a new level of importance in the insurance industry. Sure, customers still value price — but it’s not the only consideration. They also want a brand that builds trust and shows they care about their customers.

In fact, a recent study by Accenture found that 46% of insurance respondents are "Quality Seekers.” These customers value superior service, automated transactions and personalization. That means you should invest in service-based communications — think about sending location-based alerts about severe weather or crime in the customer’s area. It also means you need to give your customers the technology they expect in 2020, like digital claim filing, user-friendly mobile apps and other useful resources.

Take a look at this infographic to see why customer experience matters to the insurance industry — now more than ever.

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Combining Technology With Your Direct Mail

Direct mail marketing has been around a while. In fact, the first time we saw it in its current form was in 1872. The piece was a one-page catalog. Since then, direct mail has evolved into many forms. Even in an age of endlessly evolving technology, direct mail is still works. But technology and direct mail are not mutually exclusive. In fact, new technologies can enhance your direct mail efforts and result in a higher response rate. 

There are a number of ways direct mail can use recent technology to connect with customers and drive better responses. Below three major ways to consider for your next campaign.

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4 Useful Social Media Techniques for Insurance Companies

Digital Marketing, Insurance Marketing, Social Media Marketing January 31, 2020

Social media must play a role in any business’s marketing plan. But when it comes to insurance companies, it can be tricky to figure out how social media fits with your brand’s voice. Here are a few quick tips to help make your insurance company relevant on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social platforms.

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3 Ways AI Can Improve Your Marketing Efforts

Digital Marketing, Artificial Intelligence January 23, 2020

As technology evolves at a rapid pace, the nature of marketing evolves with it. One of the most crucial innovations in the marketing landscape is artificial intelligence (AI).

But what exactly is AI? Put simply, AI is a system that can learn, reason and solve problems. And marketers see the potential. Here’s a brief look at how this technology can change the way marketers reach their audience.

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