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Marketing Advice From CEO Mark Stevens

Marketing advice from our CEO and founder, Mark Stevens, was recently featured in a blog post on PR Newswire. This blog details “How to Identify Your Brand’s Thought Leaders: 5 Marketing Experts’ Tips,” including some powerful insights from our very own marketing advice expert.

“A thought leader is willing to look at the rules in any industry or field or conventional wisdom and say ‘This is no longer wisdom,’” says Mark Stevens, CEO of MSCO Media and author of Your Marketing Sucks. “If your ideation has led to change then you are a thought leader.”

The article goes on to discuss how Mark believes that both Bill Gates and Taylor Swift are thought leaders in their respective fields. At first glance, it may not seem as if the two have much in common, but once you think about it, you’ll realize that both Gates and Swift have struggled with the trials and tribulations of the tech and music industries, defied norms and changed their industries for the better.

Four other experts from all across the country are cited as they share their marketing advice regarding the importance of identifying your brand’s thought leaders. In addition to Mark’s conclusion that “thought leaders change the industry for the better,” the author also highlighted these additional tips: “Thought leaders don’t shy away from controversy,” “Thought leaders are sought out by others,” “Thought leaders rank well in search results,” and “Thought leaders look to the future.”

For more on these experts’ marketing advice, read the full blog post on PR Newswire.

To read more of Mark’s marketing insights, visit his personal blog on his LinkedIn page.

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New Designer Adds Fresh Talent to MSCO

Allow me to officially introduce you to the newest addition to the MSCO family, Annie Dunning.

Annie interned with us last summer and made such a huge impression on the entire team that we just couldn’t let her get away. She astounded us with her natural ability to effortlessly translate her ideas into beautiful logos, websites, and package designs. After her summer at MSCO, she returned to Binghamton University in upstate New York. There, she completed her double major in Graphic Design and Economics while still finding time to complete projects for us on the side.

For as long as she can remember, she’s been drawn to the world of art and design. With a particular passion for typography and lettering as well as brand building and logo design, it’s safe to say that she’s found the perfect place to launch her career.

Outside of the office, Annie explores the world around her by discovering new music and traveling whenever she gets the chance. She stays active with things like soccer and spending as much time playing with puppies as she can. She also has a profound love of drinking… milkshakes.

We’re looking forward to watching Annie continue to grow as she truly finds herself as a designer here at MSCO.

See Annie’s professional portfolio at www.behance.net/Annie_Dunning.

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Marketing Expert Delivers Keynote Presentation

Our very own marketing expert, Mark Stevens, has been asked to give a keynote presentation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel tonight. The presentation will last approximately 20 minutes and will give the audience a closer look at How to Market and Grow Your Business. As you may have guessed, Mark is an amazing public speaker. With his ability to relate to virtually anyone and his undeniable passion for the topics that he discusses, Mark can adapt to essentially any audience.

Another marketing expert that will be speaking this evening is Eric Messer of Sunrise Building & Remodeling in Briarcliff. Like Mark, he has been characterized as being very bullish when it comes to marketing and PR. He will be discussing some of the biggest benefits of utilizing marketing and advertising tactics in your business.

Stacey Cohen of PR and marketing firm, Co-Communications in Mount Kisco, NY will be the final marketing expert presenting this evening. She will be discussing her expertise in public relations and how/why it is so important for businesses.

After the audience has heard from the panel, they will be given the opportunity to ask their own questions in a Q&A session.  The speaking portion of the program is expected to last about an hour, with a hospitality hour for networking and dinner beforehand.

It’s always an honor to be recognized as a marketing expert by the community that we serve. Being invited to give these presentations is something that we don’t take for granted. It’s a chance to teach our peers a little bit about the industry that we have dedicated our lives to.

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Help Us Welcome Our Newest Team Member!

Yesterday, our team celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green and eating my delicious grasshopper cookies.

MSCO Team Wearing Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from MSCO! From left to right: Patrick, Jade, and Tommy

But Saint Patrick isn’t the only Patrick we’ve been celebrating recently. Our newest graphic designer, Patrick Johnson has been with us since the beginning of March. Even though he’s only been here for a couple weeks, he’s already making a name for himself. He’s taken the lead on multiple new clients and has delivered a lot of great work. From fantastic website designs to outstanding new logos, he’s certainly living up to our expectations.

Patrick graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelors degree in graphic design. This is where he developed the skills needed to succeed in this fast paced and ever-changing environment known as the marketing/advertising industry.

Beyond his schooling, he’s also had years of professional experience as a graphic designer. With work for established companies as well as freelance jobs, he’s no stranger to the pressure of meeting a client’s demands. Just before joining our team, he was a Graphic Designer/Illustrator for Whole Foods Market. There, he had a hand in everything from creating in store graphics to doing their notorious chalkboard drawings.

Outside of the office, Patrick is just as interesting. He can often be found hiking and exploring the beautiful Hudson Valley. He’s also very passionate about music. He aims to see as much live music as his brain (and wallet, for that matter) can handle.

We’re excited to watch Patrick grow with the MSCO family and can’t wait to see everything that he can accomplish.

Connect with Patrick on LinkedIn.

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Expert Marketing Insights on Nationwide Commercial

More than one hundred million people were drawn to the screen for the Super Bowl on Sunday. Sure, most people actually tuned in for the sports, but who doesn’t love the expert marketing insights that come from some of the most highly anticipated advertising of the year? I know I’m not the only one that watches solely for the commercials.

This year, it was Nationwide that surprised us with an ad that we just can’t stop talking about. The commercial begins innocently enough, with an adorable young boy talking about some things that he won’t ever do in life like ride a bike or learn to fly. I thought that it was going to take an inspirational turn, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. As soon as he’s done listing the things that he won’t be able to do, he reveals the reason behind it – he died from an accident.

Here’s a link to watch the full ad on YouTube.

The commercial was so shocking and seemed so out of place that we haven’t been able to stop talking about it. Our very own Mark Stevens was called upon by NBC News for his expert marketing insights. He was interviewed shortly after the spot aired and didn’t hold back on his opinions.

“There’s nothing more profound than the death of a child, and there’s nothing more disgusting than the abuse of that subject…” Mark begins his interview. He goes on to give his own expert marketing insights on Nationwide’s controversial Super Bowl commercial.

Wondering what else Mark had to say? Click here to watch the short interview on NBC News.

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