Energy & Utility Marketers, Let Me Be Brief

Over the past few weeks, we have been enjoying some lively discussions here in the agency around the role, need and general requirements of the creative brief. In case you don't know, that is the document that defines the situation and guides and informs all creative work. In all my years on the corporate side of marketing in our industry, I was never once brought into the creative process or even presented with a creative brief by any of my agencies. Yet, the absence of this brief can cause great angst and consternation for all involved later in the creative process.



It is that time of year again and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be launching the second annual B2B marketing benchmark study, the only one focused solely on the energy and utility industry.

As marketers, we should all understand the importance of research in informing our strategies: knowing the environment in which we are operating, knowing what others are doing, knowing what others think is working and what they think is not. We can use this to model our plans and behaviors or to drive a strategy designed to out maneuver competitors. This study does just that, providing you with solid data to inform your ongoing marketing program strategy.


A Fence that Makes Cents

The McDonnell Group office is located in Roswell, a suburb just outside the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, Georgia. To some, this may seem like just another town where people go about their day; grocery shopping, driving their kids to soccer practice, and picking up dry cleaning. But our team sees the beauty in many of the shops and restaurants along Canton Street. In the afternoon it may appear like a sleepy little town, but at night the shops and restaurants come alive with people sipping on drinks and enjoying the abundance of dining options available.


The 5 Energy Hashtags Defined for the Electric Power Industry

Right now there are plenty of conversations happening on social media around energy and renewables. And if you are participating, or want to participate, to engage a particular audience or get your company noticed, you need to know about hashtags. Hashtags, used on Twitter and Facebook, help extend your brand reach and increase engagement with your target audiences by allowing people interested in those topics to follow your conversation.


Summer Reading Essentials 2014

It's that time again! The summer is (sadly) coming to a close and the kids are scrambling to finish their summer reading lists just in time for school to start. Fortunately, those assigned reading days are behind us! However, since a little summer reading never hurt anyone, we've compiled a list of outstanding books that range in expertise from social media, to branding, all the way to PR and data management. Check out one (or all) of our recommendations and let us know what you think!


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