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Content Marketing: Be a Partner to Your State & Local Customers

May 22, 2019

Even the largest of states rarely serve a population one-tenth the size of the entire United States. Similarly, state budgets are a fraction the size and scope of the country as a whole. The overall budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, alone, rivals that of many mid-size cities. Therefore, it is not surprising that state and local decision-makers do not have the same resources as their federal counterparts when it comes to the procurement of IT products, services and emerging technologies. With fewer dollars to spend and fewer people to serve, state and local staffing levels are ... Read more

Should You Include Case Studies in Your Public Sector Marketing?

April 23, 2019

For public sector marketers, case studies provide you the opportunity to demonstrate your past performance while highlighting your expertise and product or service’s unique features. In an arsenal of marketing materials, should you put an emphasis on creating case studies to highlight your products and services to public sector markets? The resounding answer is yes! Results from Market Connections’ most recent study, 2019 Content Marketing Review: Federal & Beyond, demonstrated the value and importance of case studies across federal, state and local decision-makers in informing and educating them about products, technical services and emerging technologies. Ninety-five percent of respondents across both federal ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Congratulations to GDIT for Recent DHA Contract Win

April 16, 2019

Congratulations to our clients and friends at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) for their recent $44M contract win supporting the Defense Health Agency (DHA) through traumatic brain injury (TBI) research.   Continuing Support for Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center    Since 2014, GDIT has provided research and analysis supporting DHA’s Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). The contract win will allow GDIT to continue to conduct research on TBI, diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation methods and the effect of repetitive exposure to sub-concussive blasts from weapons for the next 18 months. This includes supporting 21 sites, including military treatment facilities, major trauma rehabilitation sites within the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and DHA headquarters located ... Read more

Content Marketing: Where Should Your Focus Lie?

April 4, 2019

“Content marketing is the only marketing left.” – Seth Godin In 2008, Seth Godin made this bold statement, and in the decade that followed, in both the corporate world and public sector market, we have watched this statement unfold with an explosion of white papers, infographics, podcasts, sponsored articles, and videos. However, with so much content in the market, it’s hard to break through the noise. What marketers need now, more than ever, is content refinement and an understanding of WHAT the target audience wants, WHERE they are searching for it and HOW much time they want to spend with it. Looking ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Five Contractors Selected for DTRA IT Support Contract Valued at $535M

March 1, 2019

Congratulations to past clients and friends at Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics IT, Leidos, NT Concepts and Science Applications International Corp for being selected for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s IT Support contract, potentially a 10-year contract to provide IT services and support valued at $535M. The contract has a five-year base period plus one five-year option at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, as well as other locations worldwide, and is scheduled to conclude in March 2029. Read more

To Develop a Strong Brand Strategy in the Federal Market, Take Steps to Set You Up for Success

February 14, 2019

If the January 2019 Federal Shutdown has revealed anything, it’s that the best laid marketing plans may fall to the wayside in the need to react to changing dynamics of the market. A solid marketing plan focused on brand awareness, strategic outreach, and effective communication tools can handle any fluctuations and bumps in the road. A strong brand perception among your customers can ease anxieties, knowing that solutions exist when budgets and timelines are in turmoil. As part of Market Connections’ ongoing efforts to help its clients, we often tap into the great ideas of other thinkers in the marketplace and ... Read more

Top Innovator: Boeing Reveals New Transonic Wing Design

January 29, 2019

While it may not be in our “wheel” (or in this case, “wing”) house, at Market Connections, we like to acknowledge innovative new technology and design across multiple fields. Which is why the announcement from Boeing definitely made the list of top innovations to be noted in 2019. Earlier this month, Boeing unveiled their Transonic Truss-Based Wing (TTBW), an extremely thin, folding wing, with a wingspan of 170 feet, made possible by a truss that supports its weight. This innovative design allows aircraft to fly more efficiently at higher altitudes. Partnering with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for nearly 10 ... Read more

Mergers & Acquisitions: Northrop Grumman Acquires Orbital ATK

June 28, 2018

Company Renamed Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems   For those of us in the federal market, news of mergers & acquisitions are steadily becoming the norm.  Throughout all mergers, senior leadership faces new challenges to make sure that customers are well informed and satisfied, prospective business partners are clear on roles and responsibilities and the culture and employees of the new combined company are all moving the right direction. In the news this month, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission cleared Northrop Grumman’s purchase of defense and space contractor Orbital ATK, thereby making Orbital ATK Northrop Grumman’s fourth business sector, named Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. ... Read more

Is Your Brand a Leader in Your Market?

June 21, 2018

Your brand is a critical contributor to the value of your company. If you aren’t leading, you may be falling behind. From overall awareness to specific perceptions, your brand carries the weight of your company’s mission wherever it goes. Both consciously and sub-consciously, your brand is constantly evaluated by your prospects and compared to your competitors. Your brand perception in the market is the floor for the evaluation of all your products and services. Poor, or non-existent, brand perceptions start you in a hole. A brand that leads knows what it wants to be, where it wants to be and ... Read more

Congratulations 2018 NVTC CFO Award Winners

June 12, 2018

Market Connections would like to congratulate Accenture Federal Services’ chief financial officer, Christine Bailey, along with all other nominees and awardees at Northern Virginia Technology Council’s (NVTC) Annual CFO Awards Ceremony held Monday, June 4 in Tysons Corner, Virginia. The 22nd annual NVTC CFO Awards recognize local chief financial officers for outstanding achievement and excellence in promoting the area’s technology community. The winning CFOs are as follows: Christine Bailey, Accenture Federal Services (Division/Group) Jennifer Felix, Vencore (now Perspecta) (Private Company) Adrian Muniz, Logi Analytics (Emerging Growth) Mark Lynch, Appian (Public Company) In addition, to the awardees above, NVTC also honored Todd Headley with the Michael G. Devine ... Read more

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