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Winning Contractor: Verizon Wins Multiple DOL Task-Order Awards Totaling $805.9M Under Mega EIS Contract

October 1, 2020

Congratulations to our friends at Verizon for their multi-award win under the Department of Labor’s $50B Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract to provide telecommunications and information technology support services. Transitioning from the Networx contract vehicle that has been in place with the GSA since 2007, the 15-year EIS contract is the GSA’s premiere telecommunications contract. Under this contract, the DOL released its EIS request for proposals in March. Under this mega-contract, Verizon was recently awarded three task orders including a 12-year task order to provide managed network, voice, data and toll-free services valued at $631.5M; a second valued at $10.2M for audio and ... Read more

GAIN 2020

October 1, 2020

Brought to you by Market Connections’ strategic partner, Government Marketing University, GAIN 2020 is the premier government marketing conference where you will learn along with the brightest minds in the government marketing community. This year’s conference will be virtual over the course of four days in November with two-hour segments each day focused on the four core areas: Grow, Accelerate, Innovate and Network. (GAIN!) Each day you will hear from dynamic speakers followed by keynote commentary brought to you by senior government marketers, a government CIO, CISO and program manager will be in the virtual house along with a stellar line ... Read more

A Decline in Trust and Confidence:

September 23, 2020

Insights Pulled from a Sneak Peek of the 2020 Federal Media & Marketing Study From the desk of Laurie Morrow, Vice President of Research Strategy, Market Connections Inc. Over the twelve years my team has conducted the Federal Media & Marketing Study, we have looked at how federal audiences are engaging with different media properties from print publications to online to newer social medias. In addition to analyzing readership, we also investigate habits, trends, levels of trust and confidence and time spent with media along with other marketing tactics year over year. With all the changes and pivots the federal market and those ... Read more

Using Personas in Creating & Marketing Content for Your Federal IT Customer

August 20, 2020

Guest blogger: Mark Amtower, Amtower & Company  Market Connections’ Federal IT (FIT) Persona Study should resonate with everyone selling IT products or services to the government. The always evolving IT landscape shortens the cycle of Moore’s Law every day, making it critical for the savvy IT product or services contractor to educate federal buyers  on a regular basis. Smart federal marketers understand that to increase the likelihood of success, they need to extend this education process to a broader audience of influencers and decision-makers at target agencies. The FIT Persona Study helps marketers understand each type of persona that can participate ... Read more

Federal Marketing in a Post-COVID World: Developing a Plan of Action

August 5, 2020

From the Desk of Aaron Heffron, President Market Connections, Inc. While many of us remember fondly as a kid hearing, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” we all need to remember, “yes, folks, there will be a federal market after COVID.” Setting aside the debate of when the “after” is a reality, it is not too soon to start thinking about how to position your company to emerge from quarantine stronger and ready for action. You can do this by developing and implementing a marketing plan that accounts for the market realities while it hedges against market uncertainty. Here are FOUR ... Read more

#1 Misconception of Doing Business With The Federal Government

July 23, 2020

Guest blogger: Kris Brinker, Ocean 5 Strategies There‌ ‌is‌ ‌no‌ ‌such‌ ‌thing‌ ‌as‌ ‌doing‌ ‌business‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌federal‌ ‌government.‌ ‌‌We‌ ‌do‌ ‌business‌ ‌with‌ ‌people—government‌ ‌decision-makers,‌ ‌federal‌ ‌humans—who‌ ‌all‌ ‌have‌ ‌goals, ‌‌fears,‌ ‌needs,‌ ‌priorities,‌ ‌and‌ ‌pain‌ ‌points.‌ ‌ The‌ ‌US‌ ‌government‌ ‌continues‌ ‌to‌ ‌offer‌ ‌opportunities‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌largest‌ ‌public‌ ‌procurement‌ ‌marketplace.‌ ‌Just‌ ‌a‌ ‌small‌ ‌piece‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌federal‌ ‌pie‌ ‌would‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌huge‌ ‌win.‌ ‌But,‌ ‌the‌ ‌hurdles‌ ‌and‌ ‌barriers‌ ‌government‌ ‌contractors‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌overcome‌ ‌have‌ ‌not‌ ‌only‌ ‌changed‌ ‌but‌ ‌also‌ ‌become‌ ‌greater.‌ ‌ ‌ The‌ ‌customer‌ ‌base‌ ‌for‌ ‌government‌ ‌contractors‌ ‌is‌ ‌becoming‌ ‌harder‌ ‌and‌ ‌harder‌ ‌to‌ ‌reach‌ ‌and‌ ‌contractors‌ ‌have‌ ‌to‌ ‌do‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌ever‌ ‌to‌ ‌break‌ ‌through.‌ ‌New‌ ‌marketing‌ ‌techniques‌ ‌and‌ ‌technologies‌ ‌must‌ ... Read more

How Contractors Can Use Federal Personas for the Win: Part Two

June 29, 2020

Sales and BD Teams In part one of our blog series “How Contractors Can Use Federal Personas for the Win,” we shared the importance of getting internal team buy-in from leadership to marketing to sales. In addition to ways federal marketers can benefit from the use of personas, we noted the importance of collaboration between the marketing teams and the sales and BD teams to get the most out of federal personas. Federal personas can, and should, be living documents that are tweaked by newly gathered information. Sales teams can add key insights from their day-to-day frontline experience, as part of persona ... Read more

How Contractors Can Use Federal Personas for the Win: Part One

June 25, 2020

Marketing Teams Our latest blog post “Beyond the C-level Suite” emphasized  the importance of marketing to both federal IT decision-makers and influencers at agencies in different ways. Detailed personas for each federal influencer, from senior executive to procurement staff to end user can crystalize your approach and give you guidance as to the unique personal and professional challenges that can influence how and why they make decisions. In part one of this series, we’ll focus on how marketing teams can use federal personas to guide their strategy. Originating in the consumer market, personas used for B2G will differ in their area of ... Read more

Federal Personas: Beyond the C-Level Suite

May 21, 2020

The Importance of Influencer Personas for the Win How many times have you sat around a table, planning your next campaign and someone says, “We should just target CTOs, CISOs or CIOs – they make the final decision…”? We’re often faced with the same statement by public sector marketers who are looking to find out specifically what agency plans are and the likelihood their company would be short-listed for an upcoming opportunity. Are senior executives the only type of federal persona to consider for the win? One Can Say “Yes,” But Many Can Say “No” When prodded further about their marketing plans, the ... Read more

Federal IT Contractors: Your Help Made Federal Telework Possible

May 14, 2020

But There Is Still Work to Be Done Over the past 5+ years, Market Connections has surveyed and interviewed thousands of federal employees about agency challenges and needs that could be addressed through IT modernization. It is heartening to see that all the technology and work performed by federal IT contractors over the past half-decade has paid off at a critical time during which the need for federal telework has escalated. This was further confirmed in a recent article from WorkScoop, which highlighted key insights into how federal agencies were prepared for and responded to necessary telework activity during COVID-19. Thanks to ... Read more

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