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Agency-Based Marketing: Targeting Your Customer on a Deeper Level

In our last blog post, Should You Reconsider Your 2021 Federal Media Strategy in Light of COVID?, we touched on how to use agency-based marketing (ABM) for media purchasing when space in general federal publications are limited. Federal marketers are oftentimes challenged with tight budgets and high expectations to produce strong ROIs. Simply, they are…

GAIN 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…

A Decline in Trust and Confidence:

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…

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

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…

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

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…

#1 Misconception of Doing Business With The Federal Government

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…

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

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…

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

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…

Federal Personas: Beyond the C-Level Suite

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…

Federal IT Contractors: Your Help Made Federal Telework Possible

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…