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One-Minute MarketerIt’s Budgeting Time. Don’t Forget Research.

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It’s Budgeting Time. Don’t Forget Research.

For many of us, budget time runs October through January. Investing in marketing seems to be difficult for most organizations. Yet with digital it should be getting easier in some ways.

budgeting for 2020

Besides the decision on human resources or outsourcing, there are bigger decisions around channels: How many channels, who will develop the content, who will maintain the dialogue, what are the conversions?  It’s so much more than a dollar figure and body.

Even the top reason from Kantar has the word “research” attached. Did you also budget for research to make sure you have the right channels for the right audiences? Yes, it is budgeting time, but without research to set the benchmark, it will be hard to move the needle in 2020.

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Mark wrote his first direct-mail fundraising letter in 1981 for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. The effort raised a few million dollars in undiscovered wills and legacy gifts. From that day forward Mark discovered a love of the big idea that moves the needle. After 12 years at KWWL, Mark became a business owner as a co-founder of ME&V — rebranded as AMPERAGE in 2015. After 25 years of leading creative teams in video production, graphic design, PR, writing and web development, Mark transitioned out of ownership in 2021. Today he serves in an employee role as special projects consultant. He is creatively ambidextrous — son of an artist and engineer — and famous for distilling complex ideas down to a few words and a few visuals. Mark is a writer. When he found that many nonprofits struggled with complex branding puzzles, he wrote the book, “NonProfit-NonMarketing .” He also wrote a novel called “Reenactment.” Mark is an active blogger OneMinuteMarketer® with nearly 1,000 readers each week on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. One of his most popular YouTube videos is on “How to Look Good on Zoom.” One of Mark’s fondest business memories was being named to INC 500 two times and attending the INC 500 conference with other winners. Mark is considered by some a Civil War expert (and that explains his novel). Mark also served as an adjunct professor in the business and in the communications departments at Wartburg College. Mark is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is currently vice president of the University of Iowa Journalism and Mass Communications Advisory Board. Mark is married to state Sen. Liz Mathis, and the two love to travel, even when it means being trapped by a volcano in the Czech Republic for three weeks.