Jennie Ford Speaks to AMA Panel on Digital Marketing Careers

Posted by Brandi McElhatten

Oct 11, 2016 11:15:17 AM

Jennie Ford, Digital Marketing Manager for Goldstein Group Communications (, was a featured panelist at the American Marketing Association event in Cleveland on October 6.  The panel was one of a series of events connected to AMA’s Marketing Week.

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Topics: Marketing, PR, digital marketing, AMA, Education

Joel Goldstein, Goldstein Group Communications, Talks Marketing Career, Tips

Posted by Cyndi Friedel

Nov 30, 2015 10:58:08 AM

Lois Moncrief, host of the “BusinessOnlineBlastoff” podcast, interviewed Joel Goldstein about his insights on his career in marketing communications and tips for others interested in the business. He shares his perspective on how he grew Goldstein Group Communications from a small public relations firm to the full service digital marketing agency it is today. Part 1 of the interview, which first aired on September 7, 2015, is titled “042: His Road to Success & Biz Tips for You”; Part 2, which first aired on September 8, 2015, is titled “043: Branding, Marketing, & Message.”

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Topics: PR, Goldstein Group Communications

A Conscience is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Posted by Tom Andel

Jul 1, 2015 3:24:00 PM

We recently posted our firm’s core values. Some might think that a marketing agency’s core
values should be whatever its clients say they are—“otherwise, shut up.” That might have been fine for Goldstein Group if it hadn’t committed to growing from its roots as a public relations (PR) firm, but any company that adds “Communications” to its name adds an obligation to its services for clients—beyond acting as a mouthpiece. If you look at GGC’s values, three of them deserve the media spotlight as practiced by any company—especially these days, with a number of high-profile p.r. agencies and executives stepping into it (the spotlight that is). They’re doing that because their clients have stepped into it (a spotlight, yes, but also something that’s a bit hotter and messier) and they require their agency’s help cleaning it up.

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Topics: PR, values, Goldstein Group Communications

Don’t Let Bigfoot Walk Away with Your Messaging

Posted by Tom Andel

May 26, 2015 1:41:00 PM

We all have guilty pleasures. Mine is getting up early in the morning and listening to the tail-end of Coast-to-Coast with George Noory. This is a forum for the weird. Everything from UFOs to vampires to shadow people are fair game for a national discussion among people with insomnia and a wild imagination—a scary but entertaining combination.

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Topics: advertising, PR, Public Relations, FLIR

The Most Creative Campaign in 22 Years

Posted by Joel Goldstein

May 7, 2015 1:37:00 PM

One of our most creative clients, Rhonda Stratton of Littelfuse, put together a campaign so tremendous, so inspiring and with so much impact that it quickly gathered the most awards of any program in our agency’s 22-year history (10!).  The Littelfuse Speed2Design program, which we were proud to support, quickly re-cast Littelfuse’s reputation as a supplier of an “after-thought” component, circuit protection, into a premier brand in its industry.  The campaign has generated thousands of social media followers, hundreds of articles and thousands of leads and contacts for the company’s prospect pipeline.

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Topics: Littelfuse, PR, Speed2Design, MarCom Awards

Return of the PR News Release

Posted by Joel Goldstein

Apr 8, 2014 2:32:00 PM

We had a discussion in the office recently about whether to cut back on the number of news9 useless things to cut from your marketing releases we do for clients.  They were getting less magazine pickup than in the past, and the cost of the wire service distribution, while valuable, really adds up.

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Topics: Google, PR, Public Relations, News Releases

PR Update: What’s Changed in What Editors Want From You?

Posted by Joel Goldstein

Mar 10, 2014 10:33:00 AM

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Topics: video, PR, business-to-business, Public Relations, blogging

Hire a Marketing Agency or Build an Internal Staff? Seven Reasons Why Hiring a Marketing Agency is a Better Strategy Spend

Posted by Joel Goldstein

Nov 8, 2013 8:29:00 AM

What can you do that I can’t do better for myself?

A salesperson for one of our clients came back from a sales call with that question ringing in her head.  She had a good answer, fortunately, but it’s a shocking question to hear from a customer.  It certainly applies to marketing agencies as well, of course, particularly today where everything changes so rapidly.  And we ask ourselves that every day to make sure we’re relevant, that we’re not old-school.

So what’s the role of an agency today?  Why hire an agency instead of building your own staff internally?  Good question.  Here’s some good answers:

  1. More efficient use of resources.  That may surprise some of you, since agencies aren’t known as being inexpensive. But we are.  When you hire a new marketing executive today, each hire had better bring to the table eleven specific skills to the job:
    • Writing capability
    • PR/media skills
    • Social media
    • Email
    • Paid Search
    • SEO
    • Graphic design
    • Web development
    • Trade shows
    • Video
    • Marketing strategy

    Hired anyone like that lately?  Of course not, and neither have I.  It’s impossible to find one person who brings all of those capabilities, so the agency model of bringing all that to the table with a team of “hyperspecialists” is particularly efficient.  As a corporation, you can duplicate that team by hiring 11 people, perhaps at $50K in salary, with a 12th as supervisor, and you’ve staffed a full service department for $600,000, conservatively.  Now, of course those people are available for you full time, while you’re only getting part of an agency’s time.  And that’s the point.  You only use what you need.  And the right agency brings you hyperspecialist capabilities that are hard to maintain on your staff.

  2. Focus and Accountability.  We’re hired to do one thing, or one area of tasks.  We’re not pulled by the president into a new project, or diverted over to help launch a new division or product.  Take PR:  I’m a PR guy from way back, and I’ve never seen a PR manager who has the time to work with media to generate as much coverage as an agency can.  The internal PR executive is pulled in too many different directions, and those story pitches can always be done tomorrow -- but tomorrow never comes.  Agencies don’t have that luxury.  We’d better have something to show in this current monthly report.  And we know that. 

  3. Best Practices.  Agencies work with a few dozen companies just like you.  They see inside so many organizations, and are in a prime position to bring you the ideas that work best (and keep you away from the ideas that fail).  You can't really do that with your own, in-house, marketing team (unless you spend all your free time networking with colleagues, time you can’t afford.)  The best agencies embrace best practices, harvest those ideas, and bring them to your door faster than if you had to travel to conferences and discover them yourself. 

  4. A View of What’s Next.  In our shop, we’ve realized that every 2 years our jobs will be different.  Marketing changes today that fast, so we’re constantly using and applying new technologies from last year’s Twitter initiative to today’s marketing automation to tomorrow’s WeChat (see Asia!) platforms that are starting to replace email.  Think you have it figured out?  Don’t get cocky -- next year, when Google Glass comes out, it will all change again.

  5. Freedom To Be Creative and Take a Risk. Risk-taking and creativity usually are sucked out of most corporate environments.  That’s not a fault, that’s just how they’re built and how executives are compensated.  And that’s why they need agencies, where we’re encouraged to bring creative ideas that just can’t grow in 99% of corporations. 

  6. Accelerated Learning Curves for Implementing New Ideas.  There’s no shortage of new ideas and programs to put in place.  And most agencies have done them a few times already.  You’ve done them once – or never.  Why learn on the fly when your agency can tell you the eight mistakes to avoid, or get you up and running with faster results in less time.  That new sales portal?  Hubspot Marketing Automation?  Remarketing banners?  Don’t waste time reinventing the wheel or learning from scratch.  You don’t have time.

  7. Objectivity.  A good agency tells you when you’re wrong.  And embraces that role.  There’s enough yes people in life.  An agency isn’t one of them.
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Topics: social media, SEO, paid search, marketing automation, advertising, PR, website, marketing strategy, Goldstein Group Communications, business-to-business

About Us and this Blog:

At Goldstein Group Communications, we believe passionately in the power of great ideas, coupled with the impact of measurable results. It’s a philosophy that delivers customers to the sales team, profits to the CFO, and sustainable growth to the CEO. Inspired ideas that are grounded in the real world demands of the market.

We call it Measurably Better Marketing. 


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