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Influencer marketing is sweeping the social media world — filling new feeds with what appear to be the best and coolest products on the market. And although this tactic has proven wildly successful for some brands, others struggle to get a strong grip on it, causing followers to second guess the trustworthiness of both brand and influencer. Here are four rules to follow in order to get influencer marketing right.


In the increasingly digital world, the finance industry is quickly changing. From the rise of cryptocurrencies to a growing emotional disconnect to money, financial leaders are feeling the pressure to keep up with the way the world is now banking. In light of the many progressions facing the financial space, here are three core opportunities to help brands stay ahead of the curve.


As the world begins to enter the information age and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s time that marketers, technologists and business leaders revisit the principles that guide their business approaches in order to sustainably steward our economy into the future. Learning from the past’s technology titans, from Carnegie to Ford to Rockefeller, here are three critical principles that will help the world’s new technology leaders successfully guide the economy through a new age of information.


Associate Director of Content Jackie Ostrowski authored a piece for the UK content platform GatherContent, where she offers insight behind the making of the Cargill 150th Anniversary app and website, as well as installations of the brand internally. Her piece evaluates the content strategy and execution tactics that structured these major activations of the legacy agricultural brand during a crucial milestone.


Over the past ten years, options for creating a mobile experience in technology have boomed. While some brands opt for developing an app, others chose to simply create a more advanced mobile website experience. So, how do you know which one is right for your company; a PWA or Native App? Associate Partner, Technology Andrew Falconer breaks down the criteria for deciding which one is better-suited for your brand.


Digital transformation has caused traditional companies to question how they succeed in a world where real-time delivery is the norm. C-suites are scrambling to respond, marketers are updating their messaging, and we’re seeing forward-thinking brands implement advertising and marketing strategies that are focused on responding to the way people consume today—in real-time. Karen Semone, Content Strategy Lead for VSA Partners, talks about four powerful examples of how brands are leveraging “the power of now.”


Last week, marketers across America gathered in Chicago to discuss the latest in brand activation trends at the ANA Brand Activation conference. VSAers Jeff Walker, Senior Partner, and Partner, Client Engagement Lead Anne-Marie Rosser attended, bringing back five key takeaways on effective activation practices in today’s world.


Companies across all industries go through mergers—they’re one of the largest, most inherently transformative changes a business can ride through. These changes spur sink-or-swim situations, question your brand and provide a pivotal time for how your brand communicates and acts. With this in mind, this article provides guideposts on how to communicate during a merger.


Today, a lot of websites look the same. Whether it’s similar brands using the same stock imagery, having the same layout or identical voices, it’s becoming difficult for brands to be distinct. In order to create a site with personality, we’ve put together keys to creating an authentic digital brand.


The more technology advances, the more purchase-making power consumers are readily delegating to bots. As such, through robo-trading, recommendation engines and virtual personal assistants, a new realm of marketing has begun to emerge: Business to Automaton. In other words, the robot overlords are coming—And they have credit cards. In this piece, Partner and Technology Lead Cory Clarke explores the implications of this new, somewhat sci-fi, consumer.