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What Worked: The Best of Content Marketing Report

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/10/2019 | 3 Comments
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If educators respond to relationship marketing, and every relationship starts with a good conversation, then content marketing is your best opening line. Thoughtful, captivating, relevant content that strikes a chord with the teacher audience is an ideal ice breaker. Make an educator feel like you’re worth listening to, and you are heading for the top […]

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When The Hiring Gets Tough, The Tough Hire Differently

By MDR Marketing Team | 08/23/2019 | Comments Off on When The Hiring Gets Tough, The Tough Hire Differently
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Thanks to CEOWorld Magazine for referencing us in this great article. Over the last few years, you’ve probably noticed a disturbing business trend for organizations interested in continued growth: Hiring has been getting harder. For the first time, the number of job openings exceeded the number of unemployed workers in the U.S. In order to fill vacant positions […]

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8 Marketing Tips for a Successful School Year

By MDR Marketing Team | 08/08/2019 | Comments Off on 8 Marketing Tips for a Successful School Year
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and well, the busiest! With the start of the new school year upon us, we are consistently asked “what are the few things we can do now to keep our campaigns fresh for educators and give them an edge up to our competitors?”  Well, to help you […]

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3 ways to make your company irresistible to Gen Z workers

By MDR Marketing Team | 07/27/2019 | Comments Off on 3 ways to make your company irresistible to Gen Z workers
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Thanks to TheLadders.com for referencing us in this great article. When Millennials entered the business world in the early 2000s, unemployment rates were nearly double what they are now — and steadily climbing. As Generation Z comes onto the scene, unemployment sits at record lows. Companies seeking educated new talent are in a fight to catch […]

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Understanding the 5 W’s of Influencer Marketing Disclosure

By MDR Marketing Team | 07/03/2019 | Comments Off on Understanding the 5 W’s of Influencer Marketing Disclosure
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Let’s start off by explaining what influencers are and how they can help your business. An influencer is someone with an audience of followers and a platform to engage with them on, whether that’s online via a blog or website, on social media via Instagram or Facebook, or even in-person at live events. Brands can […]

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Now is the Time to Get in on the $80 Billion Back-to-School Market

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/24/2019 | Comments Off on Now is the Time to Get in on the $80 Billion Back-to-School Market
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Thanks to Business 2 Community for sharing our guest contributed article. Late summer and fall is the time when parents and their kids are shopping for backpacks, binders, and the latest styles as students head back into the classroom. But teachers are making plans much earlier. They spend springtime finalizing their lists for the following […]

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Adding Technology in the Classroom: What the Future Holds for K-12 Education

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/20/2019 | 1 Comment
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Google for Education has recently compiled a list of the hottest trends relating to technology in the classroom. The information was so compelling that we thought you should know what they had to say. The following eight topics have become a top priority for educators and parents around the world. 1. Digital Responsibility Like it […]

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Influencer Marketing for the Education Space: The Who, What, Why, and How

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/19/2019 | Comments Off on Influencer Marketing for the Education Space: The Who, What, Why, and How
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Influencer marketing has been prominent in consumer marketing, especially in the fashion, technology, and beauty industries for quite a while. Over the last few years it has emerged in the educator space as an exciting, new way to promote your products, company, or brand to new people in the education market. Partnering with authentic social […]

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Educators are Engaged Day and Night, All Year Round

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/14/2019 | Comments Off on Educators are Engaged Day and Night, All Year Round
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The Numbers Are in and the Numbers Don’t Lie No matter what business you are in, it is important to communicate with your customers and it is even more important to know when to communicate with them. Conventional wisdom has taught us that in the education arena, the first two months of the school year […]

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In-School Fundraising and Volunteering: How Do Schools Support Causes?

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/13/2019 | Comments Off on In-School Fundraising and Volunteering: How Do Schools Support Causes?
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Is your organization thinking about taking your cause to schools? Educators polled say, “Go for it!” MDR strategists have many a conversation with nonprofits and corporate social responsibility practitioners intrigued by the idea of holding school-run fundraisers and volunteer events. Schools, after all, have tentacles that can reach out to entire towns. And aside from […]

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Teachers as Influencers in Schools and Communities

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/12/2019 | Comments Off on Teachers as Influencers in Schools and Communities
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There is a powerful force at work in our schools and communities. A force with the reach, authority, and trust to engage youth, change behavior, champion a cause, build brand awareness, and evangelize for products. That force is teachers, and when it comes to introducing an offering or a message into a district, brands and […]

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How to Use Social Media for More Mindful Connections

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/06/2019 | Comments Off on How to Use Social Media for More Mindful Connections
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Thanks to Thrive Global for referencing us in this great article. Once primarily an outlet for creative expression, Instagram has morphed into a real-time competition to build cadres of followers. But enough is apparently enough. The company has announced plans to move back to being a platform blooming with inspiration and good intentions — or […]

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ISTE Conference & Expo 2019: What You Need to Know

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/28/2019 | Comments Off on ISTE Conference & Expo 2019: What You Need to Know
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Quite a few of us at MDR will be among the 16,000-plus educators and edtech marketers expected to descend upon Philadelphia at the end of next month for this year’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo. An astounding 1,400 sessions are on this year’s conference agenda, all geared to educators committed […]

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Getting More Bang for your Content Marketing Buck

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/16/2019 | Comments Off on Getting More Bang for your Content Marketing Buck
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It’s targeted to educators. It’s rich in detail. It conveys your message persuasively, not to mention the beautiful design! You’ve worked hard on an article, case study, eBook, or white paper and now it’s time for that content to work hard for you. That’s where repurposing, upcycling, and disseminating comes into play as part of your […]

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MDR and Lysol Selected as Winners in the 2019 PRNews Social Media Awards

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/14/2019 | Comments Off on MDR and Lysol Selected as Winners in the 2019 PRNews Social Media Awards
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We are proud to announce that MDR, together with our client Lysol, was selected as a winner in the Instagram – Best Marketing Campaign category of the 2019 PRNews Social Media Awards! Winners were announced last week at the Social Media Awards Breakfast at the Social Shake Up Show in Atlanta, GA. The My Healthy […]

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Social Emotional Learning in K-12 Schools: Webinar Q&As

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/09/2019 | Comments Off on Social Emotional Learning in K-12 Schools: Webinar Q&As
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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has cropped up both in recent news and within the education space as schools and educators figure out how to integrate SEL into regular classroom instruction. MDR recently hosted a webinar in partnership with Committee for Children and McGraw-Hill that examined how well-prepared teachers feel regarding implementing SEL curriculum, what barriers […]

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Building the STEM Workforce Today’s Talent Pool Can’t Provide

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/25/2019 | Comments Off on Building the STEM Workforce Today’s Talent Pool Can’t Provide
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Thank you to Under30CEO for referencing us in this great article. Today’s tight labor market is flipping the script on recruiting. Rather than job seekers trying to impress employers, the opposite is happening. Apprenticeship opportunities, in which employees are paid to be trained rather than incur student debt, have grown by 42 percent since 2013. And […]

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Are Teachers in Love with Insta? Here’s What We Learned from Our Survey.

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/16/2019 | 2 Comments
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We already know teachers are embracing social media. We also learned that Instagram is the social network preferred by millennials and Gen Z. So, the next logical step was to ask what teachers think of Instagram. Recently, MDR surveyed teachers about their Instagram use, and more than 1,000 teachers shared their thoughts. The majority of […]

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How Gen-Zers Are Revolutionizing Corporate Branding

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/12/2019 | Comments Off on How Gen-Zers Are Revolutionizing Corporate Branding
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Thank you to Forbes for referencing us in this great article. While the oldest Gen-Zers only recently graduated from college, they already wield an impressive $44 billion in purchasing power. When you consider the influence they have on their parents’ spending, research puts that figure at closer to $200 billion. Clearly, both new and established consumer […]

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Three Ways Using Multi-Channel Marketing Will Improve Email Performance

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/09/2019 | Comments Off on Three Ways Using Multi-Channel Marketing Will Improve Email Performance
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I love email. At its best, it is a non-invasive form of one-to-one communication that is direct, cost-effective, and easy to track. But, that ping-ping-ping of incoming emails can truly get on my nerves. Each morning, I’m stressed before I even look at my inbox, because I know there will be hundreds of new messages […]

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The Impact of Libraries on the School Community

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/08/2019 | Comments Off on The Impact of Libraries on the School Community
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This year’s National Library Week theme was Libraries = Strong Communities. At MDR we are awed by the immense impact that libraries have in our communities and how their influence goes well beyond library doors. A Pew Research Center study from 2016 showed that more than 90% of Americans consider the library “very” or “somewhat” […]

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Our Experts Speak on National Records and Information Management Month

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/02/2019 | Comments Off on Our Experts Speak on National Records and Information Management Month
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April is National Records and Information Management month! We sat down with one of our data experts, Anne Goto, to weigh in. Days are getting longer, the birds are singing, and there’s a hint of warmth in the air – it’s almost spring! It’s the time of year that we want to throw open the […]

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Teacher Appreciation Week Is May 6–10: A+ Gifts for Your Favorite Educator

By MDR Marketing Team | 03/18/2019 | Comments Off on Teacher Appreciation Week Is May 6–10: A+ Gifts for Your Favorite Educator
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Apples, coffee cups, pencils, and rulers: What do these things have in common? Ding, ding, ding — they’re gifts given to teachers every single year. This Teacher Appreciation Week, you can do better by giving teachers something that they’re truly interested in. No matter their district or grade level taught, teachers are running short on […]

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For Millennials and Gen Z, pictures are worth a thousand words.

By MDR Marketing Team | 03/18/2019 | Comments Off on For Millennials and Gen Z, pictures are worth a thousand words.
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The cool kids are on Instagram. You need to be there, too. I was scrolling through posts on Instagram for a lifestyle brand I follow recently, and the comment thread stopped me in my tracks. The call to action was a request to sign up for an email newsletter. “Sign up for email?” one commenter […]

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The School Purchasing Cycle Webinar: Your Questions Answered

By MDR Marketing Team | 03/12/2019 | Comments Off on The School Purchasing Cycle Webinar: Your Questions Answered
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Recently, we held a webinar on Decoding the School Purchasing Cycle. During this webinar we shared ideas about how to tailor your message for where your educator audience is during the in the buying cycle, and what channels work best during different times of the school year. Our presenters and experts received many questions from […]

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Content Marketing to Educators

By MDR Marketing Team | 03/04/2019 | Comments Off on Content Marketing to Educators
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What is Content Marketing? Who you are and what you offer the world as a brand or organization is expressed through your content: ads that capture interest, emails that relate your value to your customers’ needs, blog posts that show you get what your audience cares about, and so on. Content marketing is the art […]

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Marketing to the School Buying Cycle

By MDR Marketing Team | 02/19/2019 | Comments Off on Marketing to the School Buying Cycle
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Musicians, tap dancers, photographers…they all know the importance of good timing. And, good timing is key to successful marketing. Syncing your marketing efforts to the beat of the audience’s purchasing journey is the smart way to avoid off notes, missed steps, and lost opportunities. In our upcoming webinar, Decoding the School Purchasing Cycle, we’ll be […]

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New to educator social media marketing? These 6 steps can help you get started

By MDR Marketing Team | 02/12/2019 | Comments Off on New to educator social media marketing? These 6 steps can help you get started
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Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking…”Another post on social media marketing to educators and why I need to be doing it.”  You’re right! Seriously though, you need to be doing it.  I still am shocked at the number of brands who are missing out on reaching teachers, schools and families via social channels.  It […]

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The Who, What, When, Where, and How of School Supply Lists

By MDR Marketing Team | 02/05/2019 | Comments Off on The Who, What, When, Where, and How of School Supply Lists
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For an education marketer, is there anything better than having your product requested by name? For some brands, it’s already happening on school supply lists. We recently surveyed PreK-12 teachers and principals on how they compile their supply lists for the $83 billion back-to-school buying season. Our findings may confirm assumptions, or surprise you, but […]

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MDR and Lysol Announced as Finalists in the 2019 Folio: Digital Awards

By MDR Marketing Team | 02/04/2019 | Comments Off on MDR and Lysol Announced as Finalists in the 2019 Folio: Digital Awards
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We are proud to announce that MDR, together with our client Lysol, received honorable mention in the Digital Activation category of the 2019 Folio: Digital Awards for the “My Healthy Classroom” initiative. The Folio: Digital Awards is the publishing industry’s most prestigious program for digital excellence in publishing will honor dozens of winners and finalists […]

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