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Melissa Simmerman

Melissa Simmerman is a brand fangirl, quintessential Virgo, and writer with 20 years' experience in marketing. As the Director of Creative Strategy for Kreber, she does a lot of research, makes a lot of presentations, and views a lot of situations as character-building exercises. Trolls make her sad; her kids make her happy.

Recent Posts

Are Your Actions Living up to Your Brand Values Right Now?

By Melissa Simmerman on May 14, 2020 4:22:56 PM

In those first unsettling weeks of the pandemic lockdown, feel-good commercials from brands like Ford, Johnson & Johnson, and Charmin may have brought tears to your eyes. All the hashtags, “in it together-ness,” and sensitivity had us feeling some kind of way.  

Now—although the crisis is far from over—we’re sort of jaded, and we realize Ford is still trying to sell us cars, albeit a bit more gently than usual. Ad-industry friends joke about the overuse of words like “unprecedented situation” and “challenging times.” But deep down, we’re still taking comfort in hearing from the brands that define American life. 

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Modest Video Marketing Budget? Here’s How to Maximize It.

By Melissa Simmerman on Feb 28, 2020 4:11:33 PM

You know what your B2B company needs? 

Video. 

Of course you know that. Video marketing has an extremely high engagement rate, and, when done well, can drive desired viewer behavior, raise awareness, and change how your brand or product is perceived.

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5 Lessons for Big Brands from Small Business Content Creators

By Melissa Simmerman on Nov 27, 2019 1:44:18 PM

This Friday, millions of people will be shopping. And millions of people won’t.

Every year, it seems more “conscious consumers” opt out of Black Friday and into the Small Business Saturday/Shop Local movement, started by American Express in barely post-recession 2010 to keep Main Street alive. Almost a decade later, the movement has proven its value: a recent survey found that among consumers who plan to shop on Small Business Saturday, 96% said the event “inspires them to go to small, independently owned retailers or restaurants that they have not been to before or would not have otherwise tried.”

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