The Future of Work, with Russ Perry of Design Pickle

For the majority of the U.S. workforce, the past three months have been a complete paradigm shift in what’s considered “business as usual.” Millions of us are, for the first time in our careers, working entirely remotely, and brands across the country are scrambling to establish a “new normal.” But what if your entire workforce was remote to begin with? Marketing Futures spoke with Russ Perry, the founder of Design Pickle, a member of Inc.’s 500 fastest growing companies in 2019, about what it’s like to manage a staff of more than 400, of which only a small handful live and work in the company’s headquarter city of Scottsdale, Arizona. Russ discussed what the first few weeks of the COVID-19 crisis were like for Design Pickle, and shared advice for leaders looking to maintain creativity and camaraderie from afar.

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The Doctor Will Zoom You Now: Telehealth During COVID-19 and Beyond

Prior to the pandemic, adoption of virtual doctor visits was negligible (at just 11%, according to a McKinsey survey). Since social distancing and quarantine, however, those numbers have rocketed to 46 percent, and the comfort and ease both consumers and doctors are finding through telehealth, or telemedicine, indicate that it’s here to stay post-COVID. But the surge in telehealth begs the question: if some vital services like healthcare can be delivered virtually, what other traditionally physical industries may also find themselves delivering via cyberspace? For the moment, telehealth is ruling the space and the resources below discuss its growth, application, and future.

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Pulse Issue 6

They Were... Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Micro-Influencing Trendies

June 2019

Others motivating consumers to buy products is far from a new concept: from family and friends, celebrities, mascots, ambassadors, and spokespeople, all have contributed to the success of product sales and awarenessWith the ubiquity of social media, “influencers” have become the nom du jour for these groups. For years, celebrities and users with millions of followers (macro-influencers) have held court; however, a saturation point has arrived to make way for a new class: micro-influencers, who have a smaller group of followers but a more loyal pre-existing fan base to share. Read on to see how micro-influencers are changing social marketing and how you can use them.
Uproar found that 72% of consumers prefer micro-influencers, with 68% making purchases based on their posts, an indication that micro-influencers have a large influence over their followers. It found that 51% percent of respondents’ favorite non-celebrity influencers had less than 30,000 followers, with 30% having less than 10,000. Micro-influencers play an important and growing role in the influencer marketing space as marketers look to narrow targeting for maximum impact.
The advantage of working with micro-influencers are their highly targeted audiences; even if you’re reaching fewer, you’re reaching the right ones – those genuinely interested in your products or services and have a bigger chance of taking action based on your campaign and buying from you. This article defines micro-influencers, looks at different types and benefits, as well as how to choose the right ones.
Marketing guru Seth Godin notes that marketing on a large scale can sacrifice what makes you special in the first place. Instead of going big, he says, businesses should look for "the smallest viable audience" of fans, and build a meaningful and dedicated community around them. This looks at why social media isn't meant to target the masses, why you should speak to people who are in your "tribe", and how you can get better results by partnering with micro-influencers.
Modern-day versions of influencer marketing include nano-influencers (influencers with between 1,000 and 5,000 followers) and micro-influencers (influencers with between 2,000 and 100,000 followers) on digital platforms. However, why exactly are these types of influencers becoming more popular and sought after by big brands? It’s all about the authenticity of these influencers and the engagement they conjure.
Marketers find it difficult to gauge basic details of influencer arrangements; things like logistics (when and where), scale (how often) and, most importantly, payment (how to and how much) pose a constant challenge to traditional marketers who just don’t know how to fit this new model into their old ways of working. This looks at every level of influencer, their details, and how much they’re typically compensated.
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