Posts by Asher Agency

Where Web Portals and Franchise Marketing Meet

Where Web Portals and Franchise Marketing Meet

There are thousands of marketing agencies across the country that specialize in marketing for clients. There are far fewer that specialize in marketing for clients with franchises across the country. Franchise marketing is a specialty at Asher, one we’re especially familiar with and experienced at doing.

Over the years, we’ve found that working with franchise operations is both rewarding and challenging. On the plus side, we get to work with and form relationships with dozens of independent franchisees who need our help. On the more challenging side, the scale of the work required is often much larger due to the large number of franchisees. This was especially apparent when it came to a web portal project.

We are sharing this case study to shed light on not only what we do, but to also illustrate how working with franchises is unique.

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Better Bank Branding: The importance of knowing your audience

Better Bank Branding: The importance of knowing your audience

The pandemic has touched almost every aspect of our lives, causing ripple effects across several industries. This includes banking. Americans have changed how they bank since the pandemic, relying more heavily on mobile and online banking. While this trend makes sense, it does mean banks and credit unions need to make changes not only to the products and services they offer, but also in how they speak to consumers.

Asher has been working with banks, credit unions and other financial institutions for decades. While the pandemic certainly was a unique situation, it does not change the fundamentals of marketing and communications. One of the most important aspects of consumer communications is understanding your target audience. To truly be effective, you cannot assume anything or make blanket strategies for all audience segments. To successfully communicate with consumers today, you must go deeper.

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Jill Brown, 30th Anniversary

Jill Brown, 30th Anniversary

And just like that…it’s been 30 years.

Jill Brown started at Asher Agency February 18, 1992. We’re sure that when she walked in that day, she didn’t imagine that she would spend the next 30 years here. But honestly, we can’t imagine Asher without her.

Officially, Jill is the agency’s Senior Vice President and Media Director. In that capacity, she serves our clients in essential ways, leading the media team in the development of disruptive, multi-tiered and ridiculously thorough media plans that zero in on markets like a Hoosier on fried cheese curds. She’s a master negotiator and savvy strategist. She works her magic to place local, regional, national and international media. And when we say media, we mean anything and everything – television, radio, print, outdoor, environmental, and all types of digital. Forget Howard Stern, Jill is the true Queen of all Media.

Unofficially, Jill is just as crucial to the agency staff. We all rely on her for her expertise. She’s known for her ability to save the day by pulling together a last-minute project and pulling out all the stops for clients. But maybe most importantly, her office is stockpiled with all the essentials that really drive good marketing – snacks, chocolate, caffeine and liquor. And she’s always willing to share!

“When my brother and I first met Jill 30 years ago, we knew right away we wanted her on our team, so we interviewed her together. She claims we surrounded her so she couldn’t say no. One of the things I appreciate about Jill is that she’s truly unflappable. Soon after joining Asher we were on a flight together when one of the plane’s engine caught fire and we ended up landing in a cornfield in Paducah, Kentucky – even that didn’t scare her away. We have a great working relationship and have spent countless hours together. She swears she’s spent more time with me than my own wife! I am so glad she stayed with us all this time. Asher just wouldn’t be the same without Jill Brown.” Tom Borne, Asher CEO.

Congratulations, Jill! None of us can imagine the past 30 years without you – or the next 30! Cheers! Read More

Top 4 Digital Marketing Tips for Political Campaigns

Top 4 Digital Marketing Tips for Political Campaigns

While it may seem like we just got out of one election cycle, the next one is already ramping up. One of the first places you may notice this is on social media. While you might think of political advertising only as television and radio ads, social media is also filled with political ads. And, it’s not only national or state-wide campaigns on social media. Local candidates running for mayor, city council, prosecutor, school boards and other positions also turn to social media to get their campaigns up and running. However, there’s a lot more to digital marketing for political campaigns than just posting a picture with a quote. If a candidate isn’t careful, he or she could get shut down entirely for not following the rules.

At Asher, politics is in our DNA. Our founder, Tim Borne, started Asher as a political agency and helped dozens of campaigns. Eventually the focus shifted to advertising and marketing in general, with politics continuing to be a factor. In fact, 30 years later, Asher is still involved with many political campaigns, including individuals running for office at the local and state level, as well as finding support for particular policies or initiatives. Asher also works with several government agencies throughout the U.S. Read More