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TribalVision CEO Chris Ciunci Interviewed in GoLocalProv Spotlight

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TribalVision’s Founder & CEO Chris Ciunci was interviewed this week by GoLocalProv as an “individual who is making an impact on Rhode Island.” GoLocalProv’s weekly feature spotlight offers readers an opportunity to gain insight and understanding of contributive leaders in the Rhode Island community.

As a recent recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration Small Business Person of the Year for Rhode Island, CEO Chis Ciunci highlights the particular niche TribalVision’s mission and model fulfills in meeting the specific marketing needs of small to mid-size business owners. “…without an internal marketing department [business owners] find it daunting to afford the high creative fees of an ad agency, or to pay the salary of a full-time VP of Marketing. As a result, an internal point person wearing many company hats with little marketing acumen has been placed in the role of ‘Head of Marketing’ when ultimately it is not their area of expertise,” explained Chris Ciunci.

TribalVision’s clearly defined mission, to help organizations market smarter, fuels how the TribalVision Team employs their time to ensure measurable returns for each marketing dollar spent. As Chris Ciunci explained, “With the founding of TribalVision – an outsourced marketing department for hire – organizations access a level of in-depth strategic thinking and detailed execution they didn’t think they could afford. Unlike a traditional ad agency or marketing firm, our compensation is fee-based with no commissions or markups. For what it would cost to hire a mid-level marketing person with general knowledge, we provide our clients with a cutting-edge team with decades of combined and specialized experience.”

When asked what his greatest professional accomplishment has been so far, CEO Chris Ciunci points to the Tribal Team with sureness. “We recently hired our 30th full time employee, and I can look at each teammate and feel proud knowing that s/he is intelligent, passionate, and fully on board with our mission of helping business owners market smarter. It is rare to find such a great team makeup that we have with everyone rowing together.” This synchronicity allows for TribalVision’s persistent laser-like focus on client pain-points.

To read the interview in full visit: http://www.golocalprov.com/business/ri-powerplayer-chris-ciunci

About TribalVision
TribalVision is a marketing firm whose mission is to help organizations grow. As an outsourced marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available to the business community. TribalVision’s expertise includes marketing strategy development, channel-mix optimization, marketing tactics implementation, sales force optimization, and the building of highly differentiated brands. TribalVision’s interests-aligned, objective business model enables seamless integration with client teams to ensure that each marketing dollar spent works harder and goes farther. See more at www.tribalvision.com.

Providence Business News Names TribalVision One of Rhode Island’s Best Places to Work

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TribalVision has been selected as a winner of PBN’s annual Best Places to Work competition. TribalVision was one of a select group of companies to be awarded in the small business category, as the competition’s popularity continues to grow. Honorees were selected based on management reports and confidential employee surveys.

TribalVision will be honored June 10th at the Providence Business News awards gala. Fifty-five finalists were named across four size categories, with a 22% increase in participation across Rhode Island.

Companies competing for the award completed an extensive evaluation of their employee treatment, benefits, and policies. They were required to submit a 70-question confidential survey probing all aspects of their work life and satisfaction. These two factors were weighted and scored to select this year’s winners.

In August, TribalVision was also awarded a finalist spot as one of Rhode Island’s Fastest Growing Businesses, another PBN award. “These two awards really represent what we’re trying to achieve with TribalVision. We have found a great market niche, and have had explosive growth, but we also want to make sure we’re providing the best possible workplace for our team,” CEO Chris Ciunci stated. “Without such a strong team dynamic, we wouldn’t be able to achieve such standout results for our clients. At TribalVision we are always looking for ways to strengthen and delight our team. They are our internal tribe and without their amazing efforts we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

TribalVision is proud to be in the company of other highly esteemed organizations who have been honored with this title, such as Banneker Industries, Cameron & Mittelman, DiSanto Priest & Co., People’s Credit Union and Swipely.

To learn more about the Best Places to Work program, visit http://bestplacestoworkri.com

About TribalVision

TribalVision is a marketing firm whose mission is to help organizations grow. As an outsourced marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available to the business community. TribalVision’s expertise includes marketing strategy development, channel-mix optimization, marketing tactics implementation, sales force optimization, and the building of highly differentiated brands. TribalVision’s interests-aligned, objective business model enables seamless integration with client teams to ensure that each marketing dollar spent works harder and goes farther. See more at www.tribalvision.com.

 

TribalVision CEO Named SBA’s Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year

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The U.S. Small Business Administration recently recognized TribalVision Founder and CEO Chris Ciunci as the Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year. These prestigious awards are held annually, with one winner chosen from each U.S. state or territory. Awards are given on the basis of criteria such as staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, current and past financial performance, innovativeness of product or service offered, response to adversity, and contributions to community-oriented projects.

TribalVision is a marketing consulting firm known for its ability to grow businesses through both strategy and implementation. Only four years after its founding, TribalVision currently serves 35+ clients and employs 30 employees spread over 4 offices and 2 countries. This rapid growth – as well as TribalVision’s innovative marketing model, thought leadership, and community involvement – helped earn Chris this impressive award.

The 2015 awards were particularly competitive. As U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said, “Competition was extremely keen across the nation for these prestigious awards. I couldn’t be any prouder than recognizing these outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners, they represent the backbone of our economy.”

Ciunci was honored to be recognized stating, “I am thrilled to receive this award on behalf of the entire TribalVision team, who have worked so hard to create and sustain something so unique and impactful in the marketplace.” Chris also attributed winning the award to the results TribalVision is driving for its clients: “It is a testament to the great work that we are doing for our amazing clients. We have achieved success because what we have put together is working and driving growth for our clients across New England, and that is what is most gratifying.

Chris is now in the running for the National Small Business Person of the Year, which will be announced during National Small Business Week. He will also be honored in a ceremony on May 8th in Washington D.C. alongside the other state winners.

About TribalVision

TribalVision is a marketing firm whose mission is to help organizations market smarter. As an outsourced marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available to the business community. TribalVision’s expertise includes marketing strategy development, channel-mix optimization, marketing tactics implementation, sales force optimization, and the building of highly differentiated brands. TribalVision’s interests-aligned, objective business model enables seamless integration with client teams to ensure that each marketing dollar spent works harder and goes farther. See more at www.tribalvision.com.

TribalVision Nominated to Participate in the SBANE Innovation Awards

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We are excited to announce that TribalVision has been nominated for the Small Business Association of New England (SBANE) Innovation Awards. Since 1986, SBANE has recognized nearly 200 companies for delivering exceptional client results. TribalVision is honored to have been recognized in this distinguished competition.

Companies were selected based on three criteria: showcasing innovation, a relevant market problem, and demonstrative success. Finalists will have three minutes to present to SBANE Judges. Previous Innovation Award winners include companies such as Argo Medical Technologies, Perkins Products, and Content Raven.

TribalVision’s selection demonstrates the effectiveness of its unique business model. The company serves as an outsourced marketing department for hire that provides a cost-effective solution for business owners in need of marketing expertise. SBANE’s selection is among a series of recent TribalVision accolades. From 2010-2013, TribalVision has been recognized as the Fastest Growing Company in Rhode Island and has also been a recipient of Rhode Island’s ‘Best Places to Work’ award.

“We’re thrilled to not only be nominated into SBANE’s Innovation Awards, but also to demonstrate our value proposition to a select group of judges,” said TribalVision founder Chris Ciunci. “It’s a testament to TribalVision’s unique business model and objective approach, and serves as a milestone for the immense dedication of our team.”

Director of Client Services Damien Cabral reiterated the connection between TribalVision’s unique interests-aligned business model and its remarkable client satisfaction. “When we founded TribalVision, we set out to develop a new type of marketing firm – one structured completely around small- to mid-sized business owners and the marketing pain points they face on a daily basis. For our approach to be validated in the marketplace – both through our clients and now through SBANE – is certainly gratifying.”

SBANE Finalist Presentations will be held on April 9, 2015, at MIT Endicott House in Dedham, MA. The Gala Awards Presentation will take place on May 6, 2015 at the Westin Hotel, Waltham MA.

About TribalVision:

TribalVision is a strategic marketing firm whose mission is to help organizations market smarter. As a marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective, and practical alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available. TribalVision offers its clients marketing strategy development, channel-mix optimization, tactics implementation, and executive leadership services.

To learn more, visit tribalvision.com, contact alatosek@tribalvision.com or call us at 401-272-1300.

About SBANE:

The Smaller Business Association of New England, Inc. (SBANE), founded in 1938, is a private not-for-profit association of approximately 600 member companies located throughout the six-state region. SBANE was established to provide a legislative voice for small business at the state and federal levels and to make practical information available to help business owners grow their companies. SBANE runs diverse, educational and networking programs each year and has active chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The membership is characterized by a high degree of participation, reflected in a large and dynamic committee structure, addressing a range of topics from international trade to human resources.

TribalVision VP Suzy Im Selected to Author ‘Market Smarter’ Column Series in Korean eTimes

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TribalVision Vice President Suzy Im has been selected to author a guest column series about marketing in the Korean business newspaper ETNews, better known as the eTimes. The paper periodically invites industry thought leaders to write articles or reoccurring columns, and Suzy has been asked to serve as a contributing writer for 6 months. Her column, titled “Suzy Im’s Modern Marketing One Point Coaching,” will run every Wednesday on the trends and strategies page.

“I am honored to be able to use a publication as prominent as the eTimes as a platform to discuss marketing with the Korean business community,” said Professor Im. Using real examples from her illustrious 16-year career, Suzy plans to discuss how modern marketing has transformed based on the technology revolution. She will also offer concrete tips on marketing strategy and tactics to grow modern businesses in the global realm.

Suzy’s first article appeared in both print and online editions of the newspaper in January. Using the example of a midsize company whose growth had stagnated before its engagement with TribalVision, she focused on the change in the buyer’s journey and resulting shift in modern marketing. As Suzy stated, “In the Modern Marketing Revolution, it has become ever more difficult to communicate with consumers through traditional marketing methods.”

Another key takeaway from the article highlights the opportunities provided by Big Data. Using data, marketers today can understand the patterns of buyers’ behavior and better align their marketing with the consumer decision journey. These methods shorten the sales cycle, improve the buyer’s journey, and ultimately spur business growth. Suzy concluded her article by encouraging readers to use data to open up new ways to approach and convert consumers.

Upcoming articles will cover other topics in modern marketing strategy and implementation including; influencer marketing, inbound marketing, lead generation, and modern technology. Suzy will continue to rely on her extensive marketing experience – from TribalVision to Asian powerhouses such as LG, Samsung, and MK Media – for future columns.

About TribalVision
TribalVision is a marketing firm whose mission is to help organizations market smarter. As an outsourced marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available to the business community. TribalVision’s expertise includes marketing strategy development, channel-mix optimization, marketing tactics implementation, sales force optimization, and the building of highly differentiated brands. TribalVision’s interests-aligned, objective business model enables seamless integration with client teams to ensure that each marketing dollar spent works harder and goes farther. See more at www.tribalvision.com.

About ETNews
Known as the eTimes in South Korea, ETNews is one of Korea’s oldest and most respected daily tech and business newspapers. Developed in 1982 as an offshoot of popular information technology newspaper The Electronic Times, the paper provides domestic and international IT and business news to both large, global companies and small to medium sized businesses and startups. With a circulation of 250,000, the paper offers its speedy and accurate news and analysis to a worldwide base. See more at www.etnews.com

TribalVision CEO Chris Ciunci Named as Keynote Marketing Speaker of MJSA Expo 2015

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TribalVision CEO Chris Ciunci will be giving a keynote speech that centers on strategic planning at MJSA Expo 2015. Held every March at the Hilton New York, MJSA Expo is the largest and longest-running show dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. Representatives from the jewelry industry convene each year to make connections, ensure they stay on top of the latest innovations, and learn how to maintain their competitive edge.

Chris’ presentation – titled Market Smarter and scheduled from 3:30 to 5 pm on March 9th – will teach both large and small jewelry manufacturers and designers how to develop a robust strategic plan. Every business owner aspires to long-term growth, and a strategic plan provides the firm foundation that is necessary to gain new customers, improve lead flow, and boost revenue.

“When compiled, a company’s marketing efforts are often scattered, ineffective, and unmeasured. By setting objectives for the future and defining strategies for moving forward, jewelry manufacturers and designers can really take their business to the next level,” said Chris. Chris’ presentation will help MJSA members identify the most cost-effective strategies, channels, and solutions to meet marketing and growth objectives.

David Cochran, President and CEO of MJSA, anticipates that Chris’ presentation will provide immense value to conference attendees. “We are thrilled to have Chris as one of our keynote speakers,” stated Cochran. “Chris will be imparting practical marketing insights that can have a huge impact for large and small jewelry manufacturers and designers alike.”

About TribalVision
TribalVision is a Rhode Island and Boston marketing firm whose mission is to help organizations market smarter. As an outsourced marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available to the business community. TribalVision’s expertise includes marketing strategy development, channel-mix optimization, marketing tactics implementation, sales force optimization, and the building of highly differentiated brands. TribalVision’s interests-aligned, objective business model enables seamless integration with client teams to ensure that each marketing dollar spent works harder and goes farther. See more at www.tribalvision.com.

About MJSA
Since its incorporation in 1903, MJSA has provided the information and support needed by jewelry makers, designers, and related suppliers to achieve professional excellence. MJSA’s 1,400 member companies employ more than 50,000 skilled workers and range from high-volume manufacturers and global suppliers of tools and equipment to artisans, custom jewelers, and single-person trade shops. MJSA helps this diverse group run thriving businesses and participate in a community dedicated to premier jewelry making and design. Events such as the annual MJSA Expo are key to MJSA’s mission to give members access to technical, sales, and business expertise that is unavailable elsewhere. See more at http://www.mjsa.org.

TribalVision Founder Chris Ciunci Participates at the 11th Annual CIBER Case Challenge

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PROVIDENCE, RI – OCTOBER 30th, 2014

TribalVision Founder and CEO Chris Ciunci recently served for the third time as a judge at the Eleventh Annual CIBER Case Challenge, held October 15 – 19, 2014 at the University of Connecticut Campus in Storrs, Connecticut. Hosted by the University of Connecticut’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the Eleventh Annual Case Challenge featured ten teams of undergraduate business students from around the world. Divided into randomly selected groups of four and presented with a challenging business case, the students were given 22 hours to develop a strategy and build a presentation to present to the panel of judges.

The Case Challenge provides students with an exceptional opportunity to network and collaborate with peers from different universities, as well as gain exposure to a broad array of business specialties including finance, operations, management, and marketing. As a judge, Chris was able to interact with the students and provide feedback to the up and coming business professionals. Commenting on his experience, Chris said, “The CIBER Case Competition is truly a pleasure to participate in. It gives students a unique opportunity to resolve ‘real-world’ situations, and I am impressed each year by the caliber of the resolutions provided by the teams.”

As the resident marketing expert among the final round judges, Chris implemented his over 15 years of marketing experience to evaluate the presentations of the finalists. Because the case dealt with Amazon’s entry into new markets, Chris was able to draw on TribalVision’s experience helping Belgian and Korean companies enter the US market. TribalVision also helps companies stay on top of the latest trends in today’s rapidly changing marketing environment, and Chris was delighted to be able to introduce some of these trends to the students.

About TribalVision

TribalVision is a Rhode Island and Boston marketing firm whose mission is to help organizations market smarter. As an outsourced marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available to the business community. TribalVision’s expertise includes marketing strategy development, channel-mix optimization, marketing tactics implementation, sales force optimization, and the building of highly differentiated brands. TribalVision’s interests-aligned, objective business model enables seamless integration with client teams to ensure that each marketing dollar spent works harder and goes farther. See more at www.tribalvision.com.

About the CIBER Case Challenge

As one of 33 CIBERs located in universities throughout the U.S., the UConn CIBER is mandated to increase the competitiveness of U.S. business in the global marketplace. Initiatives include business programs for students, fund and facilities for faculty research, and international business management education for regional businesses. The CIBER Case Challenge is an annual event that brings teams of four undergraduate students from around the world to compete in analyzing and presenting an international business case to judges. The Case Challenge offers an excellent opportunity for students to gain exposure to international business issues, as well as to meet business students from around the globe. To learn more about the CIBER program or the annual Case Challenge, visit www.business.uconn.edu.

Providence Marketing Firm TribalVision Named One of Rhode Island’s Fastest Growing Companies Two Years Running

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PROVIDENCE, RI – August 2014

TribalVision has been selected for the 2nd consecutive year as one of Providence Business News’ Fastest-Growing Companies in the $250,000 – $5 million revenue category. Five finalists were chosen in each category based on two-year revenue growth, and TribalVision is honored to have made the prestigious list again after its first place finish last year.

TribalVision’s consecutive inclusion demonstrates the staying power of its business model. The firm serves as an outsourced marketing department for hire that provides a cost-effective solution for business owners in need of marketing expertise. As more and more business owners look for an alternative option to paying the high fees of an ad agency or the salary of a full-time hire, TribalVision has provided these organizations with the comprehensive marketing strategy and tactical implementation needed.

TribalVision is thrilled about its increasing importance in the Rhode Island business community and attributes much of its success to its vision and dedicated staff. “I can’t iterate enough how excited we are to have made the list two years running,” said TribalVision founder Chris Ciunci. “It is certainly a testament to our unique business model, to the demand in the marketplace for our services, and to the amazing team we have assembled to make this possible.”

Director of Client Services Damien Cabral also lifted up TribalVision’s passionate and hard-working staff: “The key to TribalVision’s growing recognition is our amazing team members, who strive their hardest every day to deliver top-notch deliverables and out of the box lead generation campaigns.” Chris and Damien noted that their passion for the company’s client-first approach is echoed by its dedicated team and has contributed to TribalVision’s exponential growth.

The final rankings in each category will be revealed at an awards banquet at Rosecliff Manor on September 10th with over 400 professionals from the Rhode Island business community in attendance.

About TribalVision

TribalVision is a Rhode Island and Boston marketing firm whose mission is to help organizations market smarter. As an outsourced marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available to the business community. TribalVision’s expertise includes marketing strategy development, channel-mix optimization, marketing tactics implementation, sales force optimization, and the building of highly differentiated brands. TribalVision’s interests-aligned, objective business model enables seamless integration with client teams to ensure that

TribalVision Vice President Suzy Im Featured in Fortune Korea Magazine

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TribalVision Vice President Suzy Im was featured in the August 2014 issue of popular business magazine FORTUNE Korea. Selected for the featured interview based on her extensive experience in global marketing, communications, and strategy, Suzy discussed the increasing importance of inbound marketing with FORTUNE Korea.

The feature allowed Professor Im to discuss contemporary changes in the buying journey and offer advice to companies trying to adjust to the modern marketing climate. She discussed the importance of new strategies such as more sophisticated analysis of buying patterns and increased focus on content marketing. Professor Im also emphasized the importance of a long-term, integrated strategic marketing plan for companies, as compared to expensive advertising initiatives: “Companies don’t need big expenditures; they need big strategy. The fact that inbound marketing has become more effective signifies that the age of consumers needing to run around is now over.”

One of the greatest takeaways of the article was the importance of inbound marketing across company sizes. Size and big advertising budgets matter less in the contemporary marketing climate, and Suzy extolled the opportunities provided by content marketing for smaller businesses using inbound marketing. Suzy’s expertise in global markets also enabled her to offer advice to companies hoping to penetrate new markets. When asked about the Fortune Korea 4-page feature article, Suzy stated, “I was honored that a publication of the size and stature of Fortune Korea provided me with the platform and voice to let Korean and Asian organizations better understand the marketing revolution that companies of all sizes and geographies are experiencing. Organizations will either embrace this change or risk eventual extinction.”

Since joining TribalVision in 2013, Professor Im has served as a crucial figure in TribalVision’s entry into Asian markets. Suzy has also worked with Asian powerhouses such as LG, Samsung, and MK Media and has years of experience helping companies penetrate global markets in the most strategic and cost effective ways. TribalVision is delighted that readers of FORTUNE Korea will be able to benefit from Suzy’s expertise.

About TribalVision

TribalVision is a Rhode Island and Boston marketing firm whose mission is to help organizations market smarter. As an outsourced marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available to the business community. TribalVision’s expertise includes marketing strategy development, channel-mix optimization, marketing tactics implementation, sales force optimization, and the building of highly differentiated brands. TribalVision’s interests-aligned, objective business model enables seamless integration with client teams to ensure that each marketing dollar spent works harder and goes farther. See more at www.tribalvision.com.

About FORTUNE Korea

FORTUNE magazine is a global leader in business journalism with a worldwide circulation of more than 1 million and a readership of nearly 5 million, with major franchises including the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. FORTUNE publishes English-language editions in Europe and Asia, and local-language editions in China, South Korea, TK TK And TK. FORTUNE Korea currently has a monthly circulation of 40,000 copies. Major advertisement partners include Samsung Electronics, Mercedes Benz Korea, Patec Philippe, Oris, Zegna Fashion, Dunhill Fashion, Montblanc Watch, Toyota Korea, Yamaha Golf, Romaro Golf, Exxon Mobil, Hana Tour, and IBK Bank. Fortune Korea has many regular subscribers in the business sector. It is also available at Asiana Airlines’ business lounge in over 70 different countries, and it is placed in all business class flights of Korean Air. More information is available at http://fortune.hankooki.com.

TribalVision CEO Chris Ciunci Invited to Participate at Constant Contact’s Social Media Marketing Summit

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TribalVision CEO Chris Ciunci spoke as a panelist at a Constant Contact New England event on June 27th to discuss the social media marketing best practices. Constant Contact, one of the nation’s largest email automation providers, organized the event, titled Make Social Marketing Work for You, to give local business owners the chance to learn the latest trends in the world of social media from marketing and business experts.

The event, held at the Providence Marriott, included seminars on Facebook promotion, quality content generation and online event promotion, as well as a Q&A with social media and business experts. On the Q&A panel, Chris and other marketing experts shared insights for over an hour with an audience of Constant Contact clients and interested small and mid-size business owners. “My team and I spend our days in the trenches developing and implementing marketing initiatives. Most business owners are so busy running the day to day operations of their business that they don’t have the time to deep dive into marketing, so I love to contribute at these events to provide some practical tips and to jump start their digital marketing in the right direction,” Chris said.
As Chris discussed, effective social media marketing can be much simpler than it seems. Traditional methods of outreach are proving less and less effective, and social media services like Facebook and LinkedIn are becoming staples of the business world. And unlike sending thousands of direct mail pieces or placing radio spots, these new avenues can be much more cost effective, while still garnering thousands of impressions and building a solid framework for lead generation. While at the event, Chris also discussed the importance of having a detailed marketing action plan in place along with having engaged staff carrying out the efforts to ensure that the upfront strategy does not fall to the ground due to sub-par execution.

About TribalVision
TribalVision is a Rhode Island and Boston marketing firm whose mission is to help organizations market smarter. As a marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available to the New England business community. TribalVision’s expertise includes marketing strategy development, channel-mix optimization, marketing tactics implementation, sales force optimization, and the building of highly differentiated brands. TribalVision’s interests-aligned, objective business model enables seamless integration with client teams to ensure that each marketing dollar spent works harder and goes farther. See more at www.tribalvision.com.

About Constant Contact
Constant Contact was founded as “Roving Software” in 1995, setting up shop in a cramped attic in Brookline, Massachusetts. Back then, email was usually viewed as just a way for friends to communicate online. Now, Constant Contact has grown into an essential email tool for small businesses looking to capitalize on their marketing investments. Through it all, we kept to our mission: to empower small businesses and nonprofits to grow customer relationships and succeed.