Here you’ll find our online digest dedicated to the art and science of communications. It’s also named after an isotope of the element cobalt.
Storytelling is still one of the most effective ways to reach prospective customers. Learn how you can use some simple storytelling techniques to make your case studies interesting, creative, and illuminating narratives.
Good graphic design is a key element of nearly any marketing communications project. Find out how incorporating visual design into your communications can help you meet the challenges of marketing your science-focused products and services.
Brand guidelines detail a company’s visual identity. Find out more about what brand guidelines are and how they’re useful to companies of all sizes.
As communicators focused on helping science-related businesses connect with their audiences, Cobalt is curious about nascent solutions and markets still being shaped by cutting-edge research and development.
The evolution of the Cobalt Communications brand has been ongoing for nearly two decades. Our newest iteration is a natural extension.
Imagine that you are tasked with defining a new brand. You’d probably tend to start by selecting colors and fonts, creating a logo, and designing a website. Yes, all of these brand elements are essential, but they focus primarily on the visual aspect of branding. What’s missing are ways to engage the rest of our senses…
Tell a better brand story by developing and consistently implementing a brand messaging framework.
Examine the best practices of communicating complex ideas and evaluate the best marketing tools for the job.
Ten corporate communications best practices every science-based company can use to increase engagement, promote understanding and win customers.
These internal communications best practices can either build or reinforce a communications culture.
Imagine internal and external communications as two partners in a well-functioning, long-term relationship. Like any great partnership, they’re better when they work together and play off of the other’s strengths.
As January 2020 dawns on us — our 15th year of business — we’ve drawn up a list of 15 Communications Resolutions.
We get it, the communications landscape can be a bit confusing. So we broke it down for you.
Also called vision boards or inspiration boards, mood boards are tools for communicating a feeling, theme, persona or mood for a design or a style in a way that can be quickly absorbed and understood by those viewing them. Mood boards can be used to confirm that all stakeholders are on the same page or get feedback if not. Join Cobalt Communications Art Director Mark Miller on an exploration of this vital design tool.
Even for the most experienced marketing pros, the responsibility of keeping your brand’s content flowing across the web can be daunting, even exhausting. It’s like feeding a monster that’s never satisfied. So,in this article, we turn to a familiar mantra of environmentalism — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — to explore how marketers and business professionals canget more mileage out of theircontentand do more with less.
Swearing in the workplace used to be a no-no — no questions asked. But as three-piece suits have been replaced by khakis and no-tuck shirts, so too have we become more casual about the occasional oath or obscenity. Research shows that swearing can play an important role in communication, though there are some who argue it has no place in civil discourse.
Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War, is often regarded as one of history’s greatest military strategists. According to the Chinese general, if you want to defeat your enemy, you must know them as well as you know yourself. The same is true if you’re marketing a brand — to succeed, you must know your competition.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the terabyte-sized mountain of data that piles up every day from our business systems and processes. But the mountains of data represent a goldmine of opportunity — if you can find the right nuggets. That’s where KPIs come in. Grab your harness and pick axe and let’s start exploring the majestic wonder of KPIs.
Leaders of all kinds may feel they’re working 24/7 to take their organizations to the next level. There are this year’s trends and this quarter’s results and next quarter’s forecasts to worry about. You’ve built 7 highly effective habits but may feel frustrated enough to scream those 7 dirty words or commit one of the 7 deadly sins. Let’s reverse-engineer successes of organizations that have made it to where you want to be.
Today, it’s easy to see brand positioning at work in some of the most recognizable brands, such as Netflix and Whole Foods. But even if you don’t have the resources of these big consumer brands, even if you’re a small B2B businesses, you can apply the principles of positioning.
The quest for perfection is everywhere, and it’s easy to get sucked in. But perfection can be detrimental, especially to small business owners or marketing managers who have long to-do lists and fewer productive hours to get things done. Let’s take a look at some of the consequences of an unhealthy obsession with perfection — and how we can use perfection to make us more productive.
Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, or FUD, is a fear-based marketing strategy used in disciplines such as public relations, advertising and even politics. Influencers use FUD techniques to make us stop, think and change our behavior to choose their preferred option over another more questionable option. Keep reading to learn how you can leverage fear in your marketing — and when you might decide to avoid it altogether.
Every time consumers shop, they face a plethora of products of all types, even for the most mundane items. At first glance, most shampoos, light bulbs or televisions may seem the same or at least very similar. So advertisers are constantly looking for ways to differentiate their products and make them stand out. Using science is one way to do that. But is the science real or is it soft, squishy and skeptical?
Cobalt Communications president and director of strategy, Leslie Harris, has been named a Board Member at Large for the Mid-Atlantic Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (MASHSMD). Leslie and her fellow board members will be working together to grow MASHSMD’s membership through engaging and educational networking events that bring together healthcare marketing and communications strategists from across Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Achieving understanding can always be “easier” on an audience … but can’t always be “easy.” When creating infographics, you should strive to facilitate understanding, but if you oversimplify information too much or fail to give readers additional opportunities to dig deeper, then you may be falling short as a communicator.
Eclipse mania may be fading (along with the white-hot images on our retinas), but the idea of an eclipse — an obscuring of light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and an observer — made me think about how this phenomenon applies to communications. Is it possible to behave in such a way or deliver messages in such a way that the audience only remembers the person sending, not the content being sent?