Brand is a narrative—supported by messaging, design, and marketing—that connects us to an idea or an ideal.
At its core, marketing is an exercise in empathy. We need to understand, embrace, and engage the thinking, hopes, and concerns of our clients.
In marketing and product development, beware the "Futon Effect." Compromising on something to the extent that it tries to be a bed and a sofa but does neither well.
I began in sales and realized it would be easier with effective marketing. I created marketing and realized it only makes sense with a true brand. I built brands and realized that they are only worthy when connected to culture and Zeitgeist.
The outcomes of great marketing
To communicate both value and values
To arm your customer to defend their choice of you
To create an informed and empowered client
The difference between marketing and sales
Marketing - Connecting with many through messaging.
Sales - Connecting with one through relationship.
I don't blog but I (rarely) write the occasional article.
LET'S GET STARTED
The first step is a conversation. First meetings are free and are really just an opportunity to hear about your situation and answer any questions you might have. Contact me at 802.451.9248 or firstname.lastname@example.org—or you can certainly fill out the form below—and we'll go from there.
Joe believes marketing is a horrible business—often focused on getting people you don't care about to buy things they don't need with money they don't have. He equally believes that there is a better way. The first step is for him to not speak about himself in the third person... I have spent the last decade developing, implementing, and refining my proprietary approach to brand-building and integration marketing. I work with organizations of all sizes, but that work starts on an intentionally personal and individual level. I balance new eyes and deep experience, proven methods and innovative ideas, the reality of "is" and the aspiration of "ought." I have been the victim of marketing consultants in my own past and I am not that guy. I bring results and revelations as we work together to build internal cohesion, broadened awareness, and engaged audiences in a way that's authentic and true. Contact me if this makes sense and you want to get started.
In all the 30 some years that I have been working in mental health services and marketing, I have never met anyone who has captured feelings through words as Joe has. The language he uses is the most respectful I have ever seen in print—it actually brought me to tears.
—Barbara Huff, Social Marketing Specialist, SAMHSA
It is a joy to work with Joe. Not only does he have a wealth of experience, skills, and knowledge, but he has the unique ability to quickly build rapport, engage various contingents, and create consensus and a unifying vision. He is able to think outside the box, assist in designing creative strategies and gets true enjoyment from working with people.
—Ellen Smith, VP Institutional Advancement, Landmark College
Working with Joe, some of the most daunting organizational undertakings, like refining a mission statement or landing on a new brand, become delightful opportunities for connection, engagement and inspiration. Joe has many effective processes, but more importantly, he has a brilliant marketing mind and an uncanny intuition about how to move groups forward.
—Kate Jellema, Director, Center for New Leadership
The thing I like about working with Joe is that even on a small contract he goes the extra distance. He was fantastic at helping me work iteratively and steadily towards our goal—which we reached.
—Caleb Clark, Chair of Academic Technology, Marlboro College
Joe worked to thoroughly understand my brand and the workings of my industry, as well as my goals and strengths. Through this, he was able to provide me with incredible insight and feedback about how to move forward and grow my business. He is a truly exceptional communicator and is kind, down to earth and approachable, as well as direct and honest. Joe was able to clearly articulate what set my business apart from others in my field and came up with a multi-tiered approach for gaining new clients.
—Clare Barboza, Photographer, Clare Barboza Photography
We reached out to Joe to have him look at our marketing strategy. In our initial conversation, he shared a refreshing voice and insight about the unique qualities of Hilltop Montessori School. From a SWOT analysis to a full-blown messaging redesign, Joe has guided our marketing efforts to increase our visibility in the community with a more accurate and authentic message. The greatest thing about working with Joe is his joyful nature—and he is truly a ball of energy. He does his homework and genuinely leans in to help you uncover your authentic voice.
—Lauren Campbell, Admissions Director, Hilltop Montessori
In recruiting students, Joe started by helping me articulate what we were offering as well as who would be seeking that. He then helped me to build an agile and responsive marketing plan to effectively engage our audiences. When my primary audience shifted, I was able to pivot that plan and continue to effectively recruit.
—Andrew Hart, Director of CMI, Hampshire College
Smart, fun to work with, efficient, and effective. I had a very brief window to get a lot done and Joe kept everything on track. By consolidating mounds of information into a compact presentation he gave my thoughts more impact and me more confidence in talking about my organization.
—Nancy Heydinger, Executive Director, Girls on the Run Vermont
Joe is able to arrange complex elements into a clean, clear structure. He researched what I do, why its important and who needs to know about it, and then he built that into an engaging and concise pitch. Marketing can be so unseemly, but Joe just crafted the truth into something compelling.
—Kerry Secrest, Principal, Watershed Coaching
As an artist, I was surprised how unclear my goals were. It was amazing to begin to think in a more organized, focused way about what I’m doing and also where I’m going with it. Joe couldn’t have been more helpful or more fun to work with. I learned a lot about myself and about how to communicate my vision during our meetings.
—Leslie Woodward, Photographer, Jeff Woodward Photography
Joe Heslin is an engaging and energetic professional who works very hard to understand the messaging and communication needs of an organization. In working with us on a re-branding initiative, Joe’s in-depth research and analysis of our communication intentions and needs was both invigorating and insightful. His final products were clear, on-target and powerful.
—Mary Ide, Board of Directors, The Friends of the Library