Fueling Momentum

Through Pocket Hercules, a Minneapolis branding and creative firm, I offer a range of consulting services that fuel momentum for corporations, professional service firms, non-profits and government agencies. Based on my 25 years of experience in marketing communications, public relations, branding and market research, I can help your organization achieve its marketing and business goals. To learn more, contact me at stephen.dupont@pockethercules.com. Here’s what I can offer you or your organization:

Strategy Development and Planning

I assist my clients in developing systems and plans (three-year, annual, and project specific) to enhance corporate and marketing communications efforts. I can assist you with the following:

  • Brand Strategy
  • Public Relations Strategy
  • Content Strategy
  • Paid, Earned and Owned Media Strategy
  • Marketing Communications Strategy
  • Targeted Advice
  • Market Insight (customers/stakeholder interviews and focus groups)

Brand Identity

Understanding who your brand is, what it stands for, the value it delivers, and how to express your brand to stakeholders (employees, distributors, regulators, customers) is essential to any organization’s marketing and communications efforts. Working closely with your marketing team, I help your organization crystalize a distinct brand identity, develop a brand narrative, and offer recommendations on how to communicate your brand internally and externally.

Ideation Sessions/Brainstorming

I offer half-day and one-day sessions where I work with you or your team to develop ideas and outline action steps that can help your organization fuel marketing momentum, address key issues, figure out how to take advantage of an upcoming opportunity, and overcome challenges that are preventing your organization from reaching its goals and potential.

Visioning/Strategic Planning Facilitation

I facilitate sessions (two-hour, half-day, full-day) with small (6 people) to large (up to 35) groups focusing on visioning possible futures for an organization, as well as long-term strategic planning. I meet with your team to develop ideas and facilitate discussion and provide a summary to your team to use in developing a long-term strategic map. I also write/edit strategic plans as part of this process.

Content Strategy and Development

I assist organizations in developing content strategy that delivers clear, relevant and authentic communications to stakeholder groups (customers, employees, donors, etc.) who matter most to your success. Based on my numerous experiences, including serving as a freelance business journalist, leading a corporate communications department for a large financial services company, and building content marketing programs (including social media programs) for my clients, I understand how to develop, implement and measure content marketing that drives results. I can provide the following:

  • White Papers
  • Testimonials
  • e-newsletters
  • Bylined articles
  • How-to articles and videos
  • Social media posts
  • Lead generation brochures
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Speeches
  • Webinars

Market/Stakeholder Research

I conduct qualitative research based on in-depth interviews with key stakeholders (employees, customers, donors, investors, government regulators, and other influentials) to help your organization better understand how stakeholders:

  • Perceive your organization and/or its brand
  • Perceive your competitors
  • Perceive specific issues, challenges or opportunities

Thought Leadership

In today’s complex business world, customers want a genuine dialogue with the people behind the brands they trust. I work with your organization to develop and give voice to the thought leaders within your organization through earned media, paid media, social media and owned media.

Business/Marketing Coaching

I provide a series of one-hour coaching sessions to help you and/or your organization work toward specific goals. We meet weekly or monthly, to build a strategic map (vision, values, mission, goals) and develop specific action steps to help you or your organization grow professionally and meet your goals.