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CPARS Ratings Are Falling: Service Declining or Standards Increasing?

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Do You Really Know How You’re Performing? Federal contractor performance ratings over the past eight years have fallen from “excellent” to only “satisfactory”. A recent study by Ultimus Performance LLC (UPLLC) identifies a clear and consistent decline in federal contractor performance (CPARS) ratings and a growing proportion of “satisfactory” ratings at the expense of “exceptional”…Read More

Strong Employer Brand Critical to Recruit Top Talent

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

How do you differentiate yourself from competitors to attract the very best talent? How do you assure candidates that your organization stands above the rest? Together with Monster Government Solutions, Market Connections surveyed HR professionals and hiring managers in the public sector and at government contractors to find out how and what they are doing…Read More

Attract Federal Audiences to Your Events: Event Preferences

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Should we create a special event for our customers, or should we host a breakout session at a trade show our customers may already be attending? What kind of trade shows should we be participating in? Does it matter if it’s commercial or government focused? Should we save some dollars and just host a webinar…Read More

Attract Federal Audiences to Your Events: Factors and Barriers in Event Attendance

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Have you ever heard from your customers that the reason they didn’t attend your event was because of a lack of budget? Or that there were travel restrictions in place? Or that they just couldn’t get a manager’s approval? Well, you are not alone. According to Market Connections’ study from late 2017, these reasons were…Read More

Key Takeaways from the 2017 FMMS Shape Marketers’ Media Plans

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Last week, Market Connections revealed results from the 9th annual Federal Media and Marketing Study (FMMS) followed by a moderated panel of expert federal marketers. During this discussion, panelists noted key data points from this year’s study results they felt were particularly interesting as they plan their 2018 marketing strategies: In the DC market, federal…Read More

FMMS Founders Share Insights from 2017 Study

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

In preparation for the 2017 Federal Media and Marketing StudyTM (FMMS) results briefing, the Market Connections team has been studying the data. This year, the study asked some new questions as well as looking at the trends from data collected over the years. Study founders Lisa Dezzutti, president of Market Connections, Inc., and Sara Leiman,…Read More

Study Shows “Fake News” Talk Impacts Perceptions of Media Credibility

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Government decision-makers, especially those in Defense agencies, are questioning the credibility of media outlets due to the onslaught of “fake news,” according to the early results from the 2017 Federal Media and Marketing StudyTM. A peek at the early 2017 results shows that: Two-thirds of decisions makers said recent commentary about “fake news” has had…Read More

3 Ways Research Gives You Impact with Government Buyers

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

There are two certainties in today’s government contracting arena: Uncertainty How contractors reach decision makers has fundamentally changed To address those two certainties, contractors need to truly differentiate themselves. Agencies don’t want general promises of innovation; they want to know specifically how you will help them and they want to see how you’ve done it…Read More

How to Create Collateral with Impact: A Discussion with the Merritt Group

Monday, April 24th, 2017

This Thursday, Market Connections and Merritt Group will release the results of the 2017 Federal Content Marketing Study. We thought we’d give you a sneak peek and discuss a few of the findings with Merritt Group Executive Vice President and Partner, Jayson Schkloven, and Vice President Government, Matt Donovan. MC: The data shows a need…Read More

Is Search Engine Marketing Part of Your Content Plan?

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Are you one of the 60 percent of federal marketers using Search Engine Marketing (SEM) to reach federal decision makers? If not, you fall into the 40 percent who are not using this tool; it’s time to rethink that strategy. In the 2017 Federal Content Marketing PulsePoll™, we asked federal decision makers what they find…Read More

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