Jim Matuga

Jim graduated from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in advertising and is a 31 year resident of Morgantown, W.Va. He has extensive experience in leadership positions with media companies in newspaper, television, cable, direct mail, radio and web. Jim is 52 years old and is involved with the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, PACE Enterprises, Rotary Club of Morgantown, West Virginia BASS Federation and the West Virginia Miracle League.
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Marketing Strategy: Fall In Love with Boredom

Posted by Jim Matuga

Mar 27, 2019 9:44:09 AM

In a recent conversation I had with a professional realtor from Michigan last week, the thought of always trying to be on top of the latest and greatest marketing tactics came up.  The person I was talking with remarked that every week it seems as though someone was trying to convince her and her team that the “new thing” will work better than the other “new thing” they’ve been using.

That got me thinking about the concept of “falling in love with boredom.” 

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The Importance of a Digital Marketing Strategy

Posted by Jim Matuga

Jan 3, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Think DIGITAL FIRST when it comes to your marketing plan.

When I refer to "digital-first," I’m talking about the internet and internet-related assets:

  • Website
  • Internet search engines
  • Digital advertising
  • Social media

Fifty years ago, the only ways to reach an audience was through print, television, radio or in person (door-to-door salesman). Obviously, the game has changed, and new technologies are offering ever-expanding opportunities to reach your target audiences.

I’ve been practicing the craft of advertising and marketing for thirty years now, and I still do believe traditional media channels have a significant role in marketing.

That said, there are several reasons why I recommend a digital-first strategy when it comes to marketing companies like yours.

The first may be the most obvious: It is where the people are.

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Marketing Strategy Tips For Business Owners

Posted by Jim Matuga

Sep 25, 2018 12:24:00 PM

One of my favorite pearls of business wisdom comes from Proverbs 10:4 in the NIV, “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

We know Solomon wrote Proverbs in part, to offer instruction, wisdom and understanding. However, have you ever thought about this sentence as it relates to business?

It begs the question: Have you ever thought about this verse in terms of your business marketing?

You’re probably asking, “How in the world is he going to tie a Proverb into marketing my business?”

That’s a fair question.

So, I offer this thought for your consideration:

If you are consistently “diligent” in all aspects of your business (including marketing), all other things being equal, you will quickly and greatly surpass the business who is lazy, slow and avoids hard work. I believe this is the law of God and nature, and it is a simple lesson to teach. Diligent work brings financial reward, and it can also bring its own emotional reward in a job well-done.

By contrast, a “lazy” hand represents the company who lacks energy or diligence, is inclined to be lazy or idle, remiss, careless or negligent or lax in regard to their duties (such as marketing effort). This kind of company puts off work as long as they can; they resent real labor; hate tasks requiring focus and effort. In short – they lose.

Here are 5 easy things to help you in your quest to be diligent in your business marketing as you begin your journey from survival to success.

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What is HubSpot and Why Should A West Virginia Business Care?

Posted by Jim Matuga

May 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you’re a marketer today, chances are great that you’re familiar with the company brand HubSpot. 

A question I get asked quite often is, “What the heck is HubSpot?”

You’ve inevitably seen their blog content, digital ads or material published on LinkedIn. 

But do you know what HubSpot really is?

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A “Chance” Conversation that Changed a Young WVU Student’s Life

Posted by Jim Matuga

Mar 20, 2018 8:56:18 AM

I often get asked how I got into the media and marketing business. As I reflect back on the past 30 years of my career in this industry, I go back to this one story that changed everything:

On a crisp early fall morning back in September, 1985, I walked into E. Moore Hall on the campus of West Virginia University on a mission to drop out of college.  

I was at a point in my life where I felt totally directionless. I was a square peg trying to fit in a round hole. I was frustrated. I was clueless. I was lost.

So there I found myself looking for the Registrar’s Office to unenroll from college. Unbeknownst to me, I had wandered into the wrong building. The Registrar’s Office, where one “drops out” was down the street at Colson Hall.

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