Author: Anna Kloehn

Managing Files in the Digital (and Print) Age

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We’ve talked about the importance of working effectively with creatives as marketers before. But there’s more that we can do to keep the harmonious vibes flowing. Luckily, we have an amazing designer on our team willing to share some tips on something he’s deeply passionate about – files! You already know we’re nerds who are curious about, well, everything. So, Mars Manderico, one of the extremely talented designers we work with, started schooling us on all the intricacies that differentiate digital and print files. We knew we had to share this vital information with you as well so you too READ MORE >>

QR Codes: It’s Their Time to Shine

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Considering the digital world we’ve come to know and love (more or less!), QR codes have had a relatively slow start since their invention in 1994. Pre-pandemic, it felt like you would only see these pixelated boxes in specific and niche spaces. Whether they appeared on products to redirect you to other information about the manufacturer or in certain ad campaigns, QR codes were few and far between; never really commonplace. Enter 2020 Through all the upheaval of last year, it felt like some of the problems that arose already had a solution: QR codes. COVID made people reconsider a READ MORE >>

Let’s Get Technical: Tech Tip Thursday

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Did you hear the news about our new series? Every Thursday, we’re uploading a quick tutorial to help you spiff up your tech game. Our videos are 3 minutes or less and designed to make your life (and work!) easier. From LinkedIn and YouTube hacks to Adobe Photoshop secrets, we have a tech tip for everyone. Find all of our tech tip videos on YouTube. And don’t forget to follow us on our social pages so you can see what new tech tip we’re sharing every Thursday!     READ MORE >>

Not Just a Pretty Color: Color Connotations in Branding

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Color in branding is powerful. So powerful that most of us can look at a color palette and recognize the brand it represents. Think about Tiffany blue, John Deere green, or the instantly recognizable Coca-Cola red. Is anyone feeling thirsty? And although being aesthetically pleasing to the eye is a concern when choosing a brand color, it’s not the only deciding factor. Color impacts the way we perceive a brand and can have a powerful effect on our emotions as consumers. Have you ever seen an advertisement and instantly felt happy, powerful, calm or even sad? It’s not a coincidence. READ MORE >>

To Send or Not to Send: Does Send Time Really Matter For E-Newsletters?

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It was a big decision for us last month. Our August e-newsletter got delayed because we, like many of you, often push deadlines on our own marketing to make room for client projects. So, there we were — Friday, August 30th in the ODEA office. And not just any Friday… this was the Friday afternoon before Labor Day Weekend. We had a decision to make: To Send Or Not To Send. That was our question. We had two options: send out the monthly e-newsletter then and there, despite the fact that most of you were already on weekend mode, OR READ MORE >>

Yes, You Need to Get Ready for Another Social Network

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Facebook turned 15 years old earlier this year. Twitter isn’t far behind at 13 and LinkedIn is the grand daddy of all the social networks, launched over 17 years ago in 2002. Even the new-kid-on-the-block, Instagram, is nearing a decade on the app stores. So you had to know another platform would eventually come around to challenge the “old-timers” for social network dominance. Let us introduce you to TikTok. TikTok: The Current Craze TikTok is the newest darling of the social world although it is impossible to find consistent reports on number of downloads and monthly users. Reports range from READ MORE >>

Introducing Generation Z

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We don’t have to tell you that communicating with a four generation marketplace – Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and the newest consumers, Gen Z  — is keeping us marketers on our toes. Your marketing technology stack already likely includes everything from a fax machine to an e-commerce website or customer portal. And this newest generation is going to push that tech even farther. (Get ready for those VR/AR apps and branded skills for voice assistants we keep talking about!) Knowing these “digital natives” are gaining buying power, ODEA has all the info you need on Gen Z-ers and their READ MORE >>

Interview with Intern Anna

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Let’s chat marketing… but this time, from a college student’s point of view! Anna, our marketing intern, joins ODEA president Patty Rioux in our latest podcast to discuss the top three things that surprised her about marketing. From Instagram marketing to internet clutter, this is one episode you won’t want to miss.   Have a BOLD topic in mind you would like to hear us discuss? Let us know here. READ MORE >>

Chatterbox: Should You Add Live Chat to Your Website?

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We all know our methods of communication have been wildly altered by technology. Friends catch up through Facebook Messenger instead of over coffee, co-workers give updates through Slack, and international friends chat through WhatsApp to avoid hefty text messaging fees. One of the reasons these channels are so popular is because they are instantaneous and accommodate every consumer’s deepest desire: they want what they want, and they want it NOW! Efficiency is key nowadays. If you can’t cater to your audience fast enough, someone else will. Smart businesses are quickly realizing this and relying on the power of live chat READ MORE >>