Author: Chelsi Hardin

Brain Lava is Back: Why It’s OK to Press ‘Pause’

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We’re back! Welcome to season two of Brain Lava. Last season we covered so many topics- from what it means to be BOLD, to getting out of the comfort zone, to SEO, to many, many more. This year we’re bringing you even more marketing insights and tips flowing from our brains. AND we’ve got some amazing guest interviews lined up with some of the most brilliant people in the marketing industry. We can’t wait for you to listen to all of the awesome things we’re sharing in season two! But let’s start with episode one. We’re kicking off our first READ MORE >>

Forbes Feature: Applying Brené Brown’s Seven Elements of Trust to Your Business

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Ask us who inspires us to push our creativity and provoke new thoughts, and we’ll ask you how much time you have. At ODEA, we admire brilliant people that dare us to look at the world and how we conduct business a little differently. One such person is Brené Brown. If you don’t know Brené, you should. She rose to fame after a TED talk on vulnerability and her decades of research on courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy has led to five best-selling books. In one of her most recent books “Braving The Wilderness,” Brené uses the word “Braving” as READ MORE >>

Welcome to the Show: Three Things We’re Excited to See at CES 2020

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The holidays might be ending, but Christmas in January for the tech obsessed is about to be in full swing starting January 7th. We’re talking about the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) happening in Las Vegas. CES is one of the biggest tech trade shows and has been the highlight of every tech lover’s new year since 1967. Thousands of companies from around the world gather to unveil their new gadgets and gizmos. This year, we’re making our own predictions about the game-changing technology that those companies will be unveiling. Here are three things we’re excited to see at CES READ MORE >>

BOLD Marketing We Admire Part 8

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It’s our favorite time of the quarter where we ODEAites pick our favorite examples of BOLD marketing. With the holidays near, this was another tough one to narrow down. While some caused us to ugly cry, others made us laugh out loud and a few even made our bellies growl, but each share one thing – boldness. Megan’s Pick… Philadelphia Cream Cheese’s #PutPhillyOnIt Campaign       Why is it BOLD? An Instagram ad led me to this clever campaign. Philadelphia Cream Cheese wanted to show consumers that cream cheese can be used on more than just bagels. Talk about READ MORE >>

WCAG and ADA: The Letters You Need to Know About Website Accessibility

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If you subscribe to our weekly email roundup, Feed Your Brain, full of the articles our brains are munching on or follow current happenings in the news, you likely read about a legal case that’s been working its way through the court system. This case has been in the media for the past few months, and brings a lot of uncertainty to business owners who now must ensure their websites and mobile apps are accessible to all. Domino’s feels the heat The case involves Domino’s Pizza and a blind man named Guillermo Robles. In 2016, Robles sued Domino’s after he READ MORE >>

Brain Lava Hot Topic – Website Accessibility, ADA and WCAG

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You may be feeling the heat of uncertainty about website and mobile app accessibility after a recent court case regarding ADA and digital assets was in front of the US Supreme Court. But don’t sweat it. We’re working closely with our friends at fjorge Digital, one of our dev teams, to stay up-to-date and keep you informed. This week on Brain Lava, Joe Barsness of fjorge Digital joins us to explain the slightly confusing WCAG, share best practices and give us some tools for helping determine the accessibility of your website. READ MORE >>

It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Pinterest

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We see you out there killing it on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn! Engaging with prospects, posting entertaining and insightful content, interacting with customers – Major kudos! But there’s one social platform you may be sleeping on. We’re talking about Pinterest. You know it, maybe you love it, but are you using it for your company? We’ll be the first to come clean – we’re not at ODEA. But we need to be. Keep reading so we can explain why it is on our radar for 2020 – and likely needs to be for you too. On the Rise According to READ MORE >>

Three Reasons You Should Consider Starting a Podcast

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We love podcasts! So much that we decided to start our own. At ODEA, we like to think of podcasts as content of the future. They’re a fun, fresh way to get your message out to your audience. And when it comes to starting one, we’re always on #TeamPodcast! Recently, we came across a few podcast statistics included in the Infinite Dial Study conducted by Edison Research. The study found that in 2018, 26% of Americans listened to podcasts monthly. And that number is up from 24% in 2017. That’s a lot of tuning in! In 2018, six million more READ MORE >>

Power with a Capital P: Patty Rioux Joins Forbes Agency Council

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Recently, Chief ODEA-ite and President, Patty Rioux, was invited to be a member of the Forbes Agency Council. The Forbes Agency Council is an invite-only organization for owners and executives of public relations, media strategy, creative, and advertising agencies. Members of the Council are invited to share their thoughts through quick industry-related tips and business articles. The ODEA team is so excited to share that Patty’s first business article was just recently published on Forbes! Since she is both an entrepreneur and a marketer herself, Patty can say it (and you know she did!): Entrepreneurs can be the worst and READ MORE >>