Author: Chelsi Hardin

Forbes Feature: Looking for a Marketing Unicorn? We’ve Got Three Tips for Supporting an In-House Marketing Pro Instead

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The loch ness monster, unicorns, fire-breathing dragons… we have all heard about these mythical beings, but have you ever seen them in the real-world? Us neither. So, if you’ve recently set out on a search for a single in-house marketing professional that can do it all, from graphic design to media pitching to coding that HTML email, you may have better luck calling up Nessie herself. Instead of going on the hunt for a mythical creature, read ODEA President Patty Rioux’s latest Forbes article. She shares three tips you should consider when preparing to add a party-of-one marketing pro to READ MORE >>

Your Big Trade Show Was Just Cancelled. 3 Ways to Pivot!

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You’ve been prepping for months getting ready for the biggest trade show of the year. Travel plans are set, meetings with potential customers are on the calendar, now all that’s left is to go and wow ‘em. Then you get the dreaded email: TRADE SHOW CANCELLED. Uh-oh. Whether it is a lack of toilet paper at the local Costco or a cancelled event, efforts to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus are starting to affect us all. So, what to do with all that time you won’t be spending at the trade show? Open a bottle of wine and READ MORE >>

Hungry? Feed Your Brain – February Edition

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Welcome to February’s edition of Feed Your Brain! Are you hangry for a helping of marketing and technology insights? Well, we’ve got a treat for you. We’ve categorized each link so you can easily find information that’s appetizing to you. And as always, if you find something you think we should be chomping on, send it our way at HERE. Brand A brand that took a huge leap this year? (And their brand star literally took a leap off of a cliff.) Planters. The brand made the BOLD decision to kill off the iconic legume that has served as the READ MORE >>

Forbes Feature: The Value of Investing In Loyal Customers

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Why customer retention should be at the top of your list We can’t think of any business owner who didn’t start 2020 with the goal to grow his or her business. And that of course makes us all think about attracting new customers. But what about those loyal customers who give you money month-after-month or year-after-year? The research tells us that loyal customers who already know, love and trust your business and brand are better for your bottom line. So why do so few businesses make customer retention a priority? In her most recent Forbes Agency Council submission, ODEA President READ MORE >>

Just a Slice: Keeping Your Content Digestible

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Here at ODEA, we love cake. Our favorite is Portillo’s chocolate cake. Any excuse we can find to celebrate with a Portillo’s chocolate cake, we take it. If you’ve never had one of these delicious cakes before, you’re going to want to start with a small slice because it is RICH. But after you get a first taste of the chocolatey goodness, you’ll probably go back for more. (Trust us on this.) We like to think of content in the same way.  When you have an opportunity to communicate with your audience, it can be a gut reaction to want READ MORE >>

Things That Make You Go “Hmmm”: Three Marketing Misconceptions

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ODEA’s been in the marketing business for a while. And while we probably haven’t heard them all, we have heard quite a few marketing misconceptions that trigger responses ranging from scratching our heads to cringing in disbelief. “A good product doesn’t require marketing.” Oh boy. “Marketing is a waste of money.” Make it stop! We felt like it was time to set the record straight on a few of the most popular misconceptions we hear in this business. Marketing Should Only Be Geared Towards New Business Of course, you want your marketing efforts to attract new customers. But don’t forget 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 >>

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 >>