Author: Chelsi Hardin

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 >>

How To Use Different Learning Styles to Educate Your Audience

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What’s your learning style? Are you a visual learner that prefers to see a picture or image to gain spatial understanding? Or are you an auditory learner that learns best when someone speaks to you or engages in conversation? Maybe you prefer a more hands-on approach with kinesthetic or physical learning? At the end of the day, everyone’s learning style is different and we must keep that in mind, even in marketing! On this week’s episode of Brain Lava, we called in a true pro to talk about the three most popular learning styles and how to use each style READ MORE >>

BOLD Marketing We Admire Part 6

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It’s that time again! Every quarter, each team member of ODEA picks a favorite example of BOLD marketing that caught their attention. We all had a time narrowing down our choices for this one because brand’s have been bringing it! Check out our favorites below. JJ’s pick… Microsoft’s Internal Memo Why is it BOLD? Not everyone felt like a prankster this April Fool’s! Microsoft tried to take the first step in putting an end to tech companies participating in pranks on April Fool’s Day. According to an internal memo , Microsoft found that data shows these pranks have limited positive READ MORE >>

Does Swag Matter?

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Coffee mugs, pens, the Polo shirts, the car chargers… Swag comes in all shapes and sizes. If you’re not up on the hip language, “swag” is branded promotional items that you gift to clients, potential clients or guests that visit your company. Ever been to a trade show? Two words: swag city! Everywhere you turn someone is trying to stuff something else in your swag bag. But the question that we hear a lot: does swag matter? We’ve got three ODEA ladies giving their thoughts on just that. In this week’s episode of Brain Lava, we’re talking about the different READ MORE >>

The Perfect Fit: Proper Image Resizing

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The How-To on Proper Image Resizing We’re often inspired to record podcasts after we meet with clients or when we see something interesting on the web or after we’ve had a team huddle. This week is no different and was born out of a blog we wrote, “Marketing Tactics That Should Be Left in The Bargain Bin”. Call it a tactic we should leave behind, call it a designer pet peeve, call it whatever you want but we’re calling it out! If we’ve seen it once, we’ve seen it twice and we can’t stand by and let it happen anymore. READ MORE >>

Marketing Tactics That Should Be Left in the Bargain Bin

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Have you ever passed by a “bargain bin” sale and thought, “It’s in there for a reason, just keep walking!” Well, we did this week. And it got us thinking about $5 irregular t-shirts, movies that we could have lived without (yes, we’re talking about you Speed 2) and past-their-prime marketing tactics that deserve to be in the bargain bin when it comes to your business. We asked the ODEA team to share some of the tactics they think should be left behind in our imagined marketing bargain bin! Megan Thinking a large email list is king When it comes READ MORE >>

Nine Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind

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Being marketers means that you can find us “nerding-out” over something new just about every week. It also means that in the middle of any given conversation, there’s a 95% chance we could spout off a stat about the topic at hand. It’s a gift and a curse. This week our nerdiness and love of statistics rolled into one stat packed podcast! Nine MIND-BLOWING stats, to be clear. How did we arrive at this podcast topic? A random statistic that popped onto our screen led to a total nerdy deep dive of more interesting stats and the rest is history. READ MORE >>