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Hungry? Feed Your Brain! – January Edition

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Welcome to January’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. 2020 Trends You Need To Focus on These 7 Things in 2020 This is no fluffy “2020 trends” article, rather an insight into what tools marketers are tossing to the side and which ones they’re holding onto tightly this year. READ MORE >>

Three Tips for Marketing in 2020: No Crystal Ball Needed

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What will 2020 look like for marketing? Where should efforts be focused in the upcoming year? Those are two questions that kick-off the new year for every marketer. You may think you need a crystal ball to figure out the answers, but you don’t! Instead, give this week’s episode of Brain Lava a listen. Not only is Patty sharing three tips on focusing your marketing efforts in 2020, but she’s also joined by Andrea Durfey, marketing and communications strategist that’s been in the business for nearly thirty years with a ton of insight to this ever-changing industry. So, trade the READ MORE >>

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 >>

We’re Begging You! Our Three Requests of Conference Speakers

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You’ve been spending months planning your visit to a notable industry conference. You arrive with a blank notebook, fresh pens, a highlighted agenda and a brain that’s ready to learn. As you settle in to your first presentation, you notice your attention starts to wander… Uh oh. It’s a case of the mediocre conference presenter! In this episode of Brain Lava, ODEA President Patty Rioux sends a message to all the conference speakers out there about how to be an engaging presenter. We’ll give you one for free: don’t read off the slides! To hear our other two pleas, click READ MORE >>

Natural Networking: How to Approach LinkedIn Like a Human

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What comes to mind when you think of LinkedIn? Probably business, networking, professional connections, etc. And that image may subconsciously cause you to treat LinkedIn differently than your other social media profiles, but should you? In this episode of Brain Lava, ODEA President Patty Rioux talks about the human side of LinkedIn and why you should approach your professional connections naturally, organically and well, like a human! Afterward, you’ll be ready to embrace the possibilities of LinkedIn like a true (human) pro.   READ MORE >>

Under the Hood: Open Source vs. Proprietary CMS

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A content management system (CMS) is the engine that drives your website. In our latest edition of Brain Lava, Emil and Patty take a peek under the hood at two types of content management systems – open source vs. proprietary. To put it simply, both open source and proprietary CMS are the back ends on which you build your website. An open source CMS is software created collaboratively by the people who use it and is not owned by any single person. A few of the most recognizable open source systems are WordPress or Joomla. Proprietary CMS is software that READ MORE >>

Three Lessons Learned: Conquering Social Media for Business

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To some, social media for business is a beast that they just aren’t prepared to tackle. Where do you even begin? Between creating fresh content and posting consistently, we’re not going to sugar coat it – it’s time consuming. But it’s necessary when you want to share your ideas, engage with your audience, and bring familiarity to your brand. When Chelsi Hardin, ODEA Project Manager, first started running social media for ODEA she thought it would be a piece of cake. If you’re active on social media in your personal life, social media for business can’t be that hard, right? READ MORE >>

Back to Basics: SEO 101

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“SEO” is a term we hear thrown around a lot in the marketing and tech world. It stands for “Search Engine Optimization”. Now that we’ve broken that down for you, it’s crystal clear what SEO is, right? Great! Our work here is done… or maybe not. If you’re anything like Chelsi Hardin, ODEA Project Manager, questions like “What am I optimizing?” and “What does this even have to do with a website?” may cross your mind when it comes to SEO.  That’s why she decided to ask ODEA Project Manager (and resident SEO guru), Sue Lattea, to sit down and READ MORE >>

Technology That Will Rock Our World in 2019

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It’s that time of year when everyone starts to speculate what the next big thing will be in marketing and tech this year. We thought we would join in on the fun and share our thoughts on the technology that you should keep your eyes peeled for in 2019! Samsung Galaxy F Since its first launch of the Samsung Galaxy S in 2010, Samsung continues to evolve and create pieces of hand-held technology that are truly out of this world (no pun intended!) The Samsung Galaxy F proves once more that Samsung is pushing the boundaries of smartphone technology and READ MORE >>