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Technology Game Changers in A Digital World

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Back in January 2020, we made some BOLD predictions on what we expected technology, specifically virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), to look like in 12 months. New and improved glasses and headsets, haptic feedback, augmented audio, the possibilities were endless, and we were PUMPED for it. Then came coronavirus and many tech companies pushed pause while others sped up their development as connecting virtually became the de facto way of doing business. It certainly proved even a pandemic can’t stop innovation. More companies are implementing VR/AR as a way to work as a team while keeping employees safe. READ MORE >>

You Can’t Put It Off Any Longer — It’s Time to Create Your Marketing Budget for 2021

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December 15, 2020 feels like a late date to be posting thoughts on how to create your marketing budget for 2021. But with the economists and numbers people projecting so many different models for economic recovery (like these), creating ODEA’s own marketing budget before now left me feeling like half fortune teller and half contortionist. So, if like me you’ve got planning and budgeting on the rinse-and-repeat cycle, here are three tips for your next round of updates. Highs and Lows ODEA’s 2021 marketing budget could legitimately be called bi-polar. When I’m feeling optimistic – let’s hear it for the READ MORE >>

ODEA’s 2021 Marketing Predictions

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When we reflect on our 2020 marketing predictions, the word pandemic was certainly not in the mix. Never in a million years could we have anticipated a worldwide lockdown and the ripple effect COVID-19 had on every facet of our lives. And after the craziness of the past nine months (that felt like five years), maybe we’re bonkers for even thinking about trying to predict marketing trends in 2021. But if you know us, you know we’re all about making BOLD moves. So, we’ll take our chances. Here’s our hot take on marketing trends to keep your eyes on in READ MORE >>

Put your best foot forward: Three LinkedIn tips

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If there was ever a time to be active on LinkedIn, it’s now! In their latest report, LinkedIn shared that they continue to see “record levels of engagement” – up 31% in the latest quarter. LinkedIn now boasts a staggering 722 million members and we don’t think the growth of the platform is going to slow down anytime soon. Covid-19 is, of course, one reason LinkedIn is seeing increased members and higher usage. Many users are looking for work while others are finding new ways to connect while face-to-face interactions out of the question with social distancing concerns. If you READ MORE >>

Three email marketing list tips to protect your sender reputation

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“I don’t give a damn ‘bout my reputation. I’ve never been afraid of any deviation.” Talk about BOLD lyrics we love jamming to! But as much as we love the queen of rock and roll’s BOLD music, we’re going to have to agree to disagree with Joan Jett on this one. We DO give a damn about our reputation, and yours too. Your email marketing sender reputation that is. It’s all about your rep Sender reputation is a score you’re assigned by an Internet Service Provider (ISP). It’s based on a number of factors including the quality of the content READ MORE >>

Opening the Project Vault: Specialty Sales’ Product Catalog

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What makes a marketing effort successful? Results of course! But how we get there often involves communication, organization, and an AMAZING client. We’re thrilled to have hit the jackpot when it comes to the clients we work with. When Specialty Sales – a distributor of hose, tubing, couplings and fittings – asked for our help bringing the BOLD to their product catalog, we said, “Let’s do this!” We teamed up with Specialty Sales to give their catalog a fresh look that reflects their new branding and provides a more cohesive user experience. Read on for more about the process of READ MORE >>

BOLD Marketing We Admire – Part 10

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We decided to shake things up a bit and share “BOLD Marketing We Admire” in a new, fresh way – a podcast! This fun episode features all members of Team ODEA sharing the details of their BOLD pick. Need to see it to believe it? Scroll down to find the visual that accompanies each team member’s marketing piece. And now for the main event! Find a comfy spot, pop in your headphones, and prepare yourself for some BOLD marketing. Megan’s BOLD Pick… ROAD iD Stephanie’s BOLD Pick… Nike | You Can’t Stop Sisters Sue’s BOLD Pick… Who Gives A Crap? READ MORE >>

A (Marketing) Blast from The Past

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The 1950’s are often considered the golden age of advertising. Families were looking to spend dollars post-war and companies were more than happy to help show them what they should be buying! Intern Anna recently came across some 1958 LIFE magazines and the advertisements inside got us really thinking. Exactly how has marketing changed over the past 60+ years?? From luxurious canned ravioli, to “mood lighting”, marketing has evolved dramatically over the last few decades. (Thank goodness!) Check out these flashback ads from three popular brands and some of the marketing knacks we’re still using from the “advertiser’s dream decade”. READ MORE >>