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Offense vs. Defense

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Are you playing offense or defense when it comes to your marketing? Maybe it’s because we’re in the heart of football season or because we’ve had this topic come up a few times recently, but we feel like you should be thinking about it. Offense marketing means focusing on your company’s strengths as opposed to worrying about what the competition is doing (aka defense marketing). This week on Brain Lava, Patty shares a few examples of why you should be offense-minded when it comes to your marketing. Do you have thoughts about offense versus defense marketing? We would love to READ MORE >>

The Cycle of Virtuous Creativity

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As a marketing agency, you may think that creativity is oozing from our minds at all times. While we wish that was so, it’s not always the case. So, what do you do when you feel like the creativity is going through a dry spell? We like to think of creativity as a muscle. The more you exercise that muscle, the stronger it becomes. Our storyteller, Amelia Dellos, had the opportunity to attend Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin this year where she participated in some amazing lectures. In this week’s episode of Brain Lava, she’s sharing what she learned and READ MORE >>

The Art of Giving Creative Feedback

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The screenshare of your meeting is just about to start. You’re about to see an early version of the creative project your marketing team has been working hard on for the last few weeks. You’re excited to see some awesome eye-candy and/or hear some brilliant content. But what if you don’t love it? What if you hate it? What if you don’t know if you love it or if you hate it? Regardless, you want to be a good colleague or client and give feedback that is honest, yet respectful. But, you’re not quite sure how to do that. We READ MORE >>

4 Quick Tips for Presenting

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We know that presenting is not always at the top of everyone’s “favorite things to-do” list but when the opportunity to present at a great conference or event falls into your lap it’s hard to say no. As lovers of learning, we’ve attended as many conferences as we can to keep the wheels in our brains turning. As we’ve watched a variety of presentations (and even given some ourselves) we’ve picked up a few tips on giving a great presentation. Check out episode 9 of Brain Lava for four quick presentation tips! READ MORE >>

There’s No “I” in Marketing. Oh Wait…

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Personal opinions: we all have them but they’re not always helpful when it comes to giving creative feedback. When reviewing an ad layout, web mock-up or logo design, it’s easy to throw out comments based on personal preference such as “I don’t like that font” or “yellow is my least favorite color”. To be honest (and we mean this in the nicest way possible), it doesn’t matter if you like it or not. Before you draft a colorful email telling us to take a hike, let us explain. We love, appreciate and need client input and feedback. But as your READ MORE >>

Takeaways from HubSpot’s Inbound Conference

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Another year of HubSpot’s Inbound conference has come and gone. Didn’t get to attend? Trying to decide if you should go next year? We’ve got our very first guest on Brain Lava filling us in on all things Inbound! We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Kerra from the Chicago Family Business Council to share her thoughts on her first Inbound experience. From the keynote speakers to the breakout sessions to the programs…Patty and Kerra discuss it all! Check out episode 7 of Brain Lava: READ MORE >>

BOLD Branding

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Warning: Explicit Content! That’s right, we’ve got our first explicit rating — and honestly, we’re kind of pumped about it. But not only because of the expletives. We’re pumped because we get to discuss a few of our favorite companies that turned their “why nots” into “we just did”. We’re talking BOLD branding and what it means to ODEA! Check out our podcast, Brain Lava, to hear about how Big Ass Fans (hello, explicit rating!) and Big River Steel have given their brand a point of view with BOLD branding.   READ MORE >>

The Power of Treadmill Thoughts

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You’re on the treadmill. Your blood is pumping, sweat is running down your face and your brain is flooded with endorphins. In that moment, the answer to a week-long problem suddenly comes to you. Here at ODEA, we call those “treadmill thoughts”. Many of us experience “AH-HA” moments when doing something monotonous like taking a shower, running (or walking!) on a treadmill, or even going for a long drive. Why is that?? Because we are so curious as to why this happens to us, we did a little research. It turns out there is an actual science behind this phenomenon. Professor READ MORE >>

Demo Reel: Big River Steel Website

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Big River Steel is unlike any other steel company in the world. To help them prove that, they needed a website that BOLDLY captured their brand and dared to challenge the future of steel. Through stunning photography, video, and bold phrases, their website showcases Big River’s integration of steel and technology with a rebellious edge. Launched January of 2018, we are proud to have created a website that shows the world just how badass Big River Steel is:   To see more of our work with Big River, click here. READ MORE >>