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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 >>

BOLD Marketing We Admire Part 7

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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 hard time narrowing down our choices for this one because brand’s have been bringing it! Check out our favorites below: JJ’s pick… Evian’s Way of Standing Out Why is it BOLD? When you think about drinking water, you think of a natural waterfall in the forest with butterflies flying around, right? Well, Evian ran down a different marketing path than their competitors. And that’s why they are BOLD. Their motto is, “live young” – READ MORE >>

Interview with Intern Anna

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Let’s chat marketing… but this time, from a college student’s point of view! Anna, our marketing intern joins ODEA president Patty Rioux in our latest podcast to discuss the top three things that surprised her about marketing. From Instagram marketing to internet clutter, this is one episode you won’t want to miss. READ MORE >>

Stop, Hey, What’s That Sound?

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It’s Friday night and you’ve just nestled yourself into a cozy blanket for a relaxing evening of binge-watching your favorite series. You fire up the streaming service and a black background with a red “NETFLIX” logo appears on your television screen. The all-too familiar “bum, bum” intro sound plays. This is called a brand sound. If you think about it, you’re probably familiar with more of these then you realize. MGM’s lion roar, T-Mobile’s phone chime, Marvel’s page turning… all brand sounds! What does this mean for future branding? Tune into this week’s episode of Brain Lava to hear ODEA READ MORE >>

Breaking the Label: Take Your Box from Drab to Fab

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Another day at the ODEA office, another Amazon package. Are we addicted to Amazon? That’s a whole other blog post. But we can’t lie, it does give us butterflies whenever we see the delivery man at our door and last week was no different! Picture this, all the little ODEA-ites safely tucked in their offices, whistling a happy tune as we worked. And then we heard that two o’clock knock on the door and we knew – our Amazon goodies had arrived! But this time when we opened the door, we weren’t just met with the smiling face of our READ MORE >>

One Size DOESN’T Fit All: Responsive Website Design

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Where are you right now? Are you on the train or sitting in a coffee shop? Look around. How many people are on their phones around you? Heck, there’s a good chance that you’re reading this on your phone! In 2018, it was reported that 52.2% of all web traffic came from a mobile device. Which explains why nearly everyone you can see right now is peering at their phones. Consumers are clearly spending as much time searching the web on their phones as they are on their desktops. But when it comes to the design of a website, how 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 >>

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 >>