Creative

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 >>

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 >>

ODEA’s New Homepage Video

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As a team of marketing strategists, creatives and technologists, some days we must let our creative flag fly and give attention to our own marketing. Our goal: add something new to our website homepage every six months. So, maybe we’ve been slacking on that just a bit…BUT for good reason (hello, awesome client projects!). We’re excited to finally introduce our brand-new homepage video! Check it out below – and make sure your speakers are turned on for the full experience! Stay tuned to see the next “something new” we add to our website in the not-so-distant future… 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 >>

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 >>

BOLD Marketing We Admire Part 4

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At ODEA we live and breathe BOLD. But what does bold really mean? We’ve each picked out an example of marketing out in the world that we find bold. As you’ll see, bold can take on many forms. What does bold mean to you? JJ’s pick… ESPN’s AirDrop Ads Why is it BOLD? “How many TV shows are on your DVR? Did you miss the big comeback the Cubs had last night? As we become busier, we find less time to relax with friends and watch the big game. ESPN and R/GA came up with a BOLD use of marketing using technology that READ MORE >>

VIDEO: Why You Need to Invest in Video Marketing in 2018

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Did you know that visuals are processed 60,00 times faster than text? At ODEA, we’ve learned that video is the #1 area of marketing that most businesses should be focusing on in 2018. The bottom line is that consumers want to see, not read why your product or service is so great. We put together this video whitepaper to show you some of the most compelling data out there on the power of video marketing. We also break down how you can make impactful videos even if you’re on a tight budget.     If you need guidance getting started READ MORE >>

Almost the Real Thing: An Intro to 3D Objects & 360-Degree Images

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As part of our recently launched ODEA Productions, we’re exploring 360-degree and 3D objects as a way to showcase products. As 360 and 3D technology continues to advance and become more usable, more companies and brands are interested in how these tools can impact awareness and sales. The appeal of these techniques is that they give you as the audience control – essentially making you a user rather than a viewer. When interacting with an image, you can easily manipulate it by rotating to see various angles. In more advanced 3D objects, you can even open an image and see READ MORE >>