Strategy

Living Through (And Surviving!) A Rebrand

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You don’t know what you don’t know! And that’s especially true of the rebrand process. While some organizations grimace at the thought of changing their name, others are more ambitious and ready to tackle the massive project. But no matter where you fall on the scale, remember that it’s a huge undertaking. After going through the creative process of changing your name and/or logo, there’s a (what seems to be) endless well of items to update after the fact. Some are more top of mind like your website and email address, but what about your voicemail box recording? And all READ MORE >>

To Send or Not to Send: Does Send Time Really Matter For E-Newsletters?

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It was a big decision for us last month. Our August e-newsletter got delayed because we, like many of you, often push deadlines on our own marketing to make room for client projects. So, there we were — Friday, August 30th in the ODEA office. And not just any Friday… this was the Friday afternoon before Labor Day Weekend. We had a decision to make: To Send Or Not To Send. That was our question. We had two options: send out the monthly e-newsletter then and there, despite the fact that most of you were already on weekend mode, OR 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 >>

Yes, You Need to Get Ready for Another Social Network

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Facebook turned 15 years old earlier this year. Twitter isn’t far behind at 13 and LinkedIn is the grand daddy of all the social networks, launched over 17 years ago in 2002. Even the new-kid-on-the-block, Instagram, is nearing a decade on the app stores. So you had to know another platform would eventually come around to challenge the “old-timers” for social network dominance. Let us introduce you to TikTok. TikTok: The Current Craze TikTok is the newest darling of the social world although it is impossible to find consistent reports on number of downloads and monthly users. Reports range from READ MORE >>

Introducing Generation Z

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We don’t have to tell you that communicating with a four generation marketplace – Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and the newest consumers, Gen Z  — is keeping us marketers on our toes. Your marketing technology stack already likely includes everything from a fax machine to an e-commerce website or customer portal. And this newest generation is going to push that tech even farther. (Get ready for those VR/AR apps and branded skills for voice assistants we keep talking about!) Knowing these “digital natives” are gaining buying power, ODEA has all the info you need on Gen Z-ers and their 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 >>

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 >>

Chatterbox: Should You Add Live Chat to Your Website?

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We all know our methods of communication have been wildly altered by technology. Friends catch up through Facebook Messenger instead of over coffee, co-workers give updates through Slack, and international friends chat through WhatsApp to avoid hefty text messaging fees. One of the reasons these channels are so popular is because they are instantaneous and accommodate every consumer’s deepest desire: they want what they want, and they want it NOW! Efficiency is key nowadays. If you can’t cater to your audience fast enough, someone else will. Smart businesses are quickly realizing this and relying on the power of live chat 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 >>