Strategy

Power with a Capital P: Patty Rioux Joins Forbes Agency Council

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Recently, Chief ODEA-ite and President, Patty Rioux, was invited to be a member of the Forbes Agency Council. The Forbes Agency Council is an invite-only organization for owners and executives of public relations, media strategy, creative, and advertising agencies. Members of the Council are invited to share their thoughts through quick industry-related tips and business articles. The ODEA team is so excited to share that Patty’s first business article was just recently published on Forbes! Since she is both an entrepreneur and a marketer herself, Patty can say it (and you know she did!): Entrepreneurs can be the worst and READ MORE >>

Cut. It. Out.

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Why we edit a lot more than just our writing In our biz, we’re constantly editing. Be a new blog we just wrote, a podcast that we recorded, a video for a social post for a client… the list goes on. But the toughest edits we tackle often don’t involve content at all. On this week’s episode of Brain Lava, Chief ODEA-ite, Patty Rioux, explains why editing is important not just in your marketing but for your business. Whether you consider yourself an entrepreneur, a business owner or a marketer, your mind is constantly on the ‘innovate’ setting. We’re sharing READ MORE >>

No Suitcase Required: How to Navigate Your Buyer’s Journey

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When you’re getting ready to make a purchase – no matter what it is – think about the different stages you go through before swiping your credit card. Let’s say you need a new washing machine because your current machine is making an odd noise. You do a few Google searches in hopes of finding a way to fix it. You learn that it will be more cost effective to buy a new one. You start browsing for new washing machines online. You take a few days to browse machines and compare features and costs. You decide on the two READ MORE >>

Three Lessons Learned: Conquering Social Media for Business

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To some, social media for business is a beast that they just aren’t prepared to tackle. Where do you even begin? Between creating fresh content and posting consistently, we’re not going to sugar coat it – it’s time consuming. But it’s necessary when you want to share your ideas, engage with your audience, and bring familiarity to your brand. When Chelsi Hardin, ODEA Project Manager, first started running social media for ODEA she thought it would be a piece of cake. If you’re active on social media in your personal life, social media for business can’t be that hard, right? READ MORE >>

The Best (Craziest) Decision I Ever Made: Teacher to Project Manager

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After being a teacher for twenty-three years, over half of that teaching kindergarten, I decided it was time for a career change. My own kids were grown and almost flown so what better time for a change? An amazing opportunity was presented to me; did I want to become a project manager at ODEA? I could lie and say I was over the moon and immediately accepted but let’s be honest, I had some reservations. I had been spending most of my days with five-year-olds. What would it be like to be around adults all day? Spoiler alert: I have READ MORE >>

How To Use Different Learning Styles to Educate Your Audience

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What’s your learning style? Are you a visual learner that prefers to see a picture or image to gain spatial understanding? Or are you an auditory learner that learns best when someone speaks to you or engages in conversation? Maybe you prefer a more hands-on approach with kinesthetic or physical learning? At the end of the day, everyone’s learning style is different and we must keep that in mind, even in marketing! On this week’s episode of Brain Lava, we called in a true pro to talk about the three most popular learning styles and how to use each style READ MORE >>

Does Swag Matter?

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Coffee mugs, pens, the Polo shirts, the car chargers… Swag comes in all shapes and sizes. If you’re not up on the hip language, “swag” is branded promotional items that you gift to clients, potential clients or guests that visit your company. Ever been to a trade show? Two words: swag city! Everywhere you turn someone is trying to stuff something else in your swag bag. But the question that we hear a lot: does swag matter? We’ve got three ODEA ladies giving their thoughts on just that. In this week’s episode of Brain Lava, we’re talking about the different READ MORE >>

Marketing Tactics That Should Be Left in the Bargain Bin

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Have you ever passed by a “bargain bin” sale and thought, “It’s in there for a reason, just keep walking!” Well, we did this week. And it got us thinking about $5 irregular t-shirts, movies that we could have lived without (yes, we’re talking about you Speed 2) and past-their-prime marketing tactics that deserve to be in the bargain bin when it comes to your business. We asked the ODEA team to share some of the tactics they think should be left behind in our imagined marketing bargain bin! Megan Thinking a large email list is king When it comes READ MORE >>

Nine Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind

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Being marketers means that you can find us “nerding-out” over something new just about every week. It also means that in the middle of any given conversation, there’s a 95% chance we could spout off a stat about the topic at hand. It’s a gift and a curse. This week our nerdiness and love of statistics rolled into one stat packed podcast! Nine MIND-BLOWING stats, to be clear. How did we arrive at this podcast topic? A random statistic that popped onto our screen led to a total nerdy deep dive of more interesting stats and the rest is history. READ MORE >>