Strategy

You Can’t Put It Off Any Longer — It’s Time to Create Your Marketing Budget for 2021

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December 15, 2020 feels like a late date to be posting thoughts on how to create your marketing budget for 2021. But with the economists and numbers people projecting so many different models for economic recovery (like these), creating ODEA’s own marketing budget before now left me feeling like half fortune teller and half contortionist. So, if like me you’ve got planning and budgeting on the rinse-and-repeat cycle, here are three tips for your next round of updates. Highs and Lows ODEA’s 2021 marketing budget could legitimately be called bi-polar. When I’m feeling optimistic – let’s hear it for the READ MORE >>

ODEA’s 2021 Marketing Predictions

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When we reflect on our 2020 marketing predictions, the word pandemic was certainly not in the mix. Never in a million years could we have anticipated a worldwide lockdown and the ripple effect COVID-19 had on every facet of our lives. And after the craziness of the past nine months (that felt like five years), maybe we’re bonkers for even thinking about trying to predict marketing trends in 2021. But if you know us, you know we’re all about making BOLD moves. So, we’ll take our chances. Here’s our hot take on marketing trends to keep your eyes on in READ MORE >>

Put your best foot forward: Three LinkedIn tips

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If there was ever a time to be active on LinkedIn, it’s now! In their latest report, LinkedIn shared that they continue to see “record levels of engagement” – up 31% in the latest quarter. LinkedIn now boasts a staggering 722 million members and we don’t think the growth of the platform is going to slow down anytime soon. Covid-19 is, of course, one reason LinkedIn is seeing increased members and higher usage. Many users are looking for work while others are finding new ways to connect while face-to-face interactions out of the question with social distancing concerns. If you READ MORE >>

Three email marketing list tips to protect your sender reputation

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“I don’t give a damn ‘bout my reputation. I’ve never been afraid of any deviation.” Talk about BOLD lyrics we love jamming to! But as much as we love the queen of rock and roll’s BOLD music, we’re going to have to agree to disagree with Joan Jett on this one. We DO give a damn about our reputation, and yours too. Your email marketing sender reputation that is. It’s all about your rep Sender reputation is a score you’re assigned by an Internet Service Provider (ISP). It’s based on a number of factors including the quality of the content READ MORE >>

Client Trivia for $1,000 Alex: Random Info We Know Thanks to Our Clients

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It’s not uncommon for an ODEA-ite to spit out a random fun, weird, quirky, or technical fact at any given moment. Whether we’re chatting with friends, family, each other, or a random stranger in Walgreens (true story!), we often find ourselves throwing in a little-known fact or piece of “how in the world do you know that” knowledge. We owe all our thanks to clients, current and former, for allowing us to live our mission to “Be Curious. Be Inspired. Be BOLD.” It was on a Friday afternoon phone call that we decided it wasn’t fair for us to keep READ MORE >>

New and Not-so-New: Five Tips for Creating Sales Presentations for Zoom, Teams, and Meet

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We got you sales pros! We know you’re killer at building rapport and gaining interest when you’re live and in person with a potential customer. But these days, you’re having to sharpen your online presentation skills to make those same connections while looking into a webcam instead of into the eyes of another human. That means we marketers need to step up our game, too. We need those decks and presentations you’re using to be BOLDer than ever – and optimized for the virtual sales world. And while we’re talking – let’s be real. We know you sales folks like READ MORE >>

Patty Rioux to Join Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board

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Team ODEA is so proud to share that ODEA President, Patty Rioux, has joined the advisory board for the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University. The Coleman Center empowers students, alumni and community members to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and build sustainable businesses that Do Good and Do Well in Chicago. Students in the program find real-world guidance about starting or growing a business. Focused on setting up future entrepreneurs for success, students have the opportunity to connect with seasoned entrepreneurs, gain experience at Chicago-area start-ups, and find their niche in Chicago’s business community. As a member of the advisory READ MORE >>

LinkedIn Up Close: How (and Why) To Support, Not Sell

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A FREE fingers-on-the-keyboard session to tidy up your LinkedIn profile and get you connecting in all the right ways. As a biz owner or sales-type, having to socially distance (it’s vital so keep it up!) is hard, both personally and professionally. How do you keep marketing when it feels impossible to get in touch with prospects? You’ve heard social media is booming right now. In fact, LinkedIn announced on April 1 they have seen, “…a bump of 55% more conversational activity between existing connections in recent weeks.” But if you haven’t been using LinkedIn for marketing or lead generation – READ MORE >>

Hungry? Feed Your Brain – March Edition

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Is your brain hungry? You’ve come to the right place. Welcome to our March edition of Feed Your Brain!  Design We’ve preached about responsive web design for quite some time now. But responsive email design is just as important! Over half of Americans prefer to look at marketing emails on their phones. So creating responsive emails is vital. Learn how to make your own Marketing Responsive Emails Myth Busters – Design edition! Modus is bringing truth to seven common misconceptions surrounding color contrast accessibility. Check it out here. Marketing Curious what the future of marketing will look like in the READ MORE >>