WIRED TO CONNECT

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Clients and potential clients continually ask me what industry is our specialty. From here, I know it is going to be an uphill battle in shifting perception. Lucky for me, shaping perception (for any industry) is my specialty. Healthcare, Consumer Packaged Goods (“CPG”), Retail, Travel, Tourism, etc. all face the same problems (opportunities). Almost all industries are becoming more consumer focused and experience-driven, which creates a consistent set of marketing needs across all industries. This means that we have to go back to a re-examination of the traditional 4-P’s of marketing – Product, Price, Place, and Promotion (one of those …

Bridging the Gap in Digital Marketing

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With the prominence and importance of online marketing in the marketplace today, the #1 question you may be asking about your company’s online efforts is, “am I doing it right?” Your website, social media, email marketing, online reputation, PPC, SEO, ….the list goes on and on…. are all so incredibly important right now that you may be losing sleep. If you are like most businesses you are counting every like, retweet, subscriber, click, follow, and positive Yelp review as an amazing personal victory! As well you should. These achievements are digital currency that can benefit your company in many ways. …

When Athlete-Endorsements No Longer Make Sense

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Besides playing the sports they love, why do professional athletes want to become professional athletes in the first place? Usually to make money. And in an age where celebrities are used (maybe even overused) by companies to endorse products, there’s no question that athletes expect and get a piece of that pie. Some of the most successful advertising campaigns of all time are a result of athletes becoming the faces of a company or product. In 1989, Nike aired “Bo Knows,” which features Bo Jackson (who achieved all-star status as both a Football and Baseball player) trying his hand at …

Why Non-Profits Should Utilize LinkedIn

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Oftentimes, a non-profit spending “too much money” will give it a bad rap. This is for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is the argument that non-profits need to limit their overhead costs in order to have more of the donation’s revenue left over to directly help the cause. In English, non-profits take some of the money that one donates (usually most of it) and use it to cover the costs of the business, such as payroll of employees. The perception is that advertising is another cost that will drain the amount of money left to contribute to the …

Snapchat Vibe

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Most people’s social media experience is limited to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but odds are you have at least heard of the popular smartphone app Snapchat, with over 100 million daily users and 400 million “snaps” made per day. Snapchat is a social media application that allows you to send photos or videos to your friends and family. The app also lets you video chat with friends who happen to be on at the same time as you. It’s a convenient way to instantly connect with people who are probably closer to you than the 500+ friends you have on …

SEO Building Blocks

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Consistency is the key to success in conducting SEO for businesses, both local and national. In order for your business to succeed in SEO, you must be consistent in the multiple building blocks of digital marketing. Overall, in the early stages of SEO, there are five basic building blocks to follow. Emphasizing and mastering these building blocks will provide a basic guideline and establish a consistent online presence for your business. Building Blocks:  eywords: Keywords are the most important aspect of establishing your online presence because they allow your business to consistently appear in the appropriate areas of focus. Keywords …

Taking Tips from the Experts: Make Your YouTube Legendary

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  I know we’re a little late on the game, but the team at Velocity Agency would like to formally wish Youtube a happy anniversary! While Youtube is now well into its tenth year (It shares its birthday with Valentine’s Day), the site has yet to blow out the candles on its celebration. This past week Google continued the festivities and released a comprehensive list of the best Youtube videos, ever. Over the past ten years, viewers have been unknowingly taking part in a vote for the most memorable and groundbreaking ads of the decade. Millions of views, paired with the opinions …

Top 10 Principles of Great Agency Design

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Details Details Details Pay attention. Take notes. Understand the scope of the project. Ask many questions. The more you know about the project the better the design will reflect the message. Take Criticism as a Challenge When a project receives constructive criticism it is an opportunity to make it even better. There is always room for improvement and nothing is perfect. Fonts are our friends Remember that the font is part of the design and treat it that way. The words in the design are not an afterthought but are equal and part of graphic. Take command of your typeface. …

Why I Use ApplePay (And Why You Should Too)

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Mobile payments are a disaster. You’re much better off using cash than attempting to use any current service. Particularly PayPal. Don’t even get me started. How embarrassing.   Why? Before October of last year, I had tried different forms of mobile payments, which left me with a bittersweet aftertaste. While the idea of paying with your mobile device seemed novel and exciting at the time, the shortcomings and frustrations of the available technology drove me nuts. Here I was, sitting in line at a Dollar General, growing more anxious as I got closer to the register. I had a new …

Sports Fans Overtake Digital Media

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Following the release of a Nielsen report on sports and the media, we’ve uncovered the most fascinating facts about last year’s viewership. Nielsen is already calling 2014 the year of Digital Viewing, as fans of every sport turned online to follow their favorite teams. The first big story comes from the year’s biggest enabler: the smartphone. Back in 2010, smartphone usage was at an impressive 30%, which meant almost a third of the U.S. was using one. In 2014, however, penetration increased to a staggering 75%. Smartphone market penetration showed us how crazy we are about our teams, from following …