When we're not busy working, we're busy getting ready to work. That means we're busy filling our cups with steaming espresso, meticulously arranging our desks, making a huge mess of papers covered in sketches, or creating a "to do" list.
Each of us has a routine, and a few things we absolutely have to have or our workday is just going to be a giant bummer.
We've known for years that Purina has had it together when it comes to being a truly innovative and courageous brand. Remember a while back when they developed the first app made specifically for cats? That was superfantastic and really, very smart. Now they're at it again, teaming up with the folks over at BuzzFeed to create a very funny series of branded entertainment videos called "Dear Kitten." The success of these videos (16.2 million YouTube views and counting since June) may be the beginning of an exciting new trend in video marketing. Here they go again, transforming our culture.
You have been trying to keep up with your blog and you're doing a pretty bang up job posting it regularly. You've been humming away, brimming with great ideas for interesting content and then suddenly: you got nothin'. Oh dear. What do you do now? Fresh content is good for SEO, plus your public awaits! The adoring masses will be concerned! You'll start getting emails from people wondering if you've fallen off the planet. What's a burned out blogger to do?
Have no fear, burned out blogger!
You see our names in emails and get very official documentation, but how much do you really know about our office culture? Not a lot. We share some things here and there on Facebook, but other than that, you don't get to see or hear too much about what the daily workings are like. As a group of creatives who are also friends and kind of like a little family, we enjoy working together. We have fun days and mini contests that help the team bond. Today, we'll share last week's fun with you.
Life can be rough sometimes, can't it? It seems like wherever you go, there's some negativity you've got to deal with. Maybe you met a friend for lunch and all they did was complain. You received harsh criticism or lost a big client. Wherever that negativity is coming from, you've got to shake it off. We love the new Taylor Swift song because it's an anthem for getting rid of all the bad stuff so you can embrace the good.
When you have a negative experience, it's like a low-level psychic attack that can throw you off track—destroying your confidence, distracting you from your goals or just plain p***ing you off. You don't need any of that, so shake it off.
You may not know this, but there is a rather heated debate going on between writers and designers over how many spaces should follow a period. In fact, a long time ago a designer confronted our very own copywriter. She was informed that it was not correct to use two spaces after a period. Who. Knew. Apparently, to a designer, seeing two spaces makes them die a little bit inside.
So, in an effort to save the souls of designers (and the lives of writers) everywhere, let's tackle this subject. To double space or not to double space, that is the question!
So the Ice Bucket Challenge has lasted WAY longer than anyone could have ever predicted, yes? Just when you think it's over, there's two, three, four more popping up in your newsfeed on the daily. Some people are all over it, but some are annoyed by it. Whatever side of the fence you may fall on, there's no denying that for marketers, it's a bit of a phenomenon and something we can all learn from. As a result of the campaign, ALSA has experienced an 800% rise in donations. We need to listen to what this thing is telling us because, whoa.
You've been hearing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) this and SEO that for ages. It used to be that you could just have a popular website by having good content and keywords that would get you some good search engine results. But that's not good enough anymore. Those things are still absolutely important, but you've got to start taking a look at how social media sites can help you. It's a whole new bag now, GLAD WORKS friends.
As business owners, we know you spend a lot of time and resources planning marketing campaigns. It can be exhausting—especially if you're trying to actually run a business at the same time. But it's necessary because if you don't have a steady stream of leads coming in, your ship will sink. Today, we thought we'd give you a little inspiration to help keep some wind in your sails.
As a business owner, your voice, your communication is the most powerful tool you have. You can close a deal, negotiate a sale and motivate your team—all with the power of communication. As an agency that's soul purpose is to help folks communicate, we fully understand how powerful it is. If good communication can do all these great things for you, poor communication can also lead you astray. So, if you're on the path to self destruction, take these helpful tips!