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April 10th, 2017

by Megan Prangley

Are you one of the businesses who still isn’t producing video content for your website or social media channels? You’re not alone; some organizations worry that video marketing is just a passing trend, that it’s too expensive to keep up with, or that their target audience isn’t even watching them. These common misconceptions could do you and your organization a huge disservice. Any sized company across all verticals, even manufacturing, can benefit from even a few simple, thirty-second videos. If you’re afraid to take the leap into video, you’re missing out on the many intrinsic rewards. Keep reading for some of the ways your business is suffering due to a lack of video content. SEO Opportunities Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is an... Read More

April 4th, 2017

by Dan Gibson

At our most recent luncheon event we were lucky to have Terrance Weinzierl join us to explain the vital role typography plays in marketing. Below are just a few of the top take aways from his insightful talk: Type is everywhere. Every sign, billboard, shirt label, smartphone app, website, restaurant menu. Any one room/location can easily have hundreds of types. Every individual letter was created by someone. There isn’t some magical program that generates the rest of the alphabet, numbers, and symbols after you create the first one or two. Fonts (especially for Terrance) are created using a combination of pen and paper, and electronic tools. Typically starts on paper or bar napkins. Then moves to the computer to elaborate on. Type is... Read More

April 3rd, 2017

by Clayton Carroll

When I started a sales job in 2011, someone shared with me Alec Baldwin’s “Always be closing” scene from the movie Glengarry Glenn Ross.  12,480 hours worth of sales and marketing experience later, I read that quote now as “Digital marketing leads to always be closing”. Let’s Start at the Beginning I spent the first part of my career in more traditional sales and marketing.  Since I worked at a fast growing small manufacturing company, any day could see me to fill one of 10 different roles but I mainly focused on sales and marketing. Every day I would hustle, make deals and move onto the next one.  The formula was make it and sell it.  I was the “sell it” part of... Read More

March 2nd, 2017

by Dan Gibson

At our most recent luncheon event, we welcomed Katie VanderPloeg of Kmotion Design Inc. who educated attendees on why the mobile user experience matters. It’s no secret that mobile devices are vital to an effective marketing strategy and considering the user experience is what could make or break a campaign, or even your company. Katie left the audience with strong data to support why the experience matters and how people across the globe are using mobile phones. She also explained how the idea of utilizing “micro moments” to capture customers has become a key strategy, and why your user experience should make it easy for users to find what they’re looking for at any given time. Katie was generous enough to share her... Read More

January 16th, 2017

by Dan Gibson

This past Tuesday Emily Richett-Hughes helped us discover how modern media continues to progress and how the changes are opening up exciting opportunities. If you’re feeling disappointed that you happened to miss out on our latest luncheon event, as always, we’ve got your back. Check out top take aways heard straight from attendees and connect with us to keep the conversation going. We’re experiencing a complete shift in the PR industry as social media allows everyone to be a “journalist” You don’t need to be an expert to have your voice heard, Simply contributing to the conversation is extremely powerful. Spend some extra time to know your story and come up with creative ways to share that with your audience. It’s easy to... Read More

January 10th, 2017

by Dan Gibson

You’ve probably noticed the vast amount of discussion around how terrible 2016 was. We lost several renowned actors, musicians, entertainers, artists, leaders, and innovators in a year that was also filled with many tragic events, and an intense, closely covered controversial political race. Did someone say downer? While we agree 2016 was rough, we want to take a look back at the bright side of 2016 from a marketing perspective, and kick 2017 off on a high note by sharing some milestones and exciting happenings the AMA West Michigan Chapter experienced. We also want to mention several marketing headlines, hot topics, and trends from that past year that we envision will continue to strengthen in 2017. AMA West Michigan Chapter Headlines: Welcomed our... Read More

November 29th, 2016

by Felicia Rowley

College is a time for exploring your interests, finding yourself, and learning how to be independent. But most importantly, landing your dream job! Typically this happens post graduation, but after all, isn’t that the real reason you went to college? If you’re like me, nearing the end of your college career, building your professional and personal brand becomes critical. You’ve polished your resume, but have you prepared your LinkedIn page for the professional online world? Whether it’s a yes or a no, it’s never too late to create a LinkedIn profile or add some finishing touches to what you already have. However, the sooner the better. Here are 6 key benefits to utilizing LinkedIn as a college student: 1. Information All in One Spot... Read More

October 7th, 2016

by Felicia Rowley

It’s the start of a new school year for many students attending colleges and universities. It is also a new beginning, whether it’s your freshman or senior year of college.  And if you’ve always wanted to get involved, whether it be a club or to spend some hours volunteering, now is the perfect time to do so! More than ever, being involved has become one of the most important things you can do while in college. We’re living in an increasingly tech focused world that has made job and internship opportunities more readily available and easier to find. However, the people we meet and connect with will open more valuable doors in a competitive job market. Being active outside of class and taking advantage... Read More

September 20th, 2016

by Dan Gibson

Last week we kicked off our new season of luncheon events at our new amazing location! Marketers from all over West Michigan attended the “Snapchat for Marketing Professionals” event at the GRAM. Our friend Austin Pierce and his talented team from RCP Marketing, presented on how Snapchat can be utilized in our marketing strategy. We learned together, ate together, and left feeling excited about the possibilities of using Snapchat when we got back to our desks! We polled the audience to learn what they found most interesting or valuable about the talk or event as a whole. We’re super nice people and thought it would be cool to share those insights with all of our marketing peers, in case some of you missed... Read More

September 8th, 2016

by Dan Gibson

We’ve all heard of Fantasy Sports and we all know someone obsessed with their team, consisting of real life professional athletes. I’ve played fantasy football for several years (being called a nerd is nothing new to me) and I’m still hooked, excited, and hopeful to win the league I’m in and the cash prize that comes with the title. The NFL regular season starts tonight and right now, I’m confident my team is the best! Don’t ask me what I think next week though… As I was researching and preparing for my league’s draft this past week, I started to think of other applications for the “fantasy” concept and thought I would explore how it can relate to brands. Yes, also nerdy. As marketers, the wheels... Read More