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See how Native helped VisitLex share its story and generate positive brand buzz through video content creation.

WordPress 3.7.1 Update

by Justin @ SearchBar Marketing

WordPress 3.7.1 Maintenance Release is now available! This maintenance release addresses 11 bugs in WordPress 3.7, including: Images with captions no longer appear broken in the visual editor. Allow some sites running on old or poorly configured servers to continue to check for updates from...

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NASA Social Media: Crowdpromoting in Space

by Bobbie @ Bobbie Carlton PR and Marketing

Over Labor Day Weekend I received the exciting news that I now possess (temporary) NASA social media credentials and will be going to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida later […]

Out and About in Lexington

by Katie McDaniel @ Wiser Strategies

The past couple of months at Wiser Strategies we have been very busy with video work, creating new collateral materials, enhancing digital marketing, as well as assisting with event planning for our clients. Although we have been busy with client work, we still make it...

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Make your Vehicle a Moving Billboard

by admin @

If you’re in business, you know how important it is to take advantage of cost-effective marketing solutions.  Finding advertising that has staying power is as important as the message itself.  Research shows besides being on our phones we’re in our cars more than ever, which means we need to turn every traffic jam into an […]

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Welcome to 2013!

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


Welcome to 2013! Looks like 2013 is going to be a great year. Our clients are excited about a new year - new creative strategies coupled with target specific marketing plans should equal a BIG year for all. We're looking forward to sharing some of the new creative!!

How to Reach More Local Customers With Facebook

by pkenney @ Digital Marketing Specialist Patrick Kenney

The number one complaint I hear from local business owners is “If I could just get in front of my ideal customers I know they’d want to do business with me.” Well, here’s one quick and easy way to get in front of more ideal customers. 1. Setup and Optimize Your Facebook for Business Page Create […]

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Social Media & Content Marketing Tips for Realtors

by NicoleMueller @ Startup Production

I was recently invited to speak to a group of local realtors about how they can use Social Media to promote their business.  The basics of social media remain the same regardless of the industry but since the real estate market has a unique audience, there are some specific tips to promote their brand, increase

Wordfence Security Plugin

by Justin @ SearchBar Marketing

Excerpt via http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/ Wordfence Security is a free enterprise class security and performance plugin that includes a very fast caching engine, firewall, anti-virus scanning, cellphone sign-in (two factor authentication), malicious URL scanning and live traffic including crawlers. Wordfence is the only WordPress security and performance...

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Video Production Service Kentucky News 2010 Archive

by prospermg @ Lexington, Kentucky Video Production Services

VIDEO NEWS PRESS ARCHIVE Please browse our video news press archive for stories, links and samples of past video projects from around the globe. Video Production Service Kentucky News 2010 Archive. Fall 2010 ON-LOCATION: Great American Rivalry Football: Easton, PA November 25. NOW AIRING New :30 TV Spot for Lexington Overstock Furniture. DISS …

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Welcome to 2015!

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


2015...

Wow it makes a personal milestone for me... 30 years in the advertising and marketing business!  Yes, go ahead with the OLD jokes!  A lot has changed in the last 30 years, and I continue to work hard at keeping "ahead of the curve" on the latest trends. I'd like to thank everyone who has helped me get to this milestone in my career - all the clients, employers, mentors, managers, co-workers, employees, interns and family who have been with me along the way. I've learned so much from all of you. Looking forward to being here for MANY more! 

  "I'm still Learning"  -Michelangelo at 87

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!

​Susie

How to Collect 50 Leads/Mo on Your Home Services Website

by Adelaide Smith @ Summit Digital Marketing

Creating a marketing strategy that continually generates leads is one of the hardest things for a business to do. Mailers, door hangers, and good ole fashioned business cards used to be the lifeblood of home services marketing, but the internet has completely changed the game. Online marketing can be incredibly overwhelming, so we’ve outlined a […]

Marketing and Sales Strategies for Startups Lunch & Learn

Marketing and Sales Strategies for Startups Lunch & Learn


Eventbrite

Join us for our next Lunch & Learn event with special guest Eddie Woodruff, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Forcht Group. The Forcht Group is a conglomerate of companies that includes retail, broadcasting, and banking. The multi-million dollar group has brought over 2,000 jobs to south and central Kentucky, all while effectively marketing their message.Learn how to determine the right Messaging and Channels to market and deliver your Value Propositions to your Customer Segments.How to deliver your Message Strategy in 10 words and 30 seconds in a memorable wayDiscover how to sell features vs. benefits4 Ps of Marketing - Price, Place, Promotion, and ProductDetermine your unique selling proposition and product strategyUse branding to communicate to your Customer Segments effectivelyLearn skills you can apply to create an effective marketing and sales strategyCreate marketing and delivery Channels for your Customer Segments with a focus on your target marketSelect the right Channels to attain and retain your Customer Segments (social media, traditional media, PR)SCHEDULE12:00 PM: Lunch served12:30 PM: Marketing and Sales Strategies for Success with Eddie Woodruff1:15 PM: Q&A and Networking

Google MyBusiness – Bulk Management Panel Discussion

by Scott Clark @ Scott Clark – SEO, SEM, ORM and Content Marketing

I was honored to be part of a LocalU Hangout with some of the web’s leaders in local SEO:  Andrew Shotland & Dan Leibson of LocalSEOGuide, Alexis Gui of Sim Partners, Tim Grant of Gamma Partners, Rory Scherer ofDAC Group, and Mike Blumenthal. This recording (and transcript) includes a lot of tips related to guidelines, obstacles […]

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Media Training Seminar – Fresh Perspectives

by Nancy Wiser @ Wiser Strategies

Journalist and Lexington public relations firm collaborate on media training Journalists have the need to find and tell interesting stories. That’s just the type of person I was looking for on a part-time basis when I learned about Brent Carney. He and his wife had...

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Successful Marketing is about Creativity

by NicoleMueller @ Startup Production

Why your Marketing Strategies need a Reboot These days, traditional marketing channels such as email marketing, mass mailings, TV and radio ads, billboards, newspaper and magazine ads have a decreasing effectiveness as each year passes. Internet marketing not only reaches a larger audience, it’s can be monitored with accurate analytics, and it is much more affordable.

Alternatives to White Papers – Be a “Cheat Sheet Hero” with Sales Segmentation

by Scott Clark @ Scott Clark – SEO, SEM, ORM and Content Marketing

I agree with David Meerman Scott most white papers are pretty lame.  I think if most companies looked at analytics for these they’d see few actually reading what they poured hours of work into.  The content is too generic and too unfocused on the buyer’s needs.  Research has shown that building content and service bundles […]

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Have Online Marketing Questions?

by Bill Dotson @ WebMedley

We receive a lot of questions about online marketing. The questions range from “How do I rank better in search engines?” to “How do I add [...]

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Can you believe it’s November!!

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


Yes, we survived another Halloween season and are busy working on Black Friday and the Holiday plans for several clients.  We're also busy preparing 2015 marketing plans and a few new pitches, so stay tuned for more news from the BAG team. In addition, we are thrilled to welcome Kentucky Bank as a new client!!

A Profitable Digital Marketing Strategy Starts With This Simple and Significant First Step

by Roman Randall @ Summit Digital Marketing

Let’s say you lived in New York City and wanted to travel to New Zealand. How would you get there? Would you drive there? Would you walk? Swim? Take a taxi? No, of course not. You’d take an airplane and fly to New Zealand. Why? Because the destination requires a specific method of getting there. […]

Lexington Kentucky video production marketing internships

Lexington Kentucky video production marketing internships


Lexington, Kentucky Video Production Services

Learn about Lexington Kentucky video production marketing internships for college students. Gain valuable studio, editing, camera, PR, & social media experience.

WordPress SEO by Yoast Page Analysis

by Justin @ SearchBar Marketing

WordPress SEO by Yoast Page Analysis provides the user with an excellent breakdown of where they are excelling and failing with Search Engine Optimization. It is a great tool for the initial writing process for website pages and blog posts. The focus of website optimization...

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How to get more speaking opportunities

by Bobbie @ Bobbie Carlton PR and Marketing

As someone who not only runs events, but speaks at events regularly, let me share some of the secrets of garnering speaking engagements. First off, there are TONS of different […]

Time Management: You Should Be Budgeting Your Time

by Chris May @ May Marketing, LLC

“I want to, but I just don’t have the time,” is one of the most common frustrations I hear from people from all walks of life. Dreams are not becoming realities and goals are not being achieved, because countless individuals are convinced they simply can’t fit certain...

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I’ll Be Speaking at the “Super Therapy Session for Advanced Local Marketers” at SMX West 2015

by Scott Clark @ Scott Clark – SEO, SEM, ORM and Content Marketing

“Let’s Talk Local Search: Super Therapy Session for Advanced Local Marketers (#smx #24D)” Local search is like a problem child. One day all’s well. The next you’re facing a new crisis that threatens to complicate your relationship with clients or management. Need to talk? Join our panel of all–star local search pros for this group […]

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Pick of the Week – Friday, October 6th

by Amanda Laborio @ Right Place Media

Marketing, advertising included, relies on frequent evaluation and optimization of tactics. In the post below from Forbes, see how to get started with utilizing analytics to create a baseline for your campaigns and determine effectiveness in the future. Here at RPM, we enjoy working with our clients to set clear objectives, optimize campaigns, and utilize […]

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Timthumb Vulnerability Scanner

by Justin @ SearchBar Marketing

The Timthumb Vulnerability Scanner WordPress security plugin can help you tell if you have security risks on your WordPress Installation.  As mentioned on WordPress.org, the recent Timthumb.php vulnerability has left scores of unsuspecting bloggers hacked. For our sites we make sure we run a test...

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The Anatomy of a Successful Marketing Campaign

by pkenney @ Digital Marketing Specialist Patrick Kenney

What is the Anatomy of a Successful Marketing Campaign? In this post, we’ll cover figuring out who your target market is, what you say to them and how to reach them. The anatomy of a successful marketing campaign for any business hinges on these three items being in sync: what you are saying, who you are […]

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4 Ways to Use Keywords to Build Your Brand

by Tiffany Moss @ Allegra Design Print Mail – Lexington, KY

If you’re new to digital marketing and have been looking at ways to help build your company’s online presence, chances are you’ve come across the term SEO in your research. SEO stands for search engine optimization. Among other tactics, it’s how the use of certain words, or keywords, can help search engines find you and… [Read More]

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How to Inspire Life Long Fans

by Bobbie @ Bobbie Carlton PR and Marketing

Bit of a personal story: the younger son is a pickier eater than his elder sib. The Tall One will eat anything and is infamous for things like, at age […]

Confessions of an Innovation Faker

by Bobbie @ Bobbie Carlton PR and Marketing

Picture this — a great conversation with a new client.  Wonderful meeting of the minds. They think you’re so “innovative” and “creative.”  Cough.  Not really.  You’re faking it. You pulled […]

Five Little Reasons–And One Big One–To Hire an Ad Agency Part 1

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


1. You value outside opinions and professional expertise.  The people who work in ad agencies are professionals - like lawyers and plumbers and accountants. I’ve dabbled in all three of those areas enough to know that dealing with them is best left to professionals. I’ve also learned that sometimes I’m too close to a situation and I need outside advisors to help me sort out a plan of action. Those are good reasons to hire an ad agency. It’s shocking how often we reveal strategic advantages and pitfalls our clients never anticipated - just because we have an outsider’s perspective. And because we’re professionals. You do what you do because you’re good at it. We’re good at advertising. 

2. You have ongoing advertising/marketing needs that require professional attention.  If you need a product flyer or a radio spot, you may not need an ad agency. If you need a coordinated campaign that includes several media, or you need a big collateral system, or ongoing content for your blog, or videos and programs and speeches for your big event, or - well, you get it. Ad agencies are great for planning, coordinating, and executing complicated marketing communications programs and helping you get the most for the money you spend. 

3. You can’t afford to have top-level advertising talent on staff.  We employ the talents of expert writers, designers, art directors, creative directors, web developers, business and marketing strategists, media planners, project managers, and account executives - not to mention photographers, videographers, directors, audio engineers, models and actors, printers, etc. All of these people have professional and technical expertise used in the creation of advertising. 

You probably don’t want all these people on staff (neither do we). If you’re a big company, you can probably afford to have some of them on the payroll, and you may be able to keep them busy enough to justify their salaries. And if you’re lucky, you can snag a great writer or a fabulous designer with the promise of a steady paycheck in a stable environment. We know lots of great creative people who work on the client side. 

But most top ad people don’t want to work for in-house departments. Most want to work for ad agencies, where they can use their talents to work on a variety of challenging assignments for different clients in different industries. They’re motivated less by job security and more by the prospect of doing daring work. 

By: Ken Honeywell 

(Part 2 coming soon)

 

4 Benefits of Facebook Live that Can Enhance Your Digital Marketing Plan

by Tiffany Moss @ Allegra Design Print Mail – Lexington, KY

Since its debut in January 2016, Facebook Live – the service that allows users to live-stream video directly from their mobile devices to their friends and page followers – has infiltrated every user’s timeline and changed the way the world views live news. In fact, Facebook says that one in every five videos is a… [Read More]

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Why Social Media Marketing is Essential in 2017

by Chris May @ May Marketing, LLC

Have you tried to promote your brand on social media? If you haven’t, you’re lagging behind. Social media has changed the way that businesses sell their products and services and how consumers buy them. In 2017, that trend isn’t going to slow down. Whether you’re...

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Vote for LTC Cosmetology

by Angela M Bonicelli @ Lexington Technology Center

Please vote by November 16, 2015 Go to lexingtonlifemagazine.com and click the button to vote.   Please note, you must vote in at least 35 categories for your vote to count.

Do We Need A Website Redesign?

by Justin @ SearchBar Marketing

At what point do you come to the conclusion that your company needs a refreshed look with a website redesign?  Was your conclusion drawn from a functionality or branding base?  Whether you need advanced functionality or are needing a website redesign to match your updated...

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Want to blog?

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


We are always getting asked: should I write a blog? How much info should I share? Do I need to blog every day?

There are no real cut and dry answers... It depends on your "product",  your audience and your content. Our advice is, IF you choose to blog - be consistent - daily, weekly or monthly. Make it relevant to your audience, and keep it short.

Here is a great article we'd like to share from Hubspot -- click here to read more!

Happy Blogging!

WordPress 3.8.3 Update

by Justin @ SearchBar Marketing

WordPress 3.8.3 is now available to fix a small but unfortunate bug in the WordPress 3.8.2 security release. You can read more about the WordPress 3.8.3 Update release here. With all our sites running the latest version and this being a small security update, all...

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Kentucky Video Production Service News 2014 Archive

by prospermg @ Lexington, Kentucky Video Production Services

VIDEO NEWS PRESS ARCHIVE Please browse our video news press archive for stories, links and samples of past video projects from around the globe. Kentucky Video Production Service News 2014 Archive. Fall 2014 WATCH: KTIA Traverse Awards videos produced by PMG. WATCH: TSI America Website Promo produced by Done In …

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Family Code Night

by Angela M Bonicelli @ Lexington Technology Center

When & Where? Family Code Night is on December 5th from 6:00–8:00pm at Lexington Technology Center (2421 Augusta Highway, Lexington, SC 29072).  Details: Remember, each child should bring an adult family member or friend to be their coding partner! Adult partners are encouraged to “pair program” together with their child partner, so they too can learn […]

Poor Site Search Can Shred UX (and Your Bottom Line)

by Scott Clark @ Scott Clark – SEO, SEM, ORM and Content Marketing

From the “Millions of dollars down the toilet” department:  I Came across some statistics today related to ecommerce and shopping habits, specifically related to user experience in ecommerce search situations.   Behold: 16% of ecommerce websites do not support searching by product name or model number , despite those details appearing on the product page. An […]

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At Lexington Diagnostic Center, We Love Our Doctors…

by Lexington Diagnostic Center @ Lexington Diagnostic Center

When you hear the word doctor, your mind naturally goes to those physicians with whom you interact – your family doctor, cardiologist, even the physician who treated you in the emergency department. Patients don’t often realize that there are many other physicians involved in their care; doctors they never see. In celebration of National Doctor’s […]

PROFESSIONAL VIDEO SERVICES LEXINGTON KY

by prospermg @ Lexington, Kentucky Video Production Services

PROFESSIONAL VIDEO SERVICES LEXINGTON KY The Prosper Media Group incorporates a full service production facility that is dedicated to providing video production services of the highest quality and standard. Our creative team has over 40 years of combined production experience within a variety of multimedia formats, including marketing, writers, videographers, …

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FOOD AMONGST FRIENDS RECIPES

by prospermg @ Lexington, Kentucky Video Production Services

OLWEN’S SCOTCH EGG RECIPE AMY’S FRENCH TOAST RECIPE KYLE’S QUICHE RECIPE   Food Amongst Friends Recipes

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Lexington Kentucky Professional Video Service News 2011 Archive

by prospermg @ Lexington, Kentucky Video Production Services

VIDEO NEWS PRESS ARCHIVE Please browse our video news press archive for stories, links and samples of past video projects from around the globe. Lexington Kentucky Professional Video Service News 2011 Archive. Fall 2011 NEW WEBSITE IS LIVE: VISIT DISS 2.0POST-PRODUCTION: kNOwMORE Nonprofits…episode two…September 2011 JUST RELEASED: kNOw MORE Nonprofits: TV …

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Startup Production joins Local First Lexington!

by NicoleMueller @ Startup Production

Shop Local, Eat Local & Spend Local … that’s what Local First Lexington! is all about.  Local First Lexington is a non-profit alliance of locally owned, independently operated businesses, and their membership includes a directory listing, advertising possibilities, education, networking opportunities and mixers.   Formed in 2008, Local First Lexington is a non-profit business alliance of

Looking for a Public Relations Firm in Kentucky?

by Nancy Wiser @ Wiser Strategies

Would you like to be more successful in reaching your goals? Are you wondering if public relations might help? Maybe public awareness of and confidence in your company are not what you want them to be. Perhaps you wonder if your marketing and communication investment...

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LEXINGTON DIAGNOSTIC CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW OWNERSHIP

by Lexington Diagnostic Center @ Lexington Diagnostic Center

Jason S. Harris, MD, MBA, has been named Medical Director and Owner of Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI (d/b/a Neurodiagnostics, Inc.). George W. Privett, Jr., MD is retiring and has sold the business. He will stay on staff as a consultant for the next year. Dr. Harris is a board-certified musculoskeletal fellowship-trained radiologist and […]

Lexington KY Video Production Service News 2012 Archive.

by prospermg @ Lexington, Kentucky Video Production Services

VIDEO NEWS PRESS ARCHIVE Please browse our video news press archive for stories, links and samples of past video projects from around the globe. Lexington KY Video Production Service News 2012 Archive. Fall 2012 ON-LOCATION: US Marines Great American Rivalry Series Freehold, NJ. 11/22 NOW AIRING: kNOwMORE Episode 5 (Nonprofits & …

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Valentines From The Staff At Lexington Diagnostic Center

by Lexington Diagnostic Center @ Lexington Diagnostic Center

In February, we traditionally spend at least a few hours thinking about those we love – our children, our parents, our spouses, our “significant others.” But what about those we work with? At Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI, we think of one another as family. During this, the month of love, we wanted to […]

Thoughts on the Dangerous SEO Work-Around (DWO)

by Scott Clark @ Scott Clark – SEO, SEM, ORM and Content Marketing

I love being an in-demand SEO consultant a great deal – but the advice I bring is often unwelcome, even if it is correct. Those impacted by the work required to execute solutions are rarely those will benefit from the improvements directly. It’s just more work for existing, overworked employees. In light of their situation, […]

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The Holidays are Here!

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


The Bag team is up to our ears in Holiday marketing for our clients, planning for 2013 and new client pitches! Our new "bag girls" Beth Shewmaker and Casey Graves are getting up to speed - so we're looking forward to a GREAT 2013! Merry Christmas to All!!!

How to Reach More Local Customers With Google My Business

by pkenney @ Digital Marketing Specialist Patrick Kenney

Setup and Optimize Your Google ‘My Business’ Page Create a Google+ Page – To reach your customers on Google local (also called Google Maps), you need a Google My Business page! ▪ If you don’t already have a page simply visit this link https://business.google.com/create. ▪ If you do, skip to the next section on ‘Completing Page Info’.  […]

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WebMedley is Now Part of Fusioncorp Design™!

by Bill Dotson @ WebMedley

WebMedley is now a part of Fusioncorp Design™. Fusioncorp is another Lexington-based digital marketing company. You can learn more about the company by viewing [...]

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MailChimp List Subscribe Form WordPress Plugin Update

by Justin @ SearchBar Marketing

If you have the WordPress Plugin MailChimp List Subscribe Form, you may want to make sure to reconnect your widget settings after you update the plugin. When making this update for our clients, we found in all instances we had to go to the MailChimp...

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Creative Marketing Agency | Lexington, Kentucky

Creative Marketing Agency | Lexington, Kentucky


Serif Group

Serif Group is a creative marketing agency in Kentucky offering high quality work and outstanding customer service specializing in out-of-the-box solutions.

Potato Salad and Crowdfunding Virality

by Bobbie @ Bobbie Carlton PR and Marketing

Kickstarter did a great post on the Potato Salad project, examining how a rather unambitious project goes viral and rakes in more than $55,000.  (And if you don’t know what […]

Kentucky Professional Video Production News 2013 Archive

by prospermg @ Lexington, Kentucky Video Production Services

VIDEO NEWS PRESS ARCHIVE Please browse our video news press archive for stories, links and samples of past video projects from around the globe. Kentucky Professional Video Production News 2013 Archive. Fall 2013 WATCH: COS NYT Best Selling Author Christine Feehan’s New Web Series produced by PMG. WATCH: Parkway Baptist Church’s …

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Koozie Contest

by Justin @ SearchBar Marketing

What better way to begin football season, the start of Keeneland and basketball season then with a little company promotion.  Over the course of this next month, ending Friday October the 18th, SearchBar Marketing will be having a “Koozie Contest”!  Here’s how it works. You...

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Lexington Kentucky Video Producer Job Opening

by prospermg @ Lexington, Kentucky Video Production Services

Lexington Kentucky Video Producer Job Opening Read below for more about Lexington Kentucky Video Producer Job Opening with Prosper Media Group, Inc. in Lexington, Kentucky. Contact us for more info. Associate Video Producer. (Full Time) Seeking determined, aggressive, organized, punctual and most importantly creative video editor/producer. Good writing and communication skills as …

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Simple Ways to Personalize Your Multi-Channel Marketing Campaigns

by Tiffany Moss @ Allegra Design Print Mail – Lexington, KY

Today’s top marketers are always exploring meaningful ways to reach and engage prospective and existing customers. One of the most widely embraced marketing strategies for establishing and maintaining customer rapport and loyalty? Personalized marketing leverages your customer data to individualize messaging, adding important relevancy. Personalization can be applied to most of your marketing channels: direct… [Read More]

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My Interesting Experience With BNI Visitors Day

by pkenney @ Digital Marketing Specialist Patrick Kenney

When I walk in at 7:05am, I have an open mind about the whole thing. But much like second hand accounts of movies never compare to seeing it with your own eyes, second hand accounts of BNI just don’t compare to experiencing it for yourself. Having read Brandon Rossen’s post about BNI, I am well prepared for the worst….or […]

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Startup Production

Startup Production


Startup Production

Web Design & Internet Marketing in Lexington KY

5 ways to Measure the Effectiveness of your Social Media

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


​Across the board, social marketers and CMOs alike view social media as the marketing channel with the greatest ability to drive both of the major directives of any marketing team:

1. To be the steward of the BRAND

2. To allocate budget according to fan DEMAND

To be a steward of the brand: Creating brand awareness and protecting brand’s reputation -  • To drive demand: Generating revenue opportunities and retention of current customers 

• In order for social media to successfully fuel these two components, marketers need to understand how to measure success in each. 

• On the revenue side, this means understanding conversions, attributing value to each post and link. This isn’t easy, but there’s an end-point. You’re connecting the dots between activity and purchase. On the brand side, it’s more nuanced than that, because there isn’t an end point. Over 2 billion people are active on social media, and not all of them know your brand. 

Quickly Boosting Twitter Engagement 2-4x Using GIF Files from Videos [Tutorial]

by Scott Clark @ Scott Clark – SEO, SEM, ORM and Content Marketing

GIF files can seriously increase engagement with a Tweet, with minimal effort, especially when they’re right for your audience and relevant to the post that lies beyond.   Here are the basics for how to create a GIF file that you can add to your tweets from your source videos.  It takes a bit of […]

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The Ripple Effect: How to be An Everyday Innovator

by Tiffany Moss @ Allegra Design Print Mail – Lexington, KY

When it comes to developing fresh approaches that lead to significant growth and powerful transformation, many leaders of businesses and nonprofits struggle with out-of-the-box thinking. In fact, research shows that 98 percent of adults don’t consider themselves creative and 80 percent of Americans report feeling an increasing amount of pressure to be productive rather than… [Read More]

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New Ranking Factors Report Released

by Scott Clark @ Scott Clark – SEO, SEM, ORM and Content Marketing

Some highlights from the report (no surprises really) SERP listings #1-3 Click-Through Rate is 36 percent on average. The correlation for links remains high, but links’ importance may be dropping. All of the top 100 domains have a mobile friendly versions.  Lower ranked pages have mobile friendly version around 78% HTTPS/SSL is present for just under 50% […]

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Making Outstanding Care, Superior Quality Convenient and Affordable

by Lexington Diagnostic Center @ Lexington Diagnostic Center

When it is time for an imaging study – CT scan, MRI, ultrasound – many patients simply “go with the flow” in the belief that there are no choices or that all of their choices are, essentially, the same. Nothing could be further from the truth! Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI, located on Harrodsburg […]

Want To Super Charge Your Sales? Push This Button

by pkenney @ Digital Marketing Specialist Patrick Kenney

Seek first to understand, then to be understood. – Stephen Covey Before attempting to sell any product or service you must know your customers. Where do they hang out? What are their daily habits? Use our Ideal Customer Avatar Worksheet to define who you are selling to. Now, let’s get to super charging your sales… It’s the same […]

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The Facebook Ad Type You Didn’t Know You Needed

by pkenney @ Digital Marketing Specialist Patrick Kenney

On October 7th, Facebook revealed a new ad format; Lead Gen Ads. This new format allows advertisers to integrate lead generation forms within the Mobile Newsfeeds (mobile is the only device supported as of this writing). When a mobile visitor clicks a newsfeed ad, they are presented with a form prepopulated with their Facebook contact […]

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HOW TO MAKE VIDEO USING MOBILE PHONE

by prospermg @ Lexington, Kentucky Video Production Services

TELEVISION PROGRAMMING MADE POSSIBLE BY:        LESS is MORE Welcome to the NEW Prosper Media Group, Inc. quarterly project newsletter, your source for video tech info, how-to, tips, DIY, as well as programming information for our EMMY-nominated educational television series, Downstream and kNOwMORE. We’re only sending this keep …

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What Should I Tweet?

by Bobbie @ Bobbie Carlton PR and Marketing

This morning I was part of a panel on using Twitter for business.  I always love being a part of these panels because I get to hear people’s problems, concerns […]

Five Little Reasons - And One Big One - To Hire an Ad Agency Part 2

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


4. You don’t want to spend all your time wrangling freelancers.  I’m the last person in the world to bag on freelancers. I used to be one. I’d encourage anyone who wants the freedom of a freelance career to give it a go. It’s not for everyone but, for a great decade, it sure was for me. 

It’s also likely that you can get really good freelance marketing help for less than you’d pay an ad agency for the same work. Freelancers have lower overhead. 

But hiring and coordinating freelancers can be a hassle. With an ad agency, you ideally have a single point of contact - an account executive - you can lean on to coordinate getting all your work done. Having a great account executive you can rely on to oversee your advertising business can save you countless hours you’d otherwise spend bringing together the right team for each part of the job and keeping your projects moving. Ask anyone who’s ever had one: a great AE is worth his or her weight in the paperwork you don’t have to do to coordinate your advertising efforts. 

5. You want to do the best advertising you possibly can.  If you think any advertising is good advertising, you may not need an agency. If you want to shake up your market and rocket your company to power, influence, and wealth - and you’re committed to expending the brainpower, time, and money to do the advertising it takes to help you get there - you probably need an ad agency. 

All of which brings me back to my first thought: The reason you hire an ad agency is that we’re professionals. We’re really good at this stuff. When you invest the time and money in great advertising, it works. 

You want your advertising to work? Hire a great ad agency and trust them. That works. 

Google Adwords Call-Only Campaign Abandonment Considerations

by Scott Clark @ Scott Clark – SEO, SEM, ORM and Content Marketing

I’ve been running some Call Only campaigns for a service industry site.  Like many I’m hearing from, the performance of these campaigns is not what was expected. While it is believed that a full 20% (on in five!!) of calls from mobile phones are abandoned, we should look how this affects abandonment patterns for call-only […]

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Branding vs. Marketing: What’s the difference?

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


Branding vs. Marketing: Creating “Top of Mind Awareness” or TOMA. 

Branding is strategic. 

Branding should both precede and underlie any marketing effort.  Branding is the expression of the essential truth or value of an organization, product, or service. It directly supports whatever sales or marketing activities are in play. It creates awareness so that when the customer has a NEED, you are the first company they think of to meet that specific need.

Marketing is tactical.

Marketing directly supports whatever sales or marketing activities are in play, (type of media and message: inform, persuade or remind) its message is simple: “Buy me – NOW!”  Marketing unearths and activates buyers to purchase your BRAND! It is –  THE CALL TO ACTION!

4 Tips for Creating Engaging B2B Content

by Tiffany Moss @ Allegra Design Print Mail – Lexington, KY

Intentional or not, most businesses and organizations create an enormous amount of content every day. With more web writing, blogs, emails, case studies and the like, the risk of favoring quantity over quality grows. Content should be engaging, educational and/or actionable to your key audience. Here are four reminders for your content producers: 1. Share… [Read More]

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BuzzMaven - The SEO and SEM Consultancy of Scott Clark

BuzzMaven - The SEO and SEM Consultancy of Scott Clark


Scott Clark - SEO, SEM, ORM and Content Marketing

BuzzMaven - The Web Marketing and SEO Consultancy of Scott Clark

Naked Christmas

by Bobbie @ Bobbie Carlton PR and Marketing

Naked Christmas (Story told to the best of my recollection in honor of Eric Lundquist.) It was 1996 and I was pregnant.  Too pregnant to fly to the annual company […]

3 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Email Marketing Results

by Tiffany Moss @ Allegra Design Print Mail – Lexington, KY

According to Forrester, email marketing is the most direct way to reach and interact with your audience – even more so than social channels, like Facebook. The study says that people are twice as likely to sign up for your email list as they are to interact with you on Facebook. Like any marketing channel,… [Read More]

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Yes - we’re in Halloween Hell!

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


If you call BAG and we seem a little out of sorts, we in full blown Halloween mode. For those of you who don't know, we assist in marketing Halloween Express across the US... a time of year we refer to as "Halloween Hell".   We LOVE this crazy time of year - working on fall marketing campaigns with all our GREAT clients and Halloween.  So Heads up!

Right Place Media Celebrates 15 Years of Service

by Bill Rice @ Right Place Media

Lexington, KY – January 29, 2016 – Right Place Media, one of the largest independent media agencies in the Southeast, celebrates its 15th anniversary on Monday February 01, 2016. Headquartered in Lexington, KY, Right Place Media was founded on February 01, 2001 by CEO, President Joel Rapp.  Right Place Media offers expertise in traditional, interactive […]

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Social Media Strategy: A Look at Digital Marketing

by Katie McDaniel @ Wiser Strategies

Not on social media? Overwhelmed by social media? Or on social media, but not using it to its fullest potential? We can help. A successful social media strategy is one that enhances your brand, engages audiences with compelling content and gains customer feedback. We realize...

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Social Media Marketing | Right Place Media | Lexington, KY

Social Media Marketing | Right Place Media | Lexington, KY


Right Place Media

Social Media Marketing is different because everyone can self-publish content. Your customers are providing feedback in real time. Are you listening?

3 Steps to Becoming a More Avid Reader

by Chris May @ May Marketing, LLC

Last week, in my blog post, I made a case for why, I believe, that everyone who is leading, should be reading. It is no secret that every leader should constantly be learning, and one of the best ways to learn is through disciplined, purposeful...

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SearchBar Marketing

by Justin @ Justin Bard

It has been a while since I made a post on my personal site. For those who follow this feed, you may want to update to http://www.searchbarmarketing.com/feed/. SearchBar Marketing is a Lexington, Kentucky website consulting, design, hosting and online marketing company. Our mission is to help non-profit organizations, small businesses, and large corporations by creating...

Server Maintenance

by Justin @ SearchBar Marketing

Early this morning we noticed a spike in running processes.  After evaluating, we completed server maintenance tasks to eliminate any potential ongoing risk.  During this time you may have noticed slower website speeds and possible outages.  If this occurs after today or if you are...

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Why Dennis Keohane Joining Pando is So Exciting… for me

by Bobbie @ Bobbie Carlton PR and Marketing

I first met Dennis Keohane when he was writing for VentureFizz.  A veritable one-man show, he was turning out great feature local tech and startup feature stories for our friend, […]

Tell Your Story Through Marketing

by admin @

From business cards to banners… Professionally designed marketing materials are the perfect way to build credibility amongst your target market. Not only can they enhance your professional image, create front-of-mind awareness, and advertise your company, but quality letterhead, envelopes, business cards, brochures and banners show you mean business. Despite the attention given to digital marketing, […]

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No Better Time To Say “Thanks” Than Now

by Lexington Diagnostic Center @ Lexington Diagnostic Center

We at Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI are continuously thankful for the patients who choose to use us for their care; for the physicians and other healthcare providers who have placed their trust and confidence in us to care for their patients; and for every member of our team, who work diligently to ensure that […]

Internet Marketing 101

by NicoleMueller @ Startup Production

Recently I was invited to do a Internet Marketing presentation for a local business networking group, but only had twenty minutes to present. Is it possible to give an overview of recommended elements of creating a successful web presence in such a short time?  I decided to pick the most essential ingredients, quickly highlight how

WordPress 3.8 Update

by Justin @ SearchBar Marketing

WordPress 3.8 Update, named “Parker” in honor of Charlie Parker, bebop innovator, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. WordPress.org hopes you’ll think this is the most beautiful update yet. In our opinion, it is pretty slick. You can read more about...

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Industry Analysts: Analyst Relations

by Bobbie @ Bobbie Carlton PR and Marketing

While doing some research on Quora recently, I noticed a question from someone wondering about a tech startup looking to hire someone to do “analyst relations.”  Since the firm was […]

PM Advertising - Website Design and Full Service Marketing Agency in Lexington KY

PM Advertising - Website Design and Full Service Marketing Agency in Lexington KY


PM Advertising, LLC

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, PM Advertising specializes in responsive web design, development, programming, SEO optimization, video production and print production.

If Content is King, Where is Yours?

by Christopher Morris @ May Marketing, LLC

Many of us are in business for a simple reasons. We love what we do or want to share it with other people. We draw deep meaning from our work and we love being able to be our own boss. Reality hits somewhere down the line...

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Scott Clark Awarded Google’s “Best of the Best” Specialist Partner Status, Looks Forward to 2017

by Scott Clark @ Scott Clark – SEO, SEM, ORM and Content Marketing

Scott Clark of BuzzMaven, Inc. has been granted the elite “Google Partner Specialist” status by the Mountain View, CA-based online marketing giant.  The program required completion of rigorous exams in Google’s Search, Display, Mobile, Video and Shopping ad networks as well as demonstrated high levels of client historical performance. Google considers the Specialist Partner status […]

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Serving Lexington through PR

by Rosie Ecker @ Wiser Strategies

What comes to mind when you hear the term “Public Relations?” Untying myself from seeing it firsthand here at Wiser Strategies, I think of Public Relations as the professionals hired to fix a scandal. For example, The 2014 Taco Bell rat issue in New York City,...

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How to Generate and Post Viral Content For Your Business

by pkenney @ Digital Marketing Specialist Patrick Kenney

Do you struggle to reach your target marketing? In this quick tutorial, I walk you through; How to find viral content ideas fast. How to legally copy and past articles to you blog. How to format it for maximum exposure on Facebook ….and how fast it can go viral. Watch video 1 and be sure […]

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Secrets to Unlocking Creativity - Can you say: “Weekend Re-Creation?”

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


 

Blogpost: Secrets to Unlocking Creativity FOR the workweek. 

Lindsay Kolowich 

 

Let me make one thing clear: This is not a post about how you should spend your weekends working yourself to the bone.

“Productivity” has a much wider definition than many of us give it credit for. We tend to equate productivity with doing things, rather than with taking time to think, reflect, rest and “re-create.”

But busyness is not the same as productivity. Being productive can mean working on a project efficiently, but it can also mean giving your mind a break. After all, w hen people are exhausted and burnt out, they become less engaged at work—and Gallup reports that engaged employees are a whopping 28% more productive than unengaged employees. (Not to mention they’re happier, more attentive, and more innovative.)

So, what are some ways you can make your weekends more productive, in every sense of the word?

Check out the list below for some ideas. Some of these are geared toward the more conventional definition of productivity, while others are biased toward giving yourself a break so you can be happier, more creative, and more efficient in the long-term.

(Note: If you’re finding you’re still working nonstop on weekends, check out our guide on how to be more productive to learn how to manage your time and maximize your workplace performance during the week.) You probably spend the majority of your workweek sitting at your desk or in conference rooms, slogging away at your day-to-day tasks. That’s why changing the types of activities you do on weekends can play a big role in both your level of happiness and productivity.

1) Use different skills than you use during the week.

Why? By changing the types of activities you’re doing, you can actually change the neurons firing inside your head. Using different neurons makes it easier for you to make different types of connections and associations. When composers get stuck writing a piece of music, for example, it’s not uncommon for them to switch to a different instrument to help get over their writer’s block. The different instrument helps them think about the “problem” in a different way.

Laura Vanderkam, author of the book What Successful People Do Before Breakfast, agrees, saying your weekends need to feel different from your weekdays. She suggests rotating in different activities and hobbies that you don’t have time to do during the week. Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson plays soccer on the weekends, for example. And billionaire Warren Buffet plays the ukulele. Making time for hobbies and non-work activities can foster creativity, relieve stress, and make you a happier, more successful person. If you wake up on Saturday with a list of 20 to-do list items, you’re setting yourself up for failure. (Or at least for a whole lot of stress.) The key is to prioritize so you get the most important things done, not all the things done. That way, you allow yourself the time to do them well. 

2) Don’t try to do it all.

One technique for prioritizing your to-do list is called the impact vs. effort analysis. Here’s how it works: Before you begin a task, ask yourself how much effort this task will take, and what the immediate impact will be. This’ll help you quickly figure out which of the items on your to-do list will have the most immediate impact in the least amount of time.

For example, if you wake up on a Saturday and find your inbox is overflowing but you were hoping to bang out a blog post before lunch, run a quick impact vs. effort analysis in your head. You might realize that getting through 30+ emails takes a significant amount of effort, but actually has little impact on your success. Writing that blog post, on the other hand, requires more effort, but it carries a much higher impact.

“The early bird catches the worm” isn’t a common phrase for nothing. Practically every article out there on productivity says waking up early can help you get more done—provided you went to bed at a reasonable hour the night before. If not, it may be better to catch up on sleep. (See #6.)

3) Kick into gear first thing in the morning.

Either way, when you do get up, try to get up and out of bed as soon as you can. Mornings tend to be slower and lend fewer distractions, making it easier for you to get things done more quickly.

“I try to leave my house as early as possible,” says Leslie Ye, writer and editor for HubSpot’s Sales Blog . “That way, I get fresh air and don’t just sit on my couch all day.” “If I do an easy but rote chore right when I wake up, like clean the kitchen or empty the dishwasher, I’m usually really productive the rest of that day,” says HubSpot’s Director of Content Corey Wainwright. The idea is that, if you kick yourself into gear first thing in the morning, you don’t give yourself a chance to laze around—and you’ll put yourself in the mindset to get things done.

Alternatively, if you don’t have anything specific if you need to get done, sometimes the best thing you can do for your future productivity is to give your mind a break.

4) Give your mind a break.

After all, time off is good for your productivity and performance at work. Almost nine out of ten American workers feel like time off increases their happiness, and 91% of business leaders believe their employees return from breaks recharged and ready to work more effectively.

Ye likes to use weekends to get outside and get some fresh air. “Being in an office five days a week leaves me drained by Friday,” she says. “Taking the time to do an outside activity, even if it’s just taking a walk along the Charles River, helps me recharge and gives my mind a break.”

Meditating is another way to release your mind from stressors—and it happens to have extraordinary health and productivity benefits, like increased focus, reduced stress, and greater creativity. Plenty of successful people—Jack Dorsey, Rupert Murdoch, and Oprah Winfrey— all meditate daily.

If you’ve never meditated before, there are a few great apps that offer guided meditations, like Headspace (which gives you 10 free guided meditation sessions with the option of subscribing later) or Calm (which offers two-dozen guided meditation session ranging from a few minutes long to about 30 minutes long). Sleep deficit is a real thing. The downsides of sleep debt aren’t just that you’re tired all the time—chronic sleep debt raises the risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. And in the short-term, lack of sleep can have significant effects on the hippocampus—an area of the brain involved in memory creation and consolidation.

5) Catch up on sleep.

The good news is, if you find yourself getting fewer than the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night, you can make up that debt on weekends. One University of Chicago study followed a group of student volunteers who slept only four hours per night for six consecutive days. All of the changes they experienced during that period of sleep deprivation—from high blood pressure to fewer antibodies to insulin resistance—were reversed when the students made up the hours of sleep they’d lost. So if you missed, say, ten hours of sleep over the course of a week, then add three or four extra sleep hours on the weekend, and an extra one to two hours to nights the following week—until you’ve repaid all 10 of those hours.  Don’t make this a habit, though. Try to factor those seven to eight hours of sleep per night into your daily schedule as much as you can. (Read more about the science of sleep here.) 

While you should use your workweek to nail the job you have, if you’re gunning for a promotion—or another job altogether—then why not use some of your weekend time learning the skills of the job you want? Learning a new skill or diving deeper into an area of specialization that’s growing might be just the ammunition you need to land that coveted position.

6) Hone a skill for the job you want. 

The skills you choose to work on will depend on the role you have your eye on. For example, if you want to move up as a digital marketer, you may want to improve your HTML/CSS skills, read up on trends in modern technology and emerging platforms, or brush up on your SEO knowledge. If you want to work for an agency, you’ll want to gain experience with cross-channel marketing, mobile marketing, and design. Want to be a CMO? Make sure you master personnel development—perhaps by taking on mentorship roles outside of work—as well as financial analysis and strategic thinking.

For more ideas on which skills to work on, here’s a list of 13 valuable skills you can learn for free.

Want to get your get her name out there as a thought leader and industry expert? Most media outlets allow people to submit authentic, original articles on topics that are relevant to their readership.

7) Write a guest post for a publication.

Each one has different requirements and submission instructions, though. While some require you to submit full articles, others accept topic pitches and are willing to work with you on an outline. To help you sort through these requirements, here are guest blogging instructions and guidelines for 11 top media outlets, including The New York Times, Business Insider, HBR.org, Mashable, and more.

If you want to write more regularly, consider creating a personal blog. The social publishing platform Medium is a great place to publish personal blog posts because it comes with a built-in audience. This is especially helpful for people who don’t have time to do a lot of content promotion. (Here’s a beginner’s guide to Medium to get you started.) Weekends are for stepping away from the daily grind, spending time with friends and family, doing things that make you smile, and generally keeping your work-life balance in check. These things may not necessarily boost your company’s profits by 200% or make you CEO next week, but that doesn’t make them any less important.

8) Pick at least one obligation-free day.

But some of you might find it hard to step away from all those obligations—work-related or not—for the entire two-day period. If that sounds like you, then try to choose at least one of the two days to remain totally obligation-free. Saturday is my no-guilt, 100% work-free day,” says Ye. “I don’t do any errands, chores, or open my work computer—I save that for Sunday. Giving myself one day a week to do exactly what I want with no guilt makes it that much easier to tackle my chores and errands the next day.” I find it harder to work efficiently on the weekends, simply because it feels like I have so much more time. But time can fly, and all of a sudden it’s 5:00 p.m. and I just spent the last several hours in limbo between getting work done and procrastinating hardcore.

9) If you choose to work, set a time limit.

When you literally reserve blocks of time to get specific tasks done, it can be much easier to focus and get your work done quicker—leaving you with more time to actually enjoy your weekend.

Emma Brudner, who manages HubSpot’s Sales Blog, uses laundry as a work timer when she works from home. ” I set mini-deadlines for myself corresponding to when I have to go downstairs to switch loads,” she says. “If I’m working on an article, I tell myself I’ll get to a certain point before the wash cycle ends. Then I set another goal for the dryer.”

Tyler Littwin, a content strategist and graphic designer at HubSpot, agrees it’s important to set a limit on work when you’re at home. “If you work from home full-time (or on a regular basis), it’s really easy to let your work life bleed into your personal life. Maintaining a boundary is important for both halves of the equation.”

Another handy trick? The laptop battery countdown. This one comes from Ginny Soskey, who manages HubSpot’s Marketing Blog. She suggests bringing your laptop with you to a remote location—like the coffee shop downstairs—without your computer charger. Then, aim to work until your computer dies. This is a way of gamifying your productivity, and it works: The pressure of a looming deadline can do wonders to keep you focused and working smarter.

Didn’t get as much done as you wanted to in your designated block of time? Forgive yourself, and then move on. The more you set these hard time limits for yourself, the more efficient you’ll get during your designated work time. Think about all the things in your home that you haven’t touched in months or years, but can’t bear to throw away. Those shoes you never wear anymore. That unopened kitchen gadget you got for Christmas three years ago. All those old notes and receipts you haven’t looked at in years.

10) Declutter your living spaces.

A lot of us simply have too much stuff. Why not spend some time over the weekend getting rid of it, little by little? Decluttering your living spaces will make you feel a lot better—especially if you can give some of those items to charity, or sell them online.

Donating is the easiest way to get rid of things without throwing it away. Start by finding the nearest Salvation Army or Goodwill or other local charitable organization. For the more expensive things—like that unopened kitchen gadget—try selling it. If you’re in the U.S., try using Craigslist for items you don’t want to ship, like furniture or other large items. For items you feel comfortable boxing and shipping, try eBay. You can also trade in old items like electronics on Amazon for Amazon credit. (For more ideas, here’s a great guide to decluttering your home from Lifehacker.)

Billionaire Richard Branson said, “It is amazing how focusing your mind on issues like health, poverty, conservation and climate change can help to re-energize your thinking in other areas.”

11) Volunteer.

Serving others has a long list of intangible benefits, like pride, satisfaction, accomplishment, connections with others, strengthening your community, and improving the lives of others. Nothing helps put things into perspective—and can make your problems seem a little smaller—than helping those less fortunate. Plus, along with social benefits, research shows there’s a strong relationship between volunteering and physical health, too.

Weekends are a great time to get involved in local and community volunteer events. If you don’t have a specific cause in mind, check out your local library, youth center, animal shelter, homeless shelter, or hospital to see if they’re in need of volunteers. VolunteerMatch.org is another great place to find good causes in your local community for a wide variety of time commitments. Sunday night blues are never fun. Instead of using those last few golden weekend hours to check through all your boring work emails, do something you’ll actually look forward to. For me, it’s watching Game of Thrones. For you, it might be reading a book, taking a run with your dog, meditating, or cooking a nice meal.

12) Do something fun on Sunday night.

Another idea is to take the time to reflect on the week gone by. Reflection is something you should be doing daily, but weekends are a great time to step back and think about what made you smile, what you’re grateful for, what you’ve accomplished, and how to make the next week even better.

“This extends the weekend and keeps you focused on the fun to come, rather than on Monday morning,” writes Vanderkam in her book. That way, you’ll go to bed with a calmer mindset, unperturbed by all the stuff you have to do the next day.

 

 

 

How YOU and YOUR Customers Benefit From Surveys and Focus Groups

by @ Fayette Heating and Air News / Blog


​All to many times, we assume that other people THINK THE WAY WE DO - in fact, statistics tell us that 60% of our first impressions are WRONG due to this assumption. Think about it, age, gender, education, culture, family background, life experience, personality type, emotional make-up and the like, ALL make us who we are and go along way to determine HOW we think. The result of NOT finding out HOW our customers think and ASSUMING we already know is a clear path to marketing, advertising, promotion and “Campaign-Aggedon!”

Here are a few things to think about when setting up the audience, type, verbiage and general content of an effective survey campaign or focus group. Keep in mind - surveys are great to find out what your customer is thinking (who, what, when and where) while focus groups tend to be less objective, more subjective and tell us WHY and HOW! So, a few things to consider…

 

Top 12 Survey Best Practices

One of the best ways to keep your finger on the pulse of your business or organization is to gather feedback from your most valuable asset: your customers and members and vendors. Then, efficiently gathering feedback, analyzing it, and acting on it in a meaningful way to increase your business or organization’s success and strengthen your relationships. To help you gather feedback from your customers, donors, members, and constituents, we’ve assembled the top 12 best practices for effectively building and promoting an online survey. Put them to work as you plan and implement your next one, and it’s sure to be a success!

1. Have a single, well-defined objective. 

What feedback do you really want from your customers? Narrow down what you want to know to the key questions that get to theroot of the issue. For instance, when conducting a post-transaction satisfaction survey, stick to questions surrounding the sale process and nothing more. This will keep your survey focused and help avoid the “just one more question” syndrome when building your survey. Take a few minutes to plan your survey and consider what you want to get out of the results before building your questions.

2. Keep your survey short. 

In a best-case scenario, a survey should take 5 minutes or less to complete in order to get the best response rate. Anything longer than 10 minutes should be re-thought, or survey takers should be given an incentive for giving that much of their time to answer your questions. Another key for keeping your survey to the point: Avoid questions with more than 10 answer options. Too many options for a single answer can confuse the survey taker and slow down completion time. Break the question into multiple questions or consider another way to phrase and answer it.   

3. Design your survey for easily measurable results. 

The key is to ask closed-ended questions that generate results that are easy to analyze, spot trends, and set base lines. A good example of a closed ended question is:

What service(s) of ours do you use?

a) Digital Marketing/Advertising

b) TV and radio

c) Billboards

Using too many open-ended questions that require respondents to type out responses (i.e., “What do you like about our business”) will take time to read, code,and trend. Plus, they make for a longer survey completion time. Closed-ended questions make it easy for the survey taker to whisk through the questions and give you easily quantifiable data.

4Ask one thing per question. 

Seems simple enough, but it’s an easy trap to fall into when compiling questions. Avoid such inquiries as “Do you like pizza and ice cream?” These are two unrelated subjects and should be broken into separate questions that will allow survey takers to answer both independently.Make sure to give respondents a full opportunity to answer the question with an: “Other”, “Prefer Not to Answer”, or “Not Applicable” option where necessary. These answers, while vague, can provide better insight than a non-answer. Note: When giving an option of “Other,” it’s best to provide a text box for write-in answers.

5. Avoid biasing the response. 

Ask questions in a manner that doesn’t trend or lead to a preferred answer in a particular way. For instance, when gauging a customer’s likelihood of referring your business to friends, use a scale that ranges from “not very” to “extremely” with a few options in between. Avoid using “Always” or “Never” extremes as they can bias responses in the opposite direction.

6. Limit required questions.

Too many required questions in a survey can ruin the flow and likely decrease your response rate. We recommend making required questions only those that you absolutely need to make a business decision. 

7. Question order matters.

The first question or two should be easy and interesting to engage the respondent and get them into the ow of the survey. Place profile or demographic related questions at the end of the survey to avoid scaring people off. If a person has taken the time to answer all your questions first, they are more likely to provide at least some of their profile information at the end.

8. Create a logical flow. 

Group questions that cover similar topics together and use text boxes to introduce each section of the survey. Page breaks should be used to break up longer surveys to prevent what seems like an endless scroll of questions. A side bene t to page breaks is that they provide for an auto-save of prior responses every time someone clicks on them.

9. Test the survey.

Once you’ve completed building your survey, send it to a couple of trusted associates for testing purposes. Have them time how long it takes to complete and provide feedback on the overall ow of the survey. You can also check on the test entries to ensure the answers’ format will provide useful data.

10. Spell out time expectations in your invite and on the greeting page. 

When using an email survey invitation or a survey greeting page, tell the audience why you’re asking these questions, provide an estimated completion time, and explain what you will be doing with the data collected. Make the invite about the customer/survey taker by using “you” pronouns in your text.

11. Get it in front of the right people. To get the most out of your survey efforts, you have to get the right people to take it, thereby providing the feedback about your organization that you’re looking for. Your objective and how well you know your customers will determine the appropriate audience for your survey. For a good response rate, we recommend sending it to the segment of your audience that will care most about the topic(s).

12. Share the results and actions with respondents. 

Once the survey is complete and the data is collected and analyzed, let the respondents know what you’ve learned and what actions you’ll be taking as a result. Following up with respondents (and customers in general) helps validate your relationship with them and sends the message that their opinions make a difference. When customers feel like a part of a business, they’re more likely to provide feedback in the future. 

And so, you have the 12 Commandments of good survey questions. Here at Brand Advertising Group, we want to ensure YOUR success by giving you the very latest and up to date information so as a TEAM, we can make the best business decisions with your Marketing and Advertising dollars! And remember, with us - YOUR success is already in the B.A.G.!

    Adapted and Researched by Rick Stafford - Research Director and “bag boy.”
     

Why with Brand Advertising Group…it’s in the B.A.G.!

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​By: Drew McLellan 

Despite their best efforts to stand out, nearly every agency looks, sounds and acts just like every other one. We all think we have figured out how to differentiate ourselves using catchy tag lines and clever techniques, but from the outside looking in, it’s hard to tell the difference from one to the next. 

Don’t believe me? See whether any of these phrases ring a bell: 

• “We are a full-service integrated marketing agency.” • “We partner with our clients.” • “We’ve been in business for X years and have more than X years of experience.”

Don’t Please Everyone All The Time -  New avenues of competition are part of the reason for this. Agencies are now commodities competing with freelancers and others who take advantage of low barriers to entry. Differentiating your agency from the masses requires clearly defined areas of expertise. Clients want specialists, not indistinguishable, cookie-cutter generalists. According to our research, one of the biggest factors for clients choosing an agency is industry-specific expertise, which they define as having 25-50% of the agency’s business in one industry. 

Although most agencies struggle to stand out, differentiating isn’t as hard as it seems. These four strategies help the most successful agencies split from the pack and say something interesting, while other companies waste their breath trying to shout louder than everyone else. 

Ideally, you need four areas of expertise or industry specialization. We all watched entire market evaporate in the recession of the late 2000’s, and agencies that served only single markets dried up with them. Standing on a four-legged stool lets you invest 25% of your business in different markets, meeting the 25-50% specialization criteria of your clients while insulating you from disaster should one niche dry up.

Create a philosophy around how and why you do what you do. Take a specific position or point of view that puts you squarely on one side of an argument, then merchandise that position heavily to the client base to which you want to appeal.

Specialization works even better when it extends beyond client selection and into services provided. Choose a specialization like SEO, public relations, branding, or digital media. Don’t do generalist work - do one thing better than everyone else. 

Are you fully virtual and therefore less expensive than others? Do you have only senior-level executives on your team, ensuring that no client works with a rookie? Does everyone on the team have client-side experience? Make your structure stand out by building a company that doesn’t look like any other. 

Differentiate Your Agency (for real)  1. Create a four-legged stool  2. Believe in something 3. Specialize further 4. Build a unique structure 

A Different Avenue of Success  You can’t serve everyone and expect to stand out from the other agencies trying to do the same. Differentiate your business at every opportunity, and clients will flock to you for the specialized services you provide. This is how we make the BAG difference with each and every one of our clients. 

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Can you believe It’s July already?  Where had 2015 gone?  We have been busy with several new projects, plus have three new websites going live in the next week. We are deep into Halloween 2015. So far 2015 had been a good year for our clients and we are working hard to make it a banner year for all!

We see digital marketing continuing to make impacts - and when paired with traditional media, we have seen sales jump.

Want to know how we can help your business?  Contact us! 

August is Here - BAG in full press mode!

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It's August - school is starting, car dealers hare having model year end clearance sales and Halloween is in full swing. As always, August is a busy month at Brand Advertising Group. AND we are expecting a new BAG baby in October, (Yes - in case you had not heard, Jamie is having a baby girl the first of October!).  We are so blessed to have such great clients, many who have been our partners for a long time, and continue to add new clients and new web/online partners.  Are you looking for a new marketing partner?  Call and see what unique way we can ramp up your marketing efforts!  859-293-5760

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