5ives: Spanish Slogan Screw-Up

Language faux pax happens billions of times a day. A word here gets lost in translation and is seen as something a little off color to the culture. It gets pretty embarrassing when it happens to an agency. With Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota being sister cities, these language blunders don’t happen as often, … Read More

Fresh Gourmet Marketing (and other drivel) from Your Local, Quality Agency.

And there you have about 90% of an average agency’s day. Frankly, I’m glad most agencies use such bland, empty words. They call it marketing. I call it job security. People scoff at puns and shun cliches, but I don’t think most businesses realize that using listless language is worse. Clients and business owners, I … Read More

Method Acting, “As If” Marketing

Sorry Hollywood, I know you’ve had a rough year with the loss of Heath Ledger, Isaac Hayes, Bernie Mac and most recently, Paul Newman. But seriously, let’s end method acting. Bite the bullet and quit. I apologize to any readers who enjoy literary techniques as I have to refrain from metaphors that could cause harm … Read More

5ives: A Name History

Now that you have some background on how to name a business and have shared your own personal story, check out the history of some of the most famous brand names. Google Google was originally called “BackRub” by founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin because of how the search engine utilized “back links.” A year … Read More

How to spot a hack

Looking to contract a freelancer? Here’s a few things to keep in mind. 1. Cost. As a general rule, experience and quality cost more, but money shouldn’t be a measure of ability. For example, a lot of very talented and young freelancers charge pennies simply because they want to add to their portfolio and start … Read More

Smile and Nod: Marketing When Clueless.

Originally from Fargo, ND I can’t call myself a city slicker, but I sure felt like one this weekend when I attended the Medora Musical in Medora, North Dakota. As I perused the shops of homemade taffy, embroidered horse sweat suits and Native American themed dream catchers, I couldn’t help but ask myself who would … Read More

Marketing to Your Existing Customers

You’ve spent good money to draw consumers into your business. The designers and marketing professionals you may have worked with talked at length about branding, building and maintaining your company image. At last, droves of customers pile into your business. Now what? To not appear false, your business needs to match the image you worked … Read More

Totally like talking to youth, dog.

At 23, even I feel out of touch with youth culture. But as I sit here on my Mac, drinking a Mountain Dew, watching Cooking with Coolio on YouTube, I’ve had an epiphany of sorts. You can’t outsmart teens. After all, they know it all right? To quote Thomas Jefferson, “At 17 I knew everything…” … Read More