5ives: Bad Sending Habits for Email Marketing

We’ve already established that people are starting to hit the reset button on email. It’s probably for the best because I think we all receive notifications about companies we don’t care about or have lost their luster. Personally, email marketing is amazing – when it’s done right. It’s inexpensive, it offers unlimited space and it … Read More

5ives: Ways to Save Money on Graphic Design Costs

Balancing creative impact with media exposure has been a battle in every shop since the dawn of modern advertising. In our industry, we’ve even picked teams – suits versus creatives. It’s no secret that high-end graphic design adds professionalism and polish to any marketing piece. Work of that caliber takes time. And when time equals … Read More

Intervention: Copywriting in Texting and Social Media

Enough y’all.  I can no longer idly stand by while my fellow Millenials bastardize our language in social media and in text communications. I’m a writer,  which means I probably love wordplay as much as anything else. But don’t let my yearning for the return of the pun or applause for abundant alliteration sway you … Read More

Get Ready for Winter Marketing in July

With the exception of these few weeks of sun, North Dakota weather sucks.  The last thing anyone in Fargo-Moorhead wants to think about is winter and the ominous gray that looms over everything from October through April. From a marketing standpoint, you absolutely must start thinking about all of your advertising executions from October through … Read More

5ives: A Music Marketing Mindset for Your Business

Advertising pays for art. In return, art propels the industry. Often times these artists push not only the limits of artistic expression, but also the way advertisers should think about an audience. Tangent: If you don’t believe there is a symbiotic relationship between art and advertising, explain why the term for “people you’re selling to” … Read More

Marketing Saga of Lady Gaga

I was intrigued to read that 24-year-old Lady Gaga ranked number one in the “Most Creative People in Business” article in the June 2010 issue of Fast Company Magazine. Could Stefani Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga) have really expected this amount of fame – this quickly? At this global level – probably not. However, she put … Read More