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3 Metrics You Should Be Following

Have you ever been overwhelmed or confused by all of the data surrounding your website and other digital platforms? The vast amount of statistics is valuable, but also a lot to keep track of. Whether you’re just diving into analytics for the first time or are well-versed and wanting to take a step back for perspective, these 3 metrics are the perfect place to start. Goals in Google Analytics Google Analytics is a free service that uses a script in your site to track all kinds of user... Read More
Posted by Megan Jones Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Content-First vs Design-First Approach

There are typically two design strategies that are considered when going through a website redesign. A design-first approach prioritizes the creative elements that are desired over the assets that will live on the site. Meanwhile, a content-first approach takes the assets you plan to have and builds the design around them. Both methods can lead to a polished website when it’s all said and done, but is there an approach that is more efficient? Speak has utilized both strategies during r... Read More
Posted by Adam Kalwas Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Intentional and Innovative: Meet John Waddell, Senior Designer

You know the phrase first to arrive, last to leave? Well that sums up John Waddell, one of Speak’s Senior Designers. After nearly 20 years as a designer, John knows a thing or two about dedication.  Described by members of our team as compassionate, servant-minded, and diligent, John has only officially been at Speak for a year and a half. Prior to joining the team as part of Speak’s acquisition of Rocketfuel, John worked at Rocketfuel for 17 years. But as a child, John had ... Read More
Posted by Madelyn Bomar Thursday, May 27, 2021

Tips to Avoid Employee Burnout

Last month, there was a wildly popular NYT article floating around the internet about languish. The article talks about how many of us are feeling a collective emotion that isn’t quite burning out because we still have energy, but it’s not depression because we don’t feel hopeless. Really we are all feeling a bit ‘meh’ which is synonymous with feelings of languish.  via GIPHY It’s important as an employer, manager, or even as an employee to know how... Read More
Posted by Christy Leake Tuesday, May 18, 2021

An Open Letter to Marketing Coordinators

I remember when I spent my days doing endless research, packing swag boxes, and various projects that were thrown my way. Just kidding, that’s still what I do. I graduated in December 2019 from the University of Tennessee and joined Speak as a Marketing and Business Development Coordinator shortly after.  If you are in a marketing coordinator or entry-level role, you might find yourself googling all the things that you don't know to keep your head above water. I felt like... Read More
Posted by Madelyn Bomar Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Blog Writing For Beginners

At Speak, we write a lot. Our content team churns out an incredible amount of work each week for an ever-growing list of eager clients. That being the case, a large portion of what we do relies on writing engaging, timely, and topical blog content. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, blogs are often an essential part of a strong marketing strategy. They provide relevant information about your product or service and give your brand structure. As professionals, we suggest blogs for a good p... Read More
Posted by Katy Sloan Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Making The Case: Why Law Offices Need a Compelling Digital Presence

As a digital-first agency, we believe that a digital strategy can make a difference for any industry, but law offices in particular have a lot to gain from a compelling digital presence. In a competitive space, law offices rely on lead generation and brand recognition to build their customer base. Here’s a few recent examples of how we’ve partnered with law firms to drive results.  Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee We set out to equip BMJRG with a website that refl... Read More
Posted by Madelyn Bomar Wednesday, April 28, 2021

My Life as an Emoji

What’s in an emoji? My life as an emoji - 📚☕️🐱  I think that covers it. What’s in an emoji? That which we call a 🌹 by any other name would smell as sweet. That’s the saying, right? Ok maybe not quite, but you get the gist.  But back to emojis. They really are pretty amazing if you think about it. The ability to communicate (and truly understand) across cultural barriers, the ability to share nuance or a reaction without photo or video, or having to type &ldq... Read More
Posted by Sarah Vaughan Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Paid Social: Do or Die?

Senior Content and Social Media Specialist, Sarah Vaughan, joined us to discuss the nuances of social media campaigns. Is paid social a must? Can you get away with only organic content? Come get a little off topic with Sarah and Speak's VP trio to find out.  Roberts: Hello everyone and thank you for joining us. You're listening to A Little Off Topic, one agency's water cooler chat on digital marketing, business, and all the things that get in the way, presented by Spea... Read More
Posted by A Little Off Topic Monday, April 19, 2021

Several People Are Typing: Getting To Know Business Development

Through a Slack discussion with Speak’s business development team, we explored common misconceptions about the world of sales and what sets Speak apart.   HERE'S TODAY'S STARTING LINE UP:  Jessica: Hi all, thanks for joining to chat about all things business development. Before we get started, I want to know why you think you’ve found yourself in a business development role. Did you always know it was your calling or did you stumble into it? Adam: I guess... Read More
Posted by Jessica Freeman Monday, April 12, 2021

What Every Advertiser Needs to Know about iOS 14 Changes and Mobile Web Advertising on Facebook

Facebook advertising will not be the same. There. We are not going to bury the lead. You came here for an answer to your question, so we gave it to you. Now that you know the effect, we need to examine the causes. You need to know why Facebook advertising may not be what it has been for the past decade.  We want to highlight the top-level questions that many advertisers are asking – and if not asking, at least should be wondering.  What we’ll answer here: Why is ... Read More
Posted by Cody Gross Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Designing for Mobile

Front End Developer and Designer Stephen Smith helped us kick off season two with a deep dive into designing for mobile. Come get a little off topic with Captain Steve and your favorite VP trio.  Roberts: Hello everyone and thank you for joining us. You're listening to A Little Off Topic, one agency's water cooler chat on digital marketing, business, and all the things that get in the way, presented by Speak Creative. Let's get into it. Kindra: Alright. We'... Read More
Posted by A Little Off Topic Monday, April 5, 2021

Revamping Beloved Brands: Sims + Architects

The Back Story Organizations across the country come to Speak to refresh their brand. These organizations are in search of a new look, unified voice, and strong positioning. We believe that good branding can be the very thing that captures the right audience and moves them towards the action your organization desires. Lavin Architects out of Amarillo, Texas, came to Speak looking for a total brand refresh for their long-standing firm of 35 years. After a cross-team renaming exploration, Si... Read More
Posted by Madelyn Bomar Monday, March 29, 2021

6 Best Practices for Security on the Web

Security for your website and all digital platforms is a crucial aspect of your online presence. We’ve all seen the headlines about what happens when an organization has been the target of a large-scale security breach. However, many aren’t aware of the millions of daily attempts made on a personal level. Hackers try to compromise the security of your accounts and the information they hold. We put together six tips that can help protect you and your organization.  ... Read More
Posted by Megan Jones Monday, March 22, 2021

Digital Checklist: Easter and Beyond

Easter Sunday is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for many churches and ministries, and springtime is a popular time for events across all types of organizations. When preparing for a major event, it’s important to consider your digital experience before you “go live” and trigger that blinking red icon.  Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  Said another way, by passing on opportunities to pr... Read More
Posted by Megan Jones Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Several People Are Typing: Project Management

Through a Slack discussion with Speak's project management team, we explored how they keep projects moving, what they wish you knew before every project you start, and of course a few of Devon's dad jokes.  Here's today's starting lineup: Jessica: Hi y’all, thanks for joining to discuss all things project management. Before we get started, I’d love to know how each of you found yourself in project management.   Andrea:  Hi! Well, after I gra... Read More
Posted by Jessica Freeman Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Speak Takes Home Gold at the American Advertising Awards

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting nearly 35,000 entries every year in local competitions. The American Advertising Federation, AAF, has a mission to “recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.” For 73 years, the Memphis AAF chapter has been putting on the ADDY awards for excellence in advertising and marketing. Their call is for entries of local advertisin... Read More
Posted by Madelyn Bomar Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Morning Routines

Want to maximize your productivity? Revamp your morning routine. Productivity in 2020 is a topic we’d all probably prefer to avoid discussing. When life gives you lemons, productivity can take a hit, and as many people learned in 2020, working from home isn’t always as easy as it seems.  Whether you’re still trying to find a new normal working from home, or adjusting to a new normal being back in the office, a new and energizing approach to productivity and work may j... Read More
Posted by Sarah Vaughan Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Seeking Inspiration

Steve Jobs famously said, "Picasso had a saying — 'good artists copy; great artists steal' — and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." For the record, we’re against stealing but there is no denying that inspiration is everywhere. What I take from Picasso’s quote is the notion that no idea is truly original and it’s how you use the work you are inspired by and make it your own that counts. From our designers to content crea... Read More
Posted by Jessica Freeman Wednesday, February 10, 2021

How To Read Google Analytics

Whether it is the first time you are logging into Google Analytics or you find yourself diving into it on a frequent basis, knowing the key reports inside Google’s website performance reporting tool can be overwhelming. Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Now, with the release of Google Analytics 4, users can track not only website performance but also website and app performance all in one location.  The primary ... Read More
Posted by Abi Devins Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Mid-South Food Bank: Doing Good Where You’re Planted   

Design trends and technology change all the time. As technology evolves alongside your organization, even the best websites will eventually need a redesign. The typical lifespan of a website is 5 years or less and around that time your site should be ready for a revamp. It’s always a big compliment when our partners return to us for their redesign, and that is a compliment that Mid-South Food Bank has given us not once but twice.  We’ve been fortunate enough to work alongsi... Read More
Posted by Madelyn Bomar Wednesday, January 27, 2021

2021 Marketing Trends and Statistics

Taylor Swift told us we could leave the Christmas lights up until January, so we did. However, now the Christmas lights have been put away and another year is in full swing. The end of the year and the beginning of the next is when many organizations, including Speak, set aside time to reflect. We’re all reflecting on where we succeeded, where we came up short, where we pivoted, and where we are headed.  On a personal note, I majorly succeeded in my goal to spend less on concert t... Read More
Posted by Jessica Freeman Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Become An Email Marketing Master

There isn’t much we can guarantee but one thing is for sure: you receive emails. Few marketing channels are as widely adopted as email and in this episode, we'll explore why that is. Join our VPs for tips and tricks on how to make email a key part of your strategy in 2021.  David: Hello everyone and thank you for joining us once again. You are listening to A Little Off Topic, one agency's water cooler chat on digital marketing, business, and all the things that get in th... Read More
Posted by A Little Off Topic Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Is My Website Obsolete?

As recently as 10 years ago, simply having a website could identify your brand as a leader in your industry. Your competition may have been late to the game in creating an online presence, or your brand simply may be the best or only local organization of its kind, making it significantly easier for people to find you through a quick Google search - or Duck Duck Go if that’s your jam.  Website Design in the 1990s The old standard of designing a website looked a little something ... Read More
Posted by Sarah Vaughan Wednesday, January 6, 2021

20 Memorable Moments from 2020

This year was a challenge in countless ways, but there were some incredible moments along the way that we wanted to highlight. This year is one we’ll never forget and here’s our blog post to prove it.   1. We learned resiliency. The hard way.  2020, the year of the pandemic. We learned that we’re better together when we stay connected and are all in this together. Turns out these cliches are all actually true. While we’ve had remote employees for many... Read More
Posted by Madelyn Bomar Monday, December 21, 2020