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And For That Reason I’m IN!: Digital Marketing Lessons We Can Take Away from Shark Tank

If you have an interest in business development, entrepreneurship, and/or marketing, chances are, you’ve tuned into ABC’s Shark Tank at some point in the last decade. For years Shark Tank has captivated viewers as they showcase entrepreneurs vying for an opportunity to grow their business with the help of an investing “Shark.” Entering as small start-ups with some early success, businesses share their heartwarming stories of humble beginnings, noble causes, false star... Read More
Posted by Megan Jones Wednesday, June 8, 2022

When & Why to Switch Up Your Branding

For many new organizations, deciding on branding—that is, the overall look and feel of your business—is one of the first choices made. However, as businesses (from small businesses all the way up to international corporations) become more established and develop a stronger consumer perception and place within their community, the case often becomes that these early branding decisions ultimately don’t represent the brand as well as they could. But how do you know when your ... Read More
Posted by Claire Grace Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Storytelling for Marketing 101

The value of great storytelling goes far beyond entertainment and, well, telling a story. There’s plenty of research that shows consumers like to feel a human connection to the companies with which they align. Connecting to human emotion on any side can help build trust and get away from the perception of only caring about pushing sales, sales, and more sales. Of course, everything a company does in its marketing efforts is to generate success in sales and improve brand reput... Read More
Posted by Claire Grace Wednesday, March 16, 2022

What is Mobile-First Web Design and Why Does It Matter? 

Mobile-first website design has become a bit of a buzzword in the design space recently. When we consider whether a website is good or bad, one of the first things we look at is whether it is designed with mobile in mind. But what does this really mean? Today, we’re talking about how to determine whether your website prioritizes optimization for mobile screens, and why not doing so is no longer an option.   What is Mobile-First Design?  In a world where the vast ma... Read More
Posted by Claire Grace Wednesday, March 2, 2022

What the Olympics Teach Us About Storytelling

  If you're anything like me, and much of the Speak team, you're pumped for the Olympics.   The delay of the 2020 Olympics as a result of the pandemic was understandable but still disappointing. On the flip side, I can’t say I’m mad that now we're getting back-to-back summer and winter events.   The marketing landscape during the Olympics is like an international version of the Super Bowl. High viewership is expected, and our screens are... Read More
Posted by Megan Jones Wednesday, February 9, 2022

It’s Alive! How to Identify a Brand Personality that Your Audience Will Love

If you’ve been in the marketing world for any amount of time, you’ve surely heard preached the importance of having a strong and identifiable brand. It sounds so simple, but it goes way beyond the name you attach to an organization. So what does it really mean for a company, an agency, or any business with an outward presence to have a brand? This blog post will walk you through three easy steps to identifying the market you’re trying to reach and the brand personality that ... Read More
Posted by Claire Grace Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Marketing Vocabulary Words You Should Know

Marketing Vocabulary For Beginners If you’re just beginning your adventure into marketing, welcome!  Practically every business needs some form of marketing, digital or otherwise.  Especially within the last year, business owners large and small have discovered that the need for a digital presence is essential to their company’s survival.  Marketing is about meeting your customers where they are and getting in front of the eyes that are most likely to act on your b... Read More
Posted by Digital Marketing Team Thursday, December 9, 2021

Don’t Let Technology Adoption Behavior Limit Your Audience Growth

Are you familiar with the Diffusion of Innovation Model? If that title doesn’t ring a bell, you’ve probably heard about the concept, which categorizes the adoption rates of technology into 5 groups: Innovator, Early Adopter, Early Majority, Late Majority, and Laggard. Your adoption style doesn't only affect your own experiences and internal operations, but it also impacts the quality of your users’ experiences and the pace of your audience growth. When you recogni... Read More
Posted by Megan Jones Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Podcast Performance On The Rise

It’s probably not news to you that podcasts are on the rise, but it wasn’t too long ago when someone at your dinner table may have asked, “what’s a podcast?”   In many ways, we’re returning to the days of radio shows and audio-only platforms. There are a lot of contributing factors leading to the rise of podcasts, but in case you aren’t convinced that podcasts are truly on the rise, here are some stats that may change your mind: 57% of ... Read More
Posted by Jessica Freeman Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Brands & Sustainability

Patagonia, TOMS, Allbirds….what do all of these brands have in common? They are all popular brands that have set a trend by building their companies’ foundations around the philosophy of sustainability.  In today’s society, most consumers are drawn to brands or products that do more than just their designated purpose. But why is this? Because people want to purchase products from brands that speak to their values, especially the Millenial and Gen Z generations. These... Read More
Posted by Amanda Gottschalk Wednesday, June 16, 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

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

5 Tips for Establishing Trust with Clients

If you look back on a relationship that you have had over a long course of time - whether that be professional, personal, or romantic - one of the underlying traits of that relationship is likely trust. Trust comes with time — it isn't effortless and is often an uphill battle. However, when mistakes are made but dealt with in a humble and ethical manner, trust is established. It also happens when there is a personal connection formed, which requires intention. Trust i... Read More
Posted by Abi Devins Tuesday, March 16, 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

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

5 Books to Help You Dig Yourself Out of a Creative Rut

If you’ve ever struggled to bring an idea to life, welcome to the club. Getting stuck in a creative rut is a rite of passage for most of us. It’s the rock bottom of the creative process where we sit — unhappily questioning our abilities and wallowing in self-doubt — until we remember that we are, in fact, great at what we do. Not only that, but we’ve yet to meet another person who hasn’t felt frustrated or overwhelmed by the creative process.  Ideatio... Read More
Posted by Digital Marketing Team Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Screens have won — what that means for you 

It happened practically overnight.  Screens are a part of everyday life.  We consume the majority of our knowledge from them be it from a television, computer screen, or our cell phones. It’s now getting harder and harder to remember a time when you didn’t consume the news from your phone or make a quick purchase on Amazon to round out your day.  The New York Times put out an interesting article as we were all sheltering in place declaring that the screen time deba... Read More
Posted by Jessica Freeman Wednesday, August 12, 2020

TikTok: Trend or Triumph?

Kids aren’t the only ones on TikTok anymore. That’s right. Real live adults are infiltrating the app that was once overrun by the youth of America. By the way, if you’re reading this and you aren’t on TikTok yet, here's why you should consider it as more than just a trend.  Hold on, what’s TikTok? It’s a social media platform that allows users to create and post short-form video content. Users also browse and engage with other content creators. J... Read More
Posted by Josh Cooper Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Decoding Impostor Syndrome

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Is there a cure to impostor syndrome? Join Speak Creative's VPs for an off topic conversation about how personality types impact your work and how you miss 100% of the shots you don't fake.  Decoding Impostor Syndrome | Episode 3 David: Hello everyone, thank you for joining us. Welcome once again to "A Little Off Topic," one agency's water cooler chat on digital marketing, business, and all the things that get in the w... Read More
Posted by A Little Off Topic Friday, June 19, 2020

Expectations and Equivocation

Should you set expectations? Or should you never use the word should again? Join Speak Creative's VPs for an off topic conversation on expectations both in and out of work and a deep dive into equivocation.  Expectations and Equivocation | Episode 2  David: Hello everyone and thank you for joining us once again for another episode of 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 Wednesday, June 10, 2020

A Little Off Topic, a Podcast by Speak Creative

Around the office, you'd constantly hear witty banter around marketing, business, and everyone's favorite 90's movies. While we were all working from home we started to miss that natural flow of knowledge (and laughter) from one person to the next. We're always dreaming up ways we can pass along our expertise to our audience, so we thought why not hit record an make a podcast?  We hope you'll listen along to hear our watercooler chat on digital marketing, busine... Read More
Posted by A Little Off Topic Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Power of the GIF

As humans, we’ve learned to communicate in a staggering number of ways. There are roughly 6,500 different spoken languages in the world, and those don’t include sign language, body language, or any other form of communication. We’ve sent letters and postcards. We’ve made telephone calls. We’ve recorded videos and sent texts and emails! The list goes on and on. But there’s one particular form of communication that has come full circle. ... Read More
Posted by Katy Sloan Wednesday, May 13, 2020

5 Ways To Magnify Morale While Remote 

Whether you’re a remote work veteran or a complete newbie, one thing we can all agree on is that your team’s morale still matters. When employees work from home it may take some creativity to engage them but it can definitely be done! Here are a few things we’ve found effective at magnifying morale: 1. Practice Gratitude and Praise  Everyone likes for their work to be recognized but it may be harder to recognize strong work while everyone is spread out. Look for... Read More
Posted by Jessica Freeman Monday, March 30, 2020