14 Fun & Festive Holiday Marketing Ideas for 2017

On October 17, 2017
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With pumpkin spice lattes back in season, it is hard not to have the holidays on our minds. Halloween is creeping up on us, and we’re about to be in full-out holiday season. What could be more exciting!

While it might seem early to plan for winter, it isn’t! The earlier the better. After all, Mariah Carey already has her Christmas tree up…

holiday marketing ideas and tips

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10 of the Most Innovative Chatbots on the Web

On October 4, 2017
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If you’ve ever used a customer support livechat service, you’ve probably experienced that vague, sneaking suspicion that the “person” you’re chatting with might actually be a robot.

Like the endearingly stiff robots we’ve seen in countless movies – tragic, pitiful machines tortured by their painfully restricted emotional range, futilely hoping to attain a greater degree of humanity – chatbots often sound almost human, but not quite. Their speech is awkward, the cadence somehow off.

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Recent History’s Most Controversial Ads

On June 19, 2017
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We’ve made the case for controversial marketing in the past. Campaigns that rise above monotony, trigger a strong emotional response, and drive widespread engagement can experience unprecedented returns on investment. The name of the game—in advertising, as in most aspects of life—is balance. When does the incendiary become scandalous? When does gender targeting become sexist? At what number of Monday bathroom breaks, having already taken five, have you officially taken a sick day?

So the question remains: Where is the line? In the embarrassment of controversial ads we examined, we found two lines, delineating three distinct categories. We took the best of the best from each category, and voilà:

Most Controversial Ads

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4 Free Resources to Inspire Better Ad Creative

On May 10, 2017
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A furniture maker slaves over a lathe during the day but she moonlights as an SEO. When a plumber in Cedar Rapids finishes mending clogged pipes, he goes home to add negative keywords and optimize bids. When I freelance, I am biz. dev. guy, creative talent, accountant, or debt collector depending on the day of the week.

My point is this: the tired adage about small business owners and hats might be played out, but it’s completely true.

ad creative inspiration 

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