Posts Categorized: Tips of the Trade

Traditional and digital media both add value

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Do you remember that old camp song about making new friends, but keeping the old? “One is silver and the other gold,” it said.
Those are marketing tools in a nutshell:

Digital media is your new friend – From social media ads to clean and informative websites, they get your name and products out in front of a lot of people
Traditional marketing tools are your […]

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Reflections after being named Eugene’s First Citizen

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I’m Eugene’s First Citizen. I join a relatively short list of people who’ve helped shape our community. I feel proud and humble. I was honored at the Eugene Chamber’s Celebration of Business just a month ago.
So many people reached out to share my joy and say “thanks.” Flowers, plants, chocolate, hand-written notes, email and social media posts. Plus, […]

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Book Review: Alan Alda’s take on better communication

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Alan Alda
Some actors astound us with their performances, while others are lackluster. Wonder why?
A new book by Alan Alda, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?, underscores why getting into character requires communication skills.
You may recall that he did a TV series interviewing scientists. He realized that he wasn’t listening to them, so […]

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Is it copying or is it learning?

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When I was in Yachats recently, I saw a display of work by pre-school children who were recreating a couple of works by great Masters – Van Gogh and Picasso. At first, I was impressed by how well they did. Then, I realized that I often hear people say, “I could have created that.” It’s easy to replicate, yet harder to fashion an original […]

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Color energizes and connects us

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I like to capture the seasons in my home. This weekend, I was bringing out glass balls to catch spring’s light (the weather was wonderful!) tucking dappled wooden eggs in baskets, and putting away an evergreen tree theme that hung around after the Holidays. I realized that this new color palette was energizing and by making fewer than a dozen changes, I had reset […]

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Mobile-friendly sites do better

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Has the traffic to your website declined? If you said “yes,” it could be that you’re being penalized by Google search engine rankings because your site isn’t mobile-friendly.
Besides being mobile-friendly for search, you also want to be where your customers are. Now, more than 60 percent of all searches are made on a mobile device. Plus, responsive sites give the viewer the best […]

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Content is an authentic interaction

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Content Marketing
Since the Oregon Forest Practices Act was passed in 1971, it’s been anything but static. That’s what this infographic shows in a way that is easy to read.
One question we hear frequently is“Isn’t content just copy?” The answer is “no.” Content is really about the conversation you have with your customers, and its more than words. It’s about images, video, and how you deliver the information – whether its through social media, on TV, […]

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KL Wells delivers strategic networking tips at UO marketing mixer

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marketingmixerAlthough I enjoy networking, I’m always looking for ways to be more effective at it. When I received an invitation to a marketing mixer hosted by
University of Oregon American Marketing Association, I thought it would be a good opportunity to do just that, while also reconnecting with some colleagues from my business school days. My co-worker, Lindsey Kate, and I decided to attend the […]

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We’re inspired to “live simply so that others can simply live!”

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Live Simply
Click to enlarge this photo of Eugene with snow.
Each week, we take a moment to reflect on a quote, photo, video or story that reminds us about our company values, which spell out CARE – Collaborative, Authentic, Responsible and Energetic.
Recently, I’ve been inspired by this quote: “I live simply so that others can simply live.” In some places, this saying is credited to Ghandi, some to Mother Teresa, and some to other do-gooders of […]

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The cross-platform marketing mix: Create, promote, repeat

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Cross-platform marketingTo get messages into the community, we’ve come a long way from the town crier or Paul Revere on horseback. We’ve even come a long way from when a newspaper ad would reach most of the people you wanted to reach. We now have, literally at our fingertips, the power to broadcast information across the world via a variety of channels.
With everyone shouting out messages everywhere we look, it’s no secret consumers are […]

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