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Ocreative, an award-winning integrated marketing agency located just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We specialize in helping B2B manufacturing, professional services, and for-impact non-profit agencies with all facets of their marketing, branding, and digital storytelling.

Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 9 – Wendy’s Mix

As a team, we’ve had a really great time sharing our music and more about ourselves, but we would be remiss to leave out, arguably, one of our most important team members. This week, our Chief Stress Relief Officer, Wendy, shares her Lady Powerhouse Playlist and reminds us all why she is queen. If you’ve [...]

By | November 7th, 2019|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 9 – Wendy’s Mix

Make Your Website Menu Work for You

To help avoid the pitfalls of a poor menu structure and bad user experience, we’ve put together three important tips to consider when developing navigation structure and site maps.

By | November 1st, 2019|Website|Comments Off on Make Your Website Menu Work for You

Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 8 – Andrea’s Mix

In our eighth installment of Ocreative Mixtapes, Andrea, our Chief Creative Officer and Founder of Ocreative is sharing her playlist and more about herself.

By | October 25th, 2019|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 8 – Andrea’s Mix

Supreme Court Backs Key Ruling in ADA Compliance for Websites

If your business or organization falls under Title I or Title III of the ADA it’s a good idea to work with an experienced agency to evaluate your website or app and create an action plan to make the changes necessary for accessibility. Ocreative has developed a thorough vetting system for websites and we can work together to update your site and show, that in good faith, your business is taking the right steps to meet accessibility requirements for all.

By | October 8th, 2019|Articles of Interest, Website|Comments Off on Supreme Court Backs Key Ruling in ADA Compliance for Websites

Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 7 – Matt’s Mix

This week, Matt our Chief Business Development Officer (and coding ninja) is sharing his playlist! Because Matt needs to be in the zone when he’s working on custom code, he often listens to the same song on repeat. It’s like a meditative chant that brings out his inner coding magic. Luckily for us, he uses [...]

By | September 27th, 2019|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 7 – Matt’s Mix

Information Architecture in Under Five Minutes

While it’s not an entirely new concept, Information Architecture (IA), is the newest buzz phrase circulating web development agencies. While generally used in tandem with UX and web development, IA is more multi-faceted than that. IA principles can be used across the board, any time users are interacting with a product or brand experience – [...]

By | September 20th, 2019|Website, Website Design|Comments Off on Information Architecture in Under Five Minutes

Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 6 – Caylin’s Mix

In our sixth installment of Ocreative Mixtapes, we introduce Caylin, one of our graphic designers, to help you get to know our team better.

By | August 30th, 2019|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 6 – Caylin’s Mix

Enhanced Marketing Strategies for Manufacturers

Can B2B marketers leverage the power of content marketing to capture potential clients in the buying cycle? With over 15 years working with manufacturers, large and small, we say yes. Read more about how B2B marketers can leverage the power of content marketing to capture potential clients in the buying cycle in our latest blog.

By | August 16th, 2019|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Enhanced Marketing Strategies for Manufacturers

Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 5 – Paul’s Mix

In our fifth installment of Ocreative Mixtapes, Paul, our Web Programmer extraordinaire, is sharing his favorite songs with us!

By | July 12th, 2019|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 5 – Paul’s Mix

Ocreative Takes Home 10 Awards from the 25th Annual Communicator Awards

Metro-Milwaukee marketing agency, Ocreative, wins 10 international awards for work in website design and development, print design, and video production.

By | July 2nd, 2019|News/Announcements|Comments Off on Ocreative Takes Home 10 Awards from the 25th Annual Communicator Awards

Building Better Websites Part 3: Web Security and Hosting

In parts one and two of this series, we covered the initial stages of web development and design. By this time, you already know that hiring a strong web designer is an important step in creating a site that meets your unique needs. You’ve also learned a little more about user experience and how intuitive design can drive conversions and optimize your return on investment. In our third installment, we want to help you understand how to protect your website investment, post development. Read more on website best practices in our latest blog.

By | June 28th, 2019|Website, Website Design|Comments Off on Building Better Websites Part 3: Web Security and Hosting

Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 4 – Allie’s Mix

In our fourth installment of Ocreative Mixtapes, we introduce Allie, our PPC & Digital Marketing Analyst, to help you get to know our team better.

By | June 7th, 2019|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 4 – Allie’s Mix

Building Better Websites: A Three-Part Series

Part 2: Intuitive User Experience Drives Conversion As we covered in the first part of Building Better Websites, thoughtful web design is a crucial component to the success of a website and finding a strong web designer is the key to unlocking that success. Great web designers often work with usability at the [...]

By | June 3rd, 2019|Website, Website Design|Comments Off on Building Better Websites: A Three-Part Series

Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 3 – Kelsey’s Mix

This week, our newest Graphic Designer, Kelsey, shares her feel good playlist with us and tells us a little bit more about herself. Although she joined our team just three months ago, she fit right in and it feels like she’s been here all along. From her infectious pension for accents to her adoration for [...]

By | May 13th, 2019|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 3 – Kelsey’s Mix

Building Better Websites: A Three-Part Series

Join Ocreative as we explore the importance of strong web design and reveal how crucial talented web designers are to building better web experiences.

By | May 3rd, 2019|Website, Website Design|Comments Off on Building Better Websites: A Three-Part Series

Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 2 – Jerrie’s Mix

This week, our Marketing Strategist and Copywriter Jerrie is answering questions and recommending sweet jams. If you’ve worked with Ocreative in the last year, she’s likely helped manage your project or written copy for some of your marketing initiatives.

By | April 12th, 2019|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 2 – Jerrie’s Mix

Promoting Workplace Collaboration

Workplace collaboration is important for a strong and compatible team. Ocreative uses 3 simple ways to promote collaboration within our workplace.

By | April 5th, 2019|Articles of Interest|Comments Off on Promoting Workplace Collaboration

Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 1 – Alyssa’s Mix

Creating meaningful targeted content that speaks to your market audience is key to win over buyers. Ocreative started a new initiative with our team to create a Spotify playlist of our favorite songs and incorporate this into our social presence. In volume 1, our Marketing Administrative Assistant Alyssa created Volume 1.

By | March 8th, 2019|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Ocreative Mixtapes: Volume 1 – Alyssa’s Mix

A Look at Google’s New Search Console

Taking full advantage of the tools offered by Google is essential for a strong and successful marketing plan. At Ocreative, we consistently monitor for new features and explore how we can integrate them into our processes to better serve our clients. Google’s Search Console has evolved over the past year as part of Google’s aim [...]

By | March 1st, 2019|Google Series, Search Engine Optimization|Comments Off on A Look at Google’s New Search Console

Ocreative Wins Expertise: Best Advertising Agencies in Milwaukee!

We are proud to announce that Ocreative has been selected as a top marketing agency serving the Milwaukee area for the fourth year in a row. Expertise, a consumer and B2B resource hub known for objective identification of the top service professionals in major cities across America has recognized Ocreative as best-in-class for marketing services. [...]

By | February 22nd, 2019|Just for Fun, News/Announcements|Comments Off on Ocreative Wins Expertise: Best Advertising Agencies in Milwaukee!

Introducing Mixtapes by Ocreative

Creating meaningful targeted content that speaks to your market audience is key to win over buyers. Ocreative started a new initiative with our team to create a Spotify playlist of our favorite songs and incorporate this into our social presence.

By | January 25th, 2019|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Introducing Mixtapes by Ocreative

Take Your Brand Awareness to the Next Level in 2019

There’s no doubt that content is king when it comes to marketing in today’s world. Tailored content that reaches audiences on a personal level, engages with their interests, and leaves a lasting impression is a must for 2019. We covered tailored content quite a bit in 2018; check out our articles Content Marketing: What It [...]

By | January 18th, 2019|Branding|Comments Off on Take Your Brand Awareness to the Next Level in 2019

Top Ten Web Design Trends for 2019

The digital landscape continually changes based on shifts in user expectation and design trends. Websites are especially susceptible to frequent changes in format, function, and style as design and development firms across the globe continue to innovate better user experience practices. According to a recent article published by the American City Business Journal, “Many experts [...]

By | November 30th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on Top Ten Web Design Trends for 2019

Holiday Marketing That Makes an Impact

Thanksgiving is a time steeped in important traditions, in fact, the entire holiday season is full of familiar activities, people, and things. Take a moment to think about your holiday traditions and reflect on where they come from. Maybe your grandma and mother use Libby’s canned pumpkin and now that’s what you use. Maybe your [...]

By | November 21st, 2018|Articles of Interest, Just for Fun|Comments Off on Holiday Marketing That Makes an Impact

‘Tis the Season for Client Appreciation

As Thanksgiving approaches, it marks the start to the holiday season. People all over the country are planning their Black Friday shopping in the hopes of finding that perfect gift for their friends and family. It’s also a time when companies begin planning their client or partnership appreciation gifts. Great businesses foster strong client relationships [...]

By | November 16th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Just for Fun|Comments Off on ‘Tis the Season for Client Appreciation

15 Years of Business

What started as one woman working in a small room delivering big ideas to regional clients grew to a talented in-house, eight-person team that partners with clients across the nation from Massachusetts to Hawai‘i.

By | November 7th, 2018|News/Announcements|Comments Off on 15 Years of Business

All About Hashtags

You hear it everywhere, hashtag this, hashtag that! But what exactly is a hashtag? Hashtags are a function of social media platforms that help boost posts to a greater audience by attaching a post to a keyword that consolidates all posts with that same keyword into one place, generally a social media feed. Facebook most [...]

By | November 7th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Social Media|Comments Off on All About Hashtags

Get the Jump on Holiday Marketing Today

The holiday season is quickly approaching and now is the time to get prepared! The start of quarter four is the perfect time to ensure your online ads, website design and content, and other holiday marketing initiatives are ready to roll out at just the right time. It takes balance and careful consideration of market [...]

By | October 15th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Get the Jump on Holiday Marketing Today

5 Fast Tips to Dominate Tradeshows in 2019

As 2018 ends, 2019 will bring with it a new year of trade shows and a new year to promote your business. Whether promoting yourself at industry events, public sponsorship opportunities, or community fairs, putting your best foot forward means creating an eye-catching display to draw attention to your business. Taking advantage of the new [...]

By | September 28th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on 5 Fast Tips to Dominate Tradeshows in 2019

The Relationship Between Local Businesses & Ad Agencies

Imagine a world where only the four most-populated cities in the United States were allowed to vote. This would mean that of the current 326.8 million people living in the United States, only 17.6 million would have their voice heard. This comes out to only 5.4% of the population representing the entire United States’ views. [...]

By | September 21st, 2018|Articles of Interest|Comments Off on The Relationship Between Local Businesses & Ad Agencies

The History of Marketing in Under 5 Minutes

Sometimes we just need a break from the stress of our work day. Four-day weeks like this can feel taxing as we try to fit five days’ worth of work into four, but taking a mental breather is important for productivity.  Take a 5-minute break with Ocreative and read how marketing has evolved from its [...]

By | September 7th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Just for Fun|Comments Off on The History of Marketing in Under 5 Minutes

Rebranding: The Inevitability of Change

We have seen a lot of rebranding lately – everything from Nabisco freeing their historic circus animals to Uber redefining their mission.  In a bold move this month, Nabisco removed the cages from their iconic red box to align their message with current views on the mistreatment of animals in the circus industry.  Over the [...]

By | August 31st, 2018|Articles of Interest, Branding, Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Rebranding: The Inevitability of Change

Out-Of-Home Advertising in 2018

Until recently, two unique features set out-of-home (OOH) advertising apart from other forms of media in the industry – its minimal content requirements and large presence in a physical place. In the past, OOH’s single focus was on location placement without excessive regard to the content of the piece. With advancements in technology and the growing presence of digital screens in public places, the OOH arena is evolving fast.

By | August 16th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Out-Of-Home Advertising in 2018

Plagiarism vs Copyright – Quick Tips to Keep Your Content Legal

Plagiarism, however, is not the only violation content developers need to keep in mind; copyright violation – particularly through image sharing, is quite common and can lead to legal action and fines. So what is the difference? In this article we will review the difference between plagiarism and copyright and give you a few tips on why it is important to keep your content legal and how to do so.

By | August 9th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Branding, Just for Fun, Trends and Technology, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on Plagiarism vs Copyright – Quick Tips to Keep Your Content Legal

Google Ads: New Features You Need to Know

At the end of July, Google officially transitioned from Google Adwords to Google Ads and rolled out a few new features. The term “Google Ads” intentionally drops “words” from the title to better encompass the advertising solutions provided by Google outside of their search term-based Pay Per Click (PPC) functions such as web display, video, and in-app features. In this article, we dive into the most exciting changes Google made for the average business to utilize.

By | August 2nd, 2018|Articles of Interest, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, News/Announcements, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Google Ads: New Features You Need to Know

Content Marketing: What it is and Why Use it

Year after year, content marketing continues to rise in popularity. Consumers are paying less attention to traditional advertising efforts and are now drawn to authenticity, transparency and value, paving the way for the creation and rise of content marketing.

By | July 19th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology, Website|Comments Off on Content Marketing: What it is and Why Use it

Instagram Stories For Businesses

Instagram Stories is a feature on the social media app that allows users to post photos or videos that last only 24 hours. As the stories feature continues to grow in both active users and features, so do the opportunities for businesses. Instagram Stories has proven to be an effective marketing tool for businesses when optimized correctly.

By | July 12th, 2018|Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, Social Media, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Instagram Stories For Businesses

Promotional Items: Brand Awareness That Lasts

While the idea of creating promotional items seems relatively easy, there are some pitfalls companies should avoid when designing their promotional item campaign. Avoid using items that most people have seen or receive regularly, choose items based on your brand, and give out items that make sense to your target audience.

By | July 6th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Branding, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Promotional Items: Brand Awareness That Lasts

Automatic Image Sliders or Carousels: More Confusing Than Informative

Website developers continually seek new and innovative ways to display information that reaches audiences in an efficient and effective way. Occasionally, usability and design meet to create a new layout or format that revolutionizes the way websites are built. Some updates, however, seem useful in theory, but are not in practice. One recent trend uses automatic image sliders or carousels that seem useful for providing a large amount of information while taking up limited space above-the-fold.

By | June 21st, 2018|Articles of Interest, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, Trends and Technology, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on Automatic Image Sliders or Carousels: More Confusing Than Informative

Email Marketing Part III: Formatting for Success

Once your platform is set up and you have selected the strategies that work best to optimize your marketing efforts, it is time to write the content. Based on the current email marketing landscape, the following formatting trends are crucial to the usability and ROI of modern digital communication initiatives.

By | June 15th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Email Marketing, Marketing Ideas, Trends and Technology, Website|Comments Off on Email Marketing Part III: Formatting for Success