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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

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

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

Ocreative Takes Home Three International Awards of Distinction From the 24th Annual Communicator Awards

Ocreative has been recognized for groundbreaking work in print media and web design at the 24th Annual Communicator awards. Receiving two coveted Silver Distinction awards for our print work with a few of our favorite nonprofits, INPEACE and the Funeral Service Foundation, and a third Silver Distinction for our work on the Oconomowoc Chamber website.

By | June 5th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Just for Fun, News/Announcements|Comments Off on Ocreative Takes Home Three International Awards of Distinction From the 24th Annual Communicator Awards

Email Marketing Part 1: Choosing the Best Platform

Any Google search for “email marketing” returns a staggering amount of hits including a wide variety of email marketing platforms bidding for your attention and your money. While choosing the right email marketing platform is essential, it is only half the battle. In part 1 of our email marketing series, we help you choose the right email marketing platform for your business and key factors to consider.

By | May 18th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Email Marketing, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Email Marketing Part 1: Choosing the Best Platform

The Art of Business Email: Three Tips to Writing Effective Communications

Because email is such a prevalent communication tool both internally and externally, it is important to take the same level of care, and be just as thoughtful in emails to clients and business partners, as customer-facing communications. Here are three easy tips to remember to unify your business message and align your internal communications with your external brand presence.

By | March 22nd, 2018|Articles of Interest, Branding, Email Marketing, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on The Art of Business Email: Three Tips to Writing Effective Communications

Optimizing Your Website for Voice Search

As we saw on our 2018 marketing trends list, the use of voice search is only growing in popularity. With the popularity of voice search only growing, it is important to recognize this shift, and implement SEO tactics to help optimize your website for voice search so you are not missing out on any opportunities.

By | January 16th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, News/Announcements, Search Engine Optimization|Comments Off on Optimizing Your Website for Voice Search

New Marketing Tools! SharpSpring Social

SharpSpring Social and the new Content Calendar are now available! SharpSpring Social includes powerful conversion tools you can only get with fully-integrated marketing automation. It’s designed to help you turn lead interactions into meaningful conversations that generate sales. Create, schedule & publish content to social media accounts from SharpSpring.

By | January 4th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Email Marketing, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on New Marketing Tools! SharpSpring Social

Our Most Popular Articles of 2017

In celebration of 2018, we've put together our top 18 articles of 2017. Thank you to all of you for your support. Our clients, readers, and watchers have helped to make it a great year at Ocreative, and we are so grateful for all of you. We hope 2017 was just as fun, exciting, and profitable for you.

An Overview of Typography

In its essence, typography is how a word looks, including what font (typeface) it is set in, what color it is, and how dramatic and decorative, or how practical, it is. The possibilities are almost endless, especially when you consider hand-lettering (the process of creating letters by hand) and the continual creation of new fonts

By | October 12th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Branding, Just for Fun, Website Design|Comments Off on An Overview of Typography

How to Use Live Video for Your Business

The use of live video is one of the largest trends we have seen in 2017. It gives brands the opportunity to be authentic by creating unfiltered and unedited content. Many different social media platforms have adopted the ability to stream live video so you can reach your audience. In this article, we explain live video, why your brand should be utilizing it, and the different platforms to use.

By | August 16th, 2017|Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Video|Comments Off on How to Use Live Video for Your Business

Our Weekly Drawings – #ocreativeagencylife

Happy Friday everyone! We're going to be sharing some fun agency-life happenings each week with you so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ocreative with the #ocreativeagencylife hashtag!   But first, let me set this up a little... We have an orange (surprised, right?!) dry erase board next to our coffee station. [...]

By | July 24th, 2015|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Our Weekly Drawings – #ocreativeagencylife

Corned Beef Hash for St. Patrick’s Day

Tired of the same old corned beef and cabbage you usually have? In spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes for corned beef hash. This recipe is my own take on a corned beef entree and is a compilation of the best of corned beef recipes I have [...]

By | March 17th, 2015|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Corned Beef Hash for St. Patrick’s Day

Holiday Treat Recipes

In the spirit of the season, we have cast our calorie counting apps aside in order to bring you, not just our favorite recipes, but ones that have become tradition for each of our families.

By | December 15th, 2014|Just for Fun|Comments Off on Holiday Treat Recipes