Emoji Etiquette in Modern Marketing

Emoji Etiquette in Modern Marketing 1

In my personal messages, I typically leave emojis out. Emojis can be construed in several ways.  They display differently depending on the device. Also, at an elementary level, I believe emojis come across as childish. However, as my friends tease me, not using emojis can be perceived as being old or not hip. While I can handle a few jabs from my friends, I must be more careful when it comes to marketing.

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What’s Your Genius? – A CreativeMornings Review

.What's Your Genius? - A CreativeMornings Richmond Review 1We all get caught up in the day-to-day, so sometimes it’s important to have a refresher of the importance of being your best self, every day.

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The Great Advertising Shift; What Has Changed and What is Left to Come?

The Great Advertising Shift

I wouldn’t consider myself an “old-head,” but I have been in the advertising industry for over 20 years, and have seen it shift dramatically. When I started out, it was a pretty easy gig, as far as I was concerned.  A media planner by trade, I’d walk into meetings and only have a handful of advertising options to present; television, radio, print, direct mail, sponsorship, and not much else. In preparation, I would run some basic demographics with the target audience, which was easier than today as well – with audiences being so broad. After exchanging pleasantries with the client, I’d break down the costs of each channel, our expectations of their success, and pitch what we thought would be most effective. There wasn’t much back and forth, and typically the client would sign right there. Today, things are much different.

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Look Out Millennials, Gen Z is Coming

Look Out Millennials, Gen Z is Coming

The news, blogs, and research articles all talk about Millennials. Everyone is worried about how to manage them, how to reach them, and how to market to Millennials. We here at initiate-it have spent a good deal of time researching and learning about Millennials. We’ve applied our learnings to help many businesses reach this generation.

But look out world, because I think it’s time we all start paying attention to the next group who is about to seriously rock our planet: Gen Z or iGen as they are often referred to. This is the group of young people who were born in 1996 and beyond. An important demarcation from millennials is that they were too young to have seen or known about 9-11 when it happened. Gen Z are primarily children of Gen X and some older Millennials. They are a whole different ball-game from Millennials.

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Designed for Sports

Designed for Sports 8Under 500,000 kids participate in college athletics each year. Far less become professional athletes. An even smaller number become Olympians- the world’s greatest athletes. Ever since the first Olympics, higher level athletes are typically praised and immortalized for their unique skillset.

Creative and graphic design have elevated the admiration of athletes and sports to its peak. Athletes and teams are often put on a pedestal and treated as above-human. Fans, boosters, and future super-athletes picture their favorite teams and athletes as powerful, extreme and unblemished. In the past few decades, the companies and sports organizations have amped up high-level athletics and high-level graphics to appeal to consumers. They utilize this immortalization to their advantage- to gather fans, to accrue sponsors, to recruit future athletes and to eventually and ideally, gain everlasting legacy.

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