We’ve all received them: a stiff, impersonal invitation in black serif type on white letterhead. It’s the dreaded corporate event invite, an event you need to attend … but don’t necessarily want to attend.
If you’re planning to host a corporate event for your business, whether that be a ribbon cutting, product launch, or networking event, there are ways to flip that reaction on its head. Here are 11 tips for planning and hosting a seamless, successful, and measurable corporate event—one that guests will be clamoring to attend.
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ABC recently announced that Arie Luyendyk will anchor the next season of The Bachelor, a choice that sparked some deep water-cooler talk here at Element. We determined that the world’s most dramatic reality show offers much more than yearlong entertainment and guilty pleasures.*
The Bachelor is a veritable treasure trove of professional development resources for HR professionals – and we’re about to prove it. By the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll understand how years of watching The Bachelor have subconsciously prepared you to recruit ideal candidates. It’s almost as if Chris Harrison has been the Mr. Miyagi to your Daniel-san all along [Millennial explanation here].
Continue reading The Journey to an Ideal Hire – How to Wow Like a Contestant on The Bachelor
I know it’s been done, and probably pretty cliché, but I originally wanted to call this blog post Fear and Loathing in Cleveland. I was so in love with the idea that I started writing the lede while standing in line to board my plane in Green Bay.
“I was somewhere in the air over Chicago when the antihistamine finally kicked in … “
My trip did start in a Hunter S. Thompson-esque fashion. Nursing a mild hangover from Labor Day weekend, running late after oversleeping, un-showered with bloodshot eyeballs thanks to the ragweed in the late summer air, I was leaving Wisconsin in a fog.
That wouldn’t last long.
Continue reading 7 Moments of Clarity from Content Marketing World 2017
We recently welcomed account executive, Jamie Mitchell, to the growing Element team. As a former Texan, Jamie brings a thirst for adventure, diverse marketing experience, and a lot of warm clothes. We caught up with Jamie to get the scoop on her never-ending vacation, backpacking blunders, and her key to keeping the edge.
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It’s laughable to imagine a company verbalizing a message like the one pictured above. Yet hundreds of businesses are making that very statement right this moment, without a single word. The source of the slander? Their working environments.
Continue reading Your walls are talking. What do they say about you?
Nothing tells you more about a person than the book they’ve dog-eared the most. To celebrate National Book Lovers Day, we’re sharing the team’s MVBs—most-valuable books—to illustrate the connection between being well-read and being top-notch marketers, designers, and strategists.
Ready? Let’s open to chapter one.
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If the internet is that crowded downtown bar, the chatter that fills it is often about marketing best practices. Frequently, it’s dedicated to defining the difference between inbound and outbound efforts. This hubbub applies opposing descriptors to inbound and outbound: old vs. new, imminent vs. fading. Unlike other sources, we believe that both inbound and outbound marketing have a rightful place in effective strategy, with two caveats: they must be well-balanced, and work together toward your brand’s objectives.
In other words, inbound is gin and outbound is dry vermouth. Apart they’re fine, but when they’re shaken or stirred? You craft the perfect mix.
Continue reading The Master Mixologist’s Guide to Inbound and Outbound Marketing
As the “middle man/woman” between clients and the media, the role of a PR team is to launch campaigns that help clients gain exposure and maintain a positive image with the public. But this can’t be done without solid media connections and impactful coverage. Here are the four fundamentals of media relations that help Element launch successful campaigns and elevate our clients.
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Element recently welcomed graphic designer, Ava Gretzinger, to our growing team. Years of design experience in various industries have polished the Wisconsin native’s ability to deliver innovative designs that help our clients stand out amongst competitors.
We sat down with Ava to learn about her heart for art, shrinking bucket list, and upcoming trips on her 2015 Indian Vintage cycle!
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Ten years ago, Bridget opened a yoga studio in her small, Midwestern hometown. Back then, yoga’s popularity was on the rise and she was among the first to introduce it to her community. Before long, she had a waiting list of students.
Flash forward to today …
There are dozens of yoga studios and other places to attend classes. Moms in yoga pants are everywhere you look, and Bridget is far from the only yogi in town. Lots of people saw the same opportunity, and even though the potential customer base for yoga has grown, her market is oversaturated. Bridget needs a way to differentiate her business from the competition.
I bet you think we’re about to suggest content marketing as the solution? Nope. In fact, digital content creators have the exact same problem as Bridget.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a coffee shop, commercial construction, or your content marketing plan, when you’re not the only player in the game, you need to find a way to stand out from the crowd.
Digital marketing strategies often fall flat because companies fail to analyze the competition’s efforts before jumping in. You must look for ways to add value and break through the noise. But how?
Continue reading How to Create Content that Cuts Through Clutter and Crushes the Competition