Author: George Rafeedie

What is CrossFit?

I’ve been tweeting/checking in a lot from a Chicago-area gym I belong to that is part of the CrossFit affiliate system. This video tells a great story about the CrossFit philosophy and how it helps “normal” people like me get in shape. (I still have a ways to go, by the way.) If you want to see videos of abnormal people who do incredible things physically, visit the main CrossFit site and search CrossFit videos on YouTube. You’ll be amazed, but don’t let it scare you from giving it a try in your area.

CROSSFIT CLEVELAND – What is Crossfit?



People come to us when they need to get back in shape but can’t do it on their own. Whether you don’t know how or just don’t have the discipline to stick with a workout program, we’ll get you on track…

Fear Not! Jump into Social Media Experiment.

Social networking consultant, speaker and author Sima Dahl interviews Chicago Business Marketing Association board member Michael Krauss after he moderated a panel of the Big Four of the social media platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) at the BMA’s April luncheon.

Fear Not! Jump into Social Media Experiment





Michael Krauss moderated the April 2011 BMA Chicago luncheon on Social Media. In this video, Sima Dahl asks him for his top take-aways.

New Mobile Voice Advertising Network

One of our clients, gSoft Technology Solutions, is launching a new mobile voice advertising network tomorrow. If you are interested in learning more, you can be a part of the launch webinar on Tuesday, March 22.
gSoft’s vAds are voice ads that take a nontraditional, innovative approach to targeted mobile application advertising. By making use of dead/idle time, vAds deliver short, targeted and dynamic voice ads without altering the app personality, behavior or flow.


The video is a 4 minute tutorial on the application and process to place ads on the network. If you are interested in learning more, contact Tell Your Story today.



vAds Tutorial – Campaigns and Ad Creation

Brand Heart

Thacker Business Marketing AssociationBob Thacker, SVP of Marketing at OfficeMax, was today’s featured speaker at the Business Marketing Association in Chicago. He was fantastic. He had many quotes to go along with his great lessons of life in the retail world, and experiences developing great campaigns. One of the best ones was this:


“Brands are like people. They have to have a heart.”


No truer words have been spoken. Without heart and purpose (which I believe goes hand-in-hand with heart), brands and organizations can only say so much and do so much. Take Bob’s words to heart and figure out how to communicate your organization’s heart and purpose to take you, the people you work with and the people you serve to the next level.

Creative Story Reel

We like to tell purpose-driven stories of great companies and people through a variety of marketing communications tactics. Once we help you uncover or refine your organization’s great story, we pull together our resources from creative, PR, social media, interactive and other disciplines and tell that story in compelling ways.


Check out our featured video on our YouTube channel for the few great stories we are currently highlighting.

Content: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

In this short Tell Your Story interview at a recent social media gathering, IBM’s David Pittman talks about his Reduce, Reuse and Recycle philosophy when it comes to content creation for communications and social media uses. His philosophy took shape when he was at a much smaller company than IBM, but you can put this thinking to use at all kinds of companies, regardless of size.


In short, he is saying that most companies have all of the content they need to consistently share their compelling stories through social media channels. The content already exists in various forms — sell sheets, web sites, press releases, brochures…etc. You just need to be resourceful with what is already created and reduce, reuse and recycle. Then, if resources and budget allows, get creative with developing new content.

Layoff Christina? And Other Super Bowl Thoughts.

Social PR National SongHere are a few delayed thoughts on Super Bowl topics of all kinds. I needed a few days to recover from the Steelers loss. (Those who know me, you understand.) Plus, my DePaul intro to public relations students energized me a bit. So here you go.Layoff Christina. Everyone makes mistakes. Don’t worry critics – she will NEVER live this down. And, yes, Francis Scott Key, was rolling in his grave.


All Super Bowl ads mentioned can be viewed on YouTube’s AdBlitz channel.


GroupOn is who we thought they were. Tibet ad didn’t play well, but it got lots of attention. Even though they have apologized and pulled a few spots, it was a calculated move to add to their story. I don’t think it will have any long-term damage.Budweiser’s western spot cracked me up. They always know how to make me smile. Bud and DDB (their ad agency) are also masters at pre-Super Bowl commercial buzz. (Hold Me Closer) Tiny Dancer was the perfect song.


The Dorito’s/Pepsi Max Crash the Super Bowl Challenge was a big hit. Big winner was the Pug/Dorito Super Bowl spot. Maybe I like it because I have a pug dog named Bruce, but it also scored really well nationally.
VW won in a big way with Darth Vader. If you didn’t hear, the kid who played Darth is a 6-year-old heart patient from Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and is getting a lot of post-Super Bowl buzz.


Not sure why Motorola would knock off the iconic Macintosh 1984 ad. Seemed too manufactured.


Chimps are always funny. Hooray for CareerBuilder.


Detroit Pride. Chrysler won a lot of points in Detroit, the state of Michigan and other down-on-their-luck-but-far-from-dead-cities in the Midwest, like my hometown Youngstown, O.


Skechers won some credibility with the young crowd, according to a few students last night. Kim Kardashian was a big hit.


Despite several glitches, I liked the halftime show. So did my boys Maxwell (5) and Alex (2).


The mattress spot was a bit too risqué for me. But mattresses could probably tell some darn good stories. So good for Sealy.


Wow, did Mother Nature play a star role in Jerry Jones’ worst nightmare or what? The owner of the Dallas Cowboys and the vision and money behind palatial Cowboy Stadium, host of the Super Bowl, couldn’t have imagined worse weather or a more bizarre situation involving unavailable seats for actual ticket holders. This Time Magazine article illustrates everything that went wrong and the PR fallout of “seatgate” at the SuperBowl.


The NFL must be scratching its head too about how these things collided on Super Bowl Sunday, their biggest day of the year. On top of that, Christina messes up the national anthem and the halftime sound speakers weren’t working too well. Good thing the play of Aaron Rodgers, and the resiliency of the mistake-prone Steelers made it an exciting game, and the most-watched television show in U.S. history topping more than 111 million viewers.


That’s all I have to say about that. Long live the National Football League and here’s to fruitful negotiations between the owners and the players’ union over the next several weeks. You don’t want that story to drag on any longer than it has already.




Layoff Christina? And Other Super Bowl Thoughts


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