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WaterCooler TV Episode 2: Twisted Alchemy’s Kim and Scott Holstein

If you missed the launch of our new web series WaterCooler TV with partner FUNGI Media, you’re in luck: you’re only down two episodes to catch up on if you watch now! Our featured guests in Episode 2 are Kim and Scott Holstein, founders of cold-pressed juice company Twisted Alchemy. Hear their origin story, how their audience has evolved, and stick around to watch the masters concoct something delicious with their cold-pressed product. Episodes are released on Wednesdays and can be found at http://watercooler-tv.com/. Watch Episode 2 now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRQ_cD2QYyg ...

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Tell Your Story and FUNGI Media Launch WaterCooler TV

Video series highlights great stories in the business world in a digestible way Tell Your Story and FUNGI Media have partnered to launch WaterCooler TV, a not-your-typical web series highlighting the thinking and stories of leading entrepreneurs, executives and marketers.   “We’ve been to hundreds of marketing conferences and sat through thousands of presentations,” said George Rafeedie, Co-Creator of WaterCooler TV and Founder of Tell Your Story. “Sadly, a lot of what we hear is a ton of blah, blah, blah.” During each 4-5 minute episode, Co-Creator of WaterCooler TV and Founder of FUNGI Media, Matt Cornelison talks to, and goofs around with, interesting guests filmed around a quintessential water cooler.   ”People need more fun in their lives, especially in the corporate world,” said Cornelison. “The show puts a spin on those cliché watercooler conversations.”   Early guests in WaterCooler TV’s first season will include Kim and Scott Holstein, founders of cold-pressed juice company Twisted Alchemy; Adam...

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Content Mission Statement – Critical to Telling Your Story

As I gear up for Content Marketing World 2017, my fifth CMW in a row, I’m reflecting on my most valuable insights gleaned by attending. I’m not going to bore you with a list, but I kind of created one anyway. I really just want to share with you the most important one — creating a content mission statement. For Tell Your Story, the development of a content mission statement as part of our strategic planning process has been critical to our ongoing work in developing content and being entrusted as social media community managers for our clients.   Here's a link to what the Content Marketing Institute said about content mission statements in 2015. Some good stuff in the article, but here’s our take.   If your overall marketing, communications and sales efforts are driven by purpose — why you do what you do — your content mission statement and subsequent content becomes...

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Intern’s Perspective: Top 3 Takeaways from Social Media Summit

Before attending the Social Media Masters Summit on Thursday, June 22nd, I knew social media was taking over the world, but this event taught me just how much it truly is. All aspects of social media are growing at a beyond rapid pace, and attending this conference gave me all the tips and tools needed to keep up with this widely growing field. This summit took place on the beautiful 7th floor of Morningstar Inc.’s office in Chicago and was put on by Digital Megaphone. It provided a very interactive and informative experience with a wide variety of talented speakers. Each speaker provided insights to different aspects of social media, but there were a few messages that really stuck out to me and seemed to be reoccurring themes throughout all of the talks.   Listen to the consumer, and then diversify Many companies are stuck under the impression that if they change...

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My Top Three Takeaways from the Social Media Master’s Summit

Last Thursday, I was lucky enough to attend the 2017 Social Media Masters Summit hosted by Digital Megaphone. Morningstar hosted the event, which was described as “Chicago’s premier digital marketing conference, featuring cutting edge sessions from top brand marketers.”  I had a lot of fun learning from the accomplished speakers, networking with fellow professionals and admiring the awesome views from the 7th floor space (they had such a beautiful office – and an outdoor patio to boot!). Here are my top takeaways from my three favorite speakers at the summit.   [caption id="attachment_6048" align="alignright" width="327"] The view from Morningstar's 7th floor patio.[/caption] Engagement is key Jon Harris, Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer at Conagra, gave a great talk about the importance of modernizing the ways we market longstanding brands. Whereas in the old days the primary form of communication was a single audience in a front of a TV, now marketers spend...

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Be Real, Be Courageous & Lead— My Big Takeaway from #ANAB2B

When I go to marketing industry conferences these days, I get more inspired by intangibles, rather than the tangible. Give me something that will really move me or get me thinking deep thoughts. Give me something that I could do in my every day life, not just in my job.   I want to meet people, be inspired by stories, and feel moved to do something different or be reminded of what I need to do to be more successful and fulfilled.   That said, my highlight of the 2017 Masters of B2B Marketing (I still call it BMA) Conference earlier this month in Chicago was one great slide by keynote speaker Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary).     Tamara’s talk was on innovative personal branding and becoming an influencer. The slide and discussion that really hooked me included three simple things to think about:   Be real. Be courageous. Lead.   Simple. Powerful. Moving. These are the types of things that...

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5 Reasons Why I Attend Conferences

I’m heading off to Content Marketing World 2016 in Cleveland this morning. This is one of the several investments I make each year to attend conferences, luncheons, webinars, training sessions and other events that get my networking juices flowing.   Why do I attend conferences? Why should you? Here are a few things to think about.   1. I genuinely like networking. I know that not everyone likes to network as much as I do. And sometimes, believe it or not, I have to psych myself up to network. But almost all of the time, I get benefit from making the effort to attend these events and you will too. You just have to try.   2. I actually learn things. Yes, there are always snooze-fest presentations and people you don’t want to be stuck with. But information that is useful sometimes appears when you don’t expect it. So you need to be ready and willing...

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5 Takeaways from #BMA16

I had the pleasure of attending my 4th BMA National Conference this week at the Hilton Chicago. Every year the conference seems to grow and change, this year with the ANA partnership front and center. Regardless, I can always count on the BMA Conference for great networking, quality content and a wealth of insights and ideas to bring back to my job and my clients. Some of the most common themes from this year’s conference included how marketing can and should drive business results, ways to build compelling brands through storytelling, and making marketing more important within organizations.   There were plenty of great B2B insights to choose from, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top 5 takeaways over the 3-day event.   It’s not B2B or B2C its B2H= Business to Human. While this isn’t a new idea, it bears repeating. Linda Boff, Chief Marketing Office at GE, reminded us that business...

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Top 5 Themes at #BMA15

Be More: Top 5 Themes from #BMA15

“Be More.” Two words, countless nuances, depending on whom you’re talking to. For the hundreds of B2B marketers that attended BMA15, this slogan invariably implies how we must continually adapt and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of a world guided by technology and innovation. B2B’s potential is overwhelming, yet promising, as we continue to strive for improvement in all areas. After attending dozens of sessions and combing thousands of posts on Twitter over the past few days, these 5 themes seemed to rise time and again for marketers looking to Be More. Customer experience and satisfaction is the catalyst for all marketing initiatives, but great customer service isn’t enough anymore. Experiential marketing is becoming the norm and successful brands are learning how to deliver exceptional experiences to their customers. Employees are the foundation and support system for customer loyalty, acquisition and retention. Every brand, regardless of industry, should make employee...

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Top 10 Takeaways from Day 1 of #BMA15

[caption id="attachment_3175" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Google's Jim Lecinski presents at #BMA15 Photo Credit: DejaViewsUSA.com[/caption] The Tell Your Story team proudly joined more than 950 fellow b2b marketers for Day 1 of the world’s biggest and best b2b marketing event, BMA15. In addition to staffing the press room and managing press for the conference, our team soaked up a plethora of valuable ideas, insights and takeaways that we can apply to our b2b marketing programs and careers. The conference has our entire team inspired and energized to “Be More.” Here are our top 10 takeaways from Day 1 of BMA15: [caption id="attachment_3177" align="alignright" width="325"] The number of B2B searches has tripled in the past two years. Photo credit: DejaViewsUSA.com[/caption] Millennials now make up almost half (46%) of b2b buyers. Reach them via mobile and video, or get left behind. Data, data, data! We don't need more dashboards, we need insights to guide decisions. There’s...

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