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Franchised Locations: Do They Get Their Own Social Media Profiles?


If you work in marketing with or for a franchised organization, you have likely had a conversation about the pros and cons of each individual franchisee and/or location having a unique Facebook page, Twitter account, etc. that lives separately from the “corporate” brand account. What is the right answer? It depends, of course. If you… Read more >>

Another Four Letter Word, Part 2

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How many times have you greeted a friend or colleague with ‘How are you?’ or ‘How have you been?’ to only to be responded to with one word – ‘Busy.’ Man, I’ve just been busy…  Busy, busy, busy. Assuming the initial question was genuine, a question asked wanting to know someone’s well-being or what someone… Read more >>

Preaching the Gospel of Bitmoji


Let’s be honest: no one really needs more ways to ineffectively communicate via text message. We already have emojis ranging from beers cheers-ing (my personal favorite) to the UFO (Unidentified Food Object) pictured below. In fact, the ad world has taken emojis by storm recently, from French McDonald’s emojis turned people to this anti-drug campaign… Read more >>

What To Look For When Shopping For A Social Media Agency


Most companies believe they can create and manage social media internally. And they can. In fact, I believe it is best handled internally: staff is closer to the day-to-day action, lives and breathes the brand and can respond immediately. Working for an agency, it is almost blasphemous for me to recommend that. Reality eventually sets in… Read more >>

Marketing Healthcare Online


Healthcare is one of those subjects online that fights against itself: providers have to be careful what they say, which often requires vague information while consumers research healthcare more than any other subject online. This presents a great challenge for those marketing healthcare services online, like hospitals, clinics and physicians. The safe approach for healthcare… Read more >>

Are you LinkedIn?


I’m a huge believer in LinkedIn. Evidently 350 million others agree with me or least passively so by being registered with the site. At Stone Ward, it’s common for potential and current clients to visit our agency and personal pages, and it’s been deemed the third most popular social network tool behind Facebook and Twitter…. Read more >>

More Than Luck


Landing my Camp Reality internship at Stone Ward has been the greatest thing to happen to me right out of college. I feel lucky to be a part of Stone Ward. However, getting the internship wasn’t because of luck. It wasn’t because I just happened to be chosen. It was a combination of my dedication… Read more >>

Preaching the Gospel of Hipster BBQ

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Picture this: you’re in a backyard with a group of close friends. A dude named Atticus (apologies from Go Set a Watchman for tainting your birth name, bro) is grilling up some burgers and Cecilia is in the corner hooping away. There’s a slew of flannel and craft beer at the picnic table and you’re… Read more >>

The Case For SEO


Websites compete for attention and placement in the search engines and those with the knowledge and experience to improve their websites’ rankings will receive the benefits of increased traffic and visibility. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of maximizing the number of visitors to a particular website by ensuring that the site appears high on… Read more >>

To Test Creative Or Not?


Within the walls of an advertising agency, the line between those who support focus group research of advertising and those who do not is very defined. You are on one side or the other, there is no “maybe.” Those who are “for” creative testing say:  “We are not our target audience. We need to hear… Read more >>

How I Chose My First DSLR Camera


I have this strange obsession with cameras: I love them and think I need one of everything. But I am not a photographer. I just love taking pictures and have become the “historian” for family and friend events: everyone knows I will take a ton of pictures to document all our experiences. I also have… Read more >>