Personal Development

Finding Inspiration: DesignThinkers Conference 2016

DesignThinkers 2016

Finding Inspiration: DesignThinkers Conference 2016

Creativity, Design, Lifestyle, Personal Development

Like any other profession, a marketing team is composed of a variety of individuals. Each of us is skilled at something unique, and when put together with the skills of others, we create a strong team. But even a team that runs smoothly will reach the ceiling when their members stop investing in their skills. For a team or a business to keep growing, so must its members.

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4 Steps to an Effective Ad

How to create an effective ad

4 Steps to an Effective Ad

Business, Creativity, Inbound Marketing, Marketing, Personal Development, Photography, Sales

Ads. We hate them, we avoid them, we ignore them. Yet for some reason, we still believe they’re an effective way of getting new customers. So how does a business advertise its services these days? I interviewed Chris Beauchamp, former Creative Director at nine10, in search of an answer.

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Nice to Meet You (Sincerely, The Intern)

nine10 Intern

Nice to Meet You (Sincerely, The Intern)

General, Intern, Personal Development

I’m Kendra, the newest member of the nine10 team. This summer I’ll be interning alongside awesome marketing experts, and blogging about my experiences.

I’m a student at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, majoring in Professional Communications. “What does that even mean? Sounds like a cover up for something intense,” you say. Unfortunately, it’s not a secret Alberta combat training program. It means I am learning the skill set of strategic writing, editing, and publishing. I could edit magazines, write technical manuals (my nemesis) or create content for marketing agencies. At nine10 I’ll be writing content for blogs, websites, and occasionally trying my hand at different skills around the agency. In the coming months I’ll be sharing what I learn via the nine10 blog, so make sure you check it out!

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Choose Your Partnerships Wisely

Choose Your Business Partnerships Wisely

Choose Your Partnerships Wisely

Business, Leadership, Opinion, Personal Development

If there’s one thing I’ve been learning as a business owner, it’s the importance of choosing partnerships wisely. I’m not only talking only about legal business partnerships, but almost any affiliation your company can enter into. This means business partners, suppliers, sponsorships, employees, and even clients.

Over the years our company has been in business, we’ve been approached by many people for various opportunities. From profit-sharing ventures to vendors wanting a piece of the action—and everything in between. A few of them we’ve accepted based on the potential benefit it could bring both companies. We viewed them as true win-win scenarios—how could they possibly fail?

Well, quite a few of them did. But we learned something about each one, and over time, how serious a partnership really is. I’d like to share with you some of our experiences in a few of these areas.

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Take Yourself Seriously and They Will Too

Take Yourself Seriously and They Will Too

Take Yourself Seriously and They Will Too

Leadership, Personal Development

I am not quite sure when it started or really or what the deciding factor was, but over the last two years of my life I have noticed a change. I grew a backbone.

I wasn’t necessarily a pushover.  I just didn’t like making waves or disturbing the peace. I never wanted to cause conflict or wreck anyone’s day, but without realizing it sometimes that really wrecked my day.  Everyone’s needs came before my own, as I tried to understand everything from their point and tried to accommodate them.

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4 Tips for Common Sense Customer Service

Customer Service Tips

4 Tips for Common Sense Customer Service

Business, General, Leadership, Opinion, Personal Development, Sales

As someone who has grown up in Grande Prairie, I have watched my city go through its share of economic ups and downs. I’ve seen people lined up for job interviews as well as 3 people trying to do a 10-man job. Throughout all of this, I have also noticed trends in the customer service area. With Grande Prairie on another cusp of a boom, I thought I might point out a few things that seemed to escape us last time.

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