Lesson 19 – Pay Attention to the Little Things

Lesson 19 - Pay Attention to the Little Things

The marketing business has elements of big idea thinking and lots of details, and both are vitally important. Clients need big ideas that will move the needle in their marketing and advertising and you must pay close attention to detail to make sure everything is accurate and right. We started working with ProEnergy Services before…

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Using Multichannel Marketing

OUTdrive episode 102 with Aric Bremer

OUTdrive Episode 102 with Aric Bremer While it may seem like the world of advertising is all headed toward the Metaverse, there is still value in traditional marketing. Radio, television, and newspaper, combined with digital components, can make an impact. In this episode of OUTdrive, I sit down with Aric Bremer to discuss how businesses…

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Lesson 18 – Admit You Don’t Know Everything

Lesson 18 - Admit You Don't Know Everything

Back in the early 2000’s, marketers were beginning to understand the importance and dynamics of search engine optimization (SEO). Certainly it was all new to us but our clients were starting to hear and read about it too. There were lots of theories and approaches and everyone thought theirs was the best. The real drive…

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Building Character

OUTdrive Episode 101 with Gary Wheeler

OUTdrive Episode 101 with Gary Wheeler To put it simply, the rural American lifestyle builds character. The people raised in rural America are often the ones who go on to feed, lead, and serve our country. Today’s guest, Missouri Soy’s CEO Gary Wheeler, has done all three. In his role, he continues to spearhead legislation…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Working With Media

The Do's and Don'ts of Working with Media

College Basketball Hall of Fame Coach John Wooden once famously said, “Confidence comes from being prepared.” Just like Coach Wooden prepared his teams for success, media training can help prepare you to speak to the media or give a public presentation about your company. Our at-a-glance do’s and don’ts will give you the confidence to…

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Lesson 17 – Change is Good, But Not Always

Lesson 17 - Change is Good, But Not Always

Through relationships developed while in Iowa, we got the opportunity to work with a family auto dealership in Pella. The Vander Waal family had recently purchased Ulrich Ford and was considering changing the name to help the community know it was now their family business. They retained Callis to research the market and help them…

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Marketing, Business, and Life Lessons

OUTdrive Episode 100: Marketing, Business, and Life Lessons

OUTdrive Episode 100 with Cliff Callis Happy 100th Episode! We’re celebrating the big 1-0-0 with a very special episode of OUTdrive. This week, we’re turning the mic around to interview our host, the founder and CEO of Callis, Cliff Callis. In this episode, we take an in-depth look at Cliff’s story, the origins of Callis,…

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Lesson 16 – Try New Things

Lesson 16 - Try New Things

Back in the early 2000’s, our founder and current CEO had gotten much more involved in the construction business, moving to Des Moines to run one of Septagon’s companies. He wanted to try new things. While he was away, our team never missed a beat, keeping our clients happy while adding new ones. While he…

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The Story of a Local Legend

OUTdrive Episode 99 with John Kehde

OUTdrive Episode 99 with John Kehde Small business owners have an inherent responsibility to be active and invested in their community. That’s especially true for OUTdrive guest John Kehde, who took his passion and civic duty to the highest commitment, serving and eventually leading the local government for the city of Sedalia. In this episode,…

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Lesson 15 – Never Stop Learning

Lesson 15 - Never Stop Learning

The marketing and advertising industry has been driven by the changes in technology which have made what we do harder and easier, but definitely more effective and more measurable. We’ve had to learn it from scratch, which we did, and that hasn’t stopped. It’s the same in every industry, including senior living. One of our…

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Celebrating the History of Family Farming

OUTdrive Episode 98: Celebrating the History of Family Farming

OUTdrive Episode 98 with Bonita & Taylor Riley Now more than ever, people are invested in where their food comes from. Those who frequent local farmers’ markets have the luxury of knowing exactly where their food is grown and how it’s raised, and they have a chance to connect with the people who produce it.…

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Lesson 14 – Things Change

Lesson 14 - Things Change

As we approached the turn of the century and the year 2000, there were some people who believed that all the computer systems in the world that were in use at that time would crash when their internal clocks hit 1/1/2000. Apparently, they had not been programmed to function after that date. Frankly, people were…

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Consistent and Quality Branding

OUTdrive Episode 97 with Brooklyn and Larry White

OUTdrive Episode 97 with Brooklyn & Larry White There is no shortage of beef producers in Central Missouri, but Brook and Larry White of White Angus Ranch are doing things a little different: raising grass-finished beef. Unlike “grass-fed” beef, “grass-finished” means corn and grain are never part of the animal’s diet, resulting in a leaner…

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Leveraging Lightweight Videos in Your Marketing

Leveraging Lightweight Videos in Your Marketing

Video is one of the most effective ways to reach audiences and share your content. It is visual, personal and captures the attention of viewers. Digital and social media platforms continue to prioritize video, but it can be difficult to produce videos due to the time and investment needed to create one. So how can…

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Lesson 13 – Evolve and Innovate

Lesson 13 - Evolve and Innovate

One of the exciting things we’ve enjoyed at Callis over the past 35 years has been experiencing the digital revolution of media firsthand. When we started, everything we did was by hand. No computers. No internet. No technology. Today, everything we do is digital and technology is driving marketing more and more every day. We…

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Supporting Local Farmers’ Markets

Episode 96 with Bev Rollings, Brenda Raetz, and Matt and Kim Tennill

OUTdrive Episode 96 with Bev Rollings, Brenda Raetz, and Matt and Kim Tennill Did you know that the produce in grocery stores travels an average of 1,500 miles before it ends up on your plate? Furthermore, the USDA estimates that on average, a farmer only earns 17.4 cents for every dollar spent on a food…

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Providing Quality Health Care

OUTdrive Episode 95 with Dr. Stuart Braverman

OUTdrive Episode 95 with Dr. Stuart Braverman Access to quality health care is at the core of a healthy community. Rural area hospitals play a vital role in attracting new families and businesses to small and mid-size cities. Sedalia, Missouri is home to a number of care facilities, including the community-owned Bothwell Regional Health Center.…

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Lesson 12 – Diversification Can Be Good

Lesson 12 - Diversification Can Be Good

In 1998, we were rolling along and running very smoothly. We had an excellent, well-seasoned team and were well-positioned for growth. One day, one of our clients came to us with the idea to partner with them on a student planner. This wasn’t one of our traditional partnerships where we form a strategic alliance with…

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Driving Tourism to Trail Towns

OUTdrive Episode 94 with Kim Henderson

OUTdrive Episode 94 with Kim Henderson The Katy Trail State Park is the longest developed rail-trail in the country, spanning 240 miles between Clinton and Machens with 26 trailheads and four fully restored railroad depots along the way. Whether you are a bicyclist, walker, equestrian, nature lover or history buff, the trail offers opportunities for…

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Lesson 11 – Pray About It

Lesson 11 - Pray About It

In the late ’90s, one of our clients asked if we could design and manufacture a product that they could sell to their customers to commemorate their 50th anniversary. I really think they could have built it themselves but staying true to their business and products, they wanted someone else to do it. What an…

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