Identifying and Serving a Niche Drew McLellan

The Power of Content Marketing and What’s Next with AI, Artificial Intelligence OUTdrive Episode 10 with Drew McLellan In this episode of OUTdrive, Cliff visits with Drew McLellan, owner of Agency Management Institute (AMI) and McLellan Marketing Group (MMG). A friend and agency peer, Drew serves more than 250 small to midsize agencies, helping them…

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Staying the Course Solocast

Forward Progress Through Challenging Times OUTdrive Episode 9 Today is the primary election day throughout America. As we jump into our topic of Staying the Course, I want to encourage you to get out and vote. It’s our constitutional right and responsibility as citizens of the United States of America and our country needs your…

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Creative Differentiation Steve Ahrens

Digital Streaming TV and the Power of Video OUTdrive Episode 8 with Steve Ahrens In this episode of OUTdrive, Cliff has the opportunity to visit with Steve Ahrens, president and CEO of the Missouri Propane Gas Association (MPGA) and the Executive Director of the Missouri Propane Education and Research Council (MOPERC). As a client and…

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Engaging Rural America with the Unexpected Roy Huntington

The Importance of Communications and Personal Connections OUTdrive Episode 7 with Roy Huntington One of the key components of a successful business is relationships with customers and exceptional service to those customers. However, many companies struggle to find the best strategies to build relationships and develop brand loyalty with their customer base. New strategies continue…

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Trust but Confirm Kari Mergen

The Concept of Welcoming New Perspectives in a Marketing Environment OUTdrive Episode 6 with Kari Mergen As professionals, we are always looking for ways to build a stronger team to provide the best results possible. A strong leadership philosophy is vital to the success of a team and company. One example of a great leadership…

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Mark Russell Listen to Understand

The Power of Building Relationships in Rural America OUTdrive Episode 5 with Mark Russell With technology being used in nearly every aspect of our lives, it is challenging to cultivate personal relationships. One way to build these relationships is by listening to fully understand the needs of our audience. As a professional, this means taking…

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David Coffman Ways to Grow as a Marketing and Business Professional

Innovative Ways to Grow in Rural American Marketing OUTdrive Episode 4 with David Coffman As professionals, it can be easy to get stuck in a routine. As humans, we tend to gravitate toward what we know and are comfortable with. However, it is important that we embrace new ideas and technologies to stay up to…

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Video is a powerful form of communication that continues to grow in relevance and effectiveness. If a picture is worth a thousand words, think about the worth of a video. There’s a lot of reasons video production should be on your radar to help you effectively reach rural American audiences. In this article, we’ll discuss…

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Nip Neidert Power of a Personal Brand

OUTdrive Episode 3 with Nip Neidert Whether you are entering the job force for the first time or closing your one hundredth deal, you must understand the importance of a strong personal brand. It is no secret that people want to do business with people that they know, like and trust. Developing a strong personal…

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Where Do We Grow COVID-19 solocast

A Look Beyond COVID-19 in Marketing to Rural America OUTdrive Episode 2: Solocast with Cliff Callis Hello and welcome to OUTdrive, a new weekly podcast that takes you down the roads of rural America, from a marketing perspective. I’m Cliff Callis, host of the show and President of Callis, a full-service advertising agency that specializes…

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OUTdrive, the Callis story

A Rural America Marketing Niche and the Evolution of OUTdrive OUTdrive Episode 1: Solocast with Cliff Callis This is an exciting week for us. At Callis, we’re launching our new podcast OUTdrive. If you have never been to rural America, you may be in for some big surprises when you hear stories about the way…

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Every now and then, an ad comes along that just makes you feel good.  Maybe it’s the imagery, or the product and the way it’s being used or maybe it’s the music.  In Ford’s new TV commercial, Tow It, it’s all three, and that doesn’t happen every day. Ford F-150 TV Commercial, ‘Tow It’ When…

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At Callis, we’re proponents of research. For over 30 years, we’ve used research to build out and execute strategic marketing programs that deliver results for our clients, helping them build their brands and grow their businesses. To help you better understand the rural American consumer, we’ve compiled some compelling market research applicable to the rural…

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Approximately one fifth of our Nation’s population lives in what’s commonly considered rural America. Some of these people making up this portion of our country live in rural areas and communities, spanning from the east coast to the west, and from our northern and southern borders. Some even live and work in areas outside of…

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woman in car in rural America

Rural America is more than just a place. It’s a mindset and a way of life and it’s different than any other place in the world. In spite of some misconceptions, rural America is not defined by endless rows of corn, bean and wheat fields and dead-end roads. It is defined by the people. People…

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Now what? It’s common to find yourself wondering “what direction should I take?” as you choose your next outdoor sports content topic, whether you’ve just started incorporating content in your marketing efforts or you’ve been doing it for a while now. Maybe you’re planning a blog post, an article, a video, or some other type…

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