While we would have liked to see our home state KC Chiefs come out on top in Super Bowl LV, it’s always a privilege to have your team in the big game. And although the Bucs took home the Lombardi trophy, the Callis team still enjoyed watching the game and show. As always, there were…

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The Marketing Landscape in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people and businesses around the world. However, we’re optimistic that we’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccines are currently being distributed across the nation and new medicines are becoming readily available. Business keeps carrying on and so do we. During the onset and early…

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The Benefits of Podcasts for Listeners and Hosts Podcasts are one of the fastest-growing ways to consume content, with an estimated 88 million listeners last year.1 Podcasts have grown in popularity because they are easy to access and consume, are tailored to individual interests and are a great source of knowledge and information. Many listeners…

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Why Gen Z Matters & Marketing Considerations

Gen Z is an important up-and-coming market segment and it’s not too early to start to think about this generation in your marketing efforts. What is Gen Z and why is it important? Gen Z is the group of people born between 1995- 2010. As of this year, Gen Z makes up 41% of the…

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How Big Data and Traditional Tactics are Merging Together Direct mail is back and bigger than ever. As consumers spend more time at home, it is increasingly important to meet them where they are. Many brands such as Amazon, Target, Walmart and other household names are opting for mailboxes in addition to inboxes, using direct…

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Tried and True Messaging Strategies

In marketing, many things change but some remain the same. As new trends emerge, brands must remember the power of proven messaging strategies that provide results. Whether it is radio, video or a news release, brands have the opportunity to incorporate messaging strategies that have been used for decades to provide powerful results. Capitalize on…

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Recently, members of the Callis team attended an AMI (Agency Management Institute) Digital Summit. AMI is a management consulting firm that specializes in helping marketing agencies like us take their performance to the next level and keep improving. The Digital Summit is an interactive workshop where digital teams from agencies working across the country come…

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New customer leads can come from anywhere.  We think most people would agree with us when we suggest that the best ones are referrals from family and friends. But more and more, high quality leads are being driven by data-supported marketing systems that combine common sense marketing intelligence with technology. So back to the question, which…

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In a busy world, it is more important than ever to meet people where they are. With over 275 million smartphone users in the U.S. alone1, this means meeting your audience through a strong mobile presence. Whether it is through a website or mobile app, an optimized digital presence is the core of a strategic…

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In the age of technology, search engines are one of the most effective ways for consumers to find your business. Whether they are searching for a local restaurant for dinner or information about a new product, about 81% of people search online for a product or service1. As a company, it is important to invest…

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Video marketing film crew outside

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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Man using phone leaning on four wheeler in a field

We’ve seen a lot of changes over the last few months. We’ve all been impacted by COVID-19 and the effects of the pandemic have been felt far and wide. In rural America, we’re beginning to see businesses open back up and life carrying on in what will be our new normal for the immediate future. …

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Out in rural America, businesses are beginning to re-open and consumers are starting to slowly venture out into public. Things are not what they were pre-pandemic and likely won’t be for a while. We’re all adjusting the best we can to what will become the new normal for the immediate future.  In the image above,…

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COVID-19 has changed and will continue to change our lives and our customers’ lives long after we start to settle into a new normal. In our OUTthink article last week, Act Like a Boy Scout and Be Prepared, we discussed getting ready for what’s ahead by planning for the market recovery right now, if you…

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Boy Scouts Be Prepared Badge

Many of us kids who grew up in rural America were Boy Scouts. If we didn’t learn it on the farm, it’s where we learned how to tie knots, camp, shoot and canoe. It’s where we honed skills that became lifelong habits. It’s where we learned how to be prepared for whatever might come your way. Certainly however,…

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Using social media during uncertain times

In today’s climate, people are turning to social media more than ever. Social media provides ways to connect and interact with friends and family through this time of physical distancing. People are eager for interaction. As a result, social media can be a very effective platform for brands to maintain their visibility during this uncertain…

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Websites are an integral component of almost every marketing or communications program. They are more important today than ever with the challenges we’re facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategic adjustments to your website that offer help, provide timely and relevant information and humanize your brand can help your company survive this time of hardship…

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The COVID-19 situation has certainly changed life as we know it. Things are going to be different for a while, especially for the immediate future. As folks are social distancing, working remotely and settling in to a new normal, the question of “What should we be saying in our marketing messaging?” naturally presents itself. In…

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The last few weeks have been crazy to say the least with the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty revolving around the situation has disrupted our normal way of life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our leaders, our healthcare workers and all those directly impacted by the coronavirus as we navigate through this challenging time.…

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