Act Like a Boy Scout and Be Prepared.

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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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Ways to Leverage Social Media During Uncertain Times

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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Is Your Website Relevant? | COVID-19 Website Considerations

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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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COVID-19 Marketing Messaging | What Do You Say?

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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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What COVID-19 Means for Marketers

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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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How about those Chiefs!!! Super Bowl LIV was very special for Missouri. Our Kansas City Chiefs made an amazing comeback to beat the San Francisco 49ers and bring the Lombardi Trophy home to Kansas City. Super Bowl LIV was fun to watch, and featured some great ads. In this special edition of OUTthink, we’ll share…

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You Never Know

Businessmen at a trade show shaking hands.

When writing this, I’m in between a trade show and a plane ride home and wanting to share a nugget dug out of my last couple of days’ experiences. My nugget from the show is…you never know. My planning for the show started a couple of months ago when we started scouring the list of…

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Great Scott! Back to the Future with Scenario Planning

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The creators of the Back to the Future trilogy were on to something. At the risk of dating myself, the first installment of the three-part movie series debuted the year I graduated from high school and was the highest-grossing movie of 1985. It had cool special effects, catchy songs (Forget Michael J. Fox … I…

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The Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Marketing

Artificial Intelligence in Marketing

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is the process of utilizing data to generate insights to improve performance and efficiency. The marketing industry is in the early stages of adopting AI, but it is poised to have a huge impact on marketing in the coming years. To give you an idea of just how big of an…

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Simple Message. Perfect Targeting. Great Execution.

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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Rural America Market Research

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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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Why Rural America Includes Urban Areas


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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Why Should You Market to Rural America?

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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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How Does YouTube Advertising Work?

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YouTube is a large and fast-growing website. It is the second most visited website in the world, outscored only by its parent company, Google. YouTube’s large reach and popularity make it a prime venue for advertising. This guide will give you the basics on YouTube advertising and why it might be right for your business.…

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Marketing Ideas for Events

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There are many different ways to leverage an event. You may choose to host an event, sponsor an event, or participate in some way as yourself or representing your business. In any capacity, utilizing event-based marketing strategies can help you generate leads, engage with current and potential customers, build your brand recognition, learn new practices,…

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What is Agile Marketing?

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There is no doubt about it, we live in a fast-paced world. Trying to get, and keep, the attention of potential customers and clients can seem like an uphill battle. What worked yesterday may seem like it’s not working today and what worked today may not work tomorrow. In some cases, you need to change…

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Creative Direct Mail Campaigns

Rural American Mail Box

You open your mailbox and see a postcard with your name on it. No, it’s not your favorite aunt sending warm wishes from Las Vegas, it’s a promotion from a local grocery store that you frequent. Chances are, you aren’t too disappointed to hear from your grocer instead of your aunt. If you are like…

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What is Repurposing Content in Marketing?

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We all look for ways to save time and money, and we want to get the most out of our efforts once we create something great. One way we can do that in the business and marketing world is to repurpose content. There are two major ways to make the most out of your content.…

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Why Online Reputation Management is Important

Computer reputation management system including ratings and reviews.

What do you do when looking for a new product or service? If you are like me and everyone else in the world, I start with a Google or Amazon search. If a brand I trust appears, I will look at their offerings first. I don’t always have experience with the brands in the search…

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