Talking Agency Trends

OUTdrive episode 130: Talking Agency Trends with Megan Hartman

OUTdrive Episode 130 with Megan Hartman The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas can feel like sprinting through a marathon, especially for those in the marketing industry. We know many of our listeners are back at it, too, grinding away to catch up on emails and tasks following the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s why we made today’s…

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Connecting with People Through Loyalty

OUTdrive episode 129 with Mark Ross-Smith

OUTdrive Episode 129 with Mark Ross-Smith Every loyalty program should be designed to do one primary function: connect people; connect people to the things they want, to the rewards they can earn, or the status they want to attain. For example, we see commercials all the time for companies emphasizing their points, miles, and perks…

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Why Your Brand Matters

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Your brand is one of your most valuable assets. Although not tangible, it is seen, recognized and shared amongst the public. Your brand should invoke feelings from your customers. It is why shoppers will bypass the competition and choose your product, even if the price is higher. Your favorite sports team has a uniform. People…

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Finding the Honey Hole

OUTdrive Episode 128 with Brian Sowers

OUTdrive Episode 128 with Brian Sowers “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” There are very few things you can do throughout your whole life, but fishing is one of them. And, there is hardly a…

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Part 2: Investing in Digital Marketing

OUTdrive episode 127 Part 2 with Steve Kroll

OUTdrive Episode 127 with Steve Kroll When a consumer comes across your online presence, can they tell who you are? Or, maybe more importantly, can they tell what you are not? In our second episode with Steve Kroll, we discuss why businesses located in the Midwest should be leaning into what they know and asking…

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Part 1: Predictability of Search Engine Marketing

OUTdrive episode 126 Part 1 with Steve Kroll

OUTdrive Episode 126 with Steve Kroll How do you know if your marketing campaign is working? Not all channels are created equally when it comes to reporting. Fortunately, digital marketing avenues such as Search Engine Marketing (SEM), offer the value of predictive analytics and effective reach. In the first episode of a two-part podcast series,…

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A Business Approach to Marketing

OUTdrive Episode 125 with Darren Grove

OUTdrive Episode 125 with Darren Grove At Callis, we take pride in putting together a great marketing team to develop and execute the best insights and strategies for our clients. Part of that comes from finding people with all types of business-related backgrounds, like sales, finance, or communications. Darren Grove, one of our account executives,…

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Agriculture Education | Teaching More Than Farming

OUTdrive Episode 124 with Keith Dietzschold

OUTdrive Episode 124 with Keith Dietzschold Did you know that Missouri youth involved in agriculture education courses directly contribute to the state’s economy? In 2021 alone, Missouri FFA students generated over $58 million dollars of income through their supervised agriculture experience and work-based programs. And, those work experiences are not just farming-based, they are in…

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Why Online Accuracy Matters

Why Online Accuracy Matters - person holding a cell phone with a search bar

Sometimes the tiniest things make a big difference. Business owners today are so busy thinking about their product, customer satisfaction, payroll, hiring or a host of other legitimate concerns, that they may overlook the most mundane of tasks. Simply assuming that your online contact information is correct may be one of those tasks and have…

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Benefits of Rural Community Colleges

OUTdrive Episode 123 with Dr. Brent Bates

OUTdrive Episode 123 with Dr. Brent Bates Community colleges offer accessible and affordable training and education to a diverse demographic of students. This brings value and economy to the rural communities in which they serve. In this episode, Cliff chats with Dr. Brent Bates, the president of State Fair Community College, to discuss how community…

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Marketing Authenticity

OUTdrive Episode 122 with Lorin Fahrmeier

OUTdrive Episode 122 with Lorin Fahrmeier Today’s market is lacking in what consumers crave most: authenticity. However, a recent surge in agritourism has many Missouri farmers opening their gates for visitors to buy locally sourced products, support small businesses, learn about agriculture firsthand and enjoy a family-friendly outing. It really doesn’t get more authentic than…

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Getting the Most Out of Life

OUTdrive Episode 121 with Dr. Doug Kiburz

OUTdrive Episode 121 with Dr. Doug Kiburz Some people just know how to get the most out of life. You know the ones – who are always pursuing a new hobby or interest. They are involved in community boards and organizations. They are always in the know about the next big thing in town, most…

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Pursuing the Higher Good

OUTdrive episode 120 with Andrew Dawson

OUTdrive Episode 120 with Andrew Dawson Local governments address issues that have an impact on nearly everyone who lives, works or plays within city limits. If you look around rural communities, you’ll see that many public servants are our neighbors, co-workers, and local business owners. Unlike federal lawmakers, these individuals actually have skin in the…

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Five Tips for Creating an Organic Content Plan

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This year marks the 35th anniversary of the founding of Callis & Associates. To celebrate this milestone, in January we launched the #CallisTurns35 campaign across our digital and social platforms. Every week for the first 35 weeks of the year, we shared a lesson from each year Callis has been in business and highlighted clients…

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Brand, Customer, and Employee Loyalty

OUTdrive episode 119 with Kyle & Kelsey Weymuth

OUTdrive Episode 119 with Kyle and Kelsey Weymuth The long-term success of a business hinges on loyalty. Every day, companies are competing for brand loyalty, customer loyalty, and employee loyalty. This might be most evident in the car industry. Purchases are few and far between and a customer usually has their mind made up before…

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Lesson 35 – Focus on What Makes Sense

Lesson 35 - Focus on What Makes Sense

Over the years, we have tried to identify companies and organizations that we felt might make great partners, based on our experience, expertise, values and interests. When we have found one, we want them to know so they can get to know us, hopefully like us and eventually trust us with a project or business.…

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Lesson 34 – Be Welcoming and Be Sincere

Lesson 34 - Be Welcoming and Be Sincere

When it was first announced that Nucor Steel was coming to town, it was a big deal, and the entire community was excited at the possibilities of what this might mean in growth for the region. The Nucor folks came in slowly and it was obvious that they were committed to selecting the right people…

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Celebrating 35 Years

Solocast Episode 118: Celebrating 35 Years

OUTdrive Episode 118 | SOLOCAST 2022 is a significant year for Callis & Associates – it’s our 35th Anniversary! Back in January, we started our #CallisTurns35 initiative on our digital and social channels. Every week for the first 35 weeks of 2022, we shared a lesson from each year Callis has been in business and…

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Simplifying SEO and Digital Marketing

OUTdrive Episode 117 with Rogelio Rodriguez

OUTdrive Episode 117 with Rogelio Rodriguez We know there can be a lot of complexity surrounding digital marketing, specifically within the topic of Search Engine Optimization. But, when you break it down, SEO can be simplified to crafting the most relevant and accurate answers to your consumer’s frequently asked questions. In this episode, agency owner…

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Lesson 33 – Look Beyond Your Core

Lesson 33- Look Beyond Your Core

We are strong proponents of niching down and focusing on your core competencies with your products and services. It makes you better at it, it increases your efficiencies and you become known for it. But from time to time, you should look outside your core for things that you could make or offer that just…

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