Archive for March, 2013

In Case You Missed It :: March Blog Recap

March 27th, 2013 | In Case You Missed It

Today we’re recapping some of our most popular blog posts for the month of March– just in case you missed it!

1. I wrote about three new apps for your smartphone that can help any business get organized, share content and stay ahead of the competition.

Noted :: Three New Apps To Get Excited About

2. Are your email marketing campaigns really working? Amy breaks down the steps to create successful email marketing that will produce real results. 

 Noted :: The New Secrets of Successful Email Marketing


Noted :: In Like A Lion – March in Pictures

March 26th, 2013 | Blog, Noted

The saying is true, March definitely came in like a lion! Amy started off by traveling to the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, then came some snow, more snow, and a little bit of rain. We also received a visit from our friend Nicole, of The Caramel Jar, set our list of marketing objectives for the next few months, Ben and Amy traveled to the Evolve Symposium in NYC (more about that soon!) and we may even try to tackle cleaning our basement, again! Overall a very…


Noted :: Why Choose Instagram For Your Business, Part 2 {Infographic}

March 22nd, 2013 | Noted

During the first few weeks of 2013 Amy posted an interesting and informative article on why you should choose Instagram for you business. Almost every image that I take with my iPhone gets “Instagrammed” and I often use these images for blog posts, social media updates and more. I found this great infographic by Marketo about why you should use Instagram as part of your marketing campaigns. Engaging consumers and reaching a large audience are just a few of the key factors that are mentioned as well as some examples of how Instagram


Noted :: Three New Apps To Get Excited About

March 21st, 2013 | Noted

“Wow, you have a lot of apps!” That’s the typical reaction I receive when someone takes a look at my iPhone or iPad – and they’re right, I do. I like to try everything from organizational apps, to new social media apps, food and recipe apps to streaming music and radio. Today, I’m sharing the wealth. Below are my three favorite new apps that are not only fun, but also functional for businesses. They are especially useful for those of you in the marketing and social media professions, but even if you’re not, you can…


Noted :: The New Secrets of Successful Email Marketing

March 20th, 2013 | Blog, Noted


Email marketing is not a new marketing tactic for lead generation and capturing new business. It has, however, changed. Some of the old laws of email marketing no longer apply.

Here is a list of the new secrets to a successful email marketing campaign:

1. 80.8% of users are accessing their email on mobile devices. Does your email program have the ability to convert your formatted email campaign to mobile?

2. “Secrets” is the most clicked…


Here’s A Thought :: Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 18th, 2013 | Blog, Here's a Thought, Inspiration

The Roman philosopher Seneca said, in one of his most favorite of quotes, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

We all know it takes more than luck to succeed in business, but luck certainly helps!

Let’s take a minute this Monday morning to listen and learn from one very lucky businessman, Sir Richard Branson. What does he think about luck’s role in business?

Was Oreo lucky during the blackout at the Superbowl with their {now} famous tweet “You can still dunk in the dark?”


Picture(s) of the Week :: Yes, We Have a Caramel Addiction

March 15th, 2013 | Picture of the Week

Yesterday we had a visit from our favorite Etsy Shop seller – Nicole from The Caramel Jar! It’s safe to say that we’re all completely addicted to her Fleur de Sel caramels {and all of the other flavors she sells on her Etsy shop}. Her caramels were even featured at Ryan Reynolds and Blake Livelys wedding this past September and mentioned in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine!

Nicole picked a great day to stop by, it was almost 50 degrees outside and the team {minus Melissa and Tracy} sat our on our Elements front steps…


Noted :: My Kinda Town

March 13th, 2013 | Blog, Noted

Last week, I was in Chicago for the International Home and Housewares show (see my Monday blog post recap here).

This was my first time to Chicago, and while I was there for work, I managed to squeeze just a tiny bit of sightseeing into my trip. I am so lucky that a good friend of mine, Ronda, lives in Chicago. Ronda and I grew up together and have known each other since … well, let’s just say, a very long time.

Ronda was sweet enough to arrange for us to meet for a sightseeing expedition all around Chicago…