How Educators Kept Students on Track During Remote Learning

| August 21, 2020

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This spring, COVID-19 led administrators across the country to close school buildings and support students learning from home. We asked three educators about how they handled this disruption and found creative solutions to keep students motivated and engaged using the online literacy program, Reading Plus. We looked at what we had at our disposal that would help with reading, the overall environment, and engagement. In the past, we used Reading Plus as an intervention. We considered how we could utilize it with more students during distance learning.

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5 Reasons Why You Need Artificial Intelligence (AI) In Your Marketing Strategy

Article | April 13, 2020

How do you make the right choices, to reach the right audience through the right channels just the right time? Most importantly, how do you ensure your advertising budget is having the impact you need and earning the ROI your investment deserves? This is the challenge of the current Marketing process. Businesses use educated guesswork, publisher driven audience stats (often inaccurate and outdated) and intuition to plan how they’re going to communicate with their customer in the hope that the usual ads and content will work.

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How technology will change marketing in 2020

Article | February 15, 2020

Well, we humans won’t satisfy with a single thing, and we seek the best in almost everything. In earlier, we were confused to go with the product without knowing its features because of lacking a perfect platform to exhibit the product. But nowadays, with the rapid growth of technology, we became more familiar with the features of the product and are more comfortable to know about the product using various advertising platforms. Just imagine how technology swept out all the traditional marketing trends and transformed into digital marketing trends for making consumers more reliable and comfortable with the product. In this article, we are going to see what is the future of digital marketing in 2020 and how technology will change marketing techniques like content marketing, branding trends, and technological advancements in 2020.

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How to Bring a Human Approach into Your Content Marketing

Article | March 13, 2021

A human approach to content marketing begins and ends with being vulnerable. No, it is not the same thing as being weak. As Brene Brown says: "Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences…. What most of us fail to understand...is that vulnerability is also the cradle of the emotions and experiences that we crave. Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity." This is why being vulnerable is important to your content marketing: it helps create a connection. (If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be connected to other people. And we need to wash our hands more.) If the thought of being vulnerable totally freaks you out, remember that no one is perfect. No one. Here’s how to weave that human approach into your content marketing. Share your struggles People who don’t know me well probably think I float through life on rainbows and sprinkles. If only. When I graduated from college, I had zero resilience and was struggling with severe anxiety. Unfortunately, I had very little self-awareness, so I had no idea. My first “real” job was with a truly wonderful company, and of course I had the dragon-lady-boss-from-hell. I lasted five miserable months, during which time my anxiety went through the roof and I developed bulimia. I recovered from bulimia after four years, but I didn’t get my anxiety under control until I fell down a hole into depression when I was 37 years old. Here’s how bad it was: If I was out running errands and noticed my car needed gas, I could not stop at a gas station unless I had already planned to. Spontaneously changing the “plan” was mission impossible. Didn’t matter if I drove past six gas stations. I couldn’t do it. Eight years later, I am still on anti-depressants. I doubt I’ll ever go off, because it makes life manageable. (If I hadn’t been medicated during the early days of the pandemic, I probably would have ended up in the looney bin.) Anyway, my point is that we grow the most as humans when we survive and overcome challenging times. My struggles have certainly helped me become the person I was meant to be. Sharing our personal stories – especially the thorny, dark ones – make us human and relatable. If you are on anti-depressants, you and I are now connected by that shared experience. Own your failures I have failed as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and business owner. I am sure I have failed complete strangers as well. Here’s a short list of my failures as a business owner: Doing work for free Not charging enough Failing to fire bad clients quickly Ignoring the financials (profit and loss, balance sheet, expenses, etc.) Hiring the wrong people Working without a contract Not getting a security deposit I own every single failure, which is easy to do when you use the experience to learn and grow. A few years ago, we created a social media marketing strategy for a small clothing brand, even though we didn’t have a contract in place. When we sent the invoice, they refused to pay it. Without a contract, we were SOL. I was furious at myself, but I am comforted knowing that karma is a total bitch. When money is on the line, I tend to learn the lesson very quickly. Recently, I had a discovery call scheduled with someone who had not yet signed the contract. When I called her, I simply said, “We can’t proceed until you sign the contract.” She apologized profusely. We jumped off the phone, she read through it, signed it and called me when she was done. No muss, no fuss. Be YOU An authentic, human approach to content marketing is being you. A client once fired us because I sent an email that was “too direct.” He said he found it offensive. Was I upset? Not at all. I laughed. Then I read the email again. I scratched my head. I had someone on my team read the email. They scratched their head. In near unison, we said, “Dodged a bullet!” You can’t be everything to everyone, and frankly, I don’t want to be. I am known for saying it like it is and making you laugh at the same time. Not everyone appreciates my style, and that’s cool. We are all different. And that is the beauty of using a human approach. You have no choice but to be you. As a result, you’ll only work with the people who get you. Would you have it any other way? The next time you’re writing a blog, social post or email, I want you to do something for me. Read it and ask yourself, “Would my best friend recognize that I wrote this?” If the answer is yes, congrats: you are using a human approach to content marketing.

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SEO and Accessibility: Technical SEO

Article | May 28, 2021

We hope you’ve enjoyed this series on SEO and accessibility. In the final installment, Cooper shows you how the technical SEO strategies you implement across your site can help make it more perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. Video Transcription Hey, Moz fans. Welcome to the latest edition of Whiteboard Friday. I'm Cooper Hollmaier. I've been doing SEO since 2016, and today I work for a large outdoor retailer helping our technical SEO strategy come to life. Thank you so much for attending this series on SEO and accessibility. I hope that you've gained a broad perspective and new tips and tricks for creating content that not only is resonating with your audience, performs well in search, but is also accessible to more people. Today we're going to talk about technical SEO and accessibility. Technical SEO and accessibility Let's dive in. Last time we talked about Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and you might remember that the four principles of WCAG are perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. Perceivable As a technical SEO, you're probably most concerned with perceivable because your day-to-day operations, your day-to-day work stream involves making sure that the pages, the content, the experiences you're creating are accessible to search engines and perceivable to search engines. A lot of times when we go through SEO recommendations or SEO audits, I hear a lot of common themes, like the header tag is baked into the image and so a search engine can't see it, or the content I'm producing is visible to bots but it's not visible to people. These are issues with base level perception. I want you to take that mindset and consider if you apply that to your whole audience as well.

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Chicago Marketing, Inc was created to acquire and retain customers in a personalized manner for all types of companies. In 2009 we relocated our head office to the suburbs of Chicago, IL to be closer to some of our Fortune 100 clients. We strive to lead the nation in outsourced marketing and in-store marketing campaigns.

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