“Tweetstorms” Are Now An Official Twitter Feature

As I have mentioned before, I love Twitter. It's loud, chaotic, and entertaining. Twitter is designed for short bursts of information. It's a great platform for sharing links to other content, (I primarily use it as a source of tech-related news) and making short...

Creative Encryption

Cloudflare, a tech company that provides a content delivery network, DDoS mitigation, Internet security services, and distributed domain name server services, has to take encryption seriously. And I mean seriously. Randomness is essential to encryption because it...

E-Sports Viewerships and Targeted Ads

The controversy of what is a sport has been a hot topic for over a year now. Merriam Webster defines a sport as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” Taken...

File Organization Continued

After months of going back and forth on file organization here in the office, and adopting organizational strategies from my former blog post about File Organization and Debt, I think I have finally nailed it down. It ended up being a fairly simplistic...

Pushing The Envelope

It’s inevitable that the world’s largest tech companies will continue to push the envelope to create new and better user experiences with their product. There is also a definite race between them, to be “THE” company that makes this new technology...

Spoiler Things

Stranger Things Season 2 is almost upon us and once again their social media team is killing it. The cast and crew of Stranger Things have begun tweeting spoilers directly to some of their higher profile fans. Hey @hardwick. Since you're not a...

Twitter Unveils the Video Website Card

On Tuesday, October 17, Twitter unveiled a new ad format. Video Website Card, the new ad format, is described by Twitter as "a creative format that combines the power of video with the ability to drive users back to a site to learn more or take action in the moment."...

Email Etiquette Rules Everyone Should Know

Tone is one of the more important aspects of email communication, especially when it's someone you communicate with often over email, but rarely in person. Written communication lacks facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice, and instead relies on word...

Art Prize Grand Rapids 2017

This past weekend I made my yearly hike through Grand Rapids to try and take in as much of Art Prize as possible. This can daunting task as it means plunging into the horde of fellow art seekers who pack themselves into every available gallery space in...

Focusing with Progressive Metal

When I was 26 years old, my doctor diagnosed me with ADHD. I'd been in and out of her office for well over the course of a decade with the same complaints, and we had tried everything: anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds, sleep meds, everything. I even went on a...

Bring Back the iPhone Headphone Jack

Scotty from Strange Parts might be my new favorite mad scientist. He recently took on the challenge of adding a headphone jack back into a newer iPhone. As most of us know, starting with the iPhone 7 Apple has decided to remove the headphone jack from the...

Cult Classic Social Media

It is safe to say I am mildly obsessed with the movies and culture from the 80’s, there is just something special about that era. There was something really special about the way the movies in the 80’s where created though, they had to work with low...

The Missing Links in Your Improved Security

Online security is a very important part of today's life. We do (almost) everything online, and everything requires a password. And those passwords are often insecure and potentially exposing you to an epic disaster. We've covered securing your website and the reasons...

Create Engaging Experiences for your Target Market

Every morning on the way to work I listen to Mike & Mike on ESPN radio.  As a sports fan, it is great to get caught up on some of the big topics going on throughout the sports world.  The problem that I have with radio is there are so many commercial...

#ALLOFTHEBACON

While prepping for a call with the Birch Run Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, I looked up a website for a local eatery that I have been known to frequent while in town on multiple business trips over the years. Tony’s I-75 Restaurant is right off the...

File Organization and Debt

Web Designer File Organization and Debt Recently in our office a conversation has started based around the concepts of what is efficient file structure and organization. This conversation began...

D&D Goes Digital

Web Designer D&D Goes Digital I am a huge fan of table top gaming and have been playing D&D since middle school. Since that time I have disliked having to use paper and pencil to take care of /...

The Grand Rapids Grandwich Competition

Web Designer The Grand Rapids Grandwich Competition Every year restaurants and bars in the Grand Rapids Michigan area have a competition to see who can make the best sandwich, and every year I...

SGDQ

Web Designer SGDQ This past week, one of Twitch’s largest live summer events started up; a little event called Summer Gamers Done Quick or SGDQ. This is a charity event where all money donated and...

Magic Wormhole

Web Designer Magic Wormhole Magic Wormhole Working within the design and development field, there has always been issues with how to deliver digital assets to a co-worker whom is not within the...

Creating a Culture of Transparency

Content Marketing Specialist Creating a Culture of Transparency “For the best ideas to come to light, people need to feel free to disagree with each other.” This might be the biggest hurdle to a...

I Am Poppy

Web Designer I Am Poppy It is difficult to describe the Youtube sensation that is Poppy. On the surface it appears that the channel is a pop artist who has a flair for creating artistic or bizarre...

Future of Social Media: Brain Machine Interface?  

Account Representative Brain-Machine Interface:  Next Big Thing?   What is the future of social media? Technology has evolved over the years with the goal of promoting ease and integration.  It was...

Design Driven by Algorithms

Web Designer Design Driven by Algorithms Nutella, the delicious hazelnut coca spread company, has recently taken pretty progressive steps when it comes to the branding and packaging of their jars....

4 Content Marketing Lessons to Learn from Netflix

Content Marketing Specialist Content Marketing Lessons to Learn from Netflix While all major companies have social media these days, it takes a special initiative to combine those efforts with...

Can a Font be a Whole Brand?

Web Designer Can a Font be a Whole Brand? In the world of Graphic Design their are many types of logos, ranging from lettermark’s to mascot logos. Lettermarks and wordmarks specifically refer to...

Ways to Stress Test Typefaces

Web Designer Ways to Stress Test Typefaces In this quick, mainly graphic orientated article wired magazine has gathered up a few examples of how some designers test out the typefaces they are...

Janit0r, Villain or Hero

Web Designer Janit0r, Villain or Hero Last year the Mirai Virus was launched by a white hat malware research group by the name of MalwareMustDie. This virus preyed upon unprotected IoT ( Internet...

Life Hacks for Inspiring the Team

Content Marketing Specialist Life Hacks for Inspiring the Team We live in a busy world. Constant distractions, demands of the day, surprise problems to be dealt with – they can all make a day go...

r/place the Collaborative Canvas

Web Designer r/place the Collaborative Canvas This past month Reddit unveiled their April Fools joke, r/place, the 1024 x 1024 pixel shared HTML 5 space that allowed users to place a pixel of...

Live In The Moment, Not On Instagram

Content Marketing Specialist Live in the Moment, Not on Instagram It seems as though every few weeks, there's a new post about how social media makes you unhappy, or jealous, or something along...

Color Me Surprised

Web Designer Color Me Surprised Ever needed to create a design that had the same look or feeling as your favorite movie? I personally have but the trick is always getting the colors right. I...

The Surprising Benefits of RPGs

Content Marketing Specialist The Surprising Benefits of Role Playing Games, or How I Learned to Embrace My Inner Nerd For almost a year, my youngest brother had been begging (like to an annoying...

Why D&D is Important to the Creative Mind

Web Designer Why D&D is Important to the Creative Mind "Somewhere under a lost and lonely hill of grim and foreboding aspect lies a labyrinthine crypt filled with terrible traps and not a few...

Humanz

Web Designer Humanz In a surprise barrage of social media posts and cryptic messages, The Gorillaz have waltzed right back into every music lover’s life. This mass drop of information has become a...

Youtube Removing Annotations

Web Designer Youtube Removing Annotations Youtube has officially announced that Youtube annotations will be a thing of a past starting on May 2nd. The reason for the removal of this heavily used...

Drones for Commercial Use

Director, Sales & Operations Drones for Commercial Use The FAA has provided new legislation on the use of commercial drones. The new policies allow a drone operator to become an official commercial...

I Am Majorly Confused

Web Designer I Am Majorly Confused Recently, Paramount pictures launched a website called IAmMajor.Me which allowed users to create images for social media usage. This idea was to create buzz or...

No More Tofu

Web Designer No More Tofu In the world of typography, there is a character we have all seen which always fills the viewer with dissatisfaction. It’s the character that has become the gate keeper...

Writing About A “Boring” Subject

Content Marketing Specialist Writing About A “Boring” Subject I’ve made the outdoor industry into my career, but you’d never guess it by looking at me. Camping terrifies me. Outdoor activities are...

Don’t panic! Your subscribers are still here!

Web Designer Don’t panic! Your subscribers are still here! In this past week an interesting bug has cropped up on youtube. Youtubers are seeing thousands of subscribers just suddenly drop off of...

Hootsuite Acquires AdEspresso

Director, Sales & Operations Hootsuite Acquires AdEspresso In the Social Media agency business we are always looking for tech tools that help us to be more effective and efficient in the day to day...

The Potential of Live Streaming

Web Designer The Potential of Live Streaming Live streaming services such as Twitch, Youtube Live, Facebook live, Periscope etc. have been around for a few years now but only recently have...

Video Marketing: The Future of Spreading the Word

Content Marketing Specialist Video Marketing: The Future of Spreading the Word Six years ago, the company I was working for decided we needed to get on board with video marketing, and I was tasked...

Why SEO & Lousy Content Don’t Mix

Content Marketing Specialist Why SEO & Lousy Content Don’t Mix Ever feel stuck when it comes to your website content and feel you *have* to get something written, regardless of how your...

Content Marketing Tips for your Business

  Digital Content Marketing Tips We see evidence of content marketing every day. What sets one business apart from the rest? The best content marketing practices are relevant, engaging, visual and purposeful. Relevant This should be obvious but I am going to say it...