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POP! The next issue of Dazzle has arrived.

We’re excited to present Ideaworks Marketing’s latest issue of Dazzle, our award-winning agency magazine. We sincerely hope that you find this issue to be intriguing, informative and inspiring, as we have worked hard to feature relevant marketing topics that will be of interest to you while also sharing some of our recent endeavors. A few articles in this issue include:

  • 7 Tips for Stronger Client Relationships,” a recap of a presentation our director of marketing communications did for a group of local college students (pg. 5)
  • “Researching Trends, Delivering Solutions,” a look at our newest initiative for our charity of choice, Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge in Dallas, PA (pg. 6)
  • “The Dialogue Age of Marketing,” this issue’s feature story (pg. 10)
  • “Life @ 197,” a light-hearted look at what’s new with our team (pg. 18)

Please click here to read the issue, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or feedback for our team. Further, you can email chelseyt@ideaworks.marketing if you would like to request copies of the presentations or materials that are mentioned.

Social good: A longstanding commitment at Ideaworks

Earlier this month, our Direcmcontor of Marketing Communications, Chelsey Tupper, attended the 2017 MCON conference, held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. This annual conference sparked her interest, as it is designed for individuals who are dedicated to social good and societal change, and who want to hear from some of the most notable thought leaders on cause-related marketing and activists who feel passionately about their work. Much of what was discussed included ways to attract more millennials to show support and interest in a particular cause by using creative branding strategies and other well-thought-out marketing tactics that resonate well with this generation.

During the conference, Chelsey heard from a number of accomplished speakers who drove home a vital point: through its work, a business must personify its very roots and reasons for doing – put plainly, each day, employees should reflect their company’s core beliefs. In addition to the #GivingTuesday Townhall, during which she learned aideaworks3bout assimilating charitable efforts in your business practices annually, this central message from MCON resonated for Chelsey, who would return home to continue breathing life into Ideaworks’ own philanthropic initiatives with the entire team – a practice that Ideaworks has been committed to for over 20 years, as one of our foundational values is service to others.

This dedication is shown by our unwavering commitment to local organizations like Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge. Blue Chip Farms, located in Dallas, PA, is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter that provides care, comfort and a loving home to every animal that is brought to its safe haven, regardless of health impairments or age. Being animal lovers, Ideaworks’ owners Peter and Judy Steve elected Blue Chip as our charity of choice in 2015. Since then, we have gone on to provide a wide range of marketingstpatricks support to Blue Chip at no cost, helping its team spearhead some of its most valuable initiatives like Adopt-A-Kennel, Legacy of Love and the newest sponsorship program, Kitty Condos. Working with Blue Chip continues to be one of our company highlights, but this has not been a solitary effort. We continue to reflect upon our core beliefs and participate in various cause-related initiatives.

In March and April of this year, our team participated in the Back Mountain Chamber’s Spring Food Drive, donating non-perishable items to the Back Mountain Food Bank. Giving back to the community and providing healthy, nutrient-rich meals to families is an effort we are committed to in our work, as some of our largest clients are proponents of healthy living, clean environments and optimal quality of life.

This month, Ideaworks was fully committed to raising awareness for various causes and helping individuals in the process. We “went purple” for Alzheimer’s and oPurpleDayther dementias, being that June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Our team enthusiastically involved themselves in this project by changing our email signatures from black to purple text, the recognized color of the Alzheimer’s Association, and including a call to action to “#ENDALZ” in the sign off. We also scheduled a day to wear purple and heightened awareness for this worthy cause on social media.

Also in June, we had the opportunity to team up with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind. We hosted a high school student in the Association’s Transition Assistance Program, who expressed an inteRainaandRachaelrest in becoming a graphic designer and photographer in the future. She learned a lot while job shadowing our creative designers and also enjoyed lunch with our team where she was able to hear more about what differentiates us as an agency. We are proud of this young girl and know she will continue to grow in her craft in the years to come.

At Ideaworks, we firmly believe that day in and day out, you should be communicating what your business is truly about, and acting as a spokesperson for those values that your company holds dear. While raising awareness during National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, choosing Blue Chip Farms as our “charity of choice” and partaking in other local initiatives have been excellent opportunities for us to get involved, they will certainly not be the last. As put by Christina Tosi (award-winning owner of Milk Bar Bakery with locations in New York, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and Toronto), who offered insights to her MCON audience, “It’s easy to support things when you believe in them.”

A note from the new Marketing Communications Manager!

headshot (2)It is with much excitement that I am introducing myself as the newest member of the creative team at Ideaworks Marketing! Being an individual who loves to write and story tell, I am passionate about communication and the role that words play in our understanding of people, businesses and – more broadly – our world.

I graduated summa cum laude from Misericordia University in December 2015 and hold a bachelor’s degree in English, as well as my Pennsylvania Instructional I teaching certificate in English/Language Arts grades 7-12. I have past work experience as a web content editor and substitute teacher. In my spare time, I love to travel, experiment in the kitchen, and spend time with my family, friends and fiancé!

I will be working with our Director of Marketing Communications, Chelsey Tupper, to develop content for the agency. Ready to bring my experience and passion for communication as the new Marketing Communications Manager, I am most excited to take a personalized, detail-oriented approach to working with our clients!

Blue Chip Animal Farm to host Legacy of Love memory wall unveiling

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Blue Chip Animal Farm invites the northeast Pennsylvania community to take part in its Legacy of Love memory wall unveiling on Saturday, November 5 at 1 p.m. at Blue Chip Animal Farm in Dallas, PA. The event will celebrate the installation of the organization’s Legacy of Love memory wall constructed entirely of commemorative bricks purchased by Blue Chip supporters.

Bricks purchased not only contribute to the ongoing construction of the memory wall but also help to offset operating costs at Blue Chip. Bricks can be purchased online at www.bcfanimalrefuge.org in addition to at the event. “We hope to create a wall of 600 memories at Blue Chip Farm, and to build a space of love and remembrance for all of the animals and animal lovers that have passed away. Those who purchase a brick are doing a service in memory of their loved ones because 100% of the funds will go to support the ongoing cost of operation of Blue Chip Animal Farm,” says Cordie Braun, director of Blue Chip.

Ideaworks has taken on Blue Chip as its charity of choice, which means we provide the non-profit with complimentary marketing services. Specifically for the Legacy of Love memory wall, Ideaworks  created the marketing materials and webpage, along with coordinating and executing the public relations effort for the unveiling event. Ideaworks also did the Legacy of Love billboard design, which can be seen in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. Lamar Advertising was very generous to donate the billboard space. We hope you’ll come out and support this wonderful organization on November 5 and/or purchase a brick to memorialize a pet or pet lover in your life.

Ideaworks collaborates with hopeful Food Network star

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A few years ago, our team collaborated on a cookbook design project with Remmi Smith, youth ambassador chef for Sodexo North America, an international Fortune 500 company. At the time of the project, Chef Remmi was just 12 years old. Now at age 16, Remmi will compete in the teen tournament on the popular Food Network show, Chopped. Her episode is set to air on Tuesday, September 6 at 10 p.m.

Ideaworks created the concept for the cookbook and spearheaded all aspects of the project, which resulted in a unique cookbook for kids entitled, Global Cooking for Kids, featuring Chef Remmi Smith: Your Passport to Fun & Flavor. From cooking Remmi’s recipes to food styling to food photography to compiling and designing the book to distribution, the Ideaworks team oversaw the effort from start to finish. Even though the cookbook was made for kids, its recipes can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

All featured recipes were created by Chef Remmi and include a variety of flavors from places like Antarctica, Australia, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Peru and Puerto Rico.

“Having met Chef Remmi through Ideaworks’ partnership with Sodexo gave us the idea to create her own cookbook for kids,” said Donna Hansbury, president of Ideaworks. “I’ve never known a young girl who has such a passion for cooking. Remmi’s recipes are innovative and flavorful; it’s crazy to think that at her young age she created these tasty international combinations, but it just shows her knack for being in the kitchen. Remmi’s clever cooking techniques will serve her well on Chopped and make her tough competition. She’s going to do great, and we can’t wait to cheer on Chef Remmi!”

We’re excited to welcome three new hires!

With our client work increasing and demands escalating, we recently added three employees to our creative team. We are so happy to have McKenzie, Chelsey and Allison with us. Please take a moment to meet the newest members of Ideaworks Marketing:                                                

McKenzie SuttonMcKenzie Sutton: McKenzie Sutton serves as the agency’s marketing communication director responsible for overseeing content development on all projects. McKenzie’s previous roles include marketing coordinator for Sodexo Campus Services at King’s College, assistant project coordinator for Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville and director of marketing at Capstone Wealth Management Group in Clarks Green. McKenzie graduated cum laude from King’s College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications and English writing.

ChelsChelsey Tupperey Tupper: Chelsey Tupper joined the Ideaworks team as the agency’s director of client and public relations. Chelsey is responsible for potential client outreach and leading the public relations effort for the agency. In addition, she manages client accounts and provides marketing communication assistance. Chelsey has previous experience in agency services and held positions at Borton-Lawson, Pride Mobility Products and New Era Eye Care. Chelsey graduated magna cum laude from Flagler College, located in St. Augustine, FL in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication/public relations.

Allison SimenkiewiczAllison Simenkiewicz: Allison Simenkiewicz was hired as a graphic designer and is always looking for creative ways to incorporate the latest design trends into her work. Allison graduated cum laude from Wilkes University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in integrative media. She completed internships at CornellCookson, Inc. and the Petroleum Service Company. Even though Allison is fresh out of college, she has already received a silver award from the American Advertising Federation (AAF) for a poster campaign she designed. The award was presented earlier this year.