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Take Your Business To The Sky Like The Chicago Air & Water Show

Posted by Marie Carroll on Aug 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

This weekend, all of Chicago is looking forward to beating the heat by watching the skies from the beach. With close to 2 million people in attendance every year during August, the Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest free air & water exhibition in the country. We all love to hear the plane engines roar by and paint trails of smoke in the sky. With sand between your toes and a drink of choice in hand, it’s so much fun to watch those incredible stunts being performed.

As you sit back on the beach with the rest of the crowd, take time to reflect upon your business. What have you accomplished this summer? Do you believe you’ve done enough to grow your business?  Are you soaring to the heights you could be reaching?

Continue reading for Sparkfactor’s suggestions on re-igniting your spark.

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Topics: fbBoost, Advertising, Chicago Air & Water Show, Social Media, Business

Gonesh Baseball Video // Behind the Spark

Posted by Sparkfactor on Jun 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Gonesh, an incense company and a longtime client of ours, came to us with an exciting opportunity that had been offered to them: a partnership with a minor league baseball team that would include running a 30 second ad for Gonesh on the videoboard during every home game for the 2018 season.

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Topics: Advertising, Video & Motion

Midwest Performance Cars Porsche Repair Services Ad // Behind the Spark

Posted by Sparkfactor on Jun 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Midwest Performance Cars came to Sparkfactor looking for help with an ad. They wanted to place an ad in the Porsche Club of America Chicago’s magazine to advertise their Porsche repair services. They also wanted to update the previous ad to look more inviting and have images take up more space.

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Topics: Behind the Spark, Advertising, Photography, Direct

#InspiredBy Independent Bookstore Day

Posted by Andrea Garcia on Apr 27, 2018 5:45:30 PM

Last April I spent a very rainy and cold Saturday traveling around Chicago with some friends, running in and out bookstores, collecting punchcards. It was the last Saturday of the month—Independent Bookstore Day—and we were participating in the first My Chicago Bookstore Challenge: if you visited 10 of the participating independent bookstores throughout the city and suburbs, you received a 10% discount from all participating stores for the next year; if you visited 15, you got 15%. We succeeded in visiting 11 participating bookstores and several more that weren't on the list, just for fun.

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Topics: Neighborhood Marketing, Social Media, Marketing, Advertising, Business Lessons

Brighton Park and Archer Heights SSA #39 Brand Identity and Ad Campaign // Behind the Spark

Posted by Sparkfactor on Apr 19, 2018 8:30:00 AM

In Chicago, there are Special Service Areas (SSAs) throughout the city, streets that are economic thoroughfares in the neighborhood. SSAs are under local neighborhood organizations and provide services to business owners, like facade and building improvements and marketing and advertising of the area.

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council has several SSAs under its care, one of which is SSA #39 Brighton Park and Archer Heights, which was established in 2007. These two lesser known neighborhoods on the Southwest Side of the city are connected through the SSA, which runs southwest down a portion of Archer Ave from California in Brighton Park to Pulaski in Archer Heights. The SSA commission wanted to create a brand identity and an ad campaign to increase the awareness of the area, not only to bring in more visitors from around the city and tourists that happen to pass through the transportation in the area, but also to encourage locals to see their neighborhood as a place to invest in with their time and money.

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Topics: Neighborhood Marketing, Behind the Spark, WordPress, Photography, Advertising, Web Design

OnDevon Brand Identity and Ad Campaign // Behind the Spark

Posted by Sparkfactor on Apr 12, 2018 8:30:00 AM

The Rogers Park Business Alliance has a few different City of Chicago Special Service Areas (SSAs) under its purview, including SSA #43. SSA #43 includes a good portion of Devon Avenue (a busy east/west street in Chicago) and a part of Western Avenue (the city's longest continuous street). SSA #43 wanted to develop a brand identity for the area and an ad campaign to draw people—city residents and tourists alike—to the businesses to boost the local economy and show off what Devon has to offer.

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Topics: Neighborhood Marketing, Advertising, Marketing, Photography, Web Design, Behind the Spark, Identity

#InspiredBy Opening Day

Posted by Andrea Garcia on Apr 9, 2018 5:30:00 PM

Baseball is back! Today was supposed to be the opening day for Wrigley Field, but with the snow that fell this morning in Chicago, the Cubs decided to postpone the game, while the White Sox found a pretty ingenious way of dealing with the snow on their field to still play their home opener.

As the Cubs were prepping for Opening Day, I'm sure they wanted to get as many people as possible in the stands. In the days leading up April 9, I came across Facebook ads in my feed reminding me that Opening Day tickets were still available.

The ads themselves are simple: nine words, the Cubs hashtag for the year, and a couple of photos with stadium seats. But there's so much communicated in such a simple ad that it should act as the template for your future social ads.

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Topics: #InspiredBy, Social Media, Advertising, Photography

How This Year's Oscars Envelope Can Inspire Marketers

Posted by Andrea Garcia on Mar 6, 2018 11:15:00 AM

Last year, I wrote about the Oscar's Best Picture debacle and what marketers could learn from it when thinking about communicating information in print or in digital: add signals of importance (like bold or italics), make it easy to interpret, give readers room with white space, and use the inverted pyramid of importance to convey information. While we don't know if the card inside the envelope was any easier to read this year, we do know that the envelope itself was considerably easier to read, making it harder for the original error in last year's crisis to be repeated—Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope for the category they were presenting.

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Topics: Marketing, Advertising, Web Design

What The Olympics Can Teach Us About Storytelling

Posted by Andrea Garcia on Feb 8, 2018 11:45:00 AM

I love the Olympics and the Winter Olympics are by far my favorite. I enjoy watching sports you don't even hear of outside of the Olympics: ski jumping, bobsled, skeleton, and, of course, curling. So all of the Olympics promos during the Super Bowl on Sunday got me so excited for the next two weeks of winter-based sports.

According to Wired, NBC is going all out to broadcast this year's events. Not only will sports be airing live across NBC's multiple channels, but the social media team will have streaming clips and live updates across multiple platforms. The thing about this year's website that caught my attention was the amount of storytelling content already up.

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Topics: Advertising, Video & Motion

Most Surprising Commercials of Super Bowl 52

Posted by Andrea Garcia on Feb 6, 2018 4:00:00 PM

 

In terms of this year's commercials, some are calling it the #BoringBowl—although the same cannot be said for the actually game.

Personally, part of the boring aspect is that a significant amount of ads could be found online days before the game. By my count, half of the top ten on USA Today's Ad Meter list were online early last week

While there were some inspiring commercials, most had either already aired or could have been seen online before the game. But who is hyped for the Olympics to start at the end of the week?

So instead of the best ads of this year, let's do the most surprising, the ones we didn't see coming.

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Topics: Advertising

   
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