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A Time For Giving

There is perhaps no better time of year than the holiday season to think about giving back to the community. While it's true that the main objective of any business is staying profitable, there is something to be said for being a good corporate citizen, supporting the community and interacting with your customers for a good cause. Last week we held a giving event of our own to benefit two local charities: The Banquet and The Furniture Mission. Our staff was split into two teams who pulled out all the stops to promote their charity and campaign for the votes…
HenkinSchultz
November 26, 2013
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Ad of the week: He took a DIIIIIIVE!

Thanksgiving is a special time of year, Turkey, cranberry gelatin or how about that weird yam sweet potato stuff? Oh yeah, and family time. Who doesn't love family time? Those beautiful awkward moments with Grandma Phyllis reminding you of how back in her day they didn't have cell phones or use "The Googley." But we all know Thanksgiving is really all about the competition. Sports get pumped up into full gear and family time becomes rivalry time. We also all know how serious some friends and family are about sports, particularly hockey. Many people go to hockey games just to…
HenkinSchultz
November 21, 2013
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Ad of the Week: A Well-Oiled Machine

Quick survey: Do you like any of the following: A) Astonishing acts of beauty and grace B) Finely-tuned machines (human or otherwise) C) Lush sunsets D) A-list movie stars If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Volvo's latest TV spot "The Epic Split" was crafted with you in mind. Starring everyone's favorite Belgian, Jean-Claude Van Damme - more commonly known as "The Muscles from Brussels" - the spot begins with the frame focused tightly on Van Damme's face. As JCVD dives into his dialogue, the camera beings to pull out, slowly revealing our hero standing atop two…
HenkinSchultz
November 14, 2013
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How Do You Plan toCut Through the Clutter?

Think fast. What was the last commercial you heard on the radio? What print ad reached out and caught your attention while you drank your morning coffee? How many logos did you see on your way to the office? Today's consumers are exposed to - by some estimates - more than 2,000 advertising and marketing messages a day. From the traditional to the totally unconventional, advertising is everywhere. Eggs with imprinted logos, airport lockers transformed into billboards, and sidewalks stenciled with water-activated ad messages. Sports venues are namesakes of corporate sponsors and we are urged to try, buy or visit…
HenkinSchultz
November 12, 2013
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Shine Bright Like a Diamond – Faini Jewelry Glimmers for Hope

  Like helping children? Like beautiful jewelry? Need some new bling? You have to check out Faini Designs Jewelry Studio's 3-day Glimmers for Hope Jewelry Extravaganza and silent auction benefiting the Children's Miracle Network. This event has everything from delicious sparkling diamonds to one-of-a-kind pieces waiting to go home with you. Faini¬†Jewelry Glimmers for Hope will be showcasing more than $1 million dollars worth of breathtaking jewelry that will be up for bid. Renowned designers from Bergio and William Levine will be representing and proudly displaying their acclaimed lines during the event. From November 7 - 9, you can stop…
HenkinSchultz
November 7, 2013
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The People’s King?

Be Like Mike. Bo Knows. We Must Protect This House. All were marketing campaigns that propelled their respective subjects from sports mainstays to transcendent cultural icons. With its' latest spot entitled "Training Day" Nike is once again trying to strike sports marketing gold. The ninety-second spot features none other than the king himself, LeBron James, as a mob of his fans follow him throughout the city of Miami while he undergoes his offseason workout regiment. It is eerily reminiscent of Sylvester Stallone's timeless Rocky scene, stopping just short of LBJ shadowboxing as a mob of children surround him while the…
HenkinSchultz
November 1, 2013
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Creating Just the Right Feeling – Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Show

The 2013 Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting is a wrap. For the eighth consecutive year, we produced and directed a crowd-pleasing event that we, and the Chamber, could be proud of. And while it looked easy, there were countless hours of planning, legwork and installation that were necessary to make it happen. Exactly how much effort does it take to make a show like this look effortless? We can't tell you exactly, because we started planning just after last years' meeting. As we tore down the set and the staging, we discussed just how cool it would be…
HenkinSchultz
October 29, 2013
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Insta-advertsing?

One of the most popular photo sharing apps out there is now opening up advertising on its platform. This is due largely to Facebook, which acquired Instagram in April of 2012 for a smooth $1 billion, and also the immense popularity of the app. According to the Pew Research Center, about 1 in 5 Americans have this app on their phone. This is pretty amazing considering it has only been out in the world for just over three years. This could essentially be a huge cash cow not only for Instagram but for advertisers as well, depending on their target…
HenkinSchultz
October 29, 2013
DigitalTechnology

Another Apple Announcement – Should We Be Excited?

Apple held its iPad-centric event in San Francisco on Tuesday, about six weeks after its Cupertino iPhone event. The event announced a bevy of products, including new iPads, MacBook Pros, Macs, and more. The largest announcement was probably that of the iPad Air. The physical refinements, though not entirely surprising, were still quite impressive. It's thinner, lighter and mimics the design form of the iPad mini with thinner side bezels and a similar back casing. I won't get entirely geek on you, but the 64-bit A7 processor, which just launched in the iPhone 5s (along with the M7 motion processor),…
HenkinSchultz
October 25, 2013
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10.24.13 Ad of the Week

Who doesn't love trick-or-treat humor, cute babies in ridiculous Star Wars Halloween costumes or awesome strategic plans to go to the house with the most candy. Oh yeah, and I guess throw in some cool features of the latest Verizon products and you are good to go for some mini Halloween entertainment. Verizon always pulls out all the stops with their advertising efforts, especially around the holidays. This ad showcases a family going trick-or-treating in star wars getup strategically in route to the house with the best candy, of course, using their new smartphones, tablets, and smartwatch. Could there be…
HenkinSchultz
October 24, 2013