A Not-So-New Face at IRONCLAD

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Denise Stoppleworth

It’s always exciting to announce a new team member, especially one that brings so much experience and breadth of talent to the IRONCLAD team. That’s how I feel about Amy Wieser Willson. While Amy might seem like a new face to the IRONCLAD team, she is anything but new. Amy joined us full time in January 2014, but she has worked with IRONCLAD off and on in a contract and part-time capacity for the past four years. In fact, Amy has been involved in projects for nearly every client before becoming a full-time member of the IRONCLAD team.  We’re so pleased to add her as our vice president of client services. (more…)

Not Many Cons at CONEXPO

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Laura Stoneburner

CONEXPO-CON/AGG rolls around once every three years, tugging at the construction vests of all industry gurus to attend or exhibit. That’s why the prep for CONEXPO begins 12 to 18 months in advance. And naturally we were in the heart of it, helping our clients make a splash at the big event.

For me, the introduction to the magnitude of CONEXPO began last spring when I attended the AEM marketing conference. I could tell by the discussions this is not an average tradeshow. CONEXPO clearly would be no small undertaking for anyone attending or exhibiting. It was going to be huge.

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Thankful By the Letters

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Denise Stoppleworth

As I sat around a table laden with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and finished off my Thanksgiving dinner with pie and wine, I couldn’t help but reflect on all the blessings in my life this year. To explain, I’m going back to grade school projects with something I am thankful for represented by each letter:

 

[cp_dropcaps]T[/cp_dropcaps]– Time. Though there is never enough, and I’m always wishing for another hour or another day or a little more time to finish that project, I’m very grateful for each day I’ve been blessed with.

[cp_dropcaps]H[/cp_dropcaps] – Handfuls. Yes, when I was kid I was a handful. Now I have three wonderful “handfuls” of my own. Many days, this business is a “handful,” but as my grandmother would always say, a full hand is a blessed hand. (more…)

Lauren’s Tradeshow Tips

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Lauren Stonehouse

Imagine sitting in a grand hall with a capacity of more than 500 people surrounded by manufacturers, editors, ad reps and agencies. We all wait anxiously to hear from industry professionals and absorb the wealth of knowledge as they share the latest industry trends. Tradeshow season is approaching quicker than we think and getting people to your booth can be overwhelming without the added pressure of 2014 CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

Back in May, my colleague Laura and I headed out to Chicago to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers conference and got the scoop on CONEXPO-CON/AGG with a run down of what to expect for the 2014 show. A variety of speakers and panelists spent the day giving their advice and insight on the different tools and strategies to make for a successful show.

It can make your head spin trying to tackle a tradeshow of this size, or any tradeshow for that matter. Fear not. With a little strategy, preparation and a dash of creativity, you can and will make the best out of your tradeshow season. Here are a few tips to help you along the way. (more…)

Designing Direct

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Sarah Roberts

With every new and exciting electronic gadget that comes along, our culture seems to be shifting away from pen and paper to be in front of a screen. We use them at work, in our vehicles and for social interaction. We even bring these gadgets into our bedrooms at night to quickly glance through our emails or watch one more cute puppy video before we turn out our bedroom lamp. But even in a digital world, there is still something to be said about receiving a tangible piece of direct mail.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a designer and with that comes my love of paper. It’s the excitement of a brand new swatch book, the feel of the grain, the smell of the ink when samples come fresh off the press. Although not everyone shares my sometimes-exaggerated appreciation of paper, I found a few people who do. I recently (more…)

Set Foot Into New Hire Kelsey Kuller’s Office

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Kelsey Kuller

I love the freedom of advertising. How many careers actually encourage their employees to catch up on their creativity, catchy puns and Facebook posting ideas? Not many. It is a bonus knowing that these activities help businesses reach out to their audiences in a meaningful way, ultimately helping them become successful, sought-after businesses.

However, my curiosity and possible career routes had both grown over the years, so I needed a final shove to become fully dedicated to this field.

I looked to my role model, my mother, to help me decide which career path to take. This woman not only brought me into the world, she is someone who has seen and supported me through it all. You see, my mother is the “how does she do it?” kind of awesome. And you’ll come to see why I have these bragging rights. (more…)

A Smooth Ride for Customers & Prospects

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Martin Fredricks

Writing is like driving.

From A to B, uneducated to informed, ambivalence to desire, immobility to action – the goal is always the same: get somewhere. Or, to be more precise, take someone else there.

Either way, writing or driving, it’s a journey. Along the way it’s important to always make sure the passenger is comfortable and enjoys the ride.

My father taught me about placing the passenger at the center of the experience when I was 14 and had my learner’s permit. He kept his patience, somehow, as I slammed us through a thousand jerky starts and chin-to-dashboard stops. “The safety and comfort of your passengers are your responsibility,” he told me. “Begin slowing for stops early so they’re never pressed into their safety belts. Don’t slam their backs into the seats with quick starts. Make easy turns instead of jags.” And then there was the statement that tied it all together: “Do all of it right, and they’ll forget they’re in a vehicle at all.”

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Clarity Brings New Beginnings

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Melissa Davidson

Being a public relations writer means you are the voice of the client. You share their successes, innovations and ideas through a clever and delicate balance of words and phrases, creating a simple and concise message that entices readers beginning to end. It’s this exciting challenge of word play that defines my role on the IRONCLAD Marketing Team.

We are all faced with challenges daily, whether as individuals, small businesses or Fortune 500 companies. It’s not these challenges that shape who we are, but rather our reaction – how we respond to the circumstances, experiences, accomplishments and tribulations — that molds us. I write about how others have overcome, so I share with you a few of my curve balls that have impacted who I am and brought me to today.

I grew up in a small North Dakota town of about 2,500, surrounded by coal mines and power plants. My dad was a police officer, which, as you can imagine, made me very uneasy when I became a teenager. My mom (more…)