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The Tangled Web of Net Neutrality

In December of 2017, FCC commissioners, led by chairman Ajit Pai, voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations. In the wake of that decision, Mr. Pai was dubbed "the most hated man on the internet" - so hated that earlier this year, death threats forced him to cancel his appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show. It wasn't the first time.

Posted Apr 10, 2018

VI Employee Spotlight: Valerie Trammell

It’s safe to say: Valerie Trammell eats her Wheaties.

Posted Apr 5, 2018

Behavior Change Marketing: Improving Health in Oklahoma… and Beyond.

VI has been at the forefront of behavior change marketing for years, based on our client mix and passion for making the world a better place.

Posted Mar 29, 2018

Utilizing Multiple Media Tactics to Create a Successful Digital Campaign

A few months ago, eMarketer reported that U.S. adults now spend an average of 12 hours and seven minutes with media each day. This is a double-edge sword for marketers. We know that people are highly engaged with media, but where do you start in reaching them effectively?

Posted Mar 29, 2018

Snacktime: How to Use Short-form Video to Leave a Lasting Impression

“Snackable” 6-second ads have been popping up in the digital space, as well as traditional media, for the past year. And now, industry leaders are saying 2018 is “go-time” for these short videos. As attention spans dwindle and the need for on-the-go information rises, these bite-size videos are giving the consumer what they seek and enticing them for more.

Posted Mar 29, 2018

VIth Sense: Bank on Bank Research

You know most of what you need to know about your industry, your customers and your competition. You could look at a survey and predict 90% of the answers, right? That’s the story of my career. I know my clients and their industries very well. But I keep pitching primary research to them. And it’s all so that I can make a buck!

Posted Mar 29, 2018

Olympics Ratings Slip, Audiences Watch in New Ways

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics ratings may be down from the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, but NBC won primetime viewing. Audiences watched, advertisers bought time and NBC offered more ways to watch and experience the games with social media and VR technology. 

Posted Mar 20, 2018

3 Social Media Tips to Make 2018 Your Brand’s Best Year Yet

With the constant changes in social media, it’s harder than ever to figure out exactly what you should (or shouldn’t) be doing for your brand. Lucky for you, I’m here to lay it down, with a few simple tips that will make 2018 your best year yet! 

Posted Mar 1, 2018

VI Marketing and Branding Takes Home People’s Choice Award and Best of Show at Oklahoma City ADDY Awards

It’s award season in Oklahoma City, and VI Marketing and Branding stole the show at the 52nd annual Oklahoma City ADDY Awards. The agency took home 61 awards, including top honors for their work with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism & Recreation.

Posted Feb 28, 2018

VIth Sense: Top 5 Factors of a Weak Brand

You might agree that a strong brand leads to more sales and customer loyalty. But, how do you know if your brand is weak or strong? I recently wrote about the top 5 factors of a strong brand. Here’s the list that you don’t want to relate to.

Posted Feb 27, 2018

What the Atkins Diet Can Teach Us About Branding

When I was 14 years old, my mom went on the Atkins diet. She was not alone. In fact, at the height of its popularity, one in eleven North American adults claimed to be on a low-carb diet such as Atkins. Good for all of those adults willingly trying to live a better life, but no one mentions the casualties. I’m talking about the thousands of children, like myself, who were forced to go without pasta and bread for months on end. Because when mom goes on a diet, the entire house goes on a diet. My mom, like many, held the keys to the food kingdom. This was one of the first times in my life that I realized my mother was in complete and carb-free control.

Posted Feb 22, 2018

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Marketing

The phrase “artificial intelligence” can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it rouses fear of sentient machines vying to control the world. For others, it is an example of incredible scientific achievement. Whether you fear A.I. or revere it, you can be certain of one thing: artificial intelligence isn’t the future. It’s the now.

Posted Feb 13, 2018