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The Most Significant Driver of Analytics Value Is Not Just Domain Expertise. It Is Trust.

by Steve Kerr

The most successful data-driven marketers rely on specific insights and recommendations from their analytics teams to optimize their strategies and boost performance. Whether these analytics teams are internal departments or external vendors, the goal should be the same: to equip decision makers with the most accurate, timely, and — above all — actionable information to increase performance and operational efficiency.

Instagram Allows Users to Post Up to 10 Photos or Videos as Swipeable Carousel

by Cassandra Craven

Instagram now gives users the ability to share a complete picture of their experiences with a new twist on their classic feed. As of February 22, 2017, Instagrammers can share multiple photos and videos in one post. “You no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember,” Instagram writes.

LinkedIn Updates Focus on Millennials Looking to Link Up

by Madeline McGee

LinkedIn is making it that much easier for any novice to link up. This week, LinkedIn began implementing new functionality and designs that are good news, not just for job-seekers, but also for college students searching for internships this summer.

Creating A Safer World Through DNA

by Tom Lillig

It’s rare that Stone Ward gets to work with a client that has the potential to create a safer world. However, ANDE is one of those clients. ANDE is a Massachusetts-based company that is a leader in the Rapid DNA analysis category. The conventional approach to human DNA identification requires weeks or months of work by highly skilled technicians using sophisticated equipment which is operated and maintained in a lab.

Christmas Cash – Building More than Customer Excitement

by Amanda Hughes

There are a magnitude of various channels you can use to communicate with your customers and new ideas and platforms are being developed every day.  However, research done by Marketing Sherpa shows email is the most preferred method by which consumers want a brand to engage with them.  Most notable is email is the preferred method across almost every demographic.

Gordon Logan, Sport Clips CEO and Founder, named Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Franchise Association

by Dana Dussing Berry

It’s been said everyone has a story…and Stone Ward truly believes this about the businesses and people with whom we work. The tale of how Gordon Logan founded and built the franchise Sport Clips Haircuts is one worthy of telling. As our client, we nominated Gordon for the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Entrepreneur of the Year award, one of its highest honors.

How Brands and Consumers Scored Big On Social Media Super Bowl Sunday

by Cassandra Craven

On Super Bowl Sunday it wasn’t just the players scoring big, brands maximized their social media content in a big way before, during, and after the big game. Super Bowl LI was one of the top four most watched TV shows in American history – tied with the 2012 Super Bowl.  About 111.3 million tuned in to Fox for the Super Bowl last night, according to Nielsen.

Heide Harrell to Serve as 2017 PRSA Southwest District Board Chair

by Lucie Pathmann

Senior Brand Manager and Senior Public Relations Account Manager Heide Harrell, MA, APR, was recently elected to serve as the 2017 chair for the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) Southwest District. The district represents 14 chapters in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas. The District serves as a link between local PRSA chapters and national leadership.

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