It’s 2022. Small businesses are being crushed by bigger businesses, governments, changing economies, pandemic, and their own stagnation. Since the pandemic has forced advertisement to be more digital, we need to address the stinky elephant in the room. I think I speak for the majority of us, but I’ll keep it to the businesses I know of- it’s time to fire Facebook, Meta, or whatever they want to call themselves.
As a veteran digital marketer based in Portland, OR, I’ve seen the world of search engine marketing, social media, analytics and conversion optimization evolve since optimizing my first website in 1996. One of the more prominent trends affecting digital marketing agencies I’ve personally experienced in the last few years is the client’s increasing desire to take search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) and social media marketing in-house. The trend, while logical, has dangerous implications for corporations and agencies alike.
In 2001, I was hired at Nike while I was going to college. After a few years of working at the sports juggernaut, Nike, the hoopla of telling all my family and close friends wore off. However, I never got tired of telling anyone I was a Nike employee. My prior knowledge of Nike’s brand
Réland Logan is an award-winning marketer, the founder of Gray Digital Marketing and the host of the Diverse Marketing Podcast. Growing up multi-racial in a world where she could only check one box, Réland uses her marketing skills and lived experience to shape marketing campaigns to reach groups that are traditionally marginalized.
I’m writing to tell you the pitfalls and demanding lifestyle of being a glorified risk-taker. If you’re looking for a “how-to” be an entrepreneur, this may or may not be for you. And no, I’m not trying to be overdramatic. I want you to know this is a lifestyle, not a hobby.
It’s not a surprise to see a lousy business file for bankruptcy. Before 2020, the Blockbuster bankruptcy wasn’t that big of a stir because Netflix and RedBox were already disrupting the market. The problems were evident. Netflix had good online tech.
The purpose of this report is to start the conversation in suburban areas like the Greater Vancouver, Washington area, part of the metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon, and as Vancouver competes with Washington’s major metropolis of Seattle. In addition, we hope to clarify issues with those who choose to start and stay on this journey of the business founder who is looking for resources and technical assistance.