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From the top floor of the Campbell Mithun Tower, SCG’s 41 Stories blog is all about the latest marketing trends, technology and best practices.

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Product Photography 101: Teaching the Basics at Mound Westonka High School

By Trevor Nolte October 18, 2018
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At SCG, we believe in the power of mentorship and giving back to our local community. Recently, my colleague Ryan Pederson and I had the opportunity to teach some basic product photography skills to AP art students at a local high school. We were invited to conduct an informal photography workshop with students from Mound Westonka High School’s AP Studio Art 3D: Design Portfolio class. These talented artists have spent the semester creating original 3D art in mediums like sculpture…

What is Your Marketing Really Signaling to Prospects and Customers?

By Patrick Strother October 12, 2018
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Your brand has an identity. You’ve got logos, taglines, brand colors—the works. There are people—possibly YOU—whose job it is to be on top of your brand’s marketing. Despite all these things, it’s possible your marketing is sending out signals you don’t intend.

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Why Web Development Pros Love Craft CMS

By Brian Larson October 5, 2018
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Whether you’re a front-end web developer, designer or marketing professional at a midsize business, choosing the right web content management system (CMS) for your specific needs is overwhelming. The hardest part just may be that many CMSs are great solutions when implemented safely and properly. But as Matt explained last week, at SCG we have a new favorite—and it’s Craft. While Matt walked through this CMS from the perspective of a content creator, I’m going to tell you why it’s…

Sorry, But You May Not Have Really Appeared in 10 LinkedIn Searches This Week

By Jeron Udean September 27, 2018
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If you’re like me, you often receive emails from LinkedIn with a subject line that says you appeared in X number of searches this week. If you’re also like me, you never looked too closely at those emails, but did appreciate knowing people were seeking you out directly or looking for someone with your skillset.

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A Creative’s Guide to Craft CMS

By Matt Helgeson September 27, 2018
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The team at Strother Communications Group has created websites for organizations of every size, from the University of Minnesota to entrepreneurial startups like Pinpoint Advisory. While we’re worked with many web development platforms and content management systems, for the last few years we’ve generally focused on the ultra-popular, easy-to-use WordPress CMS. But, after working with our team who developed the recently launched LearnItByArt.com for our client Pacon, I’ve have fallen in love with Craft. It’s a new, more streamlined and stable…

Could Twitter Actually Be Improving?

Could It Be? Could Twitter Actually Be Improving?

By Logan Lafferty September 21, 2018
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In terms of popular opinion, Twitter has been trending downward for awhile now. For the past few years, the giant tech company has been embroiled in no shortage of challenges: parsing through Russian bots, stamping out terrorism recruitment, and being the center of debate surrounding what free speech means.

How to Come Up with Content Marketing Ideas that Actually Work

By Kate Tichy September 20, 2018
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Whether you’re creating content as basic as a blog post or as sophisticated as an interactive brochure, your efforts will be rewarded only if you actually engage your target audience, answer their questions and prove your value to them.

Desktop is Dead (Sort Of): What Google’s Mobile-First Index Means for Your Web Design

By Jason Dafnis September 14, 2018
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Google’s new mobile-first index will look at the mobile version of your site before the desktop version. What does that mean for your site design?

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What I Learned Being an Intern at an Integrated Marketing Agency

By Phoebe Janisch August 31, 2018
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Having the word “expert” next to your name in a leadership bio is no easy feat. Many claim it, but few actually live it. And as industry writers, we know that it takes a lot of planning, eyes, edits and rewrites before we can consider a project “complete” (and take notice the air quotes around the word “complete”) and deliver it with confidence.

PPC for B2B Blog Series

PPC for B2B Part 1: Casting a Small Net in a Big Sea

By Dana Farmer August 30, 2018
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Whether you’re dabbling in marketing technologies or you’re a full-on MarTech nerd, you should understand the fundamentals of why PPC tactics are incredibly powerful for targeting prospects, no matter how niche your B2B company is. In this blog series, PPC for B2B, I will discuss how to use PPC (pay-per-click) tools for B2B campaigns, despite the misconception that they work best for B2C. While many PPC tools are designed to capture large audiences across their multiple internet browsing habits, they…