People often say motivation doesn't last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.
Arrangemenship is the art of knowing who to meet, when to meet, and what to say to develop meaningful relationships for our clients.
It’s all about knowing how to connect the dots……
The Big Think is an interactive deep dive into all aspects of your business that is designed to uncover strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities specific to your company and brand. On The Ball will create a written action plan following The Big Think strategy session.
Copywriting can be done for press releases, websites, and collateral materials such as sell sheets,…
Copywriting can be done for press releases, websites, and collateral materials such as sell sheets, decks, pamphlets, labels, and anything used to relay your message.
Design is used to create logos, websites, banners, collateral materials, social media assets, and anything…
Design is used to create logos, websites, banners, collateral materials, social media assets, and anything used to represent your brand.
Rebranding is creating a new identity for your brand or product by giving it either a logo, design, sales/social media strategy or a combination thereof.
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Sales training is a valuable tool offered to companies looking to support…
Sales training is a valuable tool offered to companies looking to support current or new sales people to help them and the company grow.
Speaking is offered for any message, motivation, or mentoring you would like to extend in your company or event.
Social media is managed by our team to bring awareness to your brand and develop engaging relationships with your existing and new customers.
We believe in "skin in the game"
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On the Ball took a taste of our own medicine by launching a health and beauty company in 2009, called PureSuasion. Our first product is an eyelash growth stimulator in the same category as Latisse. The Agency named the company and the product, and created an entire marketing plan, including logos, packaging, web site, distribution and PR.
The newest and most innovative retail concept, by serial entrepreneur Warren Struhl, where digital photos come to life by turning them into physical art. We provided strategic development and partnerships resulting in equity partnership.
A new product entry that eliminates smells at the source with its odor-break technology. We did a complete re-branding with new name, logo, design, social media, and strategic sales development resulting in equity partnership.
A B to C idea born out of the relationship with B to B company USA RAD, a leader in the tele-medicine space. We provided new logo, social media, and strategic development in the marketplace, resulting in equity partnership.
A new product started by a career businesswoman with the opportunity to seize the marketplace. We did naming, logo, design, website design, manufacturing and sourcing, social media, video, and strategic sales development resulting in equity partnership.
From concept development to implementation resulting in equity partnership
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We provided an end-to-end solution including naming, logo, design, website design, manufacturing and sourcing, and sales for a retired entrepreneur who wanted to gain access to the Home Goods market, resulting in equity partnership.
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South Florida's Favorite Networking Event
Eat : Drink : Think is The Premier place to network your business to the next level. Created in December by On The Ball Marketing, Eat : Drink : Think connects the dots for networking in business. We open the doors for small business owners, CEO’s, COO’s and Executives to connect with each other to help grow business.
The Ft. Lauderdale event is hosted at the O Lounge, inside the YOLO Restaurant complex at 333 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Guests can attend the event at no cost for registration and will receive complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5:30pm to 8:00pm every last Tuesday of each Month. There is a cash bar on hand and dress attire is business casual.
Eat : Drink : Think offers the perfect opportunity for local business and community leaders to connect with other businesses in the same market. Instead of pairing with people in the same industry, here you pair with people in different industries. This allows you to make connections where you normally wouldn’t. Instead of a lengthy presentation or boring dinner at a table, Eat : Drink : Think is a full blown networking event. People stand, connect and share business cards and stories.
To join Eat : Drink : Think, simply submit your Name, Company and the names of your Guests and Their companies to: email@example.com
This allows us to have your name added to the email list and your name tag reserved when you RSVP. You will receive all emails related to the invite including each month’s invite. We also encourage everyone to connect with us by liking us on Facebook or joining the group on LinkedIn.
Facebook: Eat : Drink : Think -Facebook
LinkedIn Group: Eat : Drink : Think -LinkedIn
Contact Zack Stein, the Event Manager with On The Ball Marketing by sending him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Using social media to communicate to the world
Against all Odds: Why the Product Launch Matters Most
An invention’s survival comes from its product launch. Richard C. Levy*, inventor of the Furby, says that the “marketing of it, getting it together, and getting it out” makes up 90 percent of an original idea’s efforts that lead to success.
Inventor, Ben Atkin, developed the recently launched iGlucose meter: a smart, compact glucose meter that automatically sends glucose readings via text message or email to a diabetic’s family members, caregivers or physicians.
After development, Ben needed help bringing this valuable healthcare product to market and that’s where being referred to Steve Nudelberg proved vital.
We recently had the pleasure of interviewing our very own Steve Nudelberg, Principal of On The Ball Marketing, on how he was able to help Ben with the necessary “90% effort” of bringing iGlucose to market.
The iGlucose Product Launch: How Steve Nudelberg Helped
Question: How did iGlucose become a client of On The Ball?
Steve: At On The Ball, we firmly believe in the power of our relationship network. In this case, we helped bring another health related product to market, called Verichip, and their CEO referred us to Benjamin Atkin.
One of the most important ingredients is chemistry. After meeting with Ben it was clear we had a bond on both a personality and business. Additionally, we shared a real excitement for technology that will alter how diabetics take care of themselves.
Question: What makes On The Ball and iGlucose a good fit?
Steve: iGlucose, like many other startups, was in need of a tremendous amount of resources: everything from branding and packaging, to distribution. On The Ball specializes in helping these emerging companies by offering specific resources that they would not be able to afford in other cases.
We help products and businesses like iGlucose in a 3-fold manner:
In any early stage company, revenue is important. We help emerging companies generate pre-revenue through impeccable sales strategy which involves “arrangemenship,” sales planning and training.
For iGlucose we have already created three very high level, significant relationships with national organizations that will be responsible for distributing to their end users. This is the beauty of what we call arrangemenship, which is one of our most valuable and unique services our clients are not able to find elsewhere.
The On The Ball team is full of creative thinkers with the experience and resources for branding a new company or product from the ground up —including logo design, website design, and establishing a strong online presence that never existed before.
3. Social Media & PR
We are responsible for generating a stir in the digital world and building a fan base before the product even makes it to market. We rely heavily on our social media strategy and expertise to do this and really set ourselves apart in this area.
Question: In what ways is iGlucose different than other clients?
Steve: Not very different. They align very nicely with what our core client acquisition strategy is. Who is our dream client? An entrepreneur who is looking for sales and marketing resources and doesn’t have upfront capital to afford a full-blown marketing or sales department.
We’ll work hard now and invest the time and talent, working with what and whom we know in the early stages in return for equity. As we cross the finish line together there’s a win-win.
Having spent the majority of my personal career in business development and marketing, I’ve had deep relationships for many years with other healthcare related clients, such as Humana and Hearx, so our relationship capital in healthcare is strong.
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Give us a call at 954.332.2200. We’d love to hear from you!
As most of you know, On The Ball is highly recognized as a strategic networking company bringing people together to make appropriate introductions and connections to help businesses grow.
Would you ever think this kind of business could be done at Marlins Park? Whether you like the sport or not, it’s not about the game, it’s about the experience. And On The Ball and the Marlins have teamed up to bring such an experience.
Every month, we host around twenty-five or so local business men and women, along with their significant others, in a suite provided by the Marlins. The evening starts with a VIP field visit to view batting practice, followed by a tour of the facility, and ends in a luxurious suite filled with food, drink, baseball, and fun.
Every event has been extremely successful for our guests. The game is nine innings long which carries a very social pace and the small number allows everyone the chance to get to really know each other. One client in particular had never been to an American baseball game and had the time of his life while meeting some potential business relationships. Coincidentally, he and Steve Nudelberg had the exact same birthday(month, day, and year).
Not all networking has to be done on a golf course, at a restaurant, or as a group. Even if you don’t like baseball, the Marlins, or have never been, remember, networking here can be a home run.
BY KRISTIN SHOTWELL
From the always-fashionable Vogue Magazine cover to the juicy Big Mac burger billboard on the right side of the highway, Photoshop creations are everywhere.
Adobe Photoshop is the superior program for all graphic designers, photographers, and advertisers. So superior that it dominates the marketplace. There isn’t another program that offers the same credibility and results that Photoshop produces. So, when I began my internship at On The Ball, a creative, sales, and marketing company, I knew I had to jump on the Photoshop bandwagon.
Photoshop was created in 1988 by two brothers, Thomas and John Knoll, and has since become the industry standard in digital color editing. John Knoll traveled to Silicon Valley to present to engineers and art directors at both Adobe and Apple. Adobe came out with the “W” and purchased the license to distribute in September 1988. When Photoshop 1.0 was released, the options for high-end digital editing systems, like Scitex, were so rare that it often cost businesses $300 an hour for basic photo retouching. Photoshop brought simplicity and convenience to the growing industry of graphic design.
Luckily, I have a few years of experience dealing with Photoshop back in high school throughout my IB Photography courses, but high school was a time or two ago. For the first few days (or weeks) I struggled to understand the most efficient way to complete simple tasks in Photoshop – like change the opacity of layers, add effects, and simply create aesthetically pleasing images. When I was confused on how to do something I would turn to the Internet for answers and, thankfully, 97% of the time I found them.
I have been “photoshopping” for a little over two months now and I still learn something new every day. I’m one of the least artistic people on the planet with the inability to draw a simple animal with a notebook and pen. However, the beauty of Photoshop is that you don’t have to have the ability to paint, draw or sketch. You just have to have an appreciation and eye for artistic graphics. I have a newfound respect for digital artists and advertisers that are Photoshop masterminds (shout out to our digital marketing guys – Brandamos, you rock). It’s TOUGH stuff.
Though I’m still only a beginner, I’ve created several graphics for On The Ball this summer and have urged others to hop on the Photoshop game as well. Even the most basic Photoshop knowledge can be beneficial in the marketing industry. I can now create fundamental graphics and am easily able to learn more complex Photoshop concepts simply due to the time I committed to learning the ins-and-outs of the program. I enjoy digital artwork and hope to learn more about graphic design in the coming years.
For those not currently in the marketing industry, you cannot understand the time and effort it takes to create digital art until you try to create it yourself. I urge everyone to take a stab at Photoshop if you have the time to do so (there is a free 30-day trial available). Then, you will appreciate the true beauty of every advertisement and Sports Illustrated cover (and attempt to ease the pain of seeing Lebron in a Cavs jersey this season).
BY SHELBY LISTOKIN
Though I have only been at On The Ball for about a month, I have learned more about the marketing industry than I ever expected. As a Pre-Veterinary major at the University of Delaware, it’s safe to say that this internship is a completely different experience for me. I’ve never studied marketing or business but have always appreciated the art of marketing and advertising. While I knew my educational background did not suggest it, this was an avenue I was always eager to explore.
My career change was scary at first but my experience at On The Ball has guided me into the intimidating yet inevitable transition from college student to working professional. The first time I walked into the OTB office I knew it was the perfect place for me to test the waters of the business world. The open space, bright colors, and overall air of camaraderie made me feel immediately welcome.
On The Ball is without a doubt different. All employees are known as “thinkers” and teamwork is heavily encouraged. On The Ball is all about thinking and connecting and, in my opinion, it is these actions that truly drive business – whether it be a veterinary practice or banana stand. From clients to coworkers to business professionals, I feel that my time here has truly taught me to connect with people. Attending events such as their monthly networking event Eat:Drink:Think, client meetings, and even employee sendoffs at the local bar (thanks for the beer, Steve), have all given me the opportunity to connect with and learn from an overwhelming amount of outstanding professionals. I could not be more grateful for this experience and can’t wait to see what OTB does next.
BY ZACK STEIN
Like many of my friends and other Americans across the nation, the World Cup mania has hit my living room. In other parts of the world, soccer or futbol is often bigger than life. Here in the United States, it’s simply FOOTBALL. I have to be honest, it finally feels good to all be united, as an entire nation, in support of the US Men’s team!
As a marketer, I am always intrigued how brands interact with big events such as the Superbowl or Presidential Election. It doesn’t get any bigger than when the whole world is watching at the World Cup.
We can all learn from Nike’s advertising campaigns. (As I am writing this we have Breaking News: Lebron James goes back to Cleveland! Well…shit!)
Nike’s World Cup campaign is called “Risk Everything.” This message goes beyond soccer and beyond the brand, it is a story about determination. Here at On The Ball, when we talk about creating original social media content, it’s always based around an emotion. And that’s exactly what Nike did. Nike sold personal achievement. Does it get any better than that? Nike established an immediate connection with its loyal following and brand ambassadors while getting the entire world to watch them do it. In such a saturated advertising opportunity, where the players wear more logos than a NASCAR driver, Nike went back to the fundamentals and crafted a message that any ordinary person could understand. At the end of the day, Nike wasn’t “marketing” but they were telling a story. “Risk Everything” and the sky is the limit!
If you haven’t seen one of Nike’s commercials for the World Cup, you can watch it here: Nike Last World Cup Commercial 2014 ft. Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Ibrahimović, Iniesta
Written by Michelle Esposito and Steve Nudelberg
Can you imagine what it must have been like to be part of Microsoft, Apple, or Google in the very beginning? What thoughts consumed their leaders?
Obviously, each of these companies are technology-based companies that have clearly defined the markets that they operate in and, in the recent past at least, they have all been very successful. There are many similarities and, besides the obvious though, they all can lay claim to having pioneered “the next big thing” in their particular areas. In some cases, they can claim more than one “next big thing”.
On the Ball is always looking to partner with these emerging companies and ideas that can be the “next big thing”! We have found such a partner in Aplicor. With the launch of their newest offering, Aplicor 3C, they have developed one application that is at the heart of growing companies.
It can be very exciting to be part of the “next big thing” but only if there is a market for it. Whether it is technology, pharmaceuticals, or fashion, you must be able to see a large enough market for a product or service.
The big question is always:
Is this product or service something that a large number of people or companies are going to want OR can the company deliver the product or service in a timely manner and at a price that the largest percentage of the market is willing to pay?
At Aplicor, they have found a way to answer yes to these questions and they believe they have the “next big thing”.
In addition, growing companies need more than an application, they need a growth strategy and ecosystem of partnerships in which they can thrive. Aplicor has a yes answer for that as well – The Growth Partner Network.
We are proud to be part of the Growth Partner Network, a collection of like-minded business professionals who all share a passion for growing companies.
Others such as Michael Daskal, from Daskal Bolton, and Bob White, from Gunster, have already jumped on the bandwagon.
So I ask you, if you share this same passion, what are you waiting for?
If you could go back to 1975 and join Microsoft, would you?
BY KRISTIN SHOTWELL
It’s funny how everything happens for a reason. Growing up, my father always told me before every new school year, volleyball match, and new job to create value. This may seem like an odd sendoff to most, but to me, it was the ultimate motivation. You don’t have to be valuable to be successful, but, if you’re valuable, success will follow.
Coincidentally, I chose to devote my time as an intern to a marketing company that believes in the same sentiment. On The Ball focuses on creating value for their clients.
I’ve been a member of the On The Ball team for a little over a month now. I say, “team member” because On The Ball is truly a team. Ever since the first morning I walked through the office doors, I was greeted with welcoming attitudes, tough plays to learn, and encouraging words.
The first Monday morning team meeting began with introductions and Steve Nudelberg deeming me “Social Media Coordinator” because he hates the word “intern” – safe to say, I didn’t mind my first day promotion. The meeting proceeded and I listened with open ears with the hope of one day becoming as skilled in marketing as my new teammates sitting around the table.
As a Journalism and Mass Communication student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on Public Relations, I will be the first to say that marketing was a new world to me. I wasn’t familiar with marketing strategies, social media account management, or business development. But, I can proudly say that I have gained more knowledge than I ever could have imagined, solely in my first month here.
On The Ball’s ultimate goal as a company is to create value for our clients. Through sales, creative, marketing, and social media, we strive to invest time and talent into making businesses grow.
And, we succeed.
The new skills I’ve acquired in my first month at On The Ball have exceeded any experience I’ve had in my professional life thus far. I’ve learned how to manage accounts, converse professionally with clients, successfully manage multiple social media platforms, create graphics on Photoshop, expand my network, and most importantly, create value.
Even though I knew On The Ball was my style when I first walked in, adorned with sports memorabilia, a full-size basketball hoop, pinball machine and stadium seats, my experiences with my team members have proved far more important than any sports decorations. Times spent talking strategy over an impromptu office lunch accompanied with Cuban sandwiches (and Dos Equis of course) have shown me that On The Ball has been the best summer internship to lay my foundation as a marketing professional.
I appreciate the opportunity On The Ball has given me to play alongside some of the biggest stars and learn the basics to begin creating a name for myself in the marketing industry. I am eager to watch the company grow and plan on trying my best to help On The Ball continue to create value for clients during my time here this summer.
Written by Grant Cohen
Earlier this week, the publication known as AdAge received a sales deck distributed out to Facebook users. The deck states that the multi-billion dollar corporation has slowly been implementing a new algorithm that is forcing company pages to PAY in order for their posts to receive significant traction. What this means is that Facebook is essentially forcing marketers to fork up the cash if they wish to reach their fans organically. Many marketers have already noticed this trend as their content has been appearing in front of fewer and fewer eyeballs.
Why does a multi-billion dollar corporation, with one of the most recognizable names on the planet, need to start nickel and diming brands all of the sudden?
Facebook’s answer is simple: competition.
As more and more brands are hopping on the “social media bandwagon”, less and less space exists to get their messages across. At least, that’s what Facebook wants you to believe. Giant corporations never lie, right? The Internet is not a box that gets filled up — cyberspace is nearly limitless. The reality of the situation is more of a supply-and-demand issue than anything else. Let’s be realistic, here. What Facebook is really saying is: “You want to advertise a message to your fans? So do about 100 million other companies. Pay up and we’ll see what we can do for you.”
The way this “pay-to-play” system works is, once you post something on Facebook, you can choose to “boost” the post by placing money toward that post and narrowing down a demographic you wish to appeal to. Either that, or just opt for a general boost which places your post on much more of your existing fan’s news feeds.
Let’s say your company has 15,000 page likes and you post a piece of content. That piece of content may only land on about 100 of your fan’s newsfeeds, where as it use to show up in front a much larger percentage of your company’s fans. These fans went out of their way to like your company’s page at some point because they genuinely liked your brand and wanted that content. But nowadays, brands have to either pay to reach those fans or just hope said fans type the company name into the Facebook search bar and go looking for that content. Which is, of course, unlikely.
All in all, it’s a brilliant marketing plan, as Facebook’s revenue will surely increase in the coming months. In the real world, (the non-social media world) companies have to pay for advertising. So Facebook most likely figures that they should get a piece of that pie as well. Financially, it makes sense. Morally, well… that’s another story.
BY GIANA PACINELLI
It was hard for people to rationalize how Apple could value Beats at $3.2 billion. With the most recent Apple news exposed, however, we have learned that Apple always has a master plan. The news leaked through 9to5Mac, when Apple submitted a specification to its MFi licensing program for headphones, which connect using the company’s proprietary Lightning port, instead of the customary 3.5mm jack.
What does this mean for customers? Like most situations, there are positives and negatives to this speculative news.
The rationale is that this new Lightning port will offer higher-quality audio. Additionally, customers expect to (eventually) be able to use these headphones for more than just skipping tracks, changing the volume and controlling other applications. In an article done by Forbes, it is believed that Lighting’s port will offer the ability to have headphones charge a device while in use. Of course, it is likely to assume that these new headphones will sport the Beats logo.
The downside to this revolutionary technology is just that – it is so revolutionary that it makes your existing technology obsolete. Users will incur an additional expense in buying into the new, pricey Lightning headphones or they will need to purchase an adapter to maintain using their current headphones. The same goes for any other technology you use with headphones, Apple or not. If you are to purchase the Lightning headphones (which will likely be mandated by Apple), you cannot use them with your Windows work computer or your wireless TV. If you refuse to buy the Lightning headphones, an adapter needs to be purchased for your Macbook, your iPad as well as your iPhone.
Although the information on this Lightning technology is still very vague (intentionally so), it poses a major question for both avid and casual Apple users alike. Do we trust Apple’s process? Or do we run to the competition?
One of the advantages of Apple technology is that all the different models are easily synchronized. Although they still can be, at what price? Even though these changes aren’t expected to take place anytime soon, it does provide an explanation to Apple’s acquisition of Beats.
BY FRANCIS LITRENTO
I started my journey at On the Ball just a few short weeks ago. On my first day, I walked into the office greeted by smiling faces all sitting around what is known as the “war room table.” Once seated, Steve got right into our weekly Monday morning meetings. At first, I wasn’t sure what was going on, but by the next Monday I was totally with the On the Ball program. We start off with a quick recap of our weekend. Someone always has an interesting story to tell so it’s a really entertaining part of the meeting. Then, we go on to break down our schedules for the upcoming weeks. After we’re done with our routine, we tell the group how we feel on a 1-10 scale.
Whether I’m formulating social media posts, conducting research, or creating graphics on photo editing software, I always try to put out my best work, not for personal pride but to elevate OTB.
I have learned a lot in my short time here, thus far. The funny thing is, most of what I have learned was right under my nose. I have always used social media, but never knew how to reach and target anyone. From my own personal social channels, I had always felt alone on Facebook and Twitter. Now, when I post, I put more thought into the content I’m putting out there. I don’t always try to grab people’s attention but I seem to get a lot more engagement than I used to.
All in all, I have loved working at OTB and will continue to grow and learn from my time here. My goals for the coming months are as follows: to get over 15 likes or shares on a post, to get The Eppy Group’s Google + to 50 or more followers, and to make a concerted effort to always be punctual. I want to personally thank Steve Nudelberg for the opportunity. You don’t know how much this means to me. Since working at On The Ball, I now wake up everyday with a greater sense of purpose.
The NBA playoffs are well underway and, thus far, have been exhilarating. The first round of the playoffs was the most competitive first round in NBA history. Do you know what that means? It means dollar signs to the nth degree for the NBA and its cherished marketing relationships. The higher the level of competition, the higher the ratings. The higher the ratings, the more valuable the marketing opportunities become for both the NBA and the brands willing to spend the money.
Brands are currently foaming at the mouth to get a piece of the action. Superstar OKC Thunder forward, Kevin Durant, stars in a new spot for Sprint to support the NBA’s official wireless telecommunications provider’s Family Plan. You simply can not watch an NBA playoff game without seeing this commercial, as it plays during virtually every break.
BMO’s new Toronto Raptors sponsorship looks to have paid off as well. Our NBA friends north of the border enter the playoffs after their best season ever. The bank (BMO) is taking advantage of the high-profile games by focusing on experiential advertising, creating quick-turnaround tie-ins to live events.
Think Like a Man Too, the feature-film slated for release in June, has stepped up to the plate as well. By signing a deal with TNT to cross-promote the film and the playoffs, both sides get to take advantage of each other’s unique appeal. For starters, the title of the film is prominently displayed on the large, horizontal graphic underneath the scorers table during each playoff game. In addition to that, the hilarious Kevin Hart spot on TNT of him playing all four analysts drew laughter from across the nation as he mocked long-time TNT personalities Shaq, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson. This video is now reaching viral status. A fact that Turner Sports is surely well aware of as they rake in the cash.
This video is now reaching viral status. A fact that Turner Sports is surely well aware of as they rake in the cash. Being only halfway through the playoffs, it will be interesting to see what marketers have waiting in the pipeline.
It’s also worth mentioning that worldwide mega-star Pharrell Williams has a new reason to be “Happy” as he signed a multi-million dollar deal with TNT to be the “soundtrack of the playoffs.” You may have noticed a particularly snappy, hand-clappy beat on-repeat leading into TNT’s halftime show or when the games break for commercial. That’s Pharell’s new hit “Come Get it Bae” – playing on loop in NBA fans heads for the past 3 weeks or so.
As the NBA continues to grow its global brand, the opportunity to establish strategic partnerships grows tenfold. The NBA and its marketing division will continue to build on this success in hopes to reach NFL-level success.
Written by Grant Cohen
BY ZACK STEIN
Once a quarter, at On The Ball, we take a retreat to really drink our own Kool-Aid (and then a few cocktails later on). For those of you who know us, it’s like an internal “Big Think” session. What’s working, what’s not, processes, accountability, the list goes on and on. Leaders, which are everyone here at OTB, have to decide together what kind of design will work best for our organization given the culture that we have established and the strategic goals of our business that we had set in the beginning of the year.
As we are sitting in one of the suites at Marlins Park with cold beers and hot food, special thanks to our client, the Miami Marlins, for hooking us up! We had to look back at the past four months and evaluate our successes and failures.
Prior to our meeting, the 15 of us were asked to fill out an anonymous form with numerous questions on it, however, the one that stood out was, “What is working GREAT at On The Ball?” Our moderator, President of All Systems Grow and friend and client of On the Ball, Julia Aquino, started to read out the answers.
The commonality amongst all of our answers included one theme –
1.cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.
Acting as a part of a team builds trust, character, confidence, and ultimately allows everyone to achieve goals. Group effort is always more effective than individual effort and here at OTB we pride ourselves on this principle. We always say, when working collaboratively on clients in the War Room, that it only takes a kernel of an idea from someone to steer us in the direction of success for our clients. Since I’ve become a “Thinker” at On The Ball over two years ago, today is the strongest team we have ever had. Teamwork is the fundamental ingredient to any successful organization and I guess its sort of humbling to know that in a blind survey, every person here puts the team in front of themselves. Until the next retreat, I will leave you with this…
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
― Phil Jackson
P.S. Define Irony? An agency (On The Ball, if you didn’t know) that is fueled by teamwork has their retreat at a baseball game (the ultimate team sport) where our client, the Miami Marlins, are currently in first place!
Each day, over 100 million Americans watch some sort of online video, according to comScore’s 2012 US Digital Future In Focus report. Think about that for a moment. That’s nearly a third of the entire American population! These numbers show a 43% increase of online video viewers per day since 2010.
So what’s changed? Why video and why now?
The answer is not as simple as you may think. Part of the reason video is so massively popular is that it’s just easier to reach a consumer that way. People enjoy being visually stimulated, entertained and made to laugh. However, the ultimate answer is more complex than all that.
Creating quality relatable video is vital to the success of one’s brand nowadays. If your video is funny enough, heart-warming enough, inspiring enough, people will buy your product without even giving a damn what it actually is!
Companies are endlessly trying to assess and impress their demographic, and with video, there is an even greater chance to make an impact. Why is that? We’ll explain soon enough!
These days, the sources of video are seemingly endless. Facebook, instagram, vine, vimeo and youtube all allow us to upload our videos with ease. With the click of a button, our videos are catapulted into internet cyberspace for the whole world to feast their eyes upon.
So, video is easy, it’s relatable, it stimulates us visually but we’ve yet to answer the question. Why Video? Why is video anywhere and everywhere? The real reason: THE ABILITY TO SHARE.
Sharing is caring
Sharing video with friends, family and anyone else in the universe has become the technological phenomenon of the 21st century.
If you see a video you love and you want to share it, with the simplest of steps you can extend that video out to one friend, a group of friends, or an entire community that shares similar interests.
With Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc, we use hashtags to involve an entire network of people with shared interests. “You like sports? Check out this incredible slam dunk from last night’s game! #Basketball #SlamDunk.” Now your video is readily accessible to anyone on the planet who shows an interest in basketball and/or slam dunks.
That’s why we share every last bit of video with others. We feel they may gain enjoyment out of it as well. It helps us relate to others just as brands are attempting to relate to consumers.
Brands no longer need to hone in on one segmented demographic. They don’t have to spend painstaking time and effort perfecting the precise, unique message they’re trying to convey. They can have a dozen different messages for a dozen different communities and those that appreciate will share with their friends or networks. Most TV commercials are on youtube now, too. So if you missed it live, chances are someone you know shared it online already. Happy sharing, everyone!
Written by Grant Cohen