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Strategy

arrangemenship

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……

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big-think

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.

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Creative

copywriting

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.

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design

Design is used to create logos, websites, banners, collateral materials, social media assets, and anything used to represent your brand.

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rebranding

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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video

When you need quality video for your executive publications. Call us for a quote.

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Execution

sales

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.

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socialmedia

Social media is managed by our team to bring awareness to your brand and develop engaging relationships with your existing and new customers.

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Partners

We believe in "skin in the game"

onthebook

On The Book

A wholly owned subsidiary of On The Ball, A smart way to communicate a message…

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cileasquare

Cilea

On the Ball took a taste of our own medicine by launching a health and…

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Polaroid Fotobar

The newest and most innovative retail concept, by serial entrepreneur Warren Struhl, where digital photos…

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Squelch

A new product entry that eliminates smells at the source with its odor-break technology. We…

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secondopinions

Second Opinions

A B to C idea born out of the relationship with B to B company…

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counteract

Counter Act

A new product started by a career businesswoman with the opportunity to seize the marketplace.…

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sheets

Sheets Brand

From concept development to implementation resulting in equity partnership Sheets® are paper-thin, individually wrapped pocket-sized…

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myownersbox

My Owners Box

We provided an end-to-end solution including naming, logo, design, website design, manufacturing and sourcing, and…

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onthebook

On The Book.

Posted on: April 14, 2013 by bamos | Category: Partners | Tags:

A wholly owned subsidiary of On The Ball, A smart way to communicate a message using customized books.

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cileasquare

Cilea.

Posted on: April 14, 2013 by bamos | Category: Partners | Tags:
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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.

Website: Cilealash.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+

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polaroidf

Polaroid Fotobar.

Posted on: April 14, 2013 by bamos | Category: Partners | Tags:
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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.

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squelchsplat

Squelch.

Posted on: April 4, 2013 by bamos | Category: Partners | Tags:
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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.

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secondopinions

Second Opinions.

Posted on: April 4, 2013 by bamos | Category: Partners | Tags:

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.

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counteract

Counter Act.

Posted on: April 4, 2013 by bamos | Category: Partners | Tags:

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.

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sheets

Sheets Brand.

Posted on: April 4, 2013 by bamos | Category: Partners | Tags:
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From concept development to implementation resulting in equity partnership

Sheets® are paper-thin, individually wrapped pocket-sized strips. No cans. No bottles. Simply place on tongue and your problem dissolves. How? Sheets® are packed with nutrients/vitamins and other active ingredients that, when placed on tongue, will begin to dissolve allowing for easy digestion.

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myownersbox

My Owners Box.

Posted on: April 4, 2013 by bamos | Category: Partners | Tags:
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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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Clients

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.

Legal

  • Canter Law
  • Ellis and Goldberg
  • Frank, Weinberg, and Black
  • The Brand Liaison

Fitness

  • Commit2bfit
  • Golds Gym
  • The Great Office Escape

Entertainment

  • Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience
  • BB&T Center
  • Club Red
  • G4Productions
  • Wizard World Comicon

Travel

  • American Airlines
  • Aventura Worldwide
  • Ice Portal
  • ImagePhoto
  • OnTv

Sports

  • Baron
  • Club Red
  • Don Shula
  • Dolphin Digest
  • Florida Marlins
  • Florida Panthers
  • LA Stadium
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Sam Madison
  • ForeFront Golf
  • Six Degrees
  • Pro-Circuit Stringing
  • TSS Photography
  • Wannaplaya.com

Retail

  • Art of Shaving
  • Bal Harbour
  • Capitol Lighting
  • Downtown At The Gardens
  • Eckerd Drug
  • Polaroid
  • TurnStyle
  • TY-Group

Product

  • Bed Bug Rid
  • Cape North Vodka
  • CounterAct
  • Cilea
  • EZ Indoor Garden
  • Gladiator Project
  • Mama J
  • My Owners Box
  • Orzell Vodka
  • Plaqueworthy
  • rawJUCE
  • Sheets
  • Squelch
  • Starwhite
  • Toobeez
  • Wizard Creations
  • You In A Nutshell

Non-Profit

  • Andy’s Pasta Dinner
  • Call of The Game
  • Laurens Kids
  • Nick Saban
  • 2-1-1 Broward
  • Pockets and Sockets
  • The Corporate Run

Other

  • Ask Dan and Mike
  • Broken Sound
  • Definitive Resources
  • Enervation Lighting
  • Lifestyle Media Group
  • Service America
  • The Keynote Group

Technology

  • Admobilize
  • Comcast
  • Coupster
  • Forma Technology
  • IT Authorities
  • Microsoft
  • SynaBee
  • Thin Solutions
  • USARAD
  • USIS
  • XMRI.com
  • Vertical Computer

Financial

  • Alter Surety
  • American Bancard
  • Bank United
  • Co-Advantage
  • Fairway Insurance
  • Merrill Lynch
  • RPM/FILEnetics
  • The Eppy Group
  • Thirty 6 Trees

Medical

  • Atlantic Dental
  • Careington
  • Carewell
  • Edify
  • HealthLink
  • Hear USA
  • Humana-Shula
  • Dr. Zin Apothecary

Construction

  • Grounds Group
  • Tropical Roofing
  • Miller Construction
  • OK Generators
  • Procacci

Food and Beverage

  • Boca Java
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Flamma’s Steakhouse
  • Gold Coast Beverage Distribution
  • Kana Coffee
  • Panera Bread
  • Southern Wine and Spirits
  • WineStyles

Thinkers

It's all about the people!

Steve


Principal
Noodles

Harry


New Ventures
The General

Brandamos


Digital Marketing Division
The guys

Michelle


Managing Partner
Michy

Zack


VP of Sales
Zacknstein

Aziel Shea


Executive Coordinator
The Notepad

David M.


Graphic Designer
Graphista

Giana


Account Manager
G

Byron


Retail Manager
Wesley

Mark


Sales Manager
Bookmark

Sam


CPA
Consigliere

Peter


Account Manager
Petie Pablo

Jordan


Sales
Air Jordan

Who’s Next


This can be you.

Contact Us

ADDRESS: 7803 SW 6TH COURT, PLANTATION FL 33324

CONTACT: 954.332.2200 | GETONTHEBALL@OTBTHINK.COM

Eat. Drink. Think.

South Florida's Favorite Networking Event

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WHAT IS IT?

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.

WHERE IS IT?

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.

WHY THIS EVENT?

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.

HOW DO I JOIN?

To join Eat : Drink : Think, simply submit your Name, Company and the names of your Guests and Their companies to: rsvp@eatdrinkthinkflorida.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: manager@eatdrinkthinkflorida.com

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From Intern to Thinker.

Posted on: July 19, 2014 by giana | Category: On The Blog | Tags: advertising, branding, business, career, college, education, intern, Internship, marketing, on the ball marketing

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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.

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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.

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Nike Wins the World Cup.

Posted on: July 12, 2014 by giana | Category: On The Blog | Tags: advertising, branding, brazil, determination, futbol, I believe that we can win, marketing, Nike, risk everything, soccer, Social Media, US Team, World Cup, world cup 2014

BY ZACK STEIN

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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!)

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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

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The Next Big Thing.

Posted on: June 28, 2014 by michelle | Category: On The Blog | Tags:

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?

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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.

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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?

 

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Value

Creating Value All the Way to the Finish Line.

Posted on: June 20, 2014 by giana | Category: News On The Blog | Tags: branding, creating value, intern, Internship, marketing, Social Media, summer, summer intern, summer internship, teamwork, value

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Big Brands Pay-to-Play on Facebook.

Posted on: June 13, 2014 by Grant | Category: News On The Blog | Tags: advertising, company, corporate, corporation, facebook, greed, marketing, SEO, Social Media

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.”

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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. 

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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.

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Apple Marches to a Different Beat.

Posted on: June 6, 2014 by giana | Category: On The Blog | Tags: acquisition, apple, applications, beats, beats by dre, blog, headphones, Innovation, ipad, iPhone, lightning port, mac, macbook, technology

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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.

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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?

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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.

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My First Month at On The Ball.

Posted on: May 30, 2014 by giana | Category: On The Blog | Tags: branding, interning, Internship, learning, marketing, On The Ball, Social Media

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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.

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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.

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Mark Cuban: Social Media Shark Frenzy.

Posted on: May 24, 2014 by michelle | Category: On The Blog | Tags: CBS11, Dallas, Growco, Guy Rawlings, hoodie, inc., Mark Cuban, Nashville, prejudice, racist, Social Media, Stephan A. Smith, tattoo, twitter

By Michelle Esposito

What do May, GrowCo, LiveCube, Mark Cuban, and On The Ball have in common? Well, May is Social Media Month. Growco is a social event for entrepreneurs. LiveCube is a live-event, social media app used at Growco. Mark Cuban was all over social media because of Growco and LiveCube. On The Ball is a sales, marketing, and social media company at Growco using livecube listening to Mark Cuban. Have you figured out what they all share in common, yet? I’m sure you savvy, digital socialites know and if you have to ask, it’s social media.

Steve Nudelberg, Zack Stein, and myself attended Growco together held this year in Nashville. We were super excited as always because Inc. consistently provides great speakers, relevant content, and networking opportunities. Last year, we heard Richard Branson speak and I was, literally, swept off my feet.

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This years keynote was Mark Cuban and I was hoping for the same or, at the very least, a photo opp to add to my celebrity, Polaroid, photo collection. Well, that didn’t happen, however, Steve and I did get to sit in the front row as VIP’s for sharing our Mark Cuban networking stories to @lewisschiff which was part of a challenge from Livecube. So what is Livecube you’re wondering?

Livecube is this cool, new app that created a ton of social media engagement during the three day event. You sign in through twitter and get points for filling out your profile, checking into sessions, tweeting and retweeting, and posting photos. Occasionally, a pop-up would appear challenging folks to tweet for specific prizes like VIP seating. For me, the game was on. I am very competitive and I was determined to win as much as I could and so I did. I won an autographed copy of Mark Cuban’s book for most reposted photo of the unplugged party, Amy Jo Martin’s book of Digital Royalty, a t-shirt, a tote-bag, and came in second overall on the leader board. Zack came in 6th and our partner, Julia Aquino of All Systems Grow, came in 5th. We also built a great connection with Aaron Price, the founder of Livecube.

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Mark Cuban gave an outstanding interview. We had the best seats in the house in the front row. The entire room was packed eager to hear his words of business wisdom and what could be implemented in their own companies. Mark was also surprisingly very down to earth and authentic. As we all listened intently, we were simultaneously tweeting the valuable business lessons to the rest of the world. Little did we know that a certain portion would get taken out of context by the media. But it did. ESPN, CNN, and more took portions of quotes and sensationalized what was a very genuine and relatable conversation and made it look like Mark Cuban was something that he isn’t.

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Zack, Julia, Steve, and I created the hashtag #CubanWitness right away and let our fingers do the talking on Twitter! We also called Guy Rawlings, a friend of ours and a CBS 11 anchor in Dallas, and let him know we were at Growco and witnessed everything Mark had to say. We did a phone interview explaining that the other 1000 people in the room were not offended and would do what we could to help clear up the controversy. Our interview aired that night. The truth is that Mark Cuban, in response to being asked how he was going to vote on the Donald Sterling issue, said he “couldn’t tell us” but did say “There is no law against stupid.” He said he felt like somewhat of a hypocrite for being put in that position when we all make judgements about people but may not voice them out loud but might act upon them by avoiding people based on those prejudices. Does judging people make us racist or just judgemental? The power of social media is out there good, bad, or ugly. As a social media company, On The Ball showed up well and the ultimate was getting a favorite from Mark Cuban.

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Big Brands Shoot and Score for NBA Playoffs.

Posted on: May 16, 2014 by Grant | Category: On The Blog | Tags: advertising, Basketball, big brands, bmo, branding, brands, charles barkley, ernie johnson, kenny smith, kevin durant, marketing, NBA, nba playoffs, sprint, think like a man too, tnt, toronto raptors

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

Posted on: May 9, 2014 by giana | Category: On The Blog | Tags: baseball, business, challenges, marketing, marlins, miami marlins, retreat, team, team building, teamwork

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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 –

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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

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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!

 

 

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Marketing in Motion: Video is Vital.

Posted on: March 21, 2014 by Grant | Category: On The Blog | Tags: branding, brands, commercials, facebook, imagery, instagram, marketing, television, tv, Video, Videos, view, watch, youtube

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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.

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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

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3 Questions to Ask When Measuring your Social Media ROI.

Posted on: March 14, 2014 by brittany | Category: On The Blog | Tags: bounce rate, content marketing, conversion rate, conversions, Digital Marketing, facebook, google analytics, instagram, marketing, pinterest, return on investment, roi, Social Media, social media ROI, tracking, tracking code, traffic conversion, twitter

You have probably heard this question over and over again from your clients: “what good are likes, retweets, shares, and comments over social media if they don’t add to my company’s bottom line?”

Tracking your client’s ROI is key to the success of social media and can put your client at ease. When tracked and tweaked properly, social media can help a business grow and remain ahead of the competition. Tracking social efforts allows companies to quickly measure what is working and what is not.

We all know time is precious. Therefore, it is critical to know what to do more of and what to stop doing, in real- time. The only way to do this is to track results on a daily basis. 

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Here are 3 questions to ask when measuring your social media ROI:

The easiest way to measure social media success is by tracking the number of website conversations that come from your social media accounts. The best way to do is this is with classic website analytics. At On the Ball, we use Google Analytics to track results for our clients. Google Analytics is a popular free website metrics tool.

It allows you to track where your customers go once they click on a link from content on your social media channels. Google Analytics will show you which social media channel they came from, how many people clicked on the link, whether they came from a desktop, tablet, or phone, the bounce rate, and even the conversation.

Before you can start Google Analytics, you will have to set up goals for various types of conversions. Are you looking to generate a sale, a lead, fill out a contact form, or download a coupon? Once you set up a goal for the campaign, you can move further with the social conversion data.  This can be found in Google Analytics by going to ‘Traffic Sources,’ then choosing ‘Social,’ and clicking ‘Conversions.’ You will be able to follow the campaign through there and more accurately measure results.

 

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We suggest you constantly post meaningful, brand-authentic content across all of your social channels. The best way to do this is to define your ideal customer base, determine exactly what is important for them to know about your brand, deliver that information in a compelling way, and develop a level of trust that will make it easy for them to buy from you.

You will start to notice a trend on what kind of content your followers like, share, and comment on the most frequently. The more you engage with your followers, the more they’ll share your content, which can potentially lead to more conversions and sales. Though this isn’t always guaranteed when it comes to social media, it is the best place to start.

Even though likes and followers are exciting to see, it’s important that you focus your campaign on actual results. When you can show a client how one social media post led to this conversion, they will be more inclined to believe in social media and the magic it can bring to their business.

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Why Pinterest is Becoming Predominant in the Social Media World.

Posted on: March 7, 2014 by Lyndsi | Category: On The Blog | Tags: advertising, branding, business, marketing, pinterest, Retail, Social Media, social media strategy, success

BY GIANA PACINELLI

Since it’s launch in 2011, Pinterest has made waves in the social media realm amongst consumers. As imagery continues to rise in content marketing, brands are making their move onto Pinterest as well.

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest would fit into a category called “visual bookmarketing.” Similar to Tumblr, the service lets you “pin” any photo from the Internet to a “board” on its site, to share with their followers. Ranging from food recipes to arts and craft ideas, Pinterest has continued to expand and gain popularity.

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Why should you care?

In 2012, Techcrunch declared that Pinterest reached 10 million U.S. monthly unique visitors faster than any other standalone site EVER. Pinterest has a distinctive position that is particularly interesting to retail sites. Additionally, because you are only pinning images (you click the image to be directed to the actual site), the interface is aesthetically appealing and extremely user friendly.

Check out the infographic below to further comprehend the potential of Pinterest to help drive traffic and build awareness of your business.

Happy Pinning!

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My experience teaching for Junior Achievement: What we can expect from the Next Generation..

Posted on: February 28, 2014 by Lyndsi | Category: On The Blog | Tags: business, education, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, junior achievement, junior achievement usa, leadership, learning, teaching

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BY LYNDSI STAFFORD

Since 1919, Junior Achievement USA has reached more than 4.4 million students per year, preparing young people to succeed in the global economy. Over 202,525 teaching volunteers walk into the classroom with the goal of inspiring, educating and changing the lives of these young minds.

 

I am one of the 202,525 volunteers walking into the classroom with a lesson plan in hand and a classroom full of eager learners. For the past five weeks, I have come to know the young minds of our next generation, and I could not be more pleased.

 

Each week, for one hour, I teach a class on entrepreneurship and the elements of starting a business.  (A perfect lesson plan for an On the Ball thinker who has seen the ups and downs of business creation.)

 

The students are taught about being informed entrepreneurs, producing the right product, marketing to the right demographics, competitive advantages and ethics, all while creating their own mock business plan.

 

After scribing away at their business plans, I call upon Jamie. She is student at Plantation High School with aspirations to be the first of her family to attend college and receive her business degree. She stands tall in front of the class as she reads her mission statement and explains why her company will succeed above the competition.

 

The prose is eloquently written and well thought out, detailing her technology software and its benefits to help low income families with money troubles.

 

Others create fashion companies with unique flare, record companies to sign their fellow classmates’ bands and even a non-profit to assist the homeless.

 

The ideas are endless and the motivation is worth noting. I leave each class with a sense of ease, knowing that the next generation is bright, eager and ready to make a difference.

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Junior Achievement provides the building blocks for the future Bill Gates, Howard Schultz or even Wayne Huizenga. I am thankful for the opportunity.

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Why LinkedIn Should Be at the Top of Your Marketing Strategy.

Posted on: February 21, 2014 by Lyndsi | Category: On The Blog | Tags: blog, blogging, branding, business, career, linkedin, linkedin demographics, linkedin for business, linkedin strategy, marketer, marketing, marketing strategy, networking, Social Media, social media marketing, social strategy, strategy

BY BRITTANY D’ANNUNZIO

LinkedIn is a social networking website for people in professional careers. LinkedIn strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts and helps you discover professional opportunities, business deals, and new ventures. As a marketer executing a social media marketing strategy, LinkedIn should be one of your top priorities. And with the social network attracting over 100 million business professionals to its user base, you can’t go wrong.

Whatever your business objectives, LinkedIn will help you to build a network of useful contacts. Simple searches in your field will reveal thousands of experts, service providers and potential clients. 62% of people ages 35-54 are active on LinkedIn and 75% of those people are making between $50,000-$100,000+. If you still need convincing that LinkedIn is a social network that you should be spending much of your social media marketing time, the following infographic could serve as a wake-up call!

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