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Say it now. Especially if “it” is “thank you.”

The last time I saw him, he was being honored as a “Pediatric Legend” at an event hosted by Children’s Hospital and Medical Center of Omaha.

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72.2% of Financial Institutions Report This as Their Biggest Challenge

Q: What’s more important to financial institutions than managing compliance and mitigating fraud?

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“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” – The Buddha

Having spent 41 years in the advertising business, I have read, heard and used the term “consumer” to describe human beings too many times to count. But if, as the Buddha suggested, we are what we think, then maybe even once was one time too many.

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Unpacking Jargon

The Google dictionary defines jargon as “special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.”

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SKAR focus groups help you gain research insights

Decades of experience, expert marketing insights, a cushy client environment and a cost-effective bottom line make SKAR a great place to conduct focus groups. Moderator Sean Campbell, vice president of business development and research, explains more in this Q&A.

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Navigating Today’s Brand-Threatening Digital Ad Environment

Today’s digital environment can seem like a minefield. How can a digital advertiser be sure his message only appears in an appropriate, safe environment? Simple. Ask the SKAR media department to handle it.

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4 Must-Haves for Your Website

An update to your company’s website can improve your image – as long as you do it right. For help with that part, we asked Bryan Gottula and Nathan Putnam to explain what the modern website must have.

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SKAR's Favorite Commercials from Super Bowl LII

What makes a great Super Bowl spot? Is it the way it conveys benefits? Uses celebrities? Hits the target demographic? Makes you laugh? Six SKARfaces choose their favorite commercials from the big game – and tell why.

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5 Ways Patients Interact With Health Care Organizations on Social Media

Technology has helped reshape the health care industry dramatically over the last several years to the point that it’s almost impossible to imagine a world without Google and WebMD. Find out five of the most common ways patients are interacting with health care organizations on social media.

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Holiday Gift Suggestions for That Special Someone (Yourself)

There’s no better time than the holidays for you as a professional communicator to pause, reflect on the year about to end and give yourself one of the following presents of self-care. The elves of SKAR assembled them from tips in business publications.

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After-the-Sale Tactics Can Set Up Your Next Sale

Ding goes the cash register, and the customer walks out smiling. In some marketing departments, this may feel like the “happily ever after” end of the story. But not when SKAR is involved. Here are some examples.

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What the Hell Do I Want?

Over the years, I have interviewed dozens of college graduates looking for a job in advertising. Maybe I’m too picky, but it seems like the pool of ideal candidates has all but dried up. So I started thinking – what do I want out of a prospective new hire at SKAR?

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How to Write Great Radio Ads

As social media continues to take over the planet, it seems that ad schools are forgetting that the medium of radio still exists. Mark Carpenter – who claims he hasn't seen a radio script in a single portfolio he's seen in the last two years – outlines seven steps copywriters can follow for writing great radio ads.

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The Rise of Emojis in Marketing

Smiley faces. Thumbs-ups. Tacos. Even a smiling pile of ... well, you can use your imagination for that one. Seemingly every smartphone user these days is using emojis – and brands are doing so as well.

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Tips on Getting the Most From Interviews

We asked a couple of SKAR writers with years of interviewing experience to share what they’ve learned. Here are their comments.

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Infographics Help Your Message Go Down Easy

Sara Wilson, vice president of SKAR account services, and Mike Duman, head of the SKAR art department, explained how infographics can help marketers, using examples of SKAR work to make their points.

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A Summer at SKAR

After three months as a copywriting intern at SKAR during the summer of 2017, Alec Norem took the time to reflect on his experience and share all the things he learned – including why it's sometimes OK to lie.

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How to Beat Creative Burnout

We asked SKAR creatives for some of their best tips for how to fight back against creative block and rejection. Here’s what we found.

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The Importance of Hashtag Monitoring for Your Brand

Hashtags are used primarily to tag social media content and make it easier to find information about a topic or theme. If your business isn’t monitoring the engagement, insights and targeting of hashtags, here are some reasons why you should start.

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The Power of Facebook Live

Brands are always looking for new ways to use social media to reach current and prospective customers. One of the latest trends is the use of live video to create an immediate, immersive experience that can be done from anywhere, at any time, with tools like Facebook Live.

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