Weeding Through Worthless Webinars

We loaded up on webinars, luncheons, and trainings over the past month, looking for folks who are putting out truly valuable content on a regular basis. Here’s what we found:


1. There is a lot of really terrible content out there.

A quick Google search for “marketing webinar” generates 47,300,000 results. 47 MILLION! And news flash: just because a result is on the first page, doesn’t mean it’s the best. Quick-fix searches won’t cut it, you’ve got to spend some time getting to know the folks you’re dealing with.

√ Start exploring sources based on your greatest needs.
√ Get as specific as possible with your searches.
√ And ask the experts around you for recommendations.

It’s rare that we stumble across a random webinar or speaker that’s worth more than the time we lose. The events that offer the most value are almost always recommended by our friends and colleagues (many of which you’ll find we recommend in #3).

 

2.HubSpot is a beautiful dangerous beast.

HubSpot is a content machine. With 4.5M monthly visitors to their blog, countless webinars, and regular conferences, they’re cranking out more content than anyone could keep up with. And for the most part, they can offer some great value (we’re particularly fond of the Inbound Marketing Report they put out each year), but it’s very easy to get sucked into stats and catchy headlines that don’t actually apply to your business. 

For example, if you just started looking into the value of SEO last week, you probably don’t need to jump into Latent Semantic Indexing quite yet. Or, if you’re in no way responsible for creating design or visuals for your brand, you probably don’t need to attend a webinar for Photoshop power users.

We recommend going in with a game plan. Don’t just start clicking before you know the play–figure out what topics will help you most in the position you’re in, and ONLY click relevant articles or webinars. You may want a teammate on the line with you to make sure you don’t spend the next 4 hours reading about the history of clipart or 34 LinkedIn features you’ll never use.

 

3. Nashville is full of brilliant people.

We may be a tad biased, but to ignore the talent and creativity that surrounds you is just plain dumb. So, we can’t end without recommending some of our favorite orgs offering opportunity to learn and grow right here in Nashville.

Creative Mornings
Free
Monthly
No membership required
Great speakers
Free coffee and donuts 

Nashville Junior Chamber – Membership Meetings
Free
Monthly
No membership required
Great speakers (organized by FoxFuel’s own Colton Mulligan)
Free Yazoo booze 

Nashville Cab!e
Ticketed
Array of both events and training opportunities
Always highlighting and engaging amazing powerful women
Members get access to exclusive events and discounts on regular luncheons

Nashville American Marketing Association (NAMA) – Power Lunches
Ticketed
Monthly
Great Speakers
Membership discount

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Investing in Young Creatives

Each year, the American Advertising Federation of Nashville puts on the Student ADDY Awards, honoring some of our city’s most talented and promising young creatives. Naturally, we are allll over that.

We support these students in two ways:

1. Sponsoring awards at the Student ADDYs.

This year’s entries were awesome. We are so glad we didn’t have to judge and just got to watch them get cool trophies. This year’s winners:

Best of Show – $500 scholarship and crystal trophy

Austin Reasonver
Muji Ad Campaign
Magazine Campaign
Nossi College of Art

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Judge’s Favorites – Crystal trophy

Grace Pavlic
Beast
Illustration
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

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Chris Fornal
The Birds of Astrobrights
Packaging
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

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Matthew Eason
Hop Tamale’s
Integrated Brand Identity Campaign
Middle Tennessee State University

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Jake Kennedy
Lumen, the Lights Out Buddy
Packaging
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

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Rising Star – $500 scholarship

Grace Pavlic
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

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We liked these guys so much that we invited them to sit with us at the big kid ADDY Awards the following Saturday. It was pretty great.

See full list of winners.

 

2. Mentorship through our internship program.

When it comes to creativity, there’s only so much you can learn in a classroom. We give them real-world experience, creative freedom, and guidance that pushes them to see creativity in new ways. We also haven’t made anyone cry yet, so we’re doing pretty well.

Are you a creative student? Do you know a creative student? Do you know someone who looks young enough to be a creative student? Send them our way. We’re always looking for stellar interns to join the team.

Apply now!

 

Hutzel really loves getting his picture taken.

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Live from Nashville, it’s Saturday Night!

When we were recruited to help out with the ADDYs, our first question was “do we get extra drink tickets?” … then we realized we’d just been invited to throw one of our favorite Nashville parties of the year, so we signed on the dotted line. 

At first, we tossed out the usual party theme ideas:

  • Enchanted Kingdom
  • Under the Sea
  • Casino Night
  • Joe’s 8th Birthday Party
  • The Avengers

Then we started to move past the high school prom vibe
and flexed those creative muscles a bit:

  • Laser Tag
  • Rave
  • Giant Game of Twister
  • Carnival where every tent is just a dunk tank with an
    ADDY-nominated CEO in the drop seat.

Then we spotted a tiny plastic hand that had fallen into a dusty corner, and we just knew just the prescription for our fever.

And so was born the 2017 ADDY Awards

 

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We spent the next several weeks watching Matt Foley’s motivational speeches and brushing up on our ape tit trivia. We got the shipment of cowbells and Spartan pom poms, so we’re just about set.

Hope you’ll join us for a night to remember.
Check it out.

WE ARE SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED

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FoxFuel Festivus

 

We had a great time at the FoxFuel Festivus. We aired our grievances, had feats of strength, and even got a visit from Santa Claus. We always love having you in our space and can’t wait for the next event.

 

FoxFuel Ribbon Cutting

Many thanks to everyone who came to the FoxFuel ribbon cutting! We had a great time celebrating our official opening with you all, and are grateful for your support and encouragement. We’re so glad to call you family, colleagues, and friends.

 

STARS First Annual Meet A Mentor Event

STARS’ first annual Meet a Mentor event put Nashville’s most successful leaders and its brightest young minds in the same room for an evening of connection and philanthropy. FoxFuel played a key role in planning the event from strategy to implementation. Our team built and managed all creative and digital assets for the event, including a fully responsive website with a payment portal for ticketing, logo and promotional material designs, and social media promotion. With two of our team members serving on the organization’s Junior Board and our passion for bettering the Nashville community, this partnership was a natural fit.