Gratitude & Grace

Magnet for Miracles

Over the past month, I’ve been learning the important role that gratitude plays in my life. All to often I’m searching for more and am always looking to fill my life up with projects or task to keep myself busy. There is nothing more draining than trying to find purpose through an exhausted schedule.

In this current season in my life, I’ve been facing a slow-down for the very first time and I’ve not handled it well. Instead of taking a look at the MANY blessings in my life, I choose to ignore gratitude and set my focus on the things I don’t have and want to work hard to get. Though a forward-looking perspective and drive to improve is admirable, I believe it can also be problematic when taken to an extreme. I reached that extreme. Through the Grace of God and some hard life lessons, I’ve learned that peace can only come through a grateful heart. One that is more focused on others than myself.

I’m thankful for the difficult season in my life when I selfishly struggled to find things to be grateful for. For it was in these times that God gave me a humbling wake-up call and allowed me to view my life through a beautiful new lens of gratitude.

Fill your heart with gratitude, friends. The miracles are sure to follow.

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Ad Magic and the Lack Thereof

I can appreciate the time, creative effort, and months of planning and execution that it takes to deliver a powerful ad to consumers. Every detail is important. The tone – the wording – the aesthetics – the product – and the overall positioning of the brand.

When I’m watching TV and am ‘interrupted’ by a television ad, it frustrates me. And not for the same reasons that most people get annoyed. Rather than being frustrated by the fact that the advertisement just interrupted my show in the middle of an intense moment, I become more bothered by the overall quality and effectiveness of the ad.

Namely, am I inspired? Was that a moving ad experience? Am I motivated to not only pursue the product or service, but to become a loyal follower of the brand itself? Most often, I’m extremely let down in this area. As are many consumers. It’s no wonder so many people have completely tuned out and become desensitized to almost all marketing efforts.

Even if  your goal isn’t to evoke tears from your audience, it should be your goal to make them feel something. Something that inspires them to their core.

Here’s a great example:

The M&M’s 75th anniversary commercial. They took the extremely talented musicians Aloe Blacc and Zedd and used them to recreate a timeless classic, “The Candyman Song”. They carefully integrated vintage clips from the old brand of M&M’s that many grew up with and were able to combine it with an experience appealing to younger generations. They did an excellent job preserving the ‘timelessness’ of the sweet little chocolate candies loved by so many.

The uplifting and fresh sounds of the song were blended with the comfortable and familiar sounds of a few vintage M&M’s commercials. I was so moved by this combination that I literally teared up. At a candy commercial.

That’s powerful, people. It was a commercial from a product and brand that literally everyone in America knows that truly inspired me. So much so, that I downloaded the song onto my phone and every single time I look at a bag of M&M’s at the store, I can almost hear, “and it feels so good..”

The commercial reminded me of a simpler time in life while also inspiring me through sounds that are popular today.

Take those risks and create something. Make people feel and remember. People will always remember how you make them feel. They might not remember what the product was or who the company was, but when they think about that amazingly catchy or powerful commercial, they will find it on YouTube. They will look it up and share it with their friends because that’s the day and age that we live in.

Make ad experiences something that people can’t and don’t want to tune out. Make them about more than selling a product. Make them about making your audience remember you.  Make them about inviting them into your world where they can enjoy your product and feel like a part of your family. To create a product experience, you must first set the stage with a powerful ad campaign.

Cheers to you, Mars Inc. And thank you for taking a risk with your little M&M’s. I still have this commercial on my mind over a year later. That’s worthy of applause.

Thanks for Stopping By.

Hello, I’m Savannah!Headshot

Here’s an opportunity to get to know me in about 5 minutes or less:

  • Wife
  • Family First: Always.
  • Lover of music: No seriously, I have just about every single genre of music in my library. I appreciate it all.
  • Lover of Cooking: I love turning fresh ingredients into a delicious masterpiece that I can devour later. (My husband’s a fan of that too!)
  • Lover of dogs: Self explanatory. 🙂
  • Lover of crafts and interior design: Pinterest, Hobby Lobby, and TJ Maxx are my bread and butter.
  • Lover of sports: I’m a competitive person with a passion for sports. Basketball in particular! (Trying to learn how to golf, but we all know how frustrating that process can be.)
  • Let me be outside: I’m a huge fan of the great outdoors – gardening, fishing, taking a walk, boating, etc.
  • People person: I love connecting with people. Everyone has a unique story and I love learning about it.
  • Lover of the business world: Marketing in particular!

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Marketing Portfolio

Here’s a look at some of the marketing materials in my portfolio:

Ad Samples I created for a Small Business Counseling Class I took in College. Myself and a team of two others rewrote the business plan for a local small business.

Huberd's Ad

Soles 4 Souls and Huberds

 

An Ad Campaign I created for my Mother’s Flower Shop:

The Petal’er

An Ad Campaign I designed for my Sister’s Photography Business:

Cassidy Cheyenne Photography Ads

An Ad Campaign I helped design for my Ads and Promotions Class in College:

  • I contributed some of the material and did all of the design work for this project.

Heska Time Ad Campaign Final Project

Digital Marketing Project Presentation

  • I designed the presentation and created some of the content for this project.

Happy Camper Kit Presentation

Marketing Problems Class Design Samples

  • For my capstone marketing course at UNC, I created some mock advertisements for our new product idea

A Friend to the Environment

The Grocery Games

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Gateway Family Chiropractic

  • Here’s a look at some of the content I created for email blasts, Facebook, and other external marketing efforts

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National Everybody Deserves a Massage Week Campaign

Colorado Nonprofit Day Campaign

 

Fresh Talent, A Unique Perspective, & Grit

Creativity + Grit + Passion = Long-Term Career Satisfaction

Marketing is not just a career path for me or a college degree that I settled with. It’s my passion. Getting into a creative flow and brainstorming ideas to take a product or service to the next level is amazing to me.

Creativity allows you to take something very ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary. Something unexpected. There is nothing I love more than feeling inspired by a task that seems daunting and challenging to most. Looking at a product or service that is difficult to sell or requires extra thought and attention to detail is not only more rewarding in the end, but also provides a fun and challenging journey along the way.

Skills

My specific talents are in:

  • Event Marketing
  • Ad Campaigns
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Strategic Business and Communications Planning

All of which make me a valuable asset to any organization. I thrive in creative environments and value organizations that strive to provide an exceptional office culture that encourages growth, hard work, and innovation. I also have a heart to work for a company that doesn’t look at profit as the only goal. Making a difference in the community through the work that the team can do not only helps the company to be sustainable in the long run, but also serves as a great employee retention strategy. It’s something very important to me!

Loyalty

Loyalty is something that means a lot to me. When I find an organization that is truly accepting of my skills and abilities and helps me to grow in my areas of weakness, I will undoubtedly remain loyal to that team. A group that lifts each other up and helps each other through the challenges that many face in their day-to-day business operations, is one that I seek to be a part of.

Grit

Simply put, I don’t give up. Where my heart and my passions lie, my persistence is right there along side it.

  • When I start something, I work hard at it.
  • I won’t ever deliver something that I wouldn’t be proud to put my name on.

Coachability

I won’t be great at everything right away. And I’m certain of that. What I am sure of, however, is that I am always willing to learn and practice. Invest in me and you will be satisfied with your returns.

Let’s Do This.

I hold my standards high and I know that you all do to. That’s why we would make a great team.