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01 Jul 2020

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer

Happy July! And welcome to the Dog Days of Summer, which starts July 3 and goes to Aug. 11. But I have a bone to pick about why the hottest, sultriest days of summer is called “dogs days.” I get it. It refers to the period that the star system Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the Sun, from July 3 –Aug. 11. But the Greeks and Romans connected the Dog Days with heat, drought, sudden […]

17 Jun 2020

Social Media Success Requires Two Things: A Great Product and a Great Customer Experience

With people slowly getting back to work and businesses carefully opening their doors again, consumers are aware that while they were sheltering in place, social media and online shopping have become more important than ever to communicate with each other and to find (and also discovering) the products they need. But, as marketing entrepreneur Molly Marshall of Molly Marshall Marketing, says, “Social media isn’t a band aid, it’s a magnifying glass.” In other words, social media can’t fix your business, […]

01 Jun 2020

Rockin’ Rooney welcomes June!

I’m back! Sorry I missed my blog last month, I got so into sheltering in place and chillin’ by binging my favorite shows on Netflix, such as season one of “Dogs,” and rewatching “Benji,” and “The Secret Life of Pets 1 & 2” that I forgot a had a blog to do! I don’t know what day it is much less what month it is! So, it looks like we’re slowly getting back to “normal,” whatever that is. My concept […]

12 May 2020

Fundamentals of Effective Social Media Marketing Remain Despite Pandemic

Advertising and marketing your business has changed abruptly and dramatically in the past two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. In this “new normal,” traditional methods and long-held norms have changed so drastically, that some businesses are scrambling to try and keep their heads above water. A few months ago, simply posting your ad on social media seemed like a sure-fire way to gain customers, but that was a misconception then and even more so now. Granted, you can still […]

25 Apr 2020

With Shelter in Place We Can Once Again Celebrate the Art of Porch Sitting

Rockin’ Rooney Blog Porch Culture… With everyone Sheltering in Place (or is it Shelter at Home, Safe at Home, Safe in Place? I get so confused!), I’ve noticed that many people are taking to the front of their homes — especially their porches — to get out of the house and get away from all that baking, binge-watching and Zooming. Could this be the return of the Front Porch Culture? Sitting on the porch was something that used to be […]

24 Apr 2020

Brands Need to Be Mindful and Sincere During These Fearful and Confusing Times

Many brands and businesses are asking themselves an important question during this shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic: “How do I connect and deliver messaging to my customers without appearing that I’m selling them a product?” Stores and businesses are closed or operating at half-capacity worldwide due to the virus, but companies are able to keep in contact through social media and online. But they have to navigate these waters carefully so as not to offend customers or send the […]

13 Apr 2020

Brands & Crisis Marketing

The advertising world has had to dramatically shift the way it does business in this age of the coronavirus pandemic — not only in the way it produces its messages, but what they tell their consumers, who have been thrown into a fearful, bewildering and unpredictable new world. But do consumers want to hear from brands during a crisis? According to Dr. Jill Avery, an authority on brand management and customer relationship management, the answer is “Yes,” but with some […]

31 Mar 2020

April News from Rockin’ Rooney

Rockin Rooney Sheltering in Place with his dad.  Helping cook! Normally, I would be making jokes about April Fool’s, but this isn’t a normal time. I’m all for a good prank, but it doesn’t seem like a good time for pulling tricks and pranks on others. I know I’m just a dog and it’s hard to wrap my head around this whole situation we’re all in, but dogs can also hear and we’re also very intuitive, so we can sense […]

29 Feb 2020

March News from Rockin’ Rooney

Happy Irish American Month! While we’re at it, Happy Music in Our Schools Month, National Nutrition Month, National Women’s History Month, Red Cross Month, and Social Workers Month! March, of course, is best known for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 (also National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day, which makes sense), but two days later, on the 19th, it’s Spring (Vernal) Equinox, or the first day of spring! And that means the last day of winter, too! March also marks […]

28 Feb 2020

The most important social media trends to know for 2020

Social media trends not only change from year to year, but often from month to month these days. Some trends even burn brightly, then burn out. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter remain popular, but other keep challenging them, especially with the younger generation that grew up on social media. The theme of this new decade for many brands seems to be: What does success look like for social media marketing? How do you find a balance between making sense of social […]