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The Wrong Donations – Some Tough Words on Disaster Relief

ABOUT HOUSTON: If you’re going to send donations to Houston, please DON’T send unuseful things like coats, sweaters, lingerie, soiled undergarments and prom dresses. Emptying your drawers and sending them to TX does not help, it HINDERS. Scroll through to the bottom of this article to find out the things that can help, and if you’re in ATL, check out the United Way of Greater Atlanta page for the (smart) efforts happening here. Please and thank you. #Harvey #HarveyRelief

My Best Laid Plans

I need to make a statement. I want to say it as kindly and gently as possible, but this message really needs to get out there. It’s important. Please hear me with as much grace as you can, because I mean it with all love and gentleness.

My children and I spent hours yesterday sorting the donations that are pouring in. That picture is the mountain we were faced with, and it was still coming. We’re not the only ones. Hundreds (thousands?) of volunteers all across our state are doing the same exact thing. Why? Because your hearts are in theright place.That’s why.

I want to make that abundantly clear. It is beautifully apparent that you are thinking about us and that you want to help us figure this thing out. You are doing anything you can, and that has brought such profound joy to our hearts. I personally…

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Leopard is a neutral (and many other style tips you didn’t know)

Yes, leopard - and apparently any kind of animal print - is a neutral. The colors - tans, browns, blacks - are all neutrals. Zebra is a neutral. Snakeskin. Also, curvy girls can wear stripes, patterns can be mixed and - above all - positively everything must be tailored according to ADS Style Chat expert Morgan … Continue reading Leopard is a neutral (and many other style tips you didn’t know)

Top 5 PR Tips that WORK (from one of journalism’s finest)

As entrepreneurs, everyone wants exposure for their business. Why? Because good exposure positively increases brand awareness. PR is a great way to do that “for free” so to speak – unlike traditional advertising which costs (print, digital, outdoor advertising on billboards, radio and TV commercials, etc.). Note: PR technically isn’t always “free” as many of … Continue reading Top 5 PR Tips that WORK (from one of journalism’s finest)

Do Something That Matters Today: a Productivity Tip I LOVE.

We LOVE these productivity tips. A million people have them, but this one really works. Simple. Doable. Good stuff all day. Try it!

Just exploring life

You’ve heard it all before and that’s because it’s true – we often get far too caught up in “busy work” and it often feels like we’re doing so much because we’re so busy. Truthfully, when we think about it (and we already know this): that’s often not the case. So how do we get to the things that matter? Here’s a tip I heard the other week that I’m trying and love:

Tonight, before you go to bed, think about your list of “to-do” items (yes, that ever-growing list with no end *shakes fist*). When you think about that list, think of 3 important things you can do tomorrow. Those 3 important things should be something that obviously matters, where you can say to yourself: “If I get these 3 things done today, I can feel good about my day – like I really got something done that…

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Facebook Live: Video Equipment Used for our First Broadcast (bonus: all for $100!)

I decided to do Facebook Live because I want some of my clients to do it for their own businesses. However, I never have my clients do something that I've never done myself before and I wanted to be able to take all the hits of the lessons learned to be able to pass on … Continue reading Facebook Live: Video Equipment Used for our First Broadcast (bonus: all for $100!)

ADS Entrepreneur Chat with Charleigh Rocks (our 1st Facebook Live Broadcast)

Everybody loves the idea of sitting in their PJ's and making money, running a business off your iPhone using PayPal, Square and swanky, fun business tools like that. But how many of us ever actually get to experience that? We dream of starting our own business but life often gets in the way. Well Nicole … Continue reading ADS Entrepreneur Chat with Charleigh Rocks (our 1st Facebook Live Broadcast)

Our blog just got posted in Portuguese!: What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

So this is pretty fun: our blog post regarding what advice you would give to your younger self just appeared in Portuguese on Runrun.it! How fun is that? Runrun.it is a professional project management software company that works to gather and formalize communication between teams, with new products in Spanish for Latin American users in … Continue reading Our blog just got posted in Portuguese!: What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

Only drink this if you’re ready to fly…

A bit tired of your Starbucks? Perhaps try this cool new spot in Marietta, GA! Having just opened a little over a quarter ago, Cleo Coffee Shop is an eclectic mix of Turkish, Persian and Egyptian-inspired flair. There's a fun Persian tea room you'll really find quite novel where you can sit on traditional rugs … Continue reading Only drink this if you’re ready to fly…

Entrepreneurs: Here’s Our #1 Tip for Designing a Logo

If you're in the process of designing a logo right now (or if you will be faced with the challenge of getting one designed soon), you already feel the immense pressure of it all. That logo will represent the embodiment of everything your brand is or will become in the future - so you're going … Continue reading Entrepreneurs: Here’s Our #1 Tip for Designing a Logo

The ADS Agency Featured for Thoughts on the Future of Marketing

Recently, The Future of Everything asked marketing thought leader and The ADS Agency founder Andrea D. Smith for her thoughts on the future of marketing. The Future of Everything features industry experts from a variety of industries who have an interesting perspective, unique insights, and a strong opinion. This month, they asked CEO’s, entrepreneurs, and executives who … Continue reading The ADS Agency Featured for Thoughts on the Future of Marketing