The ADS Blog

ADS Entrepreneur Chat with Charleigh Rocks

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 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

Cafe Review: Cool Beans Coffee Roasters – an eclectic hangout for R&B and art lovers (bonus Starry Night room!)

Our cafe pick of the month is Cool Beans Coffee Roasters. Nestled right by gorgeous and quaint Marietta Square in Marietta, GA, Cool Beans is an unexpected mix of throwback urban flavor and an art vibe reminiscent of the heart of Asheville, NC. You're as likely to find young high school students and millennials there … Continue reading Cafe Review: Cool Beans Coffee Roasters – an eclectic hangout for R&B and art lovers (bonus Starry Night room!)

The Enthusiasm Challenge

Have you ever met someone who was just SO smart you think to yourself: there's no way they can't be successful. Smart people are successful right? Maybe, maybe not. I've come across some very smart people in my time - geniuses even. Calvin Coolidge reminds us, however, that "unrewarded genius is almost a proverb." Then again, … Continue reading The Enthusiasm Challenge

Start Here.

Something amazing is happening here in Atlanta right now - specifically for children and our communities. If you have any interest whatsoever in the betterment of our children (and therefore the present and future state of our communities), I highly suggest you dig into this. I am so thoroughly impressed with a new initiative United … Continue reading Start Here.

7 Networking Follow-up No-No’s for Entrepreneurs

It took me 45 minutes this morning to properly follow up with 14 contacts I spoke with at a networking event last night. That's about 3-ish minutes per contact - including time to briefly look up their website, see what their social media looks like (if they have it) and google them on LinkedIn. This … Continue reading 7 Networking Follow-up No-No’s for Entrepreneurs

Understand Motivations: 9 Key Words to Get You Anywhere

The key to getting anything done in business or otherwise is first understanding someone's motivations. When dealing with any personality type - whether you feel you can develop a great rapport with someone (which I almost always feel I can) or not - there are nine magical key words that will help you get nearly … Continue reading Understand Motivations: 9 Key Words to Get You Anywhere