Where to Dine Al Fresco in Portland

By Natalie O'Grady | Apr 16, 2019

Summer’s just around the corner in Portland (despite those April showers), and we’re already daydreaming of patio season. Portland has a multitude of al fresco dining options that can be enjoy late spring through fall. It’s not all breweries (though we’re huge fans of those), either. Here’s our recommendations for where to get some sunshine […]

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“Like a Boss” Coffee Chat Rewind: Keeping it Real in Portland

By Ann Smith | Mar 6, 2019

Last Tuesday we had another great “Like a Boss” Coffee Chat, this time focused on all things Portland. Thanks to Ken Boddie, Aaron Ward, Angela Jackson and Andy Nelson for making up our fantastic panel. We discussed everything from the city’s infrastructure and business landscape to the housing crisis and volunteer opportunities. Below are a […]

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Key to Growth: Team Offsites

By Addy Torian | Feb 28, 2019

A couple of times a year, we’ll lock up the office and meet at an offsite location for a full day of reflection, teambuilding and forward-thinking goal setting. These offsites are essential to the firm’s growth and the development of the team – allowing us to take a step back from the day-to-day grind and […]

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Firm Happenings & New Beginnings

By Ann Smith | Feb 14, 2019

How can it already be the middle of February? While 2018 was great for A.wordsmith, I was excited to jump into 2019 with a freshness that only exists at the start of a new year. And what a year it’s shaping up to be!   A Milestone Kind of Year In a few months we will […]

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What Fortnite’s Massively Successful In-Game Concert Means for Brands

By Natalie O'Grady | Feb 13, 2019

If you’ve been in the vicinity of anyone aged 10 to 15-years-old in the last year, you’ve likely heard about Fortnite. The free-to-play game (with an option to pay $10 every 10 weeks to participate in additional game challenges, and a shop to purchase character outfits and tools) is a “battle royale” featuring various gaming modes […]

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Why Your Content Needs a Narrative, and Some Tips for Writing One

By Sean Carpenter | Feb 11, 2019

How many emails, news stories and other pieces of content do you read a day? I’m willing to bet it’s somewhere in the ballpark of almost a hundred. More importantly, how many of them do you remember? Probably not many—because your attention wasn’t held for long. That’s fine since not all content is created to […]

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How to Make Your Meetings More Engaging

By Hannah Sewell | Feb 7, 2019

Everyone knows meetings can be draining. The A.wordsmith team has a lot of meetings (client, internal, etc.) and we’ve learned a few tricks for keeping everyone engaged along the way. Here are some simple things to incorporate into meetings for maximum productivity.   Set an agenda and stick to it Agendas are a great way to […]

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Portland Event Round-up

By Savanna Frimoth | Feb 5, 2019

We’re sharing a round-up of upcoming Portland events to get us through the end of winter! From Michelle Obama’s book tour to the Portland Business Journal’s Power Breakfast to the Portland Night Market – there’s something for everyone. We’ll see you around town! Portland Night Market– February 8th– 9th Think of the Portland Night Market […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Emailing Journalists

By Hannah Sewell | Jan 31, 2019

Emailing is a great way to communicate, it’s fast and efficient. However, when done incorrectly, your email may be ignored or deleted and the journalist may be less likely to open subsequent emails – and you want them to stay open to future ideas. As a public relations firm, we’ve had a lot of experience […]

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Our 2019 Resolutions

By Hannah Sewell | Jan 4, 2019

Happy New Year! Everyone on the team here at A.wordsmith had a fun-filled holiday season, including trips to Tennessee and Alaska, celebrating one year of marriage, snowshoeing with family and eating – a lot. Now that 2019 is upon us, we’ve put together some of our goals for this year. We’re looking forward to holding […]

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Five Creative Marketing Campaigns that Crushed 2018

By Hannah Sewell | Dec 21, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to reflect on all the creative work we’ve observed this year. Below we’ve shared a list of five companies that crushed their marketing efforts in 2018. IHOP (or IHOb) The well-known restaurant temporarily changed its name in July 2018 from IHOP to IHOb to generate […]

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Coffee Chat Rewind: When the Day Job Isn’t Enough

By Ann Smith | Dec 12, 2018

I know that for me there are many days when I feel like I couldn’t possibly do one more thing. As working professionals holding down careers, kids, businesses – and hopefully some me-time – the hours quickly fill up. However, that isn’t to say that there isn’t a spark deep inside waiting to be ignited. At […]

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