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Why your business should podcast

Podcasting is one of the Internet’s hidden gems. Think audio programming made by anyone, for anyone. In fact, we live in a new golden age of “Radio”, or spoken-word entertainment, something professional broadcasters have noticed, some time ago.

In the mid-00s, Apple created the conditions that gradually made podcasting popular, by making iTunes a hub for automatically subscribing to audio programming on iPods (remember those?). Since then, podcasts have grown from a futuristic talk radio for nerds to a great way to find stuff like BBC’s radio shows.

Now, podcasting, particularly in English speaking markets, is a booming pop phenomenon that attracts sponsorships, particularly from brands that cater to forward thinking, internet-savvy audiences. There are lots of fantastic shows out there, ranging from talk radio to well-produced drama.

You may not know about podcasts, or know anyone who listens to them. But, there are plenty of very sound business reasons why you should get clued up and why your business should launch a podcast of its own.

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Marketing Maestro of the Month: Juha Lauhamaa’s top tips for digital success

Ink Tank Marketing Maestro of the Month

Here at Ink Tank Media, we love to hear the opinions, views, and strategies of others in the marketing business. In a transforming industry, it’s more important than ever to analyse what works and what doesn’t. So, what better way to sharpen your skills than by talking to marketing maestros themselves.

This time, we’re interviewing Juha Lauhamaa of Amer Sports, the Finnish sports equipment conglomerate.

Currently, the Marketing Manager at Sports Tracker, the world’s first and most popular sports tracking app, Juha thinks a lot about how to best cater to users of the latest in sports gear: mobile technology. Working at the massive parent company behind well-known brands such as Wilson, Suunto and Salomon, Juha has plenty of fascinating insights to share about digitalization, big data and community building. Scroll down to find out more.

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8 top tips for company newsletters that convert

A company newsletter can be a powerful tool. It’s a fantastic way to keep clients and potential clients engaged and interested in your services or products, delivering relevant content right to their inbox on a regular basis. What’s more, it provides you the opportunity to demonstrate industry expertise and thought leadership, strengthen branding, lead more readers to your content, get the word out about sales and events, and simply form a more engaging bond with your audience.

If it’s not clear by now, we love newsletters! Read on to find out a few of our top tips for a more engaging, successful company email newsletter.

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18 signs you’ve been in the Finnish startup scene for way too long

Title image credit: Slush/Petri Anttila.

Working in the startup scene can sometimes seem like a larger-than-life mission. But it’s not all ball pits, free snacks and changing the world. While we love the buzz and marvellous ideas startup culture generates, we think it’s about time it was deconstructed, in a fair but firmly satirical way. Read on for a very scientific expose of this wonderful world, and the signs that you’ve inhabited for way too long.

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Marketing maestro of the month: Sanna Melin’s top tips for success

Ink Tank Marketing Maestro of the Month

 

If you’re anything like we are, you love to hear the opinions, views, and strategies of other marketers. In an industry that is constantly evolving, there’s always something new to learn – and there’s no better way to sharpen your skills than hearing it straight from the marketing maestros themselves.

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Finn for the win! 10 Finnish companies making mobile tech magic

Right now, a lineup of Finnish companies at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is proving why Finland remains a technological superpower. While Nokia already stole the show by announcing a beautifully convincing reboot of the Volkswagen Beetle of cellphones, the 3110, there’s plenty more to get excited about. Here’s our line-up of cool companies, showcasing their top tech at the Finland Pavilion, who we think are worth a closer look.

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Why Tieto should celebrate their Value for Life video going viral for all the wrong reasons

Going viral is the holy grail of digital marketing. The idea of hundreds of thousands or even millions of people organically viewing your stories sends us marketers dizzy with joy. Sadly, it’s notoriously difficult to achieve, especially in Finland with its small population. One criterion is to create your content in English, as we do for Very Finnish Problems and as Tieto, the Nordics’ largest software and service company did for their now notorious sing-song Value for Life video.

Reportedly produced for internal reasons, Value for Life is filled with good intentions and wonderfully obscure lyrics. There are “no options for duality” and “old is where we come”. Tieto also “take the ball to the build” and while I have no idea what that means, it’s certainly conjurors up an intriguing image. Yet despite its unusual lyrics, hit and miss singing and awkward style of production, reminiscent of an episode of British comedy classic The Office, Value for Life is a huge win for Tieto. Of course, the company themselves may not currently view it like that, but there are plenty of reasons for them to be cheerful.

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17 Finnish startups that could rock the world in 2017

Sunset in Ruka, Northern Finland. Photo by Timo Newton-Syms.

With Helsinki’s Slush having grown into a behemoth of a startup conference, Finland now has a reputation as a hub for high-tech startups and their financial backers. With great education and a pool of engineering skills still bubbling after closing of Nokia’s previous chapter in mobile, Finland produces a number of interesting tech startups as well.

We thought we’d take a look around and list some of the most interesting companies that we’d love to see succeed in the coming year.

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Future proof: 9 reasons why Finland is the country of the future

After WWII, Finland was still a poor country, which ended up playing a pretty weird hand of cards well during the global economic boom that transformed much of the world. From education, healthcare, water and welfare, Finland has a lot of things worth saving and adapting for the future.

It’s justified to argue politically about the global future of policies mimicking mid-century social democracy. But quite frankly, without the policies of the past, this place we call home would probably have ended up radically bleaker and poorer.

If Finland and the other Nordic counties were to fail at taking care of the legacy of ‘big-state’ investments, we’d arguably sit on one of the saddest wastes of potential in human history. Such is the contrast between the cold, barely inhabitable and famine ridden 19th century Russian Grand Duchy of Finland and the current high-tech republic.

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12 reasons why you shouldn’t bother going to Slush

Supercell's Clash of Clans characters featured at Slush 2015

It’s that time of the year again when Helsinki is the epicentre of the technology universe. Movers and shakers from across the globe descend upon the Finnish capital to do deals and talk tech.  Yes, Slush is here and don’t we all know it. For 48 hours, the tech world goes crazy celebrating its own wonderfulness and for a mere 500€ you can join the party too. But, don’t get sucked in by the relentless hype. There are some very good reasons why you shouldn’t bother going at all.

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