Mission, vision and values – defined

Recently, we went through a process to formalize our mission, vision and values. In fact, it was the first time we’ve actually written these things down. Throughout the history of McNary Marketing and Design, we’ve always had goals and direction informed by Joshua’s experience, expertise, and desire to build a business that complements the life of the […]

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Thinking Mobile

It’s not news (we hope) that mobile technology rules the day. If you expect success, you simply must incorporate mobile web functionality into your business model. That may be an app, a mobile-optimized website, both or even a combination of primarily mobile-minded strategies. Be mobile-minded. Too often, we see a strategy employed where a mobile version […]

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Your turkey coma reading list.

You’ve just finished your second or—if we’re being honest—third helping of Thanksgiving fixin’s. Your options are slim: a pick up game with the kids outside (you’re way too full), an awkward conversation with relatives over coffee or that inviting, open spot on the sofa. Yep, sofa it is. So you’re able to make the Holidaze […]

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Carving out collaborative spaces for non-profits

  Over the last few years, collaborative spaces (like the one the McNary team calls home base many days) have popped up everywhere from major cities to smallish towns. These spots promise—and usually deliver—a great place to not only start up, but network, build business, and expand from a couple of entrepreneurs with some laptops […]

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AAF Joshua Speaking

How can you use Digital & Social marketing? ∙ my talk at AAF CR-IC Education Day 2015

On April 7,2015 I spoke to student in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as part of AAF: CR-IC EDUCATION DAY. The event paired upcoming area students with Eastern Iowa’s marketing professionals to learn, meet, and share ideas regarding our craft. I was asked to “wake up” the students with the opening talk titled “DIGITAL MARKETING MATTERS”. I […]

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Email privacy loophole has an easy fix

I recently wrote a post for The Gazette on loopholes in email (and other electronic communications) privacy and the need for reform. Here’s a short excerpt: The act’s authors didn’t imagine people would have a reason or the means to store email longer than 180 days. Relatively few people used email in 1986, and those […]

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Checkout new project: Grabbing the Good Life

My wife, Marie McNary, and I have launched a new blogging project for self-employed and entrepreneurial families called “Grabbing the Good Life”. Our goal is to help entrepreneurial families find support and encouragement so they can embrace and enjoy the personal and professional lives their families deserves. Our friend, Christoph Trappe of “The Authentic Storytelling Project”, profiled […]

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CoderDojo returns — add coding to your kid’s school curriculum

CoderDojo, the international movement of kids coding clubs for kids 5-17 years old, is returning to Cedar Rapids this Saturday, September 6th, just in time for the start of another academic year. The Cedar Rapids rendition began last Spring, when a rag-tag group of tech and developer dads got it off the ground and saw immediate […]

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