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LENZtern Allison Miller Leaves Behind a Digital Legacy

Lenz is proud to host many interns that leave behind legacies of hard work, creative ideas, and lasting relationships. It should come as no surprise that our 2017 summer intern Allison Miller would combine her social media savvy and natural design talent to leave us with an especially unique legacy: a Snapchat geofilter.

For the 158 million people who use Snapchat every day, one of the most popular features are the geofilters—creative overlays based on location and time that appear around the user’s picture or video. During Allison’s summer internship with Lenz, she noticed the area around the Lenz office in downtown Decatur was lacking a geofilter option that truly expressed the colorful and creative atmosphere of the community. So, she decided to do something about it by designing and submitting her own geofilter for the downtown Decatur Square. As a part of the application process, Allison detailed the rich, cultural history of the Decatur area as her creative inspiration.

Read what she had to say:

“This summer I’ve been spending a lot of time in Decatur interning at a marketing agency. I’ve learned that the agency Lenz has had quite a positive impact on the area.”

“As an avid Snapchat user, I noticed that Decatur had several community geofilters, but none of them really represented the rich culture contained here. Therefore, I decided to use my graphic design skills to create my own. I chose the guitar because Decatur is rich with music history, having been the place where Indigo Girls, John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, and Sugarland got their starts. I just hope that I can continue my boss’ dream of making Decatur the best it can be, and I feel that Snapchat can help.”

Be on the lookout for this Allison’s Snapchat geofilter next time you’re taking a selfie on the Decatur Square!

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A look into the voyage: How Lenz Helped Atlanta Science Festival Mascot “Alex” Take Flight

Founded in 2014, the Atlanta Science Festival (ASF) is an annual two-week celebration of the Atlanta science community consisting of more than 100 events and a grand finale: The Exploration Expo. With experiences such as cooking and eating bugs, discovering the science behind beer brewing, witnessing wildlife through Atlanta’s forests, and stopping a zombie outbreak, it’s no wonder the festival has seen remarkable success in a few short years. There is something for everyone, and no one walks away from the festival disappointed at its offerings.

With its  growing popularity, the Atlanta Science Festival needed a playful, memorable brand to help solidify its place among Atlanta’s busy calendar of events and reach even more curious people across the region. ASF came to Lenz for help with this task, and thus ALEX was born into the universe.

ALEX (Atlanta’s Lead EXplorer) is ASF’s mascot: a spunky astronaut sporting the branded ASF pink and ready to take ATLiens on a two-week science-filled adventure. The goal with this mascot’s development was to instill a sense of exploration and wonder in the 2017 festival while also solidifying ASF’s brand within the Atlanta market. Knowing that consumers show affinity towards brands that extend their essence beyond a logo, and into a carefully crafted persona, ALEX became an integral part of  the festival’s marketing initiatives.

ALEX appeared on MARTA buses, billboards, magazines, social channels, promotional videos, and festival literature, bringing the festival under one unified personification. Festival-goers even took ownership of ALEX through a mascot naming contest on social media. Hundreds of entries were cast, and a panel was formed to chose the winning submission. After careful consideration, ALEX was selected as the mascot’s name.

The 2017 festival was a hit, reaching over 41,000 people of all ages. At the Exploration Expo alone, 19,000 people came into contact with ALEX through festival signage, programs, and exhibits at Centennial Olympic Park. With over 100 events, 70 venues, 14,500 followers on social media channels, and 200 million media impressions, it is safe to say that ALEX made a grand debut.

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10 Steps to a Social Media Slam Dunk—Demonstrated by the World’s Favorite Sandwich Cookie

What do your company and the most famous cream-filled chocolate cookie have in common?

If the answer is nothing, perhaps you should rethink that.

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5 Easy Steps to Developing Glorious Content

You know you must develop great web site content to engage potential customers and rank high on search engines, but how can you establish a successful content marketing strategy?

1.Begin with original content. The first article a company creates should set the tone for all future endeavors. Start with a unique voice that reflects your company’s core values, without overwhelming the consumer on the benefits of your product or service. Enlighten the audience with a true 360-degree view of your industry, and you can become the consumer’s chosen source for information.

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Lenz Launches New Web Site For Leadership DeKalb

Leadership DeKalb has a new look and added functionality thanks to a grant from AT&T and help from Lenz, Inc., a Decatur marketing, public relations and design firm.

Executive Director Sara Fountain selected Lenz, located at 119 East Court Square in Decatur, to create a new Web site for the organization.

“We wanted a site to capture the energy, vitality and unity of Leadership DeKalb,” Fountain said. “We selected Lenz from a number of firms because of their design and technical expertise and their commitment to our community.”

The new site is leadershipdekalb.org.

Founded in 1986, Leadership DeKalb is a non-profit leadership development program that trains and builds a network of ethnically and culturally-diverse, well-informed leaders and emerging leaders who are committed to addressing and resolving issues that impact the quality of life in Georgia’s DeKalb County.

The Leadership DeKalb Class of 2009 is comprised of 56 business and professional leaders who either live or work in the county. Participants will complete a 10-month education program in June 2009. Topics include DeKalb’s police, justice, health and education systems; opportunities and challenges related to the county’s ethnic and cultural diversity; and issues surrounding business, development, and social services.

Leadership DeKalb, in short, is a group of leaders dedicated to making a difference in their community. However, with members spread out across the county and across varied professional fields, communication amongst the organization was becoming an increasingly difficult obstacle.

The web, among other things, is the tool of the 21st century to connect people. Lenz understands this basic premise, and was therefore delighted to provide Leadership DeKalb with not only a modern and attractive online presence, but also a powerful means for connecting their members.

The new LeadershipDeKalb.org allows members to update their information, pay member dues, view photos and videos, check the program schedule, and volunteer for upcoming events – all with a few clicks. Thanks to a custom developed CMS (content management system), program leaders can post the latest news releases and feature fresh content on the homepage by filling out a simple online form.