We Came, We Saw, We ALEX Con-quered

July 22, 2015 | Jenny Fukumoto | Behind the Scenes, Damn Good Communication | No Comments


Recently, we had the distinct pleasure of hanging out with 45 ALEX customers at our annual ALEXCon, the best employee communication conference on the planet. Over the course of two days, we and our customer guests talked shop over benefits-themed cocktails, laughed till our sides hurt during an inspired improv show, and—most importantly—picked up a boatload… Keep reading

Jellyvision Wins Big at the 2015 Moxie Awards!

June 12, 2015 | Mark Rader | Behind the Scenes | No Comments


We’re delighted to announce that Jellyvision won top honors in every category it was nominated for at the 2015 Built in Chicago Moxie Awards! Built In Chicago, a tech community, holds the Moxie Awards to recognize Chicago’s most innovative digital companies across 16 categories. The awards are voted on by a panel of judges and the general public,… Keep reading

How to Get a Job in Tech

May 27, 2015 | Melanie Chapman | Tech | No Comments

how to find a job in tech

As one of the leaders of the Chicago tech and startup communities, our CEO, Amanda Lannert, gets asked a lot of questions about running a company, finding great talent, and dealing with rapid-fire growth. But by far, one of the most frequently asked questions she gets is, “How do I get a job in tech?” Here’s… Keep reading

UX in the Wild

December 22, 2014 | Melanie Chapman | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

Clothes hooks at Road Runners Sports

User experience (or UX, as the acronym-philes like to say) is an essential consideration when designing software, websites, and other Internetty things. But UX is just as important in the real world. For example, here’s some great real world UX: Our founder Harry spotted these clothes hooks at the Road Runner Sports by our office…. Keep reading

Always Read the Fine Print

December 12, 2014 | Melanie Chapman | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

Typical fine print

Because sometimes it’s entertaining as hell. Eat24, a food delivery service, has revolutionized the practice of fine print. Every week, Eat24 sends out an email with a coupon code, which comes with a few disclaimers. Here’s how most companies handle that kind of fine print: Confusing terms, walls of text, boring, nitpicky details. Eat24 has… Keep reading

Truth in Advertising

December 5, 2014 | Melanie Chapman | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

Arby's commercial screenshot

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and also the most marketing’d time of the year. Which makes it extra-refreshing when a straightforward message rises above the chorus of “must-have!” “perfect gift!” and “hurry, this deal won’t last!” Arby’s has an agreement with Pepsi to feature them in two commercials a year. Arby’s forgot about… Keep reading

How to Have Fun with a Boring Part of Your Product

November 19, 2014 | Melanie Chapman | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

timbuk2 foam

Even the most exciting, innovative products have boring tagalongs. Shipping boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper. (“Hey, the box is the best part!” –kids and dogs everywhere) But even these tagalongs can have personality and make a connection with the customer. Timbuk2, show them how it’s done: That’s the foam that comes with a Timbuk2 laptop case. It’s completely… Keep reading

This Is How You Capture the Consumer Mindset (and It’s not Easy)

November 6, 2014 | Melanie Chapman | Damn Good Communication | No Comments

skeptic vs. believer teuxdeux

We’ve written before about “speaking in human”—writing and talking like a person, not the back of a box. Speaking in human is a great thing, an important thing, but we’ll be the first to say: it’s not easy. Explaining a crazy-complex concept like life insurance or tax regulations? That’s not easy! Telling someone why they should… Keep reading