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Why Businesses Should Still Use Facebook

Why Businesses Should Still Use Facebook

Shane J
8 Minutes
May 16, 2018

This is a topic we have been thinking about for a while, here at Provoke. Neither Lisa or I am huge fans of Facebook itself. We did conclude that almost everyone in the universe has an account. If you don’t I apologize for assuming you do, but there is also a big difference between having one and using one. That’s where we are going to start today's blog, why businesses should still use Facebook.

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Over Promise and Under Deliver

Over Promise and Under Deliver

Shane J
9 Minutes
May 10, 2018

One of the BIGGEST PITFALLS in providing a service is promising something to a client that you CANNOT DELIVER. Whether it be due to size or time constraints I would have to say it is a faux pas. In this week’s blog we will discuss situations where we should watch what we promise to our clients.

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Women in Graphic Design

Women in Graphic Design

Lisa C
13 Minutes
May 3, 2018

A sit-down one on one interview with our FEARLESS LEADER Miss Lisa. We focus on her experiences both NEGATIVE and POSITIVE in the world of graphic design. This is NOT a sordid exposé of the graphic design industry, I am sorry to tell you. Are there parts that are difficult to swallow with all the current movements of late. Yes, I would say so, but this is more a look at how the industry has changed and moves forward. Most of all its about one woman’s journey through the industry.

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A Beginners Guide to SEO

A Beginners Guide to SEO

Shane J
8 Minutes
Apr 25, 2018

When building a website one of the most important items that should be taken into consideration is your visibility on the world wide web. I cannot stress enough the importance of this factor. You can go spend all the money you want on the most high-tech website and a stunning logo if no one sees it what was the point behind those purchases?

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Owning a Company with your significant other part 4

Owning a Company with your significant other part 4

Shane J
8 Minute
Apr 18, 2018

What happens if you and your partner now decide it’s time to take some time off or downtime and go on vacation together? Is that vacation still REALLY A VACATION? This is the subject of todays blog. We define and explore what a company vacation looks like for us and how we deal with work related items.

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Striking Back Against Anxiety Part 1

Striking Back Against Anxiety Part 1

Shane J
8 Minutes
Apr 11, 2018

Welcome back to the provoke side of the universe. In previous editions, we have discussed my story with anxiety as well as using mindfulness and coping in the office. Today I figured we would turn that topic up on its head. Today we tackle steps to start fighting back against anxiety.

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Mindfulness and Ways, We Cope

Mindfulness and Ways, We Cope

Shane J
9 Minutes
Mar 28, 2018

In a recent blog, I discussed my battle with anxiety and issues I encountered working in an office environment. For this week, I plan to delve into the ways we can help fight anxiety in our every day lives. Will this work every time? Heck NO. Though I choose to fight back always, even if I am losing the fight, I WILL WIN THE WAR. Knowing you’re not alone in this helps, but you must always keep battling.

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Owning a Company with your Significant Other Part 3

Owning a Company with your Significant Other Part 3

Shane J
8 Minutes
Mar 21, 2018

Welcome back to our reoccurring segment on OWNING A COMPANY WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER. In this new installment we are going to look at purchases for the business and in your personal lives. What happens if the one partner makes a purchase without consulting you?

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Twitter for Intermediate Users Provoke Style

Twitter for Intermediate Users Provoke Style

Shane J
8 Minute
Mar 14, 2018

The last few weeks have been blogs of the PERSONAL VARIETY. I have a few technical blogs I want to start tying up. About a month ago, I did a blog on Twitter basics. I figured from the start I would make this a 3-blog series. Original plan was a basic, intermediate and advanced twitter guide through my eyes.

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It’s Not Always About the Money

It’s Not Always About the Money

Shane J
10 Minutes
Mar 7, 2018

This week we are going to be focusing on the values of volunteering and adding some time to help others. Lisa and I both volunteer our time to work for a fantastic organization called Food 4 Kids. They make sure that Kids have healthy food at home and over the weekends.

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An Office Environment Through The Eyes of Anxiety

An Office Environment Through The Eyes of Anxiety

Shane J
15 Minutes
Feb 28, 2018

The focal point of this blog today will be with DEALING WITH ANXIETY IN THE WORKPLACE. I have suffered from mental health issues since I was very young. It runs in my family and, people like my cousin Matt, have shared their stories on the struggles they have had with anxiety and depression.

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Owning a Company with your significant other part 2

Owning a Company with your significant other part 2

Shane J
13 Minutes
Feb 21, 2018

A few weeks ago, I delved into our experiences regarding owning a company with your significant other. We were posed with a lot of questions in the beginning. I felt it was important to pass those questions to the reader in the first part of our blog. Now we will start answering those questions one at a time.

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Being Mobile Friendly

Being Mobile Friendly

Shane J
11 Minutes
Feb 14, 2018

Welcome back to another technical edition of the PROVOKE Adventures in blog format! As last week was about twitter, we decided there is no better time than now to talk about your website and being mobile friendly. We live in a great boon of technology and If you don’t stay with the times your website will be left behind.

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Twitter Basics by Provoke

Twitter Basics by Provoke

Shane J
7 Minutes
Feb 7, 2018

For this week, we decided to go a bit more technical in our blogs. We want to cover a plethora of topics that are in the realm of what we do! As we have A HEALTHY PRESENCE on Twitter, this week’s topic will be on using twitter basics with your small business.

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Owning a Company with your significant other part 1

Owning a Company with your significant other part 1

Shane J
11 Minutes
Jan 31, 2018

In this blog we will focus mainly on the DIFFICULTIES that some individuals encounter running a company with a person they see all hours of the day and at night. No solutions, or suggestions, just the straight-up blind details. We will detail the ways we overcome it in part 2 of this blog in a few weeks. I want you to think about what I say first.

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Podcasts we love

Podcasts we love

Shane J
11 Minutes
Jan 24, 2018

When we decided to start blogging we thought about the people we could help with our mistakes and learning curve over the last year. However, we didn’t want it to be all work with no playtime. Instead, we felt we should throw in fun subjects that are near and dear to us. On that note, the following blog will be on podcasting.

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The Office Environment in 2018

The Office Environment in 2018

Shane J
12 Minutes
Jan 17, 2018

In the 1980’s, when I was a wee lad, I remember getting up every morning to see my dad go off to work. He would return around dinner time, and we would sit down, as a family, to eat dinner. Things have changed for a lot of people since those days. Does this picture still exist? Maybe it does, but I am betting it’s in the minority, as people have more options on how their work day.. Some people travel, by subway or train, to offices; others work from home, some in libraries, and others, like we do, out of co-working offices. So many options to choose from in the days of the internet.

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Provoked Ourselves

Provoked Ourselves

Shane J
8 Minutes
Jan 9, 2018

We wanted to do a blog, but we didn’t want to blog for the sake of blogging. We felt it should serve a purpose and have a VOICE that mattered. So, here at Provoke we wanted to talk about our experiences and put a fresh spin on everything. This is our first blog and we felt we should tell a bit of our story and why we started out.

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