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Raisin' Brand

Raisin' Brand

By Pixel Labs
The Pixel Labs Podcast where we talk about creativity & marketing and how to bring the two together to make a brand.
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Staying Focused and Balanced in Today's World
The answer to life? 42. Just kidding, it's balance; determining priorities, holding accountability, and understanding how you work best. Zach sits down with Aaron, a repeat podcast offender, to talk about balance and how critical it is to productivity and being intentional with those you live and work with. What are your habits to stay balanced throughout your days and weeks?
November 24, 2020
How to sell in 2021
People in sales often get a bad reputation. They're known to be pushy, abrasive, and dishonest, but this doesn't reflect everyone in sales. Zach sits down with Shawn Diddy and listens to her experience selling products on network television and the internet. Shawn explains how sales and marketing are evolving, as well as ways to spot good honest sales.
November 18, 2020
How To Design A Business
A business is much more than a good idea. You not only need to be sure the product or service is useful but that people can resonate with your branding. Noah sits down with our in house graphic designer, Tyler Black, to discuss our rebrand and what goes into branding a company.
November 10, 2020
Business Plain & Simple
When people start a business they want it to be successful. Most of the time people try to make it look flashy in order to get noticed. However, in most cases, the more successful start up businesses focus on keeping it simple. Michelle Stricker, a local photographer, and owner of S.M.A.C.K. did just that. Hear how she started a new business during a time when most businesses struggled and how she managed to stand out.
November 3, 2020
Things To Consider When Live Streaming
In a digital world, you'd think people would have virtual events down to a science. However, until recently people rarely needed a fully virtual event. Now Zoom is booming and everyone is scrambling to Facebook and Instagram Live to reach their audiences. These platforms can be great, but offer very little when it comes to larger events and personal branding. Noah and Zach sit down for an in-depth discussion about the new live streaming service Pixel Labs offers. Giving some insight into how we've turned a now mundane medium into an experience. 
October 27, 2020
Do we have a Social Dilemma
This week, Zach sits down with Aaron and Trinity to talk about the new documentary, The Social Dilemma. Have you seen it? What's your take? Is there a problem, or is this all part of the human evolution and how we interact with people and brands?
October 20, 2020
Lights, Cameras, Sirens!
A movie is not just about the camera work. It's filled with lots of moving parts, a big part of every production is lighting. This week Noah sits down with Ty Bellfy, a local lighting designer and photographer, to talk about the craft of lighting. Ty discusses how he's built his equipment on a budget and his side passion for sirens. This episode is filled with lots of helpful tips and tricks that you won't want to miss!
October 13, 2020
The Post Credit Reflections
In the thrilling conclusion of the 48 Hour Film Project, Tristan and Noah sit down to reflect on the experience. Things didn't always go according to plan, but the film must go on. The event even inspired us to incorporate what we learned into our daily work.
October 6, 2020
48 Hour Film Project
Creativity has no limits. Except when you enter a 48-hour film contest. Tristan and Noah sit down and talk about this year's 48 Hour Film Project. Hoping to get a genre that allows for a great story and maybe a little audience controversy.
September 29, 2020
Monkey Business
A business can come from anywhere. A lemonade stand as a kid could spark an idea for a food truck, repairing your bike could lead to fixing cars, and some socks could lead to a unique business adventure. Zach sits down with Sami Schupanitz of Sami's Sock Monkeys to talk about branding and marketing. Filled with lots of insight from a young entrepreneur this is an episode you will not want to miss!
September 22, 2020
More Than Mini Donuts
It's not just a donut, it's an experience.  Zach sits down with Robert Sales of Rob's Mini Donuts to discuss how something as simple as a donut can impact customers. Reminding us that a product is just a product, it's up to you to make it something more.
September 15, 2020
What Is A Film?
This week the Pixel Team sits down for their first round table podcast discussion. Joined by Aaron Jarnagin, the discussion revolves around "what is a film?" and whether there's a difference between film and movies.
September 8, 2020
The Art Of Freelancing
Many creatives aspire to be their own boss and enter the world of freelancing. Though this can be filled with travel and unique clients, it can also be a road of struggles. Zach sits down with professional freelancer, Josh Berendes, to get an in-depth look at the business side of this creative field. 
September 1, 2020
Writing Your Destiny
Taking a leap of faith can be scary. Rejection can hurt, but not trying at all can hurt more. Tristan sit's down with independent filmmaker, Kazek Israni-Winger, to talk about how Kazek keeps taking steps into the film world through his writing.
August 25, 2020
The Industry Standard
Details are important in any line of work. Those who pay attention to even the tiniest things can show true passion and dedication. Tristan hops in the booth with videographer and lighting designer, Jon Van Allen, to discuss how thinking ahead can take you the extra mile on any crew.
August 18, 2020
Every Idea Counts
Every idea is a valuable one. Though not every idea you have may get used in the end result, those thoughts still contribute to the final outcome. Tristan sits down with our graphic designer, Tyler Black, to discuss how she's been able to come up with creative ideas for both design and marketing through her student organizations.
August 11, 2020
Blockbuster in the Back Yard: The follow-up
Previously on Raisin' Brand, Tristan sits down with local filmmaker Tarrell Christie and talks about his fan-film, Miles. After months of editing, Miles has been released and taken the internet by storm! This week we swing back into action and find out how Tarrell was able to market his fan-film to such a large audience.
August 4, 2020
Big Ideas Around Every Corner
Never be afraid to pitch your big idea. Zach connects with a fellow entrepreneur, Eric Braley, to discuss how he went from student broadcaster to host of his own college sports show. Eric shares how he formed his company Around The Corner Productions and how they continue to thrive in the Cedar Valley.
July 28, 2020
Get'cha Head In The Game
Tristan sits down with our good friend Cole Jorgenson as he gives us a life update. Cole shares his experience being an intern with the Utah Jazz and what it took to get there. This episode is filled with helpful tips on how a young creative can take the next big step in their career.
July 21, 2020
The Great Outdoors
Tristan sits down with our current intern Adam Davis. Adam is a Digital Media student at The University of Northern Iowa and an avid nature lover. This has led him on a journey to work with outdoor brands creatively. Adam talks about how he's built up an incredible Instagram following in pursuit of this dream and how he uses this platform to work with some big names in the outdoors community.
July 21, 2020
Media Making a Difference
Tristan remotes in with former Pixel Team member Taylor Bluemel. Taylor shares his insight on the making of Gridshock, a documentary about human sex trafficking, and how his media career has lead him to create content to bring awareness to the hidden issues of society.
July 7, 2020
Branding is at the heart of every successful company
In this episode of Raisin' Brand, Zach sits down with Alyssa Nolte to talk about her experience with marketing, research and the psychology of a consistent brand. Whether you are just starting up or you are years into your entrepreneurial journey, if you are struggling with understanding the importance of brand, this one is for you.
June 30, 2020
Marketing A Community
Oftentimes people think of marketing as finding a way to sell a product, something that everyone "needs" in their daily lives. What if that product was an entire city? Zach sits down with Digital Marketing Specialist, Aaron Jarnagin, and learns more about how communities market themselves. Showing the public why they should become part of the Cedar Valley.
June 23, 2020
Blockbuster in the Back Yard
Tristan sits down with Tarrell Christie on a remote call to discuss his new Spider-man fan film Miles. Tarrell talks about what movies and genres inspired him to create films with outstanding visual effects. Along with how he was able to market his short film Miles.
June 16, 2020
Kansas City Creative
This week Tristan sits down with, a now previous, intern Arron Graham. Aaron talks about his growing creative career as he finishes his degree. While giving us some insight into what the future holds for this aspiring photographer.
June 9, 2020
Stories From a Freelancer
This week Tristan sits down with former Pixel Team member Josh Berendes. Josh tells us how he got started and what he did to become a full-time freelance videographer.  Along with sharing some stories from his adventures throughout the years.
June 2, 2020
An interview with Noah Lucy
This week we debut the new podcast format, Raisin Brand! (Ignore the references to PixelCast, we hadn't renamed it yet!) Tristan sits down with our previous intern Noah Lucy. The two talk about creative visions and processes for projects.
May 26, 2020