Meetings – some love them, some hate them; some want them short, others want them lengthy. Truly, the length and breadth of a meeting is not as important as its objective. In 1896, when the idea of meetings was established, it was prompted by the need to share information among schools. Today, this concept remains the same.

With Planned Growth, our monthly meetings are a chance for us to share information with hopes for a reciprocal effort from our clients. This is part of a marketing strategy, as our Client Service Manager Brenden follows a specific agenda that includes: Continue reading Growing and Succeeding with our Monthly Overview Meetings


Planned Growth has a new addition to its force. He is Brenden Hojara, our new Client Service Manager, who is “really excited to be working with Planned Growth.” Brenden has big plans, which mainly include helping you turn your dreams into actionable initiatives.

Today, a service-focused business is incomplete without that one person who takes charge in working closely with clients. It isn’t an easy job but it is one of the most rewarding because the client service manager can observe clients’ dreams coming into fruition.

Planned Growth has innovatively mastered the integration of key elements in Internet marketing and standing guard over the implementation of this working model. There are numerous benefits of having Brenden work with you, as you will see below: Continue reading The Value of a Great Client Service Manager to Your Business

New ReportsPlanned Growth has a new report system! Not to worry – it’s not very different from the previous one, but new features include the following:

  • An easier-to-read format.
  • Simpler tables and graphs.
  • Quick data find.
  • Less words, more graphics.

Let’s Start with the Changes in the Time Sheets

The old format has been revamped to make it less crowded. Some of the significant changes include: Continue reading A New Beginning, A New Report System


At the beginning of September, Google Chrome started to block Flash Player ads. Flash Player ads are animated web advertisements that employ complex animations and sounds and are often interactive (meaning they “react” based on what the user does). The Chrome browser now “pauses” these ads and the user must click the ad in order for it to play.

Google says that Flash increases page load time, sucks away at device battery life, and generally degrades user experience. As a result, they have blocked any Adobe Flash content on a webpage that isn’t considered “central” to the site. The change ran as part of a beta version of Chrome back in July.

Adobe Flash has acknowledged that the future of online advertising lies in converting from Flash to HTML5, though the company said that there’s still work to be done to help the industry transition.

“Updating the ‘IAB Display Creative Guidelines’ is only the first step in the process of helping the industry transition into an HTML5 dominant landscape,” said Sarah Hunt, Senior Product Manager at Adobe and co-chair of the IAB HTML5 for Digital Advertising Guidance Working Group, in a press release. “Expert advice and guidance is going to be necessary in order to allow HTML5 to live up to its promise of delivering rich, immersive digital advertising creative that is cost-effective and looks great on both desktop and mobile screens.”

Flash has been a popular technology to use in building ads for the last twenty years. But Google is not the first to complain about it degrading device performance and user experience. Amazon also stopped supporting Flash ads on September 1, 2015. Apple doesn’t support Flash on its non-desktop devices for performance reasons.

As an alternative to Flash, Google suggests that advertisers use HTML5 technology for their ads. HTML is the basic language of the web and is used to describe how web browsers should display text, images and video. HTML5 functions similarly to Flash but with more efficient performance across a wide range of devices.

Google offers tools to help marketers build HTML5 ads, and to convert their Flash ads over to HTML5. In August, the Interactive Advertising Bureau urged marketers to move over from Flash to HTML5 with updated “Creative Guidelines.”