How to report a crappy ad

Historically, I've tended toward native advertising (which means placement we sell ourselves, like Offbeat Bride's Vendor Guide listings or vendor spotlights)… but these days we're shifting more toward serving up ads delivered by ad networks (banners that are sold and delivered by third party companies). What this means for y'all, the Offbeat Empire's readers, is that sometimes you might see ads on the Empire that are fucking gross… that we didn't sell, and don't even know are there!

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Onward to our beloved Megan!

Megan was Offbeat Bride's second intern, going way back in February 2009. I hired her on as my first paid contractor six months later, and we have worked together ever since — almost nine years, and fuck those have been a pretty epic nine years. As of next week, Megan is moving onward into her next adventure.

UG AND NOW I'M CRYING.

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Dick jokes & hard work: On tough years, great contractors, and corporate culture

Because of my contractors, the toughest two years of the Offbeat Empire's decade of existence (and honestly, the toughest two years of my fucking life) have actually been totally ok. Bootstrapping a business is terrifying, since the only money to spend is the money that's coming in. In a decade of being in business, I've never taken out a loan or accepted venture capital. My investments have been my own time, and the willingness of my crew to stretch themselves… and the corporate culture we've built together.

Vendors: maximize your ROI with inclusive marketing materials

While we almost never decline an advertiser for having marketing materials that are "too traditional," I do want to make sure wedding vendors looking to appeal to nontraditional clients know that if your website is too traditional, you may not see a solid return on investment when you reach out to nontraditional couples.