Fill Your Collateral With Color

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No doubt about it, color is a feeling. Using bright, eye-catching colors in your brochure, website or email marketing will grab your customers’ attention and give them a good feeling about your product. Don’t be blah! Be colorful. Here’s how to add color in both print and web collateral: 1. …

Planning Your Marketing Collateral

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Marketing and branding require a lot of planning. There will occasionally be projects where everyone has to turn on a dime, but that can’t become the norm. When rushed, the product gets stiffed almost every time. We have five tips to help complete your project on time: 1. Determine the …

Branding 101

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1. Establish Your Company Name Once you have a handful of names to consider, trademark research and registration is crucial for the protection of your brand. See why here. 2. Create a Tagline A short phrase can add punch to your company’s personality, or clarify your services: Incorporate a tagline …

Realtor Website Design

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In our experience, we’ve found that realtor websites have unique design and functional requirements: Multiple categories (for sale, under contract, sold, open house) mean more pages. These websites are updated frequently to keep up with ever-changing listings. The site has be able to load quickly, given the many images that …

Alive and Well: The Business Card

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While much of communication collateral has moved from printed to online/digital, the business card remains a staple. Priceless when networking in the real world, an effective business card is also a must in branding. Yep, we can all search our phones to get contact info, but come on – how …

5 Things Your New Website Should Do

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The Website Wake-Up Call Any day now, you’ll get a wake-up call: Your website is in trouble. Maybe a customer complained about a broken function on the site; or an employee couldn’t find vital information. Maybe the site’s traffic is way down, and you’re only noticing now because someone said …

The Power of Branding

Drilled down to the basics, marketing is all about getting noticed. You can do great work, produce a great product, and provide the best customer service – but none of that matters if your market isn’t even aware of your company’s existence. The first step to getting noticed is developing …

Why Can’t I Print Art from the Web?

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How old is the web now? and I still get the question, “Why can’t I print art from the web?” It all has to do with resolution. Screen resolution (sharpness) is measured in dots per inch (dpi). Your computer screen is viewed at a much lower resolution (72 dpi) than …

Color: Playing Favorites

A lot of my clients say they know nothing about color in graphic design, and want me to make those choices. But when the time comes to choose from several logo options or to review a website design, they suddenly have fierce color preferences – proving that color can communicate. …

When Is It Time to Update Your Brand?

Remember when your brand was shiny and new? Branding materials are always reflective of the design norms prevalent at the time they were created. You may think your brand is timeless, but it’s easy to become complacent after a few years. Fonts, colors and graphic elements (remember swooshes?) can all …