Design, Branding, and Advertising

PPC Minute: Click-Through Rate (CTR)

May 20, 2014

What Is It? A percentage that represents the number of clicks an ad received in relation to the number of impressions (views) it received. How Is It Calculated? The number of clicks is divided by the number of impressions.

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5 Questions to ask before you hire a Design Company

May 6, 2014

It is a big decision to make when you are deciding on which company you’d like to create your website. You want to make sure your expectations are clearly communicated with the company, and that you have an agreement that these expectations will be met. The last thing you want is to pay out a [...]

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QR Codes: 7 Tips for Success

February 27, 2014

QR Codes are cropping up everywhere – in magazine ads, posters, product packaging, how-to books, DVD and Blu-Ray extras and more.  But for every great use of QR Codes in online marketing strategies, there are 10 poorly conceived and executed QR Code disasters.  Here are 10 tips to make sure your QR codes are most [...]

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What Does Your Online Reputation Say About Your Brand?

January 7, 2014

The market today calls for more online brand monitoring than ever before. As trends continue, we will see more and more review sites appear. There are many surveys and statistics that show how much consumers are influenced by online reviews. Some studies suggest that up to 90% of purchasing decisions are influence by online reviews [...]

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5 Things on Your Website That Make Your Business Look Bad

November 26, 2013

Your website is an opportunity for you to make a good impression and help existing and potential customers decide whether or not they should do business with you.  Even if your business is mostly offline (i.e. you don’t have an ecommerce site), you should still be very worried about the impression you are making online.  [...]

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QR Codes with Style

May 25, 2012

We have all seen these new little bar codes invading all forms of printed and online marketing materials. QR (Quick Response) codes are a two dimensional bar code originally developed by Denso Wave (a subsidiary of Toyota) in 1994 to track vehicles during manufacturing. They can hold a relatively large amount of data and can [...]

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Outdoor Business Photos: Success Is in the Timing

January 16, 2012
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When a website represents your business online, you can’t really afford for it to have bad photos running around scaring away your customers. Hiring a professional photographer for your business images is the best solution, but it’s not always practical for everybody. So a lot of website owners resort to taking their own photos, or [...]

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13 Reasons Not to Design By Committee

January 13, 2012
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I hope you’re not superstitious, because if you are, you may not like this post.  I’m not superstitious, although I am writing this blog post on the 13th of January – and it is a Friday. Friday the 13th is a scary day to many people, but not to me.  However, what IS scary to [...]

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Getting Positive Reviews Online

January 9, 2012

Online review sites are becoming more and more vital to consumers as they research businesses and products online.  Sites like Yelp and Google Local allow customers to post their reviews for others to read, making them a powerful influence in consumer buying decisions. According to the MIT Technology Review, for every one dollar U.S. consumers [...]

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Learn the Lingo for Online Display Ads

October 17, 2011

If you’re serious about online marketing, and you’ve already crafted a solid search engine optimization strategy, launched a Pay-Per-Click campaign, and undertaken a link building campaign, your next step just might be a display ad campaign (or banner ads).  However, knowing the lingo and technical jargon can mean the difference between the success and failure [...]

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Icons – Amazing Little Pictures

April 14, 2011

I will freely admit my bias towards icons upfront, I believe that just about every design can benefit from their use. What exactly is an icon you might ask? For design purposes, icons are simplistic representations of a concept. Take something big and grand, like the Earth, and reduce it down to a it’s most [...]

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Quick Color Guide

November 18, 2010

Ever wondered what your designer or printer is talking about when they start talking about color?  Here is a quick guide to color models and working with branded colors, to help you navigate those conversations.

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