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Improving Your Project Management Style

We all know that project management isn’t as simple as it may seem. It takes a certain type of individual to excel at the level most clients and internal stakeholders expect. Working efficiently can make or break a project, and for even the most organized of people, the right tools and skills are needed to effectively manage the milestones and deliverables required. Kick-Off Strong To determine the management needs of a project, many factors come into play. A kick off meeting should be held to agree what is the most appropriate route – taking into consideration the size of team, timeline and overall scope of the project. For example, a single ad with a static image and copy using a designer and copywriter has much different PM requirements than that of a website development project. Regardless of size and scope, all kick-off meetings should result in the distribution of a…

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4 years, 8 months ago
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Point and Shoot: 3 Tips for a Great Photoshoot Experience

We recently had a fantastic photoshoot opportunity, thriving in an environment full of great, positive energy and creative collaboration. As a result of that experience, we’ve decided to compile a few points that we found to be poignant in improving the entire photoshoot process. 
 Point, Shoot, and Connect
 As you go through the photoshoot, make sure to connect with your subjects. Strike up friendly conversation – the more you speak to one another, the more at ease you will all feel, resulting in the best results possible. A relaxed subject is a photogenic one – no fake smiles, and all of the warm energy will transfer to the final product. 

If you’re photographing objects or a facility (as opposed to corporate headshots), speak to the individuals in charge of production or the people that work within that industrial space. Understanding the message they want to convey, the voice of…

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4 years, 8 months ago
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Design as a Key Element in Successful Branding

There are many parts of branding from the strategy, positioning, culture, to the brand statement. However, design is obviously the most recognizable aspect of branding. Design and branding are inseparable but business owners often confuse the relationship between the two. For instance, many business owners associate the logo as the brand when it is more of an avatar for the company. With that said, how exactly does design impact a brand? Since the topic of the logo was brought up, you can say that the logo design is meant to support or conceptualize your brand statement and identity rather than represent the brand together. Take the financial company ING for example. Their logo has the symbol of a lion next to their company name. The purpose here is to represent a pedigree that commands respect, is authoritative, and is a leader. These are all qualities that people want to associate…

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4 years, 8 months ago
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Creative Agency: How to Select an Agency and Best Utilize the Talent

Do you feel that it’s time for your organization or company to find a creative agency? One of the challenges of finding the right agency is that there seems to be an abundant amount of candidates that seem to fit the role. Of course, you’re probably already aware that there’s more to an agency than what’s presented to you on the surface. So here are some tips on finding the right agency for you and make the most out of their team. First, look for expertise. There are many agencies that can design you a great looking website and if you’re only looking for that, the process will be easy. However, there are other things that may be important to you. For example, if you want to provide the best possible user experience on your website (UX design), you need to go with an agency that has an extensive amount…

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4 years, 9 months ago
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Building Trust in the Digital Landscape

It doesn’t take a traditional marketer to know that building trust is a huge part of every relationship. It is one thing to be interested in a brand, but quite another to become connected and engage with it. The process that converts a prospective customer into a loyal follower is a multi-faceted feat of branding as well as a dedication to a sustained service approach. In today’s environment of constant change and fickle tastes – brands can easily endear themselves via powerful positioning and flashy graphics, but quickly fall flat if promises are not backed up. It is enough of a challenge to convince a user to choose one product over another when faced with the multitude of options on the shelves at any given retail establishment, and the digital landscape has pushed this envelope even further. Put simply, if an organization does not fulfill its promises – it will not thrive. Offer…

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4 years, 9 months ago
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Corporate Photography: A Snapshot

It seems as though everyone is a photographer today, with apps like Instagram, Flickr and Facebook allowing for quick, easy photo sharing. Brands have a unique opportunity to showcase their team using the growing social media market. Having quality, clear professional headshots is essential to communicate both relevancy and formality. We spoke with a creative designer and photographer, who gave her take on corporate headshots and their importance for businesses. Why is it important to get quality head shots? Your clients receive impressions of you in every interaction – from browsing your website, to communicating with you via email, to scrolling through your social media pages. At any given moment, when experiencing that connection to your brand, both images and the related content are absorbed – impressions are formed quickly and often cannot be reversed. Even individuals who have had no experience with photography can tell the difference between a…

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4 years, 9 months ago
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User Engagement: Say, “I Do”

Experiential engagement comes first. We have to like the way something looks, smells, sounds or tastes to be be drawn in for more. To that end, good content is guided by a thoughtful and intentional desire to help a user flow through a meaningful experience – this is where content is the driver for the long game. With a focus on unique benefits, key goals and objectives, the strategy is driven by crafted content that is meaningful and measurable. Successful content creation will create engagement. The more content that is produce – and the more time that is spent honing and editing – the more engagement opportunities will present themselves. Creating useful content specifically tailored to an audience that is already listening will convince and convert an audience that is more than likely already privy to the brand at hand. Developing and delivering a steady stream of useful content will…

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4 years, 9 months ago
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5 Startup Strategies for Dodging Setbacks

1. Strengthen Your Vision First and foremost, a brand must be its own biggest fan – having a clear vision and holding on to it, ensuring that focus remains strong, is the most important driver for success. Losing sight of the inspiration can be common, depending on the stage of the process that the startup is currently immersed in. It’s a normal occurrence (as humans, we need to diversify our outlook often), and must be nipped in the bud as soon as it rears its doubting head. Know what you want to achieve through your business and its objectives. 2. Clearly Plan and Set Benchmarks Begin your brand strategy with a plan, and especially clarify financial goals and plans. A passion is important, indubitably – but a brand must remain practical in regard to what it can accomplish based on the selected or available budget. Establish realistic goals and targets…

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4 years, 10 months ago
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Pitch Perfect: The Secret to a Flawless Pitch Deck

As brands begin to find their new pace in the new year, startups are perking up their ears, trying to pick up any tips and tricks to improve their image and business. While many options exist to assist them in their optimization, one of the easiest and more fun methods include creating pitch decks. Raising money from investors isn’t easy in the best times, and for startups it can be especially challenging (without the experience that other brands have collected over the years). To perfect a pitch, a brand will need to follow specific points, achieving the ideal presentation framework. Clean It Up Investors are not interested in a cluttered and over-detailed presentation; a way to ensure that you begin on a strong note is to think about your “elevator pitch.” A common exercise in the business world, this condenses your message into a 60 to 90 second speech that…

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4 years, 10 months ago
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Get Excited: Design Trends for 2015

2015 is here – everyone is excitedly anticipating the fresh opportunities that surge in with the new year. We know that staying ahead of the curve and moving with the ebb and flow of design is important, so we did some of the heavy lifting for you – with a compilation of the most popular and talked-about approaching movements. Without further ado: 9 design trends that will be prevalent this year, as theorized by designers. Animation Bringing websites to life with technologies like HTML5 and WebGL – even something as simple as using a slight animation when scrolling through a website, something to catch the users’ eye. This technique is effective, as long as it isn’t overdone. Interactivity Creating an interface that can include sliders, and other authoring tools to create an experience that involves a maximum amount of interaction between the user and the activity. Ensuring that the viewers…

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4 years, 10 months ago