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The Thinking Creative: 5 Ways to Get (and Stay) Creatively Inspired

Inspiration is a terrible thing to waste, but as we all know – it’s well known to strike at inopportune times. Whether it’s in the studio, on the train or in the shower – the creative process knows no boundaries. Being able to tune into those inspired moments is key to turning them into a reality. Tap into a few of these habits and to turn inspiration into innovation. Take Note When you feel those creative sparks flying, it’s time to get out the notebook and take some notes. Director of design, Erin Lentz at Artversion takes it a step further by dictating voice notes on her iPhone on her commute and using Evernote to capture her inspiration on the go, saying; ‘I never know when that aha moment will strike, helping to crack the code on a project.” Keep Good Company One of the keys to getting inspired in the…

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2 months, 11 days ago
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Why Culture Matters When Selecting a Creative Agency

The creative agency model has changed. In the not too distant past, the market was dominated by big firms with high rise locales and seemingly never-ending expense accounts. While those models still exist in some forms, the general culture of the creative agency has shifted to a more open market with varied options ranging from small boutique outfits, to agency collectives consisting of a grouping of freelancers. With technology allowing clients to access talent anywhere, geography is no longer an issue, and the options can be overwhelming. Foremost – agency talent is key when it comes to choosing a creative team. It’s important to assess organizational elements such as services, capabilities and process as well as past work and portfolio – but perhaps the factor that can make or break a successful relationship is ensuring that the agency’s culture fit is in alignment with the brand it’s paired with. Core…

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6 months, 26 days ago
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2016 Tech + Design Conference Guide

While its certainly true that you can learn most anything from the comfort of your computer screen – it can be beneficial to get out into the wild and see whats happening in the creative community. With so many content streams and new conferences popping up what seems like daily, its become hard to separate the good from the bad. Many talks and webinars are now offered free, but many conferences come with a hefty price tag, so its imperative to do your homework. Whether looking to expand your client base, offer new services, grow your network, recruit or even get a new job – attending at least one well researched conference per year can be invigorating, inspiring and all in all – a solid investment in yourself or your business. To help make sense of it all, we’ve compiled a few of our favorites that have proven to deliver…

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1 year, 4 months ago
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Game Changer: Finding A Brand’s Differentiator

As popular as it may be the old saying ‘ if you can’t beat them, join them’ is the exact opposite of what a brand should do to compete in the market place. Many companies can simply exist for a time employing this mantra, but eventually, the model will fail with too many players offering the same service. If there is one constant, its that the competition will never let up – there will always be an upcoming launch, a new product or a lower price. In this constant and yet, even increasing competitive marketplace, a brand’s point of view must be distilled to its clearest message possible. The stand out aspect – the differentiator – is what will attract notice, garner attention and lead to conversion opportunities. Though it may seem obvious enough for some, finding a company’s differentiating factor can be a difficult task. Here are a few ways to ensure that a…

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1 year, 4 months ago
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How Sites Are Designed When Working with a Web Design Agency

Are you on the verge of working with a web design agency or shopping around for a digital firm that can do the job? If so, you should understand how a web design agency works when such an organization is given a project. Getting this knowledge will help you work better with the agency and give you an idea of what to look for if you are still trying to find the right agency. Here is a brief process of how sites are designed by a digital agency. Creating Goals and Doing the Necessary Research Every client has a unique vision in mind when it comes to what they want from their website. To accomplish the vision, there are several goals that need to be met. The goals will vary and be broken down into small milestones throughout the project. Some clients have a general idea of what they want…

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1 year, 5 months ago
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How to Choose the Right Marketing Channel for Your Budget

One of the biggest challenges as a marketer is to use a limited budget to create a profitable marketing campaign. If there is no clear focus, it can be even harder due to the fact you have many different channels to choose from. To help you make a decision, here are a set of different scenarios of what channel best suits the situation. Best Channel to Focus On If You Have a Small Budget But Have an Established List of Customers: Email Marketing is still one of the best ways to convert prospects into customers. If you already have a list of customers that you haven’t been utilizing, you can quickly build with an email campaign with a great offer and expect some sales. However, email marketing isn’t that straightforward most of the time. You’ll need to focus on building a relationship with your subscribers and customers which can be…

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1 year, 7 months ago
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5 eCommerce UX Strategies that Can Boost Conversions

There’s a lot that’s been said about improving UI for ecommerce sites. But for the overall UX design, the UI design is only a part of the story. Not putting enough of an emphasis on a great user experience can mean the difference between a sale and website abandonment. While there are many aspects of UX that you can improve, here are five different strategies that will help you see an immediate lift in your sales conversions. #1 Improve the findability of your products Ask yourself this question: can users easily find what they’re looking for? Are the product pages listed in the right categories? Do you have a search bar that can accurately help users discover what they’re looking for and can correct misspellings or make alternative suggestions? You want to make it as easy as possible for users. You don’t want them to expend much effort or else…

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1 year, 8 months ago
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Creating (and Maintaining) Strong Client Relations

A delicate subject constantly on the minds of directors and account reps alike: the client relationship. Building and maintaining a professional yet approachable communication language that will endure can be a daunting task, especially when working on high stakes projects that reflect a clients brand, and ultimately, their bottom line. The success of an agency, design firm or even freelancer depends heavily on strong client relations. Many businesses will gain new clients solely through word of mouth or reviews primarily gathered through social platforms. Some see client relations as a service in itself, setting the tone of the agency’s core values. There are many moving parts to the lifecycle of a creative project. Moving through the process keeping in mind these few steps will solidify the relationship as a trusted partner as opposed to just another vendor, greatly improving the project’s outcome. ‘Date’ Your Prospective Client Getting to know your client,…

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2 years, 22 days 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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2 years, 1 month 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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2 years, 2 months ago