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Point and Click: When to Hire a Professional Photographer

It may seem that equipped with the wealth of technological tools at our fingertips today, that everyone can become a photographer – this couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s widely known that brand photography and corporate portraits are best taken by a studio photographer. More surprisingly, with a constant increase in photo sharing platforms such as Instagram – many brands (and even individuals) are looking to professional photographers to capture the ideal lifestyle snaps. While it may not take a lifetime to hone the skill, taking and applying the right images to a brand requires a balance of aesthetic and technique to get right. The application of the appropriate image on a web page or in print will capture the users attention, educate and inform, and may even persuade a user to engage further. Whats more is to apply the right tone to the platform whether website, social media,…

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Why Responsive Web Design is Better Than Ever

For the past few years, responsive design has been the talk of the industry. Many people have predicted that it would be the industry standard. Fast forward to today and you’ll see that they were right. Most design and development firms offer responsive design services and the most reputable websites use this format to cater to their mobile audience. Responsive web design, however, has come a long way and is better than ever. Here are some new developments that will surprise you. Responsive Images One of the big issues with responsive was that dealing with images was tedious. An image that was created for desktop users would be too big for mobile users and take a long time to load. It was also annoying to try to scale the size to the screen of the devices. Fortunately, there are many tools, plugins, and technology that can help you optimize your…

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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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Exploring Collaborative Design Methods: Parallel, Iterative & Agile

More often than not, the means to completing a project with the ideal outcome consists of working with a team. Collaborating with creatives can help the process along and help ease ‘stuck spots’ that are bound to arise. Building a team with a variance of individual talents will not only assist in the initial idea creation process, but will allow for specific stakeholders to be accountable for the areas of the work that they most align with. There are many project management routes to take when working collaboratively, but the format should ideally frame around a specific co-working methodology. Many new implementations have arisen as collaboration becomes more and more prevalent in both small scale and enterprise companies. Trying out each style or cherry picking from each method to form a new working style is advised to fit the project it will develop with. Parallel Design One of the techniques commonly used among…

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Culture Shift: REFLECTING COMPANY PHILOSOPHY, VISION AND STORY ON YOUR WEBSITE

A recent study shows that more than half of brand executives choose to work with creative agencies who place greater importance on their internal company vision. The same goes for consumers who align themselves with brands they feel reflect their own point of view – so why isn’t this critial-to-conversion perspective implemented on most customer facing websites? One of the things that many companies fail to realize is that their website should communicate the essence of what their company philosophy, values and vision encompasses. If you think about it, it’s very rare for a customer to come into one of your offices to see how your company actually operates. The only realistic way to have potential customers really experience your company is through your website. That’s why a website must go beyond selling products and services, and stay consistent with its offline brand. To really understand how important company culture and…

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Keeping Agile In The Evolving Creative Marketplace

Good news, if you are reading this post – you’re already one step ahead. In the current and constantly changing design and technology landscape, talent and drive are key – but being informed will push the envelope even further. Staying on top of industry trend patterns, innovators, designers and developments allows an already creative mind the space to open up even more possibility for future Read (or Listen) Up From blogs to print magazines and journals – gathering knowledge by keeping tabs on the latest publications is one of the best ways to stay in the know. Digital content is highly up to date but can be sometimes be fleeting since trends change so regularly. Keep an eye out for content patterns – if you begin to see multiple publications on the same topic that means it’s probably worth a second look. If you can’t spare the time, podcasts are also…

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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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Using Data to Heighten the Creative Process

It’s all too common for data to be seen as a creativity killer. To most creatives, the thought of analyzing content, numbers, charts and graphs has been seen as both a daunting and cumbersome process – an all out war against the design process. But what if data could be the key to what makes the creative experience truly free? With storytelling and user experience at the top of most brand strategies, data has become a necessary aspect of providing the right messaging (both visual and contextual) to the end user. Consumers are providing critically valuable information from the digital environment as they engage with brands, leaving a trail of signals. These cues, while backed in analytics, can help designers in creating rich experiential  landscapes that exceed expectations across all platforms. As much of an oxymoron as it may seem, creatives need constraints to tap into true innovation. Without some…

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For Better SEO, Look to Your Content

SEO is an integral component of digital marketing that accounts for a substantial portion of many companies (both enterprise and startup) revenues. Still, many are going about their approach with a ‘business as usual’ implementation – plugging in keywords and playing to what the auto generated engines will pick up. It’s not just about keywords anymore. To be truly optimized, content must be crafted with both the user and SEO in mind, and with an increased focus on quality and experience, content must be the driver. While this creates a better user experience, it can be a challenge to implement best practices when creating content for searchability. Understanding user needs is the frontline, while writing optimized content for organic searchability is paramount. Experienced search engine optimization experts and content developers, understand the underlying factors as to why writing unique and relevant content for websites it is important to ensure the long…

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Anatomy of A (Successful) Creative Brief

We all know the optimistic feeling of winning a new client. The possibilities for the project are vast (at least as far as the budget will stretch) and the possibilities for creative are endless. With all the excitement, it’s far too easy to jump into a project, rushing with ideas and innovative approaches – both on the part of the client and the creatives. As the course of the project moves forward, inevitably, clients make changes, designers take liberties and as a result – the true message of the campaign can get lost in translation. This possibility for a communication breakdown can result in costly edits, time spent in development and meetings – or even worse, a stalled project. To combat the possibility of ill communication, a team must employ a few critical tools to aid in optimal workflow. Enter the creative brief – a document that could be described as the core of successful creative…

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