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Creating Addictive Content

It’s one thing to create content to promote your business, but how do you create something that people get addicted to and look for to on a regular basis? Getting the answer to this question can actually be what determines if your marketing strategy succeeds or not. Once you get your followers hooked to what you create, you’ll eventually build fans that will share, promote, and buy your products and services. This will naturally build your brand and help you build a strong position in the marketplace. First and foremost, everything you create needs to be easy to read and consume. So if you’re writing an article, you want a clear headline that draws the reader in. The headline should be engaging and provoke curiosity to get the reader to commit. You want the article to a certain flow and cohesiveness. To accomplish this, you should organize your article better,…

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2 years, 6 months ago
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The New Age of Packaging Sustainability

With Earth Day (April 22nd) and Arbor Day (April 24) placing a spotlight on sustainability this week, statements on the ecological aspects and efforts of business across industries abound. Despite the fact that sustainability should ideally be on the agenda for every company and brand everyday, the yearly spotlight can act as a needed catalyst for change. Taking into consideration a growing population and a middle class rise, the increase of consumerism and the prevalence of ecommerce will see no decrease. As many of these consumers are eco-conscious to a certain extent, and following some semblance of sustainability practices – packaging is, and will continue to be a necessary component of the consumer equation. With the growing market, looking at packaging as a commodity – a necessary part of the product life-cycle opens up the conversation to ecological responsibility. Most companies and organizations reaching a level of public recognition and/or…

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2 years, 7 months ago
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Are You Paying Attention to Your Package Design?

Generating product value is so much more than the features and benefits that it can provide to the consumer. Getting all of the details right within production is crucial, as is the product’s functionality and ease of use. When generating a full experience, though, packaging encompasses a huge part in attracting consumers and building brand value. Pay special attention to the packaging experience that your users will have – ignoring those elements can lessen brand credibility and may even take away from your sales! Grab your customers’ attention and hold it. It’s fascinating to note that packaging can be one of the most useful tools in your marketing plan. For people comparing different products and their uses, making the most informed decision is important to them. If your brand is new, there is a good chance that they may not have heard of it yet; this is where your packaging…

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2 years, 7 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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2 years, 8 months ago
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A Culture of Collaboration

In branding and marketing strategy – as with many other industries – collaborative efforts typically have far better results than projects handled by only one person. Though collaboration has turned into a service based cultural buzzword seen all over the place (a little like innovation), its an elusive achievement that many don’t fully understand. When most companies need branding work, the first thing they think about is finding the right designer for the job. A great designer is definitely capable of creating a solid design but cannot do all the heavy lifting with regard to strategy and planning. Creating an award winning design or campaign is a team effort. There are many parts of developing a brand that most people aren’t aware of, especially if the goal is to create an outstanding final product. This is where the benefit of working with a creative agency comes in. #1: Be Agile The agency or team…

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2 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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2 years, 9 months ago
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Power Your Brand with Color

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. -Georgia O’Keeffe Ms O’Keeffe could not have said it any better – instant visual impressions are formed through color without any other types of connection made. Your website’s color can affect how individuals perceive you and your brand. Different colors correlate to different emotions, as has been discussed by psychologists and businesses for years – big businesses use colors to affect your emotions (and consequently, your decisions). Brands want to stand out in people’s minds, creating positive associations and making it more likely to recall in the future. The site and logo should be easily recognizable by your audience, and correlated to your service or product library. Dive into color relationships Looking in depth at the color choices for your brand (website, logo and other materials)…

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2 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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2 years, 10 months ago
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Startup Branding – What Factors Can Help You Win in a Crowded Marketplace?

Getting noticed in a marketplace as a startup can be challenging. On top of having to be innovative, you have to compete with established leaders that can quickly snuff you out before you get going. So when it comes to making your big debut and sustaining the buzz you’ve created, the proper startup branding strategy is essential. It can be the one factor that can make or break a company’s momentum. There are multiple aspects of branding that you need to think about before developing your plan of attack. You have to first become aware of what competing brands exist in the marketplace and how they have positioned themselves. This will allow you to see how you stand out in the marketplace and how to position your uniqueness to generate buzz and build momentum. For example, one company may have centered their brand on premium prices for premium products. Another…

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3 years, 2 months ago
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Web Design for Startups: What Are Smart Startups Doing With Their Websites?

It’s becoming difficult for startups to ignore web design. To many startups, website design may seem like a way to present their company in a meaningful way. However, it is far more than an aesthetic function. Design is about creating something in a way that is meant to be used. It gets people to delve into your content, evaluate your products, and take part in a unique experience (if that’s your goal). If that’s the case, what should startups take notice of when it comes to design? Here are some great examples of what some startups are doing. 1. Being as direct as possible – Many startups are cutting to the chase and simply stating directly what a new visitor will get out of using their website or what they are offering. The goal is to quickly state the benefit out of using the website in a few sentences and…

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3 years, 2 months ago