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Elevating Projects Through the Creative Brief

Kicking off a campaign, launch or site design is the undoubtedly one of the most optimistic points of a creative project’s lifecycle. There is a deep sense of possibility and excitement, along with a fresh new client relationship. Pencils are sharpened and it’s almost like the first day of school. It’s easy to jump into a project, rushing with ideas and innovative approaches. At a project’s inception, everyone from the client to the designers seem to agree upon a process to move forward and before you know it, the team is off and running – sometimes in different directions. 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…

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6 years, 5 months ago
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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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6 years, 5 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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6 years, 5 months ago
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6 Tips for Writing for the Web

At times, it may be difficult to write for the web, especially when consistent social media interaction and collaboration is required. Writing under pressure can be the driving factor for many content strategists; others, however, may find themselves crushed with writing anxiety. The dreaded “writer’s block.” 
 Not only must you create original copy, but it must be pertinent, valuable, and relevant to your target audience. The purpose of your content should be developing a voice for your brand, as well as being approachable to your users resulting in increased engagement and client retention/loyalty. Below are some quick, easy tips you can incorporate into your business writing to improve your copy. 1. Just Write Often, we are plagued with needing to come up with the perfect phrasing, obsessing over every word and detail. That’s fine – after you’re finished getting all of your ideas down and elaborated on. Sit down…

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6 years, 7 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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6 years, 7 months ago
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The Pursuit of Innovation: Breakthrough vs. Incremental

Every aspect of a business, brand or organization can be optimized through innovation – customer relationships, process, human resources – all in pursuit of a meaningful experience. What’s more is that this application opens up the culture of innovation to all, not solely the ‘creatives’. With an incredibly competitive market and a demanding customer base, creative agencies require an innovation culture to stay relevant. Many employ one of two types of innovation, even without knowing it. More often, unaware of it’s process, a company innovates through an incremental process. Incremental innovation is considerably the more conservative method and exists on small, gradual improvements to a product or service. This may not even be seen as innovation during implementation, but in retrospecting a product’s synthesis over time, one can obviously see the benefit and upgrades to it’s user – thus solving their problems through innovation. Incremental innovation responds to it’s users needs, making their lives better, becoming more useful and earning…

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6 years, 8 months ago
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Hi There, Meet Photography.

Photographers are in high demand now in every industry, as companies search for the best possible images to represent their brand and what it stands for. Whether its product photography, packaging and marketing, wedding photography, urban landscapes…the list goes on. But how many of us have stopped and really thought about how this amazing technology originated? Photography (color photography, specifically) had only been explored in the 1840s, with extremely long exposures as photographers struggled to figure out how to prevent color from fading as it was exposed to white light. The early photographic materials were mostly sensitive to blue and only minimally sensitive to green and red – when photochemist Hermann Vogel introduced dye sensitization in 1873, the influx of color flowed in. Commercial use was on the horizon. 

Enter digital photography in 1981, as Sony reveals the first camera that eliminated film needs (the long process that is still…

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6 years, 8 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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6 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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6 years, 9 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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6 years, 9 months ago