Why finding a cause to back is the strategy your brand needs now
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Why finding a cause to back is the strategy your brand needs now

Smart. Relevant. Authentic. When it comes to helping her clients create the perfect messaging for their brands, Shahla Hebets believes the aforementioned attributes are critical to telling the whole story. That last one-being authentic-is the one Hebets says every brand should embrace fully, especially in a time when consumers are selective about what they connect...

Make it Count, Make it Real
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Make it Count, Make it Real

Earlier this year, Larry Fink, CEO of Blackstone, caused a stir in the business world when he published a letter highlighting the positive relationship with purpose and profits, suggesting that CEOs should rethink their business model to deliberately link purpose with profit. “Unnerved by fundamental economic changes and the failure of government to provide lasting...

Posted by February 25, 2020February 25, 2020
Be the Mailbox: Your 5-Point Plan to Direct Mail Success
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Be the Mailbox: Your 5-Point Plan to Direct Mail Success

Direct mail works. Think about it. In today’s over saturated digital landscape, are people really reading your digital direct marketing pieces? We’ll wait. Okay, now printed pieces. That’s a whole different ballgame. Sending a personalized piece in the mail is going to get attention—and always has. Here, Hallmark Business Connections and the Content Marketing Institute...

Purposefully
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Purposefully

When your brand is more about the cause than the money During the 2011 Thanksgiving shopping season, outdoor gear and apparel designer Patagonia ran an ad that turned more than a few heads. In big, bold letters, the ad read, “Don’t buy this jacket.” A closer look at the brand’s decision showed how it detailed...

The Importance of Branding Consistency
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The Importance of Branding Consistency

A brand is the face of a company or a business. The logos, fonts, and colors used are what people will associate with your brand. A brand needs to be distinct and consistent, meaning all things associated with it should share similar qualities. It should be pleasing to the eye so that it is able...

Making Decisions As A Team
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Making Decisions As A Team

It’s hard for everyone to agree, especially in the workplace. It seems that there will always be someone who isn’t happy when it comes to decisions. While it might be true that you can’t completely please everyone, you can compromise. In order to make the best decision, it is essential to hear everyone’s input so...

Design Throughout the Decade
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Design Throughout the Decade

From the years 2010 to 2019 the design industry has changed, particularly in terms of text, layout, and technology. The design industry has changed a lot from the years 2010 to 2019. In the timeframe of almost ten years, various styles have trended for logos, web design, layout, and much more. There have been many...

2020 Design Trends
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2020 Design Trends

With 2020 just around the corner, the design community is wondering what next year will bring. Research shows design is trending in many different ways. Here are some of the trends you’ll be seeing. Monochromatic Simple is in! Do you remember the enthusiastic use of duotone from a few years ago? Well, there has been...

Posted by November 25, 2019December 31, 2019
Lane Change
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Lane Change

Practicing the grand old art of reinvention Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Donald Duck. Goofy. Winnie The Pooh. Tigger. You can come up with scores of reasons as to why Disney World is known as the happiest place on earth. Who could walk away not feeling that way? Look at the Disney business model. When you...

Brothers in Arms
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Brothers in Arms

Your 3-step plan for aligning marketing and sales Brands everywhere can swap stories about what it takes to keep their sales and marketing departments on the same page. According to a Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and LinkedIn survey, only 46 percent of marketers describe their sales and content marketing teams as well-aligned. That means 54...