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5 Essentials for Graphic Design for Business

By |2019-10-16T08:14:21-05:00September 17th, 2019|Categories: Graphic Design|Tags: , |

(Photo by Tranmautritam from Pexels) Graphic design is important to every business since it helps create an organization's brand and communicates what the business is about. Whether you’re designing your own marketing material or are working with a professional graphic designer, there are some key graphic design aspects to address, so that your marketing looks its best now and long-term. Want to know what great graphic designers wished their clients knew? Here are 5 things to consider when designing a business’ marketing material. Consider these tips the "must haves" for professional graphic design. 1. How is your marketing [...]

Online Reviews: Why You Should Care

By |2019-08-29T11:10:41-05:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Marketing, PR, SEO|

The Power of Online Reviews Online reviews can be a powerful tool in helping you provide a better customer experience. I know of a small business owner who has a creative approach to using online reviews that helps give him fresh ideas on improving the customer experience. He focuses his energy on the competitors’ lowest reviews and works with his employees to ensure his business excels in the areas where the competition struggles. This business owner truly values his customers’ reviews, responds to each one, involves his team and differentiates his business with a strong focus on excellence in [...]

Media Relations: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

By |2019-08-12T17:56:14-05:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: PR|Tags: , , |

To earn your products media coverage during the holidays, pitch for the holiday gift guides now. It’s indeed still hot in the summer, so it’s challenging to think ahead to the holiday season. However, if you want your products to be featured in magazines' holiday gift guides, the time to pitch is now (August). Most national magazines work on a 3-6 month lead time in terms of lining up the articles they’ll include in each issue. That means media relations strategists have Christmas sales and promotions on their minds as early as July and August. With this lead time in [...]

LinkedIn Background Image Often Overlooked Opportunity

By |2019-08-12T17:27:17-05:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Graphic Design, Social Media|Tags: |

As marketing experts and graphic designers, we’re always looking for good ways for organizations to build their brands and maximize their investment. While the social media channel LinkedIn has been available since May 2003, I’m still surprised at the number of businesses that don’t apply their branding to their LinkedIn company page. Our team is here to end the boring, light blue, starry default and give businesses’ brands more reach. Organizations of all sizes can use their logos and brand standards to create a LinkedIn background image that emphasizes their products/services as well as values. The ideal size for this [...]

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and How Does It Help Your Business?

By |2020-02-19T14:11:05-06:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: SEO, Web Design, Website Analytics, Website Maintenance|

Search engine optimization (SEO) is constantly changing and can be quite complex. If you as a business owner or your marketing team needs guidance on tips for optimizing your website to attract more qualified and local web traffic, this is the definitive guide to SEO and local search. We're regularly updating this page with the latest updates so bookmark this page and visit it frequently. Setting Goals for Search Engine Optimization All search engine optimization (SEO) efforts should start by clearly identifying goals that are important to your organization. The S.M.A.R.T. goals model can help you get started off [...]

Local Online Marketing & Why It’s Essential to Business

By |2019-07-20T15:56:46-05:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: SEO|Tags: |

  Local online marketing, also referred to as location-based marketing, is critical for businesses of all types and sizes, whether a business is a brick-and-mortar store front, online-only businesses or a combination of the two. Local online marketing is important because the web searcher’s location factors into the search results that search engines show. Plus, people often want to work with people and businesses that support their local area. Let’s dig into three key areas that can help all businesses improve their local marketing efforts online and attract more customers. Web Content that’s Ready for Local Customers Optimizing your website [...]

Generation Z: High Expectations

By |2019-08-05T14:33:14-05:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Web Design|

A great variety of topics were covered at the WP Engine Summit that I recently attended in Austin, Texas. Of particular interest was a panel discussion between WP Engine’s Chief Marketing Officer Mary Ellen Dugan and leaders in the Gen Z community about their digital experience expectations. The Generation Z demographic is the group of about 74 million people born between 1995 and 2012 or 2015, depending on the source. That cohort is larger in number than the Baby Boomers. Gen Z is the first generation to have not known a world without social media. This generation prefers to [...]

Contractors Need Websites

By |2019-10-16T08:15:05-05:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Professional Writing, SEO, Web Design, Website Maintenance|

Are websites worth the investment? As an underground utility contractor, you work extremely hard to manage costs. So, cost-effective marketing is an extremely important part of your business. This often means that things like websites become outdated or you choose to have no website at all. But as we barrel toward 2020 at breakneck speed, that model is going to have to change. First impressions matter. A modern, functional website is now part of making a good first impression to prospective employees, prospective customers and to the communities where you are working. Skilled employees are on the hunt for work [...]

How to Engage on Social Media for Real Engagement

By |2019-08-05T14:30:44-05:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: PR, Social Media|Tags: |

As event season slows for the summer, many professionals look to social media to engage with customers and prospects. Staying top of mind is critical. Stepping up the quality of your posts and the frequency of posting is smart, but how you’re engaging is more important. Let’s dig into a few keys to engaging more with social media because more isn’t always better. Don’t just post. Engage. While it can be overwhelming to reply to every comment on social media, professionals can plan a set time each day to reply to comments and shares. Dedicating even 15-30 minutes each day [...]