Over the last three years of working in the marketing trenches, I’ve come across countless reasons why people’s marketing efforts are ineffective. Often, these efforts, which require monumental energy, have, at the center, the right intention – but are in some ways misguided. I came to this conclusion after attending a salsa dancing social where I learned some important lessons about dancing salsa but also about marketing.Read More
In today’s world, getting found online has become a monumental task. With millions of websites and the whole world at the click of a mouse, getting found online has become a mission in itself.Read More
Psychology is essential when it comes to graphic design and web development. Often, companies
are too concerned about having a pretty website and have little concern for the psychology of their design choices. Humans respond to content at a basic — that is, physiological and psychological — level without even realizing it. This blog seeks to shine light on five important things to remember about human psychology and the direction they should give your user experience design and planning.
Marketing without a strategy is like a blind dragon – it can breathe fire and cause destruction (usually to your budget) but without purpose. And though we can all agree that no one likes wanton destruction, more and more I see tactics without strategy in many of the potential clients that come through our door.Read More
Next Door is a community portal to help neighbors stay engaged and informed about all things going on in the community. So I rejoiced when I got an invitation to join from my boyfriend (who I live with) and immediately clicked the sign up button. Little did I know that one click would lead to a lot of trouble.Read More
Topics: user experience
I recently met one of my sorority sisters in a coffee shop. She was new to the Charlotte area, and I had never met her before. In an effort to offer some comfort and familiarity, I met with her to tell her more about Charlotte and to get to know her better. Only five minutes after our conversation began, she received a phone call.
Apologizing for having to take it, she proceeded to hold a brief conversation, which ended with eyes full of tears.
“What’s wrong?” I asked her, concerned. She broke down again with renewed tears. She explained that she was in the process of redoing her website for a third time because both of the previous designers had failed to deliver a new website.Read More
How are you? Busy!!!
This is typically how conversations with our new clients begin. They talk about the number of tasks they need to accomplish and how their time is so limited that it’s impossible for them to accomplish those tasks.
Upon examination of the tasks, however, it soon becomes clear that some tasks are done repeatedly without a measurable result and without any real strategy behind them. Individuals are often caught up in a whirlwind of activity and a “cycle of busy” that don't seem to lead to any LEADS. So how do you break the cycle?Read More
Anyone who has ever done a website design or re-design knows how difficult the process and management of the project can be. From beginning to end, a web design project requires the focus, cooperation, and feedback of many moving people – people who don’t necessarily have the time to complete the project, no matter how much they want to. Often, you fall into intention limbo, where you want to get things done quickly but the project seems to move at an alarmingly slow pace. The result is a hallowed design that carries with it a hope of success left to chance.Read More
If you managed to drag yourself to the movie theater recently you might have run into the poster below.
Focus. This movie follows an experienced con artist (Will Smith) through several cons, which are interrupted by a beautiful blonde who becomes his intern. One of the main concepts in the movie is that conning will fail if you do not have a clear focus and while marketing and conning are not the same thing (though this is slightly debatable), marketing is indeed a game of focus, and not recognizing it as such can lead to a lot of trouble.Read More
As a web developer, I have had the blessing of working with a lot of people; many of these have been women running businesses, fighting to stay afloat. A lot of these women were excellent in their professions as hair stylist, musicians, and chefs. However, they all seem to have a common characteristic. As I asked them questions about their businesses and their goals in wanting a new website, they all seemed to hesitantly answer no to one very important set of questions.Read More