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4 Tips for Building Long-lasting Client Relationships

By Trevor McWilliams on March 28, 2019

Although obtaining new clients is important, retaining current clients is even more so – research has proven that it costs approximately five times more to find a new client than it does to keep a current one.

Whether you own a company or are just a designer working on freelance projects, building the client relationship is one of the most important things to do for a successful business.

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Marketing Automation Platforms

By Courtney Stallings on March 20, 2019

You’ve probably noticed how many marketing automation tools are available, and you’re probably wondering how to choose the one that’s best for you.

When contemplating marketing automation platforms, consider options that allow you to implement an inbound marketing strategy and campaigns for your business. Necessary tools include:

  • Landing pages and lead capture forms
  • Lead nurturing
  • Email marketing
  • Social media
  • SEO tools
  • Personalization
  • CRM
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The Future of Advertising – TV Space without TV Price

By Trevor McWilliams on March 14, 2019

The world of advertising on screens has changed immensely – and will only continue to change. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and SlingTV, for example, allow consumers to choose new ways to watch TV; cable or satellite subscriptions are no longer necessary. According to eMarketer, 24.9 million people cut the cord from cable television in 2017, and in 2018, 33 million people moved to streaming TV. And these numbers will continue to rise.

Topics: advertising
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5 Tips for Building a Design Portfolio

By Trevor McWilliams on March 12, 2019

In the graphic design world, having a portfolio of your work is a must – no if, ands, or buts about it. A portfolio is a representation of your creative mind coming together in various works. Whether you are applying for a new job or trying to acquire a new client, they simply will not even consider you as an employee if you don't have a portfolio. Therefore, you need to know what it takes to build a successful portfolio to earn a new job or new clients.

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What Happens After the Trade Show?

By Courtney Stallings on February 28, 2019

Just as important as the trade show is what happens after the show. If you’ve attended a trade show, you probably gave your information to 50+ vendors in exchange for some free goodies and information, and the relationship ended there. No follow-up whether you wanted it or not; you never heard from the company again.

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How to Create a Podcast

By Courtney Stallings on February 26, 2019

We explained the benefits of creating a business podcast; this blog tackles what goes into creating a podcast.

Hosting a podcast isn’t easy – in addition to equipment (another blog for another time), it requires practice, smart planning, knowledge about your intended audience, and a strong sense of self.

After you’ve chosen your podcast’s topic and direction (which could also be its own blog), consider these six things as you plan each episode.

Topics: podcast
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4 Awesome Ways to Beat Designer’s Block

By Trevor McWilliams on February 19, 2019

We've all been in there – we're working hard on a design project and all of the sudden the ideas and inspiration vanish from our minds. This tragic time during the design process is known as designer’s block. Designer’s block is something that everyone tries to avoid, but at some point, it's going to happen to you. Learning how to cope with this tragedy is of utmost importance for getting back on track to the finish line.

Topics: design
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6 Reasons You Need a Podcast

By Courtney Stallings on February 14, 2019

Podcasts aren’t easy – you need more than a $15 microphone and the audio recording app on your phone. Creating good podcasts and utilizing them to benefit your business requires planning, learning some new technology, social media and content creation skills, and a strong knowledge of your buyer personas.

Podcasting is hard work, but it’s worth it.

Here are 6 reasons to start a business podcast.

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5 Reasons You’re Wasting Money with Newspaper and Magazine Ads

By Trevor McWilliams on February 12, 2019

If you’re still spending part of your marketing budget on print ads in newspapers, magazines, or yellow page listings, you’re wasting your time and money – there are much more effective ways to market your business. Technology makes things both easier and cheaper, and if you don’t take advantage, you could be throwing money away on ineffective marketing.

Here are 5 reasons you’re wasting your money by placing ads in newspapers or magazines.

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3 Ways to Achieve Your Marketing Goals in 2019

By Casey Cavin on February 7, 2019

It’s early February 2019. You’re crushing those New Year’s resolutions, right?

  • Get more exercise: check
  • Lose weight: making progress (see above)
  • Spend less money: yeah, there’s a little extra money in the bank
  • Learn a new skill: Rosetta Stone, conquering the world one language at a time!
  • Get organized: Marie Kondo, you’ve changed my life!
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