'Creative Best Practices' Category

Create a Social Media Strategy on a Shoestring with These Six Tips

Posted by Kent Lewis on October 7th, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Social media has evolved significantly, yet many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are still struggling to consistently create and promote compelling content. This article provides a six tips and tricks for anyone with limited time and resources interested in creating a more visible and engaging presence in social media.

Fundamental visual marketing principles NOT to forget

Posted by Ann Smarty on September 25th, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Visual marketing is a staple in branding, and that isn't something that will ever change. After all, it has been a part of advertising since long before the Internet. You can find plenty of examples of advertisements through history that used images, even before the invention of the printing press. Just the signs over businesses are an example of visual marketing with the images representing the business name.
Now that we are living in the digital age the principle is the same, even if the presentation is different. Unfortunately, it is also much harder to be seen. The landscape is packed to burst with others vying for attention. How can you possibly hope to be seen?
There is no magic formula that will get people to notice you. A lot of it is about being consistent in your efforts, and establishing a recognizable visual presence. Here are some ways you can do that.
Keep A Consistent Visual Layout

Switching up the format of your visuals all the time is a mistake. The layout itself can be a form of branding, helping to immediately set you apart from the pack. That means... Read more

Social media campaign from Naked fruit juice is socially-conscious

Posted by Doug Schumacher on September 23rd, 2015 at 9:10 am

This is a nice, simple campaign with an added appeal of generating consumer contributions.
Employing the hashtag #drinkgooddogood, it entices readers to take a photo of a fruit or vegetable, post it with the hashtag, and Naked will donate 10 lbs of produce to Wholesome Wave.
It’s notable that the largest posting volume was on Facebook, a network typically with the least amount of posting among the three networks analyzed: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I like how the brand is reposting the top fan pics, with fans showing their creativity with fruit.
So far the campaign has continued on through September. It will be interesting to see how long this runs, and if they release information on the total amount of produce donations generated.

Ad Blockalypse Really Happened: Now What?

Posted by Roy de Souza on September 21st, 2015 at 10:31 am

Last week something happened that really goes to the heart of what's occurring in the advertising industry now. If it is given the attention it deserves, it may well change the way the ad industry operates, and we think for the better. It raises ethical questions, economics questions, and freedom of speech questions.
Here's what went down. A well-liked technologist, Marco Arment, who created Instapaper and Overcast, released an ad blocker called Peace into the Apple app store on Wednesday, the day of the IOS9 update. Within 36 hours, he had made $138,000 in $2.99 downloads. His app was the # 1 in the App Store, and the next four top selling app were also ad blockers.
But then he pulled the app. It had taken only a couple of days for him to realize that he was not only blocking ads on his own site, but also those of one of his good friend and colleague John Gruber, publisher of the small site Daring Fireball.  In general, ad blockers will be far more deleterious to  small publishers like Arment and Gruber than to the giants. The giants will get around them by buying "native ads," ads that look like the content they're being... Read more

Joseph Carrabis' Under the Influence: Reading Virtual Minds Volume I Science and History, 4th edition

Posted by Joseph Carrabis on August 26th, 2015 at 11:12 am

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