Showcase, Website Designs, SEO, ideas to help you along

Getting your message out there can be quite  task. You need to have the right content on the right channels at the right time. The styles you employ need to fit with what you are saying. Below are a few bits and pieces to help you make some decisions.

Here’s a stunning roundup which includes a hand-picked showcase of trendy hipster style website designs. They all boast a retro or vintage theme.

Source: Showcase of Trendy Hipster Style Website Designs

Are you looking for ways to improve your business website? Want to know the key aspects you should measure to maximise performance?

Source: Website Analytics: 7 Factors You Should Measure to Maximise Performance [Infographic]

How has your website performed from an SEO perspective since 2012? Have you noticed peaks and troughs in rankings and traffic over the last 5 years?

Source: A Timeline of Google’s SEO Updates & How They Affect Your Website [Infographic]

Premium free font available each week exclusively from Font Bundles Grab your free fonts for a limited time only

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Colour, Design, Trends – 2017, what’s happening

We all need to use some imagery in what we put out there to promote what we do, what we sell, what we provide. Using a resonant colour in that, not only for our logo but across the board, helps the whole process along. It adds its own message subtly.

Boost brands, influence behaviour and convince your clients.

Source: The designer’s guide to using colour in branding | Creative Bloq

This month the focus is on design elements. Many recent trends have involved user patterns, color or typography, but here it’s all about subtle techniques. Essential trends to take note of include downpage navigation, boxes as a design element and plenty of vertical lines and movement. Here’s what’s trending in design this month: 1. Downpage Navigation Designers seem to be in quite the experimental phase when it comes to navigation these days. From vertical, side navigation options to pop-out styles to downpage styles, menu items are kind of all over the place. While downpage navigation used to be a distinct no-no, it can grow on you. And as more designers opt for this user pattern, it will become more generally accepted. Here’s a word of caution: If you opt for downpage navigation, keep a close eye on website analytics to ensure that your visitors understand the pattern and are continuing to click. This technique might not work for all audiences. So how do you make it work? The best

Source: 3 Essential Design Trends, July 2017 | Webdesigner Depot

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Pandora has done it again – opening up that box and letting all sorts fly free, well nearly free, here is a range of abstract illustrations useful for backgrounds and a whole lot more. Take a look and

Source: pandoras abstracts | f4mmedia – Sellfy.com

yes! pandora has opened her box and allowed out not quite the chaoos you might expect but some varying patterns for your use, she is mellowing in her old age, take advantage and see what she has to of

Source: pandoras patterns | f4mmedia – Sellfy.com

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Stock Photo Trends

Having more than just text in what you put out there is a must. You must also tell your story in a good way, preferably with a little imagination. Yes we can help with such:

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Adding the right taglines to the right image is something that takes a little practice. We do our best.

The colour scheme is one thing, the tagline (or endline) another, then there is the layout of the image itself, what is pictured completes the whole. Getting everything balanced can be a bit of a job – we get thee in the end, especially given a little nudge here and there and an idea or two from others.

Trends we’re noticing: muted colors, authenticity, and symmetry.

Source: Stock Photo Trends in Landing Page Designs 

Think beyond the feature photo.

Source: Creative and Unique Ways to Use Stock Photos

The search for authenticity in stock photography

Source: Are You Guilty of Using These Stock Photo Cliches?

just a few images of those things you might find in water and around it, all nice little jpegs, don’t croak at the sight, or ribbit up

Source: waterlife and more | f4mmedia – Sellfy.com

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Use Stunning Stock Images, or at least – Expressive Ones

It is always best to use images in your posts – blog, social media and website – even your print work could use some imagery. It is not just the case that images, whether photo or vector, help to attract, they also add an explanatory power going beyond just an echoing of your message. They help to add emotion, a background or texture to all that is being said. It may be a moment of contrast or of extension of the message as a whole. The style of the image makes a point. There is also a point to the major colours involved. Colour has an emotional point to it, it relates in particular ways, adding feeling or the direction towards certain feelings. The style of the image places you and your argument as well as elements of the story in toto.Whether you want free stock images for your website, blog or social media posts, this guide will help you to find the best images to use.

Source: Free Stock Photos: The Complete Guide on How to Find and Use Stunning Stock Images

If you need help with all of this – we are here! A big part of what we offer are precisely images created or chosen to suit combined with the right taglines for you and your purposes.

Ask yourself these questions to begin with:

  • where do you place yourself in the market, what king of business are you?
  • who is it that you are hoping to reach?
  • what sort of image will they react best to?
  • what will spark their interest and keep them looking and reading?
  • what feelings do you want to generate?

Source: Other City

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just a few images of those things you might find in water and around it, all nice little jpegs, don’t croak at the sight, or ribbit up

Source: waterlife and more | f4mmedia – Sellfy.com

photos featuring light, colour, the night and youthful imagination – from one of the collective –

Source: electric ingenue | f4mmedia – Sellfy.com

I have lived and worked on 2 continents, working in a variety of industries, from multi-nationals to small, local businesses. I have a world of experience and the creativity and imagination to back up the hard work and perseverance.I have 2 blogs writing on maketing, design and more.

Source: f4mmedia | Content Marketing | Fiverr

From your business outline and stated goals I will create illustrations to aid in branding, adding content – for you to use either generally online, in social media or elsewhere. 2 revisions are allowed.

Source: Create marketing illustrations for your online presence x 15 Hourlie – PeoplePerHour.com

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Social Media – its important!

Having a social media presence is a must for any business these days – small, large, tiny or massive and all points in between. For the small business it can be a real inconvenience and that is where we step in, we can help. You can do it yourself but that can be time consuming and a real pain – having to gather materials, think in a slightly different way to normal business mode and then get everything set up.

Are you looking for ways to improve your social media marketing strategy? Do you want to make better use of social media in order to grow your business?

Source: 7 Social Media Power Techniques to Build Your Brand & Business [Infographic] – Red Website Design Blog

Do you want to create a more targeted social media marketing strategy? Want to better understand usage of each social network?

Source: 50 Essential Stats to Guide Your Social Media Marketing Strategy in 2017 [Infographic] – Red Website Design Blog

Go beyond cold email outreach to news publications, and start using influencers marketing, blogging and social media for PR. Here’s how.

Source: 7 Creative Ways to Use Social Media for PR | Sprout Social

I have lived and worked on 2 continents, working in a variety of industries, from multi-nationals to small, local businesses. I have a world of experience and the creativity and imagination to back up the hard work and perseverance.I have 2 blogs writing on maketing, design and more.

Source: f4mmedia | Content Marketing | Fiverr

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Design, Re-Fashioning of your Brand

We have talked somewhat about giving your brand a bit of a makeover given the change in seasons. Admittedly it is not just about the move on through spring and towards summer and has as much to do with changing trends in design and branding. Here are some new ideas for you …

Ghost buttons are amazing UI elements that have been increasing in popularity over the years. Get inspired by these examples!

Source: Ghost Buttons: 20 Awesome Examples of an Emerging Web Design Trend

It is always a useful thing for any brand – to have new life and a new look breathed in every once in a while.

Are you in the process of creating a new website for your business? Want to know the modern trends you and your designer should consider?

Source: 6 Modern Trends to Consider When Creating a New Website [Infographic] – Red Website Design Blog

We can help with all of this, why not give us a shout and see how we can help?

We will create for you, from stock royalty free photos, 10 marketing illustrations, adding your logo, if you wish, and adding a tagline. All of this designed to promote your business, your event, creation, performance, product or service. We will use photos within our own stock at the time of order

Source: Creative marketing illustration – 10 pieces | Zeerk

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… and here are some resources to help along the way –

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Source: Free Design of the Week | Design Bundles

The Clipick Design Bundle is here! Save 92% off the RRP with this fantastic bundle of fonts and designs. Perfect for planners, crafters and designers

Source: The Clipick Design Bundle | Design Bundles

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Visual Content – Design and its Power

I think we all know by now that using just words is not enought these days. You have to add graphics, illustration, perhaps video to add greater impact and interest to your message. These visual elements can add a reinforcing note or a contrasting note, it all depends on the way you are doing things. We can help with all of this if you need it – don’t worry we are cheap, ask anyone we know, especially the girlfriends, wives etc.

Style is important – colour, typography, photos or graphics – think about the message, the target audience, the product or service – what will work best, have the greatest impact, what will say more! For some ideas take a look at f4mmedia on slideshare, our Elements ebooks have a pile of design ideas

Are you still ignoring the calls to add visual content to your marketing strategy? Need some convincing about the power visuals hold over your target customers?

Source: Don’t Get Left Behind: Stats to Show the Rising Power of Visual Content [Infographic] – Red Website Design Blog

If you are a designer trying to figure out how to get the information noticed in an infographic, you should check out these animated infographics!

Source: 20 Awesome Animated Infographics with Interactive Designs

 

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Pandora has done it again – opening up that box and letting all sorts fly free, well nearly free, here is a range of abstract illustrations useful for backgrounds and a whole lot more. Take a look and

Source: pandoras abstracts | f4mmedia – Sellfy.com

We will create for you, from stock royalty free photos, 10 marketing illustrations, adding your logo, if you wish, and adding a tagline. All of this designed to promote your business, your event, creation, performance, product or service. We will use photos within our own stock at the time of order

Source: Creative marketing illustration – 10 pieces | Zeerk

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