Marketing Tools and more help and ideas

It has been said recently once again that businesses without some form of social media presence or at least a basic online presence have little chance. Of course small local businesses such as corner shops and the like are not included within this judgement, but others, those supplying services and goods normally need something that allows people to refer to them, to find them in a basic way. Most of us spend huge amounts of time online. Back in the old days all you could see were people with a newspaper, magazine or such printed matter in front of them – on the bus, the park bench, in the pub, the cafe. Now it is a case of eyes and hands fixed on phones, tablets, laptops, desktop screens.

Are you looking for ways to grow your small business? Want a list of tools to help you improve your marketing efforts?

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Your online presence needs to reach people properly. Words are a large part of that. Images and video add to the whole experience, the meaning of the message, the information provided, to the whole process of branding.

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What do the above images say to you. Each business needs its own style expressed on the right channels to reach its hoped for demographic, its ideal customer base. Sit and think or talk to others, us included, about what and who they are.

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The new marketing funnel isn’t a funnel at all. It’s more hourglass shaped. This infographic illustrates how the new lifecycle-based funnel works.

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2019 – make it happy and successful

The new year is with us – happy new year! We all want to go beyond what we have managed in 2018 and prior so why not take a moment to think about how to achieve it all.

Some of the above might help. You always talk to us as well –, Perhaps give the new year a personal business boost by making your online presence a little different – add content to your website and social media channels, add a few pieces of different design, say something new!

Here you can see a range of design styles – ask yourself, what fits with you and the message you are putting out? What style speaks to the people you are trying to reach? Above you can see the use of bokeh, retro, abstract and other stylisations, each has its use and they are not all that are possible.

Are you looking to better utilise social media for business in 2019? Want to know how to craft a campaign that generates big results?

Source: 5 Actionable Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy in 2019 – Infographic

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How culture shapes design

The design you use to help your business along needs to fit with you, your image (meaning your business, of course!) and who you are looking to reach, to touch, to influence. It needs thought and imagination. What sort of images can you place side by side with you and your business, your business dreams and hopes, what can you place side by side with those who do business with you?


InVision’s Director of Design Education Eli Woolery recently hosted a Fireside Chat with Pinterest’s Design Operations Manager Anne Purves and Shopify’s Director of UX Amy Thibodeau to discuss the many ways that culture shapes design at their organizations.

Source: How culture shapes design at Pinterest and Shopify – InVision Blog

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Each of these say something different, have a different business and style background/landscape. Each of them makes a different form of statement – what is it that you want to say?

Images and more to help your projects along

Words speak to those in front of you and your content, but so do images, so does design. Ask yourself – what sort of imagery says enough about you and what you do? What style conveys what you are about? Here are a few ideas for you, there will be many more over the days and months to come – we can help …



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Your Website – build to excite, build to interest and inform

Every business needs an online presence these days. That presence needs to fulfill a whole series of things – giving suitable contact details, obviously telling what you are about, giving people a look at what you do, what you sell, what you provide. Doing all of this with imagination is great, doing it with an imagination that relates to the people you are trying to reach is the thing. The idea is to stand out! So say something right, in the right way and give it a little decoration.

Are you in the process of building a new website for your business? Want to craft an about us page that makes your website stand out?

Source: How to Create the Perfect About Us Page for Your Website – Infographic

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You need to get the design right as well – there is nothing worse than ending up on a site that has the look, feel and the functionality of 20-30 years ago. We are looking today, the people you want to reach are looking today. A retro feel is ok in design terms but make it just a feel. Give your site something that people can relate to now, can enjoy now, inform them, delight them, interest them!

Are you considering creating a new website in 2019? Want to know the design trends you should consider for your web design project?

Source: 10 Web Design Trends That Will Take Charge in 2019 – Infographic




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Palettes, Design, Content – make yourself look good

The way you present yourself to the world is important. It’s not just the message, it;s how that message is presented. Important parts of all of this are the typography, the fonts used, the colour scheme, the general palette employed and the overall design. The aim is to provoke a response be it surprise, resonance, satisfaction, intrigue or many more possibilities.

Here are a few ideas to help you along …

Are you trying to pick a colour scheme for your business website? Need some colour inspiration to match your websites objectives?

Source: 5 Colour Palettes to Make Your Website Look Irresistible – Infographic

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Some rules of graphic design help to make effective and aesthetic products. Other rules are antiquated. Read on for the latest in graphic design standards.

Web Design: Is it Necessary to Know How to Create Traditional Art First? on, your #1 web design blog.

Your visual presence – infographics and more

We’re asking marketers to join us and #SaveTheInternet and stop using bad stock photos—here’s why.

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Are you in the process of creating a new website for your business? Looking for ways to improve your existing business website?

Source: The 10 Commandments of Visual Hierarchy – Infographic

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