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]

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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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The emotional response

A few thoughts for you …

When you are getting your message out there – marketing your products or services, adding a thread to your branding – much of what you are attempting is to elicit and emotional response. You are hoping that emotion will make the experience memorable and keep you and your product, service or brand well within reach of the viewers mind’s eye.

As is obvious, there are a number of emotions that it would be possible to generate via your content, many but not all have a use in the marketing process. The sorts of response you are probably looking for include – a smile, gentle or broad, a nod, possibly with a grunt of agreement, a tilt of the head, a questioning look, a laugh, faint or deep, chuckle, titter or belly, a nod, an ‘mmm’ of agreement, and there are more. Each indicates an emotional response. It is your hope that memory accompanies these responses.

The above is an urban image with retro inline typography. It will resonate with particular people – the night time setting, the colouration, each add for one or more slices of the public to react positively.

Here we have a phone, a flower, a tidy handwritten font. This is a clean image possibly resonating with both men and women, a hint of informality from the font adds a personal touch, the rose and the smartphone indicate particular means. Who will agree with this image?

Here the urban along with a muted palette says what to whom?

A watercolour flower along with a plain message again written in a handwritten font, something comfortable, homely, but still with its own brightness which sits well with its directness. Will this sit well upon a tidy family dinner table or in a quiet living room?

Does this have to be described? Is this not clear, distinct in its own direct statement to the world of business, its palette and scene directly indicating the city?

Muted, a hint of negative space, reduced palette, thoroughly modern font. Who will this speak to and in what way?

Pointing towards the retro with a typography nodding in a similar direction, there are those of us who can feel that design scheme well, the reminiscent, the returning, the familiar.

In each case every element works with the other to elicit a particular response and is more accessible to particular groups of people – age ranges, gender, background, earning levels, interests, and so on. Typography, colour palette, image style, text, each has a part to play. If you then combine that with the channel and time it appears you have something of a complete picture and a potential plan – perhaps even ‘a cunning plan’. This is what we do and can do for you! We plan, we design, we write, we post, we print … We can do it for you!

I will write a series of short, pithy, useful pieces of text that can be used for graphics, social media and other online and offline marketing. Similar to slogans they will add to your branding and marketing – giving you more buzz, zest and interest from buyers. They will add a creative and imagina

Source: 10 taglines, endlines, straplines | Zeerk

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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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Small Business – Content Marketing

The following is a guest post by Colin Cieloha and an Infographic from Skilled.co. Colin Cieloha is an American author and content marketer at Skilled.co. He writes about everything that will draw hi

Source: Why Small Businesses Should Use Content Marketing

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

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Social Media Marketing – duh!

We are all on it, we all need it – no matter how big or small, how young or old. We have to get it right to keep our presence. We can help you but here are a few ideas to help the thought processes.

First of all – decide the channels to use. As I have said elsewhere you don’t find too many retirees using Instagram at midnight. Also you don’t find too many millenials or younger running through facebook groups and pages at ten of a morning or earlier.

Secondly, what catches the eye of someone in their 20s is slightly different to that of someone in their 60s. Your content needs to be right, its look, its wording, its setting and scene arrangement.

While social has a proven track record, some brands still aren’t convinced. If that’ you, here are 38 benefits of social media marketing you need to know.

Source: 38 Benefits of Social Media Marketing for Business | Sprout Social

Social media managers have a lot on their plate. But with these 11 social media marketing productivity tips, you can get it all done efficiently.

Source: 11 Tips To Boost Your Social Media Marketing Productivity

Tips to fine-tune Facebook ads for small businesses. Answer these questions to reach and connect with your target audience on Facebook.

Source: Guide to Facebook Ads for Small Businesses [Infographic]

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.

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