As we work with clients to update their websites, one of the main topics of conversation is about “the blog.” Do I need one? Why should I have one? How should I do it? Blogging remains one of the important content marketing tools for businesses. You may even be thinking “Isn’t blog writing more important for B2C companies? Why should my B2B company commit to writing blogs?”
“If you’re competitor focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer focused allows you to be more pioneering.” – Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon.com
You’ve seen it before. “Fuzzy” looking edges, logos that have been distorted and stretched in a Word document or PowerPoint, blurry images. These are telltale signs of a problem we encounter often . . . vector vs. raster confusion. As an art director and designer, one of the most common problems that I run into when working with other people’s files (especially logos) is that the files are not optimized for their specific use. And, yes, it can be confusing! So we wanted to use this blog post as an opportunity to help educate readers on the differences between the most used file formats and when to use them. Using the right type of image file, you can make sure your audience views crisp, clean and beautiful looking materials.
And, a new year begins. Rather than sitting and remembering the devastation of the Ellicott City Flood one year later, we decided to celebrate new beginnings!
Insight180 is happy to introduce our new digital marketing coordinator, Caroline Cerand! We are excited to have her on board and believe she will be a great asset to our team! Meet Caroline:
On that Saturday night, I had been in downtown Ellicott City to show a guest from Slovenia, Karin, our quaint little town. My long-time friend Carol would be leading a Sierra Club trip in the fall to Slovenia, so I invited her along for an opportunity to talk to a native. It had been a beautiful summer day, with a slight chance of rain in the forecast. As we drove around Ellicott City, it started pouring; and as we looked for parking, it became torrential. Though we decided not to stay, I did swing by the office to put out the sandbags in front of the office door and that of our business neighbor — as I had done so many times for so many storms in the past 16 years. By the time I dragged out the sandbags and got back to the car, my feet were covered with water. As we tried to get to higher ground, many side roads were already closed.
Rudyard Kipling got in right when his 1902 poem from “The Elephant’s Child” opened with:
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
Remember the Necco Sweetheart candy phrases from way back when? Here’s our take on those corny, sweet love sentiments from a design and typography perspective. Happy Valentine’s Day from insight180!
Who knew when we launched our new website in January of 2016 that the life preserver and hashtag #brandresuscitation would be so apropos?
If it is your job to differentiate and grow your business, you own a tall task—especially in this environment of information overload, when all of us are overwhelmed with new platforms, media channels and ways to get noticed.
When establishing a digital marketing plan for your business, creating visual elements beyond your logo alone is simply essential. With your competition working to grab the attention of your audience, text posts alone won’t cut it. Sure, you could use some pre-existing images from Pinterest, but that won’t help build YOUR brand among your audience like your very own branded social media graphics will.