Have you ever pulled up a website on your phone or tablet and it looked different (not in a good way) than you’re used to seeing it on a desktop? You’re easily frustrated by all the pinching, zooming and panning you have to do so you can read it…right? If so, chances are, the site doesn’t have a responsive Web design.
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At Identity, we believe great marketing has the power to change the course of history. Great work is not just an expectation. It’s our business model. We live it and breathe it daily. You can check out some of our great work and case studies on our website. This post is part of a continuing series in which we provide additional commentary from the case studies featured on our site. Challenge: To support Verizon Wireless Midwest Area’s (MWA) growing need for its own online publishing platform, Identity designed and launched a region-based blog on Tumblr in 2011. When the interest in creating more original content grew, we proposed moving the blog from Tumblr to WordPress to better align with an editorial and storytelling strategy.
As we embark on another new year, many companies are taking a look at their marketing collateral and considering whether it’s time for an update or upgrade. If you’re in that position, let me offer this piece of creative counsel: Whenever possible, avoid the 9” x 12” pocket folder!
A lot of people ask me for website design advice, such as how important good SEO is for websites and how to make it part of building a new website. Let me tell you, SEO is very important. Without search engine optimization, it will be very difficult for people to find your online presence.
Just as important though, is your bounce rate. A “bounce” is when someone visits your site for just a moment and then leaves. This is no good. Yeah, you got the visit, but there was no takeaway for the viewer. Something about your site turned them off, and worst of all, they’ll likely never return again because of it.
Email marketing is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways of getting your company’s message in front of a wide range of people. One major advantage to this method is that e-blasts tend to live longer than social media content, often because e-blasts are more thorough, frequently revisited and forwarded. You’re also able to cover a lot more info and utilize a more dynamic, customized presentation.
These advantages come with a bit of a catch. Email marketing can be finicky. Since email programs don’t update technology as often or as extensively as Web browsers, developing an e-blast that works can prove to be a little tougher than what you may have learned in an HTML crash course. There are a few rules of thumb on both the development and design side of e-blast creation that are important to incorporate when developing any type of e-marketing program.
It’s easy to get frustrated when you spend time, money and other resources on a creative project that ends up not turning out how you envisioned. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way—if you have a plan. Before starting a creative project, think about each step and ask yourself the following questions in order to keep each and every project on target for success:
Know the board (guidelines/specs): Gather any mandatory information that must be included, and have a list of deliverables. Which medium or format will the project be in? Are there any limitations, restrictions or disclaimers? What is the timeline and budget?