Tingalls Graphic Design is super-excited to be the first agency in Madison to offer to latest in branding trends – The Rock.
Last week we talked about what a brand is and how your corporate culture and mission statement protect and promote that brand. In short, your brand is your promise to the world, your pitch to strangers and your company’s values. Sometimes that’s not enough to save a brand. How do you know if your brand is failing? Here are a few tips:
What is a brand? Marketing experts have struggled to wring every nuance from the word, for nearly a hundred years. Should your brand be re-booted?
One of the current trends in marketing & web design is something called native ads, which is defined as “a form of paid media where the ad experience follows the natural form and function of the user experience in which it is placed.” This definition comes from Sharethrough, the world’s largest in-feed advertising exchange. What this means, in essence, is that native ads live within the content of a web page, as opposed to off to the side (usually in a right-side banner area) as we’ve grown accustomed to in web design over the years. Sharethrough’s opinion is that “native ads are more visually engaging than banner ads.” At Tingalls […]
In a world where we’re berated with information, the last thing most people want is long-form copy that’s more metaphorical than understandable. Don’t get me wrong, there’s always room for a brand’s personality & style to shine through. But we have to be as clear, brief & impactful as possible when broadcasting our messages — both electronically & in print — while making sure we connect on an emotional level with our audience. Some great examples of this are “Just do it,” from Nike, and “Think Different,” from Apple. Even this blog post is designed to be incredibly short. It’s a great exercise for our minds, which trains us to […]
The success of a tradeshow or networking can literally make or break your company. In fact, entire businesses and careers have been built from sales made in a few precious moments face-to-face with prospects and important decision-makers. But, too many business leaders ignore the importance of the marketing materials they bring to tradeshows, conventions, and other similar gatherings – particularly their business cards, fliers, and brochures. It’s not an overstatement to say that the wrong piece, even just one poorly designed one, can kill any progress or sales opportunities you might have made otherwise. Here are five of the biggest reasons why: 1. You want to stand out in a […]
Did you know that email marketing can be as much as 20 times more cost effective than other marketing methods when you’re trying to reach your customers? But how do you create emails that get opened, engage the reader, and build value for your company? Tingalls Graphic Design has gathered a few tips to help you draft better emails and reach your customers with cost effective marketing. Be Trustworthy. People don’t want to open spam and they’re afraid of opening anything that might look suspicious. This means you have to identify yourself with a recognizable name. Make sure the from line in any email you send clearly identifies your company […]
Most website are designed to attract viewers and yet there are sites that aren’t putting website best practices into use and are instead turning off customers or not drawing them in in the first place. Tingalls Graphic Design has pulled together six website best practices to help you attract and keep visitors to your website. 1) Compelling content. The content on your website is meant to attract people and keep them there. If you’re writing for search engines or trying to be too clever with your content you may be turning away visitors in droves. Tell people what they want to know in a straight forward, succinct manner and only […]
Print Marketing with Tingalls Print marketing may be more energy efficient than you realize and the benefits of using print could boost your company’s visibility too. The following statistics related to print marketing, the paper industry and the environment were presented by NewPage Corporation and provide some interesting insight on sustainability and marketing. Did you know that the creation and delivery of direct mail generates less greenhouse gas emissions than an eight minute shower? In the last 25 year annual energy consumption at US data centers increased by 24% but the pulp and paper industry reduced energy by 24%. The footprint of paper for one 3×5 inch direct mail card […]
Did your first mobile phone come in a briefcase-sized carrying case that you kept under the seat of your car “in case of emergency?” If so, you – like me – are old enough to call yourself a witness to the communications revolution of the last couple decades. As a public relations and communications professional winding my way through this revolution, I attend my fair share of seminars, educational events and networking groups. The content of these meetings and events has obviously changed over the years to address the domination of all things electronic, social, and mobile. And, as such, I’ve been hearing a frequent refrain: PR is dead. Of […]
Getting a lead or a hit from a web visitor is a great first step in securing a new customer, but it is only a first step and certainly doesn’t guarantee you’re going to earn that person’s business. And beyond getting their business, don’t you want to keep their business or have them as a repeat customer in the future and then make them an ambassador of your company, spreading the word to their friends and family and turning them into customers too. Lead nurturing is something every business should focus on to get new customers, keep old customers, and convince them to refer others. Hubspot says that “78% of […]
Words are so important in everything we do — they’re a vehicle for communication to drive shared understanding with someone else to build a platform to grow a relationship (learn more about this in GrowLoop’s free ebook). I recently read Rework (Amazon affiliate) by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of 37signals. I really enjoyed this book because of the authors’ philosophies and approach to business, but also because of its straightforward concise communication — no extraneous words, everything in there is purposefully written. One idea that stood out was that companies should hire great writers vs. those overly talented in their specific area of skill — unless […]
If you’re wondering why your website visitors aren’t taking action and clicking on your links, then you may want to consider making a small simple change to how you’re leading them through your sales funnel. A common mistake in designing web pages is to use an underlined word or phrase as the hyperlink to lead the visitor to the page you want them to go. A much more effective method is to simply change the hyperlink into a button. Buttons are much more intuitively click-friendly. Oh, and color makes a difference. The Mequoda group reports a split test where the only variable on the landing page was the order button […]