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Benefits of Supporting Women-Owned Small Businesses

Happy Women’s History Month! As a woman-owned and staffed small business, Tingalls understands first-hand how important it is to support other women-owned businesses. Here are five reasons to support women-owned small businesses in your community. Small business owners care about the people in the neighborhoods they serve. Building relationship with local small business owners means you can expect more personalized customer service that often goes above and beyond your expectations. Money spent at local businesses stays in the community. When you make a purchase from a small business, you are supporting a family in your community rather than lining the pockets of some executive at a big box store. Studies […]

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Save Time & Money: Hire a Designer!

Good logo design requires creative expertise. It can be tempting to purchase a cheap design from an online logo maker, especially when you’re starting a new business and on a tight budget. But these designs tend to be very generic and there is a high probability that another business will be using the same logo. Investing in a quality logo design for your brand right from the start will save you time and money in the long run. A graphic designer will be able to work with you to determine what sets your business apart from your competitors. Equipped with this knowledge your designer will be able to craft a […]

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Posted in Branding, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Print & Package Design, Tips

Planning Your Start-Up’s Marketing Strategy

“How do I market my business?” This is a question I’m often asked by start-up business owners, and I’m always surprised to hear that they think I can give them a simple, one-size-fits-all approach to successful marketing. The honest answer is, “it depends.” There are many factors that play into my recommendations for an effective marketing plan. Determining the business’ unique selling proposition in the marketplace, their goals, and their realistic budget are all key components of a successful marketing strategy. At Tingalls, we dig deep to learn about our clients so we can tailor their marketing to the specific needs of their business. What makes you special? Identifying your […]

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I Received a Negative Google Review, Now What?

Since humans first started buying and selling goods and services, people have felt the need to provide “constructive feedback” to business owners – both positive and negative. Before the internet, criticism came in the form of letters, emails, or disgruntled customers at your front door. With the evolution and permanency of social media platforms like Google, Yelp, and Facebook, reviews now influence 80% of consumers’ online purchasing decisions. Other staggering statistics from the website ReviewTrackers, show you shouldn’t ignore reviews if you want to stay in business: 94% of consumers say that a bad review has convinced them to avoid a business 53% of customers expect businesses to respond to […]

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5 Ways to Improve Your Business Page on Facebook

It’s no secret the goal of Facebook is to offer its users a customized, meaningful experience. They use a complex algorithm that decides what users see in their news feed based on many different aspects of their behavior. It calculates what they click on, who they’re friends with, and the type of Facebook Business Page or group they choose to follow. While Facebook hasn’t provided a precise definition of what makes a “meaningful experience,” it’s safe to say that users are increasingly favoring posts that encourage interaction, discussion, and engagement. What does this mean for you? This means that your business Facebook page should listen as well as speak to […]

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3 Rules for Effective Logo Design

Your logo is more than just a visual on a page. It’s an essential part of your company’s identity. An artistically balanced logo design should not only attract attention but create a fantastic first impression. When done well, your company logo will pull together the many aspects of your business identity and start a conversation with your customers and clients. Since you only get one chance to make a first impression, getting your logo right is critical. The following three simple rules will help make your logo stand out from the rest. 1. Make sure your logo has scalability Your logo needs to be able to be scaled up or […]

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10 Questions You MUST Ask Before Hiring a Graphic Design Firm

Finding the right professional for your next design project doesn’t mean you have to be super creative yourself. It just means you have to know the right questions to ask to find the best designer for you – someone who will click with your team and your company. Here are some questions to help you discover if the design firm you’re considering has the conceptual and collaborative skills, attitude, and the design mojo, to be a part of your creative team. 1. How long have you been in business? A firm that has been in business for a long time will likely know the ins and outs of marketing. Experience […]

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Can Your Web Design Pass the Five Second Test?

You know the saying; you never get a second chance to make a first impression. It’s logic that also applies to your company’s website. Wouldn’t you like to know right away people’s first impression when they hop onto it? Luckily, there’s a short test (five seconds short to be exact) that can do just that. The five-second test is a method that’s easy to conduct without a lot of setup and gives you valuable results fast. Acting on the results this logical method offers could be the difference between an engaged audience that goes on to gather more information on your website or one that bounces off to another site […]

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Posted in Branding, Tips, Website Design

Want To Be Taken Seriously? Use Professional Stationery

Sometimes, new clients come to us with a question that seems all-too-familiar in the digital age: do we still need professional letterhead and envelopes? In our opinion, you absolutely do. That’s true even if you have a small business or a one-person professional practice. In fact, using good identity pieces can be even more important when you are upcoming or independent. Let’s take a look at a few of the most important reasons why… Colleagues and Customers Take You More Seriously When customers or colleagues get professional communications from you and see your letterhead and envelopes, it creates an instant impression. They get the sense that you are competent, and […]

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Get Better Clarity and Focus with a Vision Board

Now that we’re well into 2018, it’s a good time to check in to see where we’re at with our goals for the year. Although it’s no longer January, there’s still plenty of time to accomplish great things! Our team here at Tingalls recently created our annual vision boards to help us clarify, and be mindful of our goals. It was a lot of fun, and we created some truly inspiring stuff. What exactly is a Vision Board? More than a simple craft project, vision boarding is a tool that helps us craft the life and business we want. “A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate […]

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7 Ways to Ninja the Hackers Away From Your WordPress Website

Are you worried about hackers getting into your WordPress business website? If so, you certainly aren’t alone. Cyber threats are a much bigger concern than they used to be, and with so many large organizations being affected by online attacks, smaller businesses are paying more attention to online security than ever before. While it’s true that a lot of smaller companies and organizations are susceptible to cyber hacking, it’s generally because they don’t follow basic online security best practices. To help you avoid being an easy target for thieves on the internet, here are seven ways you can keep hackers at bay from your WordPress site… #1 Use Strong Passwords […]

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