Category Archives: Tips

How Can I Get More Blog Readers?

It sometimes seems as if there are more blogs than there are blog readers. That is, lots of companies put fresh posts online every day, but studies show that 90% or more aren’t ever read by more than a few people. Or to put things another way, there are a few blogs with lots of readers, and thousands of times as many that are doing nothing for the marketers that produce them. How can you ensure that your blog falls into the right category, helping you to attract search engine visits and attention from real-life customers? Here are a few proven steps you can take to get moving in the … Continue reading

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Posted in Copywriting and Blogging, Search Engine Optimization, Tips

What to Do If Someone Has Already Verified Your Business on Google

Have you ever wondered how your business profile appeared on a list of Google searches? Not sure if you’ve actually verified your business on Google? These questions have come up with multiple clients, so we figured we’d share some advice on the blog to help other businesses that may be in the same situation. Here is a short, helpful video that walks you through what to do if someone has already claimed your business on Google. Key points: You need to create a Google account for your business if you haven’t already done so and then you can verify/claim the business right on the Google results page If someone has … Continue reading

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What Cats Know About Social Media Marketing

Forget ad agencies, YouTube Stars, and reality television personalities – the real winners of the social media revolution have been ordinary house cats. No matter where you look, they are chasing yarn, being “jerks,” and launching new memes. Cats probably collectively generate billions of likes and shares every week. And best of all, they do it without even trying. Regardless of whether you’re a devoted cat fan, or more of a dog person, you’d have to admit that felines get their fair share of attention on Facebook and Twitter. And for that reason, they are the true masters of the medium. It’s often been said that even if cats could … Continue reading

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Posted in Creativity, Social Media Marketing, Tips

5 ‘Business Hacks’ to Reduce Stress and Improve Productivity

Psychologists and productivity experts have noted for decades that “engaged” workers tend to get a lot more done. But it’s easy to forget in the midst of busy or stressful times that your employees also need support and encouragement. Below are five simple “business hacks” we use here at Tingalls on a daily basis: Embrace Positivity It’s just as easy to look at the brighter side of things as it is to be grumpy, and the result can definitely increase productivity. We start each weekly staff meeting with an uplifting client testimonial or employees share something positive from their weekend. It helps set the tone for the entire week. Be … Continue reading

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Why Logos Should Never Start with Clipart

There aren’t a lot of hard and fast rules when it comes to designing logos. But, there is one piece of advice we could give to every designer and client in the world: You should never start designing a logo from a piece of clipart. Why do we have such strong feelings on this matter? Let’s explain… Great Logos Are About Creativity A logo has to be original, and should be created specifically for a certain business or organization. That’s essentially the opposite of what you get from a piece of clipart. Our logo design process begins with a thorough intake of our client’s background, their target audience and what … Continue reading

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Networking for Lead Generation: 6 Quick Tips

Are you doing lots of networking, but not getting the leads you’re hoping for? Or, thinking of mingling with other business owners and professionals but don’t know how to get started? How many times have you given out your business card at a networking event, just to have no leads? Either way, we’ve got you covered. Here are  quick tips to help you start getting more leads from every networking event… Be Selective Where You Network You can’t get leads if you’re networking with the wrong kinds of people. Even if you’re only attending events on a monthly basis, be selective about which ones you show up to. Take a … Continue reading

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3 SEO Details Business Owners Tend to Overlook

Business owners tend to understand that content and links are the main cornerstones of a search engine optimization campaign. But what they don’t always realize is that there are some other, less obvious factors that can affect their search visibility. Here are three you should definitely keep an eye on… Choose a Reliable Web Hosting Company Having premium web hosting means your website is online more often, loads quickly, and isn’t sharing server space with other businesses For just a few extra dollars a month, you can give your users a better experience and show Google that your website is reputable. Solid Link Structure Having your pages link correctly between … Continue reading

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Why You Need a Professional Business Card

Given that websites, emails, and social media are everywhere these days, clients sometimes ask: Do business cards still matter? Not only are they still relevant, but it’s actually more important than ever to have a professionally designed and printed business card ready to use. There are a few good reasons for this. The first is that humans are visual creatures, and we are prone to making snap decisions. When you have a crisp, sharp, and creative business card, it says something about your credibility as a professional. It tells another person, subconsciously, that you can be trusted. It also suggests that you take your work and your image seriously. Another … Continue reading

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Posted in Graphic Design, Print Design, Tips

Email Virus Alert: “Ransomware”

An article shared by our partner Shawn Nesbitt, Owner of Simple Network Consulting in Madison, WI As a service to our clients, Simple Network Consulting shares updates on critical issues impacting organizations and businesses. These alerts are directed to everyone in an effort to raise awareness about current viruses or malware that are affecting businesses and home end users alike. This Alert focuses on a particular malware attack that can and will cause significant downtime and has a direct impact an organization’s ability to service customers and cause financial harm. Ransomware is where a virus (malware) gets secretly loaded on your computer or into your computer systems. It locks files, … Continue reading

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15 Great Blog Topics You Can Use Today

Every marketer on the planet knows you need lots of fresh content to attract attention from Google and succeed with search engine optimization, but getting started on new blog posts can be difficult. Continue reading

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Branding Trends

Tingalls Graphic Design is super-excited to be the first agency in Madison to offer to latest in branding trends – The Rock. Continue reading

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Posted in Advertising, Branding, Creativity, Tips, Tradeshow Marketing

Content that Counts: The Golden Nugget

Content that counts comes in many forms. This isn’t your first day on the Internet – odds are you have a Facebook account, Twitter feed or even more. Have you noticed any patterns? Everything happens at light speed, in short tiny bursts of concentrated information. This is counter intuitive – the assumption is that audiences want detailed and elaborate explanations of services and products, events and everything else. Continue reading

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Social Media Marketing Part 1 – Who Tube?

Everyone knows about Google – but did you know that YouTube is the second most used search engine? Read some more and learn how to take advantage of this fun and exciting tool. Continue reading

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The Creative Hurricane – Our Logo Design Process

When you think brainstorming, you probably think of a stuffy room, some paper, a handful of people and maybe some Mountain Dew. That’s cool. Maybe it’s not your specialty. But here at Tingalls, creative is our bread and butter. Continue reading

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Posted in About Tingalls, Branding, Creativity, Logo Design, Tips

Where’s your blog?

It’s 2015 and the New Year is a great time to make some resolutions about your website, arguably your most effective marketing tool. You’ve been thinking a blog for a while now, but is it really worth the effort? The answer to that is a resounding yes! Continue reading

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Posted in Advertising, Branding, Copywriting and Blogging, Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Tips

How Graphic Designers Can Up their Credibility Factor — Part 2

In the first installment of this series, we discussed six ways a graphic designer can improve their credibility factor. In part two, we’re serving up five more tips on the subject. And although we’re talking specifically about graphic designers here, these strategies really apply to any profession. No matter how much of an expert you are at your craft, these strategies will help improve your credibility, as well as your bottom line …   Crystalize Your Process Set up an “external” processes with the customer that’s easy to understand. Timeline, milestones, what you need from them, etc., are all good things to flesh out upfront. Remember, for expectations to be … Continue reading

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How Graphic Designers Can Up their Credibility Factor — Part 1

Have you ever met someone who was obviously an expert at something? Probably. But have you ever met an expert that you would absolutely never work with because you had no respect for them, or they were so un-together they had no actual credibility? As a graphic designer, in order to reach your highest potential, being an expert isn’t enough. That’s why Tingalls Graphic Design has put together the following list of things you can do to improve your credibility and gain more respect from customers. Be Yourself Don’t try and be someone you’re not, or match some perception of what you think a graphic designer should be. Let your … Continue reading

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Triumphing with Twitter

To many, Twitter is quite the strange bird. Trying to figure out how to successfully use it can feel like attempting to get all the sides of your Rubik’s Cube (remember those?) to be the same color. The good news? It’s not as hard as it seems, but you’ll need to make a significant time investment if you want to triumph on Twitter. Let’s take a look at some of the best practices you can take to accomplish this, as well as whether or not Twitter is the right social media platform for your business to be on in the first place. Is Twitter Right for You? The easiest way … Continue reading

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