There are often stereotypical images painted of graphic designers, most of which don’t do us justice. You know the nerdy sort who have a low vitamin D count, sleep deprived and can’t put their smartphone down. In all seriousness I hope to challenge these preconceptions and give you 5 good reasons why you need a graphic designer on board.
If you find a good graphic designer who is qualified with lots of experience, they can be an invaluable asset to your business. Often knowledgeable about business, technology, trends, online tools and business processes.
They are usually multi-skilled individuals with expertise that cover many disciplines in design, marketing, advertising, digital design, web, print, SEO and photography.
1. Save time
Why struggle with ideas, creativity and technology if it isn’t your forte. Hiring a good graphic designer will save you lots of time. Lots of your time that you could spend on other areas of the business, the parts that you are good at. We all don’t like to admit defeat especially when we are close to a solution, but there comes a time… when there is limited time left to work on your business.
2. Save money
Saving time is saving money. If a graphic designer can do these jobs quicker, it’s a no brainer!
This word is essentially OCD for designers! They know your brand inside out because they probably created it. Consistent design and messages means adhering to a strict set of, often unspoken rules in a small business. Visual communication that is the same everywhere you see it, across all platforms. THE most important first rule in branding.
4. Boost your brand
Good design is often underestimated in value. Good design has longevity it can be effective, clever, striking, make an impact, evoke an emotion and even tell a story. Great design stands you out from a crowd, from your competitors, makes you memorable and converts to sales.
5. Problem solving
Graphic designer’s objective and out-of-the-box thinking will benefit any business. A good graphic designer will ask lots of questions and help you understand what you need for your business. Graphic designers are hugely creative people. If you have a problem, they are sure to solve it in truly unique ways.
Here are 5 tips that could help you improve your online presence today!
1. Know Why You Need a Website
It sounds like a ridiculous question but if you know the real reason why you need a website (other than… well its just silly not to have one these days!), this will help you get the most out of your online presence. You will find it easier to focus your attention and get the right website functionality for your business needs.
2. Portal to Drive Traffic
Your website or blog is your main portal for sharing information to social media not the other way around! In most marketing, the main aim is to drive traffic to your website where potential customers can find out what you do and how to buy your products and services. How you keep them there and get them to purchase it the next step…
3. Building & Maintaining Your Online Brand
Does everything you publish online reflect your current brand? Check now… is your logo consistent, does your social media match your website brand, does your email signature match your website design? When you see something out of place on someone else’s website what does this make you think? If you see a strange comment on someone’s business social media post, does it change your perception of that company?
4. Mobile Friendly or Responsive
A good website is one that is mobile friendly or has a responsive design (RWD). A mobile friendly or responsive website is one where the design fits the device you are viewing it on (you don’t have to zoom in and the navigation buttons are easy to click on).
5. Measure Your Success
There are many tools out there for measuring the success of your marketing from Facebook insights, Hootsuite Analytics to Google Analytics. If you put content out there it is good practice to measure your success, so you know you are delivering the right content at the right time.
A great business card is a memorable one, so how do you make an impact with something the size of a credit card? Your business card is often the first price of marketing you get printed but the last piece you think of re-designing.
Create a new talking point at your regular networking group. Instead of re-printing your old business cards, a new approach or fresh re-think might be just what your business needs.
Here are 5 tips to help you re-think your existing design:
Tip: We all have our very own likes and dislikes and you know when you handle a great business card, analyse what they have and see how you can improve on this for your own business. How can you make your business card memorable?
Predictions, trends and a forecast of ideas we will see dominating digital marketing in 2017.
Googles focus has been on good, relevant and up-to-date content, this is set to continue making it even more important for you to find your voice through rich content including video, infographics, blogging and social media. Landing pages and email marketing might just be your route to funnelling catching customers them through your web.
Pantone Greenery (15-0343) has been named the colour of the year for 2017, a refreshing and revitalising shade, according to Pantone, greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.
Originality has always been key for fresh new designs. We may see more bespoke illustrations and design. The use of SVG’s (scalable vector graphics), this means simple flat designs with the use of a couple of vibrant colours to keep intrigue and originality in the forefront.
More brands are adopting a mobile first presence and bigger implementations of responsive design. Late last year Google revealed they were introducing Mobile-first indexing, stating “we will eventually primarily use the mobile version of a site’s content to rank pages from that site”. More on: Mobile-first indexing
Video streaming with Facebook Live was a big hit last year, I think we will continue to see a rise in video content with in-app add-ons and features that make it much easier to create this type of content. More apps and app features that reiterate Mobile-first, and paid content growing in popularity to ensure users see your content and the growing of your followers.
My predictions for 2017…
In an information and technology rich world… keep things simple, less complicated design structures and no more video backgrounds (I don’t know about you but these make me nauseous!). Say what we need to say and communicate in fewer words with perhaps bigger bolder type. The colour blue has always dominated the web as a popular colour choice, it would be great to see more vibrant colour choices.
What do you think we will see that is new in 2017? Have you spotted any design, marketing or online trends already?
Yes it’s still November and we are talking about Christmas (after all it is only 4 weeks away). We know everyone is very this time of year trying to get things sorted in our business ready for a break next month (if you are lucky!). So here is a short list of simple Christmassy marketing ideas to help promote your business.
1. Personalised Message
Nothing beats a very personalised Christmas message thanking your customers and suppliers. You could do something a little different… Promote your new years resolutions, perhaps show what new features you will improve in your services next year. This can be delivered through a Christmas card, email marketing or video. Video is outperforming most other online content with Facebook Live proving very successful for small business.
2. Add Some Sparkle to Your Logo
Add a Christmassy touch to your logo, website or email signature. It’s good to show your customers you are not a Grinch and have some Christmas spirit!
3. Social Media - Win a Christmas Prize
Follow, share and comment on a social media post to win a high value Christmas prize. This is sure to drum up some engagement and exposure for your products and services.
4. Go Marketing Mad…
Combine a Christmas theme such as 12 days of Christmas, a Christmas story or rhyme, Christmas tree or other symbolic Christmas item with something about your company, product or service. We love the idea of an advent calendar.
5. If It's Too Late For All That…
Sometimes it’s hard to fit in time for yourself when running a small business. The digital world can be very interactive but nothing beats real celebrations. Hold a last minute Christmas get-together with warm drinks and mince pies. A perfect networking opportunity for all your customers and suppliers.
Have you had some successful Christmas marketing in the past? Have you had some ideas for this year but would like to run it by someone? Share your ideas below for some feedback.
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