A decade and a half into the 21st century, it’s useful to pause and reflect on just how fundamentally digital technology has transformed the way we conduct business and live our lives. These last 20 or so years will be remembered for the way they transformed the world into a form that has come to be described as “virtual.”
All projects have a start and finish, but it’s the project progress and quality of the end result that makes it successful or not. There are a lot of factors that play into knowing if a project was successful or not but the bottom line is pretty simple—is the client happy?
Graphic design = art / art = graphic design. Before we argue whether or not the equation is reflexive, let’s first determine whether it’s even valid. It’s a topic that has been debated ever since the first graphic designer emerged from the ooze a couple of centuries ago. So before we ask, “are they the same?” it might be better to ask: “how are they different?”
First question to ask yourself, your team or your client is what are the business objectives? The comes who is your audience / consumer base? What functionality do you need as your business expands? We will spend sometime in this blog outlining the overall high-level pluses and minuses with each platform to try to help you along your ecommerce path.
Nearly two decades into the 21st century, it’s useful to pause and reflect on just how fundamentally digital technology has transformed the way we conduct business and live our lives. These last 20 or so years will be remembered for the way they transformed the world into a form that has come to be described as “virtual.” The first half of the Internet’s initial two decades witnessed a focus on the technology itself. By contrast, the second half has been characterized by a sharpening of that focus toward technology’s true power: the ability to maximize and support relationships and build communities. Hard to believe it was only at the outset of the Internet’s second decade that revolutionary social media platforms along with the mobile technologies of smart phones and tablets upon which they rely, began to emerge. Today those tools have become so globally embedded and deeply acculturated, it seems they’ve been around forever
Designers depend on the content to dictate what the design will look like. Think of it as the blueprints to the design. Mocking up a look and feel is one thing, but to try to design a finished product with no content is very inefficient for everyone.
A couple years ago on Facebook, if you got an ad click for $0.30, you would be getting real bang for your buck. Now based on a recent report from AdStage — “Q3 2017Paid Search and Paid Social Benchmark Report” — those days of cheap clicks are gone. With more and more brands entering the space and creating endless amounts of content, every business is competing for attention. According to this study, the lowest CPC is $0.86 and the highest is $8.63 among the most popular digital channels. This data arms us as an agency to recommend the best channels per campaign objectives to help our clients get the most ROI.
The sole purpose of a brand is to serve as a tool for distinguishing or differentiating a product, a service, a company, or an individual from other, similar entities, thus improving its competitive position and (ideally) enabling a premium price or a premium position. Or both. It does so by acting as a stand-in, a kind of shorthand for superior features, proprietary technology, history, philosophy, innovation, and personality that comprise the entity the brand is designed to represent. In fact, the concept of a brand has become so overarching it is often used as a generic substitute for the word “company,” “business,” or “organization.” As in, “the brand was forced to declare bankruptcy after three decades in business.”
In a recent study conducted by Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, 57% of the purchase decision is completed before a customer even calls a supplier. Which might have some wondering how is this much of the purchasing decision already completed without ever speaking to someone from my organization? While another report conducted by SiriusDecisions, a global research and advisory firm, indicates that 67% of the buyer’s journey is now done digitally. We are in the age of the empowered buyer.