“Our inspiration comes from the true origin of creativity itself, our God, today and always our main inspiration.”
Creating a brand is really about creating a message that you will share with your customers. We’ll work with you to define your message and from there we’ll create your identity website, logo, and print.
Designing and coding your site are just a small part of the development process. The main hurdle to overcome is finding that clear business concept. This ignites the whole process.
We use vector graphics for all of our logo designs. Scalable vectors are used to put your logo on a business card, the side of a building, and on a website without losing sharpness or shape.
Customers will develop an opinion of your brand within the first few seconds of viewing it. Make it the right impression. We can help you find the precise message to clearly speak to who you are as a company. It’s the most important three seconds of your business life.
Long-term Brand Recognition
We like to think long-term. Where will your company be in the next two to five years? What about five to ten years? We can help you develop a brand that will upscale from a startup to a more complete corporate identity.
Consistency Across the Board
We’ll create a corporate colour palette that will extend across your entire brand. From web to print to package design and advertising, your clients will recognize your company by the visual impressions you make.
We create our websites from scratch using the best design techniques in the business. Our designs use the finest elements of typography, usability, optimization, and colour profiles.
Unique Graphic Design
Our graphic designs are custom-made and will scale without distortion across web and print. We always supply you with the original Photoshop or Illustrator files.
Using Nature to Build your Colour Profile
In nature, colours are well-balanced. Our colour palettes are built around photographs and colours from nature ─ it’s the stepping stone to building your corporate colour profile. Nature-based colours have a timeless quality.
Valid CSS/XHTML, Usability, WordPress Experts
We code valid CSS and XHTML. This helps your website on many levels ─ it loads faster, is understood by search engine spiders, works in all browsers, and is very easy to integrate with any CMS such as WordPress.
We have a team of wordpress designers and developers that can take your website to the next level. If you can dream it we can make it happen.
Custom wordpress blog designs with the newest functionality. View our portfolio for more examples of our wordpress designs.
Valid WordPress Coding
We focus on usability and fast loading with all our wordpress designs. Our wordpress code is optimized for all modern browsers.
We can create wordpress templates for your church, social media site, e-commerce or blog. Easily generate dynamic site content on the fly.
Subscriptions and Social Network Integration
We use a variety of custom wordpress plug-ins to expand the functionality of your site. Including social network integration, SEO titles, WP-Cache, and many others.
Search Engine Optimization is a highly diverse and complex process that starts with good, descriptive content, keyword analysis, valid CSS and XHTML, and Google Adwords Campaign.
Internet Marketing and Advertising
Ask us how we can help you reach a wide range of potential customers and gain rank with Google.
Keyword optimized content is important. We’ll help you write content that is clear and search-engine-spider friendly.
Social media positioning has become a major tools on today’s advertising marketing campaigns. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. We’ll take your brand and position it accordingly through out all social media.
We’ll create a customized business facebook page. Contact forms directly on your facebook page, portfolios, products, bios, galleries. Just a few of the options available to to make your facebook business page stand up from the rest.
Customized background and color scheme. Following the same identity of your website, logo, identity, we’ll customized you twitter background as well as the overall colors to match your website’s.
Get your own YouTube Channel. A customizable channel where you can upload and post all your videos and a place where visitors will be able to come directly and watch them all in one place. Fully customizable, background design, color scheme, and content.
15/06/2011 Why effective branding is about doing, not telling
28/05/2011 Why Online Reputation Matters to Small Business
03/03/2011 5 Benefits of Having a Website for Your Small Business
02/02/2011 14 Reasons You Need a Logo and Marketing Materials
I had the pleasure of speaking at the San Diego Ad Club last week after Dan Burrier, the Chief Innovation Officer at Ogilvy and my former boss on the Motorola account. Not only is Dan a friend and someone I greatly admire, but he said something that evening that struck me very deeply. He said that branding is now more about the “doing” than the “telling.”
I think Dan is absolutely right. For too long, branding as practiced by advertising agencies has been focused on the Big Idea that, well told, will connect emotionally with a customer and motivate them to buy a product or service. But in this new era of transparency, characterized by Wiki Leaks, the activities of Anonymous, and the revelations about corporate practices that have filled the newspapers over recent months, a brand can no longer afford to simply trade on an idea of what it stands for. Instead, in this era of radical transparency, a brand must be willing to tell the story of what it’s actually doing.
That’s why the purpose of a brand is so critical to its bottom line success in the social business marketplace. That purpose not only informs how leadership steers the company and the satisfaction of its employees, but it also defines what actions the brand takes to improve the lives of its customers. For if a company wants their customers to grow their business by buying its products and services, that company must be meaningful to its customers lives. Such meaningfulness is found in the concrete actions a brand is taking to better the lives of its customers and the world at large in alignment with its core values.
On the one hand this is a burden on companies, in that brands must work out what they stand for, communicating it with employees, and bring it to life through their actions. This is not a simple or quick process. Yet at the same time, once you’ve done it, storytelling becomes much easier. A brand simply needs to share the story of what it’s doing with its employees, products, services, and cause work to improve the well being of others. It will enable the brand to build a community of customers aligned around shared values and connected by social media that will be happy to amplify the brand’s message using their own social media channels.
So instead of fabricating the Big Idea, and living in fear of the rise of transparency, a brand can put its shoulder behind its purpose and simply tell the story of what it’s doing in the marketplace. It’s this connection between the “doing” and “telling” of a brand’s story that defines success in the new social media marketplace. So if brands want to capitalize on social media to build their bottom line, take Dan’s advice by focusing on what your brand is doing in alignment with its purpose and values and simply tell that story.
If you’re interested in your brand storytelling, I invite you to join us at the We First Social Branding Seminar on the 1st and 2nd of February in Los Angeles at the Marina Del Rey Marriott hotel. Every attendee will be walking through a Social Branding Blueprint that takes them from the definition of their brand purpose through to its social media expression, so you walk out with a Blueprint that offers real value to your business that you can act on. Plus, every attendee gets an extra ticket free to invite their favorite non-profit. This is the last week to register, so visit www.WeFirstSeminar.com now.
You’re a small business owner. Most of your customers are the people who live within 25 miles of your storefront. Why does it even matter what the Internet has to say about your brand? That has no impact on your bottom line.
No. Dangerously wrong.
Weber Shandwick recently released a new report called The Company Behind The Brand: In Reputation We Trust [PDF] that breaks down exactly why business owners should be concerned with the online footprint they’re leaving (or not leaving) behind. One of the most interesting parts of the report for me was the finding that any disconnect between corporate and brand reputation triggers a sharp consumer reaction. That means even if your product or service is excellent…if the image of your brand is less than stellar, it will still hurt you.
According to the report, when a consumer learns that a product they like is made by a company they have a negative relationship with (54 percent of consumers responded they’ve experienced this), 96 percent of consumers took some kind of action.
What kind of action?
The most frequent response was that consumers stopped purchasing the product (40 percent). In fact, surprised consumers were twice as likely to STOP buying the product as they were to continue to buy it. And this is a product they originally admitted to liking! That was pretty startling to me. Just as noteworthy – consumers who didn’t immediately stop buying the product went online to try and learn more about the company.
Both of these statements speak to the importance of creating a positive Web presence.
Consumers are using social word of mouth, online reviews, and other online content to form a judgment about your company. The judgment they form is then strongly tied to whether or not they decide to purchase your product.
When consumers are conflicted, they go to the Internet to answer the “should I trust you” question. They’re then using the information they find about your brand to help them make that decision.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not trying to target a national audience. Local consumers are using the Web to find information about local businesses. It’s up to you to make sure they’re finding the right kind of information.
What should every small business be doing to help build their Web presence?
Get a Web site:
Your brand Facebook profile or Google+ business page is great. But your business still needs a Web site. Some place where you can talk about your product/services, establish credibility, introduce your team, offer resources, and be found for hyper-local keywords.
Blog: There are few better ways to build industry authority than with an active blog. Producing content on a regular basis also ensures there’s always something you can promote and be found for.
Get involved in social media:
Maybe that means getting active on Twitter or Facebook. Or maybe it means developing a presence on a Q&A site like Quora or participating in a small business networking site like BizSugar. Either way, find out where your audience is engaging online, and set up a satellite community there. Talk to your audience and let them get to know you on a more human level. Just don’t get too human.
Get involved in your community: Whether it’s sponsoring your town’s little league team, speaking at local events, or putting together an industry-related group at the local high school, by getting involved in the community that you live in you help to build a positive reputation offline, which can then carry online when people write about your efforts, link to sponsors, etc.
Guest blog on relevant sites:
Guest blogging is a great way to build goodwill, establish industry credibility, and introduce your company to people in other networks.
Solicit & manage online reviews:
This is a biggie and it’s only becoming more important. We’re going to sites like Yelp, Google Place Pages, TripAdvisor, etc, to learn how the experiences others had with your brand. Make sure you’re not only doing what you can to encourage customers to leave reviews, but positively responding to any negative or neutral comments that may be there. You not only help save that relationship, but you show everyone else who may find that review in the search results that you’re listening, you care, and that you hear them.
Online reputation management is important for businesses of any size. It’s about creating a positive Web presence to make your brand one that people trust and want to engage with. Because, as the report mentioned above shows, it doesn’t matter how great your product is – if people don’t trust you, they won’t be interested in it.
Last week at SmallBizTrends I shared the statistic that 47 percent of small business owners still weren’t using social media because they didn’t feel it was important to their business. That post spurred a lot of strong comments, both on site here and on Facebook. Eventually the conversation went from whether SMBs should invest in social media to whether they even need a Website or an Internet presence at all.
I really wish we could stop having this conversation.
You probably know some businesses who are doing phenomenally well without a website. I do, too. But I often wonder how much better they could be doing if they took the time to invest in one. And when I say “website,” I don’t mean an electronic version of that brochure they’ve been handing out for the past 10 years. I mean a legitimate, well-thought-out site that is designed to inform, engage and convert their audience.
Here are just a few benefits that come along with creating a usable website for your small business. Let me know why you think it is (or isn’t) important for a SMB to have a website in 2011.
1. You stop being invisible.
I’m not trying to be flippant, but by creating a website you stop being invisible to the people trying to find you online. More and more studies are telling us about the ROBO effect where customers are learning to research online before buying offline. They’re typing their problems or needs into the search engine of their choice and are researching the companies that appear for those queries. If you don’t have a Web presence, there’s no chance of you showing up and you never even enter into their thought process. In 2011, you can’t afford to be invisible.
2. You help control your rankings.
While you can’t simply rattle off a list of search terms you want to be found for, you can use search engine optimization basics to help control where your site shows up and for which queries. By creating optimized content, building relevant links and creating a brand that customers want to engage with, you set yourself up as an authority in the eyes of the search engine and increase your chances of appearing for the right queries – the ones paying customers are using to find businesses just like yours. Creating an optimized website helps you to gain important visibility for the right terms.
3. You create another sales tool.
A website is a powerful sales tool and one that allows you to address your customers’ concerns, give them the information they need to make a decision and create compelling calls to action. Sure, you can keep placing ads in the Yellow Pages and hope that word-of-mouth generates on its own…or you can build something that inspires it to happen. Your website is your home turf where people can go to seek out trusted information about your company and engage with you on a more personal level. Use it to build confidence in your brand and to give customers important buying information (and incentives).
4. You build authority.
Though the Web has been around for some time, it’s true that you didn’t always need a website to find your audience. It was a lot easier to market via direct mailings, Yellow page ads and local word-of-mouth. However, today your website and your social presence are the factors that customers are looking for when they research a small business. They want to know that you’re stable enough to have a dedicated Web presence. That you’ll be around tomorrow should something go wrong. That they can get ahold of you when they need to. By creating a website, you set up shop on the Internet and show customers that this is where they can come to find information about you, to read articles that you’ve written and to learn more about your company. All of these things build authority. Without a website, you’re at a huge disadvantage as a small business owner trying to speak to your customers.
5. You build an email list.
Even if you hate the Web, you probably still like email. I bet you even collect emails from your customers by hand so that you can keep them up to date on what’s happening in-store. Having a website allows you to do all of that better because it makes it easier, faster and provides even more incentive for someone to sign up. Create a site that users can trust and then use it to build your email list. Along with your website, that list just may end up being one of your strongest sales tools.
Those are just five important reason for a small business owner to create a Web presence. Why do you have one? Or why don’t you have one?
Experts urge small business owners to “brand” their businesses with a logo and a set of consistent marketing materials. However, they rarely explain the reasons behind this advice. Below are some of some of the benefits of a professionally designed logo and identity system:
These benefits will boost your business and your confidence, so consider developing a logo and identity as soon as possible.
We all have a purpose for our lives, and as the founder and CEO, I humble myself and place this studio under God’s will for the purpose of helping Christian businesses (profit based) and ministries (cause based) become more effective so they in turn impact their followers and the world and lead them to the path of salvation with our Saviour Jesus Christ.
“Our vision and dream is to one day be able to make a difference in the world by helping those who are already making a difference by sharing and teaching the ways of our Lord”
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