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5 Mistakes Business Owners Make, when Considering a New Website

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

With a few years of building websites for small-to-medium size business behind me, I’ve made some observations regarding critical thought process gone awry, severely hampering the project and the resulting satisfaction of the client.

1. Having the position that your website is an all-inclusive marketing strategy.

Sometimes I feel like clients starting a website project think it’s going to ‘rain customers’ once they get their site up, and they won’t have to do any other marketing. The internet is a great tool in your marketing and promotional toolbox. But it should not be your only tool.

Sure, there’s Google. And there’s people out their searching for your products and services at this very moment. Part of your strategy should be to isolate and attract those people. But it shouldn’t be your entire strategy. (more…)

Anatomy of a Business Identity (Pt. 2 of 3)

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Making Your Mark: The Psychology of your Company’s Identity

In the previous installment of this series, (Part 1 of 3), I talked about the different individual parts of a business identity. When those parts are used effectively, they can form a strong basis of the visual part of your company’s branding.

Consider the inset diagram. (A) Represents the chosen name for your company. (B) Is the visual representation of your company, including the Logo-Type and the Logo-Mark. Identity-diagram.gif(C) Represents something we’re not going to go into much in this article: The overall perception of your products and/or services – which is the heart of your company’s brand. (In this article we’re specifically focusing on the Visual Identity of a company, so we’ll steer clear of the bigger subject that is your company’s comprehensive brand.) (more…)

Anatomy of a Business Identity (Pt. 1 of 3)

Monday, March 31st, 2008

What you call your “Logo”, is probably much more than that.

When talking about a company or organization’s identity business owners, graphic designers, marketing professionals (and non-professionals alike) use words such as “Logo”, “Trademark”, “Font” and “Brand”. Often, these terms are used interchangeably and inaccurately. In this article, I plan to outline my understanding of a corporate identity dissection, and offer clarification on the anatomy of a business identity, using industry-professional vocabulary. After reading this article, you’ll be spouting proper design and marketing rhetoric when talking about the graphical look of your company.

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