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5 Tips for Building a Strong Brand for Your Small Business

5 Tips for Building a Strong Brand for Your Small Business

Branding is a critical aspect of any business, as it helps differentiate you from your competitors and communicates your unique value proposition to customers. While some of the biggest brands in the world, such as Nike, Harley Davidson, and Starbucks, have massive marketing budgets, effective branding is possible for businesses of all sizes. Here are five tips for building a strong brand that resonates with your clients.

7 Tips For A Mid-Year Brand And Marketing Checkup

7 Tips For A Mid-Year Brand And Marketing Checkup

As we approach the halfway point of the year, now is the perfect time to take a step back and evaluate the effectiveness of your brand and marketing strategy. It’s a good idea to do a mid-year checkup to ensure you’re on track to meet your goals and make any necessary adjustments before it’s too late.

The Changing Relationship Between In-House and Outside Agencies

The Changing Relationship Between In-House and Outside Agencies

In recent years, there has been a shift in power in the creative industry regarding who “owns” brand and creative work in corporate America. In-house creative teams have emerged as important players, producing some of the best creative work in design, advertising, photography, and video. This shift has led to corporations leveraging their in-house talent more than ever, with in-house teams taking on the responsibility of managing outside agency relationships.

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Do You Need To Rebrand Your Business?

Do You Need To Rebrand Your Business?

Business owners are more in tune with the principals of branding than ever before, some spending millions of dollars to brand or rebrand, depending on where they’re at in the business lifecycle. A brand represents everything about an organization, from its market position to company culture.

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Why You Need To Conduct A Design Audit

Why You Need To Conduct A Design Audit

We all understand how important brands can be.  There are brands that signify all over the world.  Nike.  Harley Davidson.  Starbucks.  These are companies that are more than just the products they sell.  They’re lifestyles.  They’re statements, both about the company...

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How Much Does Branding Cost?

How Much Does Branding Cost?

If you ask around for quotes on branding projects, you will get fees ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000 and even higher, and this often is just for design work. You might find a freelance designer online who says they can do it for less than $500, and you can even get a logo for as low as $5 on fiver.com. The real price of branding though, is not doing anything consistently.

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The Changing Relationship Between In-House and Outside Agencies

3 Career Paths: Agency, Freelance or In-House?

As a design professional with almost 25 years of experience, I have worked in various roles, including as a freelancer, in-house creative services leader, creative director, and educator. There are three career paths available to creative – agency, freelance, and in-house – and choosing which one is right for you depends on four factors: stability, money, advancement, and passion.

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