Logo Design

Hi everyone! Here are a couple of funky collages containing recent logo work developed for Blox/Blox. Communications. Which is your favorite? What type of imagery would you like to see? Colours?

 

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Hub Concept

Hi everyone! This post applies mainly to web design. Find fortitude in your layout and structure using the Hub Concept.

The Hub Concept is a compositional structure that creates an effective visual centre of information. By strategically composing numerous content and design elements in a way that reflects the brand’s motives, viewers can become a part of a total, encompassing experience. At VanWhistle Media, this concept was used to develop the website of a long-term customer, 360 Integrative Medical Centre. Their modern facility approach focuses on providing customers with an immersive centre of services, so it made obvious sense to parallel  their mission by ensuring the structure of their website was also an effective visual centre of information. When used alongside the 3-click rule, The Hub Concept can decrease bounce rate and increase viewer satisfaction.

The Hub Concept can be applied to other areas of digital marketing, for example  banner design or social media post formats. Do you have other examples of this idea put to work?

Let’s hear about it! 

 

 

Digital Presence

Hi everyone! Let’s get right to it!

Digital  presence. As marketers, we want to talk about it. We want our clients to be aware, so they can be responsible for their own success. We want to give them a model to follow so that they can apply their ideas, optimize process and make streamlined business decisions more effectively. One way to understand how this can work, is to follow a simple model that outlines four core digital marketing services + concepts, working alongside a digital marketing strategy (Digital Presence Business Model).

Here’s a brief synopsis –

The Digital Presence Business Model simplifies the functionality of four core digital marketing services. When I developed this model for VanWhistle Media, the four core services used were – web development, social media management, SEO and branding. Following another model I created called Simpler & Larger, we pair the services to their concepts as a reminder of what should be the primary focus. Simpler & Larger is the basic idea that work should be easily understood and done, so that the business can consider a greater capacity. The harmony between concept and functionality makes it easy to apply the services each step of the way. And used together, the services become intact, stable and strong. Your brand’s core attributes will become more refined and you will begin to see fluidity and consistency throughout your total business approach.

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The 4 core services and their core concepts are:

  1. Web Development – IDENTITY (analytical, logical, objective)
  2. Social Media Management – IMAGE (intuitive, thoughtful, subjective)
  3. Branding – CORE (central, definite, overall)
  4. Search Engine Optimization – BRAIN (forward thinking, capacity, evolution)

My ultimate goal would be to develop this model into something specifically geared towards social media marketing. I would like to perform an analysis on whether or not social media could be used as a tool to establish brand identity and equalize the impressions we create based on our personalities and emotional predispositions. This is in development, but if you would like to hear more about it let me know!

Brand Names

Hi everyone! Branding is about consistency. Consistency in the words and language used to describe what you sell and what you do. If we can make personal connections with our messaging and communication, you will do better. Trust me!

If your brand delivers quality products and/or services, creates exceptional digital exposure and aligns with your customers’ values, then we will begin to associate your brand with positive emotions.

Wow, this website shows their products in a sensible order / the product descriptions are detailed and personalized / this makes me think of the wool bucket hats my Grandmother used to make in every colour / I want to contact the store tomorrow to see if they have this hat in stock and so on and so forth — the buyer’s process is attentive. But what about resolute?

Timing differs from various perspectives. In marketing sales, process and planning may not always be aligned. We need to find ways to guarantee customer conversion, but how can this be done?

Like a beautiful calico print t-shirt you wore when you were thirteen or like a rain splattered window you peered out of on your way home from piano lessons, you developed their brand in the same way you developed your thought processes as a child. Hup 2 3 4, hup 2 3 4 and so on and so forth.

For example, we make the same, dedicated  connections when observing a special life experience. This can be observed through products and services. We recall brand names and in the long-term, we remember who you are for what you produce. Then, the name you have chosen to attach to your products and/or services will become synonymous and eventually engrained in history.

This is the importance of material and conceptual brand development — once we can automatically associate your brand name with positive emotions, we become your friend for life!

Sensory Marketing

Hi everyone! Do you think about what you’re doing when you dive into a pool? Most of us are probably counting down or counting in (up people). Let’s explore sensory marketing!

Per @AlisteMarketing, sensory marketing is when we use our senses to sell products. It is a form of marketing that influences our perception of brands using multi-sensory experiences to establish positive emotional connections. 

For example, in web development and social media management you can combine the idea of audial, visual and tactile cues (think of ‘3D forms’ that impart tangibility and distinctive qualities to your content and design) to produce a highly memorable experience. This will help build anticipation (an idea) of the service and/or product you are representing.

I say idea because the future of branding will remove all literal association. It won’t be required in our digital age. With the concept and on the other end, a way to serve it up, born is a style of marketing that encroaches everything. This won’t be fear based or avoided by the mainstream. Marketers will simply use the most base and recognized forms of digitization to attract a target audience.

So to expand, our senses make it REAL. As in, AI. A sense is a cue to uncover a more elaborate idea. For example, I smell cinnamon.  I am now picturing Cinnabon. Drive by. What’s more powerful? Seeing a Cinnabon sign or smelling their cinnamon buns? Our senses tell us what we want and what we don’t want.

Again, this is attached to our personal experience. What we didn’t have growing up. What we had too much of as a child. The ultimate irony with sensory marketing is that it removes attachment to the branding experience, but we still invest in the product! This is ubiquity — there; not based on need, but desire.

Sensational Language

Hi everyone! What you see is what you get. 

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Design will always suggest a certain power. As marketers, attempt to incite wonder and change. Use words, use language. Have us look, have us see. Sensational marketing. What would it be?