Nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
Nostalgia is a powerful marketing tool to have in your arsenal. Everyone experiences this emotion not just those of older generations. People like to think back on happier times or times of togetherness when they shared a memorable experience with others. Sometimes this can involve a couple of people while other times it can involve a whole country. For example, think about how England celebrated the recent royal wedding with such joy and pomp. That will be remembered by those who witnessed it for their entire lives. They will tell their grandchildren about it for years to come. The main thing to remember with nostalgia is that is stirs up positive warm fuzzy feelings of connection. When utilizing this in your marketing, you can connect your brand to those feelings. People act upon those emotions which will hopefully lead to a purchase and loyalty if you play your cards right.
Creative design is always morphing as the years progress, world events occur to abruptly shift perspectives, and audiences continue to evolve with their own unique interests and values. Those who work in the digital creative space tend to have an especially keen sense of these changing moods and have the skill to capture the abstract whims and desires people gravitate toward. In 2023, we are seeing an overwhelming shift into the fantastical, into otherness, but there is also a keen desire emerging for groundedness and of feeling connected to the world and planet around us. With this in mind, check out the 7 creative design trends to follow that are capturing the mood of marketing in 2023.
Branding is at the heart and core of every business. Your brand tells your story, tells people who you are, and what you care about. Without it, no one will be able to relate or care about your business. Consumers vote with their dollars and more and more – their hearts. You must be relatable and give people something to cling to. That is where your branding comes in. From the colors you choose to the fonts you display, it is important to create a consistent identity, so that when people see an advertisement or post, there is no doubt who originated it. You want to be recognizable, likable, and memorable. Take a look at the infographic to help get you started on the basic building blocks of branding for your business.
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Graphic design trends shift with the mood of pop culture. According to top designers across the world, fantastical and bizarre is in for the year 2023. Perhaps it reflects the desire to escape the serious happenings and wars going on around the world or the hope to escape the daily stress of inflation that presses on the necks of many Americans and other peoples around the world. Whatever the reason, this year is sure to bring futuristic mixed with retro, fantastical mixed with blunt reality. The only rule to design this year is that there are no rules. Take a moment to check out the wild and creative graphic design trends expected to fill the coming year.
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Every piece of marketing begins and ends with content. I cannot stress enough how important it is to spend your time and resources to produce good content. If your content is terrible or built for the entirely wrong audience your ad spend is focused on, you have completely wasted your time, energy, and resources. Hear me. You must get this part of the process right if you want anything downstream to succeed.
Maybe you’re not sure how your content rates. If you do your marketing in-house, please get a professional opinion. This doesn’t always have to cost a lot of money. Take advantage of your network. It can be as simple as buying that professional marketing friend of a friend lunch to pick their brain and show them a few of your pieces. It is imperative that you are actively auditing your content and more importantly, correctly serving the proper marketing content to the proper audience on the proper platform. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be sure you avoid common content marketing mistakes.
Smart marketing tips and tricks can save a small business’s life. You don’t have to be a millionaire to do it well, you just need to make sure that whatever you can do is the best that you can make it. Remember that Arthur Ashe quote?
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Don’t focus on everything you can’t do. Focus on what you can do. Not everyone has a big marketing budget, so here are some smart marketing tips and tricks to make the most out of what you have.
Does your branding need a bit of a refresh? The simplest way that makes an extraordinary difference is updating your font. Did you know 90% of design is in typography? The font not only communicates the basic, cold hard facts and information of your business, but it also expresses the feeling or personality of your business – or can – if done properly. Think of Coca-Cola with its flowing old-time script depicting its history and old reliable essence or Google with its colorful simple script communicating a simplistic yet creative understanding. There is more to typography than meets the eye. It meets the heart – if used properly. Never forget how much it can communicate or forget that people, more and more, choose brands they personally connect with. Choose wisely. Be intentional. Tell your story.
Now that we are in the midst of the holiday season, check out these holidays trends and marketing tips to make sure your business is taking every advantage of the latest strategies to be sure you get your piece of the pumpkin pie. With the pandemic in 2020, last year revealed how much shopping trends can shift. 2021 is expected to reflect last year’s trends, so warm up those content-creating fingers! Now is certainly not the time to slack on social media but to focus more than ever since more than 40% of Millenials and 50% of Gen Zers report looking to social media for holiday ads and influencer opinions to get their attention. Often enough, they aren’t making the purchase from social media, but the inspiration comes from what is seen on social media so don’t think it’s a waste of marketing dollars. Check out the stats, holiday trends and marketing tips to make sure you put your holiday marketing budget to good use and get the most out of the holiday shopping.
Do you want to know the perfect recipe for tasty & effective training content? You may read that and immediately want to hit the snooze, but hold that thought! Believe it or not, your employees greatly desire to engage in continuing education. By providing continuing ed, you not only are gaining further skills from your workforce, but you are showing them that you care about their individual career, skillset, and value they have on your company. This is huge! Engage your team and they will feel appreciated. They will stay. Believe it or not, this kind of investment pays ongoing dividends because you will have less turnover because you are investing in your workforce which increases employee buy-in. they will feel valued, and in turn work harder for you and build loyalty to the business, so don’t pass by this. Make the effort to put on effective and engaging continuing education training. Spend the money, bring in the experts, and watch your workforce thrive. Check the recipe for tasty & effective training content below and more ways you can improve employee production and retention here.
Do you ever wonder what the habits of highly successful people are? What is it that they do that makes them so productive, creative, and seemingly infallible? It seems that a pattern does emerge, and what is great about it is that it’s not that complicated. Every day folks like you and me can easily integrate these simple principles into our daily, weekly, and yearly routines. Dedication is the real theme. Dedication to doing what you’ve set your mind out to do. Take a look below and check out the lifestyle habits of highly successful people through the years. If you need a little nudge to help you get going, check out James Clear’s book, “Atomic Habits.” It may be exactly what you need to get started living your most successful life.