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What are you looking for in a advertising agency? Do you want that firm to have cachet with dozens of people to work on your projects? Does using an agency make the outcome look like you wanted? Let’s talk about retainers. What are the reasons for retaining an agency? One reason for using retainers is access, with the monthly billing you are setting aside time for that agency to work for you. If you’re marketing goals are not clearly defined and set in stone that billing could be going to projects that are not on track. Maybe there is a better way to get agency services without retainers and high overhead. Proforma GIS has the in house agency services.

Hire Proforma GIS

Proforma GIS is an independent marketing resource. Agencies have a lot of resources on staff and need to pay for all of the overhead. Proforma’s in house agency works on a different paradigm. Our Virginia based studio has account managers, designers and developers that handle the day to day production. Where Proforma keeps the overhead down is our extensive resources of freelance designers and developers our supplier partners that support the production side of delivering the tangible commercial printing, promotional products and digital media.

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Can you also do this advertising agency work in house? Yes, depending on the amount of work and what your brand’s story is and what are the deliverables to engage your audience. The process of managing multiple suppliers, diverse products and tight deadlines make having a partner that can carry the load might make sense. Look to Proforma GIS to partner with you and your in house staff to build the most cost effective team.

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Branding: being significant

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Branding is a complete system for communicating a company’s unique message. Originally it was a mark – or a logo. Ranchers branded their cattle with the ranch logo so it would be easy to identify them. That is the key “easy to identify”. A brand is the promise the big idea the Reputation all brought together with emotional connections about the product services.
Depending on the size of the business typically is how their brand is looked at by both clients and owners. Smaller business trade on referrals or strong relationships and visual branding is not as focused on. This is where developing a brand can help push your business to the top of mind when clients have a need. Branding is the visual reference that connects all of the value your business brings to you customers and clients. This along with your unique value that can bring clients based on an overall feel of how your business helps them.
All the touch points: Logo, identity System, Print, web media & signs are where your image needs to consistent and show the same values that you bring to your clients. With the right visuals and design elements along with photographs perception can become reality.
When looking to have your logo designed a good designer will want to understand your business. What does your customer service, product and product quality look like? How do the employees meet customer’s expectations? What is unique and compelling about your business? This and much more goes into the logo and identity design.
Once the designer has a clear understanding of the business environment and how they bring products and services to the market then designs can be produced. Typically the designer will produce 6 to 12 versions with color options. The deign must take into consideration the different media the logo will be used on. Many designers make this pretty full color picture that can only be printed on a full sheet of paper. That type of logo is not very effective in communicating your brand. Logo needs to be able to print in one color and even black and white. Also it need to be able to fit on promotional products and be able to produce at the lowest cost. Be careful of a landscape and portrait version. That will dilute the brand.

Proforma Helps Printed Products Carry Strong Brand Messaging

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Proforma print management can streamline your purchasing and reduce overhead costs.

Whether it’s a catalog introducing a new product line, a magazine to reach a specific audience or a marketing or direct mail piece, print is still a strong component of any marketing mix. There are many advantages to creating marketing campaigns that carry brand identity and positioning on all supporting materials. From branded promotional products to printed collateral, the choices are endless to creating the ultimate strategy to stay top-of-mind with customers.

Two key elements to every marketing campaign are message and design, but the quality of the accompanying product, giveaway or promotional piece can make a long lasting impression with your audience. According to Sageworks, “Sales growth has been fairly constant over the past five years at somewhere between 3 and 5 percent, for printed materials thus showing that the industry is still growing its revenue.” The power of print marketing is reflected in nearly everything we touch and see, whether it’s a business card, billboard, flyer or a wall calendar. Print increases the visibility of businesses and organizations and provides instantaneous engagement and recognition.

Creative Brainstorming Sessions Create Infinite Possibilities

Creative Brainstorming Sessions Create Infinite Possibilities

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5 Tips for Brainstorming Success

Getting creative isn’t always easy, especially when you’re trying to force the innovative ideas to come. As difficult brainstorming may be, there is always going to be a need for developing creative ideas. When the time comes again that you’re required to ‘get creative’ don’t just stare at that blank piece of paper, follow these quick tips to get the creative juices flowing so you can brainstorm a brilliant idea.

Write it down. No matter how corny, silly or plain stupid you think the idea might be, writing those flops down will help lead you down the path to a better idea. Plus, it’ll help you keep track of what you’ve already ruled out, and leave a nice drawing board for your next brainstorming session.

Google it. In those instances when you have no clue where to start, it helps to look at what others have done in the past. Be careful not to outright take their ideas, but gaining some inspiration from others’ success and understanding the best direction to go is always a great start.

Sleep on it. You may not always have time for this, but some of your greatest ideas probably come when you’re away from your desk, focusing on something completely different. Once you feel you’re hitting a wall with creativity, take a step back and work on something else. Check back in later once you are refreshed and can focus.

Start with what you like. It’s hard to get enthusiastic for something you don’t care about. If you’re having a hard time getting excited about your ideas, try thinking of what inspires you, what catches your attention and what you enjoy most. This way of thinking will help lead you down a more exciting and creative path.

Try it out. Once you’ve been working on a creative project for a while, ideas may start to blend together. Keep your project on track by bouncing ideas off a few team members. See what works, what doesn’t and what seems to garner the most positive responses. Although their feedback is great, it’s important to remember that your coworkers do not represent your entire audience!

Developing creative ideas does not have to be a painful endeavor. By following these tips, you’ll have those creative juices flowing in no time.

If you are interested in any of these ideas and products, contact me for more information.

Web Engagement

85% of adults use the internet to research products and services. The internet is the place to highlight your products and services. But, there are a lot of businesses doing the same thing. It is crowded and confused place for consumers. Getting your message out and engaging prospects to move them along the process from prospects to clients is key. This is where web engagement comes into play. Your website is a place for information about your business. It should have call to action in a way that compels visitors to connect with you. The next part of web engagement is to draw customer in. The goal of web engagement is to engage your clients through multiple online avenues. Social media campaigns and having robust content on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google+ is a portion of engaging. Targeting the right audience that generated qualified leads will build brand recognition.
Search engine optimization SEO brings prospects to your site. Social media and blogging leads the conversation online with your buyers. It keeps a pulse on what your clients are saying and will influence their buying decisions. Email auto responders allow you to engage immediately with clients and answer their question and sending them to a landing page for more information. Email marketing sends information directly to prospects and leads the conversation about your products and services. Quality vendors will supply reporting of how the engagement is working. Ranking reports and traffic are part of the tools. The web engagement toolbox will allow you to manage and adjust the type and amount of campaigns and how effective they are.
Web engagement is not search engine optimization; SEO is one part of engaging prospects online. Proforma works with clients to understand their marketing needs; assessing the type of products and services and client buying behaviors. Only after the full picture is understood then Proforma will make recommendations.
Proforma GIS works with clients on full service Search Marketing Integration. There is so much to do branding your business on the web. Contact Proforma today to build a comprehensive program that will drive business and you will sit back and relax!