Web Design: Google, Authorship, website color, SEO Strategy and more!

This edition of DTG's Web Design Update helps close out the year with some sage advice, and a look at some new developments in the web designer's world! Follow along :
[] The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets
[] Google Action Against Pregnancy Center Ads Stirs Confusion
[] 9 Simple Tips for Making Your Website Disability-Friendly
[] 7 Tips to Ensure Your SEO Strategy Supports Your Brand
[] In Google Authorship, the 'Who' Overtakes the 'Where'
[] The art and science of great website color selection
[] Five SEO Steps to Take Before Redesigning Your Site
.... and the continuing online world November 18, 2014

Share Calendars, Projects, Tasks with SmartDay Online, Sync To Devices

Seriously, too many businesses -- particularly creative businesses -- fail because of lack of management and coordination. This might just be the way to tie all the loose ends together to make a cohesive team in the field. Advertisers, Photographers, and any creative art that requires a team is game for this app! September 16, 2014

Marketing Update : Pro Bono Work, Marketing Videos, Experts and Top U.S. Buzz

Are your clients screaming for better marketing graphics? Do you think they know what effective graphics are? As the world of marketing gets more complicated, graphic designers need to keep right on top of every crook in the road ... literally

  • Why Doing Pro Bono Work is Good for Your Agency and How to Find the Right Match
  • Infographic : How Big Businesses Use Colors to Affect Your Emotions
  • Create Compelling Marketing Videos That Educate and Entertain
  • In the Content Marketing Kingdom, Third-Party Experts Rule
  • A Seven-Item Checklist for Measurable Marketing
  • Eight Ways to Rock Your Media Marketing
  • 2014 - Mid-Year Rankings: US Top Buzz
  • ... and more
September 9, 2014

Marketing Update : Facebook Ad Network, Best Bang for your Click and Postcards Marketing

Here we are in September, the opening of the biggest marketing season of the year, and if you haven't done your homework, then you're in trouble! You should already be working on your Valentine's promotions!
[*] Here's Why Facebook's New Ad Network Accelerates a Trend That's Transforming PR
[*] Which Marketing Channel Gives You the Most Bang for Your Click?
[*] Learn Why Direct Mail Is A Smart Choice For Any Business
[*] Fix These 5 Email Marketing Missteps Right Now
[*] Don't maintain your reputation; build it
[*] Marketing with postcards -- Parts 1 and 2
... and more September 2, 2014

Marketing Update : AdWords Etiquette, Content Skills, and do we really trust advertising?

Effective marketing comes in many different shrouds ... from content to comments, beware what you say, where you say it and who you say it to! It's all about trust and skills. Follow along as we dig deeper into end of summer marketing :
[*] Make Hidden Persuaders Work for You: Aroma, Music, Color, Font
[*] The 5 pillars of effective content marketing etiquette
[*] 5 Marketing Skills That Digital Journalists Will Need
[*] Google Goes All in on Mobile Apps With AdWords Updates
[*] Do Americans Trust Advertisements? by Ayaz Nanji
[*] How To Choose The Right Medium For Your Message
... and more August 26, 2014

Graphic Designers Ask : How much should I charge

This is probably on of the most frequently asked questions in the graphic design business. Everyone is looking for a silver bullet -- but there are no silver bullets. About ever five to ten years someone asks the question and I answer it. I've done so for almost 40+ years. They asked it again in the Design Cafe, so I provided this answer to "how much should I charge?" August 19, 2014

Marketing Update : End of Summer, on to big marketing season

We're almost through the summer "dog dazze" and now ramping up for the biggest marketing quarter for the year, pay attention :
[*] 6 strategies to assess if a bold new idea is worth the risk
[*] Priceline Seeks Results From Facebook as Google Wins Ads
[*] Media relations techniques that don't involve pitching
[*] 5 ways to build brand awareness through content
[*] 5 Little-known YouTube Features for Marketers
[*] Metrics That Matter
... and more August 19, 2014

Logo Builder for thousands of quick, profitable, quality logos

When I combined a sign and screen printing shop as part of the graphic arts production facility, there was a steady stream of clients needing quick, good looking graphics very cheap. What do you do? We were competing with traditional sign shops on price and turn around. There's no time for a company profile design statement interview. He needs 40 styrene, screen printed shelf-talkers by Thursday at 7am, and today is Tuesday. What do you do? July 16, 2014

Web Design: New Tlds, domain Landrush, Conversion Rates, WhatsApp, Teen Usage Stats, Google Encrypt, Bloggers Block and more

Spring comes, and we all get lazy! But this is no time to let up on your learning or web design . . . follow along this issue of Web Update :
[*] New Internet Domain Extensions: Don't Get Blinded by the Sunrise or Run Over by the Landrush
[*] Study: Search Campaigns Earn Double Conversion & Revenue Rates When Integrated With Social
[*] WhatsApp by the Numbers: Where It's Popular; Teen Usage Stats
[*] Take these steps toward an effective landing page
[*] Google May Push Sites to Use Encryption
[*] 26 Tips for Overcoming Bloggers Block
[*] The Year of the Social SMB
.... and the continuing online world May 14, 2014

Ask Ted: Is my price to high?

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. In this edition, Ted's client asks if he's charged too much in a proposal -- Ted asks the right questions to lead his client to a happy solution
      Ted now relates the conversations . . . May 12, 2014