• 06.24.16

The Growth of Atlanta’s Startup Scene

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Atlanta’s startup revolution is on the heels of other cities like San Francisco and New York, and it’s projected to grow substantially by the end of 2016. So why do some cities make for a better startup launch pad than others? This presentation discusses the 5 key ingredients that make up a perfect ecosystem in which a startup will not only survive, but thrive. While factors such as funding and talent are obvious, it may be surprising just how much culture and area demographics play a role. Check out the presentation below.

  • 06.23.16

Using Brainstorm Distractions to Your Advantage


If you’re the type of person that prefers to get work done amidst the atmosphere of a busy coffee shop rather than in sequestered silence, there may be a scientific reason why. New research out of Northwestern University has found that even when told to ignore a certain cue, study participants still had a difficult time focusing on only one stimulus. There was a direct correlation to the degree in which “creative” participants identified themselves and the amount of distraction reported during the task, illustrating that creative types such as artists or dancers may be more inclined than others to juggle several different thoughts simultaneously. This doesn’t always prove to negatively affect work productivity, and may actually help spark a brand new creative idea, especially during the early concepting stages of a project. The article goes into further detail about how to make the most of having a “leaky attention,” as well as how to harness it during crunch time.

Check out the full article from 99u

  • 06.22.16

The Transaction vs. The Relationship


Think about your most recent purchase. Was your journey to making a decision linear? Did you complete every step before moving on to the next without returning to any previous steps? The answer is probably not. This tongue-in-cheek cartoonist editorializes the misconception of CDJs and sheds a critical light on the (outdated?) linear CDJ.

 Read the full article at Marketoonist.com here

  • 06.21.16

Should You Talk to Customers About Pricing?


Pricing: a social, psychological and economic roller coaster, according to this Medium article. You can’t buy the first product offered because it won’t be the best. You can’t buy the most expensive because they’re swindling you. What other pricing myths do customers innately believe? Why? This thought piece grapples with offering pricing options that turn a profit but also feel believable and trustworthy to customers.

Check out the full article at Medium

  • 06.20.16

Are You Annoying Your Customers?


By now it’s no secret to marketers that customers want and expect personalized communication. Still, there’s a difference between knowing the importance of personalization and being able to execute it effectively. 70% of the emails a consumer receives on any given day are from a brand trying to sell a product. However, the majority of people still cite email as their top preferred method of communication with a brand. So how can you make sure your content stands out? Learn how to make customers feel special, speak their language, and most importantly, give them something in return.

Read the article here

  • 06.17.16

A First Look at Instagram’s New Analytics


Brands will soon be given more insight into the audience demographics of the users that engage with their Instagram content. New and improved business profiles will be launching in the coming months. The new business dashboard will provide valuable information about followers’ online habits, including location, gender, and age, as well as individual post analytics such as impressions and clicks. The project is still in the testing phase and exact timing is TBD, but this is sure to give brands a better understanding of their Instagram audience. As a result, we will likely see more advanced targeting options become available for Instagram advertising.

Check it out at Later.com

  • 06.16.16

How to Take Design Feedback


Receiving feedback, though often necessary during the creative process, isn’t always easy. Ask any designer or copywriter about a time they received some tough love on work they were really proud of and they’ll likely cringe just thinking about it. At its core, feedback shouldn’t be viewed as negative, especially when its purpose is to make your project or design better. As this article states, it matters more how you receive and interpret feedback than how it’s delivered. Included are several tips for making feedback a positive experience during your next creative presentation.

Read the full article from Invision here

  • 06.15.16

The Age of the Icon



Icons are ever-present, but that’s not new to digital design. The world turned to iconography when globalization saw international travelers confused by the local language. We’re still studying the impact of icons on the user experience, and a review of what we know helps shape what questions we should be asking.

Check out the article from Fast Company here

  • 06.14.16

Google Continues Anti-Flash Quest


Marketers and advertisers alike have seen the writing on the wall for some time now, but it’s finally official: Google has announced that it will disable the use of Flash on Chrome by the end of this year. Why all the hate for Flash? It’s less secure and more glitchy than HTML5, which will become the standard default on Chrome. Major platforms like YouTube, Amazon, and Facebook still utilize Flash in some capacity, and will have to make the transition within the next calendar year.

Check out the article from Consumerist here

  • 06.13.16

A Look at Instagram’s New Design



Whenever a change is made to a beloved social networking app, it’s met with both love and vitriol. The original Instagram app icon was recognizable and had barely changed over the years, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t change. Fast Company’s article shows the evolution and explains why Instagram needed to modernize all of its applications in a single style.

Check out the article from Fast Company

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