Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

In this new section of my blog, I will review high quality, ethical and cruelty free products that are not tested on animals. Also, I will try and review vegan cosmetics products and those produced from recycled or upcycled materials. I am talking about mostly cosmetics and skin care products, but also ethical fashion, shoes…

John Lewis Christmas Ads Are The Marmite of Advertising

John Lewis Christmas Ads are the Marmite of Advertising

Every year, British department store John Lewis releases a Christmas ad that puts all other schmaltzy Christmas ads to shame. Although these ads are like the Marmite of advertising. One portion of the audience will fall deeply in love with them and the other half 'won't be having any of that Christmas crap, thank you…

Six Words To Use In Business Meetings That You've Never Heard Before

Six Words To Use In Business Meetings That You’ve Never Heard Before

These words are brilliantly archaic and devilishly cheeky. They should be employed in those workday moments when you want to have a good laugh. Or if you simply want to shoot the breeze and have a more interesting water-cooler conversation. Pedeconferencing Pedeconferencing is the sensation of holding a meeting while on the move, with coffee in hand…

Free Storytelling Tool Demonstrates Game of Thrones Map

Geo-located map apps are fun to make and fun for the audience to engage with. These storytelling tools have huge potential when the story is map-based. StoryMap can implement multimedia, text and interactivity along with location relevance. StoryMapJS is the brainchild of Northerwestern Univeristy Knight Lab and is a digital storyteller's dream. To demonstrate it's…

Content Is Big Business, The Challenge Is Knowing Who Can Create It

Content Is Big Business, The Challenge Is Knowing Who Can Create It

A key take-away at this year's Digital Cream in Sydney was about content. It's the buzzword of the past few years in digital marketing circles. The hunger for content pervades every business and it outpaces agencies' ability to create it. Key Take-away: The Challenge of Sourcing Commercial Content In order to meet demand for content, many…

Design Elements for Print and Web: A Newbie's Guide Part 2

Design Elements for Print and Web: A Newbie’s Guide Part 2

In part one, we explored the differences between CMYK and RGB along with what resolution and pixels are. In part two, we will delve a little bit deeper into design elements and unravel what file types you should be using for print and for web design. We hope you are enjoying the series. Graphic File…

Design Elements for Print and Web: A Newbie's Guide Part 1

Design Elements for Print and Web: A Newbie’s Guide Part 1

Web Design and Print Design have historically become uncomfortable bed fellows. Although they jostle and seem at odds with one another, the two are inextricably connected. Master both of them and your business has the world as its proverbial oyster. So here are some juicy tid-bits to sink your teeth into. Join us as we…

Pitching Part 2: Five Components of An Irresistible Pitch

Pitching Part 2: Five Components of An Irresistible Pitch

Last week I looked at how to console yourself when a pitch gets rejected by an editor. This week, I present the salve and solution. There are five components of a good pitch that will turn rejections into successes. 1. The Hook 2. The Pitch 3. The Body 4. The Credentials 5. The Close The Hook…

The Origins of Flat Digital Design

Flat Digital Design: The Present and Future

When Ferdinand Magellan discovered through exploration that the world was spherical not flat in the middle ages, it was considered laughable at the time. Although (surprise, surprise) humans regularly circumnavigate the globe without falling off the edge into a dark abyss. So here's another idea, albeit a slightly less revolutionary one – that the digital…

Pitching Part 1:How to Stop Bitching About Pitching

While the entire world may be living online now, there is still high esteem accorded to print publications. Even in the digital age, print magazines still carry some weight. However to get into the hallowed pages of a glossy magazine, (or for that matter an incredibly popular blog) you need to be prepared. If you have…

Six Ways To Sweat Your Content Marketing Assets

How do you make sure that your investment in copy pays dividends in the coming years, without further time and money spent? The answer lays in how you approach the content and whether or not it's flexible enough to do gymnastics for you. Ask yourself is it malleable, flexible and reusable? Here are some ways…

Australian Versus UK Versus US Content Marketing

  Australian Versus UK Versus US Content Marketing

Content marketing is booming! It was one of the big buzz words for 2012 and this has carried forth into 2014 and beyond. Although for all of the hullabaloo, is it really worth the effort? Is it actually working for Aussie businesses? And if not, then what can you do to vamp up your content…

Ten Marketing Hacks for Creating Dynamite E-newsletters

Ten Marketing Hacks for Creating Dynamite E-newsletters

Email marketing has long been overlooked or written off as a primary way of communicating with one's target audience. With the advent of incredibly thorough email sorting algorithms in gmail and other email clients, it has become increasingly harder for marketers to reach their audience through email. Although all is not lost. There are ways…

Eight Principles of Emotive Graphic Design To Improve Your Website

Emotive graphic design and copywriting are a wonderful combination that grabs your attention and grabs in your chest, where you feel something. It's authentic and should be only type of graphic design that you ever attempt. When you reach an error 404 page and there's a cute picture and anwitty and irreverent one-liner that guides…

Twelve Ways That Some Websites Alienate Users

Twelve Ways That Some Websites Alienate Users

There are plenty of reasons why one website will achieve high click through rates (CTRs) and another will fail in getting much traffic at all. If you have in place an air-tight search marketing campaign and engaging copy, then the next step is to do a thorough assessment of your website and its usability, to…

23 Essentials for a Kick Ass Content Marketing Strategy

Content strategy is made up of several different stages. The most obvious and well-known part of the cycle is content creation. Although there's a lot more to successful content strategy than this. These are analysis, taxonomy and audit, workflow reviews and distribution parts too. In this article we will be considering each individually and gaining…

Six Tips For Tailoring Your Blog To Local Search http://wp.me/p41CQf-8J

Six Tips For Tailoring Your Blog To Local Search

  In a global landscape, many smaller businesses get lost amongst all of the competing voices. Rather than focus on the gargantuan global picture, in many cases it's a lot more effective to focus on the local. Here's a couple of ways to target the local community in your posts. 1. Create A Geo-Location Strategy…

Four Concerning Marketing Trends to Watch in 2014

Trend 1: A Lack of Direction From Ad Agencies According to online marketing gurus eConsultancy, there's a big yawning gap between a coordinated marketing efforts and results. A report recently issued by the Australian Cross Channel Marketing Report showed of 200 businesses surveyed, 57% felt that ad agencies lacked a clear online marketing strategy. According…

How to Craft ‘All Killer No Filler’ Headlines

Paint by Numbers Using numbers in headlines like top tens, has become a booming trend. Headlines with numbers in them denote purpose to the article, and everybody loves a countdown! Perhaps it brings to mind the good old days of the MTV top thirty? Numbers are easy on the eye because they denote a defined…

Content Marketing Catnip: Getting Ideas to Spread

Every business is setting up a blog nowadays. You either need to get on the bandwagon, or feel its wheels rolling over the top of you. A 2012 survey of Australian marketers by CMI, concluded that of the 96% of Australian marketers who used content marketing; only 29% thought this was effective. The challenge for these…