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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Jun 24, 2015 1:45:00 PM

The 5 Aspects of a Strategic Inbound Marketing Campaign

Inbound marketing is often passed over in favor of traditional marketing because it seems too complex or involving too much time. But in most cases it's is more cost-effective, measurable, and successful… when done correctly.

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Tags: marketing / marketing ecosystem / Internet marketing / measurement / brand messaging / content creation / inbound marketing
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Jun 23, 2015 8:24:24 AM

Rebranding Leads to Sales

Our staff has marveled at just how frequently the companies for whom we have provided brand strategy, visual branding and website redesign, have been purchased by larger companies not long afterward.

Soon after we provided branding and web design for our client, Predilytics, a predictive analytics company, they successfully sold their company to Welltok, Inc.

Again, shortly after creating a comprehensive rebrand and launching a new identity for Unica Corporation, they successfully sold to IBM. At about the same time, our client, Netezza, was also sold to IBM. There was also Coley Pharmaceuticals and Targanta Therapeutics; these are but a few client transactions that have happened not long after our collaborations were completed.

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Tags: client relationships / branding / Adobe / brand / mergers & acquisitions
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Jun 9, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Five Tips for a Smooth Website Project

What can cause a web design project to go over budget or off schedule? This question is often asked of web firms. Similarly, client's ask, "What can we do to ensure success with our website project?"

Good news, bad news: this is not rocket science. In design, success is often subjective. Reigning in subjectivity is where we can realize economies, both in money and in time. To that end, the following recommendations apply to a majority of website projects, regardless of industry and irrespective of intentions.

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Tags: web development / web design / responsive design / rebranding / website / design and business / Web Design Strategy
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Jun 2, 2015 8:25:00 AM

Is Removing Top Navigation a Web Trend to Avoid?

For the most part, I'd answer yes, but at the same time, it may be inevitable.

By the time a web design trend is recognized as such, it is a fait accompli, and practically all new sites begin to look the same. Take a look at the most recent web trends such as Parallax scrolling, long scrolling pages, use of icons, full bleed images, infographics and the list goes on.

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Tags: information architecture / SEO / user experience / mobile / design / design trends / responsive design / navigation / trends / mobile web / analytics
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on May 19, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Do People Read Long, Scrolling Web Pages?

Mobility has rendered the long scrolling web page the design standard for modern websites. But does it work? By work I mean does it provide a good user experience for your visitors and do people actually scroll down to that 3rd, 4th, 5th panel and beyond? Even as someone that is creating scrolling sites, I've had a gut feeling that few visitors venture "beneath the fold," just as few Google visitors venture past page one of Search results. So I did a little research to either support my instincts or cause me to reflect on my dinosaur delusions.

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Tags: web design / user experience / design / design trends / Web Design Strategy
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