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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Feb 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Web Design Trends: Personalization, Illustration and Explainer Videos Rock!

Are you struck by the homogeneity of today's long, scrolling web pages with full-bleed stock images and bold headlines?  While this mobile-driven trend is here to stay, there is good news for marketers looking for the next new thing. There's a growing trend of using illustration and hand drawn imagery in addition to, and in some cases, instead of stock photography.

Why is illustration poised for a comeback? Because the web is in the age of Personalization. Consumer brands have been utilizing personalization for a long time.The latest and greatest being Coca-Cola, who last year introduced the familiar silver and red cans and bottles emblazoned with people's names and now is introducing millions of custom, hand-painted bottle designs; for several months, no two bottles will look the same. Coca-Cola hired artists to create a small number of unique bottle designs and then utilized a computer algorithm to create virtually unlimited variations of these designs.

Personalized design is not relegated to the consumer world. B2B web visitors today have also reached the point where they expect information tailored to their needs, presented visually in a non-generic way that makes them feel like the brand understands them --- not only on an analytical level, but in a more intuitive, emotional way.

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Tags: web design / B2B / video / trends
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Apr 14, 2015 8:36:00 AM

Use Ambient Video on Your Website to Enhance Your Brand

Much like last year when websites with Parallax scrolling took off, we're seeing a growing number of sites using video on their websites, in new ways, to enhance their brands. But rather than, and in some cases in addition to "talking heads," we're seeing "ambient video."

Ambient video is background video whose purpose is to establish a visual brand identity. While words and still images do the heavy lifting in terms of creating messages, the addition of web video can provide an emotional resonance that can help an otherwise purely rational brand become a more emotionally satisfying user experience.

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Tags: web design / B2B / video / brand / web video
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Oct 21, 2014 12:43:00 PM

How to Use Video as a Marketing Tool

The Benefits of Video Marketing for B2B Companies

video_iconAre you struggling with your company’s content strategy and social media strategy? Video is an effective way to elevate your social media plan and hook your viewers. Several of our clients are asking us to integrate video into their websites and social media and here’s why we recommend doing it.

A short video (up to two minutes) is an opportunity to tell your company’s story. We recently updated our website and by embedding a video on the "About RainCastle" page, we were able to tell our story in a new way. Within seconds, prospective clients and employees gain insight into our culture and team, even some of our technologists who often work behind the scene.

Video shows how your product or service works. In less than a minute, by showing a demo, a video can explain how a new technology or product works. Our client, AirStrip Technologies, creates medical software that allows healthcare providers to monitor patient data on their mobile devices. They use video to demo and promote the exciting new technology they've developed - technology that enables clinicians to interact with and respond rapidly to clinically relevant patient health information.

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Tags: marketing / B2B / branding / email marketing / lead generation / content creation / video / content marketing / trends / blogging
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Nov 24, 2013 2:40:00 PM

This Website is Not JUST About Driving Business

Most of the time, making a difference for our clients means moving the needle in terms of how they present their company, product or service; how they feel about their new brand, website and approach to marketing and ultimately, what the work we’ve created will do for their business.

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Tags: RainCastle / video / Urban Achievers Boston / Urban Achievers / website
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Oct 15, 2013 2:29:00 PM

The Power of Video and Images in Content Marketing

While marketers have come to recognize the power of content marketing and the need for it to be strategic, web visitors and social media users have begun to wonder what to do with so much content. So how can marketers get the attention of people who are becoming saturated with so much relevant content?

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Tags: marketing / web design / HubSpot / content creation / video / content marketing
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