Five Takeaways from Creative South 2018

co-written by Shannon Viox

We don’t have many fears at Echo Delta, but one thing that frightens us is recycling ideas. Our phobia is a constant push to bring fresh perspective and innovative ideas to our clients and one way that is possible is through inspiration from our peers.

Late last week, we hit the road for Columbus, Georgia – one of the most beautiful cities in the south – for the annual Creative South conference. We spent a few days surrounded by other creative-doers while we recharged our creative batteries, gained perspective on our role as designers and to get inspired. Continue Reading

In Defense of Deliberate Design

It’s a tempting proposition. For a few minutes of your time and a couple hundred dollars or less, you can have a new logo delivered to your inbox at Amazon Prime speeds. The commoditization of design—and, let’s face it, most services in our industry—is everywhere. As a graphic designer, I’m often asked, “But really, what’s the difference?”

It’s depth. Continue Reading

Duplicate Content: Menace or Meh?

We’ve all seen it. Within otherwise peaceful groups, there can arise certain differences of opinion that are instantly polarizing: Coke or Pepsi. The oxford comma. How to pronounce “gif.”

In the SEO world we have quite a few debates like that, and one of our most hot-button issues is duplicate content.

Clients often ask, “Is duplicate content something we really need to worry about?”

As with so many things in life, the answer isn’t black and white. While duplicate content isn’t as bad as some shady SEO practitioners make it out to be, it’s certainly not as good as those selling duplicate content claim—and rarely is it part of a great businesses marketing strategy.

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How We Make the Big Idea Happen

It’s easy! We lock ourselves away in a dark office, drain a Madison-Avenue-sized bottle of single-malt Scotch and then stumble out five minutes before the big, important client presentation with the Eureka moment in hand.

The truth is a lot less romantic and always involves 99 percent Thomas Edison-like perspiration. Big ideas are more likely to emerge when a group of passionate, fearless and creative people – focused on a common challenge – generate lots of smaller ideas that in many cases can add up to something truly unique, remarkable, relevant … and big. Continue Reading

Want Great Work? Start by Falling in Love with the Problem

Whether you’re a designer or a developer, working in an agency boils down to solving problems. (How can we get people to buy more? Click more? Share more? You get the idea.) Ideally, this is a two-step process:

  1. Define the problem.
  2. Solve the problem.

Seems straightforward enough, but does it always happen like that? Not by a long shot. Continue Reading

You Can’t Sell to Everyone—and That’s Okay

Marketing is not like throwing a birthday party in first grade. So hold back on that value pack of Lisa Frank invitations, because you won’t be including the entire class.

But.but.but. Why wouldn’t I want to cast a wide net? I could be missing out on a potential sale, and that feeling would be worse than realizing you left the freezer door open and all the ice cream has melted. Continue Reading

The Secret Ingredient for Recruitment Content that Captivates

Segmentation and personalization are excellent engagement tactics for higher ed marketers because they allow you to tailor your messaging around the things your audience cares about most.

But, while speaking to your audience about the right things is important, a truly robust marketing strategy considers how you should speak to them too. Continue Reading

3 Ways Discovery Sets The Stage For An Awesome Agency Experience

Garbage in, garbage out.

In everything from mathematical computations to creative endeavors, the output is largely influenced by the input. For marketing projects, that means the energy invested and the quality of details collected at the very beginning of a project will directly affect the entire project lifecycle and ultimately, the end result. Continue Reading

Segmentation: Your Key to Tailor-Made Messaging

Keeping communication relevant and personalized throughout the entire decision-making process is a critical objective for higher education recruiters.

But how do we speak authentically to multiple groups of students without it becoming an overwhelming task?

One solution: segmentation and marketing automation. Continue Reading

Why We Love the React Framework (Or Why We’re Willing to Forgive Facebook for Taking over the Internet)

Dear fellow development aficionado: Is your body wracked with anxiety over a new web or mobile app that’s got a tight budget, a tight schedule, or both? Does the idea of taking a deep dive into some jQuery spaghetti code make you want to leave it all behind and restart your life in rural Appalachia?

Take a deep breath, put down the industrial-strength muscle relaxer because—and I never thought I’d say this—all of your problems have already been solved by Facebook.

So light some candles and put on the Luther Vandross, because I’m going to introduce you to the new love of your life: the React framework. Continue Reading