While Jessie-Lee, Marcella, and I would love to pretend our moments of creative genius are an effortless and ever-flowing constant, that's not reality. Do we have talent in spades? Of course. But, in addition to our education and experience, each of us calls upon a different set of applications and tools in our own creative toolboxes to execute, create, and deliver for our colleagues and clients. So, this week, in honor of Thanksgiving, we're pulling back the curtain on a few of the simple, yet powerful apps we're most thankful for.
It’s almost that time of the year; The holiday season. Soon we’ll be planning our holiday parties, preparing for battle on Black Friday, and, if you’re a marketer, reflecting on the past year and trying to predict what UX design trends to keep an eye on in the upcoming year.
For this week's episode, we were joined by a very special guest -- Vin Gaeta, IMPACT's Creative Director -- for deep dive into something we’ve touched upon before in a number of previous episodes. (Most recently, Episode #40 - When Creative Projects Go Off the Rails.) The idea of "speaking creative" to non-creatives.
If you’re a regular on the IMPACT website, you’ll notice we made some big changes yesterday. But this wasn’t a website website redesign. We recently reimagined IMPACT as a whole, and now, our website reflects this reimagining.
Will Rogers, the famous 1930s' actor, said it best, “you will never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Today, you’re not only judged by the first impressions you make with people face-to-face, but also in the digital world. Your website, emails, and social media are all an extension of your company so you want to make sure they all put the best foot forward. According to HubSpot, the homepage is the most frequently visited page on most websites because it’s your site’s oldest link, where most direct visits end up, and the most advertised URL in marketing channels.
If there's one thing most marketing professionals -- creative or otherwise -- can agree upon, it's that meetings are often terrible for productivity, but remain a very necessary evil. But why? On paper, meetings should bring people together, provide opportunities to align expectations, and move projects or initiatives forward. Still many of us avoid them -- or, at the very least, we consider many of them to be a nuisance. And we'll drag our feet and whine about how we wish were still at our desks, getting "actual work" done. That was what we attempted to get to the bottom of in this episode -- but our carefully outlined conversation took an interesting turn.
Ask yourself this question: As a marketer, when do you start consulting a web developer in your website design process? Or if you are a developer, when do you start being included? Is it in the brainstorming stage, in the wireframing stage, in the design stage, or none of the above? If you answered none of the above, then you’ve got some explaining to do.
In January 2015, IMPACT was a budding HubSpot partner on a mission: to help people and their organizations succeed, and we were looking for a way to collaborate with other marketing pros, give leads the opportunity to experience our team’s expertise, and interact with the greater inbound marketing community. That’s when our team came up with the idea to conduct monthly live website critiques online with other industry influencers -- and thus, the Website Throwdown was born. *insert magical background music here* Since then, we’ve been throwing down websites every month with experts like Peep Laja of ConversionXL, Oli Gardner of Unbounce, and Chris Savage of Wistia, just to name a few. Last year, we even took Website Throwdown on the road to HubSpot’s annual conference and did one-on-one, in-person throwdowns at the IMPACT Booth in Club INBOUND. (which we’re doing it again this month!) And let me tell you - after doing over a hundred Website Throwdowns there and even more online, the IMPACT team has learned A TON.