18 May 2016

Where’s the Brief?

Jena LaPlante
Posted in: Brand Strategy, Branding, Creative Strategy, Design, Design Thinking, Digital Experience, Brand, Audience, Message, Targeted Marketing Programs

Everyone loves the iconic “Where’s the BEEF?” commercials from Wendy’s, which became famous in the 1980s. But here is a better question when dealing with your business: "Where's the brief?"

29 Apr 2016

Why Mood Boards Are Worth the Extra Time

Jena LaPlante
Posted in: Brand Strategy, Branding, Creative Strategy, Design, Design Thinking, Digital Experience, Brand, Audience, Message, Targeted Marketing Programs

Mood boards. I love them. You’ll love what they can do. Why? As a graphic designer, using mood boards is one of the best ways for me to find a design direction. But more importantly, they help our clients decide what they are looking for – and articulate what they really want.

2 Mar 2016

What You Need to Know About Facebook’s New “Reactions”: 6 Implications for Brands

Brianne Carlsrud
Posted in: Branding, Facebook, Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Brand, Audience, Message, Targeted Marketing Programs

Last week Facebook launched “Reactions,” an extension of the existing “Like” button. Reactions, which include “Like,” “Love,” “Haha,” “Wow,” “Sad” and “Angry” – allow a user to quickly respond to a Facebook post with a wide variety of options. For instance, instead of "Liking" a sad status update, now users can respond with a sentiment that feels a little more appropriate.

11 Jan 2016

6 Easy Tips for Writing Better Blogs

Jen Thompson
Posted in: Blogging, Branding, Content Strategy, Digital Experience, Writing, Brand, Audience, Message, Targeted Marketing Programs

You did your research. You spent hours writing a new blog. You carefully checked for typos. You hit the “publish” button. And then ... nothing.

18 Dec 2015

Your Logo Isn’t Your Brand: 3 Tips for Crafting Your Brand Voice

Jena LaPlante
Posted in: Branding, Content Strategy, Creative Strategy, Digital Experience, Writing, Brand, Audience, Message, Targeted Marketing Programs

What is a brand voice? It’s your personality. Just like you or me, your brand will have traits that can be easily identified and recognized by your customers.

25 Nov 2015

Rules of Thumb: Keeping Your Brand Promise with Digital Experience

Jason Jacobson
Posted in: Branding, Customer Research, Digital Experience, Integrated Marketing, Mobile, Social Media, Strategy, Web, Brand, Audience, Message, Targeted Marketing Programs, Technical Strategy

Every strong brand adheres to a promise of quality, service, price or a combination of two. Yes, only a maximum of two.

9 Oct 2015

User Experience (UX): Going Beyond the Web

Katie Kosel
Posted in: Branding, Customer Experience, Design, Design Thinking, Digital Experience, User Experience (UX), Brand, Audience, Message, Buyer Journey Optimization, Targeted Marketing Programs

What do you think of when you hear the term “user experience”? If you’re like me, you typically associate user experience with the web. Creating a positive user experience has become standard for web design, but considerations for UX shouldn’t stop there.

24 Sep 2015

Sundog: The Podcast 065 - Design Thinking

Lon Keller
Posted in: Advertising, Branding, Creative Strategy, Design, Design Thinking, Digital Experience, Graphic Design, Mobile, Usability, User Experience (UX), Web, Brand, Audience, Message, Buyer Journey Optimization, Targeted Marketing Programs, Technical Strategy

Good design is more than just pretty pictures. There is a serious thought process and purpose behind every great design. On this episode, we've gathered all of our Sundog designers in one room to discuss design thinking; a creative, problem-solving process which helps people design meaningful solutions.

16 Sep 2015

Sorry, Kids: Your Logo Isn’t Your Brand

Jena LaPlante
Posted in: Branding, Creative Strategy, Customer Research, Digital Experience, Graphic Design, Strategy, Brand, Audience, Message, Targeted Marketing Programs

So many clients ask for a logo, and then think, “Great, I’m done! Here is my brand.” Not to be the bearer of bad news, but actually, no. Your logo isn’t your brand. Of course, it’s one aspect of it, but it’s really not the most important part.

25 Jun 2015

Picture a Better Brand: 6 Tips for Using Photography in Advertising

Crystal Aakre
Posted in: Advertising, Branding, Marketing, Photography, User Experience (UX), Brand, Audience, Message, Buyer Journey Optimization

A picture is worth a thousand words. In advertising, you have to catch your viewers’ attention in a split second. With more than 300 million photos uploaded to Facebook alone every day, the images in your marketing efforts need to stand out in a sea of visual clutter that your customers are drowning in every day.