As a Milwaukee website design company, we love to predict what trends we will see in the upcoming year. In 2017, we saw simplistic, flat designs with an emphasis on mobile-first. With mobile still a major trend, we believe 2018 will be the year of the user with websites being tailored to increase overall user experience.
SharpSpring Social and the new Content Calendar are now available! SharpSpring Social includes powerful conversion tools you can only get with fully-integrated marketing automation. It’s designed to help you turn lead interactions into meaningful conversations that generate sales. Create, schedule & publish content to social media accounts from SharpSpring.
The rise of in-home voice-first devices and companies choosing to break the mold of traditional ads will influence what we will see next year. Take a look at what we think 2018 will bring and what you should focus on as we ring in the new year.
If you are wanting to grow your online presence, one phrase you have probably heard before is “content is king”. It is true that content is a key driver of traffic to your website. Unfortunately, creating content isn’t as simple as it sounds. Not just any block of text will bring you traffic. Here our top 5 tips to ensure your content generates the traffic you need to grow your online presence.
Waiting for the Pantone to release its Color of the Year is like the Super Bowl for color lovers, color enthusiasts, and color consultants. In fact, today at Ocreative, tears of pure joy were shed for the occasion. Pantone Color of the Year 2018 is an enchanting purple with strong blue undertones called Ultra Violet.
What is branding? Branding is about the promise of a distinct, memorable experience. It's about creating an expectation and delivering it consistently every time anyone comes into contact with your brand. It's how you make your customers feel about themselves and their decisions when they are interacting with your brand.
As the philosophers say, change is the only constant in life. Life is flux, and people evolve to progress. The brands that people depend on need to evolve, too. Logo identity is a vital part of any company’s brand. A brand sets the company's tone, image, and expectations.
Google Adwords is an extremely powerful online marketing tool. But without proper knowledge of how the platform works, it could be more detrimental to your business than beneficial. In this article, we will discuss the most important data and analytics in Google Adwords and Google Analytics to look at to determine whether your campaigns are performing well and benefitting your business.
Having the right imagery to complement your brand can help increase recognition, as well as capture the attention of more viewers. However, it is important to take the time to determine the kind of imagery that will make sense in association with your name, as well as how to use the imagery to its best effect.
Video is a fast-growing industry thanks to the constant evolution of video content creation and sharing. Looking at this growing love of video and the success it has managed, businesses and brands are working to determine how it can be used to increase their brand’s reach.
With the new developments in technology over the last few years, the phrase “print is dead” has been uttered with more frequency. While, yes, digital design and content are becoming more popular with each new advancement, people of every age still value print content and the benefits that come along with it.
In its essence, typography is how a word looks, including what font (typeface) it is set in, what color it is, and how dramatic and decorative, or how practical, it is. The possibilities are almost endless, especially when you consider hand-lettering (the process of creating letters by hand) and the continual creation of new fonts
If you are a for-impact organization/nonprofit, Google gives your organization the opportunity to advertise on their Google Adwords platform for free. Yes, that’s right; we said free. This is an excellent opportunity to get your message out to the world and inform people about your cause.
As a business, it is sometimes difficult to decide whether to invest your marketing dollars in Pay Per Click (PPC) or Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In this article, we will break down PPC and SEO to help you decide which is the best fit for your business and marketing budget.
Ransomware has recently been in the news again, with reports of hundreds of thousands of infected computers. In this article, we’ll review the types of malicious software and recommended measures to keep your business safe.
Big changes are happening with website security. Starting in October 2017, every unsecured website out there with a contact form will be notifying users with a “Not secure” warning in Google’s popular Chrome browser. You want your website to start with HTTPS, which indicates website security. Website security can be achieved through an SSL certificate.
One of the biggest challenges companies and marketers face is measuring the ROI of their marketing campaigns and efforts. By using marketing automation software, you can link your sales with marketing campaigns and determine which campaigns are performing and which are falling short.
Marketing automation can dramatically streamline your marketing process. It is designed to simplify and enhance your sales process, making it easier and more efficient. The process and software allow you to create more leads, nurture them more effectively, and convert more into sales.
Remember that time you were shopping online for a new pair of red Nike Air Max running shoes and then, a day later, while reading the news or checking the weather, you saw an ad displaying that same pair of shoes? Well, that is remarketing.
WordPress has become by far the most popular website publishing platform on the Internet. Because of its popularity, WordPress has become a target for hacking attempts along with many other websites and platforms.
Ocreative has won three awards from the 23rd Annual International Communicator Awards, including two Gold Excellence Awards and one Silver Distinction Award. With more than 6,000 entries received from across the United States and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive program honoring creative excellence by communications professionals. [...]
The accuracy and presence of a business online is extremely important to the success of that business. Google offers a variety of great tools to help manage a website. These tools are super helpful in growing a business, and they are all free to use. That’s right, no cost to you at all! [...]
Having an email signature is like handing a person a business card every time you send an email. You want it to look professional and show your company’s personality. You wouldn’t just hand a prospective client a scrap of blank paper with your contact information scrawled on it, would you? No way! Email signatures can [...]
With the rapid advances in technology and the increasing clutter on social media networks, nonprofits need to develop ways to break through the noise with a clear voice. Basically, nonprofit marketing trends have shifted. Technology has advanced, fundraising online has grown, and the donor-to-nonprofit interaction has evolved. More than ever, it has become imperative [...]
Google Analytics has the reputation of being used to track sales or to increase profits. But as a nonprofit, there are many ways to utilize Google Analytics to help reach your end goal. For example, Google Analytics can help answer questions such as “How are people finding my website?” or “How many people come to [...]
In May 2016, Google announced it would give a rank boost in search results to sites that are mobile friendly, which is a change which Google refers to as Mobilegeddon 2. Now Google is back with another update related to the importance of mobile-friendly websites by rolling out mobile-first indexing. In 2015, Google stated that [...]
The Davey Awards is an international creative award focused exclusively on honoring outstanding creative work from the best small agencies worldwide. The 2016 Davey Awards received nearly 4,000 entries from ad agencies, interactive agencies, production firms, in-house creative professionals, graphic designers, design firms, and public relations firms. Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike The first Davey Award presented [...]
We're celebrating fourteen years of creative goodness. What began as a one-woman operation in 2003 has grown into an Internationally recognized, award-winning integrated marketing agency. With the help of a talented team, Ocreative has grown into one of the top marketing agencies in the Milwaukee area, and this [...]
Most website owners have long been familiar with Google Analytics and relied on it for reporting and measuring their websites’ performances. If you are ready to go beyond basic reporting and begin optimizing your website to improve your search result performance, you need Google Search Console. Google Search Console (previously known as Google Webmasters and [...]
Sometimes your Google Analytic data can be skewed or inaccurate due to spammers abusing your Google Analytics ID. Spammer-generated data could be anywhere from a small percentage to more than a quarter of your overall traffic. In this article, I am going to show you different ways to eliminate spam in your Google Analytics so [...]
Google Analytics is an extremely useful tool to see what exactly is going on with your website. However, it provides a huge amount of data and tons of reporting options. In this article, we will give you the most important Google Analytics reports you should look at to give you the most information about [...]
Google Analytics is a great tool to understand how your website is doing and what areas need improvement. However, sometimes it can produce an overwhelming amount of data, making it difficult to know what reports to look at, or how to understand what that data is telling you. Well, don’t worry; that is where we [...]
Last week, we became the proud owners of our own building and officially moved into our new digs in downtown Hartland, Wisconsin! As newly renovated railroad depot from 1879, it provides the perfect creative space to fuel ideas and keep our business on track while moving full steam ahead. Okay, okay, we’ll stop with the [...]