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2018 Website Design Trends

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.

By | January 10th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on 2018 Website Design Trends

New Marketing Tools! SharpSpring Social

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.

By | January 4th, 2018|Articles of Interest, Email Marketing, Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on New Marketing Tools! SharpSpring Social

2018 Marketing Trends: How Marketing Will Change Next Year

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.

By | December 27th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Email Marketing, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on 2018 Marketing Trends: How Marketing Will Change Next Year

Our Most Popular Articles of 2017

In celebration of 2018, we've put together our top 18 articles of 2017. Thank you to all of you for your support. Our clients, readers, and watchers have helped to make it a great year at Ocreative, and we are so grateful for all of you. We hope 2017 was just as fun, exciting, and profitable for you.

Top 5 Tips for Creating Better Content for Your Website

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.

By | December 19th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on Top 5 Tips for Creating Better Content for Your Website

Breaking Down Corporate Branding

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.

By | November 29th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Branding, Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Breaking Down Corporate Branding

The Evolution of a 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.

By | November 15th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Branding, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on The Evolution of a Brand

Adwords Help: A Guide To Understand Your Google Adwords

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.

By | November 9th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization|Comments Off on Adwords Help: A Guide To Understand Your Google Adwords

Brand Photography

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.

By | November 1st, 2017|Articles of Interest, Branding, Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Brand Photography

Video Marketing & Engagement

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.

By | October 25th, 2017|Marketing Ideas, Video|Comments Off on Video Marketing & Engagement

Is Print Dead, or Not?

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.

By | October 18th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, News/Announcements, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Is Print Dead, or Not?

The Google Nonprofit Program: Advertise for Free on Google Adwords

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.

By | September 21st, 2017|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, News/Announcements, Non-Profit, Search Engine Optimization, Website|Comments Off on The Google Nonprofit Program: Advertise for Free on Google Adwords

SEO vs. PPC: Which is Better for Your Business

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.

By | September 19th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on SEO vs. PPC: Which is Better for Your Business

How to Use Live Video for Your Business

The use of live video is one of the largest trends we have seen in 2017. It gives brands the opportunity to be authentic by creating unfiltered and unedited content. Many different social media platforms have adopted the ability to stream live video so you can reach your audience. In this article, we explain live video, why your brand should be utilizing it, and the different platforms to use.

By | August 16th, 2017|Just for Fun, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Video|Comments Off on How to Use Live Video for Your Business

Measuring ROI of your Marketing Campaigns

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.

By | August 2nd, 2017|Articles of Interest, Email Marketing, Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Measuring ROI of your Marketing Campaigns

Lead Generation With Marketing Automation

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.

By | July 13th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Email Marketing, Marketing Ideas, Trends and Technology, Website|Comments Off on Lead Generation With Marketing Automation

Remarketing or Retargeting—Connecting Targeted Ads to an Engaged Audience

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.

By | July 6th, 2017|Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Remarketing or Retargeting—Connecting Targeted Ads to an Engaged Audience

Using Hashtags and Tagging in your Social Media Strategy

A hashtag is made by prefacing words or phrases with the symbol #. Hashtags do not contain any spaces and they give your posts more exposure. Different from hashtagging, tagging refers to using a social handle or username of a person or business in your post or photo.

By | June 28th, 2017|Marketing Ideas, Social Media|Comments Off on Using Hashtags and Tagging in your Social Media Strategy

What Social Network Should Your Business Be On?

Let’s talk social media–connecting with customers, driving traffic, and increasing sales. Social media networks are growing every day, and creating more opportunities to reach people than ever before. To be successful on social media, you must have a social media strategy. First, it is important to find the social media outlets that are [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Marketing Ideas, Social Media|Comments Off on What Social Network Should Your Business Be On?

PART FIVE: Five Free Google Tools to Utilize

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! [...]

By | May 10th, 2017|Google Series, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization, Website, Website Design|Comments Off on PART FIVE: Five Free Google Tools to Utilize

The Importance of Email Signatures

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 [...]

By | April 26th, 2017|Articles of Interest, Branding, Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on The Importance of Email Signatures

Non-profit Marketing Strategies–Breaking Through the Noise

  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 [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Marketing Ideas, Non-Profit|Comments Off on Non-profit Marketing Strategies–Breaking Through the Noise

Ocreative Wins Two International Davey Awards

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 [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, News/Announcements|Comments Off on Ocreative Wins Two International Davey Awards

It’s Not About Constant Contact, It’s About Relevant Contact

At Ocreative, we’re an integrated marketing agency, meaning we develop marketing strategies and creative campaigns that weave together a company’s strategic branding, the website, printed, and digital advertising, social media and more. Because we specialize in marketing automation, we don’t tell a brand’s overall story to the masses; we speak to the target audience in [...]

By | March 18th, 2016|Email Marketing, Marketing Ideas, Search Engine Optimization|Comments Off on It’s Not About Constant Contact, It’s About Relevant Contact

Video Marketing, the Type of Content with the Best ROI

Video is quickly becoming the preferred communication style that your customers want. It's become such a powerful communication medium that just saying that you have a video in the subject line of your email can boost its open rate! Video marketing has become one of the largest areas of movement in 2015. Videos are extremely diverse and can [...]

By | October 26th, 2015|Articles of Interest, Marketing Ideas, Social Media, Trends and Technology, Website Design|Comments Off on Video Marketing, the Type of Content with the Best ROI

Understanding Adaptive and Responsive Web Design

Mobile devices are here to stay, and it’s pretty clear that they have revolutionized the way people use and interact with websites. If your site isn’t easy to view on a mobile device (or isn’t mobile friendly) by now, you’re not just missing out on giving visitors a positive experience: Google recently announced that it [...]

By | April 7th, 2015|Marketing Ideas, Trends and Technology|Comments Off on Understanding Adaptive and Responsive Web Design

Video Marketing – An Effective Way to Grab Attention [VIDEO]

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By | February 26th, 2015|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Video Marketing – An Effective Way to Grab Attention [VIDEO]

Why You Should Upgrade to Universal Analytics

For many years businesses have relied upon the data from Google Analytics to help understand the activity on our websites. And, for many years, this was all very useful, but, honestly, it also had its limitations. The problem lies in the fact that all it offers was ‘visit centric’ data, which basically just means – [...]

By | December 4th, 2014|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Why You Should Upgrade to Universal Analytics

Planning a 2013 Marketing Budget – Four Things to Consider

As the fall season picks up, most people are thinking about fall sports and the changing leaves while companies are firming up their holiday marketing plans as well as determining their 2013 marketing budgets and planning. Sometimes taking the yearly stab at the budget is based on internal agendas and past years' data and assumptions -- but that can paint [...]

By | September 11th, 2012|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Planning a 2013 Marketing Budget – Four Things to Consider

Resolve to Make Resolutions You Can Keep

Did you make a New Year's resolution this year and then watch the ball drop at your New Year's Eve celebration? Is this a metaphor for what's going to happen come February, March and April, when you realize that you've set your goal way to high and start to lose interest in trying to reach [...]

By | January 5th, 2012|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Resolve to Make Resolutions You Can Keep

QR Codes in Marketing

QR Codes connect the printed real world with online virtual world. Have you heard the buzz about QR Codes? QR Codes, or Quick Response Codes, are 2D square bar codes that are scanned by a mobile device's camera. You're seeing them more and more all the time. Even the United States Postal Service (USPS) ran [...]

By | September 21st, 2011|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on QR Codes in Marketing

Prepare an Online Marketing Strategy for Your Business

It's not all just about the PC desktop or the Mac desktop anymore. Consumers are mobile. Your audience is mobile. How many people do you know have a cell phone? Think about that for a minute. How often do you see them without it? Never, right? That's because having a cell phone, especially a smart [...]

By | August 19th, 2011|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Prepare an Online Marketing Strategy for Your Business

AP Stylebook Changes E-mail to Email – A Welcomed Change!

The AP Stylebook has changed E-mail to just email, without the hyphen in the middle! This is a welcomed change, since I've typed it that way for years. At least now, I won't have spell checker point that mistake anymore! The announcement was first made on Twitter by @apstylebook on March 18th. In the new 2011 edition, you'll also [...]

By | March 22nd, 2011|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on AP Stylebook Changes E-mail to Email – A Welcomed Change!

Focus Local, Spend Less and Increase Qualified Leads

Are the majority of your customers within 50 miles of your business location? Do you prefer to work with local customers or businesses? Do you want to increase the number of local customers doing business with you? I'm guessing you just answered "Yes" at least twice and most likely three times. Yet, why do you [...]

By | November 7th, 2009|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Focus Local, Spend Less and Increase Qualified Leads

Subject lines are important in email marketing

As I was opening my email today, I came across an email from Constant Contact and it made me think about why I open some emails and flag others for follow up later on. Thinking about this idea and thinking about it from your customers' perspective is a great way to improve your email marketing [...]

By | March 11th, 2009|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Subject lines are important in email marketing

What language are you speaking?

Certain industries seem to thrive upon developing obscure acronyms, annoying abbreviations, and specialized terms that outsiders are not likely to understand. The use of this specialized language, often referred to as jargon, has the potential to create huge communication problems when business spans across different industries. Whether you notice it or not, no matter what [...]

By | February 10th, 2009|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on What language are you speaking?

Market your business through the recession

The recession is all around us. Sometimes is difficult to know what you should do with your businesses during these tough economic times. There is a lot of research to show that one should continue marketing their business during a recessions. One could use this analogy: We are all long distance runners. Now, the runners [...]

By | February 9th, 2009|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on Market your business through the recession

“When times are good you should advertise, when times are bad you MUST advertise”

With all the email newsletters received lately, I can't help being constantly reminded of the current state of our economy and that you should start advertising wisely during this recession. Does one need to be reminded of the necessity to advertise their business? Is smart advertising disregarded in times that are good? Shouldn't all your [...]

By | January 6th, 2009|Marketing Ideas|Comments Off on “When times are good you should advertise, when times are bad you MUST advertise”