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How to Manage a Client Who Says You're Too Expensive?


As freelancers, you encounter a variety of clients on a daily basis. Some of them you get along with from the beginning, others not so much. One of many issues can be meeting potential clients who aren't willing to pay as much for your services. In that case, you have several ways of dealing with them.

 

First of all, you can try and explain why are you a total bad-ass in your job. Elaborate on how cheaper alternatives won't achieve the same quality, and exactly what makes the difference in your pricing - which tools do you use, what kind of output do you provide. When you compare your work to other designers, insist on the best value your client is paying for.

 

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Acknowledging the costs of your services is good, especially if you are confident in your qualifications, and you can back it with the results you have achieved.

 

If this option seems too risky, and you want that client, you can reply with giving another offer. They are willing to pay something, so tell them what can they get for a smaller price. Later on, they can upgrade your service and have a pretty and shiny product you can deliver.

 

Showing your character and confidence in your quality is convincing in communication with your client. When negotiating, you are not backing off from your pricing, but are offering another solution, which lets the client know you care about your professional relationships.

 

Some clients are just not able to afford your pricing. Perhaps they are a start-up and have fewer funds than already established companies. If so, they might be able to work with you in the future. This is why it could be good to ask them what their budget is and make a deal from there. The tone of your response should leave those doors open so that they can come back to you in the future.

 

While dealing with these types of clients, bear in mind that some of them are just cheap. There are people who will always choose to save some money over achieving greatness in quality. The only reason why they are asking for less is that we let them - the market is full of people who are underpaid in underdeveloped countries. However, if you are driven by your passion for your work, you have the right to produce amazing content and charge what it is worth. You will always find clients who recognize, respect and are willing to pay that.

 

Author: Nina Petrov

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Rebellious Child Illustrated


Collaborations are a wonderful happening, especially when they occur for a good cause. And when writers and illustrators gather around a child's book, the real magic occurs. Italian authors Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli made themselves well-known with their children's books Good Night Stories and Rebellious Little Girls, so it's not a surprise that their youngest audience got hyped about Rebellious Little Child.

 

Illustrated by dozens of artists worldwide, this book also teaches us, adults, to keep creating a better world for the generations to come, to overcome our differences and use them as our greatest strength. Rebellious Little Child reminds us of a rebellious little version of us, hidden by the age of commerce, struggle, monetization, and time-consuming unsatisfying jobs. Just as transactional psychotherapy does, this book nurtures the child inside you and gets you moving towards your passions, higher goals, and love.

 

This book takes children to a whole new dimension, encouraging them to be rebellious and to design a revolution in their own la-la land. A child is inspired to draw and fill in the book while riding a unicorn, or standing upside down, reflecting on things they love, their dreams, fears, things he/she most is proud of.

 

Distinguished with its unique adorable design, the blanks in the book are to be filled with letters to a child's future self, protest banners for a better world, activism action plans and adventurous travel fantasies.

 

With over one million copies sold worldwide, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls has become a global movement and a symbol of freedom. The authors Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli return with a hundred new, beautiful stories to inspire girls - and children - to dream without borders: Audrey Hepburn, who ate tulips to survive hunger and then became an unreachable icon of style and an extraordinary philanthropist; Bebe Vio, very strong fencing champion despite a serious illness; J.K. Rowling, who turned failure into a strength and changed the history of literature forever. 

 

Rebellious Little Child presents poetesses, surgeons, astronauts, judges, acrobats, entrepreneurs, vulcanologists: a hundred new adventures, a hundred new portraits to inspire us again and tell us that at any age, age and latitude, it is always worth fighting for equality and proceeding step by step quick towards a more just future. 

 

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Unlike the Disney characters we grew up with, imagining that the world will unravel before us, this movement inspires children to take action, demand the world of their own design, strive towards peace, seek, create and take their very own custom-made opportunities.

 

"Once upon a time ... a princess? Of course not! Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to go to Mars. There was another one that became the strongest tennis player in the world and another one who discovered the metamorphosis of butterflies. From Serena Williams to Malala Yousafzai, from Rita Levi Montalcini to Frida Kahlo, from Margherita Hack to Michelle Obama, 100 women are told in these pages and portrayed by 60 illustrators from all over the world. Scientists, painters, astronauts, weight lifters, musicians, judges, chefs ... examples of courage, determination, and generosity for anyone who wants to make their dreams come true."

a page from a book story for little rebel

 

Rebellious Little Child is more than a book - it is a story that redefines heroes and achievements. It teaches our children of their right to want more for themselves and to always seek happiness. We live in the age when success needs a new definition, the age when playing is more important than having when we value experiences more than real estate.

 

Think about everything that makes you happy... And now ask yourself what gives? Let's make the world a funny, playful place to be.

 

Got inspired for a new, groundbreaking collaboration with your fellow designers and illustrators? Search your partners in crime in the COLOURlovers community!

 

Photos from the website.

Author: Nina Petrov, ninapetrov.com

 

 

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All You Need to Know About Colors in Your Logo Design


Now, more than ever, we, humans, are visual beings. Our eyes scroll through thousands of information every day, and we keep being hungry for great visuals to get us inspired, productive, entertained, excited. Right now, telling a perfect story with visual digital tools is the most important part of getting your message across and attracting more people. Every color is a story - what role colors play in this game and how can they help you speak to your audience?

 

White

 

White is known as the Switzerland of colors, neutral and universal. White is the color of virginity and pacifistic state of mind used most often in logos as negative space or text. If you combine it with dark blue, you get the world's most famous logo - Facebook, and when you add red, you get the logo of Pinterest.

 

Yellow

 

Yellow can suggest different things, depending on what you combine it with. It can be cheerful and infantile, sunny, full of light and warmth. It is easy to get attention using this color, and it is the most popular color of the season. Darker versions are shining with credibility in IT or creative industries.

 

Orange

 

A true foodie color used often in the food industry logo (tasty food, fast deliveries, nice ambiance). Often used as a gradient color between red and yellow, to draw attention and stimulate urgency and alert mode. Just as yellow, orange is playful and warm, emotional color.

 

Red

 

Vibrant, strong, dominant and bold, this color gives character to your logo design. Red can be used as a color of heat, danger, alarm, and hostility, but at the same time for love, care, passion, and blood. Whatever aspect of red you are using - it will leave a strong impression. Red is known for raising people's blood pressure and making them hungry. It's most known for its role in Youtube and Mc Donald's logo, combined with white and yellow.

 

Pink

 

Pink has always been a girly, Barbie, color. It unlocks deep feelings, tenderness, understanding, love, femininity. It also interacts as a color that represents youth, virginity, tidiness, beauty, style, well being. Industries it takes place are beauty, health, and fashion. On top of these applications, pink is a sweet, sugary color, so it is often used to advertise candy or ice cream. For example, it is used in Flickr, in combination with light blue.

 

Purple

 

This magical color is one of the transeasonal colors we have written about before, which means it is always popular and always a good choice. It is a silver lining between cold features of blue, and all the warmth and heat from red. It's used to describe fancy, royal, sophisticated brands, especially in the industries used by women. Purple is also known for it's mystical and spiritual properties, useful for making people hooked and intrigued. If you like chocolate, it can also be delicious. Yahoo! uses purple combined with white.

 

Blue

 

Giving a cold shower to your audience is only possible with blue. Blue is your asset for cold and calming stories, showing security, reliability, and professionalism. Also, it is one of the most-loved colors in the world. Used mostly in medical brands, it leaves the impression of success. Just under yellow, blue is the most trendy color of this season. Fun fact: blue pigments are almost impossible to find in nature and synthesize. Used by popular brands such as Skype, Twitter, and 4square, all three in combination with white.

 

Green

 

Green is the color of tomorrow! It represents nature, the Earth, rebirth, and healthy human behavior. Used mostly in circle formats, it stands for life and preservation. In other contexts, it can come across as naive, insecure and liable. However, the most common use is for ecology purposes and social responsibility. 

 

Brown

 

Also an Earthy color, grounded, calm and stable, this color is used for furniture companies logos, but also real-estate and commerce. Natural and woody, this color is also well-known for cocoa and it's implications of chocolate and deliciousness. Brown is also warm and close to dark red colors, but dark enough to become neutral, like black.

 

Gray

 

Very fancy, stylish, and cold, gray is used for frames, thin lines, and backgrounds. Sometimes, dark versions of gray are used in logo design to avoid pitch black. For any color and tone you choose - there is a shade of gray that matches it perfectly! If you need a neutral color, I would always recommend using a shade of gray instead of white or black. Wikipedia highlighted the use of gray in combination with white.

 

Black

 

This color is antagonistic, mostly used for its readability on most backgrounds. It is extremely powerful, especially since it's simple and smooth, as well as sophisticated. It is often used in logos, but mostly for shapes and word art, in combination with yellow (IMDB), white (Apple) and green (Starbucks).

 

I hope you feel better prepared for your logo design and are ready to mix exotic colors up!

 

Author: Nina Petrov, ninapetrov.com

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Where to seek inspiration online


You have a new project, but you are feeling uninspired? Here are our top pics for websites where every designer can find the right dose of cool designs to jump-start the creativity for the day.

 

COLOURLOVERS

 

When looking for design inspiration, Colourlovers is a great place to be. This community helps you connect emotions, words and colors, all in one place. Find experienced, creative colourlovers and their best-featured palettes on our website. Engage in design-related conversations on our forum and widen your knowledge every day.

 

colourlovers.com

 

DRIBBBLE

 

This is a website we probably have mentioned already, but it doesn't harm to make a reminder, and this time really opens that bookmark. Dribble chooses highlights from designers and creatives from everywhere on the planet. From business card designs to app mock-ups, you can definitively find what you are looking for on Dribble. And if you join that community, you have the chance of showing your work to thousands of people. What are you waiting for?

 

dribbble.com

 

FONTS IN USE

 

Now, Fonts In Use, unlike other websites listed here, presents a collection of designs where popular or unusual fonts are used. Ever wondered how the font you are choosing is going to look on a cover album? Do you want to know if somebody used it like that already? If there is any chance of you finding that out, it lies on this website.

 

fontsinuse.com

 

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PINTEREST

 

If you have read any of my previous website reviews on Colourlovers, you would know how awesome I find Pinterest. Here is a hint: this is not a sponsored article for Pinterest, yet here I am, telling everyone how much I'm using it for every line of my work. Pinterest goes from one of the best apps to scroll in the toilet, with nothing to do, to the greatest professional support you can get. Search for the terms you are interested in, and let yourself be splashed with waves of ideas, visually captured from all over the internet.

 

www.pinterest.com

 

SITE INSPIRE

 

Which website do you go to when you want to feel inspired? There is a website called Site Inspire. You don't say? Yes, there really is. Besides pretty design, you can also find interesting insights into the design process of well-known designers, so aside from inspiration, this website is professional support to designers worldwide.

 

www.siteinspire.com

 

TREND LIST

 

Their name speaks for itself, but their tagline really says it all - Trend List is exploring visual trends in contemporary graphic design. Amazed by the simplicity of their website, they gained my full trust, saying that they know what they are doing. Graphic designers, click subscribe today.

 

www.trendlist.org

 

 

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TYPEWOLF

 

What is hot in the world of typography? You don't know? Typewolf does. This website takes you on a tour of current trends in type, spicy letter designs, and magic fonts. This website comes quite handy when you are designing a big brand that cares about being the best.

 

www.typewolf.com

 

TYPOGRAPHIC POSTERS

 

Just as their name says, Typo/Graphic Posters is a wide archive of various poster designs. Explore many artists and their playful ideas, pick your favorite and spin of their posters! Just for fun :) 

 

www.typographicposters.com

 

YALE TUMBLR

 

Yale School of Art and Architecture opened their Tumblr blog, where you can discover various art forms and impressive artwork. This blog inspires you to think out of the box and be courageous in design.

 

yalegraphicdesign.tumblr.com

 

DESKET

 

Desket is essentially an online mug store, but they do have some funny and clever designs which can find their way to your table. They also offer their resources, which are worth checking out.

 

desket.co

 

BEHANCE

 

Behance is also one of our favorite online communities for visual art. Many artists and designers join Behance every day, getting feedback for their design from leading artists in contemporary design.

 

behance.net

 

BOOK COVER ARCHIVE

 

Book Cover Archive is exactly what it says it is. Like Typo/Graphic Posters, they keep their own collection of book cover design. If your project is to design the worlds greatest book cover, this website is made to inspire you and show you what to do and what not to do :)

 

bookcoverarchive.com

 

What are your personal favorites? Tell us in the comment section below.

 

Author: Nina Petrov

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5 Color Palettes to Inspire Your Branding


Brand your business with amazing color combinations to ensure a positive reaction from your potential customers. Consider the fundamentals of color perceptions, which we will mention ahead, and get your colors on!

 

When you brand your business with pleasing color palettes, you make your target feel comfortable enough to do business with you! It starts from the moment your create your logo whether you decide to use color pantones or hex codes. A Logo Creator for example, gives you template options which you can work on if you don’t feel like starting from zero. Color your brand with your personality and your values!

 

Colors Impact People Emotionally

 

Color schemes have a psychological impact you need to consider while you build a brand. This is why picking your colors is such an important task! You can create the perception you’re after in order to attract the specific market you want. People are very visual, so colors can impact them emotionally. To understand this better, let’s take a look at general meaning behind the most commonly used colors:

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Get Inspired with These Color Combinations

 

We have gathered the best color combinations for different business industries so you don’t have to break your head coming up with a harmonious mix. First, determine your brand’s personality by asking yourself:

 

  • Is my brand masculine or feminine?
  • Is my brand playful or serious?
  • Is my brand luxurious or affordable?
  • Is my brand modern or classic?
  • Is my brand youthful or mature?

 

This will help you decide which colors best represent your business personality and which will attract the kind of customers you want. Now let’s get to it by industry and get some color palette ideas that are on point!

 

Colors of Technology

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Most tech businesses want to look innovative and bold, like they will be the next big thing. Because you are trying to appear innovative, don’t be afraid to step out of the typical blue or green. You can use other great colors like purple, yellow, orange, etc.

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As you build your tech business, colors are an entirely personal decision. You should be informed on color psychology plus your brand's personality in order to make a more informed decision. Consider things like, is your business related to social media? Is it an app?

 

Colors of Healthcare

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You trust healthcare businesses with your life and this is why their branding should evoke that feeling of security. Because these kinds of businesses have a huge responsibility with the community, their image should be professional, authoritative, and peaceful at the same time. Most healthcare businesses rely on mainly blue tones, but you can definitely get inspired by these colors and try something fresh!

colors of healthcare

 

Colors of Legal

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Legal businesses should have a minimalist logo. Most legal businesses choose sober colors to appear professional and keep it basic. They usually decide to use only one or two colors.

colors of legal

 

Colors of Marketing

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Marketing brands usually want to appear as young, modern, and creative! They want to dazzle their clients while still keeping it professional. The challenge for these kinds of businesses is to have branding colors that are both cool while classic. I mean, they still need to be taken seriously. Among the industry, most leaders opt to use purples and they see their brands as feminine.

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Colors of Real Estate

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The real estate competition is fierce! Clients need a brand that they sense they can rely on. If your business is in real estate, just like in healthcare or legal businesses you want your colors to say: trust me. This is why most businesses go with a blue color. Remember you can use awesome color combinations to give your customers the whole message! Try these:

colors of real state

 

Using a Logo Maker

 

Inspired by a huge library of templates in combination with helpful information on color perceptions, you can design your logo easily using the best colors for it! The rest of your branding is a piece of cake once you have your logo and your branding colors (fonts are huge too by the way). If you decide to create your logo design with an online tool, look for one that allows you to input your exact hex codes for your brand colors.

 

So now you know! Start creating that unique experience for your customers with a totally fabulous color palette!

 

Authors Bio:
Valeria Santalla is a multi-disciplinary marketer and content writer that loves to create branding assets for local business. She currently collaborates at Placeit.net, one of the largest logo maker and design template libraries on the internet.
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How to Effectively Integrate Your Brand's Colors into Your Storefront Location


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Brand consistency is one of the most important aspects of making your store memorable to consumers. Every time customers interact with your brand, online or offline, they should be reminded of who you are, which requires using the same images, logo, colors and message.

Experts estimate it takes five to seven impressions before someone remembers a brand. That number may increase as more and more brands go online and clamor for the attention of a limited pool of customers. If you want to be memorable, you must present your brand in a similar way over and over using a variety of methods.

Using your brand colors in every interaction, including in your storefront location, is a great way to create a memorable impression. However, integrating brand colors into a storefront isn't always easy. You may be limited by the construction and colors already present in a rented space, for example. Fortunately, there are some features business owners have control over when it comes to storefront branding.

1. Create Display Windows

Creating window displays that draw people inside is a bit of a challenge. You have to highlight some of your more popular or recent items. However, your display windows are also a great place to integrate some of your brand colors, either through signage or selected products. Think about what might catch the eye of passerby as they walk past your store. What colors surround your windows and what will pop out to potential customers?

2. Change the Wall Colors

If you are in a location where you're allowed to paint, change up the wall colors so they coordinate with your brand colors. Think about the colors in your palette and what compliments them. If your colors are vivid, you may only want to use the brand colors as an accent and stick with trendier neutral tones for the background. Different types of colors have a different impact on your audience. For example, you can use black as a neutral color and to create a sense of mystery or stick with light greens and sandy browns for a sense of tranquility.

3. Add Signage

Signage is a way to incorporate the colors you want without changing the walls or altering more permanent store features. Using signage is particularly useful if you're still developing your brand colors or testing out colors before making a change. Signage is relatively inexpensive, but still makes an impact on store visitors. Use vinyl signs in the color of your choice or add color elements over a white vinyl sign. You can also use signs to point customers toward your register, sale items or to highlight new arrivals in your store. Don't be afraid to incorporate both brand colors and accent colors for attention.

4. Invest in Bags

What color are the bags you put purchased products in? Using customized bags is a great way to add additional branding that utilizes your company colors. Whenever the person leaves your store and others see the bag, the bag should be immediately recognizable as a company standard. Using a signature color boosts brand recognition by about 80 percent, so business owners should look for every opportunity to do so.

Think about the last time you visited a local mall. You may have seen someone walking out of Victoria's Secret with a pink and black striped back. You immediately knew what brand they purchased from. Perhaps you noticed a black back with white letters from Hot Topic. What colors scream your brand identity, and how can you put that on a bag so everyone sees the visualization?

5. Employee Uniforms

Depending upon what kind of store you run, employee uniforms might be a good idea. Keep in mind that uniforms allow store visitors to readily identify who works there in case they need assistance. The uniform should match the overall branding of your business. If pink is your signature color, invest in pink shirts with your logo or black shirts with a pink logo. Think about what type of uniform best represents your brand and how to add your company colors to the outfit.

If you've ever gone to Best Buy, you know employees are easy to spot because of their shirts with the bright Best Buy logo. Go out to eat somewhere like Hooters, and the orange shirts of the servers pop and grab your attention. No matter what your brand colors may be, your employee outfits should highlight them and make the store memorable.

6. Floor Signage

Adding signage to your floor draws customers in for sales and other events and directs traffic through your store. You can even use three-dimensional signage to draw them into a sensory experience. Signage can be used both outside your store, such as in a shopping mall (if the mall allows it) and inside the store to direct customers down a planned path. Think about footprints in your primary brand color that lead the way to a new, featured product.

Brand Colors Matter to Storefront Locations

Adding in brand colors gives your store a unique identity. Keep in mind, though, that the overall aesthetic of your store is much more important than simply throwing up certain colors. It's okay to limit how much you use your brand color, but there are some places you shouldn't shy away from it, such as a sign for your storefront. With a little attention to color and how it impacts your store visitors, you should find a balance between branding and usability.

 

 

Lexie is a graphic designer and typography enthusiast. She spends most of her time A/B testing websites and creating style guides. Check out her blog, Design Roast, and follow her on Twitter @lexieludesigner.
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Breaking Out of the Norm for Valentine's Day


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Wining and dining is the traditional way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to follow the crowds for a meal out and a dozen red roses delivered to her office if you and she don’t want this. Having a date night on Valentine’s Day that is just a little bit more special will still be a great celebration of this day of love.  Colour can play a big part in your Valentine’s Day celebrations, which whilst traditionally represented by red, has in more recent years embraced an entire range of popular colours.

Red is famously romantic, but other colours can be used to choose your Valentine’s Day gift, with green representing renewal and yellow conveying optimism. When looking for Valentine's gifts for her, whichever colour you choose can add extra meaning.

Colours to love

For many of us, colour raises emotion, and we instinctively have a favourite for a whole host of reasons. Yet, throughout history, specific colours have been used to define different feelings and to mark different cultural events and ceremonies for centuries, going back to ancient civilisations.

Colours also affect us subconsciously, in the sense that we may not even be aware that we are being affected by it. This is why colours are separated into two groups of warm and cool colours. You can use the meaning of different colours to add to your Valentine’s gift that fits your beloved best.  She will appreciate the extra efforts you have made in choosing their special gift.

Red

For passion and drama, red is the most popular Valentine’s Day colour with its association with love, courage, strength and excitement. In Chinese culture, red represents luck and prosperity. If you are buying a gift for someone who loves red, you know they are passionate people, with enthusiasm for life. Tickets to see a favourite sports team, a band or admired singer is a great gift for this individual.

Orange

Orange is the colour of encouragement, warmth and enthusiasm. Orange is also a great colour if she wants to be inspired into action or have a positive outlook on life since it is both a motivating and encouraging colour. Gift ideas for those who love orange include charity gifts to support those less fortunate or a book of favourite photographs from the last year or the best photograph of you both as a couple.

Yellow

The colour of optimism and youthfulness, this is also the colour of sunshine. A sunflower bouquet is something that will be adored by this Valentine, in place of traditional red roses. Yellow is also the colour of success and confidence, whether you have it or want it since it is said to stimulate the left side of the brain, responsible for clear, fast decision making. For Valentine’s day, add a letter of love to let your beloved know they are the sunshine in your life, so they do not misunderstand the colour of yellow, which can also mean cowardice.

 

Pink

Mixing the passion of red with the purity of white creates a message of tender, nurturing love. This is the perfect colour of gift for your Valentine if she has become a new mother since the last celebration of St. Valentine.  A new jumper in pink or some magenta leggings would make a great gift.

Blue

A shade of blue, the colour of the sea and sky is a tranquil, peaceful colour that also conveys trust. The colour also inspires confidence, loyalty and responsibility. Those who like blue are usually conservative in nature, so if you’re planning a big party for Valentine’s Day, include them in the planning as they’re not so keen on surprises.

Green

Growth, renewal and a celebration of life are all conveyed by the colour green. Plant a tree in your joint names, either in your own garden or in a plot special to you both. Make the tree a fruit tree, and you can be enjoying apple pies together in the future. If you have less space, a rose bush, or a bonsai tree may be a gift your Valentine will love.

Violet

A mix of red energy and blue calm, violet is the colour of spirituality, reflection and self-awareness. Those who like violet are usually introverts who may enjoy books, walking holidays and the simple pleasures of a lunchtime picnic in the local park as a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Brown

Brown denotes stability and a solid foundation, reliable and wholesome; warm and reassuring. On it's own, brown can seem like a dull colour but combined with others, including gold and copper, it can become elegant. A wood framed mirror with embellishments or a photo frame personalised with your names and the date you met will make a perfect present.

Most of us have a favourite colour, a colour that we wear because it suits us better than any other or because it makes us feel happy. For some, colour reflects who we are on a deeper level, reflecting our personality. When buying your Valentine a gift, consider what their favourite colour is now, since preferences do change. If you are unsure, consider co-ordinating your gift with the colour of their birthstone. If you are looking to buy a joint gift for a married couple, use the colour palette they chose for their wedding, which you can search out on old photographs or from the wedding invitation. Irrespective of whether your gift is a designer shirt or vase, choosing their favourite colour will make your gift extra special.

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What Recent Google Algorithm Updates Mean for Your SEO Efforts


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Do Google algorithm updates lead to sleepless nights for your SEO reseller team? Does your agency spend a lot of time trying to understand the impact of Google's most recent update? This article is meant to help agency owners and their teams cut through a lot of confusion surrounding algorithm updates. Although some Google algorithm updates target content quality and others link quality, they all share one thing in common: the desire to show relevant search results to users of Google's search engine. Google knows that if they fail to provide high-quality search results, users will simply seek out alternative options. Although Bing and Yahoo do not appear to be much of a threat at this point, Amazon and Facebook could easily sneak up on Google if they let down their guard. Because Google understands that so much rides on providing quality search results, they release a number of core updates each year and as many as 300 smaller updates to tweak their algorithm. The next time Google releases a new algorithm update, we recommend that you view that update as a tweak to provide more relevant search results. Below, we will outline three timeless principles you can follow for all of your clients' campaigns regardless of what Google throws at you.

 

Searcher Intent Is The Foundation

 

We recommend you spend a good amount of time understanding the intent of the user during the search process. Google has answers to searchers' questions already pre-ordered, so they're simply waiting for users to ask a question. The two primary ways searchers ask questions is through voice search and keyboard searches. We will tackle each one separately and provide tips to optimize for each method of search. Voice search is quickly rising in popularity and many websites have not made changes to their site to optimize for voice search. Optimizing your clients' websites for voice search will put you one or even two steps ahead of the competition. The most important thing to understand about voice search is that queries are conversational in nature. Voice searchers tend to search as they talk and ask questions as they would to a normal person. For example, if a searcher was looking for a cell phone repair company in Tampa, they might say something like "Find a cell phone repair company near me"  or "Which cell phone repair companies are open right now?" Voice searchers are less likely to add a geographic modifier like keyboard searchers do. As a result, we recommend that you create an FAQ that answers common questions such as the ones above. We further recommend working answers into your blog posts and service pages where appropriate.

 

Optimizing for keyboard search requires that you understand which keywords bring users to your website. Jumping into Google Search Console or utilizing third-party tools such as ahrefs.com or SEMRush will provide you with the keyword research you need. If you have an AdWords account, you can also use Keyword Planner to find new keywords or simply use the keywords that are converting well in AdWords.

 

For most businesses, keyword research is fairly straightforward as users typically type in the service they're looking for coupled with the geographic location they live in. For example, if someone is searching for a home improvement company in Sacramento, they typically type in "Home improvement companies Sacramento" or "Sacramento home improvement company."   Although it can be difficult to add these phrases to your marketing copy as they are quite awkward, keywords of this nature can be added to your site’s title tags. Once keyword research is completed, utilize these newfound keywords in your marketing copy and future blog posts.

 

Create Cornerstone Content

 

As you are creating these new blog posts, please follow the tips below to maximize the potential rankings impact of each blog post. The most important thing to understand is that reader expectations have changed over the past five years. Readers used to be content with 500-word blog posts. That is no longer the case. Google rewards blog posts in excess of 2,000 words in length with page one rankings. The screenshot below shows the average number of words for content with page one rankings.

 

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Long-form content outperforms shorter blog post for a myriad of reasons including the ability to add substantially more keywords and the ability to go into greater depth. A typical blog reader comes to your website looking for solutions to a problem they're facing in which your company specializes. If your blog post provides a detailed step-by-step solution to that problem, you will be rewarded with higher rankings and improve time on page. Google uses the amount of time a user spends reading a blog post as a quality indicator. Content that provides incredible levels of detail that users need to reference continually as they solve the problem garners the most time on page for obvious reasons. In the past, many agencies believed that their clients did not want to provide this level of content as they were giving away valuable information for free. Any lost business will pale in comparison to increasing website traffic and new customers. Many visitors to a blog will read one, two, or more of your blogs before deciding to do business with you. Because you spent time helping them with no expectation of return, you position yourself as a thought leader and someone who puts the customer first. Those that give the most tend to receive the most.

 

Understanding the Role of Artificial Intelligence

 

Google now utilizes machine learning to further aid in their quest to provide unmatched search results to their users. Machine learning helps Google sort through the incredible amount of data created on the web each day. It parses through that data to look for patterns that help provide high-quality search results. Follow the three tips below to help Google's RankBrain understand that your website provides valuable information for searchers.

  1. Link building: Now that you created great content, is important to attract links from other websites to your blog posts and other important pages on your website. Google views links as votes for that content and for other resource pages on your website. This is an area where many SEO agencies struggle. Many do not have relationships with other websites. If you find that your agency is in this situation, we recommend that you partner with a white label SEO agency who has a wide variety of relationships with websites in several verticals.
  2. Keyword research: Focus on medium-tail keywords as they tend to convert at a higher rate than shorter keywords. RankBrain prefers longer keywords due to their high specificity.
  3. Content quality: Create user-centric blog content, white papers, and other forms of content that help potential customers grow their business and solve difficult problems.

Following the tips above will help you create a more consistent approach for your SEO clients and eliminate the strategic lurching that can often occur when new algorithm updates drop. The tips above will act as true north for your clients' SEO efforts. The next time an algorithm update drops, view it as a refinement of past updates centered around an effort to create better search results rather than a seemingly incongruent update that seems random in nature.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post; we hope that you will apply what you read here now and in the future.

 

BIO

Adam Stetzer holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has published on the topics of Internet marketing, absenteeism, employee and customer satisfaction, productivity and safety, and culture. He has founded several technology firms, and is currently CEO at HubShout, a white label SEO reseller firm. In his 25 year career he has worked with companies such as General Electric, Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola, Verizon, AT&T, Ford, LendingTree, American Express and ChevronTexaco. Adam has advised over 1,000 small business owners and blogs frequently.
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How to Choose a Color Scheme for your Logo Design


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When you are building a brand, choosing a color scheme for your logo design can often be more difficult than coming up with the brand entirely. Making the wrong choice could be damaging to your brand, but it can be hard to tell if you are making the right choice to begin with.

Colors are important when it comes to marketing because you want to ensure you’re invoking the power of emotional connection. This type of connection is important when you are building up your audience and gaining trust in your potential customers. So, how do you know which colors are going to best help you accomplish this? We are here to help you figure it out.

Connecting The Power of Emotion

Colors are psychologically connected to emotions. Certain colors make people feel certain types of emotions, which is why color matters so much in branding and marketing design. One small color tweak can make a big difference for a user without realizing it. For example, after running an experiment in CTA button colors, HubSpot found that a green CTA button outperformed a red one by 21%.

Different industries tend to have different dominating colors depending on what services or products they provide. For example, many banks and credit card companies use blue in their logo because blue evokes trust, loyalty, and security. Therefore, color is an important aspect in making sure you are connecting the right emotions for your brand to your customers and audience base.

What the Colors Really Mean

Each color has positive and negative connotations. Sometimes those negative connotations could pose a risk in certain industries. For example, most fast food industries don’t use the color blue because it can be an appetite-suppressing color since it’s not commonly found in the food we eat regularly.

Here is a quick overview of the positive and negative emotions that are connected to different colors:

  • Blue: Trust, honesty, devotion, comfort, unfriendliness, coldness, or a lack of emotion.
  • Red: Power, energy, passion, excitement, anger, urgency, danger, or pain.
  • Black: Sophistication, power, security, elegance, authority, coldness, evil, oppression, and mourning.
  • White: Innocence, calmness, purity, cleanliness, simplistic, plain, cautious, sterile, and empty.
  • Green: Hope, prosperity, freshness, growth, nature, boredom, envy, blandness.
  • Pink: Imaginative, passionate, fun, quirky, creative, feminine, impulsiveness, and rebelliousness.
  • Orange: Courage, warmth, fun, confidence, energy, deprivation, immaturity, and frustration.
  • Yellow: Warmth, happiness, youthfulness, creativity, fear, caution, anxiety, and cowardice.
  • Purple: Wisdom, spirituality, wealth, sophistication, imagination, moodiness, suppression, and sadness.
  • Brown: Structure, protection, security, nature, strength, loneliness, sadness, isolation, and darkness.

Consider the industry in which you are positioning yourself and the emotions you want to invoke. This part takes some research but is important for your decision.

The 60-30-10 Rule

When choosing your own brand’s overall color scheme, Canva recommends using the 60-30-10 rule that many designers follow. That means 60%, 30%, and 10% for each color within your palette.

Start by simply putting colors together. Try to focus on contrasting colors. Experiment with different shades and opposite colors to determine what works best with the image you have in mind. Stick to three colors in total to keep things easy on the eyes. Your base color should be your brand’s most dominant emotion, and then work your way down from there.

Narrowing Down Your Options

So, after all of this information, how do you pick a color scheme that will simultaneously set you apart within your industry but also evoke the right emotions? For example, you may be thinking about picking a color that is not typically used in your industry in order to set your brand apart and make your logo stand out from the crowd. However, this could be risky depending on how your audience will interpret your branding. Sometimes it can be safer to stay within an industry standard, but it depends on what you’re trying to convey.

There is always the option to run a test. Digital marketing is all about testing and tweaking wherever necessary. Things are always changing online, so your brand can constantly evolve with it.

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How Color Affects Our Overall Mood


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We all know which colors we love and which colors we like to avoid. But did you know that certain colors can influence your mood and make you change your decision? And if you did, do you know which colors and in what way? Let’s discover together.

 

The Color Purple

If you are a designer who is trying out their creativity in a web design project, you should seek color purple. It’s a stimulating color, being bright and energizing, yet having enough coolness to help keep you calm as you be creative. The lighter the color, the more calming the effects, and vice versa.

Blue or Green

Blue or green are the perfect examples of cool colors. They are associated with coolness and tranquility. When you look at the blue sky, for example, or a forest of greenery, you tend to feel at ease. It helps your eyes rest, too. When you’re in a room where you have to spend a lot of time in, blue colors work to keep you less antsy. It can help lower your blood pressure, too.

Orange and Yellow

These colors can help stimulate and make you hungry. There’s a reason why McDonald’s arches are yellow. When you see these colors, it can remind you that you of your hunger. A yellow or orange kitchen can make you hungry all the time, so beware. Any warm colors can invite you to feel this, so take note.

Red

Red invites passion and energy, like a bull running at a red cape. When you see red, you feel charged up. A love hotel may use a lot of red to invoke passionate lovemaking, but it’s not the best place to sleep because of how cerebrally stimulating it can be. Remember this when painting your house. Your creative room may be a good place for a little red, but not the bedroom.

How People Use Color

A good marketer, and good businesspeople know that color can influence customer’s decisions when buying a product. When you're trying to sell beds, using the color blue in your aesthetic can make potential customers feel like they could fall asleep on their mattresses. When you are selling art supplies, a splash of purple can influence customers as well. Business people selling family related products will use various colors to appeal to your kids. Speaking of kids, if you want some cool ideas for your family, click here or look here.

Knowing the psychological effects of color can help you be more mindful of it. If you want to calm down, you want to look away from red colors, and instead look to blueish colors as well. If you want to be creative, look to purple colors. And if you have to look at a color that gives the opposite of your desired effect, you can be aware and not let it impact you as much. For example, if you need to sleep, and are surrounded by red, you can look towards other ways of calming you down.

Assistance with Color

Sometimes, certain colors may trigger bad memories in people. If you have depression or anxiety, some colors may help, but they are no substitute for professional therapy and if some colors affect you in an adverse manner you should seek help. Online therapy sources like Regain are here to help you get assistance on your own terms and allows you to live a better life.

 

Conclusion

Color is amazing with how much it can affect you. By realizing its effects, you can make adjustments in your environment and be able to handle life’s colors more gracefully than ever.

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