• Hunger Games Entices Fans with Stunning Posters

    On: June 26, 2014
    In: Design
    Views: 1691

    I promise I won’t geek out on you (well, not completely anyway), but when I saw these posters for the upcoming Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 1, I knew I had to share them!

    If you follow the books and/or movies, you’ll know that at the end of Catching Fire, the Capitol is in a bit of trouble. With the people of the districts beginning to believe in Katniss and Peta, the Capitol must convince everyone that the way they run things is just fine… no need for change. As a lead-in to the next movie, a website and series of posters has been created to get the audince involved and help to hype up the movie.

    Well, I can honestly say that I’m a sucker. It totally worked on me! I checked out the website for the Capitol and it is really well done. In addition to their modern design of it, I love that the creators made the website as if the audience is one of the people from the districts… you can see President Snow in all his glory as well as sign up to watch “Capitol TV”. CLICK HERE TO SEE WEBSITE.

    More than the website, I was totally intrigued by the series of posters they released for the movie. Each one features a different district and an unsung “hero” from that district. For one, the photography is great–there is such detail, and each photo alone tells a story. The design of them is also something that I love. The series has a very simplistic design… featuring each district’s number, their symbol as well as a minimal amount of copy. If you look closely, the Capitol’s logo is also featured along with their motto, “Panem today. Panem tomorrow. Panem forever.” This touch makes the posters that much more real… drawing the viewer in as if they are living in this world with the Capitol and all of these districts.

    Kristen Oaxaca, Graphic Designer

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  • PR 101 — What is Public Relations?

    On: June 25, 2014
    In: News
    Views: 1109

    The formal practice of what is now commonly referred to as “public relations” dates to the early 20th century. In the relatively brief period leading up to today, public relations has been defined in many different ways, the definition often evolving alongside public relations’ changing roles and technological advances. The earliest definitions emphasized press agentry and publicity, while more modern definitions incorporate the concepts of engagement, relationship building, communications and media relations.

    The Public Relations Society of America (prsa.org) led an international effort in 2011/2012 to modernize the definition of public relations. The organization produced the following definition.

     “Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.”

    Simple and straightforward, this definition focuses on the basic concept of public relations — as a communication process, one that is strategic in nature and emphasizing “mutually beneficial relationships.”

    “Process” is preferable to “management function,” which can evoke ideas of control and top-down, one-way communications.

    “Relationships” relates to public relations’ role in helping to bring together organizations and individuals with their key stakeholders.

    “Publics” is preferable to “stakeholders,” as the former relates to the very “public” nature of public relations, whereas “stakeholders” has connotations of publicly-traded companies.

    As a management function, public relations also encompasses the following:

    • Anticipating, analyzing and interpreting public opinion, attitudes and issues that might impact, for good or ill, the operations and plans of the organization.
    • Counseling management at all levels in the organization with regard to policy decisions, courses of action and communication, taking into account their public ramifications and the organization’s social or citizenship responsibilities.
    • Researching, conducting and evaluating, on a continuing basis, programs of action and communication to achieve the informed public understanding necessary to the success of an organization’s aims. These may include marketing; financial; fund raising; employee, community or government relations; and other programs.
    • Planning and implementing the organization’s efforts to influence or change public policy. Setting objectives, planning, budgeting, recruiting and training staff, developing facilities — in short, managing the resources needed to perform all of the aboveKatie Garber, Account Services and Public Relations
    • Next time, more about “media relations.”
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  • Advertising vs. Public Relations

    On: June 17, 2014
    In: News
    Views: 924

    Do you know the basic difference between advertising and public relations? Both are functions of a creative marketing campaign, and when used together, can be a powerful communications tool.


    Advertising lets you tell your specific message to the market you want to tell it to.  For example, the jewelry store you represent is having a 50% off sale, so you buy an ad to reach your targeted audience.


    PR is less tangible and opens up more areas of potential press coverage. You cannot buy press coverage, but you can offer journalists story ideas that match their beats and topics.  Try crafting a news release, like “Just in Time for Holiday Gift Giving — 50% Off All Jewelry.”


    A lifestyle journalist searching for content for an article about holiday gift giving savings just may include your news in their article. Be creative. Provide appropriate news and story ideas that journalists will find helpful and you may see more of your clients in the news.

    Katie Garber, Accounts and PR Services

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  • How to improve your company’s online presence

    On: June 11, 2014
    In: News
    Views: 854

    I know you are super busy as a small business owner, but in today’s online world it is essential that you engage with your customers on a frequent basis to compete with your larger counterparts. 

     Here are some easy ways you can get started:  

     Own Your Website:  Sounds easy enough, but so many small business owners launch their website then forget about – don’t!  Keep your website fresh by making a point to update it on at least a bi-weekly basis. Try assigning someone on your staff to manage your website and make it part of their regular duties.  Remember to keep your target audience in mind – determine what problems they have that you can help solve with your web content?  Consider using a content calendar to keep you track with updates.

    Mobile Friendly: If you haven’t already done so, please optimize your site for mobile. Research shows most customers are accessing content through their mobile device. Make sure you have clearly defined your desired result from a mobile visitor before your optimization efforts ~ is it a click-to-call, a coupon download or some other action that you need to build to your result.

    Reward Loyalty:  In order for you to drive repeat business and reward your most loyal customers, you will need to incorporate a rewards program.  Having a loyalty program will help you “compete in the big leagues”.

    Get Yourself an App: An app can really help drive your business, but less than 20 percent of small businesses have a mobile app, and that is really a missed opportunity.  There are several new tools that provide out-of-the-box solutions that can help you get started.  Having an app will help you more easily let your customers know about discounts, deals and exclusive offers. In addition, you can use it to track and send invoices as well as do business on the go.

    Get Social:  Make sure you establish and maintain your key social network platforms including Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.  Customers want to engage with brands beyond where they are being sold to, so using social media is a great way to stay engaged and show your store’s personality. Remember to keep them current and updated on a regular basis, otherwise you risk losing momentum you have when you set them up.

    Katrina Noble

    Media Director

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