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Did you know that 48% of people cite a website’s design as the number one factor in deciding the credibility of a business?  To these people, it doesn’t matter how good your business is or how much better your products or services are than your competitors. If your website doesn’t look the part, they probably aren’t going to give you a second glance.

That’s why it’s so important for all business owners to keep up with modern web design trends. You don’t need to jump on every trend that arises – but staying informed will help you determine whether your website’s appearance could be causing it to lose potential business. We’ve put together a list of trends to keep a close eye on. Check them out below, and get inspired to tackle your web design projects with style.

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Did you know that the single most important predictive factor for the success of Super Bowl ads is the degree to which they tell a complete story? While this reassures the power of a strong narrative in marketing, it also elicits the question “How do I tell a story with my advertising?”

Since the early days of storytelling, with poets weaving together epic tales of heroes rising up to defeat monsters, stories were meant to compel action in us. They have continued as a preferred means of communication over the years because they draw on empathy – they are relatable and they are engaging.

Good content marketing should do one the following:

  • raise awareness
  • increase conversion
  • boost customer loyalty

Great content marketing can do all three at once.

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We live in a digital world – one where marketers are continually on the lookout for more and more innovative ways to grab a consumer’s attention. In today’s digital landscape, online video marketing continues to skyrocket – and for good reason. According to a recent study, 84% of people expect brands to create video content that provides solutions, experiences or entertainment. Here are just a few of the latest stats about the power of video:

  • 90% of customers report that product videos help them make purchasing decisions.
  • A third of all the time people spend online is dedicated to watching videos.
  • Including video on a landing page can increase conversion by 80%.

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Yesterday was International Women’s Day and it made me take pause for a moment to reflect on my career path. I thought about the start of my career in sales at Citytv at the tender age of 20. Back then, I was the first and only woman on the team. I still vividly remember how the fella in charge of my training took me on some sales calls for a day and pulled me aside for what I thought would be a mentor-to-student inspirational chat. I waited with anticipation for what I thought would be words of advice and encouragement. Instead, he warned me that I would most certainly make a fool of myself if I persisted. Apparently, just by being a girl, I was automatically classified as not tough enough for the role. With authority and force, he strongly suggested that I would be better off quitting as soon as I could — so I could leave with my dignity still intact.

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A jingle writer has done their job well if whenever you think of a particular brand their catchy tune immediately springs to mind. If you were brought up watching television or listening to the radio in Ontario, you’d be surprised to realize just how many of these jingles have become so ingrained in our memories!

The Alexanian jingle is one of those unique iconic jingles that everyone knows and loves. Without fail, every time we mentioned working on a new video with Alexanian, we’d hear “♪, ♫, ♪, ♫, ♪… Alexanians!” sung back to us right away.

Given the memorable status of their jingle, we decided to center our latest video project around it, playing on the heritage of the popular tune but re-vamping it to make it more fresh and modern for today’s digital world. Check out the video here at AlexanianTV!

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Last year, we set out to create a memorable holiday campaign for Vaughan Mills shopping centre. It involved creating Santa’s Tiny Big Town, the perfect place for families to make memories. Unlike other Santa experiences, this one provided a winding entrance full of interactive games for the children to play while they waited to see Santa, as well as a unique narrative focusing on the importance of spending time with the ones you love.

To coincide with the launch of Tiny Big Town, Vaughan Mills also announced a new charitable partner, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). One hundred per cent of proceeds from all photo packages sold were donated to SickKids for the duration of Santa’s Tiny Big Town, with a goal of raising $100,000. Viewers were urged to share the cause across their networks using the hashtag #keytotheholidays. They ended up surpassing their goal, raising a total of $115,000 for SickKids!

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We live in a world today where marketers are utilizing 39% of their marketing budgets towards creating video content, producing 27 million pieces of content each day. This content is used to fight for consumer attention, but is of limited value unless it is actually found by users and potential fans of your brand, while also being optimized to ensure maximum impact, and then measured to see the correlation with your business’s results. With this new explosion of content, the digital world has become the most important and efficient distribution channel to Target, Optimize, and Measure Results in order to win on the content battleground.

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  1. Are they using the latest technology or still buying manually?

Manual digital buys are time consuming, expensive and have far less targeting capabilities. Chime’s programmatic technology offers you the best of both worlds. Quality handpicked whitelisted premium sites. Lower cpms. Laser focused targeting capabilities. Coupled with tried and true frequency caps, you have all the ingredients for a successful campaign. Continue Reading..

When developing creative for advertisers, it’s important to start with target market insights.

Millennials, for instance, are digitally savvy, with a preference for luxury and exclusivity when it comes to brands (as these brands convey status). They want story-driven brands they can interact with online, since social media is part of their DNA.

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After an amazing first year, we’re thrilled to kick off our second year with the launch of the “Share Beauty” campaign we created for Shiseido Canada.

Shiseido has a long and prestigious history, going back to 1872, of creating beauty in the lives of those it serves. This year they developed the “Share Beauty” campaign to build on their message that “Beauty is a feeling.”Continue Reading..