29 Great Free Business Card PSD Templates: The Ace up Your Sleeve Aug 05 2014 When it comes to promoting a business, we have become accustomed to resort to online means such as websites, social media profiles, Google ads and the like. In doing so we extremely underestimate the power that is hidden in print material. Take that profane business card as an example. Of course these days business cards are no longer necessary to convey your contact information. Letterpress Business Cards Mockup Creator: graphicburger License: Free for personal and commercial use. Colorful Flat Business Card Template Creator: Al Rayhan License: Declared as Free, no proper license given. Cirque – Free Business Card Template Creator: Mike Bradshaw License: Declared as Free, no proper license given. Business Card Mock-up Template Creator: Deal Jumbo License: Free for personal and commercial use. PSD Business Card Mock Up 2 Creator: psdboom License: Declared as Free, no proper license given. Business Cards Mockup Creator: José Polanco License: Declared as Free, no proper license given.
'Radically simple' TriggerMail nabs $6M, changes name, imagines bigger | VentureBeat | Deals | by Barry Levine It may be practically an antique channel, but automated email marketing is still highly effective. It can also be an involved process. New York City-based TriggerMail has focused on streamlining the process of setting up emails that are sent in response to some condition, and today is a big day in the company’s history. The new company name, Bluecore, is intended to show that the company is moving beyond triggered email, CEO and cofounder Fayez Mohamood told VentureBeat. “Think of the automated email space,” he said. With a triggered email, for instance, a logged-in visitor — who has previously supplied an email address to a site — can be sent a customized email about a new discount on kids’ clothing the day after she has browsed that section in a site. Founded in 2013, Bluecore specializes in providing triggered emails for catalog-based retailers. “We are configurable out of the box,” Mohamood said, offering a dashboard and a client services team for quick setups.
When logos look alike It gets more and more difficult to create original logos. No matter how clever your idea, the chances are someone has come up with something very similar. Why is that? Well, we’re all surrounded by the same influences and exposed to the same shapes, forms, and patterns. Here I have compiled a few similar logos, showing them side-by-side so you can see what graphic designers face today. Sumpter & Gonzalez LLP and Stylegala National Film Board (recently updated) and Virtual Global Taskforce Carrier and Ford Scottish Arts Council and Artworkers NBC and Nebraska ETV Network One Spa, Manulife One and Penzeys One Magazine SimpleBits and LogoMaid (LogoMaid link directs to a Flickr thread with a fascinating commentary) pseudoroom design and Cyberathlete Professional League Ubuntu and Human Rights First Graphic Design Blog and Peter GI Star Sports and maltastar.com Sun Microsystems and Columbia Sportswear Applied Materials and Planned Parenthood searchmash and smashLAB Wayback Machine and Google Blogoscoped
3 Ways Your Small Business Can Leverage User Generated Content Now User-generated content (or UGC, for short) has become a buzzword in the digital marketing world. And for good reason – avid social media users are consuming over five hours of user-generated content per day. So it’s no surprise that fan-powered campaigns have proven to be 20 percent more effective on purchasing decisions than their traditional ad counterparts. UGC can be a great addition to your marketing strategy, all while boosting engagement and awareness for your brand. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that small businesses (and even AWeber) are crowdsourcing content so you can put together a successful user-powered campaign of your own! Why Is User-Generated Content So Effective For Small Businesses? UGC is a low-investment, high-impact way to generate social conversation between a brand and its fans. But even if your company doesn’t cater to Millennials, don’t dismiss the idea of UGC just yet. What Are Some Types Of User-Generated Content? Social media posts (i.e. 1. 2. 3.
5 Sites For Fantastic Creative Commons Design Resources “You wouldn’t download a car” You might recognise this question from the compulsory anti-piracy video on many movies and other digital media. The irony? In 2014, I very well might download a car! 3D printing makes this very achievable — even trivial — if you have the necessary hardware and resources. Yet statements like this make it obvious how unaware big commercial companies can often be of the nature of the internet and how it constantly transforms itself. Sidenote: In a second great irony, the music used in the anti-piracy ad was used without the permission or licensing of the music’s creator.. How Creative Commons was born For a designer and inhabitant of the digital age, old school copyrights are often not favourable. Technically, whenever we want to use some asset, we need to ask for permission from the copyright holder as “All rights are reserved”. As a non-profit organization, Creative Commons enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Flickr
12 Design Elements Crucial for a Newsletter’s Success How many newsletters in your inbox do you actually plan to read? It can be difficult to get a sense of which branded emails are worth opening when your inbox feels like a black hole. And while brands can’t exactly control open rates, there are ways to increase the chances of more open and click rates. We asked 12 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to name one design element that is crucial for a business newsletter’s success. Their best answers are below. Related Article: Email Marketing is Alive and Well! 1. Strong branding in the “from” field and subject line. 2. Most newsletters are overly designed with lots of images, colors and sometimes varying fonts. 3. No matter how much you optimize the design of the newsletter template, the one design element that's crucial for your newsletter's success is the opt-in form that you use to collect emails. 4. It’s easy to forget that behind short-term call to actions are long-term branding campaigns. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
Shades 1.0 - Free Wireframing Vector Kit | Design for Founders Posted on May 13, 2014 by Heidi Pungartnik · 5 comments Not everyone likes to scribble in their sketchbooks. But definitelly no-one likes to waste time designing wireframing elements while they should be making progress on their business. Ready to Save Time? This wireframing kit currently includes about 100 different elements. In order to use this kit, you will need a vector graphics editor such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape – although you could also go the old school way and print it out for some analog cut’n’paste action. Suggest a Feature This kit ain’t done yet! I’ll be adding elements as needed - please send your suggestions to email@example.com or comment below. License Shades 1.0 Vector Wireframing Kit by Heidi Pungartnik is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Download (.pdf) Download (.ai)
The Ultimate List of IFTTT Recipes for Marketers The Ultimate List of IFTTT Recipes for Marketers Here at SEER, we’re big proponents of scaling and automating as many tasks as possible so that we can spend the bulk of our time strategizing for our clients. So, we’re huge fans of IFTTT. If you’re not familiar with IFTTT, it’s simple. IFTTT is a free tool that you can use to connect different digital applications to make life easier. While IFTTT is a great tool for social media automation and lots of everyday life stuff, here at SEER, we believed it was capable of much, much more. And now we’re ready to share them with you! Recipe Prep Most of the recipes that we’ve prepared here require a bit of pre-IFTTT prep. Visual Ping: This tool will notify you when there is a visual change on a website, web page, or even just a area of a web page.Page2RSS: This tool will convert any web page – even if the page doesn’t publish a feed of its own – to an RSS feed, so that you can easily subscribe. A Note on Notification And with that…
Exclusive Freebie: Ten Beautiful Facebook Covers as PSD, AI and EPS Sep 03 2014 Facebook covers are the only design you can add to your Facebook page. If your profile or fan page is supposed to sport a professional look, you shouldn’t simply go scaling your website header or any random image you were able to find. Instead you should put proper effort into making your Facebook cover look as professional as your services are, well hopefully. Ain’t got enough time? Freepik: Free Design Resources from Sunny Spain Noupe’s readers know Freepik.com. Freepik: 10 Facebook Covers for your Professional Profile Today we have another exclusive freebie for you. Our Facebook covers can be used for private and commercial purposes alike, simply leave the note "designed by Freepik.com" intact. Individual Zip Archives for the 10 Facebook Covers Download: Facebook Cover 01 Download: Facebook Cover 02 Download: Facebook Cover 03 Download: Facebook Cover 04 Download: Facebook Cover 05 Download: Facebook Cover 06 Download: Facebook Cover 07 Download: Facebook Cover 08 Related Links
The Ultimate List of IFTTT Recipes for Marketers The Ultimate List of IFTTT Recipes for Marketers Here at SEER, we’re big proponents of scaling and automating as many tasks as possible so that we can spend the bulk of our time strategizing for our clients. So, we’re huge fans of IFTTT. If you’re not familiar with IFTTT, it’s simple. While IFTTT is a great tool for social media automation and lots of everyday life stuff, here at SEER, we believed it was capable of much, much more. And now we’re ready to share them with you! Recipe Prep Most of the recipes that we’ve prepared here require a bit of pre-IFTTT prep. Visual Ping: This tool will notify you when there is a visual change on a website, web page, or even just a area of a web page.Page2RSS: This tool will convert any web page – even if the page doesn’t publish a feed of its own – to an RSS feed, so that you can easily subscribe. A Note on Notification Almost all of the THAT steps in our recipes below are means of notification. And with that… So, what do you want to do with IFTTT?
The 8 Secret Places to Find the Best Stock Images Though still in nascent stages, the finalists in our Emerging Entrepreneur of 2014 competition are already making serious waves in fields as varied as advertising, mobile app development and athletic equipment. Each finalist currently counts no more than 12 full-time employees and grosses between $50,000 and $300,000 annually. However, the winner is bound to receive a serious supercharge -- including a profile in the January 2015 issue of Entrepreneur, as well as an invitation to an awards luncheon and small-business conference in Miami in February 2015. The “Emerging” category is just one of three fields in which Entrepreneur will award notable business makers come September. Related: What's Inspiring Emerging Entrepreneurs After you’ve read more about this year’s finalists below, make sure to cast your vote here and tweet your favorites with #ent2014. Floyd Hayes, World's Fastest Agency Ranan Lachman, Pley Related: Meet the Innovative Entrepreneurs Who Won Our Top Awards for 2013