Category Archives: Branding and Design

10th Anniversary Part III: Always Make Time for Proofing and Testing

Always Make Time for Proofing and Testing. When a client needs something in a rush from us we always manage to make it work. It’s not a regular habit, but things get forgotten or come up last minute. It can be a little stressful as both sides drop other things and rush to get it done. But, no matter how rushed, you must make time for proofing and testing. Continue reading

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When’s a Good Time to Redo Your Website? Part V

People are looking at your website on a mobile device. Your site should at least work properly. I’ve seen many that are just mini versions of the full site, but I’ve seen some that don’t work at all, look completely broken. The best mobile websites are not just scaled down versions of their big brothers, but redesigned for the medium. The images are often minimized or deleted, the navigation may take up the whole screen as a list, or made to look like navigating an app looks. It’s simplified. Continue reading

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Building a Strong Brand

Brand is reflected in every interaction the outside world has with your company. It’s the emotional connection your audience has with your company. Building a really strong brand takes a lot of work. Any designer worth their salt can create a nice looking logo, but that won’t get far on its own. Continue reading

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Celebrating Ten Years… Back to Basics

Rapport celebrates it’s tenth anniversary this March which, of course, inspires much navel-gazing. I have been thinking about what got us here. What are we best at? Look how much has changed in the last 10 years! How we can continue building on that success in this changing world? Continue reading

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How Do You Know It’s Good?

You know you need a new brand/ad campaign/website, so you hire a professional to help you. They present two or three concepts for you to choose from, but you can’t really tell the difference. How do you know which is best? How do you know any of them are really good (other than they’re better than what you had)?

You don’t need to be a marketing expert or a designer to appreciate good work, but you do need to feel confident in what you’re creating. Continue reading

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Make Your Tradeshow a Sales Success!

Lots of companies make what I would call half-hearted attempts at tradeshows thinking they’ll just test the waters. They get a not-so-great response and feel it’s not worth it, they’ll never do it again. They may be missing out on some great opportunities. If you’re going to try it, follow these five steps. Do so as professionally as possible, it’ll make the pay-off on the overall investment much higher. Continue reading

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Getting Your Team Onboard With Your Brand

We hear many people express frustration that their employees, particularly their salespeople don’t utilize the brand properly. This often happens because they haven’t bought into it, it’s too difficult or they simply don’t know enough about it. Continue reading

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Who Can and Can’t Do Websites?

To me, the development is the easy part. About 90% of websites are pretty straightforward – versus a bank with a zillion customer logins, high security, connecting to huge systems, etc. With great tools like WordPress – which we’re using a lot – most sites don’t need to be built by a specialty firm, just a good coder. It’s so 2005 to think only web developers can create websites. Any truly full-service communications company should be able to incorporate websites and digital marketing into your plan and make them work hard for you. Continue reading

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Panel Discussion Recap: Driving Corporate Growth Through Your Brand

We had a great seminar last Tuesday morning (June 21, 2011) with panelists Bruce Croxon, the founder of Lavalife, Joseph Pileggi, Director of Client Services at Thomson, Rogers Barristers and Solicitors, Terri Carson, Brand & Marketing Strategist, Rapport, Sandra McEwan, Vice President, Valuations Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and moderator Faith Seekings. See the Top Brand Tips for Growth. Continue reading

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Can Good Design Have A Positive Impact On Your Bottom Line?

Today’s consumers, whether they fall into the B2B or B2C category, have an extremely well-developed sense of what constitutes appealing design. And while they cannot always articulate what it is about a well-designed piece of communication or campaign that attracts their attention and interest, they know what they like, and more importantly they know, and tend to avoid what they don’t like. Continue reading

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