Free Image Sites

  By Janice Hostager Research indicates the human brain can process images much faster than text–in 13 milliseconds! So why not use photos–instead of text–every chance you get! But custom photography can be very expensive.  Enter stock photography and free image sites.  It’s a perfect way to get a free images for your website, blog or your marketing needs.

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5 Crucial Elements of Good Package Design

By Janice Hostager Package design is a tough form of marketing. Not only do you need to get your customer’s attention in a short amount of time, but you are competing with other products on the same shelf as well as a host of other distractions in the store. When you sell a product on…

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How to Avoid Problems When You Hire a Graphic Designer

By Janice Hostager As a small business owner, you will likely be in the position at some point to hire a graphic designer.  Freelance designers are everywhere. As a business owner, marketing consultant and a designer, I have seen problems from all sides.  Here are some ways to make sure you hire a graphic designer who has…

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5 Free Image-Making Sites

By Janice Hostager Numerous studies show that  images are what get shared most often on social media.  And that makes perfect sense, right? No one will argue that a picture is worth a thousand words. And that’s not the only need for images.  Everything from landing pages to banner ads require image editing and creation. But…

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A holiday gift for you

This week, I want to give a special gift to my readers! The past few years, I have been producing desktop calendars for my clients.  They have become a sought-after item.  This year, we have decided to make them available online as downloads for your computer desktop, iPad or iPhone. Just choose your screen size…

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How to make QR codes work for your business

  In 2010, when the first QR (or Quick Response) code scanner apps were released for smartphones marketers and designers (ok…me too) went on a QR code frenzy. Our minds raced with the possibility of putting a QR code on everything from billboards to tattoos. But when the scan results started coming in, marketers found…

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My favorite free font and photo sites

I often get asked about the fonts I use in design projects, and where to find free photos. Although many of the photos and fonts I use are purchased, when I’m working with small businesses I try to find options to save them money.  So for this week, I thought I would compile a list…

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