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How to Build a First Aid Kit [Infographic]

The following items are necessities for any first-aid kit. Prepackaged kits are great for the road. You can buy inexpensive “all-purpose” kits to keep in each of your cars and in almost every room of your house
B2B Design Blog   The following items are necessities for any first-aid kit. Prepackaged kits are great for the road. You can buy inexpensive “all-purpose” kits to keep … http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/graphic-tutorials/how-build-first-aid-kit-infographic/

Stop the Madness: Quit Overusing the #Hashtag

Attention please… yes you, stop typing. Shift + “3” (#) is no longer in your repertoire of social media keystrokes. The world craze over the “hashtag” has become such an annoyance that Jimmy Fallon made it his mission to embarrass the hashtagger – once wi…
B2B Design Blog Attention please… yes you, stop typing. Shift + “3” (#) is no longer in your repertoire of social media keystrokes. The world craze over the “hashtag” has beco… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/social-media/stop-madness-quit-overusing-hashtag/

10 Photoshop Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Photoshop is a heck of an amazing software that can really help your creativity express itself through a variety of useful tools. It’s also excellent if all you want to do is retouch a photo a bit before you post it on your site or anywhere else. If you a…
B2B Design Blog Photoshop is a heck of an amazing software that can really help your creativity express itself through a variety of useful tools. It’s also excellent if all you wa… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/graphic-tutorials/10-photoshop-tips-and-tricks-beginners/

The 7 Deadly Financial Sins of Small Businesses

This year's tax season has finally been put to bed. And many people -- both small-business owners and consumers -- are breathing a collective sigh of relief. However, there is a fundamental difference between business and personal finances when it comes t…
B2B Design Blog This year's tax season has finally been put to bed. And many people -- both small-business owners and consumers -- are breathing a collective sigh of relief. H… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/7-deadly-financial-sins-small-businesses/

Context is Key

In 1996, Bill Gates famously said, "Content is king." To a large degree, he's still correct. In 2006, Shel Israel and Robert Scoble wrote Naked Conversations, which largely prefaced the era of social business that we now find ourselves in. While it was…
B2B Design Blog In 1996, Bill Gates famously said, "Content is king." To a large degree, he's still correct.   In 2006, Shel Israel and Robert Scoble wrote Naked Conversa… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/social-media/context-key/

Want to Get Money From Mark Cuban? Here's How.

He can be bold and brash, but Mark Cuban is one of those rare entrepreneurs-turned-investors who can steer a new startup toward success. He juggles an ever-growing portfolio of businesses that now tops 80 ventures and sits as a judge on TV’s Shark Tank, a…
B2B Design Blog Editor's Note: 'Trep Talk takes you inside the millionaire minds of the most intriguing entrepreneurs behind the big ideas. Join Entrepreneur for a more personal l… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/business-networking/want-get-money-mark-cuban-heres-how/

The Surprising Strategy One Man Used to Eliminate Procrastination

In 2009, Fred Stutzman was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina and he was trying to grind out some important work on his thesis. But there was a problem. His favorite coffee shop, which had previously been a quiet sanctuary where he …
B2B Design Blog In 2009, Fred Stutzman was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina and he was trying to grind out some important work on his thesis. But ther… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/surprising-strategy-one-man-used-eliminate-procrastination/

7 Stupid Branding Mistakes Your Small Business is Making

When you think about great branding, Coca Cola’s distinctive red and white lettering, Nike’s swoosh and Adidas’s three stripes likely come to mind. But as a small business, imagining the level of investment that’s gone into these iconic images can make th…
B2B Design Blog When you think about great branding, Coca Cola’s distinctive red and white lettering, Nike’s swoosh and Adidas’s three stripes likely come to mind. But as a small … http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/branding-identity/7-stupid-branding-mistakes-your-small-business-making/

Trouble in Paradise? How to Reignite Customers' Interest in Loyalty Programs.

From the moment a consumer says "I do" to a brand's loyalty program, a special bond between the two begins. Loyalty program membership creates a closer, more intimate brand connection. Consumers are opening their hearts, minds and wallets to their bran…
From the moment a consumer says "I do" to a brand's loyalty program, a special bond between the two begins. Loyalty program membership creates a closer, more intimate brand c… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/branding-identity/trouble-paradise-how-reignite-customers-interest-loyalty-programs/

Leading Our Business as a Servant

We live in a world where the chase for power is increasing. Someone is always getting thrown under the bus so another person can get ahead. The “top of the food chain” philosophy that has infected our workforce and leadership has thrived on the accumulati…
We live in a world where the chase for power is increasing. Someone is always getting thrown under the bus so another person can get ahead. The “top of the food chain” philoso… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/business-networking/leading-our-business-servant/

An Introvert Designers Guide To Surviving (And Thriving) In The Workplace

If your open-concept office is driving you crazy, it could be because you're an introvert. Offices can can be particularly difficult environments to navigate for introverts, who gain energy and generally feel their most productive in quiet and solitude…
If your open-concept office is driving you crazy, it could be because you're an introvert. Offices can can be particularly difficult environments to navigate for introverts, … http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/introvert-designers-guide-surviving-and-thriving-workplace/

Concrete5: San Francisco’s website alternative to Wordpress

Small/Medium sizes businesses in San Francisco and all across the world have dozens of options on how to build and sustain their websites. All website content management systems (CMS) offer terrific options from DIY to templates to hiring a professional g…
Small-Medium sizes businesses in San Francisco and all across the world have dozens of options to build and sustain their websites. All website content management systems (CMS) … http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/branding-identity/concrete5-san-franciscos-website-alternative-wordpress/

Using Website Images to Help Drive Traffic to Your Website

OK, so you have your company but you want to show up when people are searching out your business in Google, Bing or Yahoo! There are several layers to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and one important key ingredient is using image descriptions to enhance…
OK, so you have your company but you want to show up when people are searching out your business in Google, Bing or Yahoo! There are several layers to SEO (Search Engine Opt… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/search-engine-optimization/using-website-images-help-drive-traffic-your-website/

Inside the Box?

Oakland doesn't really like Creative People? In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists…
People don't really like creativity Illustration by Rob Donnelly In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creat… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/branding-identity/inside-box/

Orange is growing Oakland’s Small Business Community [Press Release]

OAKLAND, Calif. -- California is to Orange as America is to Apple Pie. The San Francisco Bay Area is legendary for its strong support for the local economy including local business. These small-medium sized businesses are always learning new and innovativ…
PRLog (Press Release) - Dec. 9, 2013 - OAKLAND, Calif. -- California is to Orange as America is to Apple Pie. The San Francisco Bay Area is legendary for its strong support for th… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/orange-growing-oaklands-small-business-community-press-release/

Know Your Purpose

Being a newbie in the San Francisco Bay Area is pretty overwhelming. Imagine being surrounded by the worlds finest, most talented, passionate and qualified designers, programmers and business developers. Often I notice me asking how I can find my place in…
Being a newbie in the San Francisco Bay Area is pretty overwhelming. Imagine being surrounded by the worlds finest, most talented, passionate and qualified designers, programmer… http://www.creativeorange.ca/business-blog/random-thoughts/know-your-purpose/

— Mar 9, 2015

The Bubbly Marketing Expert [Thumbtack]

Fast forward, 4 years into a career working in the education industry helping to build e-learning courses, I wound up meeting my one-day-to-be-husband, Chris, who ran his own business since the age of 16. He helped me build a network which brought me more client, and I ended up quitting my day job in lieu of the rush to freelance.

— Feb 10, 2015

The Art of Color Theory: The Color Wheel [Infographic]

For Painters, Artists and Designers Color theory encompasses a multitude of definitions, concepts and design applications for pigment colors. Color theories create a consistent structure for color. By knowing the color wheel, you will have the foundations for any creative project you have on your To Do list!

— Oct 29, 2014

The Benefits of B2B Co-Marketing Campaigns

One of the least-used methods for obtaining rich, new B2B leads is also one of the most effective. Co-marketing combines the products and services you provide with those of complementary companies, attracting new clients and forging relationships that last. Maximizing your efforts will take a clear goal, a mutually beneficial marketing plan, and a...

— May 22, 2014

True Colors – Breakdown of Color Preferences by Gender

From the day that babies are brought home and cradled in their pink or blue blankets, implications have been made about gender and color. While there are no concrete rules about what colors are exclusively feminine or masculine, there have been studies conducted over the past seven decades that draw some generalizations. Let’s take a look at...

— Apr 28, 2014

7 Stupid Branding Mistakes Your Small Business is Making

When you think about great branding, Coca Cola’s distinctive red and white lettering, Nike’s swoosh and Adidas’s three stripes likely come to mind. But as a small business, imagining the level of investment that’s gone into these iconic images can make the thought of undertaking your own branding initiative seem overwhelming. It’s...

— Mar 17, 2014

Trouble in Paradise? How to Reignite Customers' Interest in Loyalty Programs.

From the moment a consumer says "I do" to a brand's loyalty program, a special bond between the two begins. Loyalty program membership creates a closer, more intimate brand connection. Consumers are opening their hearts, minds and wallets to their brand of choice by sharing information about their shopping habits and personal financial data...

— Feb 10, 2014

Concrete5: San Francisco’s website alternative to Wordpress

Small/Medium sizes businesses in San Francisco and all across the world have dozens of options on how to build and sustain their websites. All website content management systems (CMS) offer terrific options from DIY to templates to hiring a professional graphic designer to custom design their website. While one might be led to believe that more...

— Jan 9, 2014

Business Cards basics for an Oakland Company

Many people overlook the value of having a professional business card that accurately reflects your brand image, yet this small piece of paper can be an important part of your collateral package. It's often the first item prospects receive from you, so it's your first opportunity to make a strong, positive impression on them. The preponderance...

— Dec 18, 2013

Inside the Box?

Oakland doesn't really like Creative People? In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is supposed to be...

— Nov 4, 2013

Why Building a House is Similar to Marketing Your Business

Your house needs to be built on a solid foundation, right? Well, so does your online marketing, the foundation being your website. Your website should be the main hub of all your online marketing. Whether you are marketing online or offline, you must have a solid foundation in place. If not, you could be wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars.

— Oct 21, 2013

Value of the Graphic Designer who Codes

"Well, it's a start, but basically it stinks," said Steve Jobs, telling early Apple engineer Chris Espinosa exactly how he felt about the company's first calculator application. Iteration after iteration, Jobs continued to be dissatisfied with the calculator. Espinosa continued to code, slowly inching his way to perfection. But nothing was...

— Sep 8, 2013

10 Quotes San Francisco Entrepreneurs Should Memorize

Life can be tough. As my mother used to wryly remind me, “No one gets out alive.” We all have plenty of less-than-perfect moments. Not even the most gifted, telegenic and charming people live every day in the sunshine. The same is true for entrepreneurs. Just as “bad things happen to good people,” every great entrepreneur regularly...

— Aug 2, 2013

Oakland Businesses Find They Can't Grow without Branding

Not long ago, as Honest Tea was preparing to dramatically expand the distribution of its organic beverages from its natural foods base onto shelves in the general market, company officials determined it was time for a branding overhaul. So last year the Bethesda-based company, which made news recently when it was fully purchased by Coca-Cola,...

— Jul 15, 2013

8 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS CARDS STAND OUT

As wired-in as most of us are, chances are you still return from a networking event or meeting with a stack of business cards in your pocket. In a world where LinkedIn has replaced the Rolodex, and we routinely pack far more powerful tools of connectivity, why does the paper card survive? Richard Moross--CEO of Moo.com, which sells stylish printed...

— Jul 15, 2013

WHY HAVE BRAND IDENTITY GUIDELINES?

Inside the brand guidelines are tools, templates and information to help all staff and vendors produce materials that are consistent, professional and immediately recognizable as your company brand. Putting a comprehensive set of standards in one place makes it easier for everyone to develop communications — in print, on the Web and in other...

— Jul 5, 2013

HELICOPTER BRANDING: WHY IT’S BAD AND HOW TO AVOID IT

A famous piece of wisdom from child-rearing expert Dr. Benjamin Spock is making the rounds again: “Better to relax and make a few mistakes than to try too hard to be perfect … Children are driven from within themselves to grow, explore, experience, learn, and build relationships with other people. A lot of good parenting lies in simply...

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