Category Archives: Creative Capitalism

Becka Bates  

The Story of an Event that Almost Wasn’t   April 24, 2020

Let’s start at the beginning—pre-social-distancing, pre-everyone-wearing-sweatpants-every-day—back in November 2019. Each year around that time, we begin work with Pacific Plug & Liner (PP&L), a wholesale supplier of perennial plant plugs and liners, to develop a theme and accompanying marketing campaign for the California Spring Trials (CAST). One of horticulture’s biggest events in the US, CAST is an annual week-long affair Continue Reading

     
Todd Pierce  

Fight Mental Fatigue With Project Management   February 20, 2020

Let’s be real: Most of us would be lying if we said we weren’t suffering from mental fatigue in at least one aspect of our lives. According to Healthline, mental fatigue can happen to anyone who continually deals with situations that activate their body’s stress response. It can make you feel overwhelmed and emotionally drained, and make your responsibilities and problems Continue Reading

     
Linda Dao Ohr  

Turn Customer Success into Return on Experience   February 6, 2020

We’re often asked how BatesMeron shows return on investment (ROI). And we often answer in an unexpected way: We don’t. Instead, we prefer to leverage customer success content to highlight the real impact of our work—a tool we’ve coined return on experience (ROX). To understand our approach, we’ll have to dig a little deeper, starting with the importance of showcasing Continue Reading

     
frank okay porcaro  

But It’s Mine!: An Illustrator’s Brief Guide to Selling Out   December 12, 2019

“No illustrator has a ‘style’ until they literally can’t do anything else,” is something a professor once told myself and my fellow BFA-seeking illustration cohort. While I have gone back-and-forth with whether I agree with this statement, one thing is clear between the lines: one’s style is sacred. As a young illustrator in my early twenties, I fell deeply into Continue Reading

     
Amy Clardy  

Is Your Website An Accurate Reflection Of Your Brand Identity?   November 21, 2019

If your answer is no or not completely, then it’s time to consider an update. In this day and age, there is no room for uncertainty when it comes to the impact the internet has on businesses—and websites are an extremely powerful marketing vehicle for all organizations. Studies show that between 70-80% of people research a company online before visiting Continue Reading

     
BatesMeron  

Why You Should Pick a Small Agency for Your Project   October 10, 2019

We probably don’t need to convince you that hiring a marketing agency can create huge benefits for any brand. But when it comes to finding that just-right agency for your business, things aren’t quite as simple. Everything from an agency’s location, past projects, clients, specialties and, yes, even its size, become important considerations. Well, the bigger the better, right? Not Continue Reading

     
Dan Wu  

The Best Way to Create Information Architecture   September 12, 2019

We’ve all experienced the frustration of navigating a website and being unable to find the information we need. That’s what usability test sessions are for. As a participant in one of these sessions, I helped test the usability of a photography studio’s website. One of my tasks was finding the price for a family shoot on the site. As I Continue Reading

     
Linda Dao Ohr  

Consistent Branding: Keeping the Sales vs Marketing Peace   August 19, 2019

Since the dawn of the modern business model, sales and marketing teams have had a notoriously rocky relationship—made rockier by the fact that they are two of the most critical departments in any organization. And, like most issues that arise, a lack of effective communication is to blame. From the sales team perspective, the problem is obvious: Marketing spends their Continue Reading

     
Amy Clardy  

Easter Eggs Can Delight Your Audience   July 23, 2019

You may be wondering why we’re talking about Easter eggs in July. We’re not talking about the plastic eggs with chocolate and other prizes inside. Instead, Easter eggs in the marketing world are hidden gems, features or moments of surprise buried within content, advertisements, software and throughout the internet. They are designed to catch you off guard and make you Continue Reading

     
Horacio Acevedo  

Avoiding Dark Patterns   June 18, 2019

In a previous blog, I wrote about the way in which website design intentionally creates a sense of trust so that users can feel at ease in providing personal information. Consequently, we have seen a rise of new and acceptable web pages that would otherwise seem taboo. Information gathering has become an additional source of income for many new online Continue Reading