DOs & DON’Ts When Updating Your Website

How to approach a website refresh project

It’s been a few years since you launched your website and you know it needs updating. But how do you approach a website update/refresh/rehaul? What are the necessities? Do you start with a web designer or a copywriter? These are questions that I get from clients all the time and I’m happy to answer them! […]

Is Your Website Healthy & Effective?

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Websites are one of the best marketing tools we have in our tool box when it comes to telling the world — and more importantly, our customers — what we have to offer. Yet we often forget to give them the regular attention they need so they can do their crucial job of serving our […]

Assess Your 2021 Marketing Strategy

Assess Your 2021 Marketing Strategy

Ask yourself, did your marketing strategies and efforts pay off this year? Did they bring you more and new customers and good a return on your investment (ROI)? You can’t create the RIGHT marketing plan for next year UNTIL you assess the effectiveness of this year’s strategies. Does Your Marketing Measure Up? The way to […]

What is GMB and Why’s It So Important?

Why is Google My Business so important to your business?

Google My Business (GMB) is a free marketing tool that has SO MANY benefits, many of which are unknown to business owners. Yes, the map search results are especially helpful for location-based businesses, but ALL types of business can benefit from using GMB.  When you create your GMB Business Profile (and get verified), you’re easily […]

How Great Logos & Visual Brands Are Created

I work with several great designers to provide branding for clients. (Read my How to Hire a Graphic Designer post.) I’ve had a LOT of conversations with prospective clients about what goes into creating a logo and how there’s actually quite a bit of “homework” that has to happen before I can turn to one of those […]

Here’s a Planning Checklist for a Great 2021!

Here’s a Planning Checklist for a Great 2021 - Message Artist

Every business owner takes time in the last quarter of the year to assess how the year went and to develop a plan for an even better following year. 2020 threw more curveballs at us than most years do and that means planning for a bigger, better 2021 is likely well into crucial status. But […]

5 Steps to Take Before Hiring a Website Designer & 2 Red Flags

5 Steps to Take Before Hiring a Website Designer & 2 Red Flags - Message Artist

I’ve been covering some of the basics involved in creating your visual brand and the foundations for your online marketing. I started with a post that outlined who does what when it comes to building your best website. Then in my last post, I covered what to look for when it’s time to hire a graphic designer so you […]

Is Your Brand Fully Baked?

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Everyone in business has heard the words “brand,” “branding,” or “brand messaging” (I’ve certainly written about it before), but too often, the first (only?) thing that comes to mind are logos. We all know that a logo is an integral part of a business’ brand. It’s part of the visual brand that becomes the quick representation of […]

Who does What in Website Creation?

Who does What in Website Creation - Message Artist

We all know website are important to our businesses — they are often the first exposure a potential customer will have with you and your business. I’ve been talking a lot about websites recently, devoting my last two blog posts to websites. (“A Hard-Working Website: aka Website Fundamentals” and “Your About Page: It’s Not All […]