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LEFT COAST MARKETING CELEBRATES 10 YEARS! Join us as we look back...

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LEFT COAST MARKETING CELEBRATES 10 YEARS! Join us as we look back...

It’s hard to believe but Left Coast Marketing & Design is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary this month! It seems like yesterday that we launched our first client website selling imported wine online and producing photography and other digital media to support the sales effort. Does anyone remember what was happening in March of 2008? Well things weren’t exactly bright and rosy as our economy was on the brink of disaster, but we had no idea that the worst was yet to come. A great recession, housing crisis, and a global market meltdown later...we finally made it through the gauntlet. To say the least it has been a wild ride as a small business here on the Left Coast with lots of peaks and valleys...but I am happy to say we are here to stay.

My wife and business partner Stacey is solely responsible for our company being what it is today...without a doubt in her mind she believed that if we put all of our energy into our business and our clients we would make it a HUGE success! Of course, success can be measured in many ways but I always bring it back to our clients...several of which have been with us since we launch back in 2008. We have worked with over 100 clients since 2008 providing creative services to support food and beverage brand & product marketing as well as hospitality, lodging and real estate. We share in our client’s success stories which never gets old as every day is a new day with a new challenge. I think what Stacey and I are most proud of is the talented group of creative people that represent the Left Coast family and the culture that our company has today. We look forward to seeing what the next 10 years bring...

We are not big fans of wordy BLOG posts but for this exercise we wanted to document the timeline of our company’s inception (as well as parts of the prequel) for the very first time. We hope our customers and future customers enjoy reading about the journey...

  • The Prequel Part I -> 2006: Dan co-founded a company called Artisan Media which was a leader in the video marketing space for the food & beverage industry. With co-founder David Elkins they produced documentary style videos with winemakers and culinary professionals broadcasting to a video streaming platform that was gaining quite a bit of attention called YouTube. While videos were so much FUN to make the gigs were few and far between so to make a few extra bucks they starting a photography services called Bottle Shots. LOVE WHAT YOU DO.

  • The Prequel Part II -> 2007: After acquiring 100% ownership of Artisan Media (which in today’s dollars could hardly basically afford you a MacBook Pro) Dan launched a wine industry digital asset management platform called Wine Media Kit. With all of this video and photography we were producing we needed a better way to store and access the files in the global marketplace. Again, we were on to something very big...until a small company called DropBox came up with a pretty darn good solution of their own. PROJECT MANAGEMENT IS IN OUR DNA.

  • The Beginning -> 2008: Left Coast Marketing & Design was founded in March of 2008 by Dan and Stacey Chapin. Anyone who knows us won't be surprised to learn that it was the only name we could agree upon. Our original business model established to provide direct marketing support for an import wine brand -> specifically a dry pomegranate wine from Israel called Rimon Wines. When our client/partner decided to abandon the DTC sales operation we inherited a website and inventory to sell. Of course, this came with a new requirement that we purchase purchase the wine from our customer as a distributor a resell it as a retailer. Let me tell you that sales were great and marketing wine online at that time was a piece of cake! If we only knew what we were getting into...unfortunately we ran out of “pay dirt” for Left Coast Marketing & Design when our business partner stopped importing the wonderful Rimon Wines merged the two companies under LMC umbrella to provide Digital Marketing and media production services. It was at this time we also decided to focus more on creative services and less on software programing. CUSTOMER SERVICE IS OUR #1 SERVICE.

  • The Big Break -> 2012: After bidding on several large projects to help us take the leap...we landed facebook wine marketplace account working with Wine Direct and building a photography studio inside of the Wine Direct warehouse which was originally going to house the Amazon wine marketplace digital media production. In less than 6 months we shot over 1,000 product images  which allowed us to quit our day jobs and focus 100% on our fledgling creative business. There are several mantras that we hold dear at Left Coast Marketing & Design which will be the subject of another BLOG...but back in 2012 we started to develop our CORE VALUES that we hold dear today. LIFE + WORK = BALANCE.

  • Expansion Part I -> 2013: Many of our clients were in need of help to support their sales & marketing initiates beyond our digital media production services. After referring enough of them to other design agencies we decided that it was time to make fulfill our clients needs by expanding our superpowers. We launched print design and custom publishing services. This has been the best decision we made although it was also the first step in taking our business to the next level. CUSTOMER SERVICE IS OUR #1 SERVICE.

  • Diversification -> 2015: As our company grew we saw value in expanding to other industries to bring our ideas and best practices to other small businesses while staying 1-degree of separation from the wine biz. Expanding from the wine industry we found ourselves gravitating to specialty food and beverage, hospitality, retail, and even real estate. What we did not expect is that our knowledge based also expanded and we brought ideas and best practices back to our wine industry clients. It is this diversification coupled with deep experience in knowledge within the wine industry niche that forged the creative superpowers that we have today. LOVE WHO YOU WORK WITH.

  • Expansion Part II -> 2016: Following our Core Value #1 that CUSTOMER SERVICE IS OUR #1 SERVICE we finally added Website Design & Development to our list of service offerings in order to solidify our holistic marketing and creative service value proposition. This new offering fit into our company culture so naturally it seemed to be the piece we were missing all along. And the best part...we welcomed Tony Immordino from Wine Minded Design and his right hand man Stan Tausan into the Left Coast team! CUSTOMER SERVICE IS OUR #1 SERVICE.

  • Onward and Upward -> 2017 through to Today: Our team started to grow and our core team members began to spread their wings! Left Coast Marketing & Design's veteran graphic designer Chelsea Bond was promoted to Lead Designer for the print design portfolio. Sarah Seabourne, SSU graduate, has spearheaded the new chapter of Digital Marketing Services. Jon Strachan our newest member, is project manager and quarterback when it comes to organization and getting the job done. He also has a design background which lens itself well to understand the creative process and our clients needs. Everyone has a different set of superpowers so I will save that for another BLOG post...but in closing we just want to say THANK YOU to all of our clients, many of whom are still with us since the early days, and we are so grateful for the opportunities we have been blessed with the the amazing team that carries the Left Coast Marketing & Design flag today. LIFE + WORK = BALANCE.

  • OK...that's it. Don't forget to RSVP to our 10 year Anniversary party and we hope to see you there!!

 

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Do you have a small design budget? Here are 3 different ways to maximize your ROI

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Do you have a small design budget? Here are 3 different ways to maximize your ROI

Social Media Promotion:

Social media is one of the most cost-efficient digital marketing methods used to syndicate content and increase your business’ visibility. Implementing a social media strategy greatly increases your brand recognition. Think about it. These platforms allow you to engage with a broad audience of consumers beyond the walls of your business. Think BIG and implement SMALL. Starting with a small budget will allow you to execute a social media advertising campaign. You will immediately begin to see what ads are effective and what audience they are effective with. As you become more comfortable, fine tune your strategy and try increasing your budget.

Printed Piece:

The conventional wisdom is that everything print is dead, but plenty of people didn’t get the memo. Print media, such as direct mailers, catalogs and even magazines, allow for unlimited exposure. Tie-in some Targeted Print Advertising, and your promotional budget just got more efficient AND effective. Remember! Match your message with the interests of a niche print medium’s subscribers and you’ve got a win.

Photography:

We would like to argue that photography leads successful marketing campaigns. Having a solid gallery of photos to scatter across your social media platforms is a cost efficient way to stay relevant and engaged. Creating content marketing explosion plays one the major role in the business: It helps curate your own identity. Isn’t that fun? Professional photography has a major role in the marketing explosion. People usually remember visual memories more than reading text or listening to elevator pitches. Market your business by utilizing the skills of a professional photographer. It is one of the best methods out there to make your business stand out from the rest of the pack 

 

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How to Start Your 2018 Print Marketing on the Right Foot

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How to Start Your 2018 Print Marketing on the Right Foot

 Here we are in January 2018 all dressed up for the ball and looking for dance partners. Not only are we all excited about the new year, but we are also making plans for how our future successes will unfold throughout the year. Marketing plans, digital marketing plans, financial plans, personal plans… and everything in-between. At Left Coast Marketing & Design, there are also a lot of plans in the works and many of them are PRINT PROJECTS requiring a print budget to make marketing dreams come true. Will you be our dance partner? Let us show you our Magic Marketing Kit List and get you ready for 2018 ball!

Check out this list of key items that belong in a Marketing Kit, with explanations of WHY. We laid it out on a timeline of TOP priority first!

THE MAGIC MARKETING KIT LIST

  • BUSINESS CARDS - to reach you!

  • LINE SHEETS or TASTING NOTES - to review the description of your product with an image.

  • ORDER FORMS - to make their dreamy purchase a reality! One for retail and one for wholesale!

  • FOLDER - to put this all in, of course!

  • BROCHURE - to understand your story and get invested in choosing your product!

  • CLUB SIGN-UP SHEET - because everyone wants to join.

  • BOOKLET or CATALOG - to show how serious you are about your product.

  • STICKER - because everyone loves stickers.

As one of our main core values states, "project management is in our DNA." So when it comes to planning out print projects for the rest of the year, now is our time to help you set things into motion (if we haven't already done so). One of the best ways that we can help serve you is by providing examples of what has worked in the past. Today we are going to touch on one specific example. This is what we can call THE MARKETING KIT. It is the system that the customer will experience for a particular set of products, from the folder that they open up with your logo on it to the line sheets, price sheet, order sheet and possibly a booklet or a brochure and a sticker or something fun – to set the tone of expectation for your potential and existing customers. Nothing screams "we’ve got it together" more than a consistently designed approach with sales.

Now, we understand that upfront a Marketing Kit sounds like a big project. Tight budget? This is where we can help you prioritize what pieces need to happen first and what your timeline is. Then by the end of your timeline, there you have a shiny (or matte) piece of joy... aka MARKETING KIT.

Are we missing anything? Every industry is a little different, especially when working with distributors and retailers. Just remember, everyone loves stickers. And we are here to help you make this Magic Marketing Kit come to a reality.

 

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Client Spotlight: Trentadue Winery

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Client Spotlight: Trentadue Winery

This month’s Client Spotlight is on one of our favorite clients...Trentadue Winery. Left Coast Marketing & Design has been working with Trentadue for over 3 years as their Creative Agency. We have worked on everything from print design to web and email template design to wine club newsletters to new wine and food packaging design and most recently event marketing support. They have many exciting plans for the future after hiring new Chief Operating Officer, Jim Debonis.

Trentadue is a beautiful winery located in Geyserville California. The Trentadue family arrived in Sonoma County long before the region gained a reputation as the Wine Country. Evelyn and Leo Trentadue, who were dedicated agriculturists, contributed significantly to the advancement of their region over the years. The Trentadues were among the very first to plant new vines in Sonoma County since the days of Prohibition. Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, Trentadue is known for their romantic ambiance and their delicious wines.  

Trentadue has exciting plans for 2018 with relaunch of their Old Patch Red. One of the key initiatives for Trentadues 2018 marketing strategy is to focus on boosting their social media awareness, website traffic and direct consumer sales for their Trentadue Winery brand. They hope to stand out from the rest of the pack by being “ relevant, modern, and provocative” with their marketing initiatives in the upcoming year.

Trentadues Happy Hour Thursday, which launched this past summer was a huge success and featured live music, food trucks and exclusive wine sales. Left Coast Marketing & Design was honored to be involved with producing all of the signage, print and digital graphics to support print, web and social media assets. By targeting their existing mailing list with direct mail campaigns and being active on social media by driving awareness to Happy Hour Thursday, they saw a very successful outcome. They also gained group of regulars who helped give the event an amazing reputation by word of mouth. If you are ever in the area in the summer months make sure to check out Trentadues Happy Hour Thursday!

Trentadue Winery is one of our favorite clients to work with and we look forward to continuing to support their marketing initiatives throughout 2018!

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2018 Marketing Budgets

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2018 Marketing Budgets

In order to get everyone ready for the new year we decided to do a BLOG post dedicated to ways that your company can refresh its Marketing & Creative Assets in order to ensure success during 2018.  Below are 5 different ideas that we think could help you get organized from a sales and marketing perspective!

1. Brand Identity Refresh

January is a great month to revisit your brand identity to make sure it remains fresh with today's style, while still staying true to the roots of your original brand. We love any opportunity to work with our clients to refresh the look and feel of their brand. In order to do so, we must put our creative superpowers together to create authentic content for our clients.  Whether its photography, website design or custom stationary necessities, LCM is here to answer all of your Brand Identity Refresh questions.

2. Brand Style Guide Refresh

A Brand Style Guide includes many important brand assets (i.e. logo, fonts, colors, etc.) needed to begin any creative project. Just like every company needs a set of S.O.P.s (Standard Operating Procedures) every company/brand needs a Brand Style Guide. We like to include examples of both print and digital design assets, relevant call outs, font colors and when to build them for our clients.

3. Digital Marketing Refresh

When planning your digital marketing strategy, be sure to get input from your business development and sales team if you have that capacity. They may have insights from day-to-day interactions with customers regarding content ideas and keywords that are valuable for gaining traction organically in search engine results. Gaining business from your companies social media platforms becomes even easier after getting your 2018 digital media affairs in order!

4. Website Refresh

Have you seen the latest website designs? It's amazing how technology has evolved in the design world over the years. Whether you are looking to refresh your website’s look and feel to appeal to specific audiences, or refresh your content to boost your search engine results, it's a good idea to factor both into your marketing budget. Another important aspect to keep in mind as technology continues to evolve is understanding where your website visitors are coming from. Websites are unique, and we here at Left Coast Marketing know full well that each person or company has specific needs and desires. Our aim is to make your website stronger and more useful for you and your customers.

5. Business Stationary Refresh

Business cards, letterhead, custom email signatures, and graphics are all examples of physical paper items that can be used as business stationery for your company. Refreshing your stationery doesn’t necessarily mean having a full redesign overhaul. It could be as simple as adjusting the layout, adding your social media links or hints of color from your logo in certain text elements. Left Coast Marketing has worked with many different companies to give their stationary an upgrade on numerous occasions, so if you are wanting more information let us know!

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