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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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The Redesign of Wine Country Lifestyle

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The Redesign of Wine Country Lifestyle

The redesign of Wine Country Lifestyle was a pretty big deal here at Left Coast Marketing. WCL (we call it) is a magazine that we produce, customized per client. Because each magazine is customized, redesigning the magazine also meant that we would be redesigning our Clients' magazine – so we were cautious not to let our ego get ahead of us. Market research is what we began with. Who is our customer? Who, ultimately, will be the one flipping through the pages, reading the articles, and admiring the photography? In our line of business, our customer goes beyond our Client. The true customer is our Client's customer. In this case, it is the wine club member who just opened up their club shipment and decided to flip through the pages of the enclosed magazine (meanwhile sipping on their new wine and reminiscing about the wine country). Once we nailed down the WHO, we got to begin on the WHAT. We put together a few mocks for a new cover design and table of contents, and sure enough we had a winner.

The new logo for Wine Country Lifestyle now emphasizes "Lifestyle" versus "Wine Country," a small but important detail to us as a company. We are looking to expand beyond the box of the wine country, meanwhile maintaining roots in where we are. After all, it is clear to any passer-by that we are rooted in the wine country, and we sure do not produce wine, so let's focus more on the lifestyle that us local wine-lovers live.

St. Francis Winery got to be the first Client experiencing the new design. They have been a fabulous Client to work with, as it is not their first time in the rodeo, and they are open to the magazine evolving as we evolve. We are excited to present this Fall's Wine Country Lifestyle, and invite you to flip through the pages of our digital version.

~ by Designer, Chelsea Bond 

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