The Ultimate Balancing Act: From Budget to Media & Creative

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    We’re talking about money again. The more clients we speak to, the more we understand the increasing demands being placed on tight budgets. It’s a real challenge to develop a budget that is comprehensive and delivers ROI. And agencies can add to the complexity because we all take a slightly different approach to pricing. While we can’t fix agency pricing across…

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    How to Budget to Work with an Agency

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    In the creative services industry, price can be a taboo subject. No one wants to talk about pricing and with good reason. First of all, value is subjective because the thing being sold is intangible. Second, there is the awkward idea of profit. Agencies are in business to make a profit after all. And no one likes the idea of…

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    Implementation and Execution: They’re Two Separate Things

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    If you follow our insights, you know that this article follows similarly themed content on research, personas and marketing strategy. Assuming you have done your research and adopted a collaborative strategy, you are ready to move into creative. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you get to check off deliverables just yet. There’s a critical step you’ll need to consider first, and it’s called implementation. Implementation…

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    Optimize Your Online Presence with Our Best Practices for eCommerce Imagery

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    If you’ve read any of our articles on ecommerce, you know that we’re adamant about the role of photography in the online shopping experience. High-quality imagery provides consumers with a pre-purchase experience. When that experience is positive, it can lead to sales, good reviews and even loyal fans. Photography and video combined are what we refer to as digital assets….

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    Our List of Must-Haves to Help Nail Your Next Retailer Pitch

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    If you’ve been around Porchlight for any period of time, you’ve heard the phrase, “In retail, every product has to be sold twice.” Even though most products are designed for consumers, we know all too well that retail is a B2B2C world. Before a product ever reaches a shelf, it’s been purchased by a retail merchant. For this reason, merchants…

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    How Often Do Rebrands Happen in the Home Improvement Industry?

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    From time to time, we all need a change. The same is true for brands. If you’re plugged into the world of branding, it may seem like there’s more rebranding happening on any given day than there is branding. Thankfully, that’s not the case. While it’s true that certain industries refresh their brands more often than others, it’s not routine…

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    Attention to Detail

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    We’re all adults, here. We’re all really busy. We get it, the tyranny of the urgent is more urgent than ever. But, let’s take a minute and talk about that misspelling on your website. Then, let’s talk about that grammatical hiccup on your packaging. It’s just not okay. There are a lot of really smart people selling really great products,…

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    Our Top 5 Proofreading Tips

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    Proofreading isn’t the most exciting part of the design process, and it’s definitely not the most fun. But it is one of the most important steps we take to produce consistent, impressive work for our clients. Because Porchlight is a design agency, the proofreading process for our projects involves a few more steps than just looking for the traditional grammar,…

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    The Producer’s Guide to Nailing a Photoshoot

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    Photographers aren’t the only ones who make a pretty picture possible. Editorial and lifestyle producers work behind the scenes to get things done that you might not even think of. Here’s a snapshot of what to expect on set: First, you’ve got to pick the perfect photoshoot location. You may have to register for permits (yes, that’s permits with an…

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    What Can You Learn from Shopping Your Own Product?

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    How many other marketing and advertising mediums are placed within inches from the competition? Not many. Retail packaging, however, lives side-by-side with its marketing rivals. Typically, indecisive shoppers hold a product in their hand while scanning other possible options and comparing brand recognition, features, benefits and price. All of this happens in about 15-20 seconds. There is a small window…

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