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Tina Reynolds

Be a Change Agent for Good

As the leader of the best creative team in Sacramento, I work hard to create a community of giving, learning and growing – from the inside out. Our team is committed to building a world around us that is conscious and filled with positive intentions. We want to work with people who tear down silos. …

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Lizzie Carroll

Best E-blast Practices for Nonprofits

One of the best, but sometimes most labor-intensive, marketing tools a nonprofit can utilize to marketing their cause is an e-blast campaign. E-blasts can support your overall marketing goals by engaging audiences on a consistent basis and keeping them informed. When creating your e-blast, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind. …

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Tina Reynolds

8 Ways to Improve Your Listening Skills

Listening is something I practice, and most of us need to practice listening, like an internal workout. I get better if I am listening with intention – leaning in and really focusing on what the person is saying. Not thinking of what I will say or how I will respond, which is what most of us want to …

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Kara Primm

Designs for Social Change in the Public Sector

When creating graphic designs for municipalities and government agencies, reaching the most people with social change campaigns relies on the ability of people to see themselves in the materials. Most people are invested in any combination of social causes. If your design addresses that cause and looks like them, they are more likely to spend …

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Brennan Grout

Google Ad Grants Changes Help Nonprofits

In early 2018 nonprofits found their Google Ad Grants management strategy needed to dramatically change in order to stay compliant with Google. This change happened when Google updated their Google Ad Grants Management Policy and started pausing accounts that didn’t comply. These policy changes were created by Google as an effort to improve the quality …

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Ryan Logan

Video Production Lighting 2019 and Beyond

As I sit here contemplating my takeaways from the 2019 National Association of Broadcaster’s show in Las Vegas, a few things bubble to the surface, but one stands out the most for me; video production lighting. I’m the Director of Photography at Uptown Studios and am responsible for the camera and lighting crews on our …

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Tina Reynolds

Growing a Business with Integrity and Fairness

Growing a business with integrity and fairness is something you have to plan for from the beginning, whether you own a start-up or a decades-old business like ours.  It’s good to establish a company mission and vision that includes the community you serve. Your mission is a key to creating a brand that endures and …

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Brennan Grout

5 Marketing Fundamentals to Promote New Nonprofits

You are a new nonprofit and you have a working website with a blog, however you don’t know how to market your new website. This is a very common problem amongst nonprofits and every other industry on the world wide web. Indeed, if you are looking for a quick answer to your marketing problem, just …

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Kristen Stauss

Green Printing in 5 Easy Steps

We are all trying to make more responsible and informed decisions with all of our purchases. Which includes being thoughtful about printed business products. Here are 5 things to consider when going green with your printed products… Think Paper. There are plenty of creative options in color, texture, and finishes. For example, Neenah Environment, and …

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Kate Moore

Instagram Tips for Nonprofits

This week’s blog is based on a fun discussion I had with Lizzie Carroll, a member of the Uptown Studios marketing team, on how nonprofit organizations can make the most of their Instagram channel. Use Interesting and Relevant Content “A social media manager’s job is to educate people on what a nonprofit organization does and to …

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Brennan Grout

How Mobile First Indexing Affects Your Website

If you received an email from the Google Search Console Team labeled “Mobile First Indexing Enabled”, you are not alone. Luckily, you don’t have to do anything, because your website is mobile responsive and someone may be viewing your site right now on their mobile phone. However, if you want to know more about what …

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Tina Reynolds

TEAL – Rocking a Self-Managed Business

You can’t just snap your fingers and have your entire organization switch from a hierarchical organization to a TEAL self-managed team – although I thought it would be easier than it has been. I thought “wow, no bosses and everyone does what they do best – what an awesome way to run a business.” Uptown Studios …

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Tina Reynolds

Our Bold Business Model has Power and Magic

Uptown Studios has moved our business model to a TEAL model and it is based on “self-management.” It is a bold shift from the standard work environment – where everyone has a boss – to no one having a boss. What does that mean and how is it different from a standard business model? Each person …

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Tina Reynolds

Seasonal Inspiration for the Year

This year has been a transformative one for Uptown Studios. We have added new services, new employees and have embraced a new business model, based on a self-motivated, self-managed team. There are no “bosses”, no time clocks, and that has equated into loads of creativity, support and ideas. Our new team members embrace this new …

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Lizzie Carroll

Human Centered Design for Social Change

Our tagline, “Designs for Social Change,” defines how we work as a studio. Not only do we make a point of working with non-profit organizations, donating our time, and resources, but we also make every single project we work on a “social change” project. To create social change in everything we do, we use our …

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Kate Moore

Donate Socks for Toes in Need

I really don’t like being cold; especially my feet. Cold feet are the worst. But I’m really fortunate in that worrying about being cold is not something I have to do. I am guessing that if you are reading this at your computer or on your mobile phone, cold feet are not one of your …

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Kate Moore

Use Video for Business Success

We have grown with the trends at Uptown Studios and added video production in 2007 as one of our in-house services to our clients. At that point our video production team was creating educational long-form videos, ad spots for local broadcast television or compelling videos for social media promotion. What we know: We know that …

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Tina Reynolds

Yes, Whatever You Want Princess Google!

Business owners are Google’s captive audience. In 2008, Uptown Studios started paying a LOT of attention to what Google was telling us to do. We worked on our organic content, we developed strong keywords to make sure we are talking about what our visitors are searching for and we upgraded all the websites we manage …

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