Tina Reynolds

5 Big Reasons Video is Important to Marketing Your Business

Video has become a standard in all marketing. It has been steadily growing to become one of the main vehicles for sending out your messages and video should be one of your go-to tools for marketing fun, information and strategy. Video is versatile and relatively easy these days so read on as we explain some of the “why’s.” …

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Kristen Stauss

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone With Human-Centered Design

Human-Centered Design (HCD) has changed the way I think. Four years ago, Uptown Studios took on training in HCD as a process to better develop campaigns for our client base. In creating empathy for the end-user, not always just the clients, we are better equipped to achieve all the goals set for a project. All of the Uptown Studios teams are …

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Kara Primm

10 Tips For Basic Photo Editing In Photoshop

As a part of projects, I am often tasked with editing photos. There are plenty of really silly and fun things you can do with Photoshop’s editing tools, but I thought a good old fashioned list of things that would actually improve the average photo might be helpful to share! Below is a list of my top ten tips for basic photo editing in Photoshop …

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Brennan Grout

Google Grants Management For Nonprofits

Google Grants management is a powerful tool created to help nonprofits fundraise, market, and manage digital advertising goals. If you are interested in applying for Google Grants, then this is the blog for you. Reason for this blog post: Inform nonprofits how to be eligible for Google Grants and to successfully manage …

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Kyle Snowdon

Building an Accessible Digital Color Palette, Part 1

Start with Selecting your Greys from Dark to Light A good starting place to build an accessible digital color palette is to determine the shades of grey or neutrals for your palette. Select grey values that look different enough from one another to suggest primary, secondary, or tertiary status–and also pass accessibility guidelines.

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Kyle Snowdon

Building An Accessible Digital Color Palette, Part 2

The Color Factor Accessible digital color is a huge factor affecting how we interpret the world around us, and it’s especially true for websites and digital products here at Uptown Studios. As designers, color helps us make decisions and understand the meaning of the content. Ever since we were young, we have been trained to …

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Kara Primm

The Pros and Cons of an Open Workspace

At Uptown Studios, we try to turn a lot of the common workplace organizational norms on its head. We don’t have bosses or titles. We don’t have time clocks. And we operate in an open workspace. Our office is a converted warehouse with one small conference room and no other “rooms.” Our desks have wheels …

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Uptown Studios

7 Tips for Auditing Your Social Media

There is no magic formula when it comes to social media; in fact, in this new frontier of marketing much of it started out as trial and error. While it can be impossible to know for sure exactly what will be the next BIG post to get thousands of followers, likes, and shares—it is easier …

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Lizzie Carroll

Improving UX Using Information Architecture

This past June, I celebrated my one year anniversary of working full-time at Uptown Studios (woo!). I initially started my Uptown journey as an intern, then working part-time, and finally into full-time work. In tandem with this gradual increase in time spent at the office, I have also experienced a gradual increase and shift of …

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Tina Reynolds

Is Video for Marketing a Worthy Investment?

Is Video for Marketing a Worthy Investment for your business? I am a big fan of video on any marketing project – there are a few buts in there though: • It has to be short and sweet • You have to get your call to action in there early (like 35 seconds) and then …

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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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