How A Design Thinking Focus Group Will Fix Your Target-Market Woes

Not sure if design thinking focus groups are right for you? If you’re putting your heart and soul into your business, but your marketing is falling flat, you may need to reconsider. No one is hearing you. What makes you different from dozens of other businesses? Have you asked your audience? Maybe it’s time you …

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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 their allocated $10,000 …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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