You know you need to market your business, but you just don’t have the overhead to do it. In today’s online world, you really don’t need any savings to kick off a marketing campaign. Consider these ten ways to start marketing right away without spending a dime.
If you have a yen for writing, pen a few SEO-rich articles that relate to your business. You can submit them for free at websites like Squidoo.com and HubPages.com after creating a profile. People searching on the Internet for whatever it is your company offers will stumble across the articles and then hopefully click through to your website or online store. Plus, these sites have strong communities, which means that other members will read and share your content.
Take some time crafting a bio, particularly if you’re going to be the face of your business. Include both professional information that conveys your expertise and personal information that readers will relate to. Don’t forget to post a photo along with your bio. Update as necessary, but don’t change the wording too much. Keep a paragraph towards the bottom that mentions your accomplishments and refresh it as needed.
The blogging community is extremely tight knit and running your own blog is a great way to constantly post new information. Write about the topics that your target audience is interested in, even if it’s a little bit outside whatever product or service you sell. For example, if you make jewelry, your customers will also be interested in fashion and trends.
Europe’s museums are steeped in history and filled with literally millions of priceless pieces of art. Wherever your travels take you this summer, a stunning and awe-inspiring museum is apt to be nearby. The following is a list of the most noteworthy and a link to their mobile apps to guide your way:
The Louvre Museum, Paris
With 8 million visitors a year, The Louvre is the most well-known and most visited museums in the world. Housed in what was once a royal palace, the museum has a collection which spans eight thematic areas and features 35,000 works of art. The most famous of these is Leonardo da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa, which is generally surrounded by camera-wielding tourists. The museum first opened its doors in 1793 and has been in a state of recreation ever since culminating with the addition of the now famous glass pyramid which serves as the main entrance.
The British Museum, London
The British Museum is the history and culture of humanity in one building. It has over 8 million objects in its permanent collection and is among the most comprehensive collections in existence. The museum also has the largest museum online database of objects numbering over 2 million which is free to access. Created in 1753, the museum’s collection moves from pre-historic to modern times. Visitor favorites include the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and Parthenon sculptures.
Architecture is all around us. The process of planning, designing, and constructing is an artform within itself. Just like we admire historical constructions, architecture plays an important role for future generations to witness our cultural achievements. The creative manipulation encompasses our intellectual ideas to become a reality with carefully planned drawings, specifications, and structures. If you’re an architecture lover or an aspiring architect, we’ve got a great treat for you. Today we collected sixty constructive quotes about architecture and architectural design.
“To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.” – Daniel Libeskind
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
“A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasured.” – Louis Kahn
“In reality some images or drawings have a greater impact than many buildings that are built.” – Emilio Ambasz
“Form ever follows function.” – Louis Henry Sullivan
“A museum is a place where one should lose one’s head.” – Renzo Piano
“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” – Frank Gehry
“Very often the opinion of the clients must be disregarded in their own interest.” – John M. Johansen
“I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.” – Tadao Ando
Probably one of the banes of sign designers in the US is the need for a number of signs to be compliant with ADA standards. It is a bane for some because such rules require that these signs follow certain color combinations, should use particular fonts, should have required elements on them and should have characters in sizes that are proportional to the size of the sign. In short, there are a lot of rules that need to be followed, and missing one or two of these can easily mean fines and penalties for the establishment using such signs.
A fundamental purpose of a stamp is to show the prepayment of postage. Every country around the world is required to have its own name on almost all types of stamps. This kind of denomination is done to indicate the monetary value. To prevent counterfeiting, stamps usually have a unique graphic design to aid clerks with quick recognition of appropriate postage. Plus, many customers simply expect stamps to carry a design.
In most cases stamps hold a rectangular shape. However, a number of additional shapes have been used such as rhombus, triangles, octagonal, circles, and various freeform shapes. Stamp design in general has evolved tremendously thanks to the advances in printing technology and aesthetical taste of designers. Like fashion trends, design fads come and go as countries try to imitate each other.
With WiFi hotspots popping up seemingly everywhere, it’s obvious that our world is becoming increasingly reliant on internet access. This can be GREAT in several different ways, but some drawbacks may cause some to question the viability of even using these access points. From coffee shops to school campuses, access can be had nearly anywhere, but are you really sure that your information is properly protected? Or, better yet, can you even access many of the sites you’d like to visit?
Online censorship is a common practice in several nations, but many don’t realize that many WiFi networks in the United States or UK will also do their part to limit access to certain websites. Companies and schools will often limit online access in an effort to avoid acting as a portal to “inappropriate” content. Social media outlets, particular subjects, and non-work related sites are often considered unacceptable and subsequently blocked. Those wishing to access these sites will need to use a third party network to do so.
In addition to accessibility, several security concerns lurk for those using a public WiFi access point. When using such an unsecured network your traffic can be easily snooped by other people on the same network. This is called “data sniffing” and is an old school hacking technique.
However, in addition to the more seasoned hackers lurking at your local cofee shop, many data sniffing tools have been made available to the general public, free of cost.
“Firesheep”, for example, exposed many of the risks associated with public networks, and caused many users to seek out encryption technology. This simple tool can be used by anyone, even amateur hackers to gain access to your online sessions. For example someone using Firesheep on the same public network could easily gain access to your Facebook account, read your private messages and post on your behalf. Kind of scary if you think about it, right?
For generations bathtubs held a boring rectangular shape. Thanks to the advent of acrylic thermoformed baths, more shapes have become available for consumers. Documented early plumbing systems for bathing go back as far as around 3300 BC. From hardened pottery to clawfoot tubs, people have experimented with different solutions to this sanitation problem for many centuries.
Today we’re able to enjoy bathtubs made from a variety of materials such as acrylic, fiberglass, wood, steel, cast iron, and etc. Not only do they serve functionally, but they also avail as stand-alone art fixtures for us to visually enjoy. The industrial designers behind these elegant tubs truly illustrate that bathtubs don’t have to be boring. They pushed their creativity to the max, and for that they deserve acknowledgment.
EAGO Luxury Clear Whirlpool Hot Tub
Duravit Blue Moon Bath Tub
Ofuro Bath by Rapsel
Sebastien Thibault is an accomplished illustrator from Matane, Gaspesie. He studied graphic communication at Laval University. Throughout his conceptual illustrations, Sebastien pays huge attention to objects, shapes, symbols, and colors. The multiple Lux award-winner starts every illustration with his brain, and after sketching multiple ideas he finalizes his work in Illustrator/Photoshop. He’s mainly contracted for editorial illustrations by magazines like Time, Wired, Boston Globe, Harvard Business, PC World, American Airlines, and many others. I think Thibault’s talent will positively influence any aspiring designer/illustrator.
Just as learning is a lifelong process, so is the road to bettering yourself as a writer. Even the most experienced and novice writers still manage to make their writing this year better than it was last year. There’s always an area to improve and tons of advice to be gathered along the way.
#1 Write regularly (whether you want to or not)
If you’re in a freelance position, as many writers are today, then it’s likely that you have the freedom to create your own work schedule. Though this is a blessing in most situations, freedom of this nature can also be a major ingredient for procrastination. And when it comes to writing, the longer you put it off the worse it gets. Going a week, for instance, without writing can be a major blow to your creative spirit, and will very likely create a writer’s block like you’ve never seen.
The remedy? Keep yourself busy with articles or other assignments to ensure that you write on the regular basis. Even if you can’t keep up with a 500 word a day minimum, try to at least push out a paragraph or two, even if its worthless, at least you wrote something.
#2 Use reading to spruce up on your grammar
It goes without saying that good grammar is part of good writing. Whether you self-publish or write for someone else, you have to take the time to ensure that what you create is presentable and worthy of being read.
If you can’t recall all the points made by your English teacher, or dread studying them on your own, a good remedy is to simply read (from educated sources). Reading overall is crucial to all writers, but more specifically if you read from sources that have a reputation for proper grammar and style usage, you’ll give yourself a prime opportunity to pick up on the grammar do’s and don’ts of the language (all without flipping through one page of a grammar textbook).
Jasper James is an adept photographer working in Shanghai and Beijing. He mainly takes editorial, advertising, and corporate based photos. Jasper’s personal photography ranges from portrait, travel, interiors, and concept driven projects like City Silhouettes. The following photos are from this ongoing project. Jasper had been shooting for the past few years in different Asian cities. The idea and execution is worthy of your attention.
Maentis is a collective of artists from Paris specialized in graphic design, illustration, and street art. Their main sources of inspiration are anthropology, environment, and the imaginary/fantasy world. Their satirical project titled “99 Steps of Progress” demonstrates different ideas/concepts about evolution.
While most of the following posters are parodying the famous “March of Progress” (that drawing synthesizing 25 million years of human evolution), I found almost every single one to be truthful. Whether you believe in the evolution theory or not, I think the following artworks are deserving of your valuable time.
I love it when I randomly find talented graphic artists. I guess you can say that everything happens for a reason right? California based artist and graphic designer Arian Behzadi create amazing mixed media collages. His choice of colors are very gentle, giving you an emotionally rewarding feeling.
“I have always found parallels between art and the sciences so a lot of my studies find their way into my artwork”. – Arian Behzadi
Prior to working as a Sr. User Experience Designer at Adobe, Arian graduated as a neurobiologist. Today we collected some of our favorite collages created by him. Feel free to check out his personal portfolio for more inspiration.
Daryl Feril is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Philippines. In 2012, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts major in Advertising Arts at a small prominent art school in Bacolod City, Philippines. His mixed media style composed of rough hand-drawn, fauna sketches, watercolors, and digital techniques. His project titled Brands In Full Bloom, showcases luxury clothing brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Chanel in a sophisticated manner.
The front cover is probably one of the most important parts of a magazine. Having a beautiful design with tempting article headlines is essential to grab people’s attention. As a reader, you’re constantly bombarded with all sorts of unique niches at the magazine rack. If the front cover doesn’t catch your eye, then you’re not going to pick it up. Because of this mentality, your cover design must be on point. Today we collected a mix of digital and physical magazine cover designs for you inspiration.
Remember how planking became hip for a few months or so? Everybody on the internet would upload the most ridiculous and completely unnecessary planking pictures just to get laugh. Well, trends come and go. And it’s time for something new.
Dragon Ball is a long-running anime program with a massive fan base in Japan. Amongst the youth in Japan, a new photo trend called Dragon Ball Z-ing is gaining heavy traction. Numerous Japanese teens are uploading photos of themselves on Twitter replicating the Kamehameha attack in real life. This unique trend is actually very creative and certainly takes more aptitude than planking. It seems the trend is starting to make its way outside of Japan. We collected a few images to give you an idea of what it’s all about.
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