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Favorite Giveaways from ASI Roadshow 2015

By N. Storms – Social Media Manager The ASI Roadshow is a gathering of the Advertising Specialties Institute (ASI) suppliers and offers a behind the scenes peek at the latest giveaway trends and the sales merchandising industry. This year’s show brought in over three dozen exhibitors with thousands of different branded promotional products to cover […]

Better PowerPoint Presentation Design: Insider Secrets

by Donna de Leo – ETMG Designer and Art Director One of the things that makes Microsoft PowerPoint such a brilliant software program is that anyone can use it to create a professional presentation. Unfortunately that same ease-of-use is also its biggest drawback. As a visual designer, I’ve worked on some beautiful—but more often dreadful— […]

Book Review – Making Rain with Events

Reviewed by Lori Maupas, ETMG Writer and Blogger Event marketing is no longer a standalone activity based solely on logistics, but a complex, multifaceted marketing endeavor. Engagement with attendees must begin long before the event and continue long after, if you want to make the most of your investment. This requires developing a marketing program […]

Improving Those Wayward Webinars

By Kathy Wilson – ETMG Writer and Editor Is there anything worse than carving out an hour in your busy day to dial into a webinar, or preseentation only to realize in the first few minutes that it’s not going to be worth your while? Whether we give these kinds of presentations or attend them, […]

Creating Infographics: 5 Things to Know

by Warren Lutz – Contributing Writer and PR Professional In spite of the proliferation of infographics, many marketers are still avoiding them. The main reason—they’re a lot harder to produce than they look! Yet few tools help companies communicate complex marketing messages as well as the elegant infographic. Stuck at the starting line? Here’s how […]

6 Elements of a Great Email Newsletter

by Warren Lutz – Contributing Writer and PR Professional Because of their low distribution costs, email newsletters can be a marketer’s best friend—yet very few newsletters actually contain “news” or anything else worth looking at. If you want an email newsletter that readers won’t delete, it needs to have these six things: 1. Value. Your […]

Why Video is Priceless [INFOGRAPHIC]

We all love videos. And at ETMG, we love creating videos. But did you know videos posted to your website provide a 74% increase in your visitors’ understanding of your product or service compared to pictures? True. Videos also increase the likelihood of your visitors purchasing your product or service by 64%. Need more convincing […]

5 Things You Must Do with Visual Content

by Warren Lutz – Contributing Writer and PR Professional You’ve just spent a decent amount of money getting excellent, original and high-quality photos. There was no doubt a specific reason for getting them; maybe you were putting together a brochure, for example, or a print ad. But it would be a shame if the photos […]

"Are We Done Yet?" – 4 Reasons Why Product Photoshoots Take Time

by Warren Lutz – Contributing Writer   With all the advancements in photo technology in recent years, one might think that getting high-quality product shots would be a breeze. After all, your product just has to sit there, right? And yet, remarkably, product photo shoots often take hours. Why? The short answer is that there’s […]

Photography: 3 Important Elements of a Great Corporate Headshot

By Warren Lutz – Contributing Writer   We’ve all seen corporate headshot photography like this. You’ll be looking at one image, and you’ll notice the normal business attire is being worn, the hair is neatly coifed, nothing appears overtly out of place. And yet, there’s a detectible chill at work here. Maybe it’s the immovable […]