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How to Write for Infographics

By Connie Howard, ETMG VP & Founding Writer Infographics communicate a complex concepts more quickly than traditional marketing collateral and they have the benefit of delivering that complex data in an easily understandable visual format. Recently, I sat down to chat with one of our infographic writers, Nancy Langmeyer. Nancy shares her approach to transforming data and information into a

The 5 Key Elements of Collateral Rebrands

By Connie Howard, ETMG VP & Founding Writer Rebranding means just that: putting a new logo, maybe a new tag line, and a new look and feel on everything: packaging and products, letterhead, ad campaigns, websites, partner portals, company signage, and all communications from press releases to commercials. Nowhere is the rebrand more critical than in marketing communications, where dozens or

What’s in a Marketing Collateral Template?

By Connie Howard, ETMG VP & Founding Writer   Any template is a guide. A paper stencil of leaves to help paint a border on a wall is a template; so is a business letter sample format. In both cases, these templates allow their users the freedom to create within a defined and protected set of boundaries. A marketing collateral template, for programs like Adobe InDesign, Illust

Storytelling: The Secret to Great Copywriting

By Kathy Wilson, ETMG Writer “Copywriting is the art and science of writing copy (the words we use on web pages, ads, promotional materials, etc.) that sells your product or service and convinces prospective customers to take action. In many ways, it's like hiring one great salesman to reach all your customers.”[1] As a copywriter, your goal is to inform, to convince, to educate, to

6 Keys to Writing a Great Case Study

By Connie Howard, ETMG VP & Founding Writer In technology marketing, case studies are extremely effective. Telling a story about customers who succeed using your product is golden. There’s nothing like it. It helps potential customers with the same challenges understand how easy it is to realize similar results by adopting your company’s solution. The keys to writing great case stu

9 Reasons Why Hiring a Ghostwriter is a Smart Move

By Nancy Langmeyer – ETMG Writer/Editor   As content once again becomes king of the online world, companies are scrambling to come up with insightful content that establishes their executives as global thought leaders. This can be a seemingly impossible task for many companies. One solution is to hire freelance ghostwriters as a resource for developing strategic and informative conte

Is Web Design Disappearing?

by Donna de Leo – ETMG Designer and Art Director There’s been a debate in the creative world recently over the future of web design. Is it a creative discipline on the verge of extinction? I think not, although we are in the midst of an online revolution. Less than five years ago, roles for web designers led creative job sites. These days it's job postings for User Experience Designers t

The Case for the Content Editor: Polish Makes Perfect

By Kathy Wilson, ETMG Writer In today’s world of information overload, most of us are tasked with writing for a broader audience than just our personal journal. Whether you’re writing a blog, a newsletter, web content, a technical document, or a piece of marketing collateral, you need to overcome the challenges that writing for various audiences presents. If you are one of those rare indivi

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 any and all imaginable event marketing

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— presentations over the years. Take heed: even i