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Amie Baker Creative is a boutique graphic design studio focused on helping businesses and their brands through visual identities, print design and web design.


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Do You Know How To Measure Marketing Success?

marketing successHave you ever struggled to know if a campaign has worked for you? Do you struggle to figure out where your clients come from? These are important things to know and define for your business. Here are a few ways you can track your marketing efforts:

  • Google Analytics: Make sure it is installed properly so you are able to track links that you put out into the world and then be able to review their success.
  • Direct Mail: Use a unique URL that you ask recipients to visit to learn more or get special offer. Track that URL to see how many people followed your call to action.
  • Location Based Brochures: Use a specific phone number on the brochure that is only listed on that specific brochure offering, track those calls.
  • Offer Codes: Vary your special offer codes in order to track where the most uses are coming from to help better plan future campaigns.
  • Ask! Sometimes the hardest thing to do is simply ask where they heard about you, your business or your service. After you ask, you might find you can follow up with a referring outlet and thank them for their word of mouth and offer continued incentives for referrals.

Where you are putting your effort, make sure to put your attention into making sure you can track it.

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Client Experience :: Secrets of Print Shops

With my recent move (more here), we’ve had to fill out countless warranty registration cards and mail them in. I filled them all out and let me tell you how frustrating it is to have to fill in the model number or other product specific information on those postcards when I know in my mind they could have done it for me. I’m talking about variable printing. A magical solution to printing a wide range of information within the same exact template. For example, those warranty cards could have been pre-filled in for me and only a couple were. These are the things that challenge my mind with my clients now to find ways I can make their lives easier by the use of print technology that isn’t widely known with small business owners.

In simple terms, it is magic, variable printing lets you control content that prints in one print run with several variances. Imagine having a product line that needs warranty cards returned and having them all come back legible for you and allows you to speed up processing time.

If you have 3 models, traditionally you’ll need to supply 3 print files if you are pre-filling data for each one.  That is 3 projects to manage. 3 email strings. 3 everything. Variable printing allows you to set fields within the design file to supply 1 file. You’ll accompany that file with a date file that holds the key on what to print where. That likely sounds more intimidating than it actually is so don’t let that fool you. You now have 1 project to manage, 1 email string, 1 everything. Your printer will even shrink wrap, pack and label the different versions for you. Even though it will take a bit more time upfront prepping a data file, it will save you so much time overall.

Give me a shout with questions about a project you have interest in for applying variable data and tips on how to make it work for you. Most commonly this process is best paired with direct mail, invitations, fundraiser marketing and sales presentations.

Here is a handy visual to break it down:

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Realtors, Are You Missing Out On A Great Marketing Impact?

With my family’s recent move, I was handed a beautiful box with a belly band and inside was our beautiful keys on a sweet key chain. All one cares about in the huge hurdles of moving is getting those tiny little keys. This was our first time buying a brand new house so it was the first time getting a gift like that. It made me realize that no matter new or old, a house is huge gift and I wondered why every key before wasn’t presented this way. I may have been swayed by my love for package design but I don’t think my feeling was far off. I posted that picture on my personal social media feeds. What a great marketing opportunity with little investment and big pay off. Previously, I’ve been handed a key or picked it up in a plain white envelope.

Brands really gain momentum when you can make people feel and good feelings and get excited about something. Think about your delivery to your clients if you are handing over something tangible, why not brand it? I’ve got all these ideas circulating in my head now about custom boxes for realtors, special cards that have the key inside, a beautiful hang tag tied to the key with a red bow…pair some great design with your name and logo for an under the radar approach and free marketing, when your client potentially does the same as I did and posts a picture to social media. I’m looking for a realtor who wants to create some custom key packing, email me if you are interested!

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Moving Complete!

The past month has been tricky to navigate in my world. My family moved homes and I didn’t realize how involved that would be when you move with 2 kids. I still can’t believe how much stuff we accumulated and had to move! Our transition included a 3 week stay with my parents as we waited to close between homes. We finally closed last Friday and the last of the major moving responsibilities will be completed today.

I run on schedules, on to-do lists, on a plan. The last month has had none of that. I’ve been flying at the sake of other’s schedules and needs as we got sucked into the process. Appraiser’s, loan officers, submitting papers, signing papers- the list goes on! (Yes, it was worth it) So, I can’t wait to start a new week next week. To find a new normal, control my schedule again, create a meal plan, get my work outs in, and continue unpacking. I’m coming for you Monday, watch out!

Until then, here is a snapshot of our new home. It is a blank canvas for creative outlets, I can’t wait!

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Uncovering Your Prospect’s Concerns to Seal The Deal

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Sometimes as a small business owner it is so hard to believe that your marketing investment will pay you back until you hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. My real estate branding client recently shared with me that she uncovered with a prospective listing that she was hesitant to list with her and when she worked through digging to the source of her client’s concern, she discovered that her client simply didn’t want her listing sign in her yard because she didn’t like the way it looked. How much would that cost your business in comparison to investing in your brand?Could you imagine losing a listing over your listing sign’s design? What a gift that feedback was to hear for my client as a small business owner. We had already started working on a re-brand so I will be providing a shiny new design that will properly reflect the client she serves.

The great thing about re-branding is that you’ll be able to put all those feelings to rest if you’ve been self conscious about your current designs. You’ll be so proud and excited to show your new brand off that it will all translate into confidence that your prospects will pick up on and want to hop on board in your care as it is reflected in your representation.
I’m happy to review all your marketing materials and offer suggestions to improve your brand, where to start or even implement a re-brand. Take the leap.


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Bitesize Marketing Tips

bitesize-marketingFriday is here and I’ve got a few simple tips to share that are common things I run into from time to time with start-ups that might be handy tidbits if you are just dipping your toes into this whole crazy marketing world.
  • You are not able to use save images you find on the internet at your leisure, you’ll need to purchase stock art to avoid copyright infringement.
  • Make sure your logo works in black and white to ensure it will be able to display across several mediums and scale in size properly.
  • Comic Sans font is frowned upon in the design community 🙂
  • If you lay all your pieces out in front of you, they should all have the same feeling for brand consistency.