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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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Coming From a Place of Change

room to growToday I find myself in a new place. My son started Kindergarten. I’ll spare you the mommy feelings and share what that means to my business. I imagined when this day came years ago I would be posting a selfie here with a glass of champagne celebrating my achievement of being a successful momprenuer. I don’t quite feel that spark yet. It is covered up with those mommy feelings still. What it means is that I achieved something that felt so hard and almost impossible so many years ago and now today I couldn’t imagine life another way.

I’m here to tell you to allow yourself the chance to prove yourself- to yourself. What if today you decided to finally do something different this time? In the last 2 weeks have you set goals to create the change you want in your business? There is never a perfect time to take the chances you need to take for your business to be able to sustain itself. There is only the perfect moment when you change your focus and step out of your own way and start making things happen.

I’m taking this week of change to look at my business, set some new growth goals and look forward to the next milestone. Join me!

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How To Speak Visually

MOOD BOARD DESIGN

I often hear from clients that they are having a hard time telling me what it is that they have in their head for their expectations on visual outcome. It can quickly become frustrating when you are trying to tell your designer in words and have it come out off target when translated visually. So what do you do?

Mood boards are magic, I promise. Take a look at this post in the archives to learn more about what a mood board is.

When you are having a hard time putting your thoughts into words to tell anyone, even your business partner then you need to take a different approach. Spend time gathering images off the internet that you’ve loved. Save those postcards you’ve gotten in the mail that made sense, take note of copy you enjoyed because it sounded great, pull those color swatches in the paint store because it is the perfect coral for your logo. Do all these things and compile them into a single image that you can look at and really see how all of these things you love visually work together once they are living in the same space together.

Once you have it all together, you may find that your love for glitter doesn’t belong in your brand, or you’ll find that it absolutely does. Visual clarity and focus will start to form. Take the time to do this and if you don’t have the interest to do this yourself, I can do it for you! Email me and we’ll start to pull it together.

Once you have a visual mood board it will be helpful for any designer that you choose to move forward with. A lot of things with design can’t be translated with words and so compiling a bunch of images together to do so proves very helpful on both sides with getting you up and running quicker and easier.


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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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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.


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Monday Starts A Bittersweet Week of Changes

www.amiebakercreative.comI love a Monday! Fresh start to make it happen! For me, this week holds some big changes on the personal life side and it is all bittersweet. I started this path as an entrepreneur with a very clear decision of wanting to be in control of my life balance and that has continued to bless my family. This week, my son graduates preschool and I never thought I would be “that mom” but here I am. Same week, we are moving out of the only house he has ever known. All for the greater good but for someone as sentimental as I am, it remains bittersweet. On the business side, I’m grateful to my clients for allowing me to be their marketing partner and I can’t wait to get settled in my new office in our new house!