Category Archives: Industry News

8 New Graphic Design Trends Predicted to Take 2017 by Storm!

Loud colors, bold typography and fun illustrations? 2017 sounds like its going to be a party. We love a good party, so when the top graphic design trends of 2017 were announced, we thought, “Let’s Celebrate!” At Motivated Marketing, we are always looking for ways to keep our designs fresh and current. While last years design trends are still widely used, there are a few new ones making their way into the mix, and we are ready for the change! Below are the eight predicted design trends to be on the lookout for in 2017.

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Watch Out Super Bowl Commercials, There’s a New Sheriff in Town

For decades, the Super Bowl has been the standard for two premier categories on television; drawing in the biggest ratings of the year and having the best commercials. Knowing that the Super Bowl will bring in the most viewership, advertisers go all out on their marketing – creating some of the most unique, creative, and heartwarming ads seen on television. However, Sunday’s Oscars featured some of the most creative and deeply layered messages seen in commercials dealing with social commentary, inspiration, and the creative arts that rivaled what appeared in this years Super Bowl.

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So, which brand are you?

In today’s world, we as consumers are constantly inundated with advertisements. Whether it’s on television, radio, digital, print or one of many other mediums, we can’t escape them. But are those advertisements having an impact? In a recent article by Marketing Week, titled “60% of Contact Created by Brands is ‘Just Clutter’,” they say emphatically, NO! Here’s how they came to that conclusion: they “questioned 375,000 people across 33 countries” and people responded that “60% of content created is poor, irrelevant, or fails to deliver.” So, lets think about this -companies are marketing their brand/product everywhere, but a majority of people think what is being done is irrelevant or poor.

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An M2 Guide: Why You Should Be Using Ringless Voicemail

Ringless Voicemail is the newest Direct Mail tool you didn’t know you needed. You can reach thousands of people in your database without lifting your phone or making a single call. The best part is – people wont be bothered with an actual phone call. They will simply receive a voicemail with your customized message that they can listen to on their own time.

These messages are equipped with trackable call back numbers that bring leads straight to you in no time. The average ROI with these campaigns can range anywhere from a couple cents to a few dollars per lead, whereas other campaigns of this nature can cost you anywhere from $30-$100 per lead!

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World’s Best Person: September 2016

Trent Morgan is our latest World’s Best Person to be honored on our blog. Trent joined us relatively recently and has been an incredible asset to the team. He’s knowledgeable, hard-working, and extremely savvy. It’s a well-deserved honor – and we raise our glasses to Trent as we bother him with obnoxious questions. Get to know him better below!

The name is Morgan, Trent Morgan.

The name is Morgan, Trent Morgan.

Q: If you could go on a 2 week vacation anywhere in the world, starting tomorrow, where would you go and what would you do?

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World’s Best Person: August 2016

Anna Greeley was named M2’s World’s Best Person of the Month during our August staff meeting. As a relatively new member of Team Media, Anna has fearlessly stepped in and stepped up as an incredible asset to the agency. As our second media team member named Anna, she’s even tolerated and embraced her new nickname, AJ, short for “Anna Junior.” Despite the shenanigans, she’s taken it in stride and M2 is so grateful that she’s part of the team. To reward her, we will pepper her with stupid questions.

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Welcoming Derek Wacaster to the Team!

Derek Wacaster recently joined Motivated Marketing as Creative Director. He brings with him an extensive background in both creative leadership as well as marketing strategy. Most recently, Wacaster was Creative Director and Global Brand Manager for Acxiom Corporation, a consumer marketing and data company based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Prior to that he held the positions of Broadcast Producer, Copywriter and Creative Director for several advertising agencies where he worked on such recognized brands as TCBY, ABF Trucking, Jack Henry, Comcast and Dillard Department Stores, to name a few.

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World’s Best Person: July 2016

Good Golly Miss Melanie! We may be a little late documenting our celebration of this two-time WBP winner (last time she won, she had a different last name), but we didn’t forget to call her out! Much has happened with our Original Melanie (we have 2 Melanies in the office) since her last win. Marriage, a new dog, a new position at the agency…this girl has been busy! Let’s play some catch up while happy dancing for her second WBP win.

Melanie

WBP alert!

Q: What is your favorite movie from childhood? Have you watched it recently? Does it hold up?

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