Make On-Brand Pinterest Graphics INSIDE of Pinterest

Maybe it’s new, or maybe it is just me, but I found a way to make ON-BRAND Pins without ever leaving Pinterest! Someone over at Pinterest HQ must have read my subconscious mind because now my brand design clients can have beautiful, on-brand, highly clickable graphics with their logo and title text from within the platform. This blog is a step by step tutorial for turning your images into perfect pins!

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Squarespace Tutorial: CSS Blog Post Summaries → Card Style Design

Styling your Squarespace Summary blocks just got so much more stylish. By customizing the background of the summary content with color fill, borders, and an offset “read more” button, you blog goes from boring to editorial. Copy and paste the exact code I used to make this design into your CSS Editor!

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How to Get Started with Amazon Afffiliates

Jeff Besos may be no good at sexting, but DAMN Amazon is a powerhouse of a platform!!! Earlier this year, I signed up to be an Amazon Affiliate just out of plain curiosity. Over the last 3 weeks, I’ve done a ton of research and brainstorming on how I can start to incorporate Amazon Product referrals into my EXISTING content marketing plan, and I am happy to report, it’s workin’ people! I am a total NOOB at this stuff, but $151 is good money where I come from! And it’s only the beginning! In this blog, I am outlining 4 Steps to take to get you started with Amazon Affiliates/Associates (?) program. I am going to preface this by saying, I AM NOT AN EXPERT, and that this is just what I’ve done, and I am sharing it so you might be able to do it, too. :)

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Moodboard → Brand Photoshoot ft. Amazon Props

No matter where you are in your business, planning a brand photoshoot with a LEGIT PHOTOGRAPHER (not just your daughter or boyfriend with an iPhone) is so so so worth the investment. From web, to social to blogs, print marketing and more, having your own stock pile of images to pull from will save you time, stress, and headaches. In this blog, I will suggest my tips for planning a photoshoot and three examples on how to source props that are consistent with your branding.

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5 New Habits that Helped me hit a 5-figure January

It’s no secret that I have got big ol’ juicy goals for 2019. In order to narrow in on what I wanted, I used the S.M.A.R.T. Goals method to map out my actionable daily tasks that would make the year long goal more possible. Happy to report that not only did I exceed my goals for January 2019, but that the new habits I’ve put in place (explained in detail in this blog) have changed the way I feel about my work, my productivity, and my creative flow.

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My 10 Travel Must-Haves for Long Trips

Travel packing can be stress-inducing or a total breeze, and it all depends on how much you prep! After a year and a half of nomad-ing, here’s a recap of my top 10 travel must-pack’s for longer term trips specifically: organization, tech and accessories I can’t leave home without!

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Marketing Lessons to Learn from Fyre Festival Fraud

You may have forgotten about the biggest fraud in music festival history, but the internet sure hasn’t. This week, there were not one, but two documentaries out about Fyre Festival, the ultimate FOMO-inducing, all inclusive, pie-in-the-sky immersive musical festival on both Hulu and Netflix. I am breaking down the biggest marketing lessons we can learn from arguably the biggest mistake in music event history.

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7 Books that Changed my Small Biz (for the better)

Being a small biz owner is no joke, and statistically, the majority of Small Businesses will fail within the first 5 years. As I approach my own five year mark (full of failures, lessons, big oopses, by the way) I wanted to take the time to share the business books I have read that really changed not only the way I thought about my small business, but changed the way I thought about myself as a business owner. Here’s a breakdown of my top faves!

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End of the Year #AskmeAnything

Yesterday on my #desIGnLIVE, (my weekly-ish instagram live series where I talk all things branding and entrepreneurship) I did a little #askmeanything and took your questions about starting my biz, adobe creative cloud, Pinterest boards, etc. Since I did not pull together a ‘2018 Year in Review’ Blog this year, I am opting for this as a blog instead!

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ALL ABOARD! Peek my Client Onboarding Process

Approaching my 5th year in the brand design biz, it’s safe to say that I’ve trial-ed and error-ed my way around and through my new client on-boarding process. Based on the polls for what you all wanted covered on #desIGnLIVE (my weekly-ish instagram live series) this week, I’m sharing how a new client goes from total stranger to new client of MKW’s. Here’s the lowdown on how it goes down, step-by-step:

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Shop the ART SHOP is ready just in time for Christmas

NEW PRINTS ADDED to the MKW Graphics Art Shop! Original prints available as a digital download to add a personal touch to your home or office. These make great gifts for the holidays! So what are you waiting for...get shoppin'!

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How Small Biz's can use Motion Graphics

We all know how much video ruled the digital landscape in 2018, and I think video and motion graphics will be even more of a big deal in to 2019! On my desIGnLIVE this week, I got to interview motion graphics designer @FredinMotion.tv about motion graphics, and in this blog post, I am outlining how small businesses can leverage motion graphics for their small biz growth!

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Twitter Schedulers for Busy Entrepreneurs

Let’s be honest… of all the social platforms, Twitter is my weakest link. But that doesn’t mean it should be ignored! Instead, I decided to employ the help of a Twitter scheduler so I could batch write my tweets, share my content, and reach a new audience. Here’s a rundown of the Twitter schedulers I found and how they can help with Tweet Scheduling for small biz’s.

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Graphic Design in the era of Political Woke-ness

Regardless of your Political affiliation, it’s pretty incredible how much art, design and social media have become a part of our culture. Today, I wanted to take a second to recognize how GRAPHIC DESIGN isn’t going anywhere, people! Here’s a giant round up of where I have seen graphic design influence our current culture and the impact it had on the 2018 midterm elections to further the conversation about design and design influence.

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Meet the MKW Fall '18 Interns!

Happy to announce the Fall 2018 Interns with MKW Graphics! These lovely leading ladies will be helping with brand design, creative direction and content marketing for the fall ‘semester’! Get to know them, what they love, and give them a follow!

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IT LIVES: Small Biz Start Up Guide

After many days, nights, drafts, designs, edits and iterations, the Small Biz Start Up Guide is NOW LIVE on www.startupguide.biz

I am sharing a bit more background on this project, why we decided to write it, and what you can except from SBSUG in the near, near future!

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