DealFuel’s Mixed Bag Of Freebies And Jaw-Dropping Deals For Designers

What started as a modest attempt at providing budding designers a plethora of great resources at one place, soon turned out to be something pretty impressive.

From daily deals to thousands of downloads, DealFuel is fast becoming the go-to hub for every designer and as a token of thanks, we’ve rounded up some of our best freebies and deals for you.

Check them out and be sure to tell us which one did you like the best!

 

1. Beautiful & Sophisticated Waterlily Typeface for Free

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Flowers have their own ethereal touch adding a subtle charm without a lot of work. And waterlily has that exquisite effortless gracefulness about itself, which is why this freebie would make your pages look radiantly beautiful by just using the font against a complementing backdrop.

The handwritten typeface comprises of over 80 different characters to suit the needs of different dialects and languages. Now, no matter which language your websites is primarily written in, you can still give it a nice flowery twist with the Waterlily Typeface.

The typeface can be used across a varied range of platforms like Photoshop and MS Word, and is licensed for both personal and commercial usage.

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2. Bundle of Free Photoshop Actions for Sports Effect

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Anyone well-versed with Photoshop recognizes the need for Photoshop Actions that not just cut the work in half but also enhances images taking them to a visually superior level altogether.

The Photoshop Actions that you get with this freebie is sports theme related. If you are a photojournalist or a blogger with an interest in sports, this bundle would be a saving grace for you. Just a few clicks are all it would take to transform and enhance your pictures.

This freebie works seamlessly with CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC as well and comes with installation instructions.

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3. Free Invoice Template in HTML with Auto Calculations!

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As someone who’s received incompetently drawn up invoices way too often, we are thrilled that this freebie exists! This, not just gives a professional and sleek look cutting straight through the clutter, but it also makes your work easy and quick.

For those (read everyone) who absolutely hate drawing up and tabulating invoices, this invoice template would not magically make your income more, but it would make sure your income isn’t less due to calculation errors with its auto-calculation feature.

All you need to do is put in the details and hit go, your total would be unerringly calculated, which you can then send to your employer.

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4. 5 Superlative UI Kits

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UI Kits are every designer’s ticket to success, no seriously you might put in tons of effort and work diligently, but UI kits empower you to work smart. These UI kits come with half of the work already done, which saves up on time leaving room for newer projects and subsequently more money.

While there’s no doubting the scope of and need for UI kits, we are particularly excited about this eclectic bunch of UI kits that you can use across different niches. From e-commerce to mobile UI kits, this bundle of freebie would come handy and often.

So stock up on this to work smarter this year and achieve your new year’s resolution of higher income.

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5. Royalty free graphics worth $54

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A list of resourceful freebies is incomplete if we don’t get you free graphics. So here we are trying hard to fit the bill with our royalty free graphics that also happens to be one of our most downloaded freebies.

With 22 different vectors, 9 vector illustrations and 3 high-res images, you will find repeated requirement for these graphics in existing and upcoming projects. Use them for web-related work like on web pages, blogs and social media or include them on print invites, postcards, hoodies and mugs.

Get the freebie as an instant download and start working with it already!

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6. 100 Super Premium Infographic Templates

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Infographics are a content staple now. With its ability to compress big chunks of data in an easy-to-understand and visually attractive way, Infographics are pretty much ruling the informative content arena at the moment.

And that only means more such work coming your way as webmasters and bloggers alike scour the web for designers who can quickly create stunning Infographics. Make designing Infographics a lucrative source of income that would hardly take any time with our Infographics templates.

This deal that comes at an 81% discount will get you templates perfect for every industry and concept. All of the 100 templates are completely customizable and is power packed with a lot of creative and impressive design elements.

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7. 35 Quality HTML Templates by TeslaThemes

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Probably what self-rising flour is to a baker, themes are to a designer. Irrespective of the industry and the purpose of a website, themes are an integral part of the designing process that also makes your work manifolds easier.

Some of the themes come pre-loaded with powerful features that can change the face of a website while some have such a sophisticated outlook that it gives the website an instant facelift. It’s like transforming a website without doing any major work.

Every designer needs a chock-full of themes in their kitty if they want to make it big. And here’s one you shouldn’t miss out on at all, with up to 95% off, this deal of 35 templates is a clear winner.

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8. Create Photoshop Actions To Make Money

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If you have good knowledge of Photoshop, you probably have a horde of freeloader friends taking advantage of your Photoshop skills for their Instagram pictures. But why waste time and effort when being well-versed in Photoshop can actually make you sweet money?

If you have basic knowledge, this course will teach you the nuances of creating Photoshop Actions that are being sold like hot cakes. And you don’t just learn by watching videos but also working on 5 live projects that strengthens your knowledge and skill level, empowering you to create better Photoshop Actions than your competitors.

This is perfect for when projects are slow, and you have time on your hands. Grab this deal at 93% off!

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9. Learn logo designing using Adobe Illustrator with 4 eBooks

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There are tons of new businesses coming up and what each needs is a logo, and this is where you come in. Are you already designing logos in Photoshop you say? But do you have any idea just how much easier and superior your logos would turn out if you use Adobe Illustrator.

This collection of not two or three but 4 e-books will teach you every aspect of logo designing on Adobe that you need to know. From creating logos from rounded triangles to circles, learn how to stay ahead of your peers with this insightful knowledge that would make a huge difference in your work.

For a limited period, get the e-books in multiple formats and for only $12!

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10. Create a character with character creation kit

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Personalization is the key to customer engagement and conversion but how do you personalize a website? The easiest way to do that is with a website mascot, a character that the customers connect to.

Plus it offers uniformity throughout your web presence whether it’s on your actual website or on social media. And creating such a character is child’s play with our Character creation kit. Choose from different options and create a character in minutes.

From superheroes to doctor mascots create and use characters to explain better and connect personally.

Which of our freebies and deals do you like the best?

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Project Management Best Practices for Creative Freelancers

As a creative freelancer, you’ll usually find yourself working with more than one client at a time. Successfully juggling simultaneous jobs requires a system that can handle all aspects of project management without slowing you down. If you routinely find yourself sliding down the rabbit hole of lost time and slowed productivity, try these project management best practices to get yourself back on track.Project Management Best Practices

Start Managing Your Time

Freelancing has a way of taking over your life, so the first thing you should do when approaching project management is set aside a daily block of time every day as working hours and stick to it. Whether it’s in the morning when you’re fresh or at night when the kids are in bed, make these the only hours you dedicate to freelance projects. Making yourself available all the time and letting work creep into your personal life leads to burnout that can be difficult to recover from. Include regular breaks during work time so that you can disconnect, recharge and return to your work with a fresh perspective.

Find the Right Apps

Thanks to cloud technology, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of apps available to handle every facet of creative freelancing. It doesn’t take long to find a range of options if you browse Google for:

  • Time management
  • Collaboration
  • Invoicing
  • Accounting
  • Content management
  • Customer relationship management
  • File storage, organization and sharing

The majority of apps include multi-platform interfaces so that you can take your work with you and update from anywhere. You should be able to find free trials of most, if not all, of the apps you come across. Try out various offerings until you find what caters to your personal creative flow. Avoid apps that come stuffed with features that you don’t need, since having an excess of options can slow you down just as much as not having enough.

Integrate Everything

Apps are meant to increase productivity, but if you get too many, you can find yourself having to bounce from one program to another to locate the information you need for your projects. Apps that integrate into complete systems prevent this problem by allowing you to manage projects from start to finish through a single interface or dashboard. After one initial entry, data is instantly available in every app you’re using. This allows you to move smoothly from one job to the next without sacrificing precious paid time or getting hung up wondering what task to handle next.

Collaborate When Necessary

Part of being a freelancer is acknowledging when you’re not the best person for a job. Should you run into trouble with a project, it’s better to ask for help from someone with more advanced skills than to waste hours trying to muddle through on your own. Get in touch with experienced colleagues, team up and use the collaborative tools provided by your suite of apps to keep each other updated in real time.

Outsourcing other tasks, such as bookkeeping and taxes, is also helpful when you’re trying to focus on multiple projects at once. If your budget allows, consider hiring someone else to handle any part of your freelance business that takes up time that could be better spent focusing on your clients.

Have a Working System

The point of integrating apps, learning to collaborate and having others handle distracting detail work is to build the most efficient system possible. No two freelancers are alike, so don’t be afraid to play around with your system a bit until you find a workable solution that suits you. Whether that means using sticky notes in addition to your apps or working at the local coffee shop instead of in an office, you need an approach that keeps you focused every day.

Communicate Virtually

Talking to clients in person means time lost driving to and from meeting places. Using the phone can be just as problematic if a needy client monopolizes your time. Keep communication strictly to email, however, and you’re in control of when you answer and how much time you spend on each reply. Clients will stop expecting immediate responses, and you’ll be able to work with fewer chances of interruption.

Know When to Say No

The word “no” is just as essential to your project management toolkit as your favorite apps. It helps you set clear expectations and boundaries with clients and prevents you from taking on too much work. Productivity suffers when clients spring last-minute changes on you that weren’t in the original project description. Set the scope of each job from the start, and you’ll be able to say “no” if a client tries to extend the work beyond what is reasonable. There’s also nothing wrong with refusing a job when you have more than enough to do, because even the best time and project management strategies can’t help you when you try to do more than is humanly possible.

Freelancing can be a tough gig, but with the right tips and tools, you can master the processes necessary to achieve success with every project. Play around with apps and systems until you find what works for you. Sticking with the best methods reduces stress, increases efficiency and helps you move easily from one paying job to another to make every day as productive as possible.

Blog Marketing 101 – The Basics

Starting a blog is something that all of us can do, we can download WordPress or even create a WordPress account and begin writing, easy stuff. If we’re feeling a little bit devious we could also consider blogger, but let’s assume we’re not that deranged. The other option is to not use a traditional blog at all and use something like this website builder. But what then, how do we get people to see our fresh newly written content that we think is the best thing since sliced bread? Well I can tell you, from personal experience it’s a real challenge. Getting a blog off the ground, however well-written it is for the most part is a tough, tedious task. Experienced bloggers struggle, big companies with great articles published day in day out struggle and even some of the most well known blogs on the Internet today struggle to maintain a regular readership – so what hope do the rest of us have?

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This article will explain the basics on how to get your blog out there and get an initial audience but how well you can retain that audience and grow it to the levels needed to perhaps generate revenue will be down to you and your own marketing abilities.

1) The E-Mail List – People these days scoff at the idea of creating a mailing list, surely e-mail is a thing of the past and we all just read sites and tweet/fb each other if we have something to ask? Well, like it or not a well built e-mail mailing list is still one of the best way of getting in touch with a visitor after they’ve come and gone to the website in question. If you want to grow your blog the first step is to maintain your readership once you have hooked them in. It is much better to get 10 readers and have those 10 people read your blog for the rest of time than to have a quick influx of 1000 visitors and have none of them bother come back around a second time. Building an e-mail subscription list at least gives you the chance of a repeat visitor. Be sure to make sure the actual e-mail you send out worthwhile though. People get enough junk in their Inbox already without seeing your post round ups. Make it worth their while, limit the unsubscribes!

2) You need a social presence – Even if you despise posting Facebook updates and those who do it, you need to participate. Same with twitter. Regardless of what you think of the platform it’s still a fantastic way to get the word out about what you’ve posted and also as above can give people a way to keep track on your blogs development rather than randomly finding it again months later. If you’re posting/tweeting about things you’re posting you will also find that you can get instant traffic through to your content from a live audience – no waiting months for Google to position your content in a way that actually yields visitors from search. Good content, well introduced will yield social traffic if promoted correctly. Social media really can be a case of build it and they will come unlike traditional search traffic.

3) Find like-minded bloggers – If you’re in one of the more popular niches or sectors you will no doubt have lots of competition. That can either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you position yourself and the extent of your marketing efforts. You need to get yourself featured on these blogs in some way, shape or form. If you have a finance blog, people reading other peoples finance blogs are your audience. You need to steal them away. There are numerous ways of doing this. You can buy a direct ad from the third party site, you can guest post on their blog or you can give your insight on one of their posts by way of the comments. All of these methods will work in some sense and will provide some traffic. Sure, the traffic will be minimal but it will be your desired audience which is worth ten fold the equivalent in non-targeted traffic.

4) Optimize it for search – Search engine traffic should still be at the forefront of your mind when marketing your blog. People still search and will do for a long time to come so your content needs to be visible and relevant to the sort of thing people search for. I’m not suggesting to create content solely for search engine purposes but be sure to include relevant phrases and keywords within your blog posts that people search for. You will probably do this naturally anyway if you’re creating good content but make sure your title and opening segments get to the point and are geared primarily to the main topic if your post.

5) Links, you need links to your site – Buying them is a no go area but if you create good content you shouldn’t have any trouble getting other blogs to link you. This may happen naturally but you may need to present your content to the right people in order to get that ever important link back to your site. Perhaps contact some of the people you have identified in step 3 and see if they want to share your subject idea with a reference to the post you have created on the same matter. This usually works providing the article you have written is of value to the audience – both yours and theirs.

So there we go, not a complete list by any means but these 5 steps will all yield traffic either from the outset or on going. You can use any or all of the steps above in order to yield traffic but make sure when you do get the traffic you try your upmost to retain it. Good domain, design, content are ever important and you shouldn’t neglect any of these factors.

How to Improve the Security of Your Mobile Device

How to Improve the Security of Your Mobile Device

These days, everyone has a smartphone, most people have tablets, and those of us still bound to a keyboard are still at least packing a laptop. The rise of the mobile network has spawned a revolution in connectivity, and people have access to information like never before.

There’s never been a time in human history when we’ve had more internet access, and as more and more ‘smart’ gadgets hit the market, the wave is far from cresting.

However, it’s worth noting that these devices all collect and share a massive amount of our personal data, and much of it without our direct involvement. Most WiFi-enabled devices communicate automatically when they encounter a network, transmitting our data nearly constantly.

While mobile devices are amazing tools, it’s important to take how they use your information seriously. It’s no coincidence that identity theft rates are rising just as rapidly. Here are a few tips to ensure you don’t fall prey to a hack attack.

#1. Check out your network and sharing settings

More often than not, most people never even go into their mobile device’s network security settings, and they get left on the factory default. Sometimes it’s no big deal, but some of these simple settings can spell big trouble for your privacy.

Look for things like file sharing and network discovery, and be sure to turn them off if they’re not already. In most cases, file sharing allows other users on the network to access documents in public folders on your device. Network discovery allows other users on the network to see that you’re there, presenting you as a potential target to hackers that may be lurking.

These precautions go double for your own home router. Again, lots of people just leave them on their factory settings, which means that their usernames are something such as Admin, and either there’s no password at all, or it’s an easily locatable default password.

Don’t get caught making this very basic security mistake. Check the privacy settings on all of your mobile devices, and make sure you understand what they all mean.

#2. Install a VPN

Most people know that using public hotspots and WiFi comes with its own risks, but honestly, isn’t that the whole point of having mobile devices, being able to use them on the go?

There’s no need to avoid public WiFi altogether (because let’s face it, you’re not going to). You just need to take the necessary precautions and install a VPN. VPNs encrypt your web traffic and route your online activity through a remote server, keeping you anonymous online and protecting your data from hackers.

There are plenty of options out there for mobile users, so do some shopping around and get the app that’s compatible with your device.

#3. Use anti-virus software

There are a ton of great anti-virus programs out there available for mobile devices, so take advantage and get some installed on your device yesterday. Mobile devices transmit massive amounts of personal information, and the potential for damage with nasty things such as ransomware is staggering.

You can get some seriously stellar protection on everything from laptops to smartphones, and even get features that protect you from online threats such as background scripts and phishing emails. Weigh your options, and see what’s out there for your mobile device.

#4. Online backup is your new best friend

Think of all the times you’ve dropped your phone, spilled something on your computer or sat on your tablet, and think of all the times you nearly lost hundreds of precious photos and contact information.

Mobile devices are incredible tools, but our reliance on them has put a tremendous amount of information and dependence in a device that all too often meets an early demise, many times resulting in the permanent loss of tons of information.

Online backup services are also available for smartphones, ranging from just photo coverage, to contacts and apps too. These services automatically keep backups of the supported data on the company’s secure servers, so even if your device is toast, your files aren’t.

Many online backup services even come with a remote wipe feature, which allow you to wipe a phone’s memory clean if it’s ever stolen. Seriously, if you’re going to back up any device, make it the one that you shove in your back pocket all the time.

#5. Be aware of how your device stores and uses your information

Like with any other device and operating system, mobile devices have you agree to terms and conditions and various privacy policies to get to use them. However, some of this can involve some unnecessary data collection (often for marketing purposes), and some unsavory third party information sharing.

I know those disclosures are a million miles long, but take the time to at least skim them before you agree to permissions with new apps and software. Make sure you know how and when your device is sharing your information, and get familiar with your system’s data settings to see what kind of information your device is collecting on your usage.

Also, it’s a good idea to turn off the setting that allows your device to connect automatically with WiFi hotspots. Though many VPNs can be set up to connect automatically in the presence of a hotspot, if you don’t have one installed, your device could be unbeknownst to you transmitting data over an unsecured connection.

Bottom line: play it safe. Smartphones, tablets and laptops are incredible tools, but you need to understand how their privacy settings work before you ever start using one. Always be aware of the potential damage that can be done should your device ever fall into the wrong hands, and never underestimate the risk of using an unsecured network.

Have you ever found out the hard way that your mobile device was sharing more than you realized? Share your experience so others can learn from you, and keep the information train rolling for smart mobile device use!

Hot Tablet Deals At Gearbest

Gearbest is an impressive website for technology and gadget lovers. The site offers interesting offers and discounts for its customers. The exchange and refund policies of the the site are impressive too. The site offers a range of products like cellphones, tablets, audio and video and lifestyle products etc. The customer service provided by the site is pretty impressive as they provide a toll free number and a 24/7 customer support.

Tablets

One of the current deals on Gearbest includes the latest Tablet From Chuwi . You get this cool tablet at Gearbest at $185.99. The tablet is powered by an Intel Z8300 64bit Quad Core 1.44GHz?up to 1.84GHz) processor and helps you save on the battery usage. It has got an Intel graphics?up to 500MHzfor an enhanced gaming experience. The tablet looks awesome with a 10.1 inches screen and improves your movie viewing experience manifold. This is a Windows machine and comes with an excellent interface and user-friendly features. On top of that, the product comes with bluetooth 4.0 for fast sharing of files with other devices. You can connect this smartphone to TV screens, monitors or projectors.

The site has got a range of other tablets to choose from. These include tablets with a variety of features and the price range goes up-to $500.

The tablet brands on the site include:

CHUWI
HUAWEI
Cube
Teclast
Onda
Voyo

The tablet market is flooded with products and this makes it difficult to make the right choice. One has to really scan through all the features of each of the products and compare their pricing to find the right product. The website has be made really well and provides all of the product features and pricing for each of the products, so one can easily make the right choice.There are deals on many of the products being offered at Gearbest and this is a great opportunity for tablet lovers. The site offers free shipping and a 3-5 days time to deliver the products.

How to Cultivate the Perfect Relationship with your Digital Agency

It is something that is overlooked by many on both the client and agency sides in marketing. In fact, many ignore the value of the relationship so much that it hinders the campaign’s current or ongoing success. Relationships forge bonds. Working in silo makes it easy to breakaway. For marketing managers and coordinators that are working on client side campaigns, they can easily fall into the trap of a ‘set and forget’ strategy with the agency. Agencies are guilty of doing the same thing as well. From client’s point of view, it always seems like agencies are engaging in ‘disappearing act’ once the contracts have been signed and the funds have been handed over. To build a strong foundation of success, the two sides must commit to forging a bond of trust and commitment that will see both parties succeed in their endeavours over the long term. Below are steps to successfully cultivate the perfect relationship with your digital agency.

Partnership

Have complete confidence in the agency that you are hiring!

To ensure that the relationship starts on the right foot, you need to have complete confidence in the agency that you are hiring. It shouldn’t feel like you are being sold to. Rather, it should feel like you are partnering with an agency that will further boost the success of your digital presence. Before hiring an agency, we recommend taking the following actions.

  • Check the agency’s online reviews. Are people talking about the agency positively or negatively. Assess the context of the reviews and take a calculated decision based on risk versus reward.
  • Get references from previous clients. Previous clients will give you a better indication on how well they performed. Did they meet their expectations? What were the positives and the negatives?
  • Check their web profile. Have they actively tried to engage in digital activities themselves? And if so, what have they successfully accomplished?
  • Has the business been nominated or won any awards? And if so, what ones?

The success of the campaign will come down to the success of the account manager handling your account.

There are good agencies and there are bad agencies. The success of the agency is dependant on the success of the account manager. Qualities to look out for with a good account manager includes:

  • A person that focuses on the needs and priorities for your business.
  • A person that is up-to-date with the practices, strategies and tactics within the industry.
  • A person that lives and breathes the digital marketing industry.
  • A person that comes across confidently.
  • A person that it open, honest and transparent. If they feel as though they have something to hide, it could seriously impact the confidence of the relationship over the long-term.

When hiring an agency, hire them as the expert.

When you are hiring an agency, you are hiring them as your expert to take control of that specific marketing tactic. It is essential that you put your full trust into the agency to avoid any future discontentment and allowing the your expectations to be managed.

Ensure that you enter the relationship with a sense of optimism.

Going into the relationship with animosity and conflict will only drive both parties apart and will negatively impact the campaign. Should problems arise with the performance of the campaign, consult with all parties professionally and commit to a solution that will allow you to succeed.

Ensure that the agency delivers the work that they promised you.

Prior to the engagement, you should have received details about the ‘Scope of Work’ that will be implemented in your campaign. Also ask about the frequency of reports that will delivered to improve the transparency on the work being done on the campaign.

Many agencies and clients struggle when it comes to cultivating a positive relationship. Every business needs to formulate a team that will help them accelerate their rate of growth and motivate the agency and the client to work towards the same goal and feel like they are moving forward as a unit. There are no shortcuts to developing a great client-agency relationship. Put your full trust and confidence into the agency to see the agency outperform your expectations over the long term.

 

How to Cultivate the Perfect Relationship with your Digital Agency

 

It is something that is overlooked by many on both the client and agency sides in marketing. In fact, many ignore the value of the relationship so much that it hinders the campaign’s current or ongoing success. Relationships forge bonds. Working in silo makes it easy to breakaway. For marketing managers and coordinators that are working on client side campaigns, they can easily fall into the trap of a ‘set and forget’ strategy with the agency. Agencies are guilty of doing the same thing as well. From client’s point of view, it always seems like agencies are engaging in ‘disappearing act’ once the contracts have been signed and the funds have been handed over. To build a strong foundation of success, the two sides must commit to forging a bond of trust and commitment that will see both parties succeed in their endeavours over the long term. Below are steps to successfully cultivate the perfect relationship with your digital agency.

Have complete confidence in the agency that you are hiring!

To ensure that the relationship starts on the right foot, you need to have complete confidence in the agency that you are hiring. It shouldn’t feel like you are being sold to. Rather, it should feel like you are partnering with an agency that will further boost the success of your digital presence. Before hiring an agency, we recommend taking the following actions.

  • Check the agency’s online reviews. Are people talking about the agency positively or negatively. Assess the context of the reviews and take a calculated decision based on risk versus reward.
  • Get references from previous clients. Previous clients will give you a better indication on how well they performed. Did they meet their expectations? What were the positives and the negatives?
  • Check their web profile. Have they actively tried to engage in digital activities themselves? And if so, what have they successfully accomplished?
  • Has the business been nominated or won any awards? And if so, what ones?

The success of the campaign will come down to the success of the account manager handling your account.

There are good agencies and there are bad agencies. The success of the agency is dependant on the success of the account manager. Qualities to look out for with a good account manager includes:

  • A person that focuses on the needs and priorities for your business.
  • A person that is up-to-date with the practices, strategies and tactics within the industry.
  • A person that lives and breathes the digital marketing industry.
  • A person that comes across confidently.
  • A person that it open, honest and transparent. If they feel as though they have something to hide, it could seriously impact the confidence of the relationship over the long-term.

When hiring an agency, hire them as the expert.

When you are hiring an agency, you are hiring them as your expert to take control of that specific marketing tactic. It is essential that you put your full trust into the agency to avoid any future discontentment and allowing the your expectations to be managed.

Ensure that you enter the relationship with a sense of optimism.

Going into the relationship with animosity and conflict will only drive both parties apart and will negatively impact the campaign. Should problems arise with the performance of the campaign, consult with all parties professionally and commit to a solution that will allow you to succeed.

Ensure that the agency delivers the work that they promised you.

Prior to the engagement, you should have received details about the ‘Scope of Work’ that will be implemented in your campaign. Also ask about the frequency of reports that will delivered to improve the transparency on the work being done on the campaign.

 

Many agencies and clients struggle when it comes to cultivating a positive relationship. Every business needs to formulate a team that will help them accelerate their rate of growth and motivate the agency and the client to work towards the same goal and feel like they are moving forward as a unit. There are no shortcuts to developing a great client-agency relationship. Put your full trust and confidence into the agency to see the agency outperform your expectations over the long term.

 

How to optimise your website performance

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In this digital age, the website performance is a significant factor to a web business’s success. Many developments have occurred that have helped to improve website performance, but the wider community outside of web developers aren’t completely aware of what they can implement and make their website achieve. The team from Host Geek have provided the following tips to optimize and improve the performance of your website.

Beating spam and the threat of hack attacks!

Unfortunately, the World Wide Web can be a bit of an ugly place at times. When it comes to web spam and hack attacks, there are robots and active hackers trying to pry data or sensitive information from your website. It is essential that you have a form of security in place that will protect the information of your website and the people that are interacting on your website. Purchase solutions with an SSL certificate to improve the probabilities of protecting sensitive data that is transferred on the web. Additionally, invest in firewalls and other security systems that will prevent malware or hack attacks to your website.

Web hosting setup

Getting the web hosting right is the crucial step to your website’s performance. Choose the wrong host, and the foundation of your online presence is flawed. Thankfully, there are several web communities online that are eager to help those that are new to the field. Web hosting companies have also expanded their services to make it more affordable to start with a web hosting solution. The popular solutions include:

  • Shared web hosting
  • Dedicated private server (Internal and external)
  • Virtual private server

SEO performance

When it came to doing onsite SEO in the past, you pretty much had to learn how to handle HTML and CSS code, as well as the back-end workings of a CMS. While this is still important to a degree nowadays, much of the work can be done in the front end of the website, should there be an available off-the-shelf plugin. For WordPress, Yoast is the most popular SEO tool of choice that will allow you to input your metadata and optimise your web page without having to go into the back-end of the website. Other plugins can also solve SEO issues, such as:

  • 301 redirect plugins
  • Robots text file generators
  • Dynamic XML sitemap generators
  • Google Analytics tag installation

Professional look and feel of the website

One of the greatest developments that has happened with the web is the availability of themes that will make your website appear to be much more professional. An array of themes can be found by doing an online search or by visiting marketplaces such as Themeforest. You will need to make sure that the theme that you select is compatible with the CMS platforms that you are working with. It’s also advised to select a theme where technical support is included, as some of the free or cheaper themes offer support at high rates, such as $100 per hour.

Once you have selected your theme, customize the theme to provide the look and feel that you desire. Ensure that the formatting is consistent and professional. If there are photos or text that are a few pixels out of place, it can deter from the desired professional look that you are after.

Conversion rate optimization.

Depending on the type of CMS platform or website that you are using, you will be able to make tweaks to the website to optimise it to increase lead and sales conversions. One of the plugins that you can use is from Thrive Themes. It provides a WYSIWYG editor that plugs into a CMS system such as WordPress and allows you to change the text and web design format of the page that you are working on. This is great for split testing campaigns and testing to see what is helping to increase lead opt-in enquiries and sales conversions.

To ensure that the plugins that you have don’t slow your website too much, another great resource to check out is this post from Dan Norris that covers in-depth practices on how to make your web page load in under 1 second. However, the content is specifically focused on WordPress solutions.

Website speed is a vital key to improving the user’s experience on your website. Look into the current state of your website’s setup and commit to a strategy that will improve your website’s performance today!

10 Design Freebies To Make Your Day

I remember how as a kid the Ice Cream man would always put some extra cherries on my ice cream. I can never forget how it would make my day!

We might not have extra cherries for you, but we definitely have freebies that would come pretty close to the cherries.

We’ve selected some of the best and important freebies that designers have regular use for but which might otherwise cost them. So sit back and enjoy these freebies.

And yes some might just turn out to be the extra cherries on the ice cream for you and make your day too!

Vector Infographic Elements on the house

Vector Infographic Elements on the house

Vector Infographic Elements on the house

Infographics have pretty much become an important part of every website and some are also replacing lengthy text-based contents.

Besides providing condensed data in an understandable format, Infographics are also visually appealing. Bottom line is that if you want to never go out of business or need something that will keep bringing in cash every now and then, then you need to learn how to make Infographics. These vector graphics elements will help you create amazing Infographics.

There are speech bubbles and graphs and charts to include plus colorful silhouettes too that you can use for your Infographics. Shuffle things up and create as many as you want.

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Android App UI Design Kit

Android App UI Design Kit

Android App UI Design Kit

App designing isn’t easy. Sure everything looks perfect in your head but somehow it’s not always as simple to turn your thoughts into live apps that’d become the next big thing.

So here’s what you do, use the Android App UI Design kit to get a feel for what your app should look like. The kit comes replete with buttons, floating action buttons, widgets, icons, calendars and so much more for a realistic look.

You can always manipulate the design to test out different versions as the layered structure makes it possible to edit and customize as you want it. Save yourself some time and a lot of effort and just download this already! We promise you won’t regret it.

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96 Free Vector Icons to Increase your Click Rate

96 Free Vector Icons to Increase your Click Rate

96 Free Vector Icons to Increase your Click Rate

What wouldn’t webmasters do for higher click rate? Besides providing fantastic content that nudges the visitor to click on your site, icons are another way to do so.

Icons not just help increase click rate but these are also communicative. In the sense that they better explain what you are intending to say to your visitors without taking up a lot of space. You might have to add text next to certain icons but for majority of the icons in this freebie set you wouldn’t need to do that.

The icons are divided into different categories to save time. You can choose from Finance/Business icons, Restaurant icons, and icons that are under the Medical category.

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Creativity Enhancing Design Resources

Creativity Enhancing Design Resources

Creativity Enhancing Design Resources

There are days when your mind goes into a coma, where you just can’t produce anything out of it and your creativity packs its bag, put on a hat and takes off into the desert.

If you can relate to this – maybe in a less dramatic way – you would love this creativity enhancing resources that don’t just work perfectly well by itself, and would find a fit in a lot of your projects anyway but will also give you the prompt to create masterpieces.

Comprising of 4 beautiful textures, 8 vector illustrations and a bunch of vectors that you can include in posters and images for children-themed projects or for the food industry and even for something that is based on the environment. Just let your creativity flow.

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Home Remodeling: A Free Responsive WordPress Theme

Home Remodeling: A Free Responsive WordPress Theme

Home Remodeling: A Free Responsive WordPress Theme

Sometimes you do need WordPress themes so specific that you have no option but to manually create them, and one such area would be home remodeling.

But thanks to this freebie, you need not do everything from scratch. The Home Remodelling theme would be befitting for a home remodeling business (obviously!) but also for renovation-based businesses and interior and exterior remodeling businesses.

We recommend you stock up on this.

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32 Free Vector Ribbon Objects

32 Free Vector Ribbon Objects

32 Free Vector Ribbon Objects

You know how some images would instantly connect you with a specific thing? Ribbons are like that, they actually have a happy feel to it because it’s often associated with presents.

So use these vector ribbons to make your visitors happy as you proclaim a sale on your website or highlight certain discounted items too. Ribbons also are widely used in specific types of websites like that which are confectionary-based and even one that retail toys and baby clothes.

But that’s not all you can use this for. Use them to communicate important information or draw attention to the Call to Action, you would indeed find limitless use for these 32 vector ribbons.

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50 Unique Tessellation Pattern Vector Backgrounds

50 Unique Tessellation Pattern Vector Backgrounds

50 Unique Tessellation Pattern Vector Backgrounds

Have you ever looked at a beehive and wondered just how beautiful Nature is, and how deadly too when the bees come swarming at you. Tesselation patterns that have a beehive feel to it are a must-have in your kitty as this immediately gives a facelift to any project.

Use them in the background to enhance the look of a website or on a poster or even wall decors, these are beautifully patterned and alluringly colored. The simple clean look can sometimes do so much more for aesthetics than clutter.

You get a bunch of 50 different Tesselation patterns in this freebie. Download this today and use it abundantly.

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Free Geometric Patterns with extended royalty license

Free Geometric Patterns with extended royalty license

Free Geometric Patterns with extended royalty license

Like Tesselation patterns, geometric patterns too have their own charm. Plus you do have a lot of options in terms of variety.

The geometric patterns included in this freebie are so versatile that you can use it to communicate different types of messages. Whether you are going for something soft and subtle or want to be loud and bold, these patterns, when worked differently and creatively, will enhance your projects beautifully.

Use them for posters, invites, t-shirt mug and hoodie printing and even for wallpapers, these are some wonderful resources that every professional should have.

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Smashicons: 200 Free Flat Icons

Smashicons: 200 Free Flat Icons

Smashicons: 200 Free Flat Icons

We’ve scoured and sorted through more than 14000 icons to bring to you 200 of them that are versatile, popular and that you would repeatedly use in a number of your projects.

Icons are an important part of a designer’s work and no matter the type of project you are working on you will find a need for these icons. The mix and match set gives you more options to choose from as these don’t belong to a specific category but pans several of them.

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Free Photo-Realistic & Hand-Crafted Food Mockup Set

Free Photo-Realistic & Hand-Crafted Food Mockup Set

Free Photo-Realistic & Hand-Crafted Food Mockup Set

Is your distant aunt starting her home baking business and want you set up a food website or maybe you got hired to work for a really important restaurateur who’s looking to get his restaurant online?

This food mockup set is a realistic take on what your project can look like. It’s easy to edit and customize, so you can work on this and get approval from clients.

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10 Essential Requirements of a Novel Web Design

Top 10 essential requirements of a novel web design

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There are websites which seem to be made just for the sake of creating a website. There’s absolutely no thought process involved in developing them having been designed with a haphazard approach.

If you’re planning to create a website, make sure it is an interesting and trendy one. It should not look like the one developed in the 90’s and then never updated. Here are a few essential things that you should keep in mind while developing a website.

1. Typography-

No, the simple “Times New Roman” and “Calibri” will not suffice. You need to use interesting font faces to attract viewers and make sure you use the same font in the entire content of your website because distinct font in the same website is very distracting and unappealing. Plus, if the website is the official site of your company then it becomes important for you to stick to a single font style because people will then relate the style to your company. If you keep changing it, they will be confused. Top 11 Essentials of Typography

2. Labels-

Divide your website into interesting headings or labels. This improves the navigation and makes it easy for the user to find the desired content. Include a search box too where one can look for some specific content on your website. Labels help in the segmentation of your website and also simplify it.

3. Flat Design-

If you really want users to stick to your website for at least a few minutes then keep the design simple and flat. There should be no 3D effects all over the website which sometimes frustrates and confuses users. Flat design becomes more important in case of an official website of a company as a good website experience will help you form a better image in front of your potential customers. 5 Free Graceful WordPress Themes with Flat Design

4. SEO Content-

You need to use some specific keywords in the labels of your websites as well as product descriptions, if there are any. This makes it easier for Google to give you a higher SEO rank which will subsequently result in more views of your website.

5. Mobile Compatibility-

While following a trendy web design, experts often ignore smart-phones and tablets. You need to make sure that your website is easily and fully visible in mobile browsers as well. An incomplete display of the website on mobiles sends out the wrong message among viewers.

6. Hover Effects-

You would have noticed that when you move the cursor to a specific area of a website, that part changes its colour and often shows a drop down menu. The change in colour is subtle but is very soothing to the eyes of the viewer and helpful while navigating the website.

7. Use Light Colours-

Never use black as background because websites with that colour are ignored by search engines. Use colours like blue, light orange and green. These colours do not attack the eyes and give a relaxed experience to the viewer.

8. Use Images-

Your website should not be a plain one with only text. There should be some interesting pictures as well as an interesting background which attracts viewers and provides them a better experience.

9. Least Ads-

If you are trying to earn some revenue with ads, fine, but do not force the visitor to click on ads or bar them from entering a particular section of the website unless they click on an ad. This is a very irritating practice and websites using this trick to generate revenues are blacklisted by visitors.

10. Videos-

There must be some videos available on your website which are related to your company or product and provide useful information. This makes it simple for viewers to understand your company.