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QR Codes are becoming more and more common in America, and even the mailmen, err I mean, mail carriers, have begun to notice. the The US Postal service recently announced a 3% postage discount for First Class, Standard, and Presorted mail containing a QR Code from July 1, 2011 to August 31, 2011.
To qualify for the program:
- The barcode must be two-dimensional and readable by a mobile smart phone
- The documentation for each mailing needs to be submitted electronically to the US Postal Service
- Each piece of mail needs to contain a mobile barcode either within the contents or outside the mailpiece
- The mobile barcode must be used for marketing, promotional or educational purposes and be relevant to the contents
Think of it this way: Right now you can save money on your direct mailings by simply trying out a QR Code System. With numerous websites to create free codes available on the Internet, it is by no means an expensive venture.
QR Codes make it easy for your clients to find out more about your products, contact information, special offers, and coupons, and they can do so without much effort. It’s a perfect time to get an edge on your competition and give QR Codes a try.
Here’s a clever music video featuring QR Codes, which can actually be scanned and will direct the user to information about the artist and even enter them into contests.
We thought about making one of our own, but we couldn’t decide who would get to play lead cowbell.
These days there seems to be a million different ways to market your company. There are more tools available than ever before, and it can often be difficult to figure out which is the most effective. Here at AMG we are always interested in what our clients feel works best for them. So ponder for a moment and let us know…
Often the first impression a client has of your company is your landing page. After clicking an advertisement or a search engine result, it’s the first thing they see. Here are some tips to make your page as effective as possible:
1.) Use three to five bullet points on each landing page to make it easy for readers to quickly scan the page. This also highlights the main offers or messages on the form.
3.) Include the offer or deal in the headline of the landing page because it is the first thing the visitor will see. The headline needs to describe the offer so visitors know what they can get out of the form. Avoid headlines with lack of detail.
DO! (Be specific) DON’T! (Try what for free?)
4.) Always have the headings and bullet points start with an action verbs. This answers the question “What’s in it for me?” from the viewers. Shows the compelling value in the landing page offers.
5.)The alignment of the page should be balanced by using three columns if possible. This maintains organization so the viewer can navigate around the page efficiently without clutter.
6.) Remember that on a landing page, white space is a good thing. The viewer can lose an offer, message or leave the landing page altogether if it includes too much text.
DO! DON’T! (too much text)
7.) The entire form should be above the fold. This means the visitor should not have to scroll down to see the landing page content.
DO! (keep all content on one page) DON’T! (don’t make the form longer than the page)
8.) Avoid placing additional links on the page. Links may distract the viewer from the landing page offer. If you remove unneeded links, this potentially decreases conversion rates which means it is less likely for someone to end up clicking off the page.
9.) Steer clear from using white text on a black background. The landing page to the left is too hard to read because of the extreme contrast. An easy fix is using a gray background color instead.
10.) Interactive sites are a great way to involve the viewers so they can actually see what they get out of the landing page offer. The landing page to the right incorporates a calculator you can use to figure out how much your digital shelf space is worth.
Your logo is a visual sythesis of your company, boiled down to it’s simplest form to represent you. It’s purpose is not to communicate multiple aspects or characteristics of you, but instead be a symbol or statement of who you are and what you do. It is the foundation of your company image and sets the stage for future branding materials.
Your identity is a whole different animal that moves beyond your logo. It’s all the “little things” that when put together create a powerful statement (if done properly) and define you on multiple levels. These “little things” are everything that connect you and your audience: a business card, a website, an ad, your newsletter, a t-shirt… the list goes on and on. When your audience engages with these “little things” they have a reaction whether they are conscious of it or not. The important thing to remember is, every one of these “little things” is an opportunity for you to continue to tell your story — define who you are. You are in control of what you communicate and the trick is getting that positive reaction.
This mathematical constant’s dedicatory day may have passed by without any festivities for some, but we here at AMG have decided to embrace our brainiac selves. That’s right, fellow poindexters, time to get your geek on!
Wanna hear a bit of celebratory tunes in honor of this auspicious and irrational number? Take a listen to Lars Erickson’s lyrical ode to Pi.
Geek/Nerd trivia, quiz questions and fun-facts
- For what does YKYBHTLW stand?
- What’s war-driving?
- What century did mathematicians first use plus and minus signs?
- What high-level computer language was named after a French mathematician and philosopher?
The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the Kola Superdeep Borehole, in Russia . It is over 40,000 feet deep.
In Portugese, Geek translates to “pencil neck” or eccentric.
Think math is too hard?? Even a dog can do it. Check out Maggie the Counting Dog:
We believe that the geeks who have come before us have graced us with the amazing technology to create our stunning design work and to them we offer thanks and action figures in tribute.
Our own staff is overflowing with nerd-dom, and while we may not transcend to the high levels of the Society of Creative Anacronism yet
we are ever striding forward so that someday we, too, can win the Adams College Greek Games by selling more pies than the Alpha Betas and by performing an elaborate computer driven, techno-song for the talent show. Clap your hands everybody and everybody clap your hands!
AMG Nerd Stats
Our resident copywriter, Molly, is a member of the Firefly Fanclub, a Galaga master, owns every DVD of Buffy, Angel and Supernatural ever made, and is addicted to NTN trivia. Plus, she owns the above Uhura doll from Star Trek TOS and has the theme from Battlestar Galactica as her answering machine message.
The Mikes, our creative gurus, have amassed a good deal of geekiness in their time, as well.
Mike Lindau was a member of Odyssey of the Mind, the choir, band, and drama club concurrently and he once bedazzled his own shirt to try and be more “punk rock.”
We believe Mike Tallman might be stuck in the nerdy 90’s (this is evident in his clothing choices) since he spends the majority of his free time playing Nintendo 64 Goldeneye and Mario Kart.
Our Marketing Exec, Ben, likes to brag (and Tweet) about acquiring 3 stars and beating all levels on Angry Birds. ‘Nuff said.
So, we would like to know…What is your nerdiest pastime?
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Answers to trivia:
- You Know You’ve Been Hacking Too Long When
- The act of searching for Wi-Fi wireless networks by a person in a moving vehicle, using a portable computer or PDA.
- The sixteenth