Small Business Resource Center

Is a hand-drawn illustration right for your logo?

by John Habib
John Habib
February 22, 2017

Clean lines, modern typography and a sleek style often work wonders in a well-designed logo. For certain businesses, however, a strong custom illustration makes a logo truly embed itself in customers’ consciousnesses. 

A custom illustration logo is a brand symbol featuring a detailed, hand-drawn image. Famous examples abound, from the NFL shield to the LG emblem to Disney’s palace and signature combo. With their handcrafted origins, custom illustration logos can take a bit longer to develop than other logos. But because of their potential to be exceptionally vibrant and memorable, they are often worth the time and effort.

Custom illustrations have never gone out of style and are one of our 20 logo trends to watch in 2017. How do you know if a custom illustration logo is right for your business? We spoke with Deluxe logo designer Daniel Liete to learn more about how these unique designs work. 

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Social Media 101: Managing your social media presence

by Ria Boyce
Ria Boyce

social-media-presenceLikes and snaps and tweets…oh my! Managing social media can seem overwhelming at times. How do you know you’re taking all the right steps for your business when it comes to social media management?

Don’t panic! We have a social media sanity check to help take the stress out of social.

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A sweet new logo: How one small business owner rebranded with yellow and brown

by John Habib
John Habib

In our recent series about color pairings in logos, we highlighted the surprising effectiveness of yellow and brown combinations. Colors evoke certain feelings and associations, and yellow and brown are no different. And as it turned out, yellow and brown were the perfect combination for a small business looking to expand its growth potential.

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The 2017 food and beverage trade show roundup

by Tori Tsu
Tori Tsu

If you’re a food or beverage vendor strategizing for the coming year of commerce, now is a good time to think about which trade shows to attend.

In these days of rapid-fire technology growth and the spiraling of e-commerce, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of your industry developments. Missed trade shows mean missed opportunities to network with vendors, weigh your competition, expand your inventory, learn about new trends and innovations, and/or gain a fresh perspective on best practices.

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Must-watch TV shows of 2017 for small business owners

by Tori Tsu
Tori Tsu
January 27, 2017

Happy Friday! TGIF! You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again, we’re all “livin’ for the weekend.” And for many, those precious days off are often spent binge-watching Netflix or HBO (Stranger Things or Westworld, anyone?).

While we’re no stranger (no pun intended) to the occasional couch-potato phase, we’re still trying to stick to our New Year’s resolutions to learn something new, work on that side-hustle, and use our time mindfully. Enter the “productive” TV show. You know, the one that you can watch and feel like you’ve spent the last 30 or 60 minutes unwinding thoughtfully, rather than in a brain-drain.

Luckily, even if you’ve already watched every episode of Shark Tank and listened to all the TED Talks, there are still shows to stimulate and entertain the business-minded viewer. Inc. recently published their 9 Top TV Shows Entrepreneurs Should Watch in 2017. From HBO’s satirical Silicon Valley to our very own documentary web series Small Business Revolution, Inc.’s list has a program to fit your every mood for many weekends to come.

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Fresh start for 2017: 8 steps to spiffing up your email campaign

January 25, 2017

Are your email marketing campaigns hitting a stalemate? Maybe your open or click-through rates are dropping off, your content is lacking pizzazz or your subject lines are sounding more clichéd than clever.

You’re far from alone if your campaign needs a refresh from time to time. Not only are your marketing themes and techniques bound to evolve along with shifts within your business and industry, but continually doing things the same way lulls readers into complacency.

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From zero to success: Building an email list from scratch

by Tori Tsu
Tori Tsu
January 20, 2017

Email is a critical piece of any small business’s marketing strategy, but building an effective email list can be daunting. Whether you’re just starting out in business, have been operating for a while but have not yet ventured into email marketing, or are just unhappy with the results your current email list is getting, take heart! It is possible to go from zero to success in the world of email marketing, and create a list that will help you market your products and services to exactly the people who want to buy them.

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