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    Gap, Starbucks, Vodafone & Airbnb: 4 Important Lessons From Famous Rebrands

    By Erik Devaney

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    If you've ever been part of a company or worked on a product that's undergone a rebrand, you know how absolutely crazy it can be.

    From establishing goals, to iterating on designs, to actually implementing your branding changes on your website and across all of your marketing channels, it’s a lot of work.

    I was part of a rebrand at a startup a few years back. The company at the time was shifting direction and targeting a different audience, so a rebrand made sense. We had to come up with a new name, new logo, new colors … new everything!

    Needless to say, there were a lot ... Read More

    8 Design Trends to Watch in 2015 [Infographic]

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    Each passing year tests the longevity of design trends. Which ones will stick it out another year, and which ones are already passé? Perhaps most importantly, what are the emerging trends marketers and designers alike need to stay on top of?

    There are a few trends from last year that are continuing to go strong in 2015, like semi-flat design and more sophisticated typography.

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    How to Create an Ebook From Start to Finish [+ 18 Free Ebook Templates]

    By Anum Hussain

    At age 11, I dreamed of being an editor at a major magazine. I even put together my first publication, Teen Scene Magazine, using colored construction paper, yarn, and in-depth feature interviews with ... my dad.

    Flash forward to today. I've swapped my colored construction paper and yarn for PowerPoint and InDesign. I've replaced my dad with marketing experts and influencers. Well, sort of. And week after week, I have the satisfaction of publishing ebooks.

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    14 PowerPoint Presentation Tips to Make Your PPT Designs More Effective [+Templates]

    By Jamie Cartwright

    I like to think of Microsoft PowerPoint as a test of basic marketing skills. To create a passing presentation, I need to demonstrate design skills, technical literacy, and a sense of personal style.

    If the presentation has a problem (like an unintended font, a broken link, or unreadable text), then I’ve probably failed the test. Even if my spoken presentation is well rehearsed, a bad visual experience can ruin it for the audience.

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    15 Examples of Brilliant Website Homepage Design

    By Jessica Meher

    You never get a second chance to make a first impression -- that’s why your homepage is undoubtedly one of the most important web pages on your website.

    For any given company, the homepage is its virtual front door. If a new visitor doesn't like what they see, their knee-jerk reaction is to hit the "back" button.

    That's right -- unfortunately, a lot of people still judge a book by its cover.

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    How to Create a Logo: Designers Give a Look Inside Their Process

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    Even though they're often just small images, logos carry a whole lot of meaning -- and designing one comes with a whole lot of responsibility, too. Logos are usually the most recognizable representation of a company or organization. And with more information available to the average consumer today, logos also have to quickly and effectively communicate on behalf of their brand.

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    Infinite Scrolling: What to Consider Before Implementing It on Your Site

    By Amanda DiSilvestro

    If you've ever used Twitter, Pinterest, or searched for images in Google, you've probably seen infinite scrolling in action. All you have to do is keep scrolling down, and more and more information pops up.

    While the last few years have been all about creating different types of content, we've been seeing more and more marketers experimenting with different ways to display that content to improve user experience on their websites. One of these trends is infinite scrolling.

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    What to Cut From Your Marketing in 2015

    By Ginny Soskey

    Pretty much all marketers are pressured to do more. Get on more social networks, write more blog posts, send more emails, run more reports, generate more sales ...

    And sometimes, doing more works. Blogging more, for example, can increase traffic and leads

    But other times, doing less is actually a much better idea.

    Adding more and more and more to your plate can stretch you thin and make your marketing activities less effective. And with only so much time in the day, you've got to figure out how to get more results without actually doing more work.

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    PNG, JPEG, or GIF? How to Pick the Right File Extension [Infographic]

    By Ginny Soskey

    When you're first starting to create visual content, one of the easiest things to overlook is the image file type. It's easy to get caught up in picking the right fonts, colors, and graphics to support your final project, so when you get to that final stage to pick a file type ... you just breeze on past it. 

    But picking the wrong file type can be more disastrous than you'd think.

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    How to Give a Bad Infographic a Makeover [Infographic]

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    Given the popularity and effectiveness of visual content for marketing, it's no surprise that today's marketers are creating more and more infographics. They're a more enjoyable way of digesting statistics, data sets, and timelines, and they can drive more traffic and engagement than plain text.

    Even though there are a lot of good infographics out there, there are still a ton of bad infographics out there, too.

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    21 Free Design Tools for Marketers on a Budget

    By Rosalia Cefalu

    They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but let's be honest ... a pretty cover doesn’t hurt when it comes to your marketing. That’s why -- whether you're creating lead generation content, social media content, calls-to-action, or infographics -- your marketing materials should always be as visually appealing as possible.

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    The Best SlideShare Presentations of 2014 [SlideShare]

    By Ginny Soskey

    I don't know about you, but I love SlideShare -- both as a marketer, and just as a regular person who likes to look at cool presentations.

    As a marketer, I love that the platform lets you create and publish interactive, beautiful pieces of content without a ton of design experience. As a person who likes to look at cool presentations, I love that there are tons of great ones to choose from that cover all manner of topics.

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    Responsive Design: Defined in a Single GIF

    By Ginny Soskey

    It's becoming more and more apparent that mobile is an important consideration for marketers. Our audiences are using mobile devices to research our companies, products, and services -- in fact, Google found that nearly 60% of consumers visit a company's mobile website in the buying cycle. And because we want to be where our audience is, it's important for us to up our mobile game.

    The first step you need to take? Make your website responsive.

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    The 4 Most Important Pages on Your Website (& How to Optimize Them)

    By Neil Patel

    Some of the pages on your website are more important than others. Okay, many of you probably find that fairly obvious -- but I'm surprised how few people actually apply this knowledge to their websites to improve conversions.

    I’m all about low hanging fruit; about undertaking the easiest tasks that will have the biggest results. What I’m about to describe in this article has the potential to improve your site dramatically with just a few, critical changes.

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    10 Ways to Mix Up Your Visual Content on Social Media

    By Anna Guerrero

    Visual content is the most powerful tool your brand can use to engage your fans on social media. It allows you to express ideas quickly and effectively, which is a valuable tactic to set your brand apart from the vast amount of written content published online every day.

    So which kinds of visual content works best on social media? The best answer: a variety. Finding clever and creative ways to mix up your visual content will boost your fan interaction and help your build your brand's identity on social.

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    How to Create PowerPoint Presentations That Don’t Put People to Sleep [Free Templates]

    By Hannah Fleishman

    If you want people to remember what you say during your next presentation, take it easy on the bullet points and cheesy stock photos. Boring slides can turn even the most intriguing pitch, data, or keynote into a snoozefest.

    As savvy marketers and salespeople, we know better than anyone how important it is for our content to be engaging. Whether we’re making a SlideShare presentation for lead generation or an overview deck of our team’s performance to share at the next all-hands

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    We Completely Redesigned the HubSpot Blog. Here's Why.

    By Pamela Vaughan


    If you're a regular reader of HubSpot's Blog, you've probably noticed things are looking a little bit different today. It's not just you. Last night, we gave the HubSpot Blog a pretty drastic makeover. 

    A lot of planning and strategizing went into the new design, so we thought we'd share how the current design came to be and why we made the changes we did.

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    10 Helpful Tips for Choosing and Using Fonts

    By Melanie Perkins

    When you think of all the things that make up a good design, what elements come to mind? Color? Layout? Photography?

    Most people often forget that typography plays a crucial role in the success of a new design. With so many choices, choosing the "right" one can feel overwhelming.

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    How to Develop a Strong Visual Brand on Social Media

    By Melanie Perkins

    The new world of marketing is increasingly visual. It's no coincidence that the newest and fastest-growing social networks on the web -- like Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat -- are focused primarily on visual content.

    So, how can marketers adapt to and leverage an increasingly visual social atmosphere? By

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    Why People Leave Your Website [Infographic]

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    Attracting visitors to your website is only the first step -- once they get there, you want to make sure they hang around.

    What's more, you want them to click through to other pages on your website, whether that means reading a blog post, filling out a landing page form, or (hallelujah!) actually buying

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    7 Current Design Trends Every Marketer Should Know

    By Laura Kane

    Truthfully, not all of us have the best design chops -- but that doesn't mean we should be in the dark about the latest design trends. While it may not be part of your day-to-day activities, one day, you'll find yourself dragged into a project like a website redesign. Suddenly, it'll feel like you're in a foreign country and you can't understand or speak the language, but you somehow have to navigate it all. 

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    A Handy Little Guide to Pairing Fonts [Infographic]

    By Lindsay Kolowich

    The way you pair several fonts could make or break the success of your design. When done right, font pairings can help you capture your audience's attention, get your readers to feel something, and reinforce your message. But when done wrong, it can clash, confuse your readers, and even look like a design mistake.

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    The Real Reason Nobody Shares Your Infographic

    By Joe Chernov

    We’ve all been there. You spent countless hours conducting ironclad research for your latest infographic. You tangled with a designer over the minutest details. You struck the perfect balance between education and promotion in the finished image. You even squeezed the file into CMS-friendly dimensions, whipped up an embed code, and

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