Author Archive | Brian Morris

Replacing squeaky (when demanding clients limit your growth)

squeaky-wheelThey say the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but for design firms, freelance writers, designers, and developers the squeaky wheel can take up so much …

Tired of the marketing lies

Turn on the tube late at night and they’re easy to see — lies everywhere. Like the super towel that “Olympic divers use to dry …

My favorite business cards of all time

You know you need a great business card, one that grabs attention and leaves a lasting impression. Here are my favorite business cards of all …

Three websites for marketing research

marketingWouldn’t it be great to know what keywords your competition uses, how much traffic they get off those keywords, who links to your competitors, and …

Why summer is the perfect time to market

summer-marketing-lounge-chairSome marketers swear by the summertime blues — the season when people are so busy you can’t market effectively. I say bah! Summer is actually …

The art of the bid

win-more-freelance-jobsMany firms and freelancers get their start — or bank their entire careers on — on bidding websites such as Elance, Scriptlance, ODesk

Ancient marketing

289px-get_fat2Marketing has played a role in building successful businesses since ancient Egyptian entrepreneurs tacked papyrus posters to stone walls. I like the old ads, because …

The power of the super-niche

super-niche-fountain-of-youthTo small businesses, finding the perfect niche can be likened to finding the Fountain of Youth — it will sustain you forever.

Identifying the perfect …

Patriotic marketing – be honest to your fellow Americans

american_flag1I hate it when marketers lie. It gives the rest of us a bad name. It’s un-American, and eventually it will get you into trouble. …

Four clean designs that work

I’m a sucker for clean web design — for me, the simpler the website, the better. If you’re a designer, you know that “simple” design …

No excuses

phone-clientsEver miss a deadline? Forget an important design element or list a key benefit? You’re not alone — everyone makes mistakes, and in most cases …

Three great learning sources for the new age of graphic design

learn-graphic-designWhether you’re formally schooled or self taught, graphic design education is ongoing. Styles, trends, and technologies change at such a rapid pace that if you …