Ellen McBride

Dec07

Which Social Media Channels Are The Best For Me?

Chances are, you should be using a social media channel (or two, or more) to help market your business. But what do you do? How do you get started? If you’re already out there, are you doing it correctly? And how could you improve what you’re doing? First, you need to know the answers to […]
Nov13

The Company We Keep — And For Which We Are Grateful

It’s a rainy, nasty Monday morning, and as I look at the grumpy faces of the other drivers heading in to work, I realize I’m happy. Why? We’ve wrapped up a new website for a small farmer in Virginia who is doing outstanding work in organic and permaculture efforts; Cricket’s Cove was named the first […]
May16

How Much Does A Website Cost?

We all know that these days you have to have a website. And practically every day, we get inquiries from someone whose business needs a new website or improvements to a current website. Or they really don’t know what they need, but they know they need something. And then, the very next question is almost always, […]
Feb15

Why You Should Be Writing This Blog

You’re busy. We get it. (Who isn’t?) And finding the time to write a blog as part of your content strategy—or finding someone on your team to do it—can be a monumental task. But here are a few reasons why should consider keeping it on your to-do list: You can position yourself and your company […]
Jan31

Your Brand’s Market Exposure

Back in 1964, a study carried out by Bauer and Greyser was reported in 1968 in Advertising in America: The Consumer View. (1) It showed that in four major media — magazines, newspapers, radio and television — the average number of exposures in a full waking day was, wait for it, 76 ads of which a person was […]
Jan29

Creative Agency Management Tools—It’s About Time

Quick question. How many balls do you have up in the air? How many plates are you spinning? How many people and projects are you juggling? If you’re like, well, most of us in this day and age, you’re so busy, it’s hard to stay organized. Red Chalk Studios is a very busy branding, marketing and […]
Dec30

A Brand New Year Deserves a Brand New Commitment to Your Brand

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for individual people like you and me. As businesses, we can also resolve to be smarter, more strategic, more profitable, more community-minded, and so on. And it starts with your brand. First, a successful brand comes from the inside, from a company’s core, and it’s infused throughout the organization. Your brand is […]
Dec20

Signs Your Brand May Need a Realignment Strategy

A strong brand that tells your story truthfully and powerfully is probably your business’s greatest asset. A brand that’s off course, isn’t a true reflection of who you are or what you do, or doesn’t mean much to your target market, can be a huge drag on your success. To be clear, if you’re not emphatically sure […]
Nov07

The World Wide Web And Your Place On It

YOU BETTER HAVE A WEBSITE. Let’s start with your website. If you have an existing business, you most certainly have a website. If you don’t have one, you most certainly should. This is where the majority of people go to search and find goods, services, reviews, work, help, the best chocolate in the world… So right […]
Oct20

#HashingOutHashtags

So. Hashtags. In ancient history—like, 10 years ago—the hashtag symbol only meant “number” or “pound.” These days, it’s all about the hashtag. To start, a hashtag is a keyword phrase, spelled without spaces, that has a pound or number sign (#) in front of it. It looks like this: #RedChalkStudios or #MoreCoffeePlease. And while the birthplace of hashtags is Twitter, they’re […]

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