Chalk Talk

Sep30

Give Every Employee a New Title: Ambassador

Word-of-mouth referrals. Advocates. Ambassadors. No matter what you call them, you have potential customers or clients out there who can be influenced by your carefully chosen, well-informed, passionate brand ambassadors, making your marketing efforts exponentially stronger. How do you feel when someone you like and trust tells you about something they think you would like? You’re more willing […]
Sep04

It’s Not Just What You Say, It’s How You Say It

“Tell us a story.” Most of us can relate to being on the giving or the receiving end of the plea for a story. It’s true in your personal life and it’s true in business. Stories capture our attention. Stories make presentations better. Stories make ideas stick. Stories help us be more persuasive. Smart leaders tell stories to inspire us, […]
Sep02

Give Your Brand Some Space

“Oh, wow.” “So cool.” “I love this place!” When clients first come into our office, more often than not, they say something about how it looks and how it makes them feel. Granted, there are a bunch of creative types here at Red Chalk Studios, and we don’t mean to be braggadocious (okay, maybe a […]
Jul15

Posting, Tweeting and Snapping Your Brand

These days, if you’re not represented on social networks, you may not exist in people’s minds. That’s the reality. And if you’re trying to impact anyone under the age of, say, 50, it’s essential. You may already know this. You may already be there. You may already stay busy posting, tweeting and snapping. But are […]
Jun19

Brand Building : Start with a Strong Blueprint and Foundation

We want to challenge you to start thinking differently about your brand. Heck, we want to challenge you to just THINK about your brand. Before you decide you need a website that does X… Before you assume you need an advertising campaign that tries to sell everything you do… Before you disregard social media because you don’t personally use it… It’s time to stop putting […]
Mar05

A Taste Toast to Whiskey

Red Chalk Studios’ second Whiskey Roundtable is in the books and—like whiskey itself—we’re feeling quite warm and wonderful about it. It began last year when Red Chalk organized an informal “out-of-focus” group to help us research whiskey perceptions and insights as we embarked on the brand development of a new whiskey client. We had 9 tasters that night and […]
Feb05

Note to Self: Happy Doodle Day

Kim and I burst out laughing when we went over some notes she took during a client meeting. She actually wrote: “Note to self…” Of course the thought is, who else would she be writing to in her own notebook? And we then had a hilarious conversation (which would have been a great podcast), and […]
Feb01

Five Pieces of Advice for New Graphic Designers (and the not-so-new) On the Job Hunt

I was asked to help a soon-to-graduate graphic designer with one of her final projects—interview someone in the field. This request, not uncommon at Red Chalk Studios, coupled with a semester stint at Old Dominion University teaching a senior-level studio class, has revealed thematic advice I give rising designers. New talent is always knocking at our doors, and […]
Oct28

5 Podcasts I Love

I was first introduced to podcasts by my friend, Jodi (who was also the one to convince me, years ago, that Facebook was not so hard to use and to quit my whining and just do it). She’s pretty smart, that Jodi. When I first ventured into this medium, the pickings that held my attention […]
Oct19

A Bad Spell of Branding

I confess. I make instant judgments. The above photo is an exception*, but when I see misspellings and bad punctuation, I immediately judge the writer as unintelligent, uneducated, or, worst of all, lazy. I hate to admit it, but I’m so bothered and distracted by it that I totally lose the impact of the message. […]

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