Website Designer In Santa Rosa

What Makes A Successful Marketing Project?

Website Designer In Santa Rosa

Marketing is when a graphic design project is guided by strategy, not just aesthetics.

What Is Marketing?

More and more I see people and companies who portray themselves as providing “marketing” services. Often their offerings are graphic design or video production or social media or building websites, etc. And yes, these tools can be used to market a company. But if the person driving that project does not have an understanding of how that effort will drive sales for the company, they are not truly marketing.

Purpose Driven Design

I had this “a hah” moment in the first months of starting Abra Marketing. In the beginning I wanted to be a graphic design shop. But having working in marketing for over 7 years (I started in marketing for 5 years, started over to become a graphic designer, then returned to marketing before starting the agency), I would be working on projects and realizing the headline was wrong, the copy was wrong, or the entire strategy was wrong. Hell, doing this print ad was wrong – this money would be better spent on direct mail (or another medium).

From the beginning, I understood that our projects MUST work. They must have a purpose to drive dollars and they must be guided by a solid strategy.

I have always loved great design, great creative and will always strive for that, but the greatness of a creative campaign must be how well it moves us in the direction of growing the client’s business.

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Integrated Marketing In Santa Rosa

Growing With Clients Through Lasting Relationships

Integrated Marketing

At Abra, we pride ourselves on the way that we approach marketing. Being a full-service marketing agency allows us to meet a variety of needs for clients, it allows us to create a consistent message throughout, and it allows us to help all of a client’s marketing efforts work together and compound results. But in addition to those benefits, having an integrated marketing approach allows us to build long-lasting relationships with clients, and that long term involvement with a client becomes another benefit in the way we approach their marketing.

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Digital Marketing Agency In Santa Rosa

Digital Marketing Agency vs. Advertising Agency

What Is A Digital Marketing Agency?

Digital Marketing is the number one buzzword for anyone trying to promote their business these days. But what is digital marketing and how do you select a digital marketing agency?

Digital Marketing covers the range of online efforts you can use to drive sales for your business:

  • Website
  • Blog
  • Social Media
  • Online Video (this kind of falls under social media as well, but I like to separate it)
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Online Presence Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Inbound Marketing
  • Marketing Automation

A Digital Marketing agency can provide any of these services, with some providing just one or a few and some providing all.

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Santa Rosa Digital Marketing Agency

Your Local Digital Marketing Agency

Digital Marketing In Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa digital marketing agency, Abra Marketing is proud to be locally focused in Sonoma County. Abra was founded in Santa Rosa in 1999. Founder Kurt Hoffmann had worked in marketing since 1989 before starting the agency. Our initial services focused on website design/website development and graphic design, however having worked in marketing for 10 years prior, we quickly found that the value we brought to our clients was not just in providing great website or graphic design projects, but the strategic marketing insight we brought to the table.

We helped clarify the purpose of the project and how it should be executed to help drive business for the client. To this end, we’ve never just built websites produced ads, but always have viewed projects as part of our work to help the client drive sales.

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Sonoma West Medical Center branding developed by Abra Marketing.

Sonoma West Medical Center Branding

In December 2014, Abra Marketing developed the branding for Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol, California.

The Sonoma West Medical Center branding development was a particularly interesting project because it was part of the effort to reopen a closed hospital, something that is rarely successfully done.

Sonoma County Branding Agency

The Sonoma West Medical Center rebranding presented an opportunity to connect to the extensive history of Palm Drive Hospital while communicating the new beginning that included important changes in the organization.

The very brief background of Sonoma West Medical Center is that it opened as Palm Drive Hospital in 1939. It served the West County community for many years before financial challenges led to its closing in 2014 after a 2nd bankruptcy.

Rebranding can be an important part of taking a company in a new direction. And in this case, rebranding was a critical part of the strategy needed to overcome the enormous challenges of reopening a hospital.

Starting with the existing Palm Drive Hospital brand, we had the strengths of a long history and connection to many in the community. However, given the years of financial difficulties, there was a lot of negative connection as well. This included a great deal of opposition to reopening efforts.

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Social Media Marketing In Santa Rosa

Social Media Marketing ROI

Social Media Marketing

Abra Marketing has managed many social media marketing programs as part of our online marketing services. Abra has been managing social media marketing programs since 2009 (the first page we set up is still active for Nor-Cal Think Pink, now with over 4,000 followers). Back then it was a tough sell for most of our clients to try this new medium.

We had early successes that helped reinforce the ROI benefits of the new social media marketing.

How did we achieve ROI from Social Media Marketing?

Most of all we stuck to the fundamental principles of marketing. We’ve been in marketing for a long time and every time something new comes along (the web, Web 2.0, social media, etc.) there’s this delusion that it’s going to be a magic marketing pill. Just put up a website and the customers will come flocking.

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Marketing Video Production In Sonoma County

Marketing Concepts: Successful Non-viral Videos

Can a Video be Successful without Going Viral?

Marketing Case Study: Muay Thai Documentary Win. Lose. Forgive.

When it comes to marketing videos – or any online videos for that matter – one of the questions likely on everyone’s mind is “Will it go viral?”

I have a simple point to make today and it’s this: a marketing video does not have to go viral to be a success.

The attraction of viral videos obviously is the reach – all those eyes on your video. But it’s more important to understand the quality of those eyes.

A lot of viral videos are like a car wreck – people can’t help but look. But is there really quality content there that they are connecting with? Will there be a useful relationship established? Will the view generate a result that supports marketing strategy?

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Jongsanan Woodenman from a scene in the muay thai documentary "Win. Lose. Forgive."

‘Win. Lose. Forgive.’ – Abra Marketing’s Muay Thai Documentary now Online

In December 2012, Abra Marketing embarked on a very special project that says a lot about us as an agency. We were approached by Ben Brown, owner of PHAS3 Martial Arts to help with a press release. He had achieved the honor of being the first coach in North America to be certified by muay thai coach Jongsanan “Woodenman.”

The Significance of Jongsanan “Woodenman”
Jongsanan “Woodenman” (previously known as Jongsanan Fairtex) is one of the most legendary fighters and coaches of the sport of muay thai, the national sport of Thailand. He was one of the most prolific champions during what many consider muay thai’s golden era of the 1990s. One of his fights – known as “The Elbow Fight” is considered one of the greatest fights of all time. Since retiring as a fighter he has become famous as a coach. He has coached many champions including Gilbert Melendez with whom – as of this writing – he is appearing on the current season (Season 20) of Fox Sports’ The Ultimate Fighter.

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California Instagram Marketing

Abra Marketing Is On Instagram

Bay Area Instagram Marketing

Abra Marketing is now on Instagram. We’re excited to be adding to the ways we can share the work we’re doing to help promote our clients and the incredible things happening in Sonoma County.

At Abra Marketing, it’s not just “do as we say”, it’s “do as we do”. If there is a marketing tool we believe can work for your business, we’re most likely using it as a tool for our own marketing. Now that Instagram has started taking over the world, it was time for us to get our own account going. We’ll be sharing photos from our clients, and giving you a look into the life of Abra by sharing photos from our own adventures.

If you are a Northern California business in search of creative marketing that keeps you in touch with the most current marketing trends, contact us to see if Abra Marketing is the right agency to represent you.

 

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