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Annual Reports: Print vs. Online

In our last post we looked at the evolution of content in an annual report. Today we turn to examine how the rise of online and mobile content is impacting the annual report. These days, there is a major push towards using both print and online reports. In a recent survey cited in this post,…

Trends in Annual Reports: Content

Annual reports are a staple of an organization’s end-of-year work load. They are a valuable tool to communicate to donors and funders. As we saw with the annual appeal, annual reports have evolved over the years. In this blog series, we will review some of the current trends in Annual Report design as well as…

Top 4 Tips For Direct Mail Lists

By: Judy Antisdel, AT Direct  Many non-profit organizations rely on direct mail as one of their fundraising elements. Chances are, yours does too. Along with ensuring that your direct mail’s content is telling your story in an impactful way, it’s also important to assure that you expand your list while reaching the right people. Judy…

Three Social Media Trends to Try This Year

Social Media is a great platform to create awareness for your organization, though reaching a larger audience and engaging with them can sometimes seem like a mystery. These three social media trends will help you do just that.    Video content is the fastest way to build your audience. Video content, whether it be a…

Using Visual Patterns in Website Design

Any small business or nonprofit with a website wants to make sure their message is clear and easy for users to process. Fortunately, it’s possible to predict how users will read your website. We enjoyed this recent article from Creative Bloq about the science of eye movement and visual patterns in website design. The article…

Thank You from Redstart Creative!

(Top Row: Ally B., Laura, George, Paris, Bottom Row: Jenn P., Rebecca, Edward, Gretchen) Time flies when you are having fun. When I started Redstart Creative in 2009 I could never have imagined how we would grow and all the wonderful team members and clients I would work with. I started out with the mission…

Testimonial from Board of Child Care

We asked Kristian Sekse, Vice President of Development & Communications, Board of Child Care, about their experience with Redstart Creative during the production of their 2014 Annual Report. What were some successes and opportunities while working on this project? Successes – our brand felt old and stuffy, especially coming off of last year’s Annual Report. …

Ten Quick and Easy Content Ideas

One of the biggest mental hurdles for digital marketers and content creators is the dreaded feeling of constantly having to produce new and original content. Sure, we can curate content from an industry insider or retweet a Chrissy Teigen gem (always gold) but sooner or later our creative brain cells will momentarily wander away, along…

Team Tour of Boordy Vineyards

The Redstart Creative team always looks forward to visiting our clients, but our recent visit to Boordy Vineyards had the bonus of getting to taste some of their award winning wines. Our work for Boordy includes website design for their Sweetland Cellars line along with print collateral. The Sweetland Cellars line is a collection of…

Traditional and Digital Combine to Create Successful Marketing Plans

There are so many ways to market these days that is it hard to know where to start. Technology allows for instant access to a myriad of information and integrating digital with your traditional methods will help lead to success. Without digital, you are missing opportunities to converse with your target market. You will need to adjust…

Staying Connected With Your Donors Over The Summer

Summer is a fun time for all of us (beaches, pools, warm weather!). But for non-profit organizations, it means a lull in fundraising and donations. The summer is a great time to connect with your donors. Let them know what your organization is up to and to remind them of upcoming events and fundraisers in…

St. Vincent dePaul 2010 Annual Report

St. Vincent de Paul is a non-profit organization that provides human services to people experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty throughout Baltimore. Being a non-profit means that St. Vincent de Paul must enlist volunteers to help provide services, as well as donors to help fund their programs and keep them running.  For their 2010 Annual Report,…

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