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What Exactly is UX Design?

What Exactly is UX Design?

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 by Alyssa Zucker

Web designers and developers are shifting the focal point of what drives their design techniques. With the introduction of user experience design, the user is at the center of the development process.  User experience designers consider every possible user story to ensure relevant information is easily accessible. If a website is difficult to navigate, it’s very likely that the customer will take their business elsewhere.

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How We Work With Clients

How We Work With Clients

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Emily Ballard

Finding the right agency can be a difficult and stressful process, usually due to several factors simultaneously in motion. You may need help developing a branding strategy before it’s time to begin the web project, or you may need to coordinate ongoing marketing efforts, such as PPC or retargeting, within the scope of a much larger project that is already underway. It can also be tough to choose an agency that fully understands and harmonize your story, brand and culture consistently through every single project. However, the right fit is usually self-evident, meaning that you’ll know when you’ve found the right one.

Here at HMG, we pride ourselves on the authenticity of both our creative process and work itself. Staying true to our core values, our team of experts collaborate daily to maximize creativity and apply diverse perspectives to each client and their story. First and foremost, our top priority is to cultivate long-lasting partnerships with every one of our clients. Maintaining transparent communication is key to developing rapport and managing expectations throughout the course of each project. We also consider ourselves to be part of each client’s team, committing ourselves to the development of unique, high-quality deliverables that position them for success.

As a full-service marketing agency, our professional bandwidth allows us to cater to marketing needs across the board, from brand assessment and strategy, to web development and implementation of interactive marketing initiatives. Whether you need one of our services or five of our services plus ongoing maintenance, we tailor each project to align with your specific needs, brand and culture. During the kickoff meeting, we will dive into your values, your target audience and your customer journeys. Then we will incorporate our findings into your web project, digital marketing strategy, or whatever else you may need.

And now for the fun part—budgeting! Establishing a clear understanding of your budget upfront allows us to remain transparent when communicating realistic expectations for how a project will align with its existing budget. We generally make two budgeting methods available: fixed-rate bids and ongoing retainers.

Large-scale projects which clearly define a set of deliverables, such as a web development project, typically work best with a flat, fixed rate, which can be easily made into a monthly investment. Fixed-rate billing also works well when bundling services together, into a custom package. However, quite often, a client will also require ongoing marketing services in addition to a larger fixed-rate project, which would necessitate a retainer.

A retainer is a pre-purchased block of hours. Retainers are usually implemented when our services are required on an as-needed basis. With a retainer, you have more flexibility for how the hours are spent and on which projects or services they are allocated—whether that be PPC, retargeting, web maintenance, or ongoing creative services such as print collateral.

In this digital age, technology is rapidly changing and the need to keep up with its dynamic evolution is greater than ever. So let’s connect and chat about how we can support your marketing efforts!

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Web Design Terms for Dummies Vol. 1

Web Design Terms for Dummies Vol. 1

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 by Kate Gothing

When you think of web design terms or any computer based terms, words like HTML, coding, UI, UX, CSS, etc. probably pop into your head. Fear not, we have developed the perfect definitions to break down those scary terms into very simple words for the average Internet surfer. Whether you are looking for a web designer like HMG Creative (shameless plug) to create an awesome website for your company or you’re just a curious cat, we hope you find some solace after reading our web design series.

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The Value of Professional Photography

The Value of Professional Photography

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 by Jenna Meltzer

Executing the perfect website is a very intricate process for web developers. There are many details that go into ensuring that every objective is met through the look and feel of the site. This is especially true for photography. While stock photography is much cheaper and still takes time to search through thousands of photos to find the perfect image to represent your company, professional photography generates a deeper impact on your audience. As experienced web developers, we always recommend hiring a professional photographer to capture the exact images you need in order to develop an effective user experience, if a budget exists. And here’s why.

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#1: The Necessity of a Responsive Website

#1: The Necessity of a Responsive Website

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 by Tanner Hertzog

Drumroll please…… We are finally at #1! We saved not only the “best” for last, but also the most important as well! With the staggering growth of mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, as well as mobile device usage, via games, apps, social media, and websites, it is now more essential than ever that your business website is mobile friendly. Your website should be versatile in every way so that your clients and prospects can easily browse and find information, regardless of what type of device (phone, tablet, desktop, etc.) they are using.

You may be asking yourself, “What is responsiveness?” Responsiveness is basically exactly as it sounds, responsive. As mentioned above, people are accessing websites from a multitude of platforms these days. When a website is responsive, it’s display and overall functionality molds and forms to whatever platform is being used at the time, in order to keep a consistent flow for the user. We have all gone to a website on our phone before and been frustrated because it was to big for the screen, or you had to zoom in and out throughout your entire time on the site… This is not fun at all, and is very detrimental to your audience!

We have done our best to outline the benefits of a responsive website for you below, and we highly recommend you read these thoroughly so that you understand the true value as well as necessity of responsiveness in todays world.

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#2: Customer Driven Design

#2: Customer Driven Design

Posted on Aug 07, 2015 by Tanner Hertzog

In case you missed it, we have been counting down our top 4 metrics for a successful website and website redesign. Starting at number four, Optimize Your Site For Social Media, then following it with the importance of Incorporating Appropriate and Relevant Content, and now leading up to our newest post: Customer Driven bulldog infographics Design!

One of the most important things your website needs to accomplish is connecting with your target audience. After all, what is the point of having a website if it doesn’t provide any value to your business? We have been discussing many ways to improve your current website to adhere to your target audience by adding relevant content, integrating social media, etc… The reason we mention those first is because they all factor in to our next metric: Customer Driven Design. It sounds simple and obvious, but you would be amazed at how many websites are designed without a deep and solid understanding of their target audience and how they navigate the web. To help you get a better understanding of what exactly a customer driven design means, we have offered up some special “tips.”

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