Austin is awesome – that secret has long been out. Between the many live music venues, artsy streets of downtown, the vibrant South Austin district, and the eclectic food scene, there is no shortage of excitement here. But just outside the city, and even threaded throughout it, mother nature has some incredible offerings of her own. Austin’s outdoor spaces perfectly compliment the city life, and allow visitors and locals alike countless ways to escape into refreshing waterways and dense greenery.
Since our last blog post regarding the COVID-19 virus, from March 13, 2020, we have seen the #socialdistancing phenomenon emerge, a recommendation to limit gatherings to 50 people and then to 10 people, and now we just have to stay inside. We’ve seen the closure of “non-essential” businesses across the country and already, we are seeing business closures and grocery store droughts happening across Austin. The City of Austin recently prohibited gatherings of over 10 people inside and outside (with the exception of governmental, educational, and medical spaces) and sit-ins at restaurants, bars, cafes, etc. Businesses are limited to providing to-go services only. Because Austin is a major hub for the food and drink industry, especially during the SXSW season, local businesses are suffering more than ever. As Austinites, we want to help as much as possible.
Initially, we titled this article “Vision vs. Mission” to clarify the difference between an organization’s mission to accomplish something and its vision to make an impact. The final title, as you may have already noticed, lost the word “versus.” Strategically, we want to demonstrate that while mission and vision are two different thoughts, they are by no means competing. One has a more in-depth focus than the other, but the two work in tandem.
HMG Creative is proud to celebrate fifteen years of delivering its award-winning marketing services!
As we embark on this milestone, we thought we’d share a little more information about our background so you can get to know us better.
Over the past week, Rockport, Port Aransas, Houston, and many other cities have experienced a great amount of disaster due to Hurricane Harvey hitting the Texas coast. Since, millions of people across the country have reached out with open arms willing to help. I’ve noticed many organizations looking for donations and many people looking to donate various items. It is truly incredible how this country comes together in time of tragedy and in time of need. Here is a list of where you can donate, businesses you can support that are donating proceeds, how you can help with animal rescue, and other ways you can support victims of Hurricane Harvey.
At HMG Creative, we are committed to giving back to the community and finding ways to help our fellow Texans. Our five-year partnership with OneStar Foundation has given us the opportunity to work with an organization that embodies those values, and we are proud to be a part of their mission to strengthen communities within Texas. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, now more than ever, our state is in need of unity. OneStar Foundation, Rebuild Texas Fund, and VolunteerTX are working together to rally the people of Texas to rebuild all that was lost.
This year there will be over 600 sessions at SXSW Interactive. The majority of the sessions were picked via users on the SXSW PanelPicker, with more than 3,000 ideas entered. The result is a variety of influential speakers in categories such as Art, Science, and Inspiration, Branding and Marketing, Content and Distribution, Fashion, Gaming, and Sports – and that’s just a short list. While there are many speakers we would love to hear, we’ve narrowed down a list of 5.
April in Austin is one of the nicest months of the year. The weather is just perfect, making it a great time to go kayaking, hiking, biking, or cruising around the city with your windows down. Spring has officially set in, and to help you kick it off in the best way possible, we have a list of five fun things to do this month!