Visual Marketing: 99 Proven Ways for Small Businesses to Market with Images and Design [NOOK Book]


Effective creative strategies and campaigns for business owners or marketers

Whether it's on the Web, in a book, or live in-person, the most effective solutions are those that unexpectedly grab our attention. David Langton and Anita Campbell identify eye-catching and thought-provoking marketing and PR tips, ideas, and creative "stunts." This compendium of winning ideas will inspire small business leaders, creative professionals, and students. Award-winning visual communication ...

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Visual Marketing: 99 Proven Ways for Small Businesses to Market with Images and Design

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Effective creative strategies and campaigns for business owners or marketers

Whether it's on the Web, in a book, or live in-person, the most effective solutions are those that unexpectedly grab our attention. David Langton and Anita Campbell identify eye-catching and thought-provoking marketing and PR tips, ideas, and creative "stunts." This compendium of winning ideas will inspire small business leaders, creative professionals, and students. Award-winning visual communication designer David Langton has worked for a range of businesses from Fortune 500 leaders to small businesses. Anita Campbell, an internationally known small business expert, reaches over 2 million small business owners and stakeholders annually.

Through case studies, photos, and illustrations, Visual Marketing displays creative marketing campaigns that brought attention to small businesses in unique, compelling, and unexpected ways.

  • Online visual marketing solutions may include apps, interactive games tools and modules; infographics; HTML emails / e-newsletters; widgets; YouTube videos; flash animation; social networking campaigns; websites, weblets, mini-sites; blogs; podcasts / MP3s; projected signage; PowerPoint / keynote presentations
  • In print solutions may include brochures, flyers; annual reports; books; direct mail, post cards; newsletters; invitations; letters; press releases; infographics
  • On-site, giveaways, exhibit, and tradeshow solutions may include live events and performances; signs; billboards; exhibits; banners; tent cards; posters; plasmas screens; kiosks; giveaways: tchotchkes, t-shirts, tote bags, etc.; floor graphics/vinyl graphic wraps

With Visual Marketing, you'll discover 99 powerful strategies for capturing the attention of your potential customers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118143681
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/2/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

DAVID LANGTON is a visual communication designer, blogger, and author on visual design. He has more than 20 years experience providing conceptual direction for Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. He is cofounder of?Langton Cherubino Group, a communications design firm, based in NYC, dedicated to improving the way that businesses and their audiences interact.

ANITA CAMPBELL is CEO and founder of Small Business Trends,, an award-winning website reaching over 300,000 small-business owners each month. She hosts a weekly Internet radio podcast show featuring interviews with small-business owners and entrepreneurs and owns BizSugar, another small-business social media site.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Much More than Just a Website: How Online Games, Cartoons, Apps, Infographics and More Can Boost Your Business.

1. The Color Of Money – A Small Bank Makes A Large Impression With A Colorful Campaign.

2. A Website Showcases a Sense of Touch — Strong Navigation and Ease-of-use for an Online Showroom.

3. Augmenting the Reality of Mobile Advertising – Sharing Brand Information Visually over Mobile Devices Through Apps.

4. Celebrating creativity with a killer smile – Creating a viral marketing effect with an online game.

5. Putting The “self'; In Self Portrait – Finding The Right Photo To Express A Personal Brand.

6. Luxury Property shown in many different lights – Focusing on stunning imagery to sell luxury.

7. How many ways can you destroy your printer? – Going viral with a YouTube video contest that Plays Upon Customer Frustrations.

8. Making a Legal Case for Insider Jokes – Using Cartoons to Market to Your Target Audience.

9. Changing the script on scriptwriting -- Organizing a virtual community around an event to maximize participation.

10. When is a Cup of Tea More Than Just Another Cup? – Stunning Photography on a Website Differentiates a Product.

11. Just the facts ma’m -- Creating an interactive online quiz attracts a target audience with a deeper level of engagement than standard content.

12. Getting a Leg Up on the Competition – Gaining media visibility for an arcane industry online, through puns and fun on your website.

13. Building an Appealing Design – Presenting Your Process in Your Website Showcases a Competitive Advantage for an Architectural Firm.

14. A Visual Marketing Firm Uses Optical Illusions To See Things Differently – Showing Prospects What You Are Capable Of In Multimedia.

15. Breaking Through the Grey Noise – Using a Flash-based presentation to generate leads, that also serves as a leave-behind piece.

16. Delivering a Unique Marketing Campaign – Combining staged marketing events with video and social media.

17. Finding Your Identity -- Standing out from the crowd with a website that lets your personality show through.

18. A Renaissance for Today -- Creating a forward-looking logo that reflects the past.

19. Good service is earned – Making a brand statement and creating viral content through infographics.

20. Design to Put Your Best Foot Forward – Using sharp detailed close-up photography to demonstrate business capabilities on the Web.

21. A Reflection of Style – Incorporating Your Business Style Into Your Logo.

22. The Right Way to Start a Charity Today—Using Facebook and blogs to build a community around a good cause.

23. Education Can Be Creative – Formatting the Standard “10 Tips” Article to convey professionalism and authority.

24. Dressing Down for Success – Appealing to Consumers with a Personal Video Demystifies a Confusing Subject, Builds Trust.

25. A Legal Holiday – Using electronic greeting cards to Position a Firm in a Serious Industry as Friendly.

26. A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words – Creating a Visual Interpretation of What You Do in an Industry Known for Facts and Figures.

27. Taking the Chill Out of A Ski Website – Creating an Interactive Feature to Differentiate Your Site.

28. Traversing from Print to Mobile – Creating a mobile app version of print, for those with a foot in the mobile world.

29. Promoting logos with a guess-that-logo contest – Tying in a contest with email marketing to increase client engagement.

30. Marketing to Parents - Tailoring a website's look to reinforce your target niche.

31. Leading by Example – Using Stock Images in a Downloadable Tips Sheet to Demonstrate That Marketing Can Be Easy and Inexpensive.

32. Blogger Outreach in the Cloud – Using a Visually-Inspired Word Cloud to Start a Conversation with a Blogger.

33. An illustrator draws up timely reminders for prospects – Using remarkable email marketing to keep your pipeline full.

34. Bringing the Topic of Skin Care to a Head – Supporting a Skincare Message to Teens with a Clean Peppy Web Design.

35. It's Not all Business All the Time – Adding a Personalized Blog Header Brings Human Interest to a Business Website.

Chapter 2: Images are Everywhere in the Physical World: Signs, Banners, Giveaways, Packaging and Experiential Marketing that Inspires and Persuades.

1. A Packaging Design That Really Helps The Consumer – Avoiding Lingo And Using Customer's Own Words To Stand Out.

2. A Local Brewery Makes The Case For Better Beer Branding – Using Images  From Your Business And Local Area To Brand Your Product.

3. A New Spin On Making A Hit Record &#8212 Bringing Direct Mail Campaigns To The Next Level, With A Mailer That Invites Recipients to Get “Hands-On”.

4. Making the most of your 15 minutes of fame – Using Posters and On-site Displays Together With QR Codes and Social Media to Reach 24-45 year Olds.

5. Handing Your Brand Over To Your Customers – Getting Customers Deeply Engaged With Your Brand To Create Fanatical Loyalty.

6. Free Stuff For Dogs And The People Who Dig Them – Using Beautifully Designed Packaging For Free Product Samples “Sells” A Premium Product.

7. High tech digital communications from a 70s Chevy van – Marketing by creating an “experience” that includes a digital billboard, social media and an onsite presence.

8. Designing wine on the inside … and outside – Stimulating the Senses with High-End Packaging for a High-End Product.

9. A Campaign That Really Knocks Your Socks Off – Appealing To Customers' Comfort Evokes Emotion And Differentiates A Commodity Business.

10. New Beverage Design Creates Buzz –Simplicity In Packaging Emphasizes Purity In Ingredients For The Health Conscious Market.

11. Sustaining Good Design – Creating an Intentionally Retro Look Emphasizes Underlying Values.

12. Hand drawn promo excites young Brits who love to draw – Giving away a high-quality gift increases sales by luring people into the store.

13.   Sweet! – Creating an Interactive Puzzle to Increase Booth Traffic at a Conference.

14.  Jump Starting a New Package Design – Creating Quality Packaging Can Lead to Getting Carried By More Retailers.

15. Rewarding Good Taste – Growing Your Customer Base Through a Clever 21st Century Loyalty Program.

16.   A New Product Popping Up  – Differentiating a Product in a Crowded Field Through Unique uncluttered Packaging.

17. Too Big To Ignore And Too Personal To Discard – Using “Lumpy Mail” To Get Your Foot In The Door Of The C Suite.

18.   Showcasing Talented Women – Creating a Calendar With Distinctive Photography for Year-Long Marketing.

19. Get Your Clients Talking About You – Custom Designing Any Promotional Giveaways Makes a Big Splash Making Friends.

20. Breaking the Cutesy Barrier – Creating an Urban Chic Niche in an Existing Market, with Displays and Packaging.

21. Waking Up Your Brand With A Little Pillow Talk— Creating A Follow-Up Campaign That Makes Prospects Laugh And…Buy.

22. Food Trucks, Today's Eatery Trend – Creating Cravings By Using Typography on a Truck Wrap.

23. Get me a Doctor, STAT – Interjecting Fun Into How People Perceive Your Business with a Witty or Humorous Tshirt.

24. Thinking outside the box — Using College Lingo On An Unconventional item, to Attract Cult Status and Build Business on a College Campus.

25. An a capella visual promotion for musicians – Attracting Your Target Market with a Banner Containing Images and No Words.

26. Getting A Bright Start In Branding – Using 3-Dimensional Displays Integrated With A Sales Presentation.

27. Canyon Burger (MAY BE REPLACED).

28. (Global Girlfriends) Making Friends Globally – Promoting a Book to Promote a  Socially Responsible Business, With Free Samples.

29. Much Ado About Nothing— A Campaign With Clever  Props and Giveaways Transforms A Hard-to-appreciate Concept  Into Something Real and Tangible.

Chapter 3: The Power of Print: Modern Ways to Use Posters, Brochures, and More to Compel Your Audience.

1. Who is Keith Beith? – Capitalizing on a Unique Name and Interjecting Friendliness to Differentiate a Business.

2. Face-To-Face Illustrations – Establishing A Framework For A Firm' Identity That Allows Employees To Express Themselves.

3. Business Cards Get Social – Creating Business Cards That Mimic Social Media Icons Opens New Market.

4. Changing Perceptions One School at a Time – Using a Marketing Pamphlet to Update an Organization's Image.

5. Meeting Artists In Their Natural Habitat – Creating A Series Of Posters Conveys The Range And Variety Of A Large Event.

6. The Omaha Cow and Snowboarding -- Using An Iconic Symbol Updated With Current Culture To Create An Au CourantLogo.

7. Translating a Global Brand into Local Currency – Making An Existing Brand Design Resonate in a Different Country.

8. Getting To The Point in Acupuncture – Combining Professional Design With Do-It-Yourself Execution Keeps Expenses in Line.

9. An Image Consultant Makes A Great First Impression – Differentiating a Personal Brand By Conveying Your Personality.

10. A Recipe For Success In Publishing – Using Beautiful Evocative Images Reinforces The Essence of A Publication .

11. The Art of Making House Calls – Using Simple Logo Imagery Marries Traditional Values With a Modern Business.

12. A Unorthodox Community Campaign Promotes Kindness – Using A Powerful Name To Drive Action.

13. A Communications Firm Stands Out —Using Unconventional Visuals Instead of Cookie-Cutter B2B Design GetsAttention.

14. Is Your Name Defining You ... Negatively? – Renaming a Business Leads to More Sales.

15. A Condo Development Has Historical Charm – Incorporating Heritage into Marketing Visuals to Emphasize An Offering's Key Selling Points.

16. HR with a Personal Touch – Using a Descriptive Name and a Caricature for a Consulting Business Sets You Apart.

17. All That Jazz, Funk, Blues, Pop, Hip Hop… -- Making Modifications in Your Imagery Can Appeal To A Younger Audience.

18. Communicate issues boldly -- Using bold graphics to drive home the importance of messages.

19. Eat or Be Eaten -- Appealing to Local Tastes and Cultural Understanding in a Local Marketing Campaign.

20. Clothing for the cosmopolitan outdoorsy type—Expressing the importance of form AND function for a brand in print.

21. Capturing the Legacy – Creating a Commemorative Book with High Quality Graphics Conveys an Organization's Values.

22. Spicing Up the Ornament Market – Using Bright and Unique Online Ads to Build a Brand.

23. All for One and One for All – Repurposing a Marketing Collateral on a VERY Low Budget.

24. Evoking Mood Through Design – Making Your Business Entertainment Last Longer Than the Event Itself, With Custom Invitations.

25. High End Rewards -- Offering Upscale Coupons Grows Loyalty, Prevents Cancellations, and Sells Add-ons.

26. It's a Family Affair – Making Your Business Story Come to Life With a Beautifully Designed Print Piece.

27. An Industrial Business Bucks the Trend -- Expressing Quality Through Color and Design Becomes a Competitive Advantage.

28. Sharpen Your Sights -- Using Clever Advertising That Makes the Viewer Stop and Think About Their Needs.

29. A Program for All Seasons — Creating an overarching marketing theme for the entire year.

30. The Express Lane for Sales—A Visual Pitchbook Captures the Sales Process and Trains An Evergrowing Sales Team.

31. 3D Business Cards – Expressing Your Creativity on Your Business Card.

32. What’s a Symchych? — Accentuating a hard-to-pronounce name can be a winner.

33. Technology can be Sexy – Poking Fun at Your Industry's Stereotypes Makes it Easier for Customers to Relate.

34. Making Saving Look Good – Delivering Vouchers and Coupons that People Want to Save.

35. Good Design Flows from Product to Marketing – Creating Postcards That are “Saveable” to Keep the Sales Pipeline Full.


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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    The marketing bible for businesses

    One thing any business owner should have in their Marketing aresenal is a great new book that inspires ideas for marketing. Visual Marketing, by David Langton and Anita Campbell, is the ideal book for business owners, large and small. It features 99 proven ways for small businesses to market with designs and images that are sure to get your marketing juices flowing. Whether Web or print, the book features campaigns that garnered attention for the unique, compelling or unexpected brillance.

    Visual Marketing features case studies, examples and photos to demonstrate how games, cartoons, infographics, mobile apps and other experiemental marketing can persuade buyers to follow your business or product. The key in business is to capture and maintain your customers, and this is the bible for doing so creatively.

    Having shown this to both a business owner and a graphic designer, I was surprised how both saw benefits in the book, but from different points-of-view. In fact, I had to beg for the book back from the business owner, so I knew it had to be a keeper!

    The only thing I would improve upon is to feature the photos in color, but other than that, it is a definite asset to any business owner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Recommend it if planning on revamping your brand

    Good desk reference book for branding. Just enough snippets to
    help you think outside the book when trying to come up with a logo
    and branding ideas.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Fun book to look through!

    Want ideas? This book will give them to you. I think it's a fun book because it has lots and lots of pictures. I defy anyone to not get at least one idea for their marketing from Visual Marketing. I was pleasantly surprised that this book did not have more words. Fun book to take on a plane with you.

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