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4 Questions for New Websites

Table of Contents How should your new website look and work? What’s the cost of building a website? What should you invest into hosting and security? How much is site visibility worth? New Website, New You, New Questions If you’re an avid podcast listener, you may have heard ads for website builders that are so easy a child could use

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6 Great Business Video Ideas

Business video ideas worth thinking about.

Table of Contents Discussing Business Video Production Discussing Ideas for your Project Making Your Project a Reality Let’s Talk Business Video Production Have you been thinking about business video ideas? McQuillen Creative can help you go beyond the stock standard recruiting or training video. Back in the time of the dinosaurs (in technology years), business video was seen as something

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Responsive Design: A Perfect Solution for Websites

Responsive design illustration

Table of Contents About Responsive Web Design Website & Mobile Statistics MCG’s Work Responsive design for websites means that users can view your site correctly on any screen as more people are using mobile devices. One of the biggest mindsets that business owners need to adjust is that a website is a “one and done” kind of deal. Imagine that

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4 Tips for Super Effective Digital Advertising

Digital Advertising tips from MCG

Table of Contents The Value of Digital Advertising Digital Ads That Connect Keeping Tabs on Customers Digital Marketing with McQuillen Creative Digital Advertising: Are You Getting the Best Value? Digital advertising is becoming a bigger influence for marketing budgets. However, it’s really easy to get it wrong if you don’t have a plan. We’ve written about social advertising before, but

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3 Crucial Secrets to Successful Social Media Live Streams

Social media live streams made easy

Table of Contents: Catching the Stream Establishing Your Platform Growing Your Audience Creating a Streaming Plan Live Streams Are Huge Marketing Boons Have you heard of Twitch, IGTV, or Facebook Live? These are live streaming services that connects content producers, business owners, and influencers to an active audience. Live Streams are becoming an important marketing tool for small businesses and

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eCommerce Tips: 5 Ingenious Ways to Sell Online

eCommerce made easy for you with MCG

eCommerce is crucial in the wake of COVID-19 eCommerce has come to the forefront of the minds of small business owners over the course of the COVID-19 Pandemic. People are spending more time online and that means advertisers are adjusting their efforts to reach a larger, more engaged audience than in recent years. Suddenly services like Door Dash are reaching

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Got a Big Printing Project? 3 Costly Mishaps to Avoid

Printing project mishaps

Printing projects can be easy to screw up if you miss the details… We understand that outside of basic office printing, it can feel daunting to work on a major printing project. For us, we work closely with clients and printing companies to make sure everything is accurate. But maybe you’re the DIY type of business owner. While there are

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5 Major Steps to Avoid Phishing Scams

avoid phishing scams with cyber security

Avoid phishing scams by focusing on digital security You can avoid phishing scams when you pay attention to who is sending you emails or calling your phone. Just know that one slip-up can spell doom for your business. If your website is hacked, you may be down for good. Unless you have tremendous, personal support from a provider, chances are

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3 Important Ways to Manage Marketing Automation

Marketing Automation made easy with MCG

What exactly is marketing automation? Let’s say you’re running your own business, which means that you’re not only the seller but you’re also your own marketer, customers service rep, and manager. That’s probably too many hats to wear at one time, but we totally understand. We wear tons of marketing hats at McQuillen Creative, and that is why we often

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3 Big Must-Know Secrets for Using Hashtags

Advice for using hashtags on instagram and facebook

Using Hashtags For Beginners Depending on what generation you belong to, you either know this symbol (#) as a pound sign or a hashtag. You often see them used as a string of words within social media posts, but what is the purpose of these words? I work with small business owners who want to get into the social media

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3 Ways Video Elevates Business Connections

Video for Growing Business Connections

Business Connections & Video Production You would probably surprise yourself if you found out how much time you spend on the internet watching videos. While traditional media advertisements are still important, it’s becoming clear that video ads are rising in popularity. In 2021, it is expected that television ads will make up about a third of advertising budgets. On the

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Video Project: Travel Safe to Sisseton, SD

Sisseton, SD social media Video Project in South Dakota

Celebrating A Unique South Dakota Town Sisseton, SD is a vibrant town full of wonderful small businesses, beautiful art, and wondrous culture. It’s a great place to visit in northeast South Dakota. Recently, they needed to create a social media campaign to urge travelers to visit safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. They heard about the wonderful work we’ve done to

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5 Great Apps for Small Business Marketing

Small Business Marketing

There are lots of apps out there that can help with small business marketing. The tricky part is figuring out what’s useful for each part of your business. I had a conversation yesterday with a colleague about how it’s hard to imagine how I’d fall out of step with technological advances. For my sake, I hope I don’t lose touch

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Are you marketing like a scientist? Here are 4 smart tips

marketing like a scientist

What do we mean by “marketing like a scientist?” It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds, but marketing can be boiled down to a science. It’s why McQuillen Creative Group was created. The owner, Troy McQuillen likes to tinker with ideas in the design, development, and marketing world. And the reason why MCG has been in business for over 25

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How to plan marketing for social causes

Marketing for Social Causes

Marketing for Social Causes: Like Pieces of a Puzzle McQuillen Creative is dedicated to marketing for social causes as much as businesses. We have learned a lot from working with non-profits and fundraising consultants. When you’re putting together a campaign, it’s important to keep a few things in mind for your initial push. Your first posts are supposed to set

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Social Media Advertising: 5 Keys to Success

digital social media advertising

How to win at social media advertising Social media advertising and digital marketing is not rocket science. But you should always have a strategy for reaching goals. It’s an integral part of growing your social media following and reaching a more engaged audience in the process. There are two ways that a page can grow: organic reach and paid boosts.

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Online Conference Marketing for GSB

Online Conference Marketing

How We Did Non-profit Online Conference Marketing Businesses are seeing a need for online conference marketing in a new post-pandemic world. Fortunately, MCG’s marketing is ideal for businesses and non-profits. The novel coronavirus pandemic raged throughout the country in 2020. A longtime partner of ours, GSB, a non-profit fundraising organization, saw the need to reach its network of charitable and

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Greetings from Aberdeen: A Social Contest

We just wrapped up the ‘Greetings from Aberdeen’ mural contest that helped our town beat back the pandemic blues and unite in a fun and social activity. We recently started up a social media and online marketing service at McQuillen Creative, and this was a great first test for us. Troy McQuillen had a great idea to bring the town

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Content Strategy: 4 Key Marketing Steps

Content Strategy for Social Media

Your content strategy is what separates your business from the pack. You should plan social media content ahead of time to succeed in online marketing. Less digitally savvy people have a common misconception about social media. They believe that social media posts are just created on a whim. However, that’s not the case, at least among the businesses and organizations

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How to use Logos for Social Media: 3 Lessons

logos for social media

Using Logos for Social Media Explained There are 3.6 billion people on social media platforms worldwide. It’s important to stand apart by including your company’s logo when you’re creating branded content for social media. Images can be shared widely across social media platforms or even on Emails. So a branded image is important for letting people know who made it.

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