Graphic Design with Mario Prelorentsos

We were very fortunate to be able to welcome Mario Prelorentsos of JDJ Creative to talk to us about graphic design – in particular the use of colour.

In addition to a number of great points of interest (green is the colour of the year 2017, for example!) Mario provided us a number of links to handy sites for stock photography and other design resources:

500px

Unsplash

Death to the Stock Photo

Book: Brainfluence

Smashing Magazine

Abduzeedo

You can see Mario’s presentation here:

JDJ-Colour Presentation

Google Analytics: Enlightening Talks

Time for more lightning talks – this time our topic was Google Analytics.

The presentations covered a lot of material in quite a lot of depth so it’s well worth looking through the slides (and resources they link to).

Graphic Design Goldfish Bowl

In a change to the planned presentation, we ran a “goldfish bowl” group discussion around graphic design – so no slides to share! Thanks to everyone who contributed and we’ll be running more goldfish bowls later in the year.

Hubspot and WordPress comparison

We were very lucky in February to welcome Eric Swain of Equinet Media for an in-depth discussion of Hubspot, the inbound marketing platform.

Hubspot was founded in 2006 in Boston, Mass. and has since gone public. They have around 20,000 customers in 100+ countries, making them an important player in web content and marketing.

Hubspot isn’t primarily a content management system, although it does include one (although they call it a “content optimisation system”). Instead, it’s a series of tools for tracking and identifying potential leads – so, for example, someone who visits your site from a link in an email can be tracked across all their interactions with you as they move from suspect through prospect to customer. As the user visits the site, they’re asked to fill in forms to get hold of more content (white papers and so on).

This tracking allows Hubspot to create a progressive profile of your customers and to present them the content they want to see.

This is the main difference between Hubspot and WordPress is that WordPress is a blogging platform which has evolved into more, while Hubspot is a CRM system which has evolved in to more.

For more details take a look at the Hubspot site, the Equinet Media site, or download Eric’s presentation.

Writing for the web: compelling content

Sue Keogh came along and spoke on the topic of writing for the web.

Sue asked us to direct you all to the Sookio blog, http://sookio.com/blog for more information in a bit more depth than the presentation slides. In particular, take a look at the following posts:

http://sookio.com/blog/making-boring-content-interesting-from-blas-to-blazing
http://sookio.com/blog/how-startups-can-get-their-message-across
http://sookio.com/blog/writing-about-food-a-simple-guide

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