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Sparks September 2008

In the News

Named for Mary & Jim
Research on “name letter branding” has revealed that we are far more likely to choose a product if its name begins with the same letter of our own first name.

How weird is that??

For instance, if your name is Dot, you’re attracted to products whose names begin with D.

So when naming your new product, look at your target market and determine what the most common names are likely to be.

How? Use the Social Security Administration’s baby name search tool to find the most popular names for each year.

Top American first names for 2007? Emily for females and Jacob for males. gives the current most popular names as Mary and James.

Source: Name Letter Branding: Valence Transfers When Product Specific Needs Are Active. C. Miguel Brendl, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Brett W. Pelham, and Mauricio Carvallo. Journal of Consumer Research, 2005.

We win national design award
We are delighted to announce that we received an American Graphic Design Award for Hope Begins, a VisoVerbo design we created for the February 2007 issue of Sparks.

American Graphic Design Awards have recognized excellence in design for over 30 years. Selected from over 10,000 entries, winning work represents the best of design studios and ad agencies, large and small, from across the nation. Hope Begins will be featured in a magazine-format design annual and on the magazine’s website in December.
View Hope Begins

Enter by noon 29 Sept to win Lotus tix!
In honor of our upcoming “lucky seventh” anniversary celebration, we’re holding our annual giveaway: one pair of Lotus World Music Festival tickets to a lucky client! The tickets are for the showcase concert on either Friday, 03 Oct, or Saturday, 04 Oct (the winner decides).

This contest is open to any current client, but we need to know you’re interested! Contact us and we’ll enter you in the drawing to be held on Monday, 29 Sept. This is our way of saying “thank you” for helping to make our business a success!




This month’s winner: Kate Fagan Burgun!
Our champ wins a digital print featuring this one-of-a-kind design. Have a favorite quote or saying? Send it in! If your quote is chosen, you’ll receive a print of your custom design suitable for framing! Check out your competition here.

Client Spotlight

TitlePlus! offers real estate title services for Bloomington and other Indiana communities. Their website was out-of-date, both in style and content, so TitlePlus! came to us.

Our goals were to establish a more upscale, comprehensive service brand; increase site traffic, sales, and positive brand feedback; and move the website up to national industry standards.

We began by overhauling the copy in order to place more emphasis on what customers were most interested in. Since our largest target market was real estate agents, everything on the site was focused on meeting their needs for quick, useful, timely information and services.

To achieve that, we designed an administrative interface that allows TitlePlus! employees to manage a variety of new online forms and content. Customers can now order title work and other services directly through the site.

The admin interface also allows TitlePlus! staff to update the site with timely articles. We gave marketing tips to our TitlePlus! contact (“The Amazing” Mandy Wright) to help ensure the articles catch visitors’ eyes.

The new site achieved all goals almost immediately, as orders came in within days of launch and have steadily grown. Feedback about the site has also been very positive. Most importantly, our clients are happy with the new tools that allow them to build their brand more effectively.

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