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What to Read This Week

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Happy New Year! Fortress is starting a new feature on cool articles to read, but we know you’re busy so we have added the length of time it will take to read each article for your benefit. We hope your reading time is both informative and efficient!

2017 web design predictions, PPC best practices, millennial marketing, web design secrets and local SEO trends are all on our list of articles to check out this week.

 

10 Web Design Trend Predictions for 2017 (5 minute read)

What trends and shifts are expected to take place in the web design world in 2017? ShortStack shares their web design predictions for the New Year. Click here to read the full article.

 

A Quick Intro to PPC and AdWords (3 minute read)

If you’re looking for a quick and efficient way to drive relevant traffic to your website AdWords, or Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising, can help you rank immediately on search engines. Business2Community provides some of the best practices to consider when implementing a PPC campaign to maximize your investment. Click here to read the full article.

 

How to Market to Millennials (4 minute read)

Millennials are a tech-savvy, digital-minded group that every business wants to reach. It can be difficult to capture Generation Y’s attention though, so TechDay provides best practices that can help your business engage with them. Click here to read the full article.

 

10 of the Best-Kept Web Design Secrets (5 minute read)

A website redesign is a long process that can affect your customer relationships, brand identity and your company’s financial wellbeing. AllBusiness lays out web design principles and concepts related to human behavior, aesthetics and testing. Click here to read the full article.

 

6 Trends That Will Dictate the Future of Local SEO (3 minute read)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) evolves every year. It’s important to stay up to date with best practices so your business can rank for the top positions in search engine results, particularly for local SEO. BusinessZone lists the top 6 trends that will influence the future of local SEO. Click here to read the full article.

In the world of branding, a slogan is akin to a thesis, establishing values and rearranging perceptions with every word. Think about the brands you love; chances are, they have connected with you through their written words. A great slogan is a condensed mission statement, reminding the consumer that they and the brand share the same attitude towards the world; that they and the brand are friends, willing to do right by one another. In this blog, we are going to discuss the significance of slogans, provide insight on what to do and what not to do when crafting a slogan, and reference case studies of brands that Fortress has helped discover slogans and taglines for through our Branding and Corporate Identity Services

 

The Best Slogans in the World

 

We all know these slogans, but do we know what makes them so memorable? Let’s start with Nike’s “Just Do It.” This slogan is brilliant for a few reasons; it is extremely brief at only three words and eight letters; it is motivational and fits with their brand philosophy of pushing one’s physical limits and being prepared for adventure; and lastly it is works as as a subliminal message that helps users make their decision to buy from Nike. Debating on getting that new pair of running shoes? “Just Do It.” Enough said.

 

Next up, Apple. Their iconic slogan, “Think Different,” encapsulates the very essence of their brand philosophy. It’s not just a call to buy their products; it’s an invitation to embrace innovation and individuality. In just two words, they’ve managed to capture the spirit of those who dare to challenge the status quo and break new ground. 

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      Fortress is a fast-growing digital marketing and branding agency headquartered in Chicago that has worked with clients ranging from global corporations like Nike, Jordan, All-State, Acura, athletes, and celebrities like Kevin Hart, Steph Curry, prestigious universities, startups, and everyone in between. We believe in putting family first, being team players, staying humble, and being obsessed with our clients’ success. We provide a unique and energetic culture that fosters creativity and camaraderie.

      We’re currently seeking a full-time Senior Designer to join the team and work out of our Chicago, IL office. The right person for this position sees the bigger picture while remaining passionate about the details.

      You’re knowledgeable and skilled in Web, Branding, large-scale marketing campaigns, and more. You’re a jack of all trades in creative software, but you also have a passion for design beyond the screen. You understand that great design is in the nuance—that subtle cultural references should be woven into the things you create and every project should be approached with the end-user at the center of it. You love working on a team with diverse perspectives and you’re willing to learn from as well as build up those around you. At the core, you’re a problem solver with a knack for making things look good.

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      • Contribute to various projects in web, brand identity, and print across multiple industries
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      • 3-5 years of experience working in design and digital marketing
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      • A passion for growth and a never-ending curiosity

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