Pro Point Of Rocks Maryland

>
671
18

Branding Experiences

Mitch Dowell
Designer Stats
Rank: #46
Points Earned: 671
Member Level: Silver
Contracts Won: 18
Member Since: 2010
Point Of Rocks, MD 21777 USA

Email Verified:
Identity Verified:
web
portfolio portfolio portfolio portfolio portfolio

Found 0 Additional Reviews outside DesignQuote.



How long have you been with your company?

I founded Branding Experiences in late 2008 but didn't formally put it into swing full-time until mid-2010. It's been a great ride so far, and I've formed some very valuable client relationships here at DQ that I wouldn't have otherwise been exposed to.


What web browser do you use?

I use them all, because in this line of work, you have to. Currently, Google Chrome is getting a lot of mileage here, but I have to drift between 4 or 5 different browsers on a daily and weekly basis for design and testing purposes.


What social media do you use for work and play? Do you have a favorite?

Yes. Branding Experiences uses both Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/brandingexperiences) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/brandxp). At the moment, the Facebook page is more portfolio and testimonial-driven, whereas Twitter is more conversational. They both have different cultures and I enjoy connecting with new people in both environments.


What is your favorite thing about the type of work you do?

Perhaps the most favorite thing I find about what I do is seeing the emotional shift from clients, from the moment they first come to you with their marketing and design challenges, to the day of their project launch. There is an exciting emotional shift that takes place. When people and their brands LOOK good, they tend to FEEL good about themselves. And when they feel good, they tend to PERFORM BETTER. And from there, great things can happen in the world of business. Visual design and branding exist to strike an emotional response from an audience and move them to take a variety of actions - to buy a product, subscribe to a service, register for an event, donate funds, or to spread the word. And when a client displays a new found excitement about their brand, it really is exciting to see.


What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the web design field?

Design is a great career field for personalities who naturally like to question things, and who like to take risks and push the envelope. Great design knows how to emotionally connect with an audience and move them to take an action, while staying on message and on strategy. Design may look "easy" from the outside-looking-in, but it actually demands a lot of strategic thinking and problem-solving. Its hard work that will mentally and emotionally challenge you in ways you will not expect - and in ways that the client or their audience will never see. And that is the sacrifice that you will make for your clients each and every day. Be prepared to work long and hard at times and push yourself into the unknown at the project level. Its an incredibly rewarding profession, but its not a cakewalk. And if you're a passionate personality, you will not want it any other way!


What do you see as the most prominent emerging technology?

There are so many different browsers, devices and monitor resolutions in the web world, it really IS amazing what designers are able to pull off every day - all for the sake of creating and maintaining influential branding experiences. There are so many emerging technologies on the playing field today, it really is difficult to put the finger on just one. Obviously mobile design & development is the talk of today, but its only a matter of time before the winds shift again. These really are exciting times, even if in a head-spinning way.


What advice would you give a client in order to prepare for a new project?

Keep an open and humble mind. In a sense, you're paying a designer to do a lot of thinking for you - both strategically and creatively. Clients and designers can often feed off each other, and therefore designers can really be the Trump Card of all of your business relationships. After all, their work is the first thing a target audience sees, so its a relationship worth investing in. Bring them the problem, not the solution. They will work together with you to find and develop that perfect solution, and you can churn out some great work together!


Do you use a CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) or any type of project management or proposal software?

Yes, we currently use a cloud-based CRM system which seamlessly integrates into our online invoicing system. Our clients love our online invoicing and payment system and we are grateful for every bit of it. From an technical/administrative point of view, it is the backbone of our client relationships.


Do you have a minimum budget for a new client?

Although we have standard pricing for many services that we offer, we do not have a "minimum budget" for a new client. Every new client comes with their own unique challenges and objectives and it is imperative that we hear those out before budget is even discussed - not the other way around.


Photo

Free Design Quote

Tell us about your web design or graphics project. There is no obligation.





WEB DESIGN + GRAPHIC DESIGN + EMAIL MARKETING ADVERTISING + SOCIAL MEDIA "You're only as good as your audience thinks you are" Nationwide clients include both consumer and B2B companies. We work with clients in all U.S. time zones Multiple written client case studies from several DESIGNQUOTE.NET clients! 17 LinkedIn Recommendations, too! Friendly, personable service; regular post-project follow-ups/check-ins We



Strategies to Grow a Small Business to Enterprise Level

Design For Business Posted on Sunday September 9, 2018

A new breed of entrepreneurs is on the rise after the advent of the World Wide Web.  The small business entrepreneur. Similar to brick and mortar stores, this business also needs to be nurtured from its roots to give it the right direction. Want to see how you can scale up your business from small […] T...

Continue Reading

What You Should Look for in a Web Design Agency

Design For Business Posted on Wednesday September 5, 2018

The web design market is so saturated nowadays that you might find yourself stumbling upon agencies unintentionally. But then you start actually looking for an agency to design a website for your business, and you don’t really know where to turn. Listing agency after agency, you’re left desperately trying to ...

Continue Reading

How to Do SEO for Small Business Owners [Based on 174K Keywords Research ]

Design For Business Posted on Friday August 17, 2018

Small business is called “small” for a reason. As its owner, most likely you don’t have a big budget to sponsor local events all year round. The same goes for printing out loads of handouts and paying for weekly ads in media. Stuff like that usually costs a pretty penny, but its efficiency is quite […] ...

Continue Reading

Back End vs Front End The double-edged sword of great UI

Posted on Monday August 6, 2018

Back-End vs Front-End Programming You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but you have to judge an app by its user interface. Bad UI can ruin an application. Poorly designed back-end code will also ruin an application. Even great UI can’t save an application that doesn’t function properly. ...

Continue Reading

6 Ways to Improve Ecommerce Customer Experience

Posted on Sunday July 22, 2018

Attracting new customers is important, but keeping them loyal to you is critical to your business’ performance. This can be achieved with a great customer experience. Also referred to as UX (User Experience). Statistics show that it costs 5% more to attract a new customer than it does to retain a current one....

Continue Reading

5 Ways Social Media can Supercharge Small Businesses

Posted on Tuesday July 17, 2018

Social media has become an effective marketing platform and that is why businesses tap it, especially the big ones. But it doesn’t mean that small businesses have no place in it. In contrary, small businesses could actually benefit a lot from social media marketing for the same reasons why giant players are m...

Continue Reading



Find Talented Designers

Tell us about your project and we will get you free quotes.




Designers click here.