<![CDATA[Stunning Creations - HINTS AND TIPS]]>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:29:23 +0100Weebly <![CDATA[1?sign your website’s been affected by Google’s mobile-friendly algorithm]]>Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:31:01 GMThttp://www.msourcecorp.com/hints-and-tips/1-sign-your-websites-been-affected-by-googles-mobile-friendly-algorithm

It might not have been on the news as the royal baby news AND the General Election TOOK PRECEDENCE, but recently Google’s mobile-friendly update was massive news amongst marketers and web designer.

The update, which Google began rolling out in April, was designed to penalize sites that are not mobile friendly by pushing them further down the rankings in mobile search results. But this update has had effects on the likes of NBC Sports and this is just of the sites which have lost the most organic search visibility.

Therefore, Indications are that the algorithm has done exactly what it said on the tin, with data from Search metrics showing NBC Sports site has lost the most organic search visibility since the update, the common link their  homepage didn’t tests mobile friendly. However if you have website with Stunning Creations there no need to worry because site’s that have  been design with our platform have been mobile friendly for quite some time now. But for those of who haven’t got website with us. Here is tool that you can uses to measure whether or not your website is mobile-friendly:

Google says your site’s not mobile-friendly

If you’re seeing a drop in both rankings and traffic following the update, one way to determine whether or not the mobile ranking update has caused this is by run your site through Google’s mobile testing tool which is designed give you a definitive yes/no answer to the question of whether or not your site tests as being mobile friendly:
If the tool finds that your website isn’t mobile-friendly, then it’s very likely that the update will have caused your drop in traffic. But don’t panic – the good news about this latest update is that your rankings should automatically improve once Google identifies that remedial action has been taken.

Of course, there are many factors at play in the complex world of SEO and there are no guarantees that the mobile algorithm is the root cause even if your site is distinctly mobile-unfriendly. 41% of searches are now conducted on a mobile device – let’s find out if we could help you to enhance your mobile SEO strategy…

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<![CDATA[Why your small business needs its own email address]]>Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:18:44 GMThttp://www.msourcecorp.com/hints-and-tips/-why-your-small-business-needs-its-own-email-addressPicture
A custom email address helps you create a professional image and boosts your business’ credibility.

Another important reason for setting up customized email addresses for your business is the flexibility it gives you. For instance, when selecting your custom email address, you can select email aliases for various departments such as billing@stunningcreations.co.uk or info@stunningcreations.co.uk

This gives more intelligibility to your customers when they communicate with you as opposed to routing all communications to one free email address. Email aliases will also direct to one inbox so that you can read and reply to all emails through the appropriate alias as well as categories inquiries.

When you have your own custom email addresses you also have full control over them. For instance, you can easily create new ones or remove inactive ones. When new staff joins your company, you can easily set up one for him or her and create more custom addresses as you hire more employees.

Lastly, getting a custom email address for your business is important because it makes you and your business more memorable in your customers’ inbox. It helps to build a brand. Imagine your customers getting an email from d.land.sunningcreations@gmail.co.uk instead of d.land@stunningcreations.co.uk. Which email do you think they are most likely to open and respond to?

With d.land@stunningcreations.co.uk, they immediately remember you and your business and can decide quickly whether they want to engage with you or not. Today’s customers are always on the go and are usually pressed for time. So, be-sure making the best impression whenever you send email communications to their inbox can really give your business a competitive advantage.


Why uses free email address, and promote someone else's brand?

There are numerous reasons why you should stop using free email addresses for your business. Using free email addresses, such as Gmail or hotmail, could position your business as spam and give potential customers the view that your business is not properly established or credible.

Think of your favourite brands. Are there any that use free email addresses to communicate? The reason why most of them don’t is because having a professional email address helps businesses have a professional view.

With free email addresses, because there are often time millions or even hundreds of millions of businesses using the services, it is often difficult to get an email address relevant to your website. With your own custom emails, you can create a business email address for yourself. This is an effective way of branding yourself and your business and would make your email address more memorable to your clients.

Many organizations also block free email accounts so as to prevent viruses and spam. And, one of the most important aspects of having an email address is so that people will receive and read the emails you send. Having a custom email account reduces your risk and lowers your cost as a credible business, since the goal is to have customers and prospects read your emails, communicate with you and purchase.

Also, a custom email address costs your company less than the price of a cinema ticket, for more information, simply fill out the call-back form and we'll call you. 

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<![CDATA[CREATING A STUNNING COLOUR SCHEME]]>Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:10:56 GMThttp://www.msourcecorp.com/hints-and-tips/creating-a-stunning-colour-schemeChoosing the right colours scheme for a website, or marketing materials is important, because the colour scheme used in the design affects the why your customer feeling, perceptions, and interactions. Click this link to read more about the meanings of different colours, when you are establishing a business profile. The Image below will show you some of the different colour schemes that can be used astab;oshing you brand.
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<![CDATA[HOW TO?CREATE A GREAT LOGO OR HEADER, THAT'S VERSATILE]]>Sat, 27 Dec 2014 08:44:28 GMThttp://www.msourcecorp.com/hints-and-tips/how-to-create-a-great-logo-or-header-thats-versatile When creating a logo and header there are five important principles that you should follow in no particular order an effective logo is within reason the same apply to your header:

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1. CREATING A SIMPLE LOGO DESIGN MATTERS

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A simple logo design allows for easy recognition and allows the logo to be versatile & memorable. Good logos feature something unique without being overdrawn. “Simple logos can be recognized more easily, extremely memorable and the most”

2. BEST THING ABOUT SIMPLICITY, IS THAT OF MEMORABILITY

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Following closely behind the principle of simplicity, is that of memorability. An effective logo design should be memorable and this is achieved by having a simple, yet, appropriate logo.


3. STANDING THE TEST OF TIME

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An effective logo should be timeless – that is, it will endure the ages. Will the logo still be effective in 10, 20, 50 years?

Leave trends to the fashion industry – They come and go like the seasons, and when you’re talking about changing a pair of shoes, or buying a new dress, that’s fine, but where your brand identity is concerned, permanency is key, do not follow the crowd. Stand out.

Best example of timeless would have to be Coca-Cola logo… if you compared to the Pepsi logo below, you can see just how effective creating a timeless logo can be. Notice how the Coca Cola logo has barely changed since 1885? That is timeless design.



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Update: 8/08/09 – Under consideration has posted an updated timeline of the Pepsi vs CocaCola logo. Thanks for the tip off Jon. Source: www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/coca-cola_vs_pepsi_revised_edition.php#.U9GGkfldWPY

4. LOGO THAT'S SCALED TO ANY SIZE IS KEY.

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An effective logo should be able to work across a variety of mediums and applications. The logo should be functional. For this reason a logo should be designed in vector format, to ensure that it can be scaled to any size. The logo should be able to work both in horizontal and vertical formats.


Ask yourself; is a logo still effective if:
Printed in one colour?
Printed on the something the size of a postage stamp?
Printed on something as large as a billboard?
Printed in reverse (i.e. light logo on dark background)

One way around creating a versatile logo is to begin designing in black and white only. This allows one to focus on the concept and shape, rather than the subjective nature of colour. One must also remember printing costs – the more colours used, the more expensive it will be for the business over the long term.

“It is a great idea to draft first in black and white to ensure that the logo will look good in its simplest form. Colour is very subjective and emotional. This can distract from the overall design – say if you saw your logo in all red, that colour may be the first thing that you respond to and not the composition of the design elements. I will not even consider submitting colour suggestions to a client for review until they have signed off on a final black and white logo.”


5. DESIGNEN A LOGO THAT'S APPROPRIATE IS KEY.

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How you position the logo should be appropriate for its intended purpose. For example, if you are designing a logo for children’s toys store, it would be appropriate to use a childish font & colour scheme. This would not be so appropriate for a law firm.

It is also important to state that that a logo doesn’t need to show what a business sells or offers as a service. i.e. Car logos don’t need to show cars, computer logos don’t need to show computers. The Harley Davidson logo isn’t a motorcycle, nor is the Nokia logo a mobile phone. A logo is purely for identification.

For further evidence of this, take the top 50 brands of the world – 94% of the logos do not describe what the company does.This should of given you a better understanding of what makes a great logo design but should you still need help contact Ultimate Services Group or Stunning Creations LTD.


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<![CDATA[Colour/Color?Meanings In Business]]>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:16:10 GMThttp://www.msourcecorp.com/hints-and-tips/color_meanings_in_business Understanding colour meanings in business is crucial when you are establishing a business profile. 

Colour psychology affects our lives in so many ways, yet we often don't realize the impact of our colour choices on our website colours, on our stationery and packaging, in our retail store or office, in our marketing or our business clothing.

Colour has a powerful unintentional effect on every part of our lives, without even saying a word; an understanding of colour meanings in business gives us an invaluable tool to get the best response to our marketing and promotional efforts and ultimately to create a successful business.

In applying the information about colour meanings in business to enhance your own business profile and marketing, don't use any colour entirely on its own; it is always best to use a complementary colour with your main choice as over-use of any one colour can negate its effect and in fact have the opposite effect.

There is almost always more than one option of colour combinations to assist your business, so you don't have to choose any colour that you do not like or resonate to. Or you may use the disliked colour in a very small amount to get the response you want from your customer. For example, you may use just a very small amount of red to indicate your passion or energy for your business or as a call to action button on your website.

With the information below on each colour in this ' Colour/Color Meanings In Business' section to settle on the best choices for your business.
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Key Words for Red:

Positive Meanings in Business:

  • action, power, energy, speed
  • passion, desire, lust, love
  • strength, courage
  • attention-getting, motivating, stimulating, energizing
  • driven and determined
  • exciting, warm, spontaneous, assertive and confident

Negative Meanings in Business:

  • aggression and anger
  • red can represent danger or indebtedness
  • domineering, over-bearing and tiring
  • quick-tempered, ruthless, fearful and intolerant
  • rebellious and obstinate
  • resentful, violent and brutal

Meaning of Red in Business

In business, the colour red will always extract a passionate response but the reply may be either positive or negative and you may have no control over this response as it will be in the hands of your potential customer.

This is a colour which encourages buyers to take action and make a purchase. For example, it could be used to attract an impulse buy at the purchase counter in your store, as footprints or arrows directing people around your store or to your cash register, or for a 'buy now' button on a website.

A touch of red can be used as one of the colours on your website to indicate your energy and passion for your business. In larger amounts it is effective in the promotion of products or services related to food and appetite, energy, passion or speed.

Often used as a warning sign, it is best used as an accent colour as too much red can overpowering.

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Key Words for Orange:

Positive Meanings in Business:

  • adventurous, risk-taking, vibrant, flamboyant
  • stimulating to the senses
  • saffordable
  • warm, sociable, optimistic, enthusiastic, cheerful
  • self-confident, independent, extroverted and uninhibited
  • creative flair
  • warm-hearted, agreeable and informal

Negative Meanings in Business:

  • superficial and insincere
  • dependent, over-bearing, self-indulgent
  • the exhibitionist, pessimistic
  • cheap, unsociable, and overly proud
  • rebellious and obstinate
  • resentful, violent and brutal

Meaning of Orange in Business

Be careful when using orange in business; apply it sparingly as it tends to be the most disliked colour in the western world. Use it to suggest adventure, fun, optimism. It imparts a message that it is affordable yet reasonable quality, sociable and easy-going. Orange is an invaluable colour in encouraging sales in restaurants, café's, bistros and diners as it stimulates appetite and conversation, contributing to patrons eating and talking longer and spending more money. Its stimulation to social communication and the senses makes it a beneficial colour for hotels and resorts. Travel websites should consider it as one of their colour choices for its association with journeys, adventure and exciting fun activities. Sports teams can use this vibrant colour in their team colours to suggest energy, flamboyance and adventure. Orange is an appealing colour for the youth market as children and teens tend to like its sense of fun and adventure and its suggestion of affordability. It is also a great colour to use on toys for young children, along with other bright primary and secondary colours. A softer version of orange, such as peach is favourable in beauty salons, spas and treatment centres’ and upper class restaurants.
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Keywords for Yellow:

Positive Meanings in Business:

  • cheerful, happy, playful, fun
  • optimistic, uplifting, illuminating
  • logical, mental clarity, aids decision-making
  • confidence, originality, creativity
  • challenging, academic and analytical
  • wisdom and logic
  • communication of new ideas

Negative Meanings in Business:

  • critical and judgmental, overly analytical
  • impatient and impulsive
  • egotistical, pessimistic, an inferiority complex
  • spiteful, cowardly, deceitful
  • non-emotional and lacking compassion

Meaning of Yellow in Business

Yellow is a great colour for children's products, particularly combined with other bright primary or secondary colours. It is stimulating to their mind and their creativity.

For many leisure products, particularly those that promote playful and fun activities, yellow are a beneficial colour. It will enhance the promotion of any fun and entertainment businesses.

Apart from the above types of businesses, in general it is best to use yellow as a highlight colour - too much can cause agitation and anxiety, particularly with older people. Avoid its use where you are trying to impart a message of stability.

Use yellow where you want to keep people moving. Most people cannot stay for long where there is a lot of yellow. Fast food outlets use it combined with red to encourage people to eat lots quickly then move on.

It is a good to incorporate yellow in the promotion of point of sale purchases - the eyes see yellow first and with so many other distractions in retail stores, you need to capture your customer's attention quickly.

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Green Keywords:

Positive Color Meanings in Business:

  • growth and vitality, renewal and restoration
  • self-reliance, reliability and dependability
  • being tactful, emotionally balanced and calm
  • nature lover and family oriented
  • practical and down to earth
  • sympathetic, compassionate and nurturing
  • generous, kind and loyal with a high moral sense
  • adaptable and flexible
  • encourages 'social joining' of clubs and other groups, a need to belong

Negative Meanings in Business:

  • possessive and materialistic
  • indifferent and over-cautious
  • envious, selfish, greedy and miserly
  • devious with money
  • inconsiderate, a hypochondriac and a do-gooder

Meaning of Yellow in Business

Green is beneficial for anything to do with health and healing.

Green is an ideal colour to promote natural, safe, organic products. It is also beneficial in the promotion of environmentally friendly products.

Green suggests something 'new' and fresh. Lime green creates an anticipation of the potential of what is on offer.

Green motivates people to join social groups and satisfies their need to belong.

Dark green is a good colour for money and financial websites. Use green where you need people to see both sides of a situation as it aids in clear thinking and decision making.

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Keywords for Turquoise:

Positive Color Meanings in Business:

  • communication, clarity of thought
  • balance and harmony, calmness
  • idealism, creativity and inspiration
  • self-expression
  • compassion, healing and self-sufficiency

Negative Meanings in Business:

  • boastfulness
  • secrecy
  • unreliability and reticence
  • fence-sitting
  • aloofness, deception and off-handedness

Meaning of Turquoise in Business

Turquoise is suitable for use in any business involved in media communication, teaching, public speaking or computers. It aids self-expression, clarity of thought and logical thinking.

Turquoise works well with businesses promoting water, whether it is pure water filtration companies, pool cleaning businesses, or water sports.

It has an innovative quality and appeal for sports related businesses and combines well with red, orange or yellow for these types of businesses. Turquoise is suitable for both the male and female market and for all ages.

Combined with pale pink, lavender or pale lemon, turquoise has a feminine energy, ideal for the fashion or beauty market, gift or home wares stores.

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Keywords for Blue:

Positive Color Meanings in Business:

  • loyalty, trust and integrity
  • tactful, caring and concerned
  • reliability and responsibility
  • conservatism and perseverance
  • idealistic and orderly
  • authority, devotion and contemplation
  • peace and calm

Negative Meanings in Business:

  • rigid, deceitful and spiteful
  • self-righteous, superstitious and emotionally unstable
  • unforgiving and frigid
  • manipulation, unfaithfulness and distrust

Meaning of Blue in Business

Blue is best used for conservative corporate businesses where trust, dependability and honesty are important.

Communication websites which market to individual customers on a one-to-one basis would benefit with some blue in their marketing. Technical and computer technology businesses can benefit from most shades of blue combined with gray

As with turquoise, blue is recommended for any business involved in the area of cleanliness, whether it is cleaning products, water purification or mineral water. It is also beneficial to businesses, such as airlines, boating or air conditioning companies, that relate to the common associations of blue with the sky, air and water.

Websites promoting technology, medical equipment, cleanliness, male products, or both male and female products should use some blue in their colours.

Blue should not be used for food related businesses as it is a colour that does not occur naturally in food, except for blueberries, and it is associated with mould and 'off' food. The only exception is sugar, where blue or blue-pinks are used on packaging because blue and pink are associated with sweetness.

Light blue relates well to the health and wellness industry, to travel and relaxation. Dark blue is a serious colour which inspires integrity and honesty and is often used by political organizations, religious organizations and legal firms for this reason.

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Keywords for Pink:

Positive Color Meanings in Business:

  • unconditional and romantic love
  • compassion and understanding, nurturing
  • warmth, hope, calming
  • sweetness, naiveté
  • innocence and inexperience
  • feminine and intuitive energy

Negative Meanings in Business:

  • over-emotional and over-cautious
  • having emotional neediness or unrealistic expectations
  • being immature and girlish
  • lack of will power and lack of self worth

Meaning of Pink in Business

Pink relates to compassion, warmth, hope and understanding, so many charities choose to use it as a major component of their marketing program.

It reflects a softness, sweetness and intuitive energy that work well for many products and websites promoting women's products and services, such as beauty salons, fashion businesses and cosmeticians. It is a beneficial colour for candy stores and other businesses selling sweet products.

Brighter versions are useful to promote less expensive and trendy products to the teenage and pre-teen market.Dusty pink relates to those businesses marketing sentimental services and products, particularly to the older market.

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Keywords for Purple:

Positive Color Meanings in Business:

  • unusual and individual, creative and inventive
  • psychic and intuitive
  • humanitarian, selfless and unlimited
  • mystery, fantasy and the future
  • innocence and inexperience
  • feminine and intuitive energy

Negative Meanings in Business:

  • immaturity
  • impractical
  • cynical and aloof, pompous and arrogant
  • fraudulent and corrupt
  • delusions of grandeur and the social climber

Meaning of Purple in Business

Purple is more suitable for products and websites related to women or children, although younger men are slowly becoming more attuned to it. Academic institutions often use medium shades of purple or violet as they inspire intellectual thought and achievement.

Purple portrays wealth and extravagance when combined with the richness of gold. This is difficult on a website as gold tends to look like a dull yellow which is not particularly positive in its message. It works very well on packaging and print material.

Pre-adolescent children are attracted to purple along with the other bright primary and secondary colours and these colours should always feature on products and marketing designed for this age group.

Lighter versions of purple are suitable for products and services targeted specifically at the female market. Lavender suggests nostalgia and works well for businesses selling old lace, sentimental handmade craft items and antique goods.

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Keywords for Gold:

Positive Color Meanings in Business:

  • wealth and prosperity, abundance
  • value, quality, luxury, expensive, opulence
  • victory, achievement, grandeur, importance
  • happiness, beauty
  • excellence, prestige, nobility, extravagance
  • attraction, wisdom

Negative Meanings in Business:

  • pretentiousness - a sense of self-importance
  • intense and overwhelming

Meaning of Gold in Business

Businesses marketing items of high perceived value will benefit from the use of gold in their packaging and marketing. However it doesn't translate well onto websites - it becomes a dirty yellow which generally does not give a positive message.

Using it with navy or black are good choices when selling quality products to men, whether it is used in packaging, promotional materials or on a website. Just be aware of how it transcribes onto your website.

Combined with dark red, dark blue or dark green it imparts a message of quality, wealth and prestige.

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Keywords for Silver/Gray:

Positive Color Meanings in Business:

  • modern, sleek, high-tech, scientific
  • glamorous, distinguished, elegant
  • conservative, prestige
  • calming and balancing
  • illusion, intuition, imagination
  • feminine power, sophisticated
  • wealth and riches
  • aids mental, emotional and physical releasing and cleansing
  • illumination

Negative Meanings in Business:

  • cold and impersonal
  • emotional and ever-changing
  • introspective
  • fence-sitting
  • hiding from others

Meaning of Silver/Gray in business

The colour silver/gray reflects quality craftsmanship and artistry and would benefit businesses offering a first class quality service or product or those selling exquisite items to the prestige market.

With its modern sleek appearance, silver is appropriate for the hi-tech, innovative computer market and scientific and technological companies.

Silver also works well for any businesses promoting and featuring quality modern appliances and equipment.

Silver doesn't work well as a colour on websites because it just appears gray which can be cold and impersonal. However, combined with other colours that are appropriate for your target market, gray will take on the messages associated with the other colours and it will then work well for your website.

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