Lindsay Bell

Visual Content and the End of Summer

By: Lindsay Bell | September 2, 2014 | 
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Visual Content and The End of SummerBy Lindsay Bell

For many of you in the good ol’ US of A, summer has probably felt over for a few weeks now.

Many of you have sent your children packing—literally —back to school already.

And yes, I’ve seen a few “joy to the world” posts fly by my Facebook!

But here, in Ontario, and most of the rest of Canada, today marks the first day back to school for my son, and most of his peers.

Mind you, don’t weep for him.

He’s in grade 10 and will be “at school” for a grand total of about an hour and a half today.

The last official long weekend of the summer is behind us.

And all you astute business people are already at your desks, excited for what this last quarter of 2014 will bring, right?

Right….??

Visual Content

Well, you’re in the right place, because we’re set to launch another month stuffed with greatness.

Our theme this month is visual content…visual marketing…whatever you want to call it suits me just fine.

We’re going to explore the many facets of visual marketing—the science behind why consumers are such visual creatures, and the good, the bad, and the ugly of using graphics and/or infographics in your strategies.

We’ll look at why video is so hot and getting hotter, and what to consider when crafting visual content of any form.

Need tools?

There will be case studies and articles on which tools you can use to create compelling content, which ones you probably shouldn’t, as well as pretty much anything else you can think of—from A to Z (or “zed,” as we say in Canada).

As usual, we start the month with another of our Spin Sucks Pro webinars—though we’ve delayed it by one week to allow you all to recover from the long weekend, and shake off summer.

Visuals that Stick

On Thursday, September 11th, Joe Cardillo will bring you Visuals that Stick.

He’ll walk you through the specific kinds of imagery audiences respond to and remember most, including the psychology of color, illustrations, human recognizable objects, and embedded stories.

You’ll come away with relevant examples, and a handy-dandy checklist you can use to see if the visual content you are feeding into your marketing/branding efforts will truly stick with your audiences.

Throughout the rest of the month, we’ll explore even more.

Following are just a few posts that are coming up in the next few weeks:

  • Visual Content Design Trends: Full Width Video
  • How to Avoid a Canva Fail
  • How to Be a Digital Movie Star
  • How to Use Visual Social Media for Your Brand
  • Boost Your Image with Visual Storytelling

Author Q&A

Wednesday, September 17th at noon EST brings yet another author Q&A, with marketer and beer lover (sold!) Tim Frick here to answer all of your questions, live, on the blog.

He’ll be discussing his latest book, Return on Engagement: Content Strategy and Web Design Techniques for Digital Marketing, and if you want to know anything about implementing an effective content strategy and how to stay ahead in the rapidly changing industry of web design, this is one Q&A you don’t want to miss!

The bottom line is this: While we’re all really, really sad to see summer has flown by so quickly, it’s kind of hard not to be excited by all the goodness yet to come, both in September as well as the coming months.

And also…there are only 16 Fridays left until Christmas!!

About Lindsay Bell


Lindsay Bell is the content director at V3 Marketing, and works in Toronto. A former TV producer, she’s a strong advocate of three minutes or less of video content. She has a cool kid, a patient husband, two annoying cats, and Hank Dawge, a Vizsla/Foxhound/moose hybrid. Ok, maybe not moose.

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LauraPetrolino
1 year 8 months ago

Oh ALL the excitement! It’s a visual content extravaganza! Here I took a picture to show you all VISUALLY how excited I am!

belllindsay
1 year 8 months ago

LauraPetrolino You are the world’s biggest kook. 😉

biggreenpen
1 year 8 months ago

Yes!!! Anticipating a “tree”mendous month!!

belllindsay
1 year 8 months ago

If you can’t beat ’em……!

Danny Brown
1 year 8 months ago

Me and my bruh bruh will be here.

Danny Brown
1 year 8 months ago

My kids may say hi now and again too. 🙂

Danny Brown
1 year 8 months ago

And, in all seriousness, looking forward to this month’s content. I’ve taken a very deliberate approach in recent months to visual content creation and presentation, so looking forward to seeing how I can enhance that. 🙂

LauraPetrolino
1 year 8 months ago

biggreenpen Woohoo! Tree-rrefic!

LauraPetrolino
1 year 8 months ago

belllindsay Hehe! Like Laura, like to be like Laura…wanna be, wanna be, wanna be like Laura 😉

LauraPetrolino
1 year 8 months ago

Danny Brown And here class we have visual marketing 101: Adorableness wins. Always.

Eleanor Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

Am I even allowed to comment on this post if I don’t include a photo??

LauraPetrolino
1 year 8 months ago

Eleanor Pierce Nope.

Eleanor Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

LauraPetrolino Danny Brown True. Story.

Eleanor Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

LauraPetrolino FINE. 
I want to know what joecardillo has to say about THIS approach to color.

JoeCardillo
1 year 8 months ago

Eleanor Pierce LauraPetrolino joecardillo Who’s that in the photo?

Eleanor Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

JoeCardillo Eleanor Pierce LauraPetrolino joecardillo HA! #TheForgottenOne #ChoppedLiver

LauraPetrolino
1 year 8 months ago

Eleanor Pierce JoeCardillo LauraPetrolino joecardillo Bahahahaha!!!

JoeCardillo
1 year 8 months ago

LauraPetrolino Eleanor Pierce JoeCardillo joecardillo I will be redeeming myself during the webinar

JoeCardillo
1 year 8 months ago

What a great topic this month…I had a blast putting together the webinar prez, + I’m personally looking forward to the Q&A with Tim, that dude is so smart.

JoeCardillo
1 year 8 months ago

LauraPetrolino Eleanor Pierce JoeCardillo joecardillo Is it cool if I just use my #nerdselfie?

Danny Brown
1 year 8 months ago

biggreenpen Best. Afro. Ever.

EdenSpodek
1 year 8 months ago

I’m very excited about this month’s theme and the crazies will be coming out in droves.

EdenSpodek
1 year 8 months ago

Danny Brown Who can compete with these two? 🙂

JoeCardillo
1 year 8 months ago

EdenSpodek Amazing. And that spinsucks icon belt, wow.

LauraPetrolino
1 year 8 months ago

JoeCardillo EdenSpodek Eden, it’s good to see you are continuing in the role of Chief SpinSucks Meme Maker. We couldn’t ever replace you!

belllindsay
1 year 8 months ago

JoeCardillo EdenSpodek OMG!!! hahahaha! That’s awesome!!

belllindsay
1 year 8 months ago

JoeCardillo LauraPetrolino Eleanor Pierce joecardillo Ellie, that’s so Warhol – also, hides all wrinkles! 😉

belllindsay
1 year 8 months ago

JoeCardillo LauraPetrolino Eleanor Pierce joecardillo Sweet baby jane.

belllindsay
1 year 8 months ago

Danny Brown Then you must contribute!!! 😀

belllindsay
1 year 8 months ago

EdenSpodek Danny Brown LauraPetrolino  Never share the screen with kids or animals. 😉

belllindsay
1 year 8 months ago

LauraPetrolino Oh brother.

belllindsay
1 year 8 months ago

Danny Brown biggreenpen I thought it was a crown of thorns!! 😉

ClayMorgan
1 year 8 months ago

EdenSpodek That is cool!

ClayMorgan
1 year 8 months ago

Somebody needs to ask Eleanor Pierce about my views on “the selfie.” However, while we’re on the topic, Kaylee discovered the iPhone recently and here’s her selfie from this weekend.

Eleanor Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

EdenSpodek o. m. g.

Eleanor Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

belllindsay JoeCardillo LauraPetrolino Eleanor Pierce joecardillo Hides all manner of skin-related sins 🙂

Arment Dietrich, Inc.
Arment Dietrich, Inc.
1 year 8 months ago

Seriously, people. This just happened.

Eleanor Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

ClayMorgan Eleanor Pierce I do believe I’ll be writing about selfies very, very soon …

LauraPetrolino
1 year 8 months ago

Eleanor Pierce ClayMorgan Ellie I actually just turned in a  post about Selfies…so talk to me first (before we bombard Clay with selfies excess)

LauraPetrolino
1 year 8 months ago

Eleanor Pierce ClayMorgan Obviously there is enough selfie awesome to fill more than one post however…

Eleanor Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

LauraPetrolino Eleanor Pierce ClayMorgan But can there be too much when we’re talking selfies???

ClayMorgan
1 year 8 months ago

Eleanor Pierce LauraPetrolino ClayMorgan There really can be too much when talking selfies.

Danny Brown
1 year 8 months ago

belllindsay I think I’ve done my quota for 2014. And ginidietrich still owes me $47. $49, if you make it American dollars.

EdenSpodek
1 year 8 months ago

LauraPetrolino JoeCardillo belllindsay ClayMorgan Eleanor Pierce You guys knew it was just a matter of time.

Eleanor Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

ClayMorgan Eleanor Pierce LauraPetrolino noooooooooo!

EdenSpodek
1 year 8 months ago

belllindsay Danny Brown LauraPetrolino So true and now you know why I don’t post my kids’ pics on Facebook. Ha!

ThePaulSutton
ThePaulSutton
1 year 8 months ago

ginidietrich did you have any more thoughts about a regular fight…err, I mean debate?

Danny Brown
Danny Brown
1 year 8 months ago

No.

Ellie Pierce
Ellie Pierce
1 year 8 months ago

Are you doing your Gini impression??

Danny Brown
Danny Brown
1 year 8 months ago

*pouts while hugging life-size RDJ cutout*

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