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Friday, October 13, 2006

Net Visionary Awards 2006

I am a bit slow in posting this. I figured I had better update the portfolio a bit before getting in the running again this year. I got a quick selection of recent web work online on the home page of spoiltchild.com

IIA Netvisionary Awards 2006

The Netvisionary nominations are live and taking votes.
A big thank you to all who thought my work was good enough to nominate me. This is my third year being nominated. Perhaps this year I might get to be bride instead of bridesmaid :)
(an image which is probably best left unexplored).

Get over there and vote :)

Voting closes on Monday October 23rd.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Looking for a Senior Designer

We are growing again and looking to fill a key position within the team. We are on the look out for a talented and experienced senior web designer.

You need to be an excellent creative web designer. Be able to produce creative concepts in good time and carry them through to valid Xhtml and CSS.A natural affinity for good, usable user interfaces and site structure a must. You need to have an almost anal attention to detail and to be one of natures natural finishers.

Spoiltchild works across a variety of media which you will get the opportunity to play in. You need to be at an advanced and experienced in web and have an interest and understanding of the other areas.
This is a senior position you will be given a lot of responsibility and input into how the studio develops as well as close contact with clients.

You must be a good listener but also be willing to put forward a better solution if you see it. You must enjoy your work and you must be a bit of fun to work. And above all you MUST be reliable.
Salary is between 30 – 40,000 Euro pa and is negotiable depending on experience and talent.
Profit share kicks in after 6 months. Ability to work from home one day a week.
Please send a CV and 3 samples of your work to jobs@spoiltchild.com.
Indicate your skills and when you can start.
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Friday, October 14, 2005

Top Tips: How to Get Noticed

We stumbled upon this article in a recent issue of the publication Computer arts and decided we would share parts of it with you. Good advice for anyone promoting a business regardless of the industry. If you'd like to read the entire article, it can be found in the November 2005 issue of Computer Arts. Here are the top tips:

1. Create a strong Identity / Brand: An immediately recognizable and consistent brand can put an otherwise low-profile company on the map. It suggests to potential clients and the public at large that the company is professional and reputable and can help to convey the attitude and values of a company.

2. Start a Blog: Blogging is a powerful way to promote yourself. The trick is to increase your status from a "nobody" to someone who is considered an authority in the industry. Post tips and tricks or helpful tutorials to demonstrate that you really know what you're talking about. Make sure to avoid things that could upset people, such as politics or useless details about your personal life. To get started download a blogging tool such as wordpress or blogger. It'll only take five minutes.

3. Speak at an Event: This is a stellar way to promote yourself as you will instantly be seen as a leader in your industry, presuming, of course, that the event is related to your field. Spend time, "Googling" for events in your specialist area and get in touch with the event organisers. They are always looking for talented fresh blood and they just might take you up on your offer to speak.

4. Attend Events: Attend events and meet as many people as you can. Make sure that you've got a stack of quality business cards, put on a smiling face, and go and shake as many hands as you can. You'll be surprised how many opportunities come out of it.

5. Network: Nothing will get your name out there like some good solid networking. If you're an introvert it's often quite scary meeting new people, but once you get started you'll start to enjoy it and make a lot of friends in the process. Find local events that relate to your field and go there with a goal of meeting as many people as possible.

6. Don't forget your signature: Every email you send out could act as a small advertisement for you and your skills. You'd be surprised at how often people click on links in email signatures. Make sure to put the full URL of your site along with the name of the site. Avoid cryptic messages or strange spelling and you'll be a self-promotion winner.

7. Start a community website: One of the most powerful ways to promote yourself is by launching a website that is centred around your industry. This takes time but the payoff can be amazing. Running a community site will also earn you a huge amount of goodwill with the community which will open doors in the future.

8. Have a memorable business card: When you're networking at events and parties, the first advertisement people will ever see for you is your business card. If it's printed on good quality paper, is well designed and easy to read, people will remember you and what you do. This is a vital step to moving your career on to that next level.

9. Be Nice: You'd be surprised at the effect being kind and thoughtful can have on people. Don't have any secret agendas and hidden motives with people - just be honest and open. This will show people that they can trust you and that it's great to work with you. In a world of selfishness, a smile and a kind word can go a long way.
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Thursday, September 22, 2005

e-Newsletter Essentials

We have been thinking a lot about e-marketing lately. Our e-newsletter was recently featured on www.campaignmonitor.com and just this week, we attended a great conference held by the IIA that addressed effective e-marketing. Here are a few useful tips that we picked up for anyone considering the creation of an email newsletter:

- Don't be afraid to start small: A text-only newsletter is not a bad way to start. You can always add design and marketing elements as time and budget allow.

- Personalize: An e-newsletter can be a great way to open up communication with your clients. Business thrives on the personal touch.

- Keep it short and sweet: Studies have shown that e-newsletters should ideally be kept to 500 words maximum or 4-5 articles (with links to read more if the user is interested). E-newsletters with too much content tend to overwhelm the user and make them more likely not to read any content at all.

- Prioritize: Users are only likely to click through 2-3 links so make sure that important information is displayed prominently and easy to access.

- Evaluate your objective: Know what it is you want your e-newsletter to accomplish. Are you trying to acquaint yourself with your audience, call them to action, or establish long-term marketing/brand promotion? Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of your approach and modify as necessary.

- Make it relevant to your client: Don't make the newsletter all "ME, ME, ME", and risk turning away a reader. Provide something helpful and of interest.

-Keep it legal: Did you know there are regulations governing what you can and can't do with emails?

Hope you found these tips helpful. If you want to find out more about e-marketing, check out these two informative sites: www.newsweaver.com and www.campaignmonitor.com
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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Absolutely gorgeous and easy to read

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We absolutely love this monthly newsletter sent by the talented folks at Dublin based Spoiltchild Design.

Not only is the design absolutely gorgeous and easy to read, the newsletter also degrades gracefully in email environments less supportive of modern standards.

A glowing review of our monthly email newsletter from Campaign Monitor. Thanks guys, we really appreciate the feedback.

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