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Norway’s Currency Takes a Modern Turn

Norwegian Currency

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There are few projects in graphic design that are more daunting than creating a new face for an entire country’s currency. Even in a world of digital payment methods, cash is still being passed through the hands of essentially every citizen, as well as international travelers. And not only do designers have to take into account that there is some political influence but also security and counterfeit to take into consideration.

Thanks to Norway and their new banknote project, we are now seeing evidence of commercialization of good design taking place where politics tends to be the norm. The country decided to hire eight different designers to submit proposals for redesigned currency that will be circulated in 2017 by communicating “The Sea” in an appropriate manner. In the end, a combination of the two designs from two different firms were chosen for the front and back, evolving the theme to give the bank notes a traditional and modern look.
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Is the Google Penguin out to get You?

Google's Penguin 3.0 update is intended to be a hero, not a villain.

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Did you hear the news? Google has just upgraded to Penguin 3.0. Do you know what this means for your website? Before we dig into to the new update, we should mention what Google Penguin is. Google Penguin was the name assigned to the Google Algorithm update announced in April, 2012. Google’s algorithm is composed of hundreds of factors, which determine where pages will rank within Google’s search results.

Although Google does not reveal specific details about the updates, data is gathered from multiple SEO sources, mapping out the changes. The original Penguin update penalized websites that Google believed engaged in link spam. Many people have found tricks in Google’s ranking system which help their pages rank higher than they should. Instead of improving the quality of content on a page and optimizing for relevant search terms, they have decided to ignore the Google Terms & Conditions to benefit their website, or websites.
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In our last blog, we dove into the subgroups within the millennial demographic. We will pick up where we left off and jump to number seven of the twelve subgroups.

7. Adventure-seeking Foodies
This group of millennials are ever-seeking an adventurous eat in their hometown. They are drawn to exotic cuisines and cultural experiences with an appreciation for authenticity. They likely have a higher income than the travel enthusiast, yet they do not have time to leave town. These foodies treat the eating experience as an event, going beyond the food, and enjoying every aspect of the occasion.
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The 12 Subgroups of Millennials Part 1 of 2


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In past blogs we have referred to millennials on multiple accounts, but always as a singular demographic. But considering the fact that millennials span multiple decades (currently ages 18-34), it is only logical that there are subgroups within the millennial demographic. Despite what the standard stereotype will tell you, millennials are a diverse group of young adults that do more than just sip lattes and talk about their “awesome” trips abroad.

In an effort to better understand the millennial demographic, the digital advertising network, Exponential, performed research and analyzed data on four million millennials. The research defined 12 distinct subgroups of millennials, distinguished by the individual’s reaction to three major forces: the economy, globalization, and social media.
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John Oliver Captures Online Attention

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Watch out cat videos, flash mobs, and Frozen hair tutorials! Here comes a viral YouTube channel that’s not only informative, but also captures its audience’s full-attention…for 15 whole minutes! Clips from John Oliver’s show, Last Week Tonight, get millions of views each week. His comedic approach on controversial, important topics spark the interests of YouTube viewers everywhere.

How does a comedian/newsman do it? Oliver cleanly weaves a web of serious topics and comedic writing, while maintaining journalistic integrity. He touches on anything from student loans, to U.S. military’s drone use, to the Miss America pageant. His approach to these topics is one that isn’t being vocalized on mainstream media (props to being on HBO). He’s asking the hard questions that viewers never thought about, but we want answered! And all the while, he’s cracking us up along the way.
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The North Face Forces Customers to Have Fun

North Face

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The North Face is an outdoor product company that sells clothing and equipment for outdoor activities. The company typically focuses branding efforts on college age individuals who enjoy climbing, hiking, and camping. What brings The North Face to the spotlight is their creative branding attempt in South Korea.

The branding effort took place in a small section of a North Face store in South Korea. Groups of customers would walk into the room and start to browse the jackets hanging on the walls. Rock climbing holds were located behind the jackets at the back of the room.  When only one person was left in the room, the floor would disappear.  Yes, the floor would literally retract back into a wall, forcing confused shoppers to grab onto the rock climbing holds. As the floor disappears, a lower, padded floor is revealed below.
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Yes, Big Brother Really Is Watching You, Part 2 Of 2

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In our last blog, we dove into the world of big data and described how big data is constantly being aggregated in an effort to better market to specific demographics. Because, wouldn’t consumers rather have ads specifically targeted to their interests rather than ads that are completely pointless?

This is where big data comes in. As marketers, we all get really excited about “big data” and what it could mean for marketing effectiveness. It’s not enough for us to create a highly relevant and targeted ad that is only shown to the ideal prospect based on a set of parameters we have set. We want ROI. And, we want it now!
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Yes, Big Brother Really Is Watching You, Part 1 of 2

Big Data Watching YouAs consumers, we get grumpy and resentful at the thought of large corporations watching and analyzing our behaviors: social, search, buying, etc. All that aggregation of data…is it really necessary? Why can’t I have my social media platforms for free without any “strings attached”? They’ve gotten all of that funding from venture capitalists and going public with their IPOs. Shouldn’t they pay for my Internet and social access?
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Golf Brands Vie For Millennial Attention

Golf When was the last time you sat down and enjoyed a relaxing game of golf on the good ol’ television? If you are a millennial, the chances of such a scenario are slim to none. Golf brand marketers are struggling to catch and keep the attention of the ever-important millennial demographic.
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Five Growing Trends in Advertising

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Advertising Week 2014 just took place! The greatest minds in marketing came together to discuss the future of the industry. Here are some of the most popular trends expected to see growth in the next year.

Women in the Digital World
Did you know that women account for roughly 80% of consumer spending in the United States? What is even more shocking is how rare female creative directors are in the advertising world. Fortunately, more and more women are starting to enter into the industry. With more women entering into the industry, there is hope that advertisers will more accurately reach target demographics. Some big brands are even attempting to help break the traditional gender stereotypes with campaigns like “InspireHerMind” by Verizon.

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