Oct 21 2010

Violet Love Brands, Inc. :: Business Cards & Ecommerce Site

I have been working with Rebecca Michaels of Violet Love Brands, Inc. for a few years now on business cards and labels. Recently Rebecca came to me with the request of a new website. She decided she wanted to refresh Violet Love’s look, I have had so much fun and am so excited to be a part of this process. She started the process with a Lifestyle photoshoot with her new products. I got to use the amazing images to design banners, business cards & a website. We also did some fun heart stickers! Below are the business cards and a sneak peak of the website… which we are going to launch very soon.

Violet Love’s site is launched… she has some really cool products & is always thinking of something new & unique to add. You will have to check it out and get some of your very own violet love! {http://www.violetloveheadbands.com}

Enjoy the pics, go get some VL and have a great day!
–Britta


Oct 13 2010

Customer Service is a must!

I have been in business for myself {Britta burrus design} for a little over 4 years. And Justin & I acquired Red Rooster Trading Company about 6 months ago. I don’t claim to know it all, my motto is ‘live & learn’ and I don’t think I will ever ‘arrive’. But if there is one thing that I have learned it is that people appreciate customer service and it is a must for any successful business. When people can see the care that you put into your product(s) and/or services, the time you take to just chat or explain things {sometimes the old-fashion way, telephone :)} & go the extra mile to make things right it really pays off in the end.

Three things I have learned along the way… There are a lot more than three, but thought I’d keep it short & sweet! 🙂
Communication is key… I think, for the most part, people understand if you make a mistake or can’t get it done quite as quickly as you had hoped. But keeping the lines of communication open is important. If things are taking a little longer than expected let them know. Some days I am pretty good at this… then there are those other days.

Building a relationship takes time…It takes time to build a good relationship and sometimes the road is a bit bumpy, everyone has a different idea of what will work or communicates in different ways. But if you take the time to build relationships it is a win win for everyone. I have had several clients where the initial start wasn’t the easiest, but by being persistent, keeping the lines of communication open, being honest & listening to their needs/wants has given me some of my most favorite clients & projects!

Pricing… This is always the hardest part for me… I just want to help everyone, but I am in business and this is how I make a living. So I have had to learn {probably still learning, if I am being honest :)} how to price things. Know your product or service, be confident in your abilities, do a little research and see what others are charging in your field and when you set a price stick to it. But do be flexible… if it is not working you might want to take a step back and reevaluate.

I have thought about this a lot… with every new project I learn something new. One day I think I have been through it all and surprise!

Below are some pics of business cards I did for a client. The end product turned out beautifully… but it took a bit to get there. We used her amazing artwork for her logo, since she hand drew it I thought it would be so cool to have it printed on textured paper. So, that is what we initially did, well they turned out horribly. They looked like the printer was running out of ink. I ended up getting them reprinted on a different stock with a matte/dull finish. The turned out perfectly, showed off her artwork beautifully and most important, my client was happy. I am working on her website right now. She, her daughter & daughter in law have a part in the business. They make & sell jewelry, purses & clothing… they take vintage items and reinvent a piece whether it is a beautiful dress, throw or necklace. You will have to keep an eye on their site {www.shopagirlthing.com}as they will be selling their creations online soon! These girls have talent & an eye for fashion.

Thanks for stopping by!
–Britta


Sep 12 2010

Bb business card and a couple others…

So, I have had the same business card for a couple years and decided I would like to try something a little different, but still affordable. This is the end result… I have also added the Red Rooster cards & some bcards I have done recently for Team K Outfitters. I showed the TKO cards to a designer friend (Karri!) and she saw the back and says ‘Nice use of whitespace’ :). I love that she noticed that cause that is my favorite part of the card. And I don’t get too many opportunities to utilize the amazing ‘white space’.

Enjoy the pics below and just give Bb a holler {call or text 509.429.1989 email design@brittaburrus.com} if you are in need of a new and affordable business card! I always say it is a most cost effective & powerful marketing tool. Thanks for stopping by!

–Britta


May 10 2010

the business card.

Well, I just had to take a moment to post pics of these business cards. I made them for a friend who has an antique and craft business… if you are in the Yakima, WA area you will have to stop by her booth and see what treasures you can find. { Memories on the Ave, 509 West Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA }

These cards were a birthday surprise, so I had to be sneaky. I couldn’t ask her what exactly she wanted, good thing I have known her for a few years and she posted some pics of her booth on facebook which helped inspire. She loves color, texture, old things, nature… I printed the colorful design on cool textured paper, gave the edges a bit of a vignette and roughed em up to add to the whole effect.

I am just so excited about these cards. They were almost too hard to give up, I wanted to use them for myself… hehe. It was really hard for me to wait til she received them to blog about them… I did it though, couldn’t ruin the surprise. Hope you ‘likes’ them Nik! Check out the pics below to see what I came up with.


May 10 2009

the website.

Do your website visitors STAY or CLICK AWAY? One of the most important pieces of your marketing package is the website. This is where most of the world will go to find out more about your business. Who you are, what you do, references & how seriously you take your business. You can use your print materials to give a taste of what your business is about and entice the potential client to check out your website where they will get the full meal deal.

Even though you want to give more details about your business through your website you don’t want to bore your visitors with too much. Keep it short, sweet and to the point. And always remember that a picture really does say a thousand words. (I may have to dedicate an entire blog about the importance of imagery. It is great to meet a client who realizes the importance of their images and who is willing to invest in that part of their package. )

The initial cost of a website is what catches people off guard. But keep in mind that once the professional, branded website for most businesses is up it will last quite a while with only minor updates to think about. Your business website is not the area to cut your marketing cost. The whole world has the potential to see it and you want them to know how seriously you take your business & that you will also take their potential business seriously.  I have heard over and over again from different folks that if they come across a site that is mostly text and not just that, but very ‘homemade’ they just leave right away, thinking that whoever put the site up is not trustworthy & they don’t take their business seriously.

That being said… I would love to hear your comments or experiences with different websites. What do you appreciate in a business website you are visiting and what makes you  STAY and want more or CLICK AWAY to a different site?

Check out the Bb portfolio {www.brittaburrus.com/port.html} of websites & more.  The goal of Britta burrus design is for their clients’ sites  to stand out from the crowd, be user-friendly, easy to find what the visitors are looking for and brand! brand! brand! their business. 

If you (or someone you know) are in need of a website, whether for your business or even a personal site, feel free to call (509) 429-1989 or email with questions or to get started!

Come back soon & I will share some secrets on how to tell if the visitors of your website STAY or CLICK AWAY!

MORE blogs about the importance of each marketing piece…
{the logo} {the business card} {the letterhead}


Mar 18 2009

the business card.

Pick Up Value : -adjective Everything that makes your potential client/customer want to pick up that business card and know more. Its what makes them want to check into your biz and see what you are all about.

Once you have a logo, the next step is to start using it to brand & market your business. Use your logo as a foundation and build from there. I love to use the logo as inspiration for future designs in the whole marketing package.

The business card is underrated. It is one of the least expensive ways to market your business. The design, print & paper are essential to the ‘pick up value’ of the final piece.

Check out the business card designs below. I am thinkin the ‘pick up value’ is pretty high. Who wouldn’t want to pick up a card that uses color or the lack of color to its highest potential. Not only that, but when the card is flipped there is even more to pull them in. The paper used is heavy weight, smooth or textured, gloss or dull matte finish is chosen depending on what the biz is about. Add some rounded corners to set yourself even more apart. The options are endless.

Use this inexpensive tool to entice the client to visit your website where you answer more questions and give them the full story of what you are about. Check out more designs at the Bb portfolio.  If you (or someone you know) are in the need of business cards with a high ‘pick up value’ feel free to call (509) 429-1989 or email for pricing & ideas.

Arlys & Co. Business Cards :: Kept classic by using Black & White. The back has a blank spot for appts.
Arlys & Co. Business Cards :: Even though this business card is very simple, it is classic, using Black & White. The back has a blank spot used for appointments.
vagabond photography
vagabond photography :: using the guitar & keeping the urban, edgy feel she uses in her photography was important to this client.
Whispering Pines Winery
Whispering Pines Winery :: This beautiful logo was best captured by using a vertical layout. Even with all the info, it is still clean by utilizing both sides.
violet love
violet love :: she already had her logo & look in place, so it was not difficult to make this card delicious.

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