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Posted by Don R. Cline

Feb 14, 2017 8:37:00 AM

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4 Ways To Improve Your Architectural Photography

Taken from a tripod, multiple bracketed exposures can be combined into a single high dynamic range (HDR) photo using Adobe Lightroom. This technique works especially well for night photos.

At Cline Design, we have worked with contractors, architects and subcontractors from across North America for nearly three decades. For many of the services we deliver (website creation and implementation, blogs, newsletters, brochures, project profiles, RFQs, etc.),  we rely upon our clients to supply us with photography. 

Nothing complements effective digital or printed material better than pleasing, well-executed photos. However, photographing buildings and architectural features presents some unique challenges that must be addressed to achieve great shots. 

If you are located in the northern climes, you probably aren't thinking too much about outdoor photography right now. However, it will soon be spring and time to go take those shots you've been waiting all winter to take. Below are four ways to ensure your architectural photography will show off the finer aspects of the structure:

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Topics: marketing, architectural photography

Posted by Lorraine C. Cline

Feb 9, 2017 8:50:00 AM

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6 Things Every Contractor Needs To Know About Construction Marketing

 

 

I recently returned from the Construction Leadership Network conference, where I had the pleasure of spending three days meeting with more than 100 of the best commercial contractors in North America. I have known many of these construction professionals for decades, and continue to be amazed with their resilience to sustain their businesses throughout tough times and boom times. It's a crazy and competitive industry that comes with a lot of challenges. Marketing is one of them.

As I presented focus groups and sat in on panel discussions, I made it a point to carefully listen to the things commercial contractors struggle with. With this in mind, I have assembled a construction marketing list—the top six things you need to know to effectively market your company in 2017:

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Topics: inbound marketing, construction marketing, strategic marketing plan

Posted by Lorraine C. Cline

Sep 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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The Top 3 Types of Content Your Audience Wants You to Publish


 

As an inbound strategic marketing firm, we strive for the most effective ways to connect with our client’s (and our own) audience. Whether we are attempting to educate, entertain or simply engage, producing consistent and relevant content can pose several challenges: What types of content should we publish? How often should we publish? What format should we use?

In my opinion, one of the most valuable benefits of inbound marketing is the ability to measure your marketing efforts in real time. In the past, using outbound marketing strategies, we relied upon anecdotal information or focus groups, or we had to remember to ask people, “How did you hear about us?” to gauge the success of our marketing campaigns.

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Topics: inbound marketing, content marketing, construction marketing, State of Inbound

Posted by Lorraine C. Cline

Feb 17, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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7 Components of a Successful Construction Marketing Program


 

The internet has forever changed the way we do business. We can now buy whatever we want from wherever we want whenever we want. What used to be a company-centric economy has now become a customer-centric economy. Buyers are better informed about products and services than ever before, and this helps shape their purchasing decisions. This holds true whether they are buying a new coffeemaker, a new car or a newly-constructed building.

 So, it is only logical that we need to shift the way we market to adjust to the new sales environment.

Instead of the old outbound marketing methods of buying ads, buying email lists, and praying for leads, inbound marketing focuses on creating quality content that pulls people toward your company and your services, where they naturally want to be—to learn more and to become better informed buyers. Naturally, your company's website plays a key role in how prospects and clients interact with your company.

By aligning the content you publish across the internet with your customer’s interests, you naturally attract inbound traffic that you can then convert, close, and delight over time.

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Topics: inbound marketing, content marketing, construction marketing

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Cline Design, LLC has a 28-year history of creating effective B2B print, design and inbound marketing strategies for the commercial/industrial construction industry.

We design websites, create strategic marketing plans, develop relevant content, manage social media channels and perform SEO for clients throughout North America. 

We also offer the Construction Break newsletter service for general contractors, construction managers and the trades.

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