creative businesses always need a pit crew

Creative Business: building your ‘pit-crew’

Creative Business: building your 'pit-crew' Creative professionals and companies will always need a 'go-to pit crew'. At MSPA, we’ve made it our business to build a network of trusted associates we can confidently recommend to our clients and prospective clients. I’m talking about brand designers, web developers, SEO consultants, printers, manufacturers, photographers, business coaches and other professional services. I’ve recently made...

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Automate your apps

Special Saving 7 – #7: Automate your apps

Automate your apps… with Zapier Wouldn’t it be great to make all those apps and tools you’ve downloaded work together? Well, good news! There is. And it’s called Zapier. Zapier is a nifty little programme that lets you integrate all sorts of things imaginable. For example, let’s say every time you receive an email...

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Source & share relevant content to your audience

Special Saving 7 – #6: Seamlessly source & share content with your target audience

Seamlessly source & share content with your target audience… with Feedly An important part of engaging with your audience on social media is regularly sharing relevant and valuable content from other people’s sites and blogs. But, trawling through your feeds looking for hidden gems to share can be time-consuming. Enter stage right:...

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Create simple marketing videos

Special Saving 7 – #4: Create simple on-the-hop marketing videos

Create simple on-the-hop marketing videos… with Quik Quik is a pretty amazing tool that we’ve only recently just discovered but are having lots of fun with right now. It’s sort of like the video version of Wordswag, in that it’s just so flipping easy to use and makes you look like...

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Easy peasy social media scheduling

Special Saving 7 – #3: Easy-peasy social media scheduling

Easy-peasy social media scheduling… with Buffer It can be difficult to find the time to be active on social media regularly, even though we know it can be a very effective way of engaging with our audience. That’s why using a social media scheduler can be a useful addition to your marketing...

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Create shareable images in seconds

Special Saving 7 – #2: Create gorgeous shareable images in seconds – With Wordswag

Create gorgeous shareable images in seconds… with Wordswag If there was a prize for Most Addictive App, this would definitely win. It’s just so much fun! Wordswag lets you transform any text, quote or message into a deliciously attractive and uber-shareable piece of visual content in just minutes. Pre-populated with gorgeous template images...

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Never lose a great idea again

Special Saving 7 – #1: Never lose a great idea again – With Evernote

Never lose a great idea again… with Evernote The Evernote app is the bees-knees of note-taking. Never again will you lose a post-it note or forget which scrap of paper you scrawled down that game-changing business idea you had. Evernote is the one-stop-shop for all your notes, both business and personal. Just...

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Save time and boost productivity

7 special time-saving tools to keep you ahead of the game and boost productivity

7 special time-saving tools to keep you ahead of the game and boost productivity Constantly strapped for time? Never enough hours in the day? I hear you! Life’s *always* busy, right? But what if I was to tell you that there were a few simple ways in which you could re-claim some of...

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Graphic design for non-designers

Special Saving 7 – #5: Graphic design for non graphic designers

Graphic design for non graphic designers… with Canva We can’t all be designers! And for those of who aren’t, Canva is a great, relatively simple tool for those little design jobs that you really feel you ought to be doing yourself… Canva makes it easier for us non-pro folks to design attractive,...

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creative business advice

Brexit: sane insights and practical advice for small creative businesses

Brexit: sane insights and practical advice for small creative businesses Early in the morning on 24th June 2016, I walked into my living room to find my partner staring at his laptop in total disbelief...he then almost inaudibly uttered 'Brexit won'. The shock immediately sent us both outside, with Eddie my...

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