Washington DC Food Truck Revolution Infographic

Sep
29

Student Design Project Series

For our first Student Design Project Series we hired Nikolena Sidler, a student at Georgetown’s Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts to design an infographic poster to represent the growing trend of Washington DC Food Trucks. What she came up with is a great overview of DC Food Trucks, including how they use social media to generate business and communicate with customers, a general daily schedule of operations, and even a list of her choice of the area’s top ten Food Trucks. We think she did a great job. Let us know what you think.

Washington DC Food Truck Infographic

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Top 10 Washington DC Food Trucks

Top DC Food Trucks

Fojol Bros.

Cuisine: Indian
@fojolbros

Distric Taco

Cuisine: Mexican
@districttaco

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Cuisine: Seafood
@lobstertruckdc

Takorean

Cusisine: Korean BBQ
@TaKorean

Tasty Kabob

Cuisine: Middle Eastern
@TastyKabob

Capmac

Cuisine: Gourmet Pasta
@CapMacDC

District of Pi

Cuisine: Pizza
@PiTruckDC

Curbside Cupcakes

Cuisine: Cupcakes
@CurbsideCupcake

BBQ Bandidos

Cuisine: Mexican BBQ
@BBQBandidos

Sauca

Cuisine: International
@wheresauca

Nickolena Sidler is a graphic, web and brand designer and the founder of CutPaste Designs. Her blog, DesignFoundThought narrates her adventures of working in the design world and what she has learned along the way. She can be contacted at nickolenasidler [at] me [dot] com.

The 10 Best Food Truck Web Designs of Washington DC

Sep
28

Food truck mania has swept the country over the last couple years and that is very evident here in Washington, DC. Tacos, hot dogs, cheesesteaks, rice bowls, kabobs, cupcakes, crepes… you can find almost any food you can think of out there on the streets of metropolitan DC.

Social media has played a big role in the marketing of these businesses, especially Twitter. You can follow your favorite food truck on Twitter to get the latest specials and find out exactly where the truck is parked on any given day. It’s obvious that they are all doing a decent job with social media but how well do their websites match up? Well, I did some research with the help of Food Truck Fiesta, which has a great list of DC Food Trucks and links to their websites. So I now present to you the best of Washington DC Food Trucks web design. (In alphabetical order.)

AZNeats

AZNeats Food Truck

District Taco

District Taco Food Truck

Fojol Bros. of Merlindia(?)

Fojol Bros Food Truck

GoFish

Go Fish Food Truck

Hula Girl Truck

Hula Girl Food Truck

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Red Hook Lobster Pound Food Truck


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Top 10 Reasons You Need a Professional Copywriter

Sep
15

Copywriting Tips

9.Your current copywriter apparently thinks that “C-level” communication stands for Crappy.

8.You were really impressed with the Poet Laureate you hired until your site copy was written in Iambic Pentameter.

7.Your marketing copy has achieved worldwide acclaim as a downloadable sleep remedy.

6.You are celebrating your site’s dramatic leap to the 40th page in the Search Engine Rankings.

5.You are not buying your writer’s “creative license” excuse in the indiscriminate spelling of there, their, and they’re.

4.Your blog only gets comments from spammers, stalkers and that weird guy you knew in high school.

3.Your social media writer is using your Twitter account to pick up chicks.

2.Your current business writer thinks “conversion” means some sort of sex change operation.

1.Your current copywriter can’t count to 10.

It’s Live! Dig the New Digby & Rose Website.

Sep
08

Digby & Rose Web Design

Our new website for Digby & Rose, a premier Washington, DC invitation design and print studio, is up and bringing in visitors. The new site, built upon WordPress (previously Flash-driven) showcases the firm’s gorgeous Letterpress Light® creations and fully activates social media marketing.

Best Free Business Directory Listings for Local Searches

Aug
05

Free, yes free. The following is a list of Local Business Directories that offer free listings for your business. We recommend urge every business to take advantage of these listings as they will greatly increase your website’s local search visibility. We will be posting more comprehensive instructions and listings in the near future. Sign up for our newsletter if you are small business looking for regularly posted tips on growing your business through social media and online marketing.

Google Places

Google Places
Add Listing: http://www.google.com/places/

Yahoo

Yahoo
Add Listing: http://listings.local.yahoo.com/signup

Bing

Bing
Add Listing: http://www.bing.com/businessportal/

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New Shout Brigade Sign: We’ve Planted Our Flag!

Jul
21

Shout Brigade Sign from Sidewalk

Shout Brigade has been hard at work for a few months now, but it somehow feels more official now that we’ve hung up our sign! Our offices at 3711 Macomb St NW are ideally located for a busy creative crew that burns more than a few ounces of midnight oil crafting websites and devising the next big social media campaign.

Shout Brigade Sign

It’s a pretty cool space, with room to grow as we expand our ranks to accommodate our growing business. Shout Brigade offices are right above Cactus Cantina and next door to Two Amys, who fuel our creative juices with incredible food and frosty drinks. Down the hall is Digby & Rose so we are also in fabulous design company.

If you are in the area, stop by and say hello. Coffee is on us!

Lipstick on a Pig: A Beautiful Website… with Bad Branding

Jul
05

B2B branding expertise

Most business owners understand that their biggest marketing battles are fought in the digital world. Hand over your business card or make a phone call and the first thing potential customers do is go to your website. Right now, a vast sea of potential clients are assessing, discussing and hopefully, recommending your company or brand. Hence the drive for getting a powerful website and social media program up and running PDQ…Just don’t forget to get your “brand house” in order before you get the ball rolling. Effective branding is the only way to ensure that your website and social media does your company, and what it stands for, justice. And that goes for your site, social media, advertising or any other form of marketing.

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Creating an Inviting, Powerful Website for DC’s Digby & Rose

Jun
29

Digby and Rose Mockup

When asked if we could create a more compelling, social media smart website for Washington DC’s Digby & Rose, we RSVP’d with a resounding, “Yes!”

If you don’t already know, Digby & Rose is the name behind the most prestigious hand-pressed Letterpress Light® invitations and business cards in the Washington, DC area. If you visit their current site, you’ll find it quite lovely, but it can work oh so much harder in terms of web design that drives inbound marketing and social media.

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Two New Clients and the Unique Ways They Inspire Creativity

Jun
22

At Shout Brigade, our daily work spans all kinds of businesses, consumer and B2B. Whether its crafting a social media plan or building a brand new brand or website, the realm of creative marketing allows us to meet remarkable people and immerse ourselves in a vast diversity of businesses and their challenges. It is, to me, the best thing about being in the social media, web design and branding world.

Each client feeds the “creative spark” in different ways.

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Top 10 Reasons You Need a Real Social Media Marketing Firm

Jun
21

Copywriting Tips

10.Your only Facebook Fans are your Aunt Helga, a hooker and that weird guy you knew in high school.

9.Your website gets fewer hits than the Yankees off steroids.

8.For cryin’ out loud. What the hell do you tweet about industrial hose couplings? And no, they are not sexual enhancement devices.

7.Your most recent social media campaign went “viral”. Unfortunately it consisted of texting pictures of your junk.     

6.You are celebrating your site’s dramatic leap to the 40th page in the Search Engine Rankings.

5.Your blog only gets comments from spammers, stalkers…and that weird guy you knew in high school. 

4.The only YouTube presence you have is that unfortunate appearance in Girls Gone Wild 5.

3.The last response to your newsletter was a nasty spam report from a monkey.

2.Your current social media company is using your Twitter account to pick up chicks.
     
1.That “hot young expert” you hired thinks that “ROI” is a trendy new beer.