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Announcing our 100th blog post!
What We've Learned About the Power of Blogging

Recently, we published our 100th blog post. Here's a quick look back on our blogging journey, and the benefits we've received from blogging.

We began blogging on a regular basis in the fall of 2008
, after attending the Creative Freelancer conference in Chicago Illinois. Several guest lecturers at the conference, including Ilise Benun, Peleg Top, and Colleen Wainwright, spoke of the power of blogging to establish yourself as an expert and increase your search engine optimization (SEO). What we didn’t realize was how much more we would get out of blogging. Here’s a sample:
Getting Published. Readers of the Mix Creative blog have requested to reprint posts to their own blogs or in their e-newsletters, widening our company’s exposure. Mix blog articles have been adapted for the Women in Networking Connect e-newsletter, and others appear on the blog site of Overnight Prints.

Speaking Engagments. Something we never expected from blogging: sharing our knowledge through the blog has directly contributed to being asked to guest speak at several events, including a Women In Networking SparkHer event and Destined to Win Conference, Tech Networking event and webinar from Modern Inconveniences, and to the Freelance Design Business class at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Material for the Mix E-Newsletter, >the mixer. Often, a blog post will inspire content for our company’s e-newsletter. Although we generally adapt the article for the shorter e-newsletter format, having a source of content has been a huge time-saver!

A place to easily post e-newsletter archives. Simply creating a page for an e-newsletter archive on our blog, then adding a link to the online archive has made this monthly function quick and effortless. Not only that, but it’s accessible to blog readers, who may not be e-newsletter subscribers.

Fun and personal growth. Writing and posting articles on our blog is just plain fun! It gives us an opportunity to take a break from design, it puts a voice to our opinions, and it provides a sense of accomplishment. And then there’s the blog stats…addicting! It’s fun to see which posts get a lot of reads, and to track the increase in blog hits over time.
Ready to integrate a blog into your website? Great idea! Blogs provide a constant and easy source of new, searchable content that increases your site's SEO. Mix Creative can integrate a blog onto your own domain, making it a seamless part of your website. Contact us for details!

Mix News

We've been busy!
March and April are traditionally busy months at Mix Creative, and this year was no different. We've had a variety of fun projects—of which we are grateful—and have had the opportunity to bring on a part-time intern, Ben Paparella. Ben is an award-winning senior design student at Dunwoody College, and has just knocked our socks off with his hard work, creativity, and can-do attitude. We predict great things for Ben as he moves forward in his design career! Thanks to our clients who have stepped forward to give Ben some fun projects to work on while he's with us!



Ditto & Co full website
Mix Creative designed and implemented this content-managed website with an integrated blog for style consultants, Ditto & Co.

Now in stores! 

Mix Creative-designed packaging for Drymate (R) pet products (including litter mats and pet bowl mats) can now be found at Pet Smart. We LOVE these products, made locally in Shakopee, MN—they really prevent drips and tracking around pet areas, and come in really cute patterns. Check it out at Petsmart or Drymate.com.

A warm welcome to our newest clients:
Village Acupuncture
and Massage

This Highland Park clinic is an extension of an already successful chiropractic clinic and provides the best source of quality preventative and treatment programs in a friendly, professional environment.
Tru 2 B U
This soon-to-be retailer will offer hand-picked fashions with unique twist and a timeless feel.

Social media is here to stay, and Mix Creative is in the thick of it, providing marketing and design insight via Twitter and our blog, Mixed Bag. Care to follow us? Here's our info:
Twitter: mixcreative
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