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Team Building

Keys to Building and Motivating a Successful Team Many experts, books and blogs deal with the dynamics of teams and give advice on how to make them successful. In a recent interview with a college student, Dimalanta Design Group Founder and CEO Ernie Dimalanta revealed his take on team building.   Q: In your experience…

Fire, Ready, Aim!

Dimalanta Design Group | Cincinnati, OH Attention to detail, high standards and a commitment to quality can be great professional assets that contribute to success. Sometimes, however, those same attributes can lead to a tendency to over-plan, overanalyze and overthink, keeping us from executing some of our great marketing ideas. As small business owners, we…

Thanking Clients for a Wonderful Year

One of the most quoted lines from the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life comes at the end of the film, in a book inscription from Clarence the Angel to George Bailey: “No man in a failure who has friends.” As we at Dimalanta Design Group reflect on 2015, we are extremely grateful for our…

Understanding Basic Design & Printing Terms

  As a small- to mid-size business owner, you ultimately are responsible for your company’s marketing. Perhaps you’ve worked with a graphic designer, printing company or publication’s advertising department on your marketing materials. The terminology used by design and print professionals can sometimes sound like a foreign language. Hearing expressions such as “bleed,” “stock” and…

Keeping Those Embers HOT!

  Now that summer is a memory and we’re knee deep in autumn, our thoughts naturally turn toward blazing fire pits, bonfires and fireplaces. And as every experienced fire builder knows, you need to keep your embers hot if you want a successful fire. The farther away an ember gets from a fire, the colder…

Listen Before You Speak

One of the challenges many people face in business relationships is their abilitiy to listen to their partners. The brain can listen to people at a rate of 125-250 words per minute, but thinks at 1,000-3,000 words per minute. So, instead of listening, we are often thinking about what we want to say next, or…

The Top 5 Fun and Useful Apps Right Now!

You’ve heard “there’s an app for that,” and with each day, that statement becomes even truer. Here, we’ve collected five of our current favorites. Each of them has definite business benefits and also lets you have a little fun while getting things done. All tools are free unless indicated otherwise. 1.)    Awesome Screenshot  Awesome…

Keep it Relevant

Principle #5: Out-&-Out Marketing is Relevant In today’s 24-7 communication world, we are being constantly bombarded with messages. Most people have finely tuned their ability to quickly evaluate and ignore those messages that are not important or interesting. This is why Out-&-Out Marketing must be relevant. Your marketing communication and tactics must provide your audience…

Keep it Disciplined

Principle #2: Out-&-Out Marketing is Disciplined We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions, only to be back to our old habits and routines by February 1. What keeps us from sticking with our plans year after year? It’s not that our intentions aren’t true – it’s that we lack the discipline to stick to them. With…

Keep it Simple

Principle #1: Out-&-Out Marketing® is Simple! You’ve heard it so many times, it’s cliché: “Keep It Simple Stupid,” often refereed to as the “KISS” principle. But, in almost every cliché, there’s some truth. This one is no different. Especially when it comes to marketing. Many business owners or leaders are extremely frustrated by the concept…