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Our Favorite April Fools’ Day Pranks

Looking for a great April Fools’ Day prank to pull on your office? We’ve compiled a few of our favorites that should get you inspired for tomorrow…

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This well designed prank by Google almost had us believe that it was the new scentsation last year, but we’ll hold off on waking up with the fresh scent of wet dog in the air.

USEFUL FOR: People who always know the latest in technology — come up with “the latest” and see who believes you.

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

An oldie but a goodie, the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest was a prank pulled by Charles de Jaeger and the BBC that convinced British viewers that spaghetti grew on trees. The thought that went into this is extensive — not only did they have to have access to the right voice for the project (the authoritative Richard Dimbleby) but they had to figure out how to hang the spaghetti! You can read the full history on the Museum of Hoxes website.

USEFUL FOR: The practical joker. Although let’s take it back a few steps — you probably don’t have the time or money to convince the nation of a bumper crop of spaghetti or pickles. Try wrapping your coworkers desk in decorative paper, convincing them you’re a vampire or stop by the thrift store for some quick impersonation materials.

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Twitter (sorry, Twttr) fooled a lot of people by suggesting they were going to start charging for their premium “Twitter” service. For people who were expecting an eventual charge for the social media network, this didn’t come as too much of a shock, but the English lit student in all of us cringed. No worries, Twitter is still free — AND includes all letters of the alphabet.

USEFUL FOR: Messing with the grant writer or grammar fiend in the office — try typing all your notes to them tomorrow in  chat speak.

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Another good one by Google, this treasure map supposedly led you to Captain Kidd’s lost treasure — but the clues really spelled out April Fools!

USEFUL FOR: Hiding all the office supplies and leading everyone on a merry chase through the building. Make sure they all stock up on coffee first, though.

The Taco Liberty Bell

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They’re just taking care of the national debt… right? In 1996 Taco Bell announced that they were going to purchase the Liberty Bell and have it split its time between Philadelphia and Taco Bell HQ in Irvine. We love the simplicity of this ad — and it’s response. Thousands of concerned citizens called in, and hundreds of print and broadcast outlets covered the story. While you probably don’t have time to take out a national ad, make sure you let the other party know about your prank. The National Park Service and the City of Philadelphia had no idea until they were bombarded with calls!

USEFUL FOR: Designers. “Submit” an ad to your company newsletter or go around and create fake memorial staircases, windows and rooms.

Glass Bottomed Plane

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The glass bottomed plane from Virgin Atlantic was kind of terrifying — and prompted questions about the logistics of its safety. Although viewing the land below you would be pretty cool…

USEFUL FOR: The person who is always trying something new. Try to convince someone you had a vastly different commute into work — a helicopter, by boat, rode a horse — and see how far you can take it!

What is your favorite April Fools’ Day Prank?

BONUS:

Everyone has gotta love Kid President.

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Valentine’s Day Cards

Looking for a Valentine’s Day Card for your sweetheart? Download our printables by clicking here!

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Top 5 Reasons to Send Out Regular Email Campaigns

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Sending Regular Email Blasts

 

Haven’t sent out an email blast in awhile? Here are our top 5 reasons why you should get back in the habit of sending regular email marketing campaigns — or get started!

1. Concentrated News

Instead of having to look all over for content about your industry or relying on a customer to visit your website, your customers will be receiving a direct message of what is important to you – and how it can help them.

2. Professional & Engaging

A well designed email stands out in your prospect’s inbox! But how can you be sure they read it? Have you tried combining serious business news or product updates along with less formal writing? If you weave in some of your brand personality, you are ensuring that your customers will read through to the end by being human. There are several approaches on how to lighten up an email newsletter to keep it engaging. One of our users puts a random holiday at the end of each email to capture attention and have a bit of fun.

3. Brand Recognition

Who are you? Regular email blasts keep your company name on your customers’ minds. Not only will they know who you are, they’ll recognize what and see what you do.

4. Your website is only a click away!

Your images and text can be hyperlinked to specific content on your website or social media pages, allowing for a seamless transition between the email and more information. Plus, you can track response, open rates and click throughs to gauge what’s most important to your readers.

5. Measurable Results

Most email campaign managers (like MyEmma or MailChimp) provide a robust and easy to comprehend analytics system that you can use to track the effectiveness of your messages.

Confused on how to start your email campaigns? Looking for a content strategy plan? Email us to set up an appointment with our outstanding digital marketing team.

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Clark Creative! We had fun this week carving pumpkins with our clients. What’s your favorite Halloween tradition? Tell us on Twitter or on Facebook!

Best of Savannah

Best of Savannah Party

We had a blast at the Best of Savannah Party last month! Thank you to all who make us the Best Design Firm in Savannah, and thanks for all the kind words about the cover design for the September/October issue of Savannah Magazine. Not to brag, but we think Cari definitely knocked it out of the park. (Thanks Caila!)

We loved the 1920′s and Art Deco-inspired party theme created by Joel and Erika Snayd — and this wasn’t our first rodeo with the dynamic duo of Rethink Design Studio. We previously worked with them the branding for the modern apothecary  See Jane (we designed the logo and collateral materials), located in Downtown Savannah, and to develop the brand platform and name for high end luxury cat product designer Catouri Cats.

Photo via Savannah Magazine & Katie McGee

Check out the photos on Savannah Magazine’s website!

 

Moment of Frustration Day

Moment of Frustration Day (Oct12)

Today we bring you another one of our promotional holiday graphics. Today is Moment of Frustration Day. You are allowed one a year, use it well!

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Top 10 Reasons to Rent Office Space at Clark Creative!

We’ll be updating this list over the next 10 days with the Top 10 Reasons to rent office space in our building… so stay tuned!

1.While we can’t accept unicorn tears or high fives* in exchange for your rent, it’s only $400/month. AND includes utilities, like the internetz**. *We’ll accept these in addition to rent money. **So many cat videos.

2. We have an office dog***! So you can say hi to Hercules. ***Sometimes. When he’s being nice. And we’ve bribed him with treats.

3. You don’t have to pay to park on our street! So you can use your quarters for playing arcade games at the movie theater.

4. Who doesn’t love coffee? We have a Keurig that you can use, but you can also walk to most of the coffee shops in town. #WINNING

5. We’re usually really quiet in the office… unless Caila tells a really bad joke. So come share our building! Share the news, and contact Cari@clarkcreativedesign.com if you’re interested.

6. Your office has enough space for afternoon yoga. Or you can work outside (or take a quick nap in the sun) on our back deck. TRIPLE #WIN.

7. If you rent the upstairs office space, we’ll treat you right. We’ll put fresh cut flowers on your desk! (IF any grow in the garden we hope to plant soon in our courtyard)

8. There’s a fridge! And a freezer. We even have fun shaped ice cubes!

9. More than just a room. Rent includes access to a spacious conference room on the first floor – and free promotion of your business. If you’d like, we’ll clear off some space on the shelves for you and encourage you to put up some of your business cards. Let’s promote each other’s business!

10. Your office mates! Though you’ll have your own private space, you won’t be alone.
You’ll be sharing the building with 3 lovely ladies (we know you want to see our faces!http://clarkcreativedesign.com/staff/) – and a guy named Dave.

Rental Details

517 E. Gordon Street

Monthly rent of $400 includes use of our newly renovated conference room, 3 desks, 3 task chairs and includes utilities (like internet!)

Free street parking (no meters)

Contact Cari@clarkcreativedesign.com for more information and to see the space!

Best of Savannah

Clark Creative Communications Honored as Best Design Firm in Savannah Magazine’s 2013 “Best of Savannah” Issue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2013

Media Contact:

Cari Clark Phelps
Clark Creative Communications
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Clark Creative Communications Honored as Best Design Firm in Savannah Magazine’s 2013 “Best of Savannah” Issue

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Clark Creative Communications, an award-winning design and communications firm headquartered in Savannah, was recently named Best Design Firm in Savannah Magazine’s 13th Annual Best of Savannah issue. This popular annual reader’s survey, which appears in the September/October 2013 issue, recognizes Savannah’s top businesses.

Savannah Magazine raves: “Designers are a dime a dozen in our artsy city, so it takes true vision — not to mention formidable grit — to distinguish oneself as best of the best. Enter Clark Creative, an award-winning design and communications studio founded by Cari Clark Phelps in 2004. Her designs are so iconic that they’ll work for you and on you.”

Clark Creative Communications will be honored at the Best of Savannah Party on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Charles H. Morris Center, located at 10 E. Broad St.

Cari Clark Phelps, owner and creative director, also had the honor of illustrating the cover for Savannah Magazine’s September/October issue.

A complete list of “Best of Savannah” winners can be found in the new issue of Savannah Magazine or online at www.savannahmagazine.com.

For additional information, please contact:

Cari Clark Phelps
Clark Creative Communications
P 912.233.1160
F 912.228.4427
cari@clarkcreativedesign.com
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ABOUT CLARK CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS

Clark Creative Communications, an award-winning design and communications firm headquartered in Savannah, Ga., works with businesses nationwide to establish their brand identity and strategic positioning within the marketplace.  Under the leadership and excellence of founder and creative director Cari Clark Phelps, Clark Creative is widely known as one of the top design firms in the Southeast. Clark Creative Communications was named “Best Design Firm 2013” by the readers of Savannah Magazine. For more information about Clark Creative Communications, visit www.clarkcreativedesign.com or call 912.233.1160.

ABOUT SAVANNAH MAGAZINE

There’s no place like Savannah – and no one brings the city to life like Savannah Magazine.

Our mission is to discover, explore and interpret Savannah’s unique cultural identity with smart, layered, inclusive content. We live to create the arresting imagery, layered narratives and warm, playful dialogue that capture the essence of this place — and the undivided attention of the city’s most invested fans. Elegant and relevant. Eccentric and fun. That’s Savannah, and this is her magazine. For more information about Savannah Magazine, visit www.savannahmagazine.com

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Clark Creative Communications Hires Allison Bright as Graphic Designer

Clark Creative Communications Hires Allison Bright as Graphic Designer

SAVANNAH, Ga.Clark Creative Communications, an award-winning design and communications firm headquartered in Savannah, Ga., recently hired Allison Bright as a graphic designer. In her new position, Bright is responsible for engaging a variety of clients from creative conception to execution on projects ranging from packaging to logo design.

Bright excels at creative thinking, attention to detail and exhibits a strong passion for developing brand identities and the design process from start to finish. Prior to joining the Clark Creative team, Bright earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design, summa cum laude, from Georgia Southern University in 2013.

“We’re excited to have hired one of Georgia Southern University’s brightest students, graduating at the top of her creative class,” said Cari Clark Phelps, owner and creative director. “Allison has immersed herself in all aspects of our current portfolio of client projects. Her ability to identify methods for achieving the greatest levels of success, for both the company and clients, is a tremendous benefit to our creative team.”

For additional information, please contact:

Cari Clark Phelps
Clark Creative Communications
P 912.233.1160
F 912.228.4427
cari@clarkcreativedesign.com
clarkcreativedesign.com

ABOUT CLARK CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS:

Clark Creative Communications, an award-winning design and communications firm headquartered in Savannah, Ga., works with businesses nationwide to establish their brand identity and strategic positioning within the marketplace.  Under the leadership of founder and creative director Cari Clark Phelps, Clark Creative is widely known as one of the top design firms in the Southeast. Clark Creative Communications was named “Best Design Firm 2013” by the readers of Savannah Magazine. For more information about Clark Creative Communications, please visit www.clarkcreativedesign.com or call 912.233.1160.

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Miniature Golf Day

Miniature Golf Day (Sep 21)

Today we bring you another one of our promotional holiday graphics. Go out and celebrate Miniature Golf Day!

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