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HGX Creative Places in Leading International Awards Program – 2017 Communicator Awards

HGX Creative Places in Leading International Awards Program – 2017 Communicator Awards

Out of more than 6,000 submissions from all over the world, HGX Creative is named an Award of Distinction winner in the 2017 Communicator Awards® competition for its creative work for New England Dairy Promotion Board.

“We are always proud to be recognized for our creativity, and winning a Communicator Award of Distinction is an honor,” says Debbie Nierman, Founder and Chief Creative Officer at HGX Creative. We really enjoy the work we do with the New England Dairy & Food Council (NEDFC).  We’re fortunate to be part of such an important effort and to work so closely with a team of experts responsible for working with dairy brands, retailers, state government and farmers to create promotions, programs and events that promote their region’s high quality dairy products and help people better understand where their milk comes from. This award is a testament to what we do. The results NEDFC gets from the work we do is why we do it.”

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded over two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Communicator Awards honors work that transcends innovation and craft – work that made a lasting impact, providing an equal chance of winning to all entrants regardless of company or agency size and project budget.

Please visit communicatorawards.com


Logo design

How one company put its logo to work and boosted revenue by 10% a year

HotelTonight has one of the best logos we’ve seen in a long time – simple yet extremely smart. And it doesn’t just look good, it works! The simple lowercase “h” design was purposefully created to look like a bed and what’s even more clever is how they’re using it to impact the metrics of the business in terms of the results.

HotelTonight is an app that helps users find last-minute details on hotel rooms in three taps. These bookings are generally non-refundable. Prior to the development of the new bookings interface, HotelTonight was experiencing unintentional bookings of about two in every 1,000. Complaints and time spent processing refunds were at an all time high. HT began to look for a design solution, hoping that a clearer user interface would stop the confusion for customers and bolster the company’s bottom line. And it found one.

HotelTonight engineer Ray Lillywhite came up with the solution to make the elongated “h” logo a slide bar that users have to trace their finger along to book a hotel. Because of this, accidental bookings dropped, and non-completion of the booking process dropped by 75 percent, according to Fast Company Design. The non-measurable results can’t be ignored either. It’s memorable and different from what’s out there, making it certain to capture mindshare.

This kind of integration of logo and UI is part of a larger trend—logos aren’t just logos anymore. For HotelTonight, the logo doubles as an unlocking mechanism for booking a hotel room. Both are more than just a visual system. They extend the brand beyond the surface-level identity and turn it into a functional tool for the user—a key to the future of branding.

Image: via HotelTonight  |  Article adapted from Multiple sources including fastcodesign.com; Katherine Schwab


Athleisure

Athleisure Apparel: No Longer Just for the Gym

Fashion-forward workout gear has moved beyond the barbell, eluded the elliptical and transcended the treadmill – becoming a wardrobe staple for those who prefer casual comfort all day long.

The health and fitness craze that is sweeping the nation is apparent in the retail industry’s love of athleisure apparel. Athleisure is trending and will continue to grow and expand in 2017! It’s crossing over from the gym to everyday life. Athleisure clothing is predicted to become a fashion staple and go-to for not just the gym, but for the office as well, due to the many comfortable, sophisticated, fashion forward, and high quality level designs being offered. Trend experts are saying they expect athleisure to take over in 2017, and that it will be worn by everyone, especially women. Orange is expected to be the big color of 2017, as well as washed out and faded colors, as well as a return to neon. It’s the perfect mix of comfort, fashion and practicality, thus making it a hit for every setting and environment in one’s life. Athleisure is all the rage and in demand, so for your next incentive program, company store, sweeps & contest prizes or promotional giveaway, take a closer look at this hot and growing apparel category.


Polaroid Instant Camera

A modern spin on an oldie but goodie!

The Polaroid Snap Touch camera makes it fun and easy to snap, print, and share. Its built-in printer lets you share on the spot with high-quality, full color photos on adhesive-backed paper. Best of all, there’s no ink or toner cartridges to contend with. You can choose to print right away or later. You can also capture the moment in high-definition video. Customize your photos with borders, filters, and digital stickers. Bluetooth connectivity lets you connect to the Polaroid print app for more editing features.

Features

  • 5″ LCD touchscreen viewfinder
  • Photobooth mode
  • Burst mode
  • Filters, borders, and digital stickers
  • Auto timer
  • Built-in selfie mirror
  • MicroSD card slot (up to 128GB)
  • Micro USB port
  • Microphone & speaker
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Snap and print — no computer connections needed
  • 2×3” full color, waterproof prints using Zink® Zero Ink® Printing Technology
  • No Ink. No Hassles.™ — no ink cartridges or ribbons to throw away

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE & TO TRY ONE!  508-405-4506


Pope Plush Doll

Plush Pope Dolls and Branded Papal Merchandise

More than 200 items, including keychains, T-shirts and other apparel, tote bags, and glassware, will be available to commemorate the Philadelphia stop of Pope Francis’ first trip to the U.S for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22 to 27, 2015. The Pope Francis plush doll has proven an early favorite, and the selection of rosaries is expected to be a big seller, according to Philly.com.

The papal-themed and faith-based merchandise will have items on sale from $5 to $500. Many of the items will display the World Meeting of Families logo, which features a family of figures inside the Liberty Bell that has a cross on the top.

Souvenirs will be sold online ahead of the pope’s arrival on the World of Families Meeting Web store. The memorabilia will also be sold at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and pop-up locations along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during the pope’s visit, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia in late September. On Sept. 26, he will attend the closing of the World Meeting of Families, an international gathering for Catholics focused on strengthening family bonds; and on Sept. 27, he will host an outdoor Mass along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that is expected to draw 2 million people. Up to 3 million people are expected throughout the week.


HGX Amazon Instant Grat Button

Instant Gratification – Just One Press Away

Could the Dash Button change the way we receive reorders from our clients for printed and promotional marketing material? We think so. Imagine a world where your favorite products are delivered to your front door with the press of a button. Smart, connected products have made what was once science fiction into a reality. It first began in our living rooms, smart televisions transformed the way we watch TV. Today, there is a printer on the market that automatically orders ink when running low. Brita has even developed a water pitcher that orders a new filter at the right time.

Last month, Amazon introduced what could arguably be one of the first high-profile “smart” promotional products — Amazon Dash Button. Dash Button is an internet-connected branded physical button that allows customers to order household items with a simple press of a button. Amazon has partnered with top household brands to deliver these free buttons to select Amazon Prime members.

As technology continues to advance and become more affordable, expect an array of connected smart products to enter the marketplace. We suspect that very soon, Dash Button type technology will make it’s way in to the promotional marketing world and soon, we’ll be talking with you about how we can help improve your marketing efforts with just the press of a button. Stay tuned for what’s next!

 

Adapted from PPAI Distributor Update April 2015


HGX Creative Integrated Media Approach

HGX Delivers Happiness!

HGX Creative delivered “Happiness”, (Delivering Happiness, A Path To Profits, Passion and Purpose.) to 200 of Direct Capital’s key customers as a business appreciation gift. The book was customized with an insert thanking the customer for their business along with a bookmark that reinforced the company’s core values.