Why We Love the React Framework (Or Why We’re Willing to Forgive Facebook for Taking over the Internet)

Dear fellow development aficionado: Is your body wracked with anxiety over a new web or mobile app that’s got a tight budget, a tight schedule, or both? Does the idea of taking a deep dive into some jQuery spaghetti code make you want to leave it all behind and restart your life in rural Appalachia?

Take a deep breath, put down the industrial-strength muscle relaxer because—and I never thought I’d say this—all of your problems have already been solved by Facebook.

So light some candles and put on the Luther Vandross, because I’m going to introduce you to the new love of your life: the React framework. Continue Reading

Why Personalization is a Must in Higher Ed Marketing

Imagine you’re at a drive through, hungry and ready to order lunch. An employee comes over the speaker and starts explaining why you should order lunch at their restaurant instead of the one down the street, then demands to know what sauce you want with your nuggets—even though you don’t eat meat!

That wouldn’t make any sense, right? You’ve obviously already chosen this restaurant, so further convincing isn’t necessary. And presuming to know your order before you’ve even uttered a word? Well, that’s just foolish. Continue Reading

CNP Launches a New Website for the City of Winter Haven

 

CNP is excited to unveil our latest project: a fully overhauled website for the City of Winter Haven.

With the site’s redesign, the City sought to improve user experience for citizens and government employees alike. Project goals included reorganizing the site’s layout for more intuitive browsing, consolidating multiple departmental websites within a single content management system and updating the site to make it mobile-friendly. Continue Reading

Avoid Content Debt to Keep Your Website Looking Sharp

When you launch a website, it’s like driving off the lot with a brand-new car. It’s shiny and perfect in that moment, but over time it starts to get worn down. If you ignore routine maintenance long enough, your car will inevitably grind to a halt.

Web developers are familiar with this concept in terms of “technical debt,” the theory that writing easy—rather than reliable—code will create compounding issues for a website further on down the road. Basically, it’s like repairing your car (or your website) with an extravagant amount of duct tape. Continue Reading

Fortune-teller

It’s Time to Stop Marketing by First Best Guess

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
– Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate in Physics

Stronger strategy, better targeting, more effective messaging, improved customer service—your success in these areas is strongly linked to your ability to accurately understand your target audience and engage with them in a way they find meaningful.

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Illustrator Shannon Viox accepts the Benny Award for the Grove Roots Brand material

CNP Rounds Up a Passel of Wins at the 2017 ADDY Awards

How-DEE-E-E-E!

Last Friday, AAF Polk County hosted the 2017 ADDY Awards (and we were jes’ so proud to be there).

Part of the nation’s largest advertising competition, the annual event offers local agencies and in-house teams an occasion to kick up their boots and celebrate exceptional creative work.

This year’s Grand Ole ADDYs theme saw the Lakeland Center’s Sikes Hall transformed into Country’s Most Famous Stage, complete with live entertainment and tasty vittles.

By the time the final curtain fell, CNP had corralled an impressive number of wins, including five Gold ADDYs, four Silver ADDYs, a “Best in Category” Benny and a Judge’s Choice award.

We love what we do and it’s an honor to be acknowledged by our talented industry peers.

Many thanks to our clients for giving us the opportunity to work on so many fantastic projects. We love you so much it hurts. 

Check out the highlights of our ADDYs wins below —

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Custom Illustrations in the Real World: From Sketch to Screen

I was always drawing as a kid. I would get these ideas in my head. They’d just pop in, and I would think, “I have to draw it.”

Now as a professional designer, I find the designs I enjoy creating the most are the ones I draw with my hand first, and then bring into the computer. It stands out. If you take the time to get it right, it’s exciting and it’s eye-catching because it is unique. Plus, I love that it stretches my abilities to try out different styles to get the right feel that our clients’ brands need. Continue Reading

CNP Named to Ad Age’s Best Places to Work List

We’re pleased to announce today that CNP was named to Ad Age’s 2016 Best Places to Work list.

Humble competence is one of our agency’s core values, but we would be remiss if we didn’t tell you this award is kind of a big deal. Ad Age considered agencies, media companies and in-house teams with more than 15 full-time employees for this honor—and of the 50 companies recognized nationwide, CNP came in at number 20. According to Agency Spotter, there are upwards of 120,000 agencies in the US.  Continue Reading

A Finishing Touch: Using Tactile Design

Some people think print is dead — that fewer people are printing things and it’s all going digital. But there is still a very large portion of your brand that calls back to traditional elements.

Each month, I get a water filter in the mail from a company called Soma and the packaging is beautiful. The design of the packaging creates an elegant, quality experience. In the end, it doesn’t feel like something you regret buying.

Our sense of touch is really important. It’s one of the first impressions you make with your audience and they’ll notice when things are well thought out. At the end of the day even the smallest details are noticed – from the type of paper you choose to the size and dimension of a printed piece. Maximizing these details will ultimately connect with them. Continue Reading

Is Your Business a Good Fit for Yext?

Yext can be a handy, timesaving local search engine optimization (SEO) tool for marketers. However, like any tool, a lot has to do with selecting the right one for the situation. Sometimes you need a tack hammer, and others a pneumatic jackhammer. Sometimes either will do, but when it comes to how your business is listed online, you are going to want to pick the right tool for the job. Continue Reading