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5 Most Common Marketing Mistakes and How to Fix them [SLIDES]

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We were invited to speak at the Asia Fair Trade Summit 2016 in Bangkok in front of all the Asian members of WFTO. Our presentation was part of the brand value panel and we wanted it to be very hands on for companies to have something concrete to go home with. Ronny’s presentation was a collection of real life examples of things that the fair trade producing organizations were doing wrong with their marketing. After briefly presenting the 5 common marketing mistakes, Ronny spent most of his presentation giving tips on how to fix them. These 5 mistakes were: You don’t have an official Visual Identity Your Visuals are not Strengthening your Brand You don’t have a Social Media Plan Your Website is Outdated You don’t Leverage Storytelling If you wish to learn more about each of these topics, you can download a bibliography containing all the articles Ronny used to create his presentation. Here are all of Ronny’s slides (click one to open in a gallery):

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Your website hurt my eyes: 5 free and easy tools to help with visual design

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Let’s not beat around the bush, most of the fair trade producers’ organizations I visit have a problem with their website. I’m not saying that it’s not interesting, or that it doesn’t contain the necessary information… I’m just saying it’s plain ugly! And most of them agree with me. So I started to ask myself why these fair trade businesses (that develop and export good looking products on the other hand) struggle so much with web design and visual communication in general? Early in my analysis I noticed a clear difference between “Northern” (retailers, fair trade federations and NGO’s) and “Southern” organizations in terms of design. Much more importance is given to visual communication in the North and as a result their website but also business cards, Facebook pages and print materials seems to be more “professional”. Southern organizations also seem to invest less time and resources in marketing and visual design, it is simply not a priority for them. One of Fair Trade Connection’s mission is to help fair trade producers gain more visibility. We of course do that through our core business of producing videos but since we encountered so many organizations that were struggling with their brand image and visual communication, we’ve developed social media and visual design trainings that we propose along the way. These 5 free tools have been borrowed from our training on visual design. 1/ ColorLovers From all the tools, this one is my favorite. ColorLovers is a website that focuses on colors…as you might have guessed already. Their main feature is their palette library. A palette is a selection of colors that match well together. Usually palettes display from 3 to 5 different colors. The awesome thing about this website is that it gives you the HEX and RGB references so that you can reproduce the exact color you are seeing in photoshop or similar softwares. Just copy the HEX number of …

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