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Network Your Net Worth with Business Cards


Check out this mockup of the new business cards we designed for Dr. Tess of Beverly Hills. Dr. Tess is now ready to network with the celebrities and upper class Beverly Hills clients to promote her Aesthetic & Medical Services. She will boast unique design with a custom stock that is unlike any other!

A good business card is like a firm handshake. It tells a lot about who you are, what you represent and what you are worth. You are worth more than what’s in your bank account or what assets you have. Who you know adds to your net worth. You want to know ambitious people like you. Connected people who can take you further. Higher. But you have to impress them first.. We can help you impress your customers with a professionally designed business card and avoid the embarrassment of handing them a design that they may find familiar with Vistaprint’s millions of other customers. Be one in a million – and not customer number 1,947,2??

You’re more valuable to us than that. Start networking your net worth.

We Will Help Make It Easy & Affordable

B-EZ Graphix will offer give our subscribers like you the first chance to get $50 off of a Two-Sided Business Card Design Package + 250 prints for only $99 until August 1st.

Get an additional $50 off when you bundle it with a Logo Design Package for a total investment of $249 for Logo + Business Card + 250 prints.

Contact Us today!

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What Does Color Say About Your Brand?


Here’s what color says about your organization:

Color Inforgraphic via @YehBaby

Based on this infographic, what does your company colors say about your organization? Is it accurate? Is that the message you intended to communicate with your brand?

We’d love to hear from you! Share your thoughts in the comments below. Let us know if this was helpful. Send us a message and we’ll send you a gift.

Have a great and colorful day!

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Branding Etiquette – Rule #3: Practice What You Pitch!


Whether you are trying to raise money for your business/organization or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid “elevator pitch” is an essential tool for achieving your goals. An elevator pitch should be delivered in 60 seconds or less or as a one page overview of your business. Think of your elevator pitch as a verbal executive summary that gives a quick overview of your business and details of why it’s going to be successful.

One of the key things your pitch should include is how your business is going to solve a problem. If your business does not address a problem, it is not a viable business venture. My recommendation is to strive to resolve the “W5H” questions that I typically ask during new client consultations.

  • Who are you?
    • Your name, title and company.
  • What do you do?
    • The problem that you’re solving.
  • Where can they find you?
    • Including digital and physical business locations.
  • When?
    • Hours of operation, seasonal operation (i.e. tax preparation)
  • Why should customers choose you?
    • Address your competition. Discuss why your business is different. Consider mentioning your education or years of experience.
  • How?
    • Briefly, describe how you are going to do to resolve the problem.

If you can answer as many of these questions as you can within 30 seconds, you will likely impress many people at networking event, secure new customers and develop successful partnerships. But, it does end there. You must practice what you pitch. Here are some ways to do that:

Be Prepared

This is a three-fold process: do your research, build a brand, and rehearse your pitch. Before you develop and verbalize your pitch, it is important to do your research to determine how you can answer the W5H questions to give the best first impression.

Then build a brand that visually represents and communicates your business idea. Why hook them on the pitch when you don’t have a logo, business card or website to reel them in?

Now, that you’ve done your homework and have lead capturing brand materials, you should practice giving pitch. Entertain your friends and family with your pitch bloopers of verbal pauses and mispronunciations. Record yourself on audio or video (the video can also be used later for marketing your brand). Rehearse until you are comfortable pitching with few mistakes to both very important individuals and large audiences.

Be Consistent

One of the worst worst things you could do for your brand is give an elevator pitch that you cannot validate. If you pitch that your cleaning service passes 100% of home inspections, it would be in your best interest to ensure that it never drops to 99%. This emphasizes the importance of making realistic projections about your brand. It is also very helpful to collect testimonials that validate the consistency your brand’s reputation.

Be Easy

When you are prepared with a good elevator pitch and have a track record of valid and consistent customer satisfaction with your brand, you obtain a high level of confidence in your brand. This confidence impacts the way you deliver your pitch. It should become so second nature and easy to execute that you impress your audience by the articulation just as much as the content. After all, shouldn’t marketing your business be easy?

It takes time, commitment and effort to develop and deliver a great elevator pitch. It should sound the same every time you give it. People should remember how and what you say in your elevator pitch. Most importantly, your work should reflect what you say in your pitch. Don’t forget that you are your brand. Become known for keeping your word. Follow Rule 3 and Practice What You Pitch. #MakeYourself

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It’s The Season For Giving!


It’s that time of year again! And B-EZ Graphix is always excited to give back.

Check out some of the events, programs and organizations we are sponsoring this season.

We truly hope that you can find it in your heart to find ways to give to them as well.

Since we, unfortunately could, not secure sponsors for our 10th Anniversary event last month, benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia (@ALZGA), we have decide to increase our pledge to give 10% of our sales this month to @ALZGA. Especially since November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month. Every little bit counts.

Every little bit counts. Please, take a moment to click the links below, give back and #BeBlessed!

Fresh Touch Publicity’s Simply Giving Project – Memphis, TN | Nov. 7-17th 2014

Click banner for more info or email simplygiving@ftpublicity.com!

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Official Anais PR’s Shark Tank Social: Tech Talk Edition – Chicago, IL | Nov. 14, 2014

SharkTankSocialFlyerV6The Shark Tank Social is for the Chicago professional who may have an invention, intentions to audition or simply loves Shark Tank!

Official Anais PR seeks to connect those around Chicago-land who watch the show anxiously every Friday and would like to have dialogue surrounding entrepreneurship, small business funding, pitching and much more.

Learn about how to properly position yourself as an author, public speaker, product marketer as well as branding strategies.

The Tech Talk Edition will focus on the importance of technology awareness, the integration of social media and technology in digital marketing/public relations as well as the basic steps to starting a business with employees.

 

 

Official Anais PR’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive – Chicago, IL

APTOPIX_Michelle_Obama_Toys_for_Tots_0e9f0-300x228Do you know of a deserving single mother who has been working tirelessly to make ends meet? A mother attending school, working two jobs and trying to raise her children the best way possible? In 500 words or less send us an email with why you feel she should be a recipient of this year for Official Anais PR’s 5th Annual Toy Drive. Do you work with a Non-for-Profit that serves children in need? Would you like your organization to be considered as a recipient for this year’s Toy Drive? Email us your organization NAME, LOCATION, WEBSITE and MISSION statement, social media handles as well as why you feel you deserve assistance this year.

Click HERE for more info and to nominate.

OR email vdavis@officialanaispr.com

 

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10 Years Strong And Growing!


Wooohooo!!! 10 years in business and still going strong!

We have accomplished a major milestone to have grown and developed in such a way since our founding in 2004. The story of B-EZ Graphix is so unique and deep. We have made great strides to have something meaningful to offer to our clients and market. I am excited to tell the story for the first time:

In the beginning…

 

…Just kidding 🙂

 

I pledged Iota Phi Theta Fraternity (IPT) at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in the Spring of 2004. I received my first crash course on Adobe Photoshop CS3 later that year by my fraternity brother, Cleveland, to design flyers for our organization’s events. Around this time, my family experienced some financial hardships and I was pretty much on my own in college. I began working over 80 hours per week, and heavily involved in publicity work for IPT. It wasn’t long until my grades suffered and I my enrollment was suspended from UIUC. After moving out the dorms and out the frat house in 2005, I was pretty much homeless for the first half of the Summer.

But, soon other organizations began to notice my natural artistic skill in designing marketing materials. I began making $25 here and there for a design until by 3 degrees of separation, I was connected to Steve, an event promoter in Champaign, IL. He was so impressed with my work, that he hired me under contract and paid me a few hundred a week to design all his promotional and marketing material. The ability to stay encouraged through my difficulties and maintain my professionalism and work ethic prompted the nickname that Steve gave me….B-EZ. Through his connections, I picked up new clients in the local community, mainly consisting of “mom and pop” shops. The work I did for them gave them hope that they could recover their business and grow. The enthusiasm that they all shared inspired me to make the work I do into more than a hobby. And on October 25, 2004, B-EZ Graphix was founded. I know it is an unconventional business name, but it means something to me. And my goal is to have it mean something to clients as well.

After 10 years, we are continuing the same mission to make the brand development and marketing process easy and affordable for small business, non-profit organizations and minority businesses. We have developed and leveraged lasting and meaningful partnerships and built hundreds of successful brands. We are still growing and our focus in the coming years is to continue to grow by adding to our team in order to increase our reach and capacity. I am very grateful to those who have contributed to the growth of B-EZ Graphix, to include my family, my colleagues Vau’ve Davis of Official Anais PR and TJ Jefferson of Fresh Touch Publicity and my Amber Wheeler, my Jedi Apprentice (lol) who has put up with me for over 2 years now. It won’t be long now. Just stay tuned and connected and you will soon see new and exciting developments with B-EZ Graphix.

Be easy,

Brian K. Wyatt, Jr.

Founder / Creative Director

B-EZ Graphix

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Local Veteran Needs Your Vote for $150K Small Business Grant


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: TJ Jefferson

Fresh Touch Publicity

404.913.2122

tjefferson@ftpublicity.com

 

Local Veteran Needs Your Vote for $150K Small Business Grant

Warner Robins, Ga.- Air Force Veteran Brian Wyatt, owner of B-EZ Graphix, needs help from the community as he vies for a $150,000 small business grant through Chase Bank’s “Mission Main Street Grants” online campaign. He only needs 250 votes by Oct. 17 to be eligible for the next round of getting his business plan viewed by a panel of judges such as actor/entrepreneur Nick Cannon and co-host of ABC’s “The Chew” Carla Hall.

Last month, after five and a half years, Wyatt completed his enlistment as a Senior Airman in the 461 Air Control Wing of the Robins Air Force Base and was awarded the Air Force Sergeants Association’s Regional “Airman of the Year” in 2013 among competitors in 12 southern states. He has been a freelance graphic/web designer for 10 years, working with the Macon Indoor Flea Market locally and other clients in Atlanta, Chicago, and Memphis, Tenn. Wyatt submitted his application to use the $150,000 grant money to expand his staff, purchase office space and upgrade technology.

“B-EZ Graphix has revolutionized the way we communicate with our members,” said Juan F. Garcia, President of the Middle Georgia Chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association. “The newsletter and web design has streamlined and made passing information to our members and social media followers faster and kept every member more informed than ever before. No other chapter website has come close to what we have been able to accomplish.”     

B-EZ Graphix is very involved in the community by offering complimentary services to local organizations like the Ruth Hartley Mosley Women’s Center of Macon, Ga. and provided free logo designs, highly discounted business card and website design services to non-profit organizations in Georgia and beyond. In the month of October, a portion of proceeds from B-EZ Graphix will be donated to the Georgia Alzheimer’s Association. Also, B-EZ Graphix has sponsored and donated to events like the Champaign-Urbana Day Fashion and Talent Show in Central Illinois, toy drive in Wyatt’s hometown of Chicago, and The Simply Giving Project in Memphis, Tenn.

“No other agency is reaching out to help these organizations the way we are,” Wyatt said. “We make their grassroots marketing efforts easy and effective by refining their professional image into a visual brand that grabs people’s attention. This grant will help extend our reach.”

Votes can be submitted at www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/21165.

Mission Main St Grant

Visit www.b-ezgraphix.com for a design quote or more information.

 

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About B-EZ Graphix

The primary mission of B-EZ Graphix is to encourage entrepreneurship by making the marketing and brand development process easy and affordable for start-ups, non-profit organizations and minority-owned businesses. These organizations represent an “untapped” market that larger marketing agencies tend to ignore for larger, more established and profitable enterprises. B-EZ Graphix accomplishes this by working closely with clients to design and develop their brand products, such as logos, websites, business cards and much more. Additionally, B-EZ Graphix supports the re-branding and strategic marketing efforts of established enterprises by providing a cost-effective option to outsource their needs.

 

©Fresh Touch Publicity, LLC is a publicity consultancy company designed to assist businesses with maximizing its exposure.

 

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A Historic Treasure in Middle Georgia


The story of Ruth Hartley Mosley is a fascinating one. Her contributions to Middle Georgia and the Civil Rights Movement are invaluable. She was a very successful business woman and leader in community service. Not unlike my great-grandmother, Addie L. Wyatt, who is one of my greatest personal inspirations. Ruth left her home in the trust of the local community to serve as a Women’s Center and a resource for educational development. I visited the center to speak with the Executive Director, Gerri McCord, and see how me and B-EZ Graphix can contribute to the Ruth Hartley Mosley Women’s Center (RHMWC).

It was inspiring to learn that Ms. McCord retired into the position of serving as the Executive Director and practically volunteers her time and energy into serving the community from there. She has gone to great length to establish some powerful partnerships and leverage community initiatives to keep the RHMWC standing. She took the time to share her vision with me as well as the areas of need that the RHMWC has to fill in order to achieve those goals. Unfortunately, Ms. McCord’s many attempts to find good help to renovate and raise awareness of the RHMWC have not been very fruitful. The RHMWC has been the victim of a great deal of sub-par services to include work in renovations and in communications. There is a lot of work that needs to be done in the house and the connectivity int he media center is poor impacting its ability to be used by the local community.

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Come on man! You must put in a more effort for a place this meaningful to the community.

I specialized in Information Technology and Communications during my career in the military. So, on an impulse I volunteered to help Ms. McCord get the media center back up and running. I also offered a FREE logo package to replace the impractical and unimpressive logo that the previous designer made for her. I figure that would at least get them off to a good start. I will also make moves to get Ms. McCord some fresh new business cards that will inspire anyone she hands them to, as well as a new better looking website that will be easier to find on the web. My spirit will not allow me to permit such a historic treasure in the community to continue to be ignored and unnoticed. I will also pool my resources to coordinate some volunteers to come and help do some handy work around the house as well to help save the center some money in renovations. These are just small things that entrepreneurs can do to give back to the community that gives to us. I’m certain that Ms. McCord’s gratitude will not end with a simple “thank you.” I strongly believe that even if I don’t reap rewards for my contributions in referrals and resources to help my business grow, I will receive them in Heaven. I can live with that.

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New Beginnings


I founded B-EZ Graphix in October of 2004 simply to give a name to the business I had been conducting as a freelance graphic and web designer in Central Illinois. I made a little money providing an affordable design solution for local businesses. But, it wasn’t my primary source of income (I was a chef). Rather, I considered design to be a lucrative hobby that helped me financially sustain myself through college. At that time, I would not have bet that it would become my way of life. Nearly 10 years later as my military career comes to a close, I am embarking on a risky adventure to operate B-EZ Graphix full time and work solely for myself. I am taking charge of my own destiny. And I am happy to share my new beginnings with each of you.

Naturally, I have many apprehensions about embarking on this quest to realize my success. But, I have faith in God, in myself and, most importantly, in the purpose of what I do. I think the people in my network can see that in the way that I speak and carry myself. Confidence is hard to hide. And I believe it showed tonight as I attended a Networking Mixer in Macon, Georgia. It was hosted by the Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages (MGBP). I introduced myself to Mr. Alex Habersham, the Publisher of MGBP, the week prior and I believe he observed my confidence as well. He invited me to the mixer and to meet with him about opportunities to work with MGBP. Just before the networking mixer began, I handed him a written proposal about how we can leverage each other and we carried on with plans to meet the next day. The mixer itself was one of the best I’ve ever attended. It occurs every second Tuesday at Overtyme in Macon, GA. There were over 60 attendees in the building all at once, and ever more that came in and out. It became evident that there is a large B2B market for me here in Middle Georgia that I should leverage as I explore new beginnings for B-EZ Graphix.

To my surprise, a brief 5 second introduction of myself and B-EZ Graphix (courtesy of Mr. Marc Parham of CAPBuilder Network) had dozens of people searching the room for me to get my business card and network with me. I must admit, I was taken back because that negated any fears I had left about becoming a fully committed entrepreneur. I even won a door prize! I am now more excited than ever to move forward with my commitment and leverage my new network in Middle Georgia to expand B-EZ Graphix and advance its mission. I will continue blogging to share my progress with my fellow entrepreneurs and small businesses in hopes that one day you’ll realize that you are just as capable. Until then, be easy, be blessed and be loved!

-B. Wyatt

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Building Your Online Presence


If you’ve just started a business or are fairly new to the Entrepreneurial world, then building your online presence can be time consuming and, at times, frustrating. Nevertheless, it is still VERY important for establishing and promoting your brand.

Building your online presence is not something that happens overnight – which can be the most frustrating aspect. As a new business owner, you may suddenly recognize the need to build your online presence and expect immediate results to have it done. It may be disappointing to learn that it doesn’t work that way. But, there are many ways to make building your online presence less time consuming and frustrating. Building your online presence is a progressive and deliberate process that begins with a solid vision and well thought out strategy to reach your business goals. Don’t just build an online presence because “you’re supposed to.” Respect your goals and align your online presence with an effective strategy to reach them. Then, choose a platform.

In most cases, this means set up a website. Your website is your hub – your online headquarters where people can go to learn more, contact you and interact with your content. Afterward, you can follow up with SEO and social media to engage your target market and lead them to your website and generate connections and conversions (sales and revenue).
  
To your advantage, you have us here at B-EZ Graphix to help you make that happen! We offer various structured website design packages and customized offers to help you build and maintain your web presence. So, take advantage of our monthly special for March – 15% off website design packages. Build your brand and dominate your web space today! Store Discount expires on April 24, 2014.
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A Personal Touch


One of the initial challenges that entrepreneurs, new and small businesses face is determining how to compete with larger enterprises with greater resources. The most highly rated approached to overcome these challenges is to offer exceptional services. Again, this may seem difficult with  limited resources. However, small businesses have the ability to offer something that large competitors cannot – personal attention. The ability to offer individual attention and personal service to customers weighs heavily on the likelihood of generating brand loyalty and developing a persistent consumer base. However, it alone is not a key to success for entrepreneurs.

For example, while consulting with a new client, I learned that she was becoming very discouraged by all her efforts to market her salon despite all her efforts. She had hosted events, offered incentive discounts and invested in SEO services to get her salon greater visibility and generate leads. She had estimated that if she can get people through the doors of her salon, she was confident that she could provide the personal experience that would keep them coming back and referring friends. But, she was missing some key elements to her marketing and branding efforts. Her salon did not have a logo, her website was a bit unorganized and unimpressive and her social media accounts presented conflicting information and brand design elements. In essence, her brand lack the credibility that a logo and a consistent brand presence provides.

The lesson learned here is that while personal services offer a strategic advantage of operating a small business, it is ineffective if you do not couple it with a credible brand. One must choose carefully when to execute marketing and branding strategies. In this case, it is important to secure a consistent brand and niche first. Afterward, that personal touch will make all the difference when competing in markets with larger enterprises.