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Café textures: free download.

The creative team is counting down the days till October 8th. This date marks our happy homecoming to 3707 Butler St. Unexpected repairs have kept us apart from our beloved building since mid-July and we’re eager to be reunited. Beauty Shoppe Coworking has welcomed us in the interim, but the truth is we really miss our space. Who can blame us? From the café’s tin ceilings to the second story hardwoods, it’s the little things that make us feel at home there.

To commemorate our much-anticipated return, I put together a free texture pack for creatives and café lovers alike. Included are closeups of textures found in the agency from floor to ceiling that I’ve collected over the past year. Hopefully these come in handy for your own projects, or simply give you a magnified look inside Elisco’s Creative Café. Enjoy!

Included in download:

  • 11 café textures (JPEGs at 300dpi)

To download the texture pack, click the button below.


 
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LAURA SHIRLEY, ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR

Laura is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania where she earned a B.S. in Graphic Design. While at Cal, she led the campus’ vanguard student-run design firm Studio 224. Laura is a member of Pittsburgh’s AIGA chapter.

 

CaféLife issue 1.

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Last week we said farewell & arrivederci to our four summer interns. If you’ve been keeping up with our café blog, & we hope you have, you’ve seen some of their work first hand. Theresa (Copywriting), Brandon (Graphic Design), Joe (Business Development), & Sydney (Account Management) brought us fresh perspectives & impressive work all summer long. Today, we’re thrilled to share a taste of what they created for the Elisco’s Creative Café brand.

The CaféLife story started in early Spring; the initial intention being to send a simple newsletter to clients & friends of the agency. It dawned on us that we hadn’t sent out an email like this in ages. By the time our interns arrived in June, the project pot had been simmering on the backburner for months with an ever-growing list of ingredients to add in. Since our new interns had the bandwidth, we were eager to brief them. Theresa quickly pointed out that this was shaping up to be one lengthy email. This realization led the team to move to a new medium: Elisco’s own digital magazine.

Issue 1 includes updates on our unexpected construction, up & coming Artichoke Productions, & even a few family recipes. We’re proud of the work that went into the magazine & hope you love it as much as we do:
 


 
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LAURA SHIRLEY, ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR

Laura is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania where she earned a B.S. in Graphic Design. While at Cal, she led the campus’ vanguard student-run design firm Studio 224. Laura is a member of Pittsburgh’s AIGA chapter.

 

5ft & 4.5in

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With an average height of 5’ 4.5”, shoes on, Elisco is Pittsburgh’s shortest agency. Admittedly I’m the shortest of us all, so it’s only fair that I take on the topic of agency size. It’s an important factor in the advertising industry from both client & employee perspectives. Should a small agency boast their numbers or downplay them? At Elisco, we know where we stand: about 2” below the national average & 7 people strong.

Short jokes aside, Elisco’s Creative Café is a PA certified small business. It’s something we take pride in & use to our advantage on a daily basis. Actually, our café atmosphere couldn’t exist without it. By definition café’s are small in a cozy & inviting way. It’s an environment that fosters shared ideas. The lines between departments are grayer, the faces friendlier, & the desks closer. Because of this setup, our favorite campaigns are born when the media buyer sits in on a creative meeting or an account executive pitches in on copy. From the employee side, the collaborative process is rewarding. Our input is valuable for every project & we’re encouraged to be well rounded in our fields. The outcome? Clients get the best.

Another pro of choosing the little guys is you’re always working with their A team. You never have to wonder if your project is getting tossed to the B, C, or even D teams…because they don’t exist. Every job gets the attention it deserves from each one of us. Our size allows senior members of the agency to be involved & up to date with all clients.

Pointing out the positives of our “piccola agenzia” is a must. John Caruso, our new business giant of 5’ 9”,  would say it’s particularly true with potential clients. “Are you big enough to handle our account?” is a question he faces frequently. Even if they don’t say it, they’re thinking it. Better to address it & prove that we measure up.


 
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LAURA SHIRLEY, ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR

Laura is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania where she earned a B.S. in Graphic Design. While at Cal, she led the campus’ vanguard student-run design firm Studio 224. Laura is a member of Pittsburgh’s AIGA chapter.

 

4 Reasons PR is Essential When Launching a New Medical Company or Product.

 
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When launching a new medical company or product, PR is a cost-effective, powerful promotion tool. Effective PR will not only get your company or product seen and heard, but will inspire conversation; get people interested, invested, and active with your company.

A strategic PR plan will ensure that your company generates the awareness necessary for success. The PR plan will outline objectives, goals, message, tactics, audience, budget and timeline, and will produce measurable results.

Here are 4 ways PR can help launch a new medical company or product:

 

1.  Establish brand identity

By offering a story, you can lead the narrative about who you are, why you are here, and what purpose you serve, rather than letting the public fill in the blanks. You can position yourself the way you want to be seen, and avoid risking media portray your company in an undesirable light. You start the conversation and address possible questions before anyone has to ask.

2.  Position you as the expert

Establish a spokesperson for your company to talk with media to offer quotes and provide information. The media will then turn to your company as a trusted resource for information. You will become experts - leaders in your industry. Because consumers can be skeptical of paid advertising, your story told through trusted intermediaries will be more credible. In addition to quotes, offer other forms of expert content including video and photography.

3.  Raise awareness and increase engagement

With effective PR, people will know your company exists. When searching for information, most consumers turn to the internet. The more your company is featured online in news articles, blog posts, social media, etc., the higher your business will appear in Google search results.

A variety of content including video, infographics and photography, will increase interest and engagement, including post-sharing. 4X as many consumers would prefer to watch a video about a product than to read about it, and 1 in 4 consumers actually lose interest in a company if it doesn’t have video (source: Animoto.com). Additionally, 92% of mobile video consumers share videos with others, according to Invodo.

4.  Hiring invested, qualified employees

It is important to also market your company as an employer. Sharing news of recent hires, exceptional staff stories and accomplishments, and promoting a great company culture will attract employees who want to be a part of your team. With a positive brand image, people will want to work for you and will seek you out, meaning less time needed for job posting and expensive recruitment tactics. 

 

Industry Example: PR to launch new medical marijuana dispensary, Solevo Wellness™

Based on a new law called Act 16, signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016, medical marijuana is protected for registered patients and their physicians. For PA medical marijuana dispensaries, developing brand image and generating awareness, while promoting the benefits of medical marijuana is very important. Because medical marijuana is new in PA, public knowledge is limited and often skewed towards stigmas. A strong brand identity, PR and community education is crucial for company success.  

 
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Solevo Wellness is a Pittsburgh based medical marijuana dispensary opening in January 2018. It is expected to be the first dispensary opening in the greater Pittsburgh region. Elisco developed the Solevo name, logo, brand identity, sales materials, and promotional video. Through educational and hiring events, paired with media pitching, press releases and social media promotion, the Solevo Wellness brand is gaining attention. The agency continues to work with Solevo to promote their first dispensary opening in January 2018 in Pittsburgh, as well as future dispensaries in Butler County, PA and Washington County, PA.

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MELANIE GROSS, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Melanie works with a variety of clients including Solevo Wellness, Community LIFE and LIFE Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Pitt with a B.A. in Media and Professional Communication, with concentrations in Corporate/Community Relations and Digital Media.