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Our Best 404 Error Pages

At Murmur Creative, the user experience is paramount. For this reason, we always put extra care into every page of the sites we design—even pages that people rarely see. A perfect example is the 404 page. Mistyping a URL or clicking on a broken link can be a negative user experience. And while we can’t keep…
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Miranda Schmidt Content Strategist

Introducing Miranda!

Miranda is the newest addition to the Murmur team (and boy are we lucky to have her!). She bowled us over in her interview and continues to impress us with her wordsmithery, smarts, and unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Let’s learn a little bit about what makes her tick! So you were an English professor before…
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Murmur Camping Trip 2017

Murmur Camp: Our 2017 Camping Adventure

Every summer Murmur heads out into the domestic-wild with our tents and sleeping bags for a weekend of sun, BBQ, family, and no cell phone reception. It’s a wonderful way to reset, relax, and enjoy each other without the deadlines, meetings, and everyday stress of agency life. It’s an opportunity for us to connect, not…
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Westmount Wine: A New Brand From a Storied Winemaker

When the folks behind Westmount Wine came to us, they came prepared. Westmount presented us with a 20 page research report which outlined the brand’s target audience (the elusive non-brand loyal outdoor Millenial), its aesthetic (minimalistic, and black and white), and its story (experienced winemaker with a sense of adventure and outdoor zest starts his own label with…
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How to Capitalize Wines

If you work with bar or restaurant clients like we do, you may know this already: capitalization of wines is super confusing, especially if you’re trying to be consistent across menus. Is it Pinot Noir? Or pinot noir? Or maybe Pinot noir? What’s the right cap case for Chianti or chardonnay, and when should it be used? Do…
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Murmur Creative Careers

Freelance Web Designer

Collaborate with a super-fun group of designers, developers, and marketing folks to work on local and national brands. We’re looking to develop a relationship with an experienced freelance web designer with UI/UX chops. We’re a small team and when our plate gets full we’d like the ability to augment our capabilities with a talented freelancer….
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Photos from Love Bomb 2017

Love Bomb 2017 was one for the books! On Thursday, Febuarary 16–just two days after the official day of love, Feb. 14–we hosted our annual Love Bomb networking and fundraising event at Radio Room for the third year in a row. This year’s proceeds went to our nonprofit of choice, My Voice Music, a Portland educational arts…
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[Podcast] The Story of Murmur Creative – Part 3

Did Murmur Creative reach its 2016 goal of a million dollars? What trials and tribulations did the agency face during the year? What did they learn? What lies ahead for Murmur in 2017? In this Creative Agency Podcast year end review episode, Chris and Andrew Bolton discuss what happened in 2016. They talk about taking on bigger projects, outgrowing…
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Introducing: Tim.

We’re very excited to welcome Developer Tim Lundy to the Murmur Creative team! Tim is an inventive soul with keen programming skills and a well-developed sense of web aesthetics. Prior to joining us, Tim worked with our team as a freelance developer on Embark Exploration Co.’s breathtaking new website (see it here). We were so…
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How Marketing And Advertising Could Change The World (For The Better)

Right now brands are being told that when it comes to marketing and advertising, sex is out and activism is in. According to an opinion piece recently published in The Guardian, brands “are now attempting to outdo each other with major acts of generosity.” The article underlines Uber’s recent 3 million dollar gift to the ACLU (American…
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Bringing Zupan’s Markets Upscale Customer Experience Online

Murmur Creative was introduced to Eleanor Wilkinson, Zupan’s Markets Director of Marketing, in the Spring of 2016. She was looking for an agency that could capture Zupan’s unique instore shopping experience while making online ordering super easy for users. Zupan’s is sort of an institution around these parts, and although we’ve all been admirers of the…
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Introducing Erin!

We’re very excited to welcome Jr. Designer Erin Shorthill to Murmur Creative! Erin is a fantastic talent straight out of Portland State University (she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in graphic design in late 2016). We’re so excited to have her on board and part of our growing team. In an effort to get to…
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[Podcast] The Story of Murmur Creative – Part 2

This is “Part 2” of the story behind our creative agency, Murmur Creative. You can find Part 1 here. In this Creative Agency Podcast, Chris and Andrew Bolton talk about Murmur Creative’s struggles and successes over the first half of 2016. The brothers discuss their “million dollar goal” for the year as well as their predictions…
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Instagram for Small Business: Getting Started

You’re on it. Your kids are on it. We’re all on Instagram. But does your business or brand need to be on it too? That’s the big question haunting a lot of mini-op retailers, small-budget marketers, and DIY brand advocates these days. Surely, with over 400 million active users, Instagram is a dynamic social media…
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Murmur’s Annual Lost Lake Adventure

As a bright, beluga of a moon rose over the south end of Lost Lake, setting the north end skyline ablaze with evening light, members of our team rowed out to the middle of the lake to take in the colors of dusk. It was the second night of Murmur Creative’s annual camping trip retreat…
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A (Prom) Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words

On Saturday night, we had the time of our lives. We’d never felt that way before. And we swear, it’s the truth. And we owe it all to youuuuuuu. duuuduuud-nayyyaaa duuuduuud-nayyyaaaaa. But seriously. We had a themed dance party in our office at the Washington High Building in collaboration with Design Week Portland’s opening night….
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Design Week Portland is Coming to Washington High

1982 was a great year in American history. Gato Del Sol Cougar II won the Kentucky Derby (Laser Light Majestic Light came in second), the world was introduced to Madonna, “Noid” was a legitimate insult, MJ released Thriller (still the best selling album of all time), and E.T., Blade Runner, Fast Times at Ridgemont High,…
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Murmur’s Mary Nichols Featured on Agencies Drinking Beer

Here at Murmur Creative we’re big fans of the podcast Agencies Drinking Beer. After all, it features two of our favorite things in the whole wide world: agency talk and beer! The good folks that host Agencies Drinking Beer hail from Halifax, Canada and also happen to be the creators of a software solution for agencies called…
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Chris Bolton and Andrew Bolton

[Podcast] The Story of Murmur Creative

In early 2016 Murmur Creative launched The Creative Agency Podcast, a podcast conceived to explore how creative agencies work and grow. Having published a handful of successful interviews, we decided to turn the mic on ourselves and share our story. In this episode Chris Bolton interviews his brother, Andrew Bolton, owner of Murmur Creative. Andrew…
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10 Website Optimizations for 2016

No more excuses. Your website impacts how people perceive your business. Most importantly, it affects your bottom line. Investing in your website in 2016 can-and-will improve the profitability of your business. Here’s 10 important ways to improve the effectiveness of your website in 2016 and beyond: 1. Logo Refresh It might seem strange in a…
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Introducing the Creative Agency Podcast

 We’re very excited to announce a brand new Murmur Creative project, The Creative Agency Podcast. The Creative Agency Podcast is a business and marketing podcast that focuses on creative agencies, how they function, grow, fail, and find success. We’ll be interviewing entrepreneurs and professionals who work in the creative industries. Our first batch of episodes will…
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Our Newest Murmette: Renee Dimalla

We’re very excited to welcome Renee Dimalla to the Murmur team! She’s a fantastic designer, her logo skills are top-notch, and her illustrations are gorgeous. And she’s really nice and great to work with too! We feel pretty darn lucky to have her on board. Want to get to know Renee a little better? So…
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Introducing the Newest Member of Team Murmur

Murmur Creative is growing and we’re excited to welcome Ben Bateman to the team. Ben is a WordPress wiz with an analytical brain and a super-friendly disposition. Be sure to say “hi” next time you drop by Murmur HQ. Want to get to know Ben a little better? So do we! So we asked him…
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A Big Welcome to Our Newest Clients!

One of the best things about working at Murmur Creative is getting to know so many interesting businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them. Each new client we partner with brings new challenges, learning opportunities, and potential for both personal and professional growth. We’d like to offer a big thank you to all of the clients…
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Photos From Love Bomb 2015

What a par-tay! As you can see in the pictures below, this year’s Love Bomb event was a smashing success. Thanks to everyone who attended for joining Murmur Creative (and all the other amazing businesses and entrepreneurs) who came to network and support a good cause. This year we raised money and awareness for Street…
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Murmur’s Mary Nichols Takes Home The Prize

You probably know Murmur’s account director, the unflappable Mary Nichols. If you don’t, you probably will soon. That’s how Mary works. She’s a marketing and networking powerhouse and that’s exactly what the judges thought at the American Marketing Association’s MAX Awards. We’re proud to announce that Mary Nichols won the 2015 “Master of Marketing” Award…
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Oregonians: Prepare for the Great Funyun Shortage

As of today, recreational marijuana will officially be legal in Oregon. And while Oregonians have been in heated debate over the consequences of ending the prohibition of marijuana, I’d like to address a much more pressing issue: Will there be enough Funyuns? Has anyone even looked into this? Have we all become too complacent with the idea…
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And the Award Goes to . . . 1

And the Award Goes to . . .

We’re proud to announce that Murmur Creative has won the 2015 prize for Best Rebrand by the American Marketing Association’s MAX Awards. We won for our rebrand of the American Lamb Board, a project which included logo design, print materials, a new website, infographics, SEO strategy, and more. This category was the most competitive at…
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SEO Murmur Creative

[Infographic] Old SEO vs New SEO

SEO is constantly changing. For this reason it’s easy for clients and marketers to get confused about what techniques, strategies, and practices are helpful and worth investing in and which are no longer useful or worthwhile. This infographic does a pretty good job of showing the difference between new SEO and old SEO. Warning: if…
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We’re moving: Feb, 1st 2015

We love our office in the Olympic Mills building, but we’ve been bursting at the seams and it’s time we move on to something bigger and better. We couldn’t be more excited about moving into Washington High School, a historic school building which was recently renovated and transformed into a mixed-use creative space.

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The Genius of Laughing Planet’s Bad Yelp Review T-Shirt

Our client, Laughing Planet Cafe is a highly successful healthy burrito shop in Portland, OR. We love their food and quirky humor (especially the brand refresh and totally awesome website we designed for them). We’re often impressed with the bold and often silly marketing campaigns they come up with. One of these being the “Bad Yelp Review…
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SEO advice for website copywriters

While SEO is a vast and technical subject, SEO copywriting for the web is not. Once you have the basics you can easily start implementing SEO strategies in everything you write for the web. In fact, this article contains more than enough SEO copywriting tips to get any copywriter started writing search-engine-friendly copy.

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Portland Branding & Marketing Presentation

Murmur Creative was thrilled for the opportunity to present this marketing and branding presentation to a Brazilian delegation of business owners that visited Portland recently. The delegation was being hosted by Portland’s first lady Nancy Hales. The presentation went well and it was great to meet so many talented and passionate entrepreneurs from Brazil. We…
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Join Murmur Creative at Design Week Portland 2014

Exciting News! Murmur Creative is participating in Design Week Portland this year! We are having an open house at our studio in Olympic Mills, so come on by and meet our team. (Check out our Design Week profile here.)

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Portland Blazers Logo Transformed into a Marriage Equality Logo

Murmur Supports Marriage Equality in Ripcity At Murmur we believe in equal rights for everyone. We’d like to support our gay friends and relatives with this special Portland-Style equal rights logo. We took the Blazers basketball logo and straightened it out a bit.

Get your portland design business listed for free!

Get your portland design business listed for free!

There’s a new designer directory in town, and you can get listed for free (we did). It’s the Portland Design Directory. It’s nice to see another resource for designers in the Portland area. Being SEO minded it’s also great to get listed in as many local directories as we can–especially those that are design-related. The directory…
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