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Friday, May 15, 2015

Audio and Visual Media: A Word to Business Owners

Douglas Howard; On location photo shoot

Visual media is at the heart of all good advertising. It is a component to good story-telling.  It has been said that, "A picture is worth a thousand words." So it is that we see stories, we see messages. We are in the visual age.

QCM Sound Studio

Before visual media was as prominent as it is today (before the deluge of television and movies), the audio media and words were held as very powerful means to educate, promote or advertise a message. Words were used to paint pictures so another person hearing a story could more readily imagine the scene or feel the emotion that the other person was trying to convey. Language was, and still is, very important even though it seems in process of being a lost art. Words moved people to action, to laugh and to tears. There were great orators in our not so distant past such as Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, (and among our last great orators) John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King -- just to name a few.

Today, a massive billboard of a sneaker with a symbol of a swoosh speaks volumes to those who see it and each person is left to interpret the message to suit their need. To one, it may present itself as a status symbol. To another person, it may encourage them to think about getting fit and to some, it screams corporate culture. It needs to be remembered that we are in charge of what image we chose to be known by. Images do speak a thousand words. Images are about first impressions. A good first impression is a very good start when you are attempting to convey a message to someone because they are more likely to listen.  Powerful images coupled with powerful words yield powerful results. A few well chosen words still can move people to action. A simple, uncluttered picture can evoke feelings. So what feelings to you want your customers to have and what action to you wish them to take?

QCM Photography Studio with green screen

At Quantum Creative Media, we are committed to both the visual and audio media. Carefully crafted words along with meticulously chosen images is the key to best expressing a message or to share an idea. Whether we are constructing a brochure, website or blog, we prefer crisp, clear, original images coupled with concise, meaningful language to best get your message across to your audience. Our photography and recording studio allow our clients to make custom media presentations such as Powerpoint, CDs, YouTube videos, custom slideshows of special events and more!

What do your images say about you? Is your copy drawing in customers or making your ideas known and heard? As a business owner, go outside and take a look at your sign. Is the image faded or half the lights out at night? Is that image on your sign or logo really say what you want it to-- about you and your company or did you just settle? What condition is your sign in and are the words on that sign meaningful or are they some outmoded tag-line? Are you on YouTube, sharing your services and educating potential customers on your particular expertise? Do you have a story to tell, a point to get across, a message to be heard or services and products to sell? We at Quantum Creative Media are here to promote YOU.

Friday, May 8, 2015

It's A Wrap!

Quantum Creative Media's division for vehicle graphics and wraps is up and running! Quantum Wraps had its first car in the bay and Gotta Play Motorsports is beefing up its look for an event in Florida. Pictures to come!

Quantum Wraps latest service:
Looking for a really cool Camo wrap? Sure, you can buy the kit these days and have someone install it for you but how would you like to have your truck and trailer custom Camo wrapped? This is what sets Quantum Wraps apart. We have a photographer and a graphic designer  (Douglas Howard, a graduate from the Art Institute of Dallas) who will photograph the foliage in the area where you hunt (or similar). Why just Camo it when you can custom Camo it?

Now that Quantum Wraps is well on its way, Quantum Creative Media is pulling out all the stops on the Social Media Management division. What we once were calling a "time burner" now has become the best way to get the word out about your club, interest, business or cause. Facebook, Twitter and blogging not only put information about you and your endeavor out there, but used professionally, it can actually increase your SEO. 

Search Engine Optimization is a key component to business whether you are looking to increase your client base around the world or just in town.  When people search the internet for products and services, good SEO will put your products and services right up front -- ahead of hundreds or even thousands of people who are in the same business or field of interest. The problem with this aspect of marketing is that it does take time -- time that most small businesses (and even not so small business) just do not have. It also requires a certain amount of expertise so you can get the most return for your time spent.

Quantum Creative Media's Social Media Management Service provides the client with professional yet personal copy that will engage your readers, expand your customer base and boost your SEO. Namely, it will put you and your company, business, cause or interest ahead of thousands of other folks who neglect to address this aspect of their business. Face it, when Googling for products or services, not many people will look beyond the second page to make that first call. Quantum Social Media Management will keep your pages fresh and up to date, giving you the leading edge when it comes to attention to detail and increasing your SEO.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Quantum Wraps -- Moving Day (again)...

Moving Day!
http://www.quantumcreativemedia.comAbout a month ago, we made the great leap of faith and decided to add a second location to Quantum Creative Media. This second location was to be called Quantum Wraps due to the fact that this space was going to be dedicated to vehicle graphics and specialty wraps. Since all the printing and production equipment was going to be located at this site, banners, signs and other vinyl graphics were going to be produced here as well. Yes, the operative phrase here is  -- "were going to". As this prospective scenario played itself out, we did move into the new location but after about 3 weeks, the plan went awry. As we learned, sharing bay space with another company is never a good idea. So if you are thinking about sharing any kind of business space with anyone (even if they are your friends)  remember these old words of wisdom, "Good fences make good neighbors." In business, personal space is very important. This lesson was learned and excepted. Now to move forward.

The new home of Quantum Wraps
Even though we were still reeling from the bizarre nature of this event, there was no time to waste in moving forward with our vision for Quantum Wraps. We had six days to find another location and move! It was down right surrealistic how perfect the timing was for everything. There was no immediate printing to be done. All our current projects were web related so there was no real down time. We were able to quickly (within 24 hours) obtain a location that we had previously looked into but the owner of the building was not ready to take action at that time. He had been using this location as a personal storage space and dreaded having to remove years of accumulated items from the premises. However, this time around held a much more promising story. He stated, "Yes, now it is time for me to get moving on this. I just have to do it." And he did. The building was emptied and cleaned in record timing. We are very grateful to Kent Boardman (the owner of Boardman RV in Pueblo West) for all his hard work getting the building in shape for Quantum Wraps to start business as soon as possible.

 Perfect for installing vehicle graphics
Full basement. New Recording studio?
Moving day arrived. We were still recovering from the last move. To shine some light on the dark cloud of dread, we kept focused on the end result -- a perfect location all our own. By perfect, we mean just that.  Not only does this location face one of the busiest streets in Pueblo, it has two large bays, office area, a private kitchen and bathroom area and a full basement. Perfect. We at QCM are living proof that events that, at first glance, may seem less than fortuitous are actually the "powers" that be, trying to give us that which we have been really desiring -- if we let it. It really is all about choices. In business, we can choose to revert back to the comfortable when we perceive events as obstacles or we can continue to move forward when we perceive them instead as challenges that only strengthen our resolve.

Moving in. Vinyl will be moving too!

We would also like to thank Joe Prescia (American Joe, Pueblo's Professional Handyman) and Drake DiNero with Dip Art Hydrographics for helping with this move on short notice.

"Q" stands for Quality
The new location of Quantum Wraps is at 1401 1/2 W. 4th St.  Pueblo, CO. At this site, we will be focusing on vehicle graphics, wraps, banners and signs. Quantum Creative Media studio at 2703 N. Elizabeth St. will provide the video/audio recording and photography for QCM. The website services, social media management division and copywriter services will be based at N. Elizabeth as well. The sign  for Quantum Wraps will be going up this week and we will be opening our bays for business. Stop by if you have a moment, either on-line or in person.  We would like the opportunity to assist you with  your graphic design, signs, banners, wraps and visual communication needs and show you how great your business can look. Our "Q" stands for QUALITY and our motto is, "If you don't look good, neither do we."