STEVIOS, Inc. is what you would call a small agency - able to perform all the services of a traditional agency, but on a more personal level. I call it "Balanced Marketing". For a small business, balance is the critical essence of success. In design, balance gives a composition visual appeal. In advertising, balance in targeted channels and vehicles provides for optimum effectiveness. In the bottom line, balance is the intangible that either shows itself in black or red.
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If you own or operate a small business and have a need for comprehensive support when it comes to marketing strategy, branding, graphic design, web development, commercial printing or any other of those “little” things that all companies require from time to time, then STEVIOS is for you.
I know that a 6 point font versus a 7 point font may not seem big in the grand scheme of things, but it all affects balance. And not only in design, but also in balancing time to allow for a brand to take shape, or for a complex internet advertising campaign to begin to perform.
By the way, the logo - it's a mobile. Balance? Get it?
Aside from the designations, I refer to the term creative also as the most interactive part of a project. When we are creating, we are finding solutions to situations where the answer comes from a combination of resources and talents. Sharing that time with another entrepeneur can be a very rewarding experience.
Once we have our bright, shiny new plan, and we begin to implement, it is also very important to continue to re-examine and adjust as necessary. In other words, it's ok to not have everything figured out right from the beginning.
This isn't limited to the startup working with a blank canvas. Many established organizations tend to "put this off" for the first few years, not because they don't think it's important, simply because of the time demands of building a business as well as the significant investment. Let me just say it's never to late.
It is all around us - everything we look was at some point designed by
Years of experience in this ever-changing industry gives me the unique ability to help clients get the highest quality products in the shortest amount of time at the lowest possible prices. In other words, good, fast & cheap.
Don't worry, you don't have to order 10,000 brochures - I handle short runs too.
By the way, just because you haven't sent a letter in the mail since the late nineties, doesn't mean you don't need letterhead. We do it digitally now for the most part (sending PDF documents) but there's still some use for the hard copy.
Sometimes you just need one good piece, other situations require a comprehensive package of information. In either case, your collateral speaks volumes about your company so let's close Microsoft Publisher and leave this to the pros.
Your typical sign shop can handle the standard vinyl letters on vinyl, but when you need to get outside the box and create something that stops traffic, I can find the right materials at the right price.
Direct mail is still a thriving source of business for many companies. To those who are thinking about beginning a direct mail campaign, I encourage you to read up on the rules & regulations for Bulk Mail (click here).
Then call me.
Digital in terms of marketing is a very broad term - just about everything we do is HTTP, PC, CSS, SSL, PDF, HDTV, or some other rediculous string of characters. Rest assured, I have all my letters in order and can deliver any medium in any format.
Strengths: Flash Animation, Photo / Video Galleries, Mobile Web
website development & maintenance
*Maintenance means updating your website more often than just when a sales person quits and you need to remove his phone number and email.
Seriously? Your latest news item is from 2002?
The fact is that Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing are very different yet interrelated efforts. The good news is that over the years, search engines have made great strides in leveling the playing field and doing what they are supposed to do which is deliver links to sources of information that are most accurately related to the searcher's intentions.
Now about that bridge...
With that said, here's what happens when you buy that t-shirt with the little hands and the phrase "Can't touch this".
Step 1: The merchant submits a credit card transaction to the Payment Gateway on behalf of a customer via secure Web site connection, retail store, MOTO center or wireless device. Step 2: Payment Gateway receives the secure transaction information and passes it via a secure connection to the Merchant Bank’s Processor. Step 3: The Merchant Bank’s Processor submits the transaction to the Credit Card Network (a system of financial entities that communicate to manage the processing, clearing, and settlement of credit card transactions). Step 4: The Credit Card Network routes the transaction to the Customer’s Credit Card Issuing Bank. Step 5: The Customer’s Credit Card Issuing Bank approves or declines the transaction based on the customer’s available funds and passes the transaction results back to the Credit Card Network. Step 6: The Credit Card Network relays the transaction results to the Merchant Bank’s Processor. Step 7: The Merchant Bank’s Processor relays the transaction results to Payment Gateway. Step 8: Payment Gateway stores the transaction results and sends them to the customer and/or the merchant. This step completes the authorization process – all in about three seconds or less! Step 9: The Customer’s Credit Card Issuing Bank sends the appropriate funds for the transaction to the Credit Card Network, which passes the funds to the Merchant’s Bank. The bank then deposits the funds into the merchant’s bank account. This step is known as the settlement process and typically the transaction funds are deposited into your primary bank account within two to four business days.
If your emails have huge fonts, misspellings, obnoxious backgrounds and your name quickly added to the bottom, it's kind of like standing in front of someone screaming, spitting as you talk and waving your arms and kicking at them. And then you hand them your information on a crusty napkin.
Before we move on to Twitter and blogging, let's at least get the email thing down.
Some examples of real business uses include blogs and micro-blogs (Twitter), social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn), wikis (Wikipedia), social tagging (Delicious, Google Reader), multimedia sharing (Flickr, YouTube) and a rediculous amount more.
For an honest analysis of how these channels can benefit your business, schedule an appointment for a no-obligation consultation with STEVIOS.
full service video production studio
Editing and post production are also handled here so you can see your project through from start to finish. The space and equipment is also available to rent by the day and half-day.
These services are available through STEVIOS thanks to New Way Media - it's their building, I just lease some space in the back. Thanks guys!
By appointment only.
So either call before you stop by or shoot me an email to schedule an appointment. Open Invitation: Thursday after work we're ususally having some beers and enjoying some YouTube videos!
Holla - 704.713.1241 or email
It's just a phone number - what did you expect?
I am Steve Grace. I am STEVIOS.
I’m a creative with 10 years of small business experience. My technical skill sets are a culmination of thousands of hours working with graphic design and web publishing software. My business acumen is derived from listening to other small business owners and creating solutions to the issues they share.
After over 7 years of owning another small agency with partners and employees and lots of overhead, I felt the time was right to re-invent myself as a solo-artist. From a business plan perspective, it’s basically the Jerry Maguire approach – “…more honesty, more focus, fewer clients, but eventually the revenues will be the same.” “The secret to this job is personal relationships.”
I’m not an MBA. So you won’t find a bunch of textbook explanations of the complexity of advertising in a global marketplace or sixty page documents that promise a step-by-step execution strategy. That’s all well and good on paper, but in the real world, time, budget and opportunity tend to lead the charge.
My clients like to work with me because I can offer an answer or at least honest insight (followed up with in-depth research) on just about anything regarding marketing, creative services, the Internet, printing and more. That’s not to say everyone needs everything, because no two business are alike. My services are custom tailored to not only need, but timing. And timing, as they say, is everything.
So if my timing was right, and you’re reading this thinking, “I should probably talk to this guy,” then you probably should at least call or email. I’m always happy to spend some time conversing with other entrepreneur-types.
Thanks for stopping by,