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How Switchblade Became Experts in Marketing for the Animal Friendly Community

September 19th, 2011

Switchblade Creative Studios is proud of our work with animal welfare/rescue organizations, film productions, and pet-related businesses that volunteer or support animal causes,
and/or donate their products and services.

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How Switchblade Became Experts in Marketing
For Animal Related Causes & Pet Lovin’ Consumers

When I left behind corporate life and started this company in 2007, the first thing I was excited to do was volunteer with animal rescue organizations. No longer living within a demanding 60+ hour a week job, I couldn’t wait to explore the options. Becoming a volunteer at the San Francisco Animal Care & Control was the perfect introduction to the animal rescue world. It became an important part of my routine and I welcomed this new community of animal loving folks. Shortly before my first orientation at SFACC, my life also dramatically changed when Jazmin, my soulmate canine companion of 11 years, passed away at the age of 14. Losing Jazmin motivated me to give even more in memory of her and our life together.

Volunteering at the SFACC was a joy, but coming home to any empty place with no pets depressed me. I started searching local dog rescue groups where I could foster. I used PetFinder and googled “dog rescue groups”. Searching through the dozens of listings, I gravitated towards dogs I thought were probably “less adoptable”, either because of age or health concerns. I searched and found the saddest looking dog within 50 miles, saved by Wonder Dog Rescue. She was a 40 lb 9-year-old cattle dog mix with the saddest story I have ever heard. And she was indeed the saddest dog I ever met. I named her Frida.

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I also sent an email to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue to inquire about fostering. It turned out Muttville was in its first year as an official 501(c) organization. We luckily shared the same neighborhood. Another plus for me was its focus on senior dogs. Muttville Founder  Sherri Franklin instantly became my hero and mentor,  and “Muttville Manor” my second home. My first foster dog was Jedi, a chihuahua mix with irresistible big brown eyes. Jedi and Frida joined my home and it felt warm and inviting to me once again.

My role with Muttville quickly grew into so much more than fostering. I had just left a career as a designer and marketing specialist for 11 years, working myself to the bone, so that part of me wasn’t going to change! I basically took over as Muttville’s marketing lead and designer.  The opportunity to combine my talent and skills with my passion to save dogs was invigorating! The role gave me the opportunity to work with more inspiring individuals behind Muttville: Board President, Jane Goldman, the V.P. of Lifestyle Marketing at CBS Interactive and founder of CHOW.com., and Muttville’s web development engineer, Carol Balacek. Five years later, they both continue to mentor and inspire me and are great influences to me as a business owner. As the Director of Marketing & Design for Muttville, I continually learn from the organization’s other team leaders who contribute their expertise in fundraising, public relations, event planning, and grant writing. As a team, we regularly collaborate and develop innovative strategies, challenging ourselves to improve upon the previous successes.

Muttville leaders at the 3rd Annual Moolah For Mutts

L-R: Jane Goldman, Chris, Sherri Franklin, Deanne Franklin (behind Sherri/Marie), Marie Macaspac, Carol Balacek, John Mounier

Four and a half years and 100 foster dogs later, my passion has led me to be a proud member of a community of inspiring, dedicated folks who have specialized their businesses and organizations in animals. For fellow pet-friendly business owners who create products or offer services or produce films, the most important aspect we have in common is our need to contribute to animal rescue. For those special leaders who successfully manage a rescue organization, who inspire a community to support their causes, I am honored to be a part of their work.

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Did Astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo Predict This Overwhelming Response to Her New Website?

February 18th, 2011

We know we’re good at what we do, and we were delighted by the increased site traffic to the newly launched 2.0 website we developed, designed, and optimized for renowned San Francisco-based Astrologer and Intuitive Counselor, Jessica Lanyadoo. The site had been stagnant for 5 years and since we built her site in Squarespace, she can now easily publish announcements and make updates herself.

What’s a website worth without site visitors? LoveLanyadoo.com numbers speak for themselves. We officially launched Jessica’s optimized website on January 4, 2011. Stats for launch week started at 862 views, and by the end of the month, traffic more than quadrupled. The search engine robots were catching on, also quadrupling in crawls by the end of the month. In its launch month, Jessica’s site accumulated over 4,000 views and 1,530 robot crawls with numbers increasing each week.

Optimizing the site for search engines had already been proven effective but at its fifth week, numbers multiplied by another 2.5! Jessica’s site has received over 10,000 page views and 3,000 robots hits.

Her Weekly Horoscope, Psychic Dream Astrology, once only available on San Francisco Bay Guardian’s website without an option to RSS or subscribe to Jessica’s column, now also lives at lovelanyadoo.com and allows her fans to get her weekly horoscopes delivered to their RSS of choice. Since January 16, she has received 26+ subscribers every single day, averaging 31 unique daily subscribers.

While we hope to refer business through this blog, we may have already done our duty with website design and search engine optimization. “I was overwhelmed the first month with almost 100 applications for new clients from my website. I am pretty much booked solid through July!” said Jessica Lanyadoo.

MineTheMovie.com Goes 2.0 in Preparation for DVD Sales and Rentals

April 19th, 2010

The Situation: Independent filmmaker requires a living, breathing online marketing tool that promotes DVD sales and rentals for the award-winning documentary about displaced animals from Hurricane Katrina.  The site needed to be branded consistently with the DVD and more importantly, easy to update with breaking news and updates to eliminate ongoing web maintenance fees

Switchblade Solution: A professionally updated website built in SquareSpace that promotes the sales and rentals of the DVD version of the movie.

The Results: A well-organized site that can be constantly refreshed because the content management system utilized is user-friendly for the site owner.

What we learned from this experience: We <3 SquareSpace for its easy to use interface and allowing us to customize many of the site’s elements without tinkering with the CSS code.