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Switchblade’s Marie Macaspac Honored to be a Presenter at ARF’s 9th Annual Business of Saving Lives Conference

January 31st, 2013
Tony LaRussa's ARF 9th Annual Business of Saving Lives Conference  is Sunday, March 23, 2013

Tony LaRussa's ARF 9th Annual Business of Saving Lives Conference is Sunday, March 23, 2013

Marie Macaspac, owner of Switchblade Creative Studios and founder of AnimalRescueMarketing.com is one of 10 speakers who will be participating in this year’s Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) annual conference, The Business of Saving Lives.

Marie will be sharing the stage with ARF’s Marketing Manager, Sara Kersey, for the topic, “Social Media: Unleashed!“. The 90 minute session will cover not just how to use social media, but tips and tricks that may not necessarily be found in a “How to” manual or “Social Media for Dummies” book.

From mobile mavens to casual users, we all know social media is an important marketing tool for animal welfare groups. Social networking choices and platforms are endless…yet the time your staff and volunteers have is not. Are your important messages getting lost in a social media sea of posts, tweets, and pins? Do you see images online and wonder how they got 400 “Likes” in one day? In this upbeat session, we’ll reveal tricks for getting your content liked and shared widely (and your messages heard loud and clear!), and how to tailor content to your audience and get your animals the attention they deserve. If you have the basic know-how to navigate Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other popular platforms, we’ll show you how to stand out and get noticed!

Marie is honored to be a part of this year’s list of presenters:

  • Elena Bicker, Executive Director, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
  • Susan Furukawa, Program Director Community Outreach, ASPCA®
  • Cynthia L. Karsten, DVM, Shelter Medicine Resident, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
  • Sara Kersey, Marketing Manager, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
  • Bob Lukas, DVM, Sage Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care
  • Marie Rochelle Macaspac, Marketing Director, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and Founder, AnimalRescueMarketing.com
  • Rebecca Marsh, former Executive Director, Fix Our Ferals
  • Nancy McKenney, CEO, Marin Humane Society
  • Paul O’Grady, Partner, Armanino McKenna LLP
  • Betsy Saul, Founder, Petfinder.com

“I am so excited to share my expertise with my fellow animal rescue advocates,” says Marie. ” I am thrilled that this opportunity can additionally introduce new visitors to AnimalRescueMarketing.com.”

To register to attend this year’s conference, click here. It is sure to be a blast!

2012 HSUS Animal Care Expo and Animal Welfare Marketing

May 30th, 2012

Switchblade/Muttville's Marie Macaspac, HSUS CEO/President Wayne Pacelle, Muttville Founder/ Executive Director Sherri Franklin, and Muttville Public Relations Publicist / Board Member Patty Stanton

The Humane Society of United States hosted their annual Animal Care Expo this year in Las Vegas last week (May 21-24). Representing Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, I attended with Muttville founder Sherri Franklin and Muttville’s publicist and Board Member Patty Stanton, and we were ready to soak up all that we could learn in two and a half days about animal care education.

In comparison to the Best Friends Animal Society “No More Homeless Pets” Conference  in October, this conference was geared more towards SPCAs, municipal shelters, and human societies across the nation and internationally. We met an organization from Guatamala, and rescues based in the U.S. that rescue animals from Iran and Romania.

It was interesting to venture outside of the Marketing track and learn about fundraising techniques and business organization topics. Found Animals talked about their venture in retail, opening a store in Southern California in a mall. HSUS’ session on hosting an Adopt-A-Thon was very useful, and we are currently implementing a few new ideas learned as Muttville gets ready for Maddie’s Matchmaker Adopt-A-Thon, coming upon June 9-10. Keep an eye out for some unique promos from Muttville!

As a result of what we learned at the Animal Care Expo, Switchblade plans on expanding Muttville’s retail ventures, which can potentially be an effective revenue stream. On the retail topic, we were all wearing our Muttville and “Senior Dogs Rule” gear, which drew in quite a bit of attention, including some heartfelt tears from folks who were touched by our “senior rescue” focus. Three women from Puerto Rico approached me after a session, and they wanted their own “Senior Dogs Rule” tees!

We met a company modeled similarly to Switchblade called the Oklahoma Media Group, that owned a division or subsidiary called The Social Animal, focusing on animal welfare marketing and fundraising. Yes, we took many notes at their workshop, and truly enjoyed their advice on email marketing, social media, and content. Made my wheels turn…what should I call Switchblade’s animal welfare division? (Suggestions are welcome!)

It is always inspiring to be in a room full of animal advocates. Patty and I are always thinking ahead, and next year we hope Muttville can participate with some sessions on senior animal care (there was none this year). What do you all think? Nashville, here we come!

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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frida and jedi

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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Online Fundraising Campaign for Friends of SF Animal Care & Control

January 18th, 2011

Client: Friends of San Francisco Animal Care & Control

Challenge: Friends of SFACC President, Jane Tobin, was new to online marketing but knew that she wanted to reach a wider audience. Having worked together on the rain-out Pride Pride Day 2010, Jane gave us the opportunity to show her what we could do for her non-profit organization.

Switchblade Solution: Understanding the need to achieve an effective campaign with a small budget, Switchblade utilized valuable free or low-cost tools to utilize their large subscriber list of donors, sponsors, and volunteers. We organized a multi-level fundraising email campaign with a holiday plea for year-end donations.

Coupled with a traditional direct mail campaign, it was their largest outreach ever. With the success of this campaign, Switchblade and Friends of SFACC will likely be working on several campaigns in 2011 to raise much needed funds for shelter animals and programs for animal care.

Logo and Brand Identity for Not Just Animals!

May 20th, 2010

Logo/Identity for Not Just Animals!

Client: Not Just Animals!

Challenge: Client needed a new identity that would appeal to a wide audience and yet identify with younger demographics.

Switchblade Solution: We captured an urban feel and a complex message using simple iconic figures that are universally recognized.

Web Design, SEO and 2.0 Optimization for documentary film, “MINE” by Geralyn Pezanoski

May 3rd, 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. Also, with her growing fanbase, she wanted to track site visitors and gain subscribers.

Switchblade Solution: A professionally updated website built in SquareSpace that can be easily updated by the site owner, and promotes the sales and rentals of the DVD version of the movie with blog-type entries.

The Results: A well-organized site that can be constantly refreshed because the content management system is user-friendly for the site owner. Geralyn Pezanoski can share media coverage and announce events through blog entries.

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.

SEO and Online Marketing Strategy for Mark Rogers Photography

March 10th, 2010

Client: Mark Rogers / Mark Rogers Photography

Challenge: Mark, a successful photographer, well-known in the San Francisco Bay Area for his beautiful work with non-profits organizations and local dog rescue groups, was rebuilding his website in WordPress CMS. We consider Mark very technically savvy, as you can see by his self-produced website. Although he had researched on SEO practices, he realized that it was more work than he could juggle as a business owner. Having seen our work and witnessed the results for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, he called upon us to implement SEO and examine his online marketing strategy.

Switchblade Solution: Because Mark was already quite knowledgeable with online marketing, we could see that his social media strategy was in great shape, so we made sure his SEO was equally effective. We also ensured that his search engine rankings wouldn’t drop as a result of changing his website, only improve steadily with SEO in place. Mark is currently in first place in the Bay List Awards for Best Pet Photographer, which is a testament to his great reputation and marketing.

Logo and Brand Identity for “Evening in Pawris: A Benefit for Muttville”

January 7th, 2010

Logo for Evening in Pawris

Client: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Challenge: Client needed  a new identity for its inaugural annual fundraiser. Held at Hotel Biron, they wanted to logo to convey a similar feel to the vibe of the location.

Switchblade Solution: We developed this identity to reflect the flair and classiness of the wine bar location. Attendees seem to agree that the logo helped convey that the event was well worth the $75 ticket!

Web Design, SEO, and 2.0 Optimization for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

October 8th, 2009

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Client: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Challenge: The website needed to be optimized for improved searchability as well as updated with 2.0 functionality. A key goal was to increase awareness and visibility by allowing founder/Executive Director, Sherri Franklin, and Muttville volunteers to share profiles of adoptable dogs and blog posts.

Switchblade Solution: Since the organization’s priority is to increase adoption rates and raise money through fundraisers and donations, we provided effective tools that allowed everyone to spread the word through social media networks and email. Analytics showed a traffic increase by 200% in the first month and a steady 5000 visitors a month since its launch.

Sharenator.com recently evaluated the traffic for Muttville.org, describing it as follows: “If Muttville.org were a country, it would be larger than Vatican City.”