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Friday, 01 May 2020 18:08

Overcoming Creative Flatline

We love working in a creative industry, but it’s not always easy to stay inspired and excited all the time. Like many industries, our work as a digital marketing agency relies on a constant influx of ideas. As creative professionals working from home during quarantine, we’ve had to find ways to keep our creativity alive. When life gives you lemons, learn how to juggle! 

Here are our top tips and tricks for moving through creative blockages: 

Keep moving.

Taking frequent breaks to move your body enhances your mood and improves focus. At Danger Dynamite, we are an adventurous bunch who love to play outside. When we’re not at our computers working on your digital presence, you can catch us hiking, biking, or playing sports, and some of us love to take dance breaks in the middle of the work day! If you’re not outdoorsy, no stress. You can still get moving in your home with countless options for at-home workouts online such as yoga, dance, HIIT, martial arts, bootcamps, and more. 

Shuffle your playlist. 

Music can help encourage the brain to seek new perspectives for problem solving. Instead of listening to the same music you always love, try switching it up and see how your brain responds to something different. Ask your friends to send you their favourite artists or songs and build a playlist of new music to inspire your creativity, or let Spotify do the work for you. Feel free to borrow from our playlist of office favourites

Tend to your work space. 

Our environment can greatly influence our creativity. If you spend your days indoors, take a few minutes each day to tidy your space and infuse it with colours and textures that make you feel good. You’ll be amazed at the inspiration you find from this simple effort. We also keep lots of plants in our workspace to uplift and inspire us. Even science has revealed the benefits of indoor plants for human health and comfort!

Flex your brain muscles.

Stagnation stifles creativity, so keep yourself busy! When you busy your brain with the development of a new skill, you’re training it to stay sharp and to create new neural pathways. Whether it’s following a new recipe, shooting with a new lens on your camera, learning how to golf or how to grow vegetables — learning something new supports the creative mind. 

Write it all down.

Sometimes good ideas come when you least expect them. They might visit anytime, anywhere. Simple ideas can seed epic revelations—so don’t let that creative potential slip away. Keep a running list in a notepad or smartphone app where you can quickly and easily jot down ideas that come in unexpected moments throughout your days. Take a walk. Have a shower. Daydream in the sunshine. The inspiration for the name Danger Dynamite came to Frank while he was watching cartoons with his young children. Any moment can prove fruitful!

Laugh it off.

Laughter is good for the soul, and helps create biochemical conditions that are optimal for creative function and problem solving. If you're collaborating and want to help your team get into creative flow, make them laugh! At Danger Dynamite, we find ways to stir up some fun with one another daily—sharing memes and giphys that make us giggle in our work chat. Whatever makes you laugh, make sure you get some every day!

Collaborate! 

When you’re stuck in a creative desert, call a friend for help. Often many minds are better than one. Bouncing problems and ideas off of one another can lead to exciting and unexpected creative developments. We believe it’s true what they say, that teamwork makes the dream work. Our team is our creative lifeline!

If you’ve got a digital project that has flatlined, get in touch with our team! We would love to collaborate. We’ve got a rad assortment of uniquely creative minds who work together to master all things creative online, from website design and development, to social media marketing, content creation, search engine optimization (SEO), and more. Let’s put our minds together and see what we create! 

 

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Monday, 23 December 2019 18:28

A Decade of DangerDynamite!

Holy smokes! Danger Dynamite is 10 years old!
Did you know that only a third of small businesses make it to the 10 year milestone? As Danger Dynamite celebrates our 10th anniversary, Facebook’s popular #TenYearChallenge is trending in newsfeeds everywhere and we were inspired to reflect on the transformation of a decade in the digital world. We’ve come a long way to become the thriving, full service web design, marketing and multimedia agency that we are today!

How it all began...
On the cusp of starting a family and uninterested in the monotony and rigidity of the standard 9-5, a dude named Frank decided to start a business. He wanted a career that provided enough flexibility for him to be an active presence in the lives of his growing children– y’know, that work-life balance thing that we all crave? Frank envisioned a creative business based not on hours worked, but on the quality of the work done.

Just like any project, it started with an idea.
Frank is no shy guy— he likes talking to strangers and makes friends easily with all kinds of folks around town, including lots of local business owners in his neighborhood. “Every single business owner I spoke to had to manage all the pieces of their online marketing with different service providers: a marketing consultant, a web developer, a graphic designer and so on.” To Frank, this sounded time consuming and frustrating, and he was inspired to create a solution. What if there were a marketing service provider in Saskatoon that combined all the separate components of online marketing into a one-stop-shop for business owners who want to play in the new and growing arena of online marketing? 

Vision + Commitment to Idea + Leap of Faith = Danger Dynamite!
With a vision and a commitment to an idea, all that was needed to bring his business to life was a leap of faith. Drawing inspiration from a mentor in Calgary (thanks Micheal Dargie!), and positioning himself to fill a gap in the Saskatoon marketing industry for end-to-end marketing services, Frank launched DangerDynamite in 2009 as a solo entrepreneur.

And get this: The business name was inspired by the boxes of dynamite in the Wile E. Coyote versus Road Runner cartoon shorts from the Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes – yep, Frank loves cartoons! He figured marketing should be exciting, and wondered, what’s more exciting than a big explosion?

DD 2009 website
Yup, thats our website in 2009.  Everyone starts someplace!


The internet of then...
Danger Dynamite was born into a much different digital landscape than the one we know today. Do you remember the internet of 2009? Viral videos like David After Dentist and Susan Boyle were on screens everywhere. New platforms like Facebook, Youtube and Twitter were in their infancy and already revolutionizing the ways we interact with each other.. Pinterest and Instagram didn’t exist yet, but they would soon change the game of social media yet again. Search engine algorithms were simple, predictable, and easy to appeal to, making things like SEO a walk in the park. In the wake of the first iPhone, surfing the web and participating in online social networks became even easier. Everything on the web was shifting to cater more to mobile usage. With Facebook’s launch of its like button in 2009, we were only just beginning to see what an integral role social media would come to play in online marketing. 

DDBlog 2015 2019 website
Our current website is 5 years old, has undergone 4 facelifts and is ready for retirement.

You’ve gotta keep current if you wanna win the internet game.
A lot changes in a decade. This is as true about the internet as it is about a human child. As Frank’s kids grew and developed, so did the digital landscape in which he worked. One of the great lessons that Danger Dynamite (and concurrently, parenthood) facilitated time and time again, since the start, was that change is the only constant. There is no industry more dynamic than the digital industry. The only way to keep up is to remain proactive about learning, and being ready to make adjustments at every turn. In the world of digital marketing, the moment we become complacent or rigid is the moment we fall behind. Through the years of constant change, we have learned that staying nimble, balanced and flexible is the key to staying on top of the latest digital wave.

“The biggest thing I have learned is that what I know today might be irrelevant tomorrow, so be prepared to change the game at any moment.” – Frank Collins

Teamwork makes the digital dream work!
Today, the aspects of online marketing formerly treated as separate and offered as individual services have become highly interconnected. For a truly successful marketing campaign today, all of these services must become integrated in a comprehensive and cohesive way – in a way far beyond the skills and talent of just one person. In the ten years since Danger Dynamite was born, we have gone from focusing only on website and graphic design, to developing full marketing campaigns complete with branding, website, photography and video production, social media and review management, SEO and more. This expansion was only possible with the combined efforts of a well-rounded and burgeoning team of creative professionals who jumped aboard the Danger Dynamite ship to help steer this one-man show into a hub of creative collaboration and teamwork. To this day, our amazing team is something Frank considers to be our greatest accomplishment.

DDBlog 2020 refresh
With a brand refresh and website in the works, stay tuned for 2020!


What’s next?
For our tenth anniversary, we are celebrating our successes and the amazing work that we have done throughout the decade. As a full-service digital marketing and multimedia agency, our goal to provide a one-stop shop for online marketing has become even more relevant today than in 2009 when we started. The more complex the internet becomes, the more pertinent it is to approach digital marketing in an integrative way. To best accommodate our clients in a dynamic industry, Danger Dynamite has expanded significantly since 2009 to offer a comprehensive range of services, which we combine to create totally bangin’ marketing campaigns that are cohesive and consistent across platforms. When you choose to work with our team at Danger Dynamite, you’re choosing collaboration with a dynamic group of creative professionals who want to work *with* you to develop your online strategy. Our next project could be with you! Get in touch!

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