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Creating places and spaces which inspire: Color, finish and material selection integration

Best Practice Tips for creating inspiring places and spaces

Curious about how architects work to help their clients create attractive and purposeful interior spaces as part of a renovation, addition or new construction project? See our video with helpful insights into our creative process. With our work we seek to help you, your organization, your business, or your family move gracefully through what often is a stressful, complicated part of any project.  

For a typical project, small or large numerous decisions await which require careful integrative consideration and creative insights on sustainability, indoor air quality, durability, comfort, branding, cost, production time, installation coordination, and more.  

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There's a lot that goes into creating an attractive high performing interior whether an office, retail space, school classroom or home. This video explains the complexity of color, finish and material selection and why hiring an architect to help adds tremendous value to the long term success of your project large or small.

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Celebrating Best Places to Work in Vermont

Best Places to Work Vermont Celebration - 2017

Best Places to Work Vermont Celebration - 2017

Tonight we attend the 11th annual Best Places to Work in Vermont held in South Burlington. A sold out event, experiencing it shines a light on successes around the State in businesses large and small following their values and passions building thriving companies. 

By embracing 'Best Places to Work' processes and organizational strategies, companies drive culture building and engagement helping attract and retain talent, improved performance and more. 

We have always wanted to attend to be amongst all of this amazing positive energy.  And being here certainly doesn't disappoint! Vermont is a special place to live, work and run a business.  

There is so much variety in the business focus and value sets of the award winning companies here. What they hold common is their passion for measuring the success of their environment, employee survey results, levels of engagement in programs and other factors.

Another factor is having clear and persistently lived and shared values in their workplaces. Building successful organizations is clearly a team sport requiring many hands and brilliant minds working together. Strength in values and strength in a team of operations, administration, and in many cases, the field, or manufacturing floor all counts. 

16 of the 45 companies here tonight are here for the first time. It's our impression building a best place to work takes years and requires a big vision to get there. Companies following Best Places strategies over the long run, research shows, perform 50-100% better than industry peers. Long term commitment to the process really matters to building success. 

Consider pursuing a Best Places to Work mindset in 2017 and beyond. You won't regret it!

How to optimize your firm's social media work for success

It Started with Headlines

About six weeks ago we re-evaluated how we did our social media work, recognizing we needed to get more organized. We felt something lacking from a coordination standpoint in all of our social media postings across the platforms we regularly use.  We took a deep breath and looked around a bit knowing something was missing.  At some point we remembered the headline analyzer offered by CoShedule we had been using successfully for well over a year to help us write our headlines for articles and blog posts.  Why not explore the headline analyzer and other aspects of CoSchedule's products.

First a little bit more about the headline analyzer.                                                               

The analyzer, with a learn by doing process, helps you write your headline. By using it we became more adept at writing headlines in active rather than passive voice, the importance of character length, word count and word balance.  Word balance proved especially interesting as the higher ranking headline scores achieved a balance between common, uncommon, emotional and power words.                                                                                                            

Using the analyzer helps us write more pointed and directed writing as well.  The best writing advice we ever received usually begins with well, you guessed it, a great headline. What's helpful about letting the headline lead your writing is the clarity and focus of your thoughts which evolve out the act of ideating multiple headline concepts.  

Screenshot of running this headline through the analyzer - An example

Screenshot of running this headline through the analyzer - An example

The calendar organization tool

One day, we checked out what lay behind the Headline Analyzer and learned more about CoSchedule the company which runs it and its social media tool set, most notably the calendar. The calendar is the one stop place to organize your social media and marketing work.  We use it in solo-preneur mode with only one team member in charge of organizing it and doing our social media and blogging updates through it.  

Through the calendar we can set up in advance a week or two in advance social media activity across all of our social and professional network sites.  Doing so helps us stay focused doing our regular architectural, design and creative work for our clients.  We use the calendar to target our messaging about news, information, tips and best practices we think our various communities would like to hear and learn about. 

A screenshot of our emergin calendar. (Last week is greyed out)

A screenshot of our emergin calendar. (Last week is greyed out)

Along the way, we sprinkle in targeted messages highlighting recent design work, in the news bits and blog posts about us all creating convergence to our website and ultimately our contact us pages.  Using the calendar helps us share our connective content out there freeing us up on the back side to interact, respond and engage with our growing social community on and off line from those scheduled posts and shares.  

Right now we mostly post social media messages, choosing what optimized times and day of the week and which platform we share from.  We seek to offer inspiring ideas and best practice information on Mondays and Fridays. Then during the middle of the week we share more about our architecture, interior, workplace and creative examples and services paired with specific advice, unique stories we follow which fall in the quirky category.  As you can imagine with a new tool like this we continue to test new ideas regularly and open to suggestions and community feedback on how to add more value to you our Arocordis Design community..

Here's a how to video on more about CoSchedule

Next steps for our Calendar

Over the coming months we hope to use The calendar and its functionality in more ways to deepen our engagement and interactions with our Arocordis Design community creating positive brand energy.  And you will continue to see engaging and to the point headlines from our work with the headline analyzer.  

We will check back in on this process and tool sometime in the next six or eight weeks to tell you how it is shaping up for us. 

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