16 Aug, 2013

St. James Church – Armenian Festival Raffle 2013


Taste of Armenia RAFFLE!

Sunday, August 25, 2013 Noon - 6:30PM

St. James Armenian Church, Evanston IL


1st prize $3000

2d prize $2000

3d prize $1000...and two $500 prizes!

Tickets: $100 ea / 6 for $500

Or get plugged in to our new apple RAFFLE!!! 1st prize Apple iPadMini...2d prize iPod Touch...3d prize iPod Shuffle...4th prize iTunes giftcard... 5th prize (a bag of apples!) Tickets: $5ea / 6 for $25. Proceeds to benefit St James Armenian Church Evanston. Raffle licensed by the City of Evanston.


Buy Tickets Here

Over the years, Evanston' s TASTE OF ARMENIA festival--one of the premiere Armenian picnics in the Chicago area-- has become a favorite end-of-summer event for Chicagoans of all ethnic backgrounds. With annual attendance of well over 1000 people, the festival offers a leisurely sunny afternoon of delicious Armenian cooking, rousing music, and great company.

The Taste of Armenia serves up charcoal-grilled kebabs and homemade specialties including healthy salads, 'sarma' rolls with fresh-picked grape leaves (nothing canned!) Few can resist the bountiful table of our grandmas' pastries and a steaming cup of Armenian coffee (fortunes told on request!)

The festival also adds a full day of cultural offerings drawn from across the country, highlighting ancient and modern aspects of the people who comprise the first Christian nation. Prominent local Armenian bands play music for line dancing all afternoon, and there's always plenty of games and activities for kids.


28 Apr, 2013

Bellroy: An eCommerce Product Detail Page Audit

Introducing the Slim Sleeve Wallet


This site sells wallets in different shapes and sizes. Nothing earth shattering... What makes this company stand out from the crowd and charge a pretty penny for their goods? We argue that the investments made in photography, videography, and UX/UI really seals the deal. The site can take a customer who's never heard of your product to seriously considering making a purchase. Thus improving conversion rate and sales. On those merits alone, we should be seriously considering the front end marketing expenses required to pull this off as a wise investment on behalf of your businesses ecommerce strategy.

WireFrame Layout

Notes: If you imagined only looking at the red boxes with no pictures or content in them layout suggests the product value must be best expressed visually. Approximately 70% of the 'Above the Fold' section of the page is reserved for graphically showcasing the product.

The top navigation has 4 categories and only 1 dedicated to directing traffic to product which helps crystallize how the user should use the site. If your product tree is more complicated then this layout won't work for you. These questions should be seriously considered when going through the planning phase when architecting a site design and information architecture.

The functionality chart in the bottom right was a clever addition that we don't normally see but encourage. It helps users quickly and visually self select if this product is right for them based on key feature trade offs. Again, further establishing trust and moving someone through their mental product purchase cycle.


Product Description


Font Family: Times, Serif; Lato, Sans-Serif

Font Sizes:  20px, 13 px, 10px

Font Color: #333333, #d5753b

Notes: Good use of italics to highlight core utility differences early on in the description. Typical convention for highlighting features guides us to try and state at least 5 +/- 2. 

 Video Merchandising


Notes: They used stop motion production method to achieve the frame by frame movement in this piece. This is typically low cost process but requires a healthy dose of patience given its repetitiveness. You can pull this off by using a Canon 5D , solid prime lens, a sturdy camera stand, a controlled ambient lighting environment, and a great post production editor for effects and bringing everything together.

Because of the low cost, you can produce multiple variations of the same template to showcase a product use-case for the consumer. You can see that Bellroy clearly nailed it here and therefor showcase it prominently throughout their site.


Thanks for taking the time to read the article. If you have something to add or have questions on best practices please feel free to add a comment below. 

Blacksmith Digital is a full service digital marketing agency in Chicago, IL. If you'd like your site audited or would like to speak to one of our experts please contact us

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10 Mar, 2013

Five Branding Tips To Consider During Product Development


By focusing on certain branding tips, techniques and strategies when developing a product, a company can greatly increase the amount of sales that it makes of the product, and the company can encourage many customers to buy the product by making many customers much more interested in the product.

Offering A Guarantee Of Some Type

One way to begin successfully branding a product is to offer a guarantee of some type. People like when they know that a product that they are planning on purchasing is guaranteed in some way, and a guarantee usually increases the amount of people that buy the product.

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