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Welcome to the news and podcast section of Geelong's friendliest design studio. This is the page we host our podcast on. Make sure you never miss a show by subscribing! (links are all over the page to do so.) What are your thoughts? Like to comment? Or just want to chew the cudd? then drop us a line. Make sure you check out our news for some of the latests developments!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Welcome to 2007!

On behalf of the team at Think2 Design Studio, I'd like to welcome you all to 2007 (as though I created it!) and to let you know to expect some pretty amazing things this year. There is a whole new site coming and expect some great things from the podcast too.

There is a lot more coming so stay tuned....

Tory

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Think2 Design Newsletter Early December 2006



Please click on the logo to download the PDF. Thanks for reading our newsletter. This is the PDF version of our online newsletter and covers news about preparing for Expos, some of our recent work, and also news about our recent interview with Pete Williams which regular listeners would have already heard.

Questions? Send them through to think@think2design.com

If you would like to sponsor the show and promote your goods and services, please contact our team at think@think2design.com - we'd love to hear from you!
Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 018 - Million Dollar Ideas interview with Pete Williams



This episode features an exclusive interview with the man who sold the Melbourne Cricket Ground and author of How to Turn Your Million Dollar Idea into a Reality, Pete Williams. Pete and I cover how he sold the MCG and also how to utilise the media into assisting with giving you maximum exposure. This is one not to be missed and we are grateful that Pete had time to come into the studio for a quick chat. You can find out more about Pete at www.petewilliams.com.au

Questions? Send them through to think@think2design.com

If you would like to sponsor the show and promote your goods and services, please contact our team at think@think2design.com - we'd love to hear from you!
Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

BIZKIT IN A BOX DESIGN PACKAGES LAUNCHED!

BIZKIT IN A BOX DESIGN PACKAGES LAUNCHED!



We've cooked up some design packages aimed at making the process of having a professional presence affordable. They are value packed, so if you want to improve the look of your business, check these out by clicking HERE.
Regards,

Tory

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast - Movie 001 Car Design



We all (well most of us!) drive them, why aren't we using them in an effective way to get our business noticed?
For this job we had to create a striking, head turning image for a Smart Car for a member of the Australian Hire A Hubby Franchise. Initially the vehicle was a drab cream and gray, but with a bit of design and sign magic, here is the end result for your enjoyment.
If you would like Think2 Design to assist you with designing signage that is sure to get results for your business, please don't hesitate to call or email the team. No matter where in the world you are, all we need is a clear photo of the vehicle to get started.

Get out there! How many thousands of people will see your Brand when it's on a moving vehicle? Too good an opportunity to waste in my opinion.

Questions? Send them through to think@think2design.com - Think2 Design is going to the USA in Sept 06, please call in and leave a message or question on our hotline: 206-350-2697 That's 206-350-COWS

If you would like to sponsor the show and promote your goods and services, please contact our team at think@think2design.com - we'd love to hear from you!
Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.

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Friday, July 07, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 017 - Branding!



Branding is an important part of our business that often gets overlooked by many. Making sure your brand is out there in a positive light at all times is vital in ensuring the durability of your business in times of increased competition. Questions? Send them through to think@think2design.com - Think2 Design is going to the USA in Sept 06, please call in and leave a message or question on our hotline: 206-350-2697 That's 206-350-COWS

If you would like to sponsor the show and promote your goods and services, please contact our team at think@think2design.com - we'd love to hear from you!
Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 016 - Podcasting

Today's show covers Podcasting which may sound odd as you are listening to one. It's not indepth but I want you to start thinking a bit more about the medium and how it could work for your business. Questions? Send them through to think@think2design.com - Think2 Design is going to the USA in Sept 06, please call in and leave a message or question on our hotline: 206-350-2697 That's 206-350-COWS

If you would like to sponsor the show and promote your goods and services, please contact our team at think@think2design.com
Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 015 - Intro to Marketing

Co-hosted by marketing expert Kylie Warne, this episode covers the basics of marketing, different types of marketing and when is the best time to call in someone to assist with getting your business noticed. Email the team at think@think2design.com This episode sponsored by www.recipeforhappiness.com.au Think2 Design is going to the USA in Sept 06, please call in and leave a message or question on our hotline: 206-350-2697 That's 206-350-COWS This show is proudly sponsored by Recipe for Happiness. You can visit Recipe for Happiness by clicking HERE.

If you would like to sponsor the show and promote your goods and services, please contact our team at think@think2design.com
Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 014 - Data Backup

This episode covers the importance of making sure your online database is backed up on a regular basis. This episode sponsored by www.recipeforhappiness.com.au Think2 Design is going to the USA in Sept 06, please call in and leave a message or question on our hotline: 206-350-2697 That's 206-350-COWS This show is proudly sponsored by Recipe for Happiness. You can visit Recipe for Happiness by clicking HERE.

If you would like to sponsor the show and promote your goods and services, please contact our team at think@think2design.com
Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Think2 Design heads for the USA!

Hi friends and colleagues,

Some exciting news from the Think2 Design paddock. I will be heading over to the United States of America on a couple of speaking engagements in September, 2006. Conducting one on one coaching, along with addressing a number of business groups, this should prove to be a lot of fun for attendees, and of course myself as well!

The itinerary thus far is as follows:

20th September - 24th September - San Francisco & Sacramento
25th September - 2nd October - San Diego Area

If you are interested in having me speak to your business or organisation about innovation, business ideas, marketing or just some general motivation from a uniquely Australian perspective after October 2, please let me know so that we can book in some time together. CONTACT the studio or call our voicemail line in the states on 206-350-2697 to find out about our fees. We are more than happy to address groups and individuals throughout the USA and are happy to travel to you.

If you are a listener to the podcast and believe that your employer or employees would benefit from this, please let them know about this exciting opportunity.

Are you ready to Break Free from the Herd?

I look forward to hearing from you all.

Regards,

Tory Favro
Business Developer/Designer
Think2 Design Studio

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 013 - Business Cards

Business Cards are the way that the world remembers you. What does your card tell the world? Is it informative and concise, or is it just a scrap of paper? The show discusses the different do's and don'ts of business cards. This show is proudly sponsored by Recipe for Happiness. You can visit Recipe for Happiness by clicking HERE.

If you would like to sponsor the show and promote your goods and services, please contact our team at think@think2design.com
Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 012 - Life Coaching

Today's show featured Life Coach Mio Seamder from Recipe for Happiness. We discuss work/life balance and how having them in harmony can assist in both parts of your life. Listen to learn more! Direct any of your questions through to the team at think@think2design.com
Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio
You can visit Recipe for Happiness by clicking HERE.

Regards,

Tory Favro.


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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 011 - Image Optimisation

Do you have a slow loading website? Quite possibly it could be the size of the image files you are using. Listen to learn more! Direct any of your questions through to the team at think@think2design.com

Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.


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Think2 Design Interview in Geelong Independent 7th April, 2006

What Story Are You Telling? - Tory Favro

Overview: Recent article in the Geelong Independent where I was interviewed regarding small business being hesitant about going on line. I thought I would share it with you all.

Format: PDF

Free! Just click on the PDF logo to download it.

Please contact us to let us know what you think.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Recommended Reading! Tom Peters Essentials - Design!

Tom Peters Essentials: Design

If you ever want to do yourself a favour, please check out this book by guru Tom Peters. It's a quick read, however the guy really drills down at what it is that makes us creative types tick, and how we can help you build your business. Seriously, it's a highly enjoyable read with no jargon, just straight forward ideas and comments. At only $20.00 what do you have to lose? You may even get some ideas for your own design or promotions!

I've included the link to the Angus & Robertson site if you want to buy the book. Not because I am an affiliate of theirs, there is nothing in it for me. Feel free to buy it anywhere you choose. Internationally, you can get it from the Amazon website.

From the A&G site:

"Design is about passion, emotion and attachment and it must be at the heart of every business. Discover why design is the Number 1 determinant of whether a product or service stands out. With ideas to transform the way you work, this guide to design helps you reinvent your business from management guru Tom Peters."

Online Price
$19.95

Category: Business & Economics - Management
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Date Published: 31/8/2005
ISBN: 1405302585
Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 160

Click on the image to go to Angus & Robertson if you would like to buy this book.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

How Do You Like YOUR Pizza?

Stay tuned for the answer. Let me know if you think you can guess where I am headed.

think@think2design.com

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Article: E-Commerce: Friend or Foe?

What Story Are You Telling? - Tory Favro


Title: E-Commerce: Friend or Foe? - Tory Favro

Overview: Are you selling online? This article covers some of the reasons you may not be, and hopefully sets some of those fears to rest. If you enjoy it, please direct others to the site to download it.

Format: PDF

Free! Just click on the PDF logo to download it.

Please contact us to let us know what you think.

Innovate or Perish!

Innovation: It's easy when things are going well to get comfortable. My advice: Don't! It's amazing how a thriving business can atrophy and die simply because the owners took their eye off the prize. Reinvent yourself with clever ideas and advertising that makes your target market take notice. By keeping fresh, your customers will too!

Just a friendly note to you, there's no more to it. Seriously, you can get back to our podcast now!

Tory

Think2 Design Podcast 010 - E-Commerce: Friend or Foe?

Are you selling online? This podcast covers some of the reasons you may not be and hopefully sets some of those fears to rest. If you have any questions on any business topic you would like answered on the show, please email them to think@think2design.com

Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.


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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 009 - Search Engine Optimisation

Is your site being found when people search for you online? It's quite possible that your website has not been properly optimised so that search engines have added it to the directories. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.


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Monday, February 20, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 008 - Steps

Who do you look up to? Sometimes we put others on a pedestal and aspire to be like them both in our personal and professional lives. We often forget that they took steps to get where they are. What steps can you take to achieve your goals?

Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.


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Thursday, February 09, 2006

GEELONG CHAMBER AFTER 5

GEELONG CHAMBER AFTER 5 FUNCTION


The Chamber had its first meeting for the year last night, and was a lot of fun with a great deal of networking getting accomplished. President Dale Jennings officially announced the launch of the new Chamber of Commerce website, programmed and designed by think2 design studio. You can visit their website here.

Tory

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Dr John Demartini and Think2 Design



World renowned author, lecturer, philosopher and trainer Dr. John DeMartini came to Melbourne last night to address a packed house on methods of assisting growth and development. After spotting me in the audience, he simply begged for this photo opportunity and how could I refuse! :)
In all seriousness, the seminar was a lot of fun and give me inspiration for a new article that you will read shortly.
Tory

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 007 - What Story Are You Telling?

What story are you telling your customers? We cover three case studies of our clients, and the stories that they had to tell people who visited their websites. Whilst these stories are each unique in their own right, it can make you look at the way that you are presenting yourself to the world, both as an individual and business.

Please visit our website at Think2 Design Studio

Regards,

Tory Favro.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Think2 Design Article - "What Story Are You Telling?" by Tory Favro

Title: What Story Are You Telling?
Author: Tory Favro
All Text © Tory Favro 2006 – This article may be freely distributed, providing it is not changed or altered in any way.


What Story Are You Telling?

Every facet of our lives involves stories of some sort. That doesn’t mean that they are lies, they are just tales that we present to the world as to who we are, what we do and what our intentions are. Surprisingly enough, these stories also apply to our business. What story does our business tell the world in the way that it presents itself to our peers, customers and suppliers? Despite the importance behind this statement, many of us don’t understand that it’s the story that makes our customers relate to us and our products.

My Name is Tory Favro from Think2 Design Studio and I am a Storyteller.

How does a business connect with its customers if the story that it tells is uninteresting or false? Customers won’t get past the front page of your website if the story isn’t compelling enough to find out more. Customers won’t buy in your shop if they can’t take an experience away with them.

Stories Don’t Have to be Fairytales to have Happy Endings

Case in point. Phil and Heather Ring from PDR Differential tell a unique story with their website. Running a successful business, they wanted to let people know that there was more to the business than just fixing cars. You can visit their shop and take home an experience of good customer service. You can see this on their website. It’s pink. What’s that got to do with cars, or even differentials? Nothing. Plain and simple, nothing to do with them at all. However it tells a story that they live every day in their business. It’s fun informative and easy to use. In fact it reflects the positive approach that they have in their business every day and their attitude toward making sure every customer is happy.

Think2 Design Studio helped tell this story with the web presence, incorporating an easy to navigate menu system, pictures of some of the parts used in the day to day operation of the business and even audio of Phil explaining what a broken differential sounds like. Empowering their customers by informing them, we were able to break the myth of the mechanic taking advantage of the customer who does not know any better and receiving and paying for service that they do not need. To experience their service, visit here.

Some Stories are for Both Adults and Children

Case in point: Bruce Hultgren owns a basketball character named Billy Bounce. Billy is a groovy basketball bug that teaches children ball skills set to music amongst other things. Bruce has developed a DVD series that is absolutely stellar and is really making waves in the United States. With a program that targeted the very young through to teens, Bruce knows that it is necessary to communicate with both the kids and their parents in a responsible yet fun manner, making Billy Bounce the right bug for the job.

Think2 Design Studio helped tell this story by working closely with Bruce to make a fully integrated site that is a lot of fun for everyone who visits. Using bright colours and the great character of Billy Bounce himself, we helped tell a story of having fun through exercise, providing the kids with a new friend in Billy, who proactively emails kids basketball tips and then actually follows up on their progress through a newsletter that they can sign up for at absolutely no charge at all. Furthermore, through this story, Bruce was able to let parents know that Billy was a friend that their kids would be totally safe with and that all content on the site is handled in a responsible and family safe manner with endorsements from some of the biggest basketball bodies on the planet for the Billy Bounce program and we’ve told a tale that is a winner, and a lot of fun for everyone who visits the site. To find out more about the program that is making our kids get up and exercise but have fun whilst doing so, check out the site here.

Sometimes the Story has to be a Bit Serious

Case in point: The Geelong Chamber of Commerce is one of the oldest and biggest chambers in Australia. Servicing a proactive community of business owners, the Chamber needed to tell a story that spoke of leadership and membership support. Actively networking through a series of well-attended “After 5” nights monthly, the Geelong Chamber of Commerce provides a way for business in the region to network and also have their issues heard on a higher level. The Chamber also needed to tell a story that is uniquely Geelong.

Think2 Design Studio helped the Chamber tell a story of responsibility and of keeping it’s member base informed with a website featuring a look suitable to the Chamber and the function that it performs. A number of features on the site allowed the already busy admin staff make easy, regular updates to reflect the ever increasing membership of the Chamber and also to post items on events and news that affect business in the Geelong region. The graphics used are unique and from the Geelong region, allowing members to identify with the site, and also what they are seeing on screen. Ease of navigation enables visitors to
the site to learn more about the history of the Chamber, where it’s headed and also to find other members who may offer services that they require, making it an essential part of the Geelong Business Landscape. To learn more about the Geelong Chamber of Commerce, visit them at the Geelong Chamber of Commerce Website

Good Stories Need Good Authors

Take a look at your business and with an open mind pay attention to the story that you are telling the world. If you would like Think2 Design Studio to help you tell your story to the world as we have with so many other great people and businesses, please visit our website at:

Think2 Design Studio
or email us at
think@think2design.com
Call us on
(03) 5241 4870
and allow us to assist you with telling the best story you possibly can.

What Story are YOU Telling? My name is Tory Favro from Think2 Design Studio and I am a Storyteller.

Regards,

Tory Favro
Jan 2006

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Think2 Design Podcast 006 - Who Advises You?

There are so many people out there claiming to be the solution to your business. Are they the right person? We also discuss some of the latest developments in the studio including our new designer Erin!

Tory Favro.


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Important Announcement - The New Geelong Chamber of Commerce website is ready for you to check out!

Welcome to

The NEW Geelong Chamber of Commerce Website!


We're delighted to invite you to the recently completed and live Geelong Chamber of Commerce site, proudly designed and built by think2 design studio. What are you still doing here? Go on and check it out!
Geelong Chamber of Commerce Website
What are your thoughts? Like to comment? Or just want to chew the cudd? then drop us a line here.

Friday, December 30, 2005

New Years Eve

The staff of Think2 Design Studio wish you all a very safe and happy New Year for 2006! We hope that you've enjoyed 2005 and are ready to take your business and personal lives to the next level in the new year that is just around the corner.

If you would like our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the studio.
tel:
03 5241 4870
e: think@think2design.com
mob: 0422 178 895

Regards,

Think2 Design Studio & Toto the Cow!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Think2 Design Podcast 005 - Interview: Bruce Hultgren (Billy Bounce)

A candid interview with Bruce Hultgren creator of Billy Bounce (www.billybounce.com) and Tory Favro from Think2 Design. Bruce is a client and friend of Think2 Design Studio and it is sensational that he is finally getting some of the recognition that Billy deserves. We created the website for Bruce and wanted to share his vision with you.

Tory Favro & Tony Kidman.


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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Think2 Design Podcast 004 - Getting a Database that Works for YOU!

Often we see businesses building databases simply for the sake of having a lot of names on their list. In this episode I briefly cover some methods of securing a good list of Qualified recipients for your material. There's no point in sending correspondence to those who will not be interested. A waste of your time and money and more importantly, their patience.

Tory Favro & Tony Kidman.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Think2 Design Podcast 003 - Preparing for After Christmas

Be sure you are planning for the New Year. It's so easy to get caught up in the Christmas Rush! You can subscribe to this show in your itunes and take the show on the road! Thanks again,

Tory Favro & Tony Kidman.


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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Think2 Design Podcast 002 - The Power of a Smile!

Smiles are amazing. They can make everyone's day so much better and truly influence the way you interact with prospective clients and customers. Give it a try, smiles are infectious and can certainly increase your profits and happiness! You can subscribe to this show in your itunes and take the show on the road! Thanks again,

Tory Favro & Tony Kidman.


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Think2 Design Podcast 001 - Welcome!

Welcome to our podcast! Covering everything from design, business development and local news and current event, the Think2 Design Studio Podcast is here to entertain and educate. We hope you enjoy! You can subscribe to this show in your itunes and take the show on the road! Thanks again,

Tory Favro & Tony Kidman.


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Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Power of a Smile

Isn't it crazy in this day and age that I actually need to bring this up! We are all so busy and our staff are under a lot of pressure also, that we forget how nice it is to be smiled at. A smile, delivered properly, can make all the difference in keeping a busy customer in a store waiting to be served, or them simply walking out to find a place where the service is faster.

Smiling creates a link between the staff and the customer, and also is a way of acknowledging that they are there and thanking them. Smiling is also (for the most part) highly infectious. Give it a try and I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

For more information about customer service excellence or some great advice on designing your business, please contact our team at think2 design studio by clicking here:

Think2 Design Studio Website!

Love your work!

Tory Favro
email: think@think2design.com

Friday, November 11, 2005

I am sure that most of you are aware of the blog explosion out there, but did you know that blogging and linking back to your own regular website can actually increase your chances of higher relevance to search engines? That's right, the more links that are out there with real content pointing back to your site the better chance you have of being found when people are searching for your product type or service.

One of the things that people have problems with is finding the time to create content, however all it takes is a simple line or two to let your customers, colleagues and friend to find out what you are doing and any new products or ideas that you are working on.

So try to find the time to Blog or least diarise. It's a great way to get the message out there!

Tory
for more information or to have think2 design studio work on your next project, visit the team at:
Think2 Design Studio Website!