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Is Tonic Site Shop Worth It?

Tonic Site Shop themes are undeniably beautiful, but are they worth the cost? Michelle shares her experience and opinions on her template purchase. Your online presence is like the digital version of your home, and just like deciding on the perfect place to live, choosing the right platform and theme for your website is a […]

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In this post, you’ll learn how to start an email newsletter that is aesthetically pleasing and easy to create — one you’ll be excited to send and that your subscribers will look forward to receiving.  Starting an email newsletter may be something that you’ve been wanting to do for a long time. If that is […]

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Eight content ideas for the holiday season you can use to connect with your audience and make more sales. You don’t need to be an Elf to create epic holiday content. Whether you are an illustrator, a logo designer, or a hand-letterer, this season offers many opportunities to connect with your ideal client or customer […]

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Read on to learn everything you need to know about creating Instagram Carousels that convert your followers to fans. I’m sick of hearing myself talk and think about Instagram’s algorithm. It’s true: we can’t reach our followers as we used to. But let’s not overlook the many features Instagram has added to make it easier […]

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Email is still the best marketing platform, but are you catering to a 2023 audience? Here are tips for designing an email newsletter your readers will look forward to opening. As a long-time internet creator, I feel I’m constantly defending the original platforms. Blogging isn’t dead! Bring back the old Instagram! Email marketing still rules! […]

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Is online marketing without social media an impossibility? In this post, I share alternate ways to promote your business while staying off the feeds. I can’t tell you how much I miss the early days of sharing content on the internet. A specific moment from 2011 has stayed with me, and it’s a perfect representation […]

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Many people decorate their homes for fall, but do you style your content to fit the season? In this post, you’ll find three fall aesthetics to strengthen your brand and help you reach the right audience. The people of the internet do not like to agree on anything. But during one magical season every year, […]

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In this post, you’ll find eight creative content ideas for Fall to use in blog posts, emails, opt-ins, social media, and more. Nobody loves Fall more than the internet. Except maybe Starbucks.  As I write this in the month of August and think about the current vibe on Instagram and TikTok, it feels a lot […]

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In this post, I help you to refine your brand style by using a three-word method that will help you to create more digital content with ease. One might think that being a graphic designer would mean your artistry would extend to areas like fashion, but sadly, it’s not the case for me. And since […]

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Ten content prompts to engage your audience - from Michelle Hickey Design

Whether it’s a like, share, comment, or message, every interaction is an opportunity to grow your digital brand. In this post you’ll find ten genuine content prompts to engage your audience. Includes examples and fill in the blank text that you can copy/paste.

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A modern maker with a classic approach to design.

An elder millennial, I learned graphic design the old-fashioned way, but for the past fifteen years, I’ve practiced those principles in the digital space. The result: content that stands the test of time.

I work with clients to craft everything from the ground up, establishing a strong foundation and energizing your visuals with meaning. Impactful content goes beyond what we see. We’re here to make your audience feel.

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