Brandon Uttley

Brandon Uttley is a seasoned web marketing and public relations professional with three decades of experience. Currently, he is CEO of Go For Launch, which provides marketing strategy and communications support to companies ranging from startups to established entities. Prior to his current roles, Uttley cofounded and was CEO of Command Partners, a digital marketing agency. He also confounded and was president of carbonhouse, inc., a nationally recognized web design firm. Uttley also served as director of public relations at Luquire George Andrews for five years, and an account manager at Epley Associates/Public Relations for three years. Brandon was the 2009 president of the Charlotte chapter of Public Relations Society of America, and he is an accredited member of PRSA National.

“Is my website down?”

When somebody in your office (or maybe a client of yours) starts complaining that their website is down, calmly check it using Isup. Enter the URL, and it will tell you whether it’s down for just them…or everyone. Put a big smile on your face when you say, “Sorry, Dick/Jane, it’s just you.” Cost: Free …

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Design Like A Pro With Canva

Need to make a quick graphic for your blog, social media site or a presentation? Canva lets anyone create graphic design layouts quickly, with minimal design skills. It won’t replace a bona fide graphic designer, but it’s great when you need something easy and cheap. Canva features a lot of predetermined graphic sizes ranging from …

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Manage Your Events With Sched

Running an event? Sched is a premier application to make it easier for event organizers. With Sched, you can provide attendees with an event website, your own mobile web app (IOS and Android), as well as a social network, sponsor directory, registration/payment, wait lists and an agenda builder. Additional features of Sched include: Email updates: During your …

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Create Icons Using Iconion

Want to create one of those cool 2D or “flat” graphical icons? Use Iconion. In just minutes, you can choose from dozens of icon fonts and turn them into amazing .PNG icons. Customize the look of your icon with colors, shadows, backgrounds, gradients, strokes and other elements. Below are some icons I recently created for a …

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Place Photos in Photorealistic Formats

If you have ever wanted to see what something looks like on a mock device or even the side of a building, Placeit is an awesome tool. With it, you can upload an image or copy and paste a URL then place it (get it?) in over 500 photorealistic formats—from desktop screens to Apple and Android devices, billboards, stationery, smart watches …

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Add Interactive Inline Tutorials To Your Site

Make it easier for users to navigate your website with InlineManual. This tool helps you create simple step-by-step instructions that appear on various screens you designate. These can guide users through a setup process, for example, or explain where to find information within your site. Cost: Free (1 site with three tutorials) and premium versions starting at $21/month (for …

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Create GIFs from Slideshare

If you are not using Slideshare, you should be! It allows you to upload and share any PowerPoint presentation or PDF. Now you can turn your Slideshares into animated GIFs with GifDeck. It’s easy to then embed that GIF into an email, blog post or tweet. Here’s an example from a presentation I did on Big Data …

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