“I have worked with the Allen Imagery Design Group for over five years. The company has excellent customer service and is willing to go the extra mile when it comes to meeting the customer needs. When you want the right design that works for you and your company, I highly recommend TheAIDG for all your design needs.”—Pastor Reginald Barney [Joyful Sound Productions] #TestimonialTuesdays
First, we wanna start by wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all of our clients, supporters and fellow designers. This blog post is gonna be quick and to the point. To truly enjoy all of the fruits of your labor, you have to be willing to take time to enjoy them with the people that you care about. You don’t want to be THAT person who is so consumed with growing your business that you miss the growth of your children. After all, aren’t they the reason that you’re working so hard anyway? Today, enjoy the food and fellowship with your family and friends.. The work will be there tomorrow.
“UnZIP Magazine would like to thank TheAIDG for assisting with logo enhancements. We appreciate the collaboration and look forward to working together in the future.”—Dlang [Fashion Designer] #TestimonialTuesdays
“My experience with Allen Imagery Design was great. The prompt service along with the finished product was amazing. We needed a small flyer for a youth event and the pictures and background that was used fit perfectly with our theme. Very professional. I’d recommend their services to anyone in need of this type of service!!”—Camille Bell #TestimonialTuesdays
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” -Warren Buffett
[I seriously considered ending this post with that quote… Short, sweet and to the point. But the purpose of this blog and the entrepreneurship posts has always been to be as transparent and helpful as possible… so with that, I will continue.]
When I started this company in 2003, I honestly had no idea that I was building an empire with every photograph that I shot, with every business card I handed out, with every conversation I had; each served as a brick in building what TheAIDG has become. And the thing is, TheAIDG isn’t even CLOSE to what it could be or what i dream that it will become. Our rolodex of clientele isn’t bulging (our bank account isn’t either) but we do have something that is way more valuable than money… and that is a great reputation. We have never scammed clients or been dishonest in our dealings with them. We pride ourselves in this. Our company provides wonderful graphic design at a fair price point and we honestly just want to help others grow their businesses.
What type of reputation do you have as an entrepreneur? Are you the company that people think of when they want a professional touch? Is yours the company that your competitors are focused on? Are you the extraordinarily cheap company that doesn’t value the relationships that you have built and is always late paying for services or attempting to figure out a way to pay less for already discounted services and then has an attitude like the world owes you something, not realizing that 3/4 of the city is already on to the fact that you are well-known as a professional swindler? [sorry, didn’t mean to go off on a tangent, I was just thinking about one of our former clients…] Whatever your reputation, just know that people TALK. Hopefully, none of our clients have ever had a bad report on how we do business [but we DO get a lot of positive feedback and we will continue to share this info with you weekly via #TestimonialTuesdays].
No matter what your reputation, chances are, you’ve earned it. It’s your job to protect that reputation or change it, and no one else can do that for you.
“Thanks to the Allen Imagery Design Group our concepts were brought to life in a manner that exceeded even our own expectations… They’re timely, professional, and got it right the first time!”—Samuel M. Carson IV [Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman, I Love Julia Carson Foundation, Inc.] #TestimonialTuesdays