"Trick your brain and smile." - Heard in a talk at the In/Visible Talks Conference by Christina Amini, Executive Publishing Director, Chronicle Books
At Visual Media Alliance (VMA), we know just how important it is to view creativity as a renewable resource. We're a nonprofit trade association that provides a variety of benefits and money-saving programs to creative, web, marketing and print businesses. Please enjoy our new monthly Cross-Media Chronicles newsletter, featuring the latest industry news, content and free digital downloads.
How to Market Yourself as a Designer
You’re a designer – you create beautiful things for a living. But when it comes to marketing yourself, many creatives cringe. Here are some easy steps to get your name out there so you can thrive in your freelance career. READ MORE >
Network and Eat Crab!
Meet the VMA staff, network with other creatives and feast on all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab right here in Oakland. It’s an excellent opportunity to treat or reward your employees and clients, network, get a chance to win raffle prizes, dance the night away, and did we mention – eat crab! SIGN UP HERE >
Proposed Rule Would let Employers Reimburse for Premiums
Under the Trump administration, there are new regulations that would make it easier for employers to enter into health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) with their employees, a practice that can be severely penalized under the Affordable Care Act. Under the proposed regulations, employees would be allowed to shop and pay for their own coverage using tax-free HRAs that are set up by their employers. READ MORE >
Why You Need to Pay Attention to Direct Mail
Although we’re primarily online, direct mail is a pivotal part of marketing when it comes to the human journey. Forty-five percent of consumers act on email immediately, whereas a stunning 79% act on direct mail right away. Read on for more stunning numbers and facts. READ MORE >
January's Featured Member
Steve Wignall, UV Coating and Laminating Specialist and Ernest Lompa, President and Owner, On Line Bindery
"As a 28 year member in what was PINC and is now VMA, we look back and greatly appreciate the support of the organization. We really think of them as a partner in our daily and yearly efforts to keep things moving forward and to help grow On Line Bindery to what it is today. They support us in so many areas like Workers Comp, auto insurance, general business insurance, pumping up the local industry, advertising, hosting events to inspire people to want to be a part of our industry. They also have done a phenomenal job helping our HR department navigate the crazy area of personnel and the issues that go with it. So if you do not have a relationship with them, I would definitely recommend giving them a call. They can put you with the right person to take care of your issue or needs in so many very important areas of business, so you can put the customer first and leave some of the headaches to VMA to deal with."