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Brad Hawkes

Brad Hawkes

Brad is our Content Marketing Manager. He’s unusually keen on all things communication and has spent the last decade dabbling in digital marketing and honing his skills as a copywriter, translator, and presenter. He’s always looking for simpler, clearer ways to say things and loves helping people craft quality content and get their message across. He also makes a fine cup of coffee.

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October 9, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

Why free clipart doesn't make me cringe anymore

Growing up, I was always into the visual arts. Inspired by surrealists, cartoonists, and graffiti artists, I doodled my way through high school, taking extracurricular art classes whenever I had the chance. 

This was before smartphone filters and Photoshop had turned every other office worker into a shake n' bake-style creative. The area of the arts was reserved for the Cure-loving goths down the back of the schoolyard. And the hazy-eyed hippies with their handpainted schoolbags and tie-dye Hendrix shirts. The closest I ever came to digital art was when I was handed a school bulletin covered in ClipArt. 

And it made me cringe. 

 

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September 27, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

Pickit Wins Office App Award for 3rd Year in a Row

Forgive us for being self-indulgent, but we're pretty thrilled to hear the Pickit app has won another award this year at the Office APP Awards. The announcement was made at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, and this time we took home an award in the category Best Overall App

 

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July 21, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

How to create compelling Word documents in under 5 minutes

Do you spend too much time creating last-minute documents? We know the feeling, so here's 5 simple steps to help you create more compelling Word documents without hiring a designer. 

 

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June 27, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

How to balance text and presentation images in your PowerPoint slides

Do you sometimes wonder how to balance your content and get the image to text ratio right in your PowerPoint slides?

Here are a few quick tips to help you create clearer, more compelling presentations. 

 

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June 14, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

How to create an effective PowerPoint presentation in under 5 minutes


Looking for tips on creating compelling Word documents? Click here


Do you spend too much time sorting slides and creating last-minute presentations? We know the feeling, so here's 5 simple steps to get delivering effective PowerPoint presentations and looking like a pro without even trying.  

 

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June 7, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

10 easy ways to make your work stand out in Microsoft Word

We’ve all been there—you send out a memo or brief to your colleagues before a meeting, and when it’s time to discuss… No one’s actually read it. Bummer, right?

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May 25, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

Reasons to localize images: lessons learned from big brands and small startups

Communicating well with customers means speaking their language, and that doesn’t just mean investing in a translator. Getting the words right is a good start, but we also need to make sure we’re using the right visual vocabulary and choosing pictures everybody can understand. That’s where localizing comes in.

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May 22, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

Overused stock photos that might be making your work look bad

When stock photos are good, they’re really good. But when they’re bad, they’re bad. Really bad.

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May 18, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

Struggling to find images to fit your presentation?

Nothing ruins the perfect presentation quite like a predictable stock photo. But what’s the alternative? Finding royalty-free photos that fit and still making deadline is no mean feat. Enter crowdsourcing – it enables companies to access to the world’s most creative people, and in turn, images that are sure to stop any audience from snoozing.

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May 16, 2017 / Brad Hawkes

Why you should consider crowdsourcing brand images

It’s said that over the last decade around 85% of the biggest global brands have used crowdsourcing for things like generating ideas and building awareness. At Pickit, we’re also witnessing how crowdsourcing can play its part in producing some pretty impressive brand images. Here’s a few things we’ve noticed, and a some reasons we think jumping on the crowdsourcing bandwagon makes a lot of sense.

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