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HUTdogs is named Constant Contact’s Solution Provider of the Year

Monday, October 5th, 2015


OCTOBER 5, 2015

HUTdogs is named Constant Contact’s Solution Provider of the year. HUTdogs was selected from over 10,000 national Solution Providers.

The announcement was made at the Red Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas Nevada
during this year’s Constant Contact’s OneCon Conference. Solution Providers, Constant Contact Executives and Constant Contact staff gather to share ideas and ways to grow and improve. The conference hosts attendees from around the world.

HUTdogsConstantContactSP2015award“We have been a Solution Provider for Constant Contact for several years, which has been wonderful for our business, and to be honored with their top award is simply amazing!” Said Merri Jill Finstrom, Chief Creative Officer at HUTdogs. “It is also very humbling knowing that HUTdogs is partnered with, and recognized by, a world class company like Constant Contact.”

HUTdogs offers marketing by design. They are rooted in graphic design and have seen the impact that Email Marketing and Social Media can have on small and large businesses alike.  They have been in business for over 15 years helping businesses and non-profits.


Put the Hex on your colors

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Color Explorer: Find your HEX values

Colors play an important role in brand recognition.  Sometimes I can’t remember the name brand of a product I’m looking for at the market. But, I still find the product because I remember the color of the container!

Big brands like McDonalds, Starbucks, Pepsi and Coca-Cola are very particular about consistent color use. You should be too!

Have you ever been asked for the HEX (hexadecimal) values for the colors in your brand?

Different on-line tools often allow you to plug in a specific color # (HEX value).  For example, in Constant Contact, you might want to match a background color, headline or graphic element to a color in your logo to tie it all together. That’s good design technique.

I recently discovered a cool tool at a Constant Contact training session that makes finding your HEX colors a snap.

Color Explorer ( is free to use. It allows you to easily create, manage and evaluate color palettes for your web designs, email campaigns, Canva creations and much more.

With Color Explorer, you can simply upload your logo or an image, and it will extract a complete color palette of all the colors in that image.  It will give you the HEX value as well as the RGB values.

I suggest that you print out your brand’s color palette and keep it handy as you create email campaigns, graphics in and other on-line tools.