We are hiring: Graphic Design Intern


We are hiring: Graphic Design Intern

Want to go on a creative adventure? Then you are the person we are looking for. So...apply today.


The candidate will have a passion for design and marketing/advertising. This person must be a self-starter, team-oriented, have a yearning to learn, and excel at multi-tasking a variety of projects.

This position will run from August/September to early December. Time period and schedule is flexible.


  • Working with the Creative Director to design print and digital materials, such as, promotional web graphics, flyers, banners, posters, invitations, logos, and other materials as needed
  • Prepare images and content to coincide with social media and blog posts
  • Photo manipulation, photocomposition, illustration, & presentation layout 
  • Assist with design updates
  • Other projects/duties as assigned


  • Strong working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+
  • Proficient in Adobe software (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop)
  • Fearless attitude towards technology and a willingness to learn
  • Ability to work quickly and handle multiple projects at once while maintaining organization and deadlines
  • Collaborative with a self-starting team spirit
  • Maintain a familiarity with digital trends and other relevant media  
  • Ability to receive design feedback and direction fluidly, but be able to voice your opinion on style and aesthetic
  • Attention to detail is a must
  • Web design experience is a plus

This is a part-time, on site, unpaid internship in return for college class credit.

Candidate must have own laptop, but Adobe software can be provided.

To apply: send portfolio and resume to info@grovacreative.com.


GiavonaDesign wins ADDYs for client projects and self-promotional work


GiavonaDesign wins ADDYs for client projects and self-promotional work

GiavonaDesign, LLC, an award-winning design boutique based in Tallahassee, FL recently took home four Silver ADDY® Awards from the Tallahassee American Advertising Awards put on by the American Advertising Federation, Tallahassee Chapter.

Submissions honored with Silver include:

Client: Florida Jazz and Blues Festival Submission: Festival Integrated Advertising Campaign

Client: Florida Jazz and Blues Festival

Submission: Festival Integrated Advertising Campaign

Client: Florida A&M University Submission: FAMU Women History Month Integrated Branded Content Campaign

Client: Florida A&M University

Submission: FAMU Women History Month Integrated Branded Content Campaign

Self-Promo piece for GiavonaDesign, LLC Submission: GoalScorin’ Poster

Self-Promo piece for GiavonaDesign, LLC

Submission: GoalScorin’ Poster

Self-Promo piece for GiavonaDesign, LLC Submission: Motivatin’ Design Integrated Campaign

Self-Promo piece for GiavonaDesign, LLC

Submission: Motivatin’ Design Integrated Campaign

The awards were presented on Saturday, February 25, during the 2017 “Voyage to India” Gala held at the FSU Alumni Center. As the top ranking Silvers in their category, the Florida Jazz and Blues Campaign and the FAMU Women History Month Campaign will automatically advance to compete in the District ADDY® Competition.

With over 40,000 entries annually, the ADDY® Awards are the world’s largest and arguably toughest three-tier advertising competition. The ADDY® Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from all types of media from all over the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. It is the only creative awards program administered by the advertising industry for the industry, and is put on by the not-for-profit association, the American Advertising Federation. 


International Davey Awards announces GiavonaDesign as a Winner


International Davey Awards announces GiavonaDesign as a Winner

With nearly 4,000 entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the Davey Awards honors the finest creative work from the best small agencies, firms, and companies worldwide. We are honored and beyond proud to receive two Silver Awards for our design work this year!

The first silver is awarded to our "Slamdunkin Design Poster" we created for giveaways at trade shows, and the second is for our "Lollipop Campaign." 

About The Davey Awards: 
The Davey Awards exclusively honor the “Davids” of creativity, the finest small agencies, firms and companies worldwide. David defeated the giant Goliath with a big idea and a little rock - the sort of thing small agencies do each year. The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the "Creative Davids", who derive their strength from big ideas rather than big budgets. The Davey Awards is the leading awards competition specifically for smaller agencies as they compete with their peers to win the recognition they deserve.



6 Holiday Marketing Tips All Businesses Should Know

As much as we would like to, you can't just toss out a marketing campaign during the holidays and watch the money roll in. Like anything else in business, it requires a specific approach. Here are six marketing tips to help your business marekting plan engage your customers in such a way that it inspires a buying spree.


1.    Focus on the Right Emotions

Each holiday has a different theme. Christmas is home, hearth, and generosity, for example. Valentine's Day is about romantic relationships and love in general. These themes and topics inspire different emotions, and all successful holiday marketing campaigns tap into these emotions. Connecting with your audience on a rational level is important, but to push them into making a decision you must touch them emotionally.

If you're having trouble figuring which themes to go after, talk to people. Ask them what they feel about specific holidays and what they do. You may even learn something new about it, which can lead to more creative and powerful campaigns.


2.    Use the Internet

Black Friday is one of the most chaotic days in America, and for good reasons. There are deals there that you cannot find at any other time. What most small businesses forget is that many opt out of the chaos and physical beating that can come from Black Friday by shopping online.

Online deals make creative campaigns possible. Countdowns and games are all possible. These not only increase your reach and conversions, it engages people on levels that may not be possible if done out of the blue. Send out emails announcing upcoming contests and events, and makes sure those events are in theme with the holiday.


3.    Make Company Staff Part of the Plan

Celebrity endorsements are powerful, but they can come with a stigma. When trying to speak to the market's emotions, celebrities don’t always work quite as well. Many customers view them with a wary eye. Fortunately, there's a workaround. You won't even need to hire anyone new because you're bringing company employees into it.

Have staff participate and help spread word and awareness of the campaign, or have them participate in commercials. Putting more human faces on the camera and having your employees talk to their peers through social media makes the event more honest and thus more engaging. This is simply the more efficient and effective solution.


4.    Make It Consistent

Multichannel marketing/advertising isn't special. It's in fact expected. What is special is the effort to make the experience consistent, no matter where your customers view it. It goes beyond using the right colors and putting out branded materials. How your deals are presented and what deals are available should be recognizable, fair, and consistent, no matter where the customer sees them.

Deals and offers should be as consistent as possible across all channels. It can be tempting to offer varying deals across the different channels to get customers to visit all of them, but that runs the very real risk of alienating them instead. Of course, there are exceptions such as deals that are only available or applicable online, so make sure your staff knows which offers apply to which channels.


5.    Make Campaigns Easy to Share

You can't intentionally make something go viral. You can create something with the intent of it spreading like wildfire, but that's largely up to the audience. What you can do is increase the odds of that happening by making it easy to share. This is important, as many people use word of mouth to help them make purchasing decisions.

There are a number of ways you can make content easier to share. Sometimes, it's as simple as adding sharing links to your content. One click and the share goes out to the world. You should also make sure your headlines fit into as many social networking sites as possible. Facebook, for example, likes headlines that are 40 or less characters.


6.    Let Customers Become Part of the Campaign

One of the latest developments established by millennials is the idea that it's less about the product and more about being seen with it. Advertisers have had to adjust to this way of thinking and have found that letting people become part of the marketing campaign often leads to high conversion rates. How you do that will depend on the nature of your campaign.

For example, a Christmas campaign might involve an app that lets customers put their pictures into special Christmas cards that come with a special offer. Let your customers get involved. Think about what they would find fun and give it to them.

There's no better time than the holidays to build emotional bonds. Smart marketers won't let these opportunities slide. Learn about the holidays and make them a part of your company's future?


Looking for more advertising advice this holiday season? We can help! Sign up for your free 30 minute consultation. 



Is Your Logo Trendy?

Every organization has a different set of tastes, and every brand project requires a different style, and has different uses. These days, brands are not only found via print channels, but are also more commonly found in the digital era via social media channels. It’s important to know which styles work for both digital and print networks while keeping up with current market trends. This way we stay ahead of the curve, and provide you with a quality and effective logo.

Download our "Logo Days of Summer" infographic to find out the top eight logo trends. Compare it against your logo. Is your logo summer hot or ice cold?



Tallahassee's 2015 Media Auction

It's that time of year again where you can get all kinds of media at a discounted rate! Don't miss your chance to bid on billboards, ad space in publications, logo design, and other marketing services. This event will sure be a great time! Tickets are only $15 online. All proceeds go to a great cause: student scholarships in the advertising industry and continuing education for professionals in the advertising market. Check out the full list of items up for auction. You won't want to miss this event!



Judges Comments

I've very excited because a few days ago I received the judges' comments from the National IMCA Awards. It's so exciting to read the reviews! It's a great benefit to receive valuable feedback from a panel of judges who are experts in my industry. It's a great resource to find out where you stand amongst your peers and how you can improve.

I originally entered four categories, but only placed in two. The four categories are:

  1. Marketing, Electronic or Interactive Communications.
  2. Public Relations, Total Campaign
  3. Sales/Marketing/Branding Total Campaign less than $50K
  4. External Corporate Audio/Visual Communications

Now, I can't take all the credit for myself because my boss and I do work very closely together. We tend to brainstorm the messaging together, but our individual responsibilities can be divided as: she does the writing and I do the visuals. I must say I think we are an awesome team!

The judges comments are below. Please feel free to click on the image to make it larger.



Tallahassee Media Auction


Tallahassee Media Auction

I am proud to say that this year I am involved in the Tallahassee Media Auction. It has been a blast to help the AdFed-Tallahassee with getting the branding together and asking for donations. It is going to be a blast and be here before you know it! If you are a small business or non-profit in the local area, you should attend! This is your chance to bid on marketing services and media opportunities at highly reduced rates! Not only is there going to be bidding, but local food and brew! Come out...network...and support AAFT's scholarship fund for communication students in the area.

  • When: November 20, 2014
  • Where: Domi Station

Learn more and register.