Welcome to The Studio!
Maurissa Hunter Marketing is a full spectrum marketing company that specializes in relevant website design, graphic design, consulting services, video and more. We can take care of everything you need to get your new business started, or to refresh your existing one. Take a minute to get to know me, or take a second to view the portfolio!
What We Can Do
Website Design • MySQL/PHP Database Systems • HTML 5 • Mobile Websites & Apps • SMS Gateway Integration • Interactive Websites and Games • Facebook and Other Social Media Page Design
Whether you want just a logo designed or whether you want a full branding package, Maurissa Hunter Marketing works with you to transform your company's vision into your identity.
The cornerstone to any community is communication between all citizens. That is why we support local and regional charities that give a voice to those who have difficulty speaking for themselves. As you can guess, community is something we hold very dear. That is why we strive to always produce community minded work at a fair rate or by donation.
Some key community projects that Maurissa Hunter Marketing has and/or continues to support include:
Haldimand-Norfolk Women's Services
United Way St. Catharines
Lincoln County Humane Society
Simcoe and District Humane Society
Text So Teens Can Talk
F.E.A.T. for Children
Good Idea! Theatre
Soutwestern Ontario Salvation Army
Windsor-Essex United Way
Port Dover Steelheads
2144 Forest Ave,
Windsor ON, N8W 2G5.
Telephone:+1 519 784 1163
Mon - Thu: 9:30 - 5:30
Friday:10:00 - 4:00
Not only do I have 5 years of technical and creative experience, I am young, stylistically up to date and eager to adapt to the needs of your company. I am used to working in a high-paced and professional environment and as a result am able to work with short deadlines.
I have an excellent eye for detail, and take pride in providing my clients with a high-quality transferrable final product that we both are happy with.
Furthermore, I regard each project as a new challenged as as a means to break personal and industrial boundaries. To me, each company's branding needs are puzzles, to which there is not just one solution but, rather, a plentitude. However, to me there is only one RIGHT solution, and that is the one that has the most accessibility and meets the needs of my clients most efficiently.
My creative vision centers around simplicity.
I believe that the most simplistic designs, applications and advertisements are often the most effective.
To me simplistic doesn't mean bland but rather refined, smooth, straight to the point and accurate. In web design simplicity means easy navigation, the kind of navigation that never requires a user to go back. In graphics that means logos that are readable and simple - therefore accessible and recognizable.
I believe this simplicity is needed in our modern day in age, as there already are so many images and messages in circulation. Simplicity takes your company out of the clutter and puts you straight in the minds of your customers
If you’re looking at this testimonial my best guess is that you’re half way sure about Maurissa, I know this because I was once in your position. To best describe it, it’s that feeling you get when you scheme through various website pages and you finally arrive at the testimonials’ page to validate if you’re making the right choice. Well let me put you in a calm state of mind, a year ago I made the decision to venture forth with Maurissa on project of epic proportions, the mission if she chose to accept it was to build me a social website in the likes of Twitter and Ebay geared towards college students. Unbeknown to me at the time of signing the contract I wasn’t just recruiting a hired gun, instead I would later find out that I was recruiting someone that could replicate the efforts of a whole army. To this day I’ve made peace with the fact that I’ll never truly know the extent to which she sacrificed and went beyond the limits of our signed contract to satisfy my vision. I can only promise you one thing, and it’s something I truly know, Maurissa will out work anybody and anything you throw at her because that’s the kind of person she is, and you better thank your lucky stars that she’s available.
– Sinvula Nalisa (CEO of Synchronized Messaging)
F.E.A.T. For Chidlren
Maurissa is an extraordinarily talented designer who is a forward thinker that uses her creativity to express the needs of her clients. She has developed a state of the art website that encompasses the dualistic needs of our non-profit organization. Her dedication, level of professional work, and the designs at Maurissa Hunter Marketing are unparalleled. It is through the design of F.E.A.T.'s website that we are able to meet the needs of our clients and funders as well as spread the awareness of our cause.
– Jessica Reid (Co-Founder and Executive Director of Programming and Research at F.E.A.T. for Children of Incarcerated Parents)
HNWS - Outside Looking In
Maurissa Hunter has recently completed several essential marketing components of a group exhibition entitled “Outside, Looking In”, for which I was projector coordinator and curator. Ms. Hunter designed and created a fantastic brand image for my exhibition, beginning with a logo, an interactive webpage and Facebook site, and including exhibition invitations and posters, a seventy page documentary catalogue and accompanying video. Ms. Hunter further extended her technological abilities to create QR codes for all of the exhibition labels adding an innovative element to our display. However, because this project is to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Haldimand Norfolk Women’s Services, Ms. Hunter rendered all of these professional services gracefully free of charge. I cannot begin to describe how pleasurable and easy it was to work with Ms. Hunter. All of her work was completed thoroughly, professionally and in a timely fashion. Ms. Hunter is extremely competent in her profession and brought many creative and innovative ideas to the table. She is an excellent designer and collaborator, and added current and imaginative dimensions to this project, by way of social media and interactive technology. In sum, Ms. Hunter extended an extremely insightful vision for this project.
– Eve Yantha (HNWS Outside Looking In Organizer)
Freelance Marketing Specialist (Dec 2008- Present)
Digital Media Specialist (Oct 2010- Feb 2011)
Barber & Veri Inc.
Executive of Post Production (May 2008 - May 2009)
Motion Graphic Artist/Assistant Editor (May 2007-Dec 2008)
Producer (Documentary/Corporate) (May 2006-2008)
Intern (June-Dec 2006)
Honours BA in Film Studies
Brock University | June 2009
Honours BA in Philosophy
Brock University | June 2009
Suede Productions | June 2006 - Dec 2008
Aurora Ward For Advertising Excellence (Platinum)
Sponsor: Suede Productions
Project: Diamler Chrysler Financial PSA
Top Graduate (Film Studies 2009)
24 Hour Film Fest (2nd Place)
Project: Thought You Should Know
Homer Plant Creative Writing Award (1st Place)
University of Windsor
Project: Wic Wash Bah Ballah Hah
Our Mission Statement
To create a vision for each company that is truly unique, and individual and to create a brand that represents the company even as it grows.
Maurissa Hunter Marketing also has a mission to provide marketing solutions that effectively represent, promote and help grow a company while keeping in mind the global responsibility for truth in advertising. Additionally, we have a strict set of ethics that guides us through each day to help us not only create an advertisement or website that is attractive, cutting edge and beautiful but also make everything accessible, make it honest, and make sure that no business we believe could hurt or damage any other individuals. To top it off we recycle, most the time.
The Rubix Philosophy
Due to my minor in philosophy and my many years of communications theory it stands to reason I would come up with a philosophy that governs my actions and helps me explain my approach to others. The Rubix philosophy is basically my 1985 influenced philosophy based on no other than the Rubix Cube
Marketing As A Rubix Cube
If you think of your business' marketing as a rubix cube you will be able to see how each side, comprised of pieces, makes up an important area of marketing.
Each individual side is made up of several ‘sectors’. Each sector is a part of that branding component
When you start marketing, your cube looks messy like this. You have all sorts of pieces, all over the place, and none of them are lining up. The same thing can happen if you have a lot of different designers, or go years without rebranding.
If you are starting out, you may know you need to print some things in black and white, will need a contact form on your website, and have a print ad for newspapers or magazines. Or maybe you had a campaign already but only focussed on one or two sectors, and changed your brand a little to match it. Whether new or old you may find the process is muddled.
Like the process of solving a Rubix cube, there are several ways to go about it - an infinite number of twists and turns to get all the sides to match up. But how efficiently you solve it, well that requires a certain focus and a certain understanding.
Solving Your Rubix Cube
The problem with solving a rubix cube is the same problem as solving corporate branding - if you don’t go about the task with a process that looks at the whole puzzle, you will end up no better off then where you began.
Unless you look at the whole puzzle and have someone who can see the way it should come out, you may never be able to get it right again
what differentiates my approach is how I look at the puzzle of marketing. From the beginning I try to foresee any possible ways the branding will have to manifest itself.
After that I create a branding package that can be transferred to any medium. By doing that I can hand you a solved puzzle. And if your marketing needs change, I can help you expand or readjust the puzzle without making it a mess.
Why This Makes Me Different
Not only do I look at what you will need to do to make your rubix cube match on all sides, I also look around your cube. To truly solve your puzzle the best way possible, I look at the market you exist in, who your customers will be, who your investors will be, and decide how they would prefer you solved that rubix cube.
In that sense I don't believe it is really enough to just see your rubix cube. You have to almost see all the people like you, who have rubix cubes, and see how they have solved it. You have to see the network. In marketing that means you look to see how other compayny's have successfully, or unsuccessfully, branded themselves.
If you don't look around you may lose the attention of your audience because they either disagree with how you have solved your rubix cube, or you will have bored them. In marketing this means that you need to make sure you brand yourself in the way that your consumers want to see you, and essentially themselves. You have to look at what they prefer to see, how they prefer to interact and how your competition interacts with them. This is especially true if you want to be the best.
Terms Of Service
All services provided by Maurissa Hunter are subject to the following terms and conditions unless otherwise stipulated in the quote.
1.0 Quotes and Contracts
1.1 Quotes provided to prospects will be honored for 30 days. A new quote will then be provided upon request.
1.2 Contracts that have been written, but not signed by the client will only be accepted within 30 days of the delivery date. A new contract may be drawn up upon request.
2.0 Charges And Fees
2.1 Standard rate for all projects, unless quoted differently, is $75.00 per hour.
2.2 All new web design projects that are $400 US or less require full payment upon contract signing.
2.3 All new clients will be required to pay 50% of the total of the contract upon signing of the contract. Work will not begin until this is received.
2.4 Any check payments that do not clear will be charged a $35 fee.
2.5 Maurissa Hunter retains the right to hold all graphics, and project development with the exception of content and graphics provided by the client, until payment is received for such items. (See copyright & ownership clause)
3.1 Maurissa Hunter accepts payments via cheque, cash, PayPal or money order. E-Checks are not accepted and will be refunded immediately.
3.2 Your project will not be released to you or uploaded until full payment is received and has cleared.
4.0 Foreign Payments
4.1 Maurissa Hunter does business internationally and thus will make every effort to accomodate the payment methods available by clients living outside of Canada. Clients outside of Canada may pay by certified cheque, PayPal, or Western Union.
5.0 Hours of Operation
5.1 Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9-5 with the exception of Canadian and Ontario government specified holidays.
5.2 If you require maintenance after the posted hours, such as on weekends or holidays, you will be charged the base rate of $75 per hour with an additional charge of $50 per hour for after hours assistance.
6.0 Copyright & Ownership
6.1 Upon completion of the project, Maurissa Hunter transfers all rights and ownership of CUSTOM designs and programming written by Maurissa Hunter to the client.
6.1.1 Rights will not be transferred to the client until all payments are up-to-date.
6.1.2 In the event that the account remains with an outstanding balance after project completion, all rights for the project remain with Maurissa Hunter until the account is paid in full
6.2 Software and third party graphics or programs are not transferred to the client and remain under copyright of their respective owners.
6.3 Maurissa Hunter reserves the right to resell custom designed web sites that remain unpaid by the client for over 160 days.
6.4 Maurissa Hunter reserves the right to display web sites and graphics that have been designed by Maurissa Hunter on her web site, and in any marketing material to aid as examples of our work.
7.0 Website Design Credit
7.1 All Maurissa Hunter web design clients will have a Powered by Maurissa Hunter link on their website in the footer of every page. This is non-negotiable.
7.2 By hiring Maurissa Hunter to work on your website you are agreeing to this, and that you understand that this link may NOT be removed without consent.
7.2.1 You may pay Maurissa Hunter a fee of $750 to have this link permanently removed.
7.2.2 Should you have a new layout designed for your site by a company other than Maurissa Hunter, you may remove the credit from your website. Thank you.
8.0 Refunds, Terminations and Project Cancellation
8.1 Maurissa Hunter requires a deposit before she begins work on any project. This deposit is retained in cases of termination, project cancellation or refund.
8.2 A request to terminate services at any point must be presented to Maurissa Hunter in writing.
8.3 Maurissa Hunter has a Guaranteed 30 Day Turnaround for your project unless otherwise outlined in a schedule of delivery. .If Maurissa Hunter fails to complete your project within 30 days of the estimated completion date AND you have turned in all content, images and information requested by Maurissa Hunter, and the delivery schedule does not stipulate a longer turnaround time, you will receive a full refund within 30 days of your written request. Otherwise, please follow the refund terms below.
8.4 Refund Amounts will be calculated in the following ways:
8.4.1 A cancellation fee of 20% (twenty percent) of the total amount to be paid will be retained for projects that have been booked, but cancelled prior to the start date. This does not apply to retainer quotes.
8.4.2 A cancellation fee of 30% (thirty percent) of the total deposit paid will be retained for projects that have been started and are in the design process. This does not apply to retainer quotes.
8.4.3 A design fee of 45% (forty-five percent) will be retained on projects where the design portion of the development has been completed, and the client has accepted the design, but whereas the development process of the project has not begun. (Upon payment, the design will be released to the client for use, see copyright & ownership clause) This does not apply to retainer quotes.
8.4.4 Projects that are in the development process at the time the request for termination is received will be billed at the hourly rate of $135 per hour. This does not apply to retainer quotes.
8.4.4 (i) Should the amount of time put into your project be greater than the deposit you have paid to Maurissa Hunter, you will be billed the difference.
8.4.4 (ii) Upon payment of these fees, the work completed up to the time of termination will be released to the client.
8.5 Refunds will be processed within 30 business days of request by the client, if there is a refund amount due based on the terms above.
8.6 Because Maurissa Hunter resells hosting for a larger company, Maurissa Hunters is unable to offer refunds on hosting, SSL and domain services. If you are dissatisfied with the hosting services provided, Maurissa Hunter will be happy to work out a solution with you that will meet your company’s needs.
8.7 Because Maurissa Hunter provides retainer services at a reduced rate and schedules time several months in advance for a client the cancellation and subsequent penalties for work retainers are as follows:
8.7.1 For retainer based projects that booked but cancelled prior to the start date a cancellation fee of 30% (thirty percent) of the total amount that would be paid by the end of the term of the retainer will be retained or billed to the client.
8.7.2 For retainer based projects that have been started but remain in the first month of the retainer:
8.7.2 (i) A cancellation fee of 50% (fifty percent) of the total amount that would be paid by the end of the term of the retainer will be retained or billed to the client.
8.7.2 (ii) The difference between the standard hourly rate ($75 per hour) and the retainer rate per hour ($50) will be charged for ALL hours worked to date.
8.7.3 For 6 month retainer based projects that have been started but are past the first month of the retainer:
8.7.3 (i) A cancellation fee of 100% (one hundred percent) of the total amount that would be paid by the end of the term of the retainer will be retained or billed to the client.
8.7.3 (ii) Any payments already received will be subtracted from this total.
8.7.3 (iii) The difference between the standard hourly rate ($75 per hour) and the retainer rate per hour ($50) will be charged for ALL hours worked to the date of cancellation.
8.7.4 For 1 year retainer based projects that have been started but are past the first month of the retainer:
8.7.4 (i) A cancellation fee of 60% (one hundred percent) of the total amount that would be paid by the end of the term of the retainer will be retained or billed to the client.
8.7.4 (ii) The difference between the standard hourly rate ($75 per hour) and the retainer rate per hour ($50) will be charged for ALL hours worked to date.
9.0 Development & Delivery
9.1 Maurissa Hunter understands the importance of completing projects in a timely manner. I agree to complete the web design project within 30 days from the date of contract signing unless otherwise stipulated by the contract.
10.0 Delays on Delivery
10.1 If the client does not supply Maurissa Hunter with com plete text,graphic content and other requested materials for the contracted client within 30 days of contract signing, the contract becomes void and all deposits paid by the client are forfeited.
10.2 The client may request a Project Extension in writing to Maurissa Hunter for an additional fee of 20% of the project total cost for every 30 days of extension. All extension fees are due upon agreement of the extension between Maurissa Hunter and the client.
10.3 If a client does not supply the required assets at the time of contract signing the project will be delayed
10.4 If the nature of the project is changed significantly, as deemed by Maurissa Hunter, the project's schedule will be readjusted accordingly.
11.1 If Maurissa Hunter is unable to communicate with a client on a project for a duration of at least thirty days (30) by phone or e-mail during the design and development process, the project will be canceled without prior notice and no refund will be issued.
12.0 Late Payments
12.1 All payments not made within 15 calendar days of their due date stipulated on the invoice/quote are subject to 2% monthly interest charge, 24% per annum.
12.2 All payments not made within 60 calendar days of their due date stipulated on the invoice/quote will be collected through the appropriate courts.
12.3 In the event of judicial intervention, all legal fees and expenses aquired by Maurissa Hunter will be billed to the client in addition to the outstanding balance.
13.1 Please read the Warranty document attached to your quote where relevant to view warranty policy
14.1 In no event shall Maurissa Hunter be liable to the client for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the use of the web site, services, and/ore goods provided to the client. This includes, without limitation, lost profits, business interruption, loss of data or other losses directly resulting from the use of the web site, services, and/or goods provided to the client. The entire risk as to the quality and performance of the web design is with the client.
15.0 Project Consideration
15.1 Please note that Maurissa Hunter is an individually owned and operated company. Therefore, I will not accept projects that I find morally questionable, unethical, or distasteful.
15.2 Maurissa Hunter reserves the right to quit a job, or refuse to finnish work if the terms or the nature of the job changes in a way that would lead Maurissa Hunter to break laws. For example, if Maurissa Hunter is instructed by the client to steal graphics or footage, she may at any point refuse to finnish the project.
15.2.1 The client, in the case that the contract is canceled by Maurissa Hunter for the above reasons, is responsible for full payment regardless of the ending of the contract.
15.3 Maurissa Hunter reserves the right to quit a job, or refuse to finnish work if the terms or the nature of the job changes in a way that would lead Maurissa Hunter to be a victim of crime. This does not include civil acts of crime such as harassment, abuse (verbal and physical) threats, attacks, slander etc.
15.3.1 The client, in the case that the contract is canceled by Maurissa Hunter for the above reasons, is responsible for full payment regardless of the ending of the contract.
15.4 This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario. Exclusive jurisdiction and venue is as governed in the district court of Windsor, Ontario Canada.
16.1 Please note that by submitting your down payment for Maurissa Hunter’s services you are agreeing to all of our terms of service as written here.
17.0 Changing Of The Terms Of Service
17.1 Maurissa Hunter reserves the right to change or update these terms at any time.
17.1.1 If Maurissa Hunter changes the terms during the course of a contract Maurissa Hunter will notify the client of the change of terms of service and ask them to sign a revised set of terms of service.
17.1.1 (i) If the client signs in agreement to the changed terms of service the previous terms of service will become void and the agreed upon terms of service will remain in effect until the project is complete unless the terms are altered again.
17.1.1 (ii) If the client is not in agreement to the changed terms of service and does not sign the revised terms of service the project will be considered cancelled by the client and all cancelation penalties will be incurred by the client.
17.1.2 If the client is not in a current contract signing it is expected that at the start of any project the client review the terms of service again prior to the beginning of any project. It is not the duty of Maurissa Hunter to advise previous clients of changed terms.
17.2 The to date terms of service can be found under the about section of www.maurissahunter.com
17.3 These terms of service were last updated on March 12, 2012