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REVIEW: MARRIOTT’S MOXY HOTEL IS THE PERFECT HOTEL FOR TRY-HARD HIPSTERS

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In preparation for the first flights at Seattle’s Paine Field, I had to arrive in the Seattle area the night before the first flights. With only a few older mid-range hotels located directly around Paine Field, I decided to stay in Downtown Seattle. As a traveler who considers himself fairly loyal to the Marriott Bonvoy program, I decided to first check Marriott’s website to see if there were any properties that were of interest to me and were within my budget. Seattle has grown increasingly pricey with nightly rates for a standard three-star hotel routinely starting around $200 without taxes and fees. To my surprise, nightly rates were quite inexpensive with hotels averaging around $150 a night. That left me with plenty of options. However, one option, in particular, stood out to me, the Moxy Hotel in South Lake Union near Amazon’s campus.

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At just $147.66 a night with taxes and fees, it was a no brainer to book using cash allowing myself the opportunity to earn Bonvoy points. The Moxy Seattle stood out to me more than any other hotel as it’s still a new and emerging brand. Seattle features nearly every Marriott brand in existence, however, none of the other properties really stood out. With most hotels priced around the same nightly rate, I decided to book the Moxy Hotel.

I used my American Express Platinum Card to book my stay. Since I booked directly through Marriott and not American Express Travel, I only earned 1x points this stay. If I would have used the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card by American Express I would have earned a whopping 6x points with this stay.

I booked the Moxy Seattle roughly an hour before I arrived at the hotel. I arrived at the hotel around 10:30 in the morning and, having recently been dropped down to Gold Elite status, I figured I would have to wait for my room in the lobby for an hour or so. To my surprise, a room was assigned to me soon after booking.

After a rather long drive complete with bumper-to-bumper traffic, I arrived at the hotel. The exterior of the hotel is quite unique. It reminded me of something you’d see in Reykjavik, Iceland or in Scandinavia. The exterior also seemed rather premium and upscale, though, the booming neighborhood likely contributed to this feeling.

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I made my way into the lobby and was immediately flooded with stereotypical hipster decor. The lobby is littered with wood accents, cement walls and ceilings, mismatched chairs, a bookshelf, colorful accents and wall art, flannel blankets, and pretty much anything else available in Urban Outfitters’s Home Collection. The lobby felt like the hotel equivalent of that one meme featuring Steve Buscemi, the “how do you do fellow kids” meme. What I couldn’t find was the check-in desk. After a few seconds of rapidly surveying the cluttered lobby, I located the check-in desk. To my surprise, the check-in desk was located at the bar.

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The bar served as the focal point of the lobby though the red check-in sign was oddly hidden from view positioned well above eye-level. The bar makes up 90% of the check-in counter area. The check-in counter was comically small with just two check-in positions spaced just inches from each other. To make the check-in experience even less enjoyable, the bar area gets surprisingly busy and quite loud in the evening. I can’t imagine checking into the hotel on a busy Friday night.

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I approached the check-in counter and the stereotypical Seattlelite behind the counter greeted me with a smile. She couldn’t have been more than two or three years older than me yet, throughout the entire check-in process, she talked to me as if I was a young child. While I wasn’t offended or insulted, I was confused. The way in which she spoke to me throughout the check-in process threw me off to the point that I don’t remember much of what she said. Though her tone and demeanor were off, she was welcoming and enthusiastic about the new hotel.

Check-in was completed in around three minutes. Before I left the check-in desk, I was handed a pink poker chip which entitled me to a few drink or espresso beverage at the bar during my stay.

A Standard King Room at a Moxy Hotel by Marriott

I was upgraded to an enhanced room, a concept I yet to fully grasp. I had booked a room with a king bed and was upgraded to a room with a king bed. Though the room was not the largest, it was an upgrade over my original room at least according to the representative at check-in.

I was assigned a room on the third floor. My room was at the end of the main hallway which I prefer as corner rooms typically cut down on noise. This particular hotel was equipped with a mobile key system, however, I never received the option for a mobile key.

As I previously mentioned, the room was pretty small. However, smaller rooms are somewhat part of the appeal or at least the concept of Moxy Hotels. I personally didn’t have a problem with the size of the room, maybe because I’m a millennial, but many travelers will surely take issue with the smaller size of the room.

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The hipster-esque decor was quite apparent from the moment I stepped foot inside the room. The room featured decor reminiscent of a barn and the 1960s with many aspects of the room feeling quite retro.

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The most premium and functional part of the room was the bathroom. It was brightly lit, featured a door that actually locked, and the fixtures and furnishings felt quite upscale. The only two examples of the Moxy’s trashy design evident in the bathroom was the drain in the shower which featured the phrase, “the deep end” and the hot pink blow-dryer. One thing I would change about the bathroom would be the hand soap, shampoo, and body wash which smelled a great deal like bubble gum or cotton candy.

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Aside from the bathroom, other parts of the room were quite awkward. For some unknown reason, hoteliers think that millennials and younger travelers don’t use desks. This is simply not true. Millennials are far more likely to work remotely than older generations making a desk even more important than in traditional hotels. However, at the Moxy Seattle, the desk was a fold-out tray table not much larger than an airplane tray table. The desk featured a small spongey stool that was surprisingly comfortable. Nonetheless, the lack of a true desk was noticeable to someone, like me, who works remotely. The desk also featured a lack of AC outlets.

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Directly above the desk was the wall of many functions. This wall served as the closet. Before I continue, no, the room did not feature a traditional closet, only a wall with some hooks. A large metal bar ran along the wall and featured some rather sharp industrial-looking hooks for storage. From those hooks, guests can hang their clothes except, there were just four hangars. Also hanging from the hooks was a full-mirror, the luggage tray, and an industrial-esque Edison bulb light fixture. Overall, though it might have saved space, the closet-wall was an absolutely awful substitute to a traditional closet.

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The wall-closet was one of many examples of the hotel giving off a try-hard hipster vibe. Sure, it saved some space and was an alternative take on a closet and in-room storage, but it overlooked the fact that millennials also need to hang up their recently dry-cleaned sport-jacket. Millennials also need proper storage.

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A second apparent element that exemplified the Moxy’s try-hard attitude was the various forms of artwork and decor. I almost found the art and decor to be borderline insulting to young adult travelers. It was if the designers of this hotel have no clue what millennial travelers actually want in their hotel rooms. For example, one of the focal points of the closet-wall was a framed picture of three silhouettes with stereotypical hipster beards and mustaches. Additionally, the pillow on the bedside chair featured the text “I just want to drink coffee, create stuff, and sleep.” That pillow belongs in the corny sorority girl’s freshmen year dorm room, not a $150 a night hotel room.

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Other examples of trashy artwork included the wall-sized picture of three hipsters taking a selfie with bigfoot near the elevators and the hip-new take on the ‘wet floor’ sign which featured a silhouette slipping and proceeding to throw up jazz-hands. While, no, wall art and aesthetics do not impact the functionality of the hotel, I can’t help but wonder how much time and effort was spent designing a Moxy Hotel only to come up with the most insulting and stereotypical tryhard design elements.

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Returning to elements of the Moxy experience that directly impact a guest, I found the bed to be less than comfortable. The bed felt thin and the bed linens were some of the thinnest I’ve come across in my travels. The room did not feature a traditional duvet and both sheets were thin to begin with. Delta and American Airlines both offer superior linens in their international business class cabins. While the sheets were thin and the bed was stiff, I managed to get a solid 8 hours of sleep.

The room did feature an abundance of power outlets near the bed which is essential for any traveler, not just millennials. One aspect of the room that was especially puzzling was the height of one of the two bedside tables. The bedside table, which also featured a retro-looking phone and storage, was no more than 10 inches off the ground. I managed to get past the odd height of the bedside table but it was still quite odd and seemed out of place.

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One aspect that I would eliminate from any millennial-centric hotel room is the TV which, at the Moxy was both large, offered super crisp viewing, and was internet enabled. That said since, like most younger travelers I stream content via my iPad, laptop, and even my phone, I did not use the TV once. I did, however, peer out the window for maybe an hour which provided great views of the up-and-coming neighborhood.

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As a whole, the room was sufficient. The bed was underwhelming, the decor was tacky, and only the basic essentials were included in the room. It was a totally adequate room. It is noteworthy that the maximum price of the room was posted at $1,000 a night with an average rate over the summer months priced well over $200 a night. It is important to note when booking the Moxy Hotel Seattle that you are not booking the equivalent of the Ace Hotel or other boutique hotels but rather, a try-hard hipster version of the Aloft or similar.

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The Lobby and Other Unapologetically Hipster Amenities

The hotel is quite stripped of other amenities. The lobby is ultimately designed to serve as the heart of the hotel. As is the case with many hotel brands that cater to millennials, the lobby is supposed to be an attractive place to relax, get work done, eat, drink, and socialize. The lobby did accomplish all of these, however, it did so with an abundance of cheesy artwork and design elements. For example, the lobby featured a foosball table, mega-sized Jenga, an assortment of other board games, and a teeter-totter. Personally, if I were designing a hotel aimed at attracting young professionals, I would have spent a little bit more money on seating that was conducive to productivity and less on mismatched chairs for the communal seating areas.

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The lobby was unique, for a lack of a better word. It was also the location of virtually every amenity the Moxy Seattle does feature a fitness center, however, I spent the better part of 5 minutes visiting various floors looking for anything that would indicate a fitness center to no avail. As I wasn’t actually planning to workout, I didn’t follow up with hotel staff to confirm the existence of a fitness center. Based on the photos on the hotel’s website, the fitness center looks quite functional though, appears to feature even more corny hipster(esque) artwork and design features.

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Gusto is a solid payroll tool that helps you automate the basic to more advanced payroll tasks for both employees and contractors. It makes on boarding new employees an easy process and helps you avoid manual errors. With its user-friendly approach to payroll management, it’s the tool you want in your corner to ensure your payroll workflow runs smoothly.

Compare Gusto to The Best Online Payroll Services

Gusto comes out on top as the best online payroll service for most people when you’re considering a payroll system. This means it comes with all the essential payroll tools and couples them with automation to ensure a fast, reliable, and seamless payroll process. It comes with a variety of pay schedule settings, helps manage your employee benefits, and calculates and files your payroll taxes automatically.

We can vouch for Gusto because it’s the tool we rely on to ensure each of our employees is paid accurately and on time every time. Not only that, but we’ve also gone out of our way to spend hours researching and comparing the best payroll solutions out there to really get to the bottom of it. The result? You’ll want to see all of our top picks to find the best option depending on your business needs.

Gusto: The Good and The Bad

The Good

Full-service payroll: Gusto’s full-service approach to payroll ensures you’re equipped with the tools you need to manage payroll with a few clicks while taking advantage of its automated features. Besides helping you manage employee payments, it also enables you to take care of crucial HR tasks, manage employee benefits, and minimize incorrect tax filings.

Manages employee benefits for you: Needing to manage medical, dental, or vision insurance along with 401(k)s and health reimbursements? Gusto can easily help you onboard employees to a benefits plan that you put together according to your team’s budget and size. If you already offer benefits, Gusto will move your plan over for you. Once the employees are on board, Gusto will auto-deduct from your payroll for easier benefits administration.

Offers time tracking: Gusto’s time tracking features come in handy if you work with remote or hourly employees. Its employee time tracking tools ensure everyone’s time is recorded and automatically calculated into payroll. You can also make use of Gusto’s accounting integrations with tools like Xero or Quickbooks for an easier time job costing.

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Robust hiring and onboarding tools: Gusto doesn’t just stop at payroll calculation. It makes hiring and onboarding less of a time-intensive process with the ability to create onboarding checklists, send offer letters, and the ability to sign and store all your onboarding documents online. You can say goodbye to all the old-school onboarding paperwork once you configure your onboarding workflow so that it works with your HR team.

Employee self-service tools: Gusto cuts your HR team some slack by empowering your employees with its employee self-service tools. Once onboarded, employees can hop online to see their pay stubs and important tax documents, request time off, and update their personal information when it changes.

Employee finance tools: One of our favorite Gusto features is how much the company thought about the employees through the whole payroll process. With Gusto Wallet, employees can keep track of their payments with financial tools that help them save and track where they’re spending every penny. Gusto even offers an optional employee debit card for faster and easier access to funds.

Automated tax filing: Whether you work with a fully remote, in-house, or hybrid team, Gusto makes sure your state and federal tax filings stay up to date and accurate with its automated tax filing process. It lessens the risk of error-prone manual filings and stays up to date with any changing tax laws, so your business avoids those dreaded IRS fees.

Varied pay schedule frequencies: Gusto isn’t afraid to give you choices in the pay schedule department. You can create varied pay schedules for different employees on a weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. Not many other payroll solutions on the market can boast the same.

Build custom reports: With Gusto, you can easily download a PDF or CSV of your preferred report— whether that’s a payroll report customizable by pay range, state, date, earnings, or job codes, or you want to take a quick look at your company contribution amounts with a benefits report. Additional reports include (but aren’t limited to) agency payments, bank transactions, year-to-date reports, pay stubs, employee summary reports, contractor payments, and time-off balances.

Great user experience: Robust tools that come with a lot of useful features can often be clunky to use and non-intuitive. Gusto’s pages and dashboards are easy to navigate, intuitive, and don’t slow you down with a crowded interface. This is true for both the payroll management side and the employee-facing features.

Affordable: Though Gusto doesn’t compete on price, it still offers relatively affordable plans for small to medium-sized businesses or even bigger. Once you pay a base price, you pay a small amount per employee depending on the features you want access to.

Offers a contractor-only version: What if you want to use Gusto, but you only work with contractors? You don’t need to pay a base price for tools you don’t need. Gusto offers a contractor-only plan that gives you access to unlimited contractor payments, contractor self-service, and the ability to create 1099 forms and file them.

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Integrates with popular business software: Gusto integrates with business tools you’re probably already using. This includes Zero, ZipBooks, Sheets, Slack, Shopify, and Hubstaff, just to name a few.

Responsive customer support: Gusto doesn’t leave you high and dry once you’re onboarded into their systems. Regardless of the plan you choose, you get access to trained professionals standing by to help you troubleshoot and answer any questions.

Automated reminders: Managing payroll can be a lot to have on your plate, especially as your team grows. Gusto Payroll uses automation for some of its more robust features and sets up and sends you reminders when a deadline is approaching or something needs to get done.

The Bad

No geo-tracking features: Geo-tracking is useful if you manage hourly field employees or work with remote teams. If that’s you and you still want to use Gusto as your payroll tool of choice, you might have to look into integrating a tool that brings the geo-tracking factor.

No mobile app: Despite Gusto’s versatility, it has yet to offer a mobile app version for on-the-go payroll and employee management. Hopefully, this is something it rolls out soon.

No global payroll features: Gusto doesn’t offer international features. You’re only able to use it for employees in the United States.

Some limits with integrations: Gusto does come with a number of different integrations for time tracking, payroll, accounting, and business operations. However, some users wish Gusto integrated with tools like Office365. In short, there are limits to what Gusto can integrate with. Make sure you check integration features to ensure Gusto works well with your existing systems.

Gusto Pricing and Options

Gusto works with a flat monthly payment plan based on how feature-rich you want your Gusto experience to be. From there, you pay an additional fee per employee a month. While Gusto isn’t a payroll solution that necessarily competes on price like others might, its set of features are still relatively affordable for both smaller and growing businesses.

Here’s a rundown of those pricing tiers:

  • Core – $39 per month base price plus $6 a month per person
  • Complete – $39 per month base price plus $12 a month per person
  • Concierge – $149 per month base price plus $12 a month per person
  • Contractor – $0 per month base price plus $6 a month per person

Smaller teams can get away with Gusto’s Core plan since it comes with full-service payroll for all 50 states. It also comes with plenty of HR and onboarding features. Keep in mind that the Core plan does not come with special permission features, time tracking tools, and document management solutions.

Teams on the opposite end of the spectrum who want full access to all of Gusto’s features will want to take advantage of Gusto’s Concierge plan. Not only does it come with access to certified HR professionals, but you also get access to project management and workforce tracking tools, special permission settings, and an HR resource center.

The beauty of Gusto is that it also has a plan for solopreneurs and much smaller teams that work on a contract basis. Its Contractor tier gives you access to the essentials: unlimited contractor payments, contractor self-service, and the ability to file and distribute 1099s, all for a low $6 fee per person per month and no flat monthly charge.

This is a great option for businesses that want all the perks of using Gusto but don’t need access to more robust tools. You can see a complete list of plan features here.

Gusto for Accountants

Besides offering full-service payroll solutions that include HR, time tracking, benefits tracking, employee self-service, and hiring tools, Gusto also offers accountant partnerships.

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Once you sign up, you can get up to 20% revenue share and client discounts. You can also earn CPE credits from Gusto’s live webinars to go toward professional certifications. Gusto for accountants is designed for accountants to dole out professional services to their clients with its slew of business tools.

When you sign up, the number of clients you serve will determine the tools you need. With Gusto’s accountant partnership, you get access to more flexible payment plans for both you and your clients, as well as a dedicated representative to answer questions.

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For instance, say you work with more than 50 clients at once. You get a 20% discount on all your Gusto services and access to all of Gusto’s payroll and HR tools. To sweeten the deal, you can pass on a one-month free trial to your clients to help with customer acquisition.

To build your accounting firm with Gusto, you’re also able to integrate your Gusto account with the more popular accounting software, including Quickbooks, FreshBooks, Expensify, and Sheets.

How Gusto Ranks

While some payroll solutions are middle-tier offerings that only help you take care of the very basics, Gusto goes well beyond that to offer a top-tier full-service solution to help you streamline your payroll needs. It’s easy to see why.

It comes with plenty of tools that solve some of your greatest payroll pain points and helps you automate crucial repetitive tasks like filing state taxes. When you couple that with the fact that it’s extremely easy to use and comes with accessible employee tools, you really can’t go wrong with Gusto.

If you work with Gusto, it’s relatively easy to set up. Though if you do run into trouble, trained professionals are always standing by to help out. However, other payroll solutions cater to more specific needs. Check out the rest of our picks in our guide to the top payroll solutions.

  1. Gusto – Best online payroll service for most
  2. QuickBooks – Best for knocking out payroll & accounting in one step
  3. ADP – Best for avoiding payroll growing pains
  4. Deluxe Payroll – Best way to attract more talent
  5. SurePayroll – Best worry-free guarantee for small business taxes
  6. Payroll4Free – Best feature-rich free-forever online payroll service

Summary

All in all, do we recommend Gusto? Without a doubt. It’s a solid payroll management solution that offers more than just the basics at relatively affordable prices. It automates a lot of repetitive processes within the employee benefit, HR, and payment management needs of every business. Though it comes with its own set of pros and cons, just like any other payroll solution out there, the pros far outweigh the cons in more ways than one.
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Tailor Brands Review (2022) | Get Your Brand Logo Today

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Tailor Brands is on a mission to help ordinary folk build extraordinary brands online.

The better you can make your brand look, the better it’s going to perform.

People are more likely to use your services, buy your products or just visit your website if you have professional-looking branding. You don’t have to be a multinational giant like McDonald’s or Nike to have a great logo.

So how do you create a stylish logo for your site without investing loads of time and money?

Step forward Tailor Brands.

Tailor Brands is a machine-learning tool that helps entrepreneurs and website owners design powerful branding. You don’t need a huge design budget and you don’t need any technical skill to get a logo with Tailor Brands.

It’s one of the best logo makers online and has helped over three million customers.

According to the company, a new logo gets designed every second. So it must be doing something right!

In this Tailor Brands review we’ll look at:

  • Pricing
  • Customer support
  • Design quality
  • Additional Tailor Brands products…
  • And much more!

You can decide whether Tailor Brands is the right tool to create your logo. The best thing is: designing a logo on Tailor Brands is free. You can see what it looks like first before you decide to buy it.

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Tailor Brands Review: Pros & Cons

Top Three Tailor Brands Pros

  1. Ease of use
    This is the first thing to highlight in a Tailor Brands review. The platform is very straightforward and getting a logo design is impressively painless. The presentation of your finished product is also top-quality.
  2. Add-on products
    From Tailor Brands business cards to email signatures and social media help, the full range of products goes beyond logos. Tailor Brands wants to be far more than your logo maker; it wants to be complete solution to your branding needs.
  3. Good value for money
    A wide array of supplementary products and services means Tailor Brands is good value for money. Pricing (more on this later) is clearly laid out on the website and each plan provides solid features as standard. What’s more, you can get a range of logos designed for free – what’s better value for money than that?

Top Two Tailor Brands Cons

  1. No phone support
    As any of you who have created a website will know, being able to speak to someone on the phone can be a huge help. So it’s a bit of a downside that Tailor Brands doesn’t offer phone support. That said, email support is quick and helpful, and the site is full of in-depth guides.
  2. Limited customization
    Tailor Brands does not provide one-on-one consulting with a designer to deliver a uniquely personalized logo. But it’s important to remember Tailor Brands logos are not pre-made and you can make tweaks, such as to the font and color schemes. Logos are created on the spot, based on the information you have given to the company.

How You Use Tailor Brands & What You Get

For our Tailor Brands review, we decided to put this quote on the company’s homepage to the test.

To get a logo on Tailor Brands, you have to answer a short questionnaire about your company and brand preferences. This includes the type of fonts you like and what your company’s name is.

For our dummy run, we launched a vintage car company…

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A bar tells you how much of the process you have left to complete.

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You can choose whether you want a logo based on an icon, a name or an initial, and can experiment with different font styles.

Top Tip: To get the most out of Tailor Brands, think about your business before you start. Is it formal or fun? A product or a service? Local or national? Working out your business’s identity first will help Tailor Brands generate the right logo for you.

Once you’ve finished, Tailor Brands’ algorithm will generate a number of logo options based on your answers. You can see how each one would look on things like business cards, bags and T-shirts.

Here’s our chosen logo on a website homepage, for example:

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Overall, we found Tailor Brands’ system smooth, dynamic and even fun! We liked the fact that you can go back to a previous page if you’ve made a mistake without starting again.

Worried that Tailor Brands sounds too robotic?

Don’t be. Sure, Tailor Brands is automated but it doesn’t just churn out logos at random. The results are highly personalized because they’re based on the information you provide. It’s pretty rare to see this level of individuality in an affordable logo generator.

It’s like working with a designer, without the wince-inducing bill at the end! Of course, you won’t get exactly the same creativity as working with a full-time designer. But if you’re working to a budget, don’t know where to start, or don’t want to scan through thousands of graphics, Tailor Brands is a great option.

Is Tailor Brands easy to use?

Simplicity is Tailor Brands’ unique selling point. It’s the kind of tool we love because it democratizes web design – suddenly anyone can get a great logo for their brand!

Let’s dig a bit deeper.

Traditionally, to get a stylish logo you’d have to work with a professional designer. This involves up-front costs and lots of back and forth discussions. At the end of the commission, you may not even end up with a logo you like!

But to generate a great logo on Tailor Brands, all you need to be able to do is:

  • Point
  • Click
  • Type

It’s really that straightforward.

Here’s an example from the Tailor Brands process:

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Because the tool is so simple to get to grips with, it’s possible to try it multiple times until you find the best logo for you.

Once you’ve found your design, customizing it with new fonts or colors is very intuitive. This customization might feel a little limited if you have a very clear idea in your mind of the logo you want. But for most people, the designs will be more than enough. There’s also nothing stopping you taking your logo and using a tool like Adobe to jazz it up even further.

Tailor Brands also makes it very easy to preview how your logo is going to look before you decide to buy it.

You can download your logo as a high-resolution PNG or JPEG for online use, or as a printable Vector EPS file (only on the premium plan – more on plans later).

To find out how easy Tailor Brands is to use, give it a go on the button below…

Design: How Good Are Tailor Brands Logos?

So Tailor Brands’ logos are easy to make, but are they any good?

One important thing to say is that Tailor Brands is very transparent. Whether you think the logo is good, bad or ugly, there’s no hidden surprises. What you see on the screen is what your logo is going to look like.

The quality of Tailor Brands logos is high because the logos and fonts it uses are very polished.

Tailor Brands creates the most unique designs when compared to its competitors. It gets its images from a third-party vendor called Noun Project, which takes care of all licences from the image’s creator.

Noun Project’s library of icons is vast and the spec is very high. This is why Tailor Brands stands out among the low-effort, low-cost logo generators on the market.

Strictly speaking, there’s no guarantee your design will be unique to you. That’s also true of working with any designer or agency, of course! But Tailor Brands creates over a million different logo options for every order, so it’s highly unlikely your logo won’t be personal to you.

Tailor Brands treads the line between simplicity and affordability, and quality of designs. It’s why it’s a very good option if you’re a freelancer, a small business owner or entrepreneur, someone looking to create a brand online for the first time, or just if you’re working to a budget but don’t want to compromise completely on quality.

Just because you don’t have pockets as deep as McDonald’s doesn’t mean you should settle for a shoddy logo design, right?

This is a common question from customers, so we put it to Tailor Brands.

The company told us that while you are free to use your logo for non-commercial or commercial means, if you want to trademark it you’ll need to speak to an attorney.

This is because trademark laws vary from place to place. Tailor Brands is “not able to give legal advice” (and neither are we).

Tailor Brands Customer Support

Even with the easiest tools in the world, it’s encouraging to know help is available if you get stuck. So now’s the time in our Tailor Brands review to talk about customer support.

If there’s one downside to Tailor Brands it’s that it doesn’t offer phone support.

We know from building websites that having phone support on tap is an invaluable resource. There’s nothing quite like explaining your issue to a human being.

Having said that, Tailor Brands’ website has a solid FAQ section full of in-depth guides to answer your most pressing questions.

Customer support is available through an online form or through email on [email protected] In our first-hand experience, responses are quick, considerate and helpful. Tailor Brands says it aims to respond in 24-48 hours. We got an answer to our query comfortably within this window.

Part of the support offered, of course, is how easy Tailor Brands is to use. A lot of hard work has gone into making the logo-generating process as easy to use as possible.

We’ve designed tons of test logos using Tailor Brands and have never needed assistance.

Tailor Brands Pricing: How Much Does Tailor Brands Cost?

So how much does this all cost? No Tailor Brands review would be complete without a look at pricing.

There are three Tailor Brands subscription plans:

  • Basic: $9.99/month or $3.99/month if you pay for the year upfront
  • Standard: $19.99/month or $5.99/month if you pay for the year upfront
  • Premium: $49.99/month or $12.99/ month if you pay for the year upfront

There’s also an extra discount if you stump up for a two-year subscription. For example, the Basic plan only costs $2.50 per month if you pay for two years upfront!

And remember, it’s FREE to play around with the tool and create a logo.

All plans give you:

  • High-Resolution logo
  • Full ownership of your logo
  • Social media logo sizes
  • Logo resize tool

When you upgrade from the Basic plan to the Standard plan, you unlock more professional features, including:

  • Vector EPS files of your logo
  • A business card and stationery tool
  • A special seasonal logo generator

The Premium plan gives you even more, such as access to social media analytics and automations.

It’s important to note that you can cancel at any time and you’ll still get your logo and commercial rights. You’ll just lose the ongoing perks of being a Tailor Brands customer.

So if you just want to get your logo and don’t want an ongoing cost, we recommend you pay for one month on the Basic plan. But if you’re after a more long-term investment in your brand, and have worked out a reasonable budget, then a yearly Standard plan is worth looking at.

The big difference between the Basic and the Standard plans is that the Standard option is a fully-fledged branding solution. The Premium plan has the tools to take your branding to the next level through social media marketing.

Tailor Brands is fairly priced because of the additional features included on the Standard and Premium plans, and the cost is roughly on a par with market rivals.

Tailor Brands is well on its way to become far more than a logo generator. It’s a one-stop-shop for lots of your branding needs. To make changes to your logo, you’ll need to be on a premium plan rather than the free version.

Tailor Brands: Additional Services & Products

Sign up to a premium plan with Tailor Brands and you’ll get access to an impressive array of products and services.

This includes:

  • Logo resize tool
  • Brand strategy advice
  • Business cards design tool
  • Social media support (including Facebook posts and adverts, and social cover design tools)
  • Online brand guidelines
  • Branded presentations
  • Branded business deck
  • Branded watermark tool (perfect if you’re an artist selling images online)

We won’t run through all of them here (this is a Tailor Brands review, not a sales pitch), but we’ll give a digestible analysis. For a full list, visit Tailor Brands.

Tailor Brands’ additional services are particularly good if social media is a big part of your brand’s presence online. It will help you craft posts for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and create perfectly-sized logos and images for each of these platforms.

You can also get support adding your logo to an email signature. These are the kind of fiddly tasks that can eat up your time, especially if you’re not experienced with design. But there also tasks that if you don’t do properly can make your brand look amateurish.

There’s no doubt the extra tools will help you build a powerful online brand. A well-developed brand will translate to more revenue, so your monthly expense will pay off in the long run.

However, if you’re looking to keep things simple then they may just be an unnecessary complication (not to mention cost!)


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Tailor Brands Review: Conclusion

Tailor Brands is a great option if you’re looking for a quick and cost-effective way to create a logo.

If you don’t have the time or money to invest in a professionally-designed logo, or you’re worried your tech skills aren’t up to scratch, Tailor Brands might just be the answer.

It gives small-business owners and one-man-band online merchants the chance to punch above their weight in the branding arena and compete with the big boys.

Some of you may just be starting out on your branding journey. You may be unsure what you want or what’s available. Tailor Brands is a good first stop to discover logo designs that can help build your brand’s image.

More experienced users may find the customization options a bit limited, or be put off by the pre-designed icons.

But thanks to the features available on its premium plans, Tailor Brands can also offer a more long-term service. It can be your automated branding consultancy.

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