These are some of our favorite projects we have had the privilege of working on. We love being included in anything that strengthens and brightens the vibrancy of communities. We would love to add yours to the list!


PlaceBased marketing & Social Media Management

Vibrant photos bring to life the character that makes a place worth visiting. Motley curates Instagram feeds primarily using pre-existing content from residents and visitors. Utilizing user-generated content ensures the stories of all who call a place home are being told, rather than just the experience of one. We utilize social media platforms to create place attachment for current residents as well as attracting new visitors.



Motley has curated and facilitated live, community mural paintings. Motley commissions the mural through a local artist, communicates design ideas and expectations from the project lead, finalizes details, and is present for day-of facilitation. This type of project is one of our favorites! This is a simple initiative that gets your community excited about public art and allows for social media exposure long after the event. The community painting does best if it is housed within a pre-existing festival or community event. Murals have increased community engagement and beautification efforts in multiple downtowns.

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Engage Events

Engage events bring together involved community members to platform existing city initiatives and to gain momentum around furthering resident pride and involvement. This event series has been done in multiple communities to open the conversation and make room for collaboration around enhancing placemaking efforts while rallying around the downtown community. Motley facilitates the event from start to finish with strong buy in and advice from community and city representatives.

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We collaborated with local leadership and designed fundraising campaign materials for Foothills Food Hub, a new community Food Hub in Marion, North Carolina. For this project we designed rack cards, pledge letters, t-shirts, stickers, and banners in order to grow community buy-in and local support. These materials also assisted in raising funds and awareness surrounding the initiative.


Social Media Workshops

Motley has developed a social media workshop that is conducted for downtown main street businesses and other related organizations. This workshop covers target market identification, a deep dive into Facebook and Instagram social media platforms, analytics/reporting and tools to utilize most effectively. This workshop was developed to strengthen the downtown ecosystem and their ability to reach their target customer in order to catalyze growth.


Gibsonville Marketing Analysis

Motley was commissioned by the Town of Gibsonville to complete a frontward facing marketing analysis of social media and websites to establish a baseline to leverage in future marketing efforts. Motley secret shopped downtown Gibsonville, downtown events, 10 strategically chosen businesses and 4 town departments. Motley then developed an analysis report, presented findings and developed action steps to be utilized as a result of the baseline findings.

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Love Graham

Love Graham is a community, open-sourced logo that stemmed from the idea of a local Graham resident. We worked with community members and a designer to create a logo that all Graham lovers can claim. The Love Graham image was a two-fold project with two variations. The first, shown here, is "Love Graham," a command. The second reads in script writing "Love, Graham" more like the signing off of a letter, communicating that Graham and this community is loving you right back. All variations and formats of the image can be downloaded and edited. The brand can be paired with company logos, printed on shirts, put on a website or anything else imaginable. The impact of this brand has elevated the community and its businesses within the region.



We facilitated a community art initiative in the form of a pop-up art gallery to showcase over 50 local artists’ pieces. For the event, we curated site location, artist partnerships and secured food trucks and local beer. The art gallery brought 400 people to the opening night of the event and expedited the vacant building being rented by a local business. This project showed a ripple effect throughout the community with more art shows planned and more local business participation.


Love Graham Sidewalk Festival

We partnered with a local art organization to host the first Love Graham Festival consisting of local art vendors, a live mural painting, beer garden and music. We facilitated the event’s city approval process and worked with Graham Police Department on road closures, marketed the event, organized local businesses and curated the beer garden. The Love Graham Festival brought positive press coverage and increased foot traffic and community engagement in downtown Graham.


Business Recruitment

Motley has success in bringing businesses into downtowns. Through putting together feasibility studies of vacant buildings and creating relationships with property owners in the area, we garner contacts in the businesses community looking to begin or expand. We have facilitated businesses opening and/or relocation between landlords and potential tenants from initial impressions, to signing a lease and opening their doors.