SEO + SMM: Aren’t They the Same?

By |2019-08-14T15:18:09-05:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: SEO, Web Design|

According to a recent survey, nearly 80 percent of small businesses with an SEO strategy are confident in their understanding of SEO best practices. Many of those same businesses list social media as part of their SEO strategy, which indicates the understanding of SEO is not quite as clear as business owners might believe.“Small business owners can often get their wires crossed when it comes to SEO strategies, usually mentioning things like social media.” - Ryan ScollonSource: https://themanifest.com/seo/small-business-seo-best-practices-2019Search Engine Optimization (SEO) focuses on organic search results bringing traffic to your website, brand awareness, lead generation and reputation management. SEO includes [...]

Why Hire a Professional Writer or Business Writer

By |2019-07-08T07:16:06-05:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Professional Writing|Tags: |

We often hear professionals say they’re good writers and perhaps they are. That doesn’t mean they don’t need help from professional writers and here’s why. Most busy professionals stay focused on their given tasks. They usually don’t recognize that different mediums (brochures, business articles, websites, etc.) have different writing needs to effectively communicate with the readers. Let’s explore different writing needs and how a professional writer can engage prospective customers. When you were in school, a writing assignment likely had a minimum length requirement. Many classmates struggle to hit that minimum page length. In the professional world, different platforms have [...]

When Do You Need Professional Graphic Design?

By |2019-04-18T09:29:07-05:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Graphic Design|Tags: |

Graphic design. It’s the art of polishing a marketing or sales piece to give it a professional look and entice people to keep reading about your business’ offerings. Slight differences in graphic accent and color choice can be the difference between eh? and WOW! So, how do you know when you need a professional graphic designer’s help, rather than rely on someone in your office to give it a try? As with most things in life, giving a full 100 percent effort upfront often saves you in the long run. Following are a few points to consider when determining if [...]

Does My Website Need a Facelift or Forklift Upgrade?

By |2019-05-28T17:08:10-05:00April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Web Design, Website Maintenance|

Download our guide "Does My Website Need a Facelift or Forklift" to learn more. Related Articles Why WordPress Makes Sense for Business Websites Make Your Website Social Media-Friendly or Else! Why Website Speed Matters

The Importance of Branding for Your Employees

By |2019-04-30T10:57:43-05:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Marketing, PR|

Your brand... It's the complete package of what customers and prospects think of when they hear your company name. Your brand also differentiates you from your competition. A lot of attention is paid to branding a business in order to stand out and remain memorable with customers. However, many overlook the fact that your branding is also an important aspect for your own staff. Let's explore the impact of branding on your team. Our marketing agency works with, among others, companies that win work if they're the lowest bidder. Common with government work, the theory is that the company [...]

SSL Certificates: Things You Should Know

By |2019-03-14T18:19:20-05:00March 14th, 2019|Categories: Web Design|

As of March 12, 2019, there were nearly 1.7 billion websites and 44,730 were hacked on that date, according to Internet Live Stats. Like most statistics, there is usually more to the numbers below the surface. At first glance, we see many sites were hacked, but still a small number relative to the total number of websites. It’s been estimated that approximately 75 percent of “websites” are parked domains or something similar. This means that the approximate true number of websites is 418,101,494, which makes that 44,730 number much more of a concern. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) was developed [...]

Search Engines Provide Aggregated Results

By |2019-05-28T17:08:27-05:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: SEO, Web Design|

It’s March 12, 2019 and the 30th birthday of the World Wide Web. Ten years later, Google was founded. Search engines have become an integral part of our daily lives by helping us find answers to nearly any question we can think of. We even have fun with search engines by asking Alexa “what’s your favorite color?” or “are you a spy?” Search engines are continuously evolving in the feature sets they offer, but their purpose of helping searchers find key information has not changed. A feature recently introduced that’s becoming more prevalent at an exponential pace is aggregated [...]

Is WordPress Safe as a Website Platform?

By |2019-10-16T08:15:20-05:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Web Design|Tags: |

Is WordPress safe to use as a website platform? It's a question we hear quite often. The answer is YES. Like most things in life, you need to know how to properly set up a WordPress website and you need to maintain the software that runs your website. Let’s dig into this discussion a bit more to explain. Just last week I was speaking with a client who had been told by its outsourced IT provider that using an open source platform like WordPress is bad because it can be hacked. The IT person's recommendation was instead to use [...]

How Graphic Design Helps Business

By |2019-10-16T08:15:35-05:00December 20th, 2018|Categories: Graphic Design|Tags: |

Graphic design plays an important role for your business. All of the visual elements representing your business give prospects an idea of the type of company you run. From your logo and website to the layout of your brochures, your graphics say a lot about you. Are you visually delivering the right message? Does your business look more attractive than your competitors? Now is the time to analyze this and determine if your business needs to step up the professionalism of your brand. Professional graphic design can really set your business apart with a quality message that reassure prospects that [...]

How to Get Media Coverage for Your Business

By |2019-10-16T08:15:45-05:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: PR|Tags: , |

Getting positive media coverage for your business generates wide-reaching prospects with a lot of credibility. It’s no wonder that a lot of business owners want to get their businesses covered in the media positively, but they really don't know how to go about it. Let’s explore how to generate more PR for your business that boosts your media coverage and enhances your company’s visibility in the market. Set Specific Goals What is your PR strategy? Start with the end goal in mind and determine which media outlets (radio, TV, printed publications and online outlets) match up with your business's [...]