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Dec 2, 2008

Content Management: Adding Basic Content Strategy, Not Just The Content Tool

The importance of having a content management system (CMS) integrated within your website has never been more important. The value of an “alive” website with fresh content, SEO value and a scalable platform are just some of the many reasons an organization seeks out a CMS they can utilize to manage and grow their website. Content Strategy & Web Usability Sharpen The Tool The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently was the focus of a ...

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Nov 25, 2008

Holiday Email Marketing Tips For E-commerce Websites

The holidays, no matter what the economy is doing still represents a time of gift giving. While the money spent may be less, the act of buying gifts on e-commerce websites and giving them will still take place. If your business is getting ready to send out your holiday targeted email marketing campaign, consider these 3 tips for a successful email campaign. They are basic, but often overlooked. 1. Keep It Simple. If you feature specific ...

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Nov 11, 2008

A Small Business Twitter Marketing Example

Thanks to @pancheros on Twitter for putting this Twitter marketing story in front of me. (There are more benefits than you know to following a burrito tweeter.) The Cedar Rapids, IA Gazette has a nice little write-up on a small restaurant using Twitter . Riley’s Cafe started using Twitter recently and implemented a “Twitter Tuesday” special. So far they have seen both foot traffic in the door as well as local buzz from it. ...

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Nov 7, 2008

Internet Video & Mobile Video Scores A Touchdown

It’s fun to see glimpses of where things are heading for how we consume video.  Last night was a reminder of this for me.  The Thursday night NFL game was only on the NFL Network and as a cable subscriber I was out of luck to watch it.  But where TV failed me, the Internet and my phone came to the rescue. I was able to watch the Broncos come back on the Browns for a victory online as well as my phone.  Just a fun glimpse into the future of ...

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Nov 3, 2008

Web Design Project: Brandt Automation

Five is excited to launch’s website redesign . Brandt Automation is a custom equipment design/build firm in Minnesota and they started asking great questions in meeting with Five on their website redesign like: Why don’t we show up in Google? How do we increase the value of our website? How do we generate more leads online? How can we and how should we update content? As we dug ...

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Oct 13, 2008

Web Design Projects: A Sneak Peek In October

It’s been a couple of months since I have given you a glimpse to a few of the web design projects we have going on at Five , so here you go.  It’s easy to say we have a lot going on around here right now.  We’re hoping to have a few posts very soon covering websites going LIVE later this week or early next week, so stayed tuned for some project reviews . Here is a snapshot of just some of the web design projects so far in ...

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Oct 8, 2008

3 Tips For Making Your Website A Destination

The same way that a hot vacation spot or an amazing restaurant brings people in from a variety of sources and places, a great website should do the same. Create something of value, entertainment and enjoyment and you’ll get a faithful following, a great reputation, referral business, buzz and profits. Your website can be this same type of destination on the Internet. A solid website builds repeat users and conversions. The site’s ...

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Oct 1, 2008

Web Design Process: A Focus On Wireframes & Layout

Over the last 2 years I have become more of a supporter of layout then design.  Yes, layout is an element of design, but in the web design process they have their own areas and purposes.  This post takes a peak at the use of wireframes to help determine a websites layout and also the factors we consider in a web design layout.  It’s a great step for the web designer, production team and the client. Web Design Layout ...

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Sep 30, 2008

E-commerce Web Design Project: Ranchline All Natural

Those looking for all natural lamb meat and cuts can find great lamb packages on . Ranchline All Natural wanted an e-commerce website that not only offered the premium lamb meat from the Felix River area of New Mexico, but they wanted to offer their website visitors great lamb recipes , grilling tips and wine pairings. You can see the web design is clean and easy to navigate around.  Many e-commerce web designs ...

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Sep 23, 2008

5 Content Ideas For Your Website To Stay Fresh

While many businesses are interested in the benefits a content management solution (CMS) or a blog can bring to their web presence, many are confused on the types of content to publish and use.  Fresh web content is a component of search engine optimization so it is important to brainstorm, plan and execute production of new web content to your site. Here are just 5 ideas to add fresh content to your website with a CMS or blog: 1.   Write a short ...

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