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May 1, 2008

Basic Online Marketing: The Sandwich Board of the Internet

I read a USA Today article this week about small businesses using sandwich board signs to attract more business and the issues some city governments/councils had with them “cluttering up” the streets. More businesses are looking to increase the ways that they attract customers past their existing signage in these economic times and the sandwich board is one of the cheap basics. I’ll stay out of the politics of the article, but it got me ...

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Apr 28, 2008

A Clean Website Redesign For Sparkling Clean

In landing a website redesign project for a window washing company we knew it had to be a clean web design, streak free content and a clear focus on local search results. Ryan Doliber, the owner of Sparkling Clean Window Washing has been in business for a few years and realized it was time to move up in the web world and decisively differ his brand appearance from the competition. Sparkling Clean Website Before When launching his business ...

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Apr 24, 2008

Web Design & CSS Inspiration Resources: Noupe

For me there is nothing better than hitting up some of the great CSS gallery websites as well as the different CSS and web resources out there. I’m one of those in a constant push to find new techniques, angles, connections and develop new lines of thinking. That said, I’m not a radical or into confusing a user for the sake of “cool”. I am however after the almighty goal of creating easy to use web interfaces and designs that ...

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Apr 23, 2008

SEO Example: Debut On Page 8 For Minnesota Website Design

With search engine optimization being a process (not a trick) I thought I would post a series of updates over time on our own SEO process. We have identified the search term “ minnesota web design ” as our most sought after keyword term.  With the newly re-branded Five Technology website up for just 2 months we are at least now on the radar on Google appearing on page 8 for this search.  It won’t be easy or ...

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Apr 18, 2008

Converting Your Website To A Content Management System (CMS)

You need a change, you need control of your website. Maybe you have depended on a webmaster or an internal employee with some web skills to make updates to your website, but it no longer is the right method. You want things to happen quicker, you want to enhance your content and functionality and you’ve heard it can be done without knowing all that HTML stuff. You want a content management system and you’ve heard right, it can be easy. ...

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Apr 9, 2008

Website Olympics, The Customer Is the Gold Medal

Winning online is something I talk about a lot with clients. In looking at things like an Olympic track and field event, your website has to win a combination of heats to get to the medal round and then capture the ultimate goal, the gold medal. Online, that gold medal is the customer … and that can be their trust, their time, their communication or their money. Here is a short summary of just some of the heats you need to win to get to the medal ...

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Apr 8, 2008

Tools For Presenting a Web Design Project Proposal

I thought I would share with you a simple overview of some of the tools I use when presenting a web design proposal to a client. While each situation can involve much more complex communication, examples and conversation … these basics are pillars of my presentation. Also consider in 90% of cases I am presenting in person and when at all possible in our office. In the case of national clients, I will jet to see them depending on the budget and scope. ...

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Apr 7, 2008

Business Blogging Meetup A Great Resource

Combine veteran business bloggers, business blogging newbies and those considering blogging with good pizza and an open forum and you have the recipe for some great sharing and blogging tips. Tonight was the 2nd meeting of the Biz Bloggers Meetup group started by blogging pro Caroline Melberg and about 16 great business people attended. (photos taken with my Treo) The mix of online experience and industries represented made for ...

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Apr 2, 2008

Web Design Projects Underway

Five landed some great new web design projects in March and we are currently designing and programming our little hearts out. I will be sharing more on each project as it launches but here are a few little layout snippets from a couple of them to keep you satisfied.

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Apr 1, 2008

Go Green With Local Internet Marketing, Trashed Phone Books Just Pile Up

Internet marketing is an easy way to help your environment and market at the same time (ah, the feel good angle). Here in Minnesota, record numbers of phone books are being tossed out , with up to 85% ending up in the regular trash according to a recent Star Tribune article. The article cites that part of the reason is from the disappearance of recycling bins for them and the increase in the number of book types printed. They step around the fact that ...

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