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Jul 23, 2008

Question: Should I Start A Blog For My Business?

Most small businesses have heard of blogging, some read a few blogs and others have jumped into business blogging already. You might be wondering if you should start a blog for your small business . Most small business owners or management I talk to have some misconceptions on blogging. These “blog fears” are often a combination of misinformation from uninformed sources and their own inexperience. Lets address a few questions that ...

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Jul 21, 2008

Feeding A Website Design Need For A Non-Profit

To date this year, Five Technology has donated our web design services and content management solution for two different local organizations.  The first was to the “Vote Yes” committee in Delano for their efforts in getting two school referendums passed.  The second website has just recently been released and is for the non-profit Buffalo, Minnesota Food Shelf . After I read a local newspaper article on the challenges the ...

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Jul 16, 2008

Building An Email List to Start Email Marketing

I work with clients from time to time that are basically ashamed they have never taken the opportunity to acquire permission to market to their customers via email. It’s not a big deal, and it’s better to start today then to wait another week, month or year! Lets take a look at three tips to remember if you are just starting to build an email list to leverage email marketing for your business or organization. You can also view a quick ...

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Jul 14, 2008

Writing Trusted Web Content For Your Service Business

If you are a service based business you need your website to create, build or maintain a high level of trust. Whether you are a service for consumers (lawn care, electrician, chiropractor, mechanic) or a service for businesses (consultant, accountant, web designer, bank), you are after the user’s trust. Building Trust With Your Website Content When you meet with someone in person, there are factors that earn their trust. Some of the trust ...

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Jul 7, 2008

Does Twitter Belong On Your Business Card?

When getting new business cards to start 2008 I added my Skype ID to my listing of contact information on my business cards.  I use Skype quite a bit, it’s one more way to connect with me, so it made sense.  Now that I have been growing addicted to Twitter , I think that having my Twitter ID  on my business card would be an even better idea. My main value in Twitter currently is networking and following other great business, ...

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Jul 2, 2008

Google, Getting Crawled & More From Matt Cutts via USA Today Tech Talk

USA Today’s Jefferson Graham recently did a video segment on Google by interviewing Google’s Matt Cutts for their Tech Talk section . The video is great to get a base understanding of Google’s search results and and search engine optimization basics. The biggest takeaways I found: + It’s tough to be found for a term being searched if that text isn’t on your website somehere, listen to Matt’s ...

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Jul 1, 2008

Five Email Marketing Ideas for A Small Business Retailer

Email marketing is such a powerful and affordable tool, but I’m still surprised at how many small businesses fail to utilize it.  Many businesses I talk to just seem to be overwhelmed with content ideas for what they can do with an email marketing program.  With our email marketing services , we not only give a business a custom email design, an easy to use creation and management tool … we develop ideas. This first installment ...

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Jun 26, 2008

Your SEO Team, NBA Draft Style

With tonight’s NBA Draft looming I thought I would morph it a bit into the search engine optimization world. If I had to draft a team of SEO pieces to work together as a team to achieve search ranking greatness, here is what I would draft for my five SEO starters. 1. Point Guard – Keyword Research: As the point guard is often the floor general taking care of handling and passing the ball to all of the team, the keyword research ...

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Jun 23, 2008

E-commerce Web Design Project for little dreamers

Colorado monogrammed gifts retailer, little dreamers, has big ideas for their new e-commerce website that went LIVE last week. Business owners Nicole and Paula sought a better web design to brand their unique monogrammed baby gifts and more and they needed it powered by an easy to use content management system and e-commerce solution. Five’s custom web design coupled with the SMC was just the right solution. Some of the project ...

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Jun 19, 2008

My First 30 Days On Twitter

It was after watching a video on Twitter Marketing 101 posted on Doug Karr’s blog that I finally signed up for Twitter . I had probably made it to Twitter.com numerous times after reading other blog posts or print articles on Twitter, but for some reason I held off on getting involved. Looking back I compare it to late 2006 when I finally started business blogging after sitting on the sidelines (for far too long). Now 30 days into Tweeting, I ...

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