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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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Mar 31, 2008

Three Search Engine Optimization Strategies That Are False

In talking with prospects, new clients and even just random people at business events I hear some common misconceptions on search engine optimization. I thought I would give you the top three and also let you know just a bit on why they are false and not part of true search engine optimization. 1. Keyword Meta Tags This is still the biggest one out there. Once upon a time, many years ago, keyword meta tags mattered . Then people started ...

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Mar 29, 2008

Earth Hour: If Not For Google, I Would Be In The Dark

Jumping online to search out some info this morning, the Google home page (see screen shot below) made me aware of something I haven’t heard anything about. I found out about Earth Hour . Google’s Summary : On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Earth Hour invites people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in their local time zone. On this day, cities around the world, including ...

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Mar 27, 2008

Email Marketing Tips To Get You Started Today

Here are some valuable email marketing tips and links to other great blog posts on email marketing for those of you still wondering if you should do it. The biggest tip of all … do it. The features, benefits and low cost of email marketing make it one of the most valuable marketing strategies for many companies. The tips below are aimed at pushing you off the fence and getting you started today. Email Marketing Tip #1 Understand how ...

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Mar 26, 2008

Business Networking Online & Offline To Increase Business Opportunities

Getting more business from more sources is something most of us are always trying to do. Business networking is a powerful avenue to grow your sphere, refer business to other fabulous professionals, gain contact with new potential clients and learn from other successful business people. As a relatively new venture (we do have the benefit of being tied in with an existing company of 13 years), networking is a great way for Five Technology to get ...

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Mar 25, 2008

Increase Your Business With Web Development Enhancements

Many of the small business owners and managers I talk with in the past few months are looking to apply more focus to their website and how they can better serve customers online. Most have had a website for at least a few years, some have had success with it as a lead generation tool and others admit they just created something to get it “out there” and have given it little attention. The theme with almost all of them is that with the economy ...

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Mar 24, 2008

Our Logo Design Process Was Great, Your Logo Process Should Be Too

Two months ago when the name Five Technology was agreed upon we then had to give birth to a logo. I enlisted the help of Sarah Lavin, a freelance designer who I was referred to by our first client, Eventive Meetings . I was able to get a glimpse of Sarah’s skills and process from Eventive and knew she was a good fit for bringing our logo to life. Planning & Discovery Since I’m a creative guy myself I put together some samples of ...

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