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Jun 17, 2008

CSS Gallery Love From CSS Vault Makes Our Day

I was so busy tending to a few web projects and tomorrow’s Five e-letter that I didn’t bother checking out our Woopra account to see how the daily traffic was flowing. It seems I was missing out on some big things as the Five website made the front page of CSS Vault today, one of the most respected CSS Gallery websites out there. Nothing like a surge in traffic (over 350 users) and some street cred among peers. The various CSS ...

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Jun 10, 2008

SEO: Keeping Search Engine Optimization Simple

We’re all aware of the KISS theory, keep it simple stupid.  So I was reminded the same should apply to SEO when reading a post by Eric Enge on Search Engine Land and the power of simplicity in explaining SEO to clients . Search engine optimization can be complex with all of it’s facets and processes, but the true root can still be a simple one.  For me, the most simple sentence explaining SEO to non-search types was ...

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Jun 9, 2008

Web Design Projects In June

Five has a few web design projects that are getting ready to go LIVE in the next few weeks so I thought I would give you a sneak peek. If you are in need of a great Minnesota web design firm, holler at us! Besides looking good, these sites have functionality including e-commerce, an account/user management system and more.

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Jun 4, 2008

Google Search Inside of Google Search

After reading a story about the top newspaper websites (thanks to Ed Kohler’s Tweet ), I wanted to view the San Francisco Chronicle website since it received an “A” grade. Upon typing in “San Fransisco Chronicle” into my Google search field (bad article, no links!) I saw something I had never came across before. A search feature to search the SF Chronicle site , right from Google. As you can see, Google is ...

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Jun 2, 2008

Internet Marketing Worth Reading From Minnesota

I felt like I had come across some great posts and interesting articles with Minnesota roots the past few days and I thought I would pass them along to you. Maybe it’s because we finally had a weekend of 75 degree days with plenty of sunshine to get our great MN minds going. + The StarTrib had an interesting article about the private community of North Oaks asking to be removed , and actually being removed from Google Maps.   Gets ...

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May 30, 2008

Online Review & Business Blogging Success Snippet

Last week when I posted about online reviews being used as a marketing strategy , I didn’t grasp that my post would push one of our customers to take action. Shortly after the blog post hit, which our client Sparkling Clean Window Washing subscribes to via email,  the owner headed off to one of our local pages and left us a great review .  It turns out that Ryan has been nudging clients to use online reviews for his business as well and in ...

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May 20, 2008

Making A Company Overview Video For Your Website

Video, video ,video … it’s a hot topic.  But how can your small business use Internet video ? A company overview video is a great way to bring more to the table on explaining and showing who you are, what you do and how you do it.  Your website visitors are engaged with visual and audio instead of just reading text and viewing photos/graphics.  Here are just a few of the basic items you can cover and include for your own company overview ...

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May 16, 2008

Five Business Blog Tips Video For SEO

Rand over at SEOMoz put out his Whiteboard Friday video this week on Business Blogging and offered up 5 tips if you are considering blogging for business, especially to help your SEO efforts. Rand’s weekly videos offer great SEO tutorials and education and I was excited when I saw it ventured into blogging and SEO this week. Here is the video: SEOmoz Whiteboard Friday-Blogging for Higher Rankings from Scott Willoughby on Vimeo ...

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May 13, 2008

Email Marketing: You Spent Dollars To Get Them, Spend Cents To Keep Them

We all know the high cost of attracting a customer or client to use our services or buy our products the first time. It’s not cheap. So with all that work and investment, doesn’t it make sense to spend a few cents on keeping them? It sure does. Thats why Email Marketing rocks. Affordable communication with your customers – just pennies per! Branded marketing or information right to their inbox A fantastic ...

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May 5, 2008

Making New Business Blog Readers Feel Welcome

Graphic designer David Airey , from across the pond, put out a great post today on elements your blog should contain/display to welcome first time readers and obviously turn them into long time readers. David points out that while you have been blogging for weeks, months or years; the visitor might be reading your blog for the first time ever. Since my niche in blogging is more focused to business blogging I thought I would outline David’s ...

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