15 Dec

Hand Crafted Desktop Tree

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This holiday season we've created something special for you to download and create a festive holiday mood right at your desk. Download our Christmas-y PDF to print out and create a little forest of spirit right on your desk.

Download Some Crafty Christmas Cheer!

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14 Nov

Running Up That Hill

We all want to succeed. We all want to find our company at the top of the heap. But, after we’ve started, made some progress, put in a good amount of effort, where do we often find ourselves? Halfway to our goals. Dissatisfied. Not quite achieving our dreams. Unhappy. Stuck at mediocre.

How do we end up at mediocre? You did the planning. You chose good people. You did the market studies. You really wanted this. Well, we find ourselves there because, we make choices that impede our progress. In our daily battle with uncertainty and fear, these choices slow us down. Tire us out. Eventually, we allow comfort and apathy to take over. We don’t stand up for our beliefs and dreams. We don’t take action anymore. We stop moving forward. We find ourselves, and our businesses, losing momentum and speed running up that hill towards our goals.

Mediocre comes from the Latin words medi and ocrus. When combined, they mean “middle of a stony mountain”. When we accept mediocrity, we stop halfway up the mountain, halfway to our goal. We don’t plan to stop there. We don’t want to stay there. So, how do we get beyond this middle point? By being brave every day.

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” -Gretchen Rubin

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15 Jul

Do You Need Multiple Websites?

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Because Internet marketing has become so complex, and because so many businesses have different projects, divisions, and product lines to offer at once, it has become more common for us to meet with new clients who own and operate more than one website at once, and sometimes several.

One issue that we often help them explore is whether they actually have a good use for different web presences. It might be something you're wondering about yourself. So, does your business really need multiple websites?

The answer to that question is very frequently "no." In fact, having one single website with a clean, easy-to-use navigation structure is often easier on customers, not to mention your marketing budget. That's because multiple sites require multiple design and development costs, more expensive web hosting, and more ongoing work to keep them up to date and filled with fresh content.

Plus, keeping multiple websites requires you to split your energy and attention from one to the other. With the amount of work that goes into things like search engine optimization, social media marketing, and business web design, it makes sense to concentrate your firepower as much as possible.

Still, even when the client doesn't have distinctly different companies, there are times when it makes good business sense to keep multiple websites. Here are a few of the most common:

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09 Jun

5 Signs Your Website is Killing Your Business

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In the world of sports, a team's fortunes can turn on a dime… or a superstar's ankle, knee, or shoulder, as the case may be. Even worse, the extent of the damage isn't always apparent – what seems like a minor knock can effectively put a player out of commission for months or longer.

Although business websites don't have as many joints and treatments to worry about, they can suffer sudden "season-ending injuries" that render them utterly useless as sales and marketing tools. As a business owner or executive, it's up to you to know what to look for, so you don't unknowingly put your website back in the game when it really needs rest and rehab.

21 Apr

Six Months In: What Google's Hummingbird Update

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When it comes to Google's search algorithm, any news is big news in the world of Internet marketing. Still, the September 2013 algorithm update, dubbed "Hummingbird," is especially interesting to those who follow search engine optimization not only because of the technical differences it brings, but also the subtle shift in philosophy it seems to represent.

Now that Hummingbird has been in place for 6 months we want to take a look at what the new algorithm means for the future of search and how you can develop a strategy to maintain positive SEO results.

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02 Apr

Free Desktop Calendar for 2014

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The second installment of our free 2014 desktop series is now available for download. The calendar features April, May, and Jun 2014 and is available in 5 common sizes for desktop and laptop monitors.

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26 Mar

#HappyBirthday to Twitter

This week marks Twitter's 8th birthday. The website that really changed our social internet is celebrating with first-tweets.com, letting Twitter user find the very first tweet for their own or any account. Here's a few first tweets from around the office:

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What did yours look like? Tell us below.

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