281.826.4880

You Know You Need a Web Designer When…

Archive of Contractor Svcs

Archive of Finance

Archive of Food & Fun

Archive of Industrial

Archive of Insurance

Archive of Medical

Archive of Non-Profit

Archive of Prof. Svcs

Archive of Real Estate

Archive of Retail

Archive of Tech

Search Results for: ""

Link Was Not Found

You Know You Need a Web Designer When…

You Know You Need a Web Designer When…

Your website is kind of like your wardrobe. If you don’t update it every few years, people are going to start to notice how old and out of date it is. But how do you know when it’s time to hire a web designer? Here are few tell-tale signs:     Your website is slow. Today’s consumer gives you less than a second before they decide whether or not they want to stay on your website. If your website takes longer than that to load, they are going to click away. A new design can be a great way to get a faster website that is less likely to send your potential customers running to a more updated competitor. Your website looks old. Take a look at some of the newest and most innovative websites out there. Web designers are doing things with code today that were unheard of three years ago. Consumers are can when your website is old, just by looking at it. If it doesn’t look like it’s keeping up with the trends, your need a web designer.   Your website doesn’t work on mobile devices. This is one of the biggest sins your website can commit. Mobile web traffic has long since outpaced desktop and laptop traffic. That means that no matter how great your normal website is, if it isn’t viewable on mobile, you’re probably only getting half as much traffic (or less) than you could be if your website were fully responsive. You might even be getting a penalty from Google, who hates non-responsive website.   You avoid directing people to your website....
Why Your Website is More Important than your Business Card

Why Your Website is More Important than your Business Card

With the age of electronic media having more or less every respectable news source ditching the old print and ink form, the same situation has become of the business card. What was once a primary way to get your name out to the world is now just a novelty. And rightly so! A business card is a terrible way to get your name out, in that tiny little space you can only write so much. And if you want to survive in today’s world, you better get yourself a website. Reasons why your website is more important than your business card are: A Website Provides Constant Updates and Better Outreach On a business card you are limited to what you can say and once you say it, the press will print them and that little message or information will stay with whoever takes one. And say, god forbid you have an error, an address change, a new phone number or something along the lines, what you will do then? On a website you are not limited with what you want to say. You can edit information you want to give out at any given moment and best of all, no one will notice any mistakes you might have made, since you would have already taken care of them. This information will then be viewed by thousands online. Compete Your website is the herald of whatever you do; a good website serves as a money maker and gets more customers. From this website, you will advertise any and all products, virtually without cost. And as thousands or more people will...
15 Web Design Terms You Need to Know

15 Web Design Terms You Need to Know

Web Design can be a very intimidating venture for those who are new to it. It contains language all on its own. Whether you are creating a website on your own, or working with a Web Developer, this list of 15 Web Design terms will help you better understand the process and create a clearer line of communication among those working on the project:   Banner: A graphic placed around a website, usually at the top, for advertising. They can be static images, text, or animated. Banners are great to draw attention to special offers and promotions on your website.     Domain name: A domain name is a name that identifies a computer or computers on the Internet. These names appear as a part of a Website’s URL. For example, in www.itvibes.com – itvibes is the domain name.     HTML: HTML stands for “HyperText Markup Language,” it is the language used to create and format web pages.     Hyperlink: A hyperlink, or link, connects one web page to other web pages either on the same website (internal linking), or web pages located on another website (external linking).     JPEG: JPEG stands for “Joint Photographic Experts Group,” JPEGs are flexible types of photo files that can be made smaller for websites.     Navigation: Navigation refers to the menus, links, icons and buttons on your site, along with where they are and where they take a use.     Outbound link: Outbound links are links that take you to an external website.     PDF: PDF stands for “Portable Document Format,” they were first developed by Adobe. PDF’s include a document...
Expert Digital Marketing Tips for the Fourth Quarter

Expert Digital Marketing Tips for the Fourth Quarter

October marks the beginning of the fourth quarter. We are in the last stretch of 2015, and many of us have learned and placed a lot of time and energy on our online marketing campaigns that have spanned the web through our websites, blasted through social media networks, and landed in thousands of virtual mail boxes.   Marketing Zen is one of the leading digital marketing firms in the world. They are a muti-million dollar company boasting clients such as Forbes, Progressive, and The Y. So when they speak, we listen. Here are a few tips from the experts at Marketing Zen to help finish the year off strong:   Consistent Quality Content “To level up in the content game, create an editorial content calendar and agree to publish at least once a week.” It is a must that you provide updated content frequently to not only stay in good standing with google rankings, but to establish your brand as an authority on what is new and innovative in your industry. Marketing Zen also mentions that short blurbs do not count as content anymore, real and deep content rich with information should be about 800-1200 words.   Update Your Website Design “HTML 5 and CSS 3 are hot, hot, hot. You should also design with plenty of white space, custom images,infographics, and main menus hidden behind hamburgers.” Don’t know what this means? Talk to us. Just say no to autoplay videos and audio, flash, and non-mobile sites.   Make Your Site Responsive Responsive design means that your site can be viewed on a number of different devices. It increases...
5 Ways to Increase your Gmail Efficiency

5 Ways to Increase your Gmail Efficiency

Gmail goes above and beyond to provide an email service that is user friendly and that consistently makes us say “wow!” It seamlessly incorporates other highly used applications to create a one stop shop for communication and productivity.  Here are 5 life hacks that will make your Gmail experience that much more awesome:   FullContact What: Chrome extension Function: Allows you to learn all about everyone who sends you emails including: profiles, job titles, tweets, Instagram photos, Facebook updates and information such as the location, size, and demographics of their organizations. Benefit: Saves time, creates deeper connection with contacts, allows for the ability to brief on a person before meetings.   MailTrack.io What: Chrome extension Function: Know who has read your message and when Benefit: “I never got your email” is now a thing of the past.   Gmail Offline What: Gmail application Function: Lets you work in your Gmail without internet connection Benefit: Save time and data drafting emails offline, and send and schedule them once you are connected again   Dropbox for Gmail What: Chrome Extension Function: Adds a Dropbox icon to your Gmail to incorporate Dropbox links into composed emails Benefit: Saves time and space by easily sharing links instead of sending large files   Boomerang What: Plug in Function: Lets you schedule sending emails and set reminders for follow ups if you have not received a response. Benefit: Great for sales, never miss a follow up email again. Watch the conversions flood in!   Bonus:     WiseStamp What: Chrome extension Function: Lets you create a personalized signature including a photo and eye catching design...
Five Things That Limit the Success of Your Website

Five Things That Limit the Success of Your Website

With so much data on the internet today it can be difficult and overwhelming to really pin down valuable and relevant information. And while there is no shortage of advice, sometimes we need it to be handed to us straight. Tough love is what it is often called, and the writers at Website Magazine are giving it to us with their article “5 Reasons Why Your Website Will Never Be Successful.” Never is a strong word, but that is what we can count on if our website has the following:   “Lack of Usability” Confusing, difficult, and frustrating are words that you do not want visitors to use to describe your website. If a user cannot find what they are looking for within the first two clicks, their third click is surely to be the back button. The Solution: Easy-to-navigate pages, readily available information, clean layout, clear headers and organization of information.  All of these aspects allow the user to find information quickly and effortlessly, leaving them the time, energy, and willingness to give you a call.   “Information Overload” A bombardment of pictures, video, and text may seem thorough, but to a new visitor it is nothing less than overwhelming. “Customers crave information,” and it is the cornerstone of a good content strategy to provide enough but not too much all at once.  Instead try this…   The Solution: Provide key information, presenting focused information in a logical way. Place yourself in the customer’s position and ask yourself what are they looking for? Then develop your key points based on fulfilling those needs.   “Poor Website Name” Customers...