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The Cost for Social Media

August 24th, 2012 by Ted Bailey

In an earlier post, I discussed the costs of SEO. Successful site SEO is much like a good cocktail; a few parts of this and a few parts of that, then stick an umbrella in it. Proper search optimizing requires both on- and off-site components. One such off-site component is, increasingly, social media. Just as with cocktails, we can mix our favourite drink, but handling multiple diverse drink orders is best left to the bartenders and mixologists. Or in the case of social media, SEO and/or social media consultants.

What will social media consultant cost?

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Site Launch: Vertex Integration

August 17th, 2012 by Ted Bailey

Vertex IntegrationWhen it comes to site design, “The devil’s in the details”.

To their credit, these owners knew that they needed a web site to go with their new business. Unfortunately, the ‘deal too good to pass up’ was and they ended up with a site that had little content AND some of the content it had, was for services they didn’t really provide. Shortly thereafter, the site host closed up without notice and what little web presence they had went dark.

That’s when Vertex called on the Imagination Factory to help out. We listened to what they did, learned about their customers and designed a site that helped market their business better. We made it mobile-friendly and worked on their SEO to get higher ranking in the search engines. We built a site that will now be able to grow along with their business.

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Unwanted Links May Be Adware

July 2nd, 2012 by Ted Bailey

Every so often we will receive a call or email from a client asking about text links they’ve found around one or more words that appear in a page or post within their site. While we do often place cross-links on one page to related content on another page, these offending links appear to be adverts and/or go to other sites, sometimes bad sites.

The most common first thought is that something bad has happened to the site. However, when we investigate, we are unable to duplicate the issue – we do not see the offending link in our browsers or in the actual code.

So, what’s up with that? Why is the client seeing it, but we are not? Is the client or the person that reported it, wrong or just plain nuts?
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How Much for SEO?

June 7th, 2012 by Ted Bailey

Who can tell me how much for SEO?

The conversation that follows this question often begins to sound like the Abbott and Costello “Who’s on First?” baseball routine.

The problem arises because many site owners think of SEO (search engine optimization) as a turn-key solution that you simply plug and play into your site. After all, SEO increases your SEV in SERP, so you want to have one/it/them… but, like everyone, you want to save money on it.
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A website is a website

June 2nd, 2012 by Ted Bailey

Wow, really?  That takes me back to the 60’s when we also thought a horse was a horse.. unless, of course, that horse was the famous Mr. Ed.

I suppose that if all you’re looking for is a tax write-off and/or to get the marketing department to quit bellyaching about not having one, then perhaps a static website that looks like it is from the 90′s and drives little or no traffic and generates few, if any leads will do just fine for you. However, for the rest of you that are looking to invest in an asset that will not only build your brand, but gain you visibility, increase trust and ultimately generate more sales… then not all websites are created equal.

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To Be Mobile or Not to Be Mobile…

May 29th, 2012 by Ted Bailey

Ah yes, that IS the question, or at least, one of several questions that you should be asking yourself as the internet finds its way into purses or shirt pockets everywhere. This is especially true if you are now considering a new or re-designed web site. But let’s allow the numbers about mobile devices tell their story and you decide.

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Spring Cleaning & The Shoemaker’s Barefoot Child

April 25th, 2012 by Keldrick Brown

In the world of design and development, a small, agile team can often be an easily undervalued asset. A small, close-knit group can offer the ability to quickly respond to change in a way that large organizations lurch and fumble through, without unnecessary distortion added by chains of sales people, project managers, design leads, and so on.

I find that it keeps the daily routine interesting. While I get to wear a lot of hats (wireframing and planning, design, client tech support, ux design, front end development, client tech support, content tailoring, did I mention tech support already?),  I also get the benefit of working with other talented professionals who both accent my own strengths and cover my weak points, without the overhead of a massive business behemoth to weigh down the process, or the uncertainty of freelancers and outsourcing. This allows us to provide a great set of services without having to bludgeon our clientele with large-agency sized bills. Clearly it has worked well, as we have been at it for quite some time now.

It was all sunshine and rainbows until we realized that we had all been so busy making great sites for our clients that our own site was running around barefoot… and for significantly longer than any of us would like to publicly admit.

As such, we have dedicated ourselves to actually giving this site a facelift. Preferably before the Mayan calendar runs out…

Let’s see where this goes.

 


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