You don’t get to decide on which page your visitors join your website – search engines do. Every page on your website needs to be strong enough to stand on its own, as much as being part of a wider, integrated brand experience.
Today it seems that everyone’s talking about computing in “The Cloud.” The concept is simple: Rather than buy a load of hardware and/or software and have it all sitting in your offices waiting to go wrong, blow up or become obsolete, you work and store your files with an online service that handles all that icky technical stuff for you. Our own Qarto translation management portal is an example of a cloud-based system – also known as Software As A Service which, of course, inevitably gets abbreviated to “SaaS.” Other examples are email systems such as Google Mail and Hotmail, online storage services such as Dropbox and Box, or office applications such as SugarCRM or Zoho. Even Microsoft have jumped on the cloud computing bandwagon, which isn’t such as surprise since cloud-based services generated over $68 billion last year and is forecast to hit around $150 billion by 2014. However, just lately cloud-based services have been taking a bit of a beating. Sony’s PlayStation Network got hacked and was offline for the best part of six weeks. On April 21st Amazon’s EC2 cloud-based platform fell over which, since many tech sites use EC2, had the knock-on effect of taking down services …
We often get inquiries from business owners or marketing people looking for help with a very specific issue. Perhaps they’re looking for someone to set-up and manage their PPC campaigns. Maybe they need a brochure redesigned, the writing and distribution of a press release, or help with their social media efforts. But let’s back up a touch. Each one of the above a very separate disciplines. Broadly-speaking, someone who’s an expert in pay-per-click advertising isn’t going to be able to design a brochure. At least, they won’t be able to do it as well as a someone who specializes in design. This is where things get a little foggy. All of the above job titles could come under the umbrella of ‘marketing’, but they don’t have to. All advertising, for example, is marketing. However all marketing isn’t advertising. Advertising, design, PR, and marketing are very different disciplines. However, far too often the job descriptions are exchanged and intermixed. Someone who’s great at web design, may not be so hot on allied competences such as SEO, CRO, or copywriting. Yes, they can design a kick-ass website for you. But when it comes to how well the site is seen on search …
“CHEAPEST FLIGHTS!” “THE LOWEST HOTEL ROOM RATES!” “WE COMPARE, SO YOU DON’T NEED TO.” Price comparison websites are all the rage. From airline flights, to car insurance, to getting the best on your savings, there’s sure to be a website that aggregates the prices of various products and services to allowing you to compare them. But is it a fair comparison? The problem with price comparison websites is that they reduce your business value offering to a commodity. Comparing your product purely on price and features ignores all the value differentiation that you’re trying to get across. Your marketing, positioning, branding and uniqueness is stripped away. Comparison websites aim to anonymize you, while you’re doing everything you can possibly do to stand out. Image Credit Blending Into The Crowd was last modified: August 1st, 2013 by Gee Ranasinha
I fired a customer today. The project wasn’t particularly well-paid, or creatively stimulating. But that’s not why I fired the client. In fact, the project was for a pretty large organization that may have paved the way for more lucrative work further down the road. So, why did I fire the client? Here’s the story: The business owner came to us with a problem. We proposed a solution to that problem which everyone around the table agreed would address the company’s issue. However, for reasons I won’t go into here, the client then came back to us a week later asking us to fix the problem another way. We pointed out to them that, while their way would address their problem in the short term, in the long term the problem would still be there. The solution they were proposing was, in essence, a stop-gap. A patch. A workaround. Furthermore, it didn’t make sense financially since the difference in cost between the two solutions was virtually the same, and that sooner or later they’d end up having to implement our proposed solution anyway. They would end up spending almost double what they needed to, for no reason. However the client …
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The only way you can improve the performance of your website is through measurement. That means using and understanding website analytics software.
Want more website leads? Get a better company website. Your site needs to be more than an online brochure.
Flash-driven websites, unless constructed well, are rarely the best medium for communication.
Huge “one-size-fits-all” tradeshows are dying a death, overtaken by smaller, more targeted localized events.