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Online Marketing and Sales are Essential During COVID-19

Posted by Sarah Wai on Mar 20, 2020 7:45:00 AM

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Web marketing services are more essential than ever for businesses right now. With the markets crashing and businesses closing their physical doors left and right, having an online presence is the only thing that will keep businesses generating revenue. Before the Coronavirus pandemic made its entrance, roughly 80% of business focus was on brick-and-mortar efforts and (if a company was mindful of this digital age) roughly 20% of their business efforts were spent on digital advertising and web marketing. So, what happens now that brick-and-mortar businesses have to close their doors? How do they keep employees employed and continue to see cash flow?

10 Signs Your Website is Underperforming

Posted by Corey Smith on Mar 15, 2020 11:04:00 AM

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After building and marketing websites for over ten years and working in technology, marketing, and visual design for many years before that, you can imagine that I've seen my share of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Perhaps my mental frame is skewed a bit because of what I know, but I see consistent problems with websites.

What's interesting is how many websites are close to being great but miss by a few key elements. I see this problem across websites both large and small. It doesn’t seem to matter how much companies spend. This issue is present on websites that are less than $1,000 and websites that are more than $100,000.

Take a look at your website and see how you stack up against the following issues. Note that these issues are in no particular order. So, don't place more weight on one because of where it sits on the list.

The 5 C's of Selecting Imagery for Your Website

Posted by Don Elliott on Feb 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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See what I did there? The 5 C's of selecting photos for your site... now that they're all C's, you'll all remember them better!

I can't stress enough the importance of beginning with good content. From a design perspective, so much of the impression your online presence leaves on users depends on the imagery you select and how you use it. More often than not, clients come to us with little to no imagery for their web project. Even when they do, the odds of it being good imagery are pretty slim. Needless to say, I spend a lot of my time scouring stock photography sites searching for fantastic imagery to bring all the elements of a web masterpiece together.

Whether you're searching for imagery as a client or on behalf of a client, here are a few items to keep in mind:

Is it crisp?

Understanding the Domain Name System (DNS)

Posted by Corey Smith on Feb 3, 2020 7:20:00 PM

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DNS stands for the Domain Name System. The DNS records tell the internet where to send your internet traffic. The most common are address (A) records, CNAME records, name server (NS) records, and mail exchange (MX) records. This article will take a look at each of these. 

Many web developers simply tell their clients to point the Name Server Record to the new host and you let the web developer manage that for you.

So, what does this mean for you? How do you know what you should do to maintain functionality of your site and your email? Bear in mind that my descriptions below are what I tell my my clients, but I think everyone should understand these details.

Why a Customer's Experience Matters and How You Can Improve it

Posted by Corey Smith on Apr 12, 2019 9:22:00 AM

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Years ago, I was at a conference in Orlando, Florida and happened to stay across the street from Downtown Disney. I spent each of my nights there walking around, riding the water taxi, eating dinner and just relaxing. Usually when I travel for work, it’s all about work. Rarely do I find the time to enjoy my surroundings, so this was new for me.

I started thinking a bit about what Disney knows how to do right, and that is to provide the customer an experience that they won't forget. As I sat there one evening eating dinner I realized that my reality seemed suspended for a short while.

Think about Las Vegas. Every so often, a casino will be torn down so that there can be room made for a new one. The casinos get bigger and better. Moreover, they are all designed to give the visitors an experience that is otherworldly. It’s a design that is meant to suspend reality.

Now, I can understand that people want different experiences, but which experience do you think fosters a sense of excitement for your customers? Which experience do you think causes people to tell their friends? Which experience is worth more to the consumer?

Improve your Architecture or Engineering Firm's Web Presence

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on Aug 30, 2018 8:31:00 AM

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Tribute Media has been working closely with Architecture and Engineering firms on their web presence for the past 11 years, and during this time, we’ve found many similarities in these industries when it comes to online marketing.

Architects and Engineers are technically savvy people, and because of that, some of them have a working knowledge of how to create and maintain a website, or at the very least, want to have the ability to manage the site themselves to make consistent updates to projects and portfolios. On the other hand, for as many firms that are actively maintaining and updating their own sites, there are many, MANY more that have completely let their websites fall to the wayside because they are busy focusing on the activities they are best at and that will directly impact the bottomline: architecture and engineering projects.

5 Tips to Get Past Artist’s Block

Posted by Don Elliott on Aug 3, 2018 8:11:12 AM

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“There is never a lack of subject matter; just absence of creativity.” – Lee Hammond, ArtistsNetwork.com

Maybe you’ve never heard the term Artist’s Block, but I bet you get what it means. Yes, just like writers get writer’s block, artists experience that same creative traffic jam. Ideally, we creatives would have all the time in the world to spring into action only when inspiration hits us, but deadlines are real, and they don’t consider your level of inspiration or lack thereof.