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Video Marketing for Your Business

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

 

seenBEST Web Design produces custom videos to market your business on the internet. We script, film, edit, brand, and publish high quality videos to your website, social media properties, and YouTube channels.

 

Let seenBEST Web Design create your next internet marketing video. Video is great for:

  • Product demonstrations
  • Personal messages to clients
  • News or announcements
  • Much more!

 

Our full range of internet marketing services ensure that your new video will be seen. Market your Phoenix, Arizona business professionally with our complete array of internet marketing solutions including website design, web development, internet marketing, social media marketing and more.

 

Call us at (602) 456-0150 to schedule your free consultation.

 


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InDesign Print Booklet White Lines Issue

Monday, December 5th, 2011

There is a strange problem with InDesign going all the way back to the CS3 version. Several people have posted about this online, but a solution is yet to be found for the issue.

 

The current bug involves InDesign CS5. Whenever the ‘print booklet’ feature is used, strange white lines appear in the output. The same white lines are not visible when viewing the document on the screen or when using the regular print command, or export to image commands. The lines appear in ‘Print Booklet’ no matter what format is used to export, whether PDF, PS, XPS, or some other document format.

 

They also appear when using ‘Print Booklet’ to print direct to a printer.

 

See these examples:

 

White Lines in the Print Booklet Output

 

No White Lines in the JPG Export

 

The only solution that was found online previously suggested that it was a Adobe Reader rendering issue, and that the lines would not be visible in a final printed output. We can rule that out since the lines also appear in a XPS that was generated via ‘Print Booklet’, and also appear when printing directly from InDesign via ‘Print Booklet’ to a printer.

 

We have posted a question at the Adobe InDesign Forums and will keep you posted if a solution is found!

 

 


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Marketing, Why the Slow Times are the Best Times

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Why 10 Leading Marketing and Business Experts Warn Against the All Too Common Mistake of Cutting Marketing Budgets in a Slow Economy

 

Imagine reading a newspaper that has one and only one advertisement.  You would notice that advertisement.  You might even marvel at it. Now imagine the same newspaper with 50 advertisements.  Would you still notice that one advertisement?  Not likely.

 

When all other advertisers cease their marketing efforts, the advertiser who stays in the media is the one who catches the readers’ and buyers’ attention. But don’t take our word for it: consider what the experts say.

 

“Successful companies do not abandon their marketing strategies in a recession; they adapt them.” The venerable Harvard Business Review instructs business owners in “How to Market in a Recession” to adapt marketing strategies rather than cut them. “Instead of cutting the market research budget, you need to know more than ever how consumers are redefining value and responding to the recession….This is not the time to cut advertising….Brands that increase advertising during a recession, when competitors are cutting back, can improve market share and return on investment at lower cost than during good economic times.”

 

“Prospects are more likely to recall marketing messages delivered consistently during a fragile economy, even if they are smaller and less frequently delivered.” Jay Levison, veteran marketing consultant and author, warns in his book, Guerilla Marketing During Tough Times, that “…many companies have scrubbed or reduced their marketing budgets to combat tough times and that it will cost those firms three dollars for every dollar formerly spent to reach the same level of consumer recognition and share of mind they previously enjoyed.”

 

“Cutting your marketing spending is a sure way to give ground to competitors who may be more aggressive during the downturn.” An article published on business mogul Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek, “5 Don’ts for Marketing in Down Times,” offers that “just as the savviest investors view down markets as a time to buy when everybody else is selling, the savviest marketers know recessions are a great time to pick up market share. They understand that by maintaining their budgets (or even increasing them) they may not come out ahead during the down times, but they can pick up market share that will pay off in the long run.”

 

“Research shows that companies that consistently advertise even during recessions perform better in the long run.” A Wharton University article, “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Don’t Skimp on Their Ad Budgets,” urges business owners to continue advertising. “A McGraw-Hill Research study looking at 600 companies from 1980 to 1985 found that those businesses which chose to maintain or raise their level of advertising expenditures during the 1981 and 1982 recession had significantly higher sales after the economy recovered. Specifically, companies that advertised aggressively during the recession had sales 256% higher than those that did not continue to advertise.”

 

“Become proactive rather than reactive.” The book, How to Up Your Profit in a Down Economy, by author and advertising copywriter Robert Boduch, encourages business owners “to make it a habit to reach new prospects every week – better yet, every day….To generate new customers consistently, you need a continuous marketing action plan.”

 

“With the right advertising tactics, a downturn can actually provide opportunities for online marketers.” A Google Adwords acticle, “Top Tactics for Tough Times,” suggests that “Now more than ever, your customers are relying on the Internet to help them make the best purchase decisions during tight times.”

 

Online “communities and social networking sites are cost-effective and have a measurable impact on prospects’ decisions in the consideration stage, which will be important to companies under recessionary pressures.” Josh Bernoff, Sr. VP Idea Development for Forrester Research, one of the leading IT, marketing, and technology research and consulting companies, writes in “Strategies for Interactive Marketing in a Recession” that “interactive marketing programs are now fueled by measurable results.” Bernoff suggests that “interactive marketers should stop toe-dipping and invest only in programs that can deliver on measurable metrics.”

 

“What you have to think about is whether increased spending will give you an even greater return.” An article in the Search Engine Guide, “How to Get the Most Value From Your SEO Investment,” explains that “spending less would be nice, but you have to get out of that mindset. Target, Walmart, Pepsi and Coke all continue to spend, spend, spend on their marketing because they know it gets results. And the second they stop spending, they know they lose market share to their competition.”

 

“Today, as web browsing has become more and more pervasive, the way people shop has changed.” Google’s Jim Lecinski defines “What the ‘Zero Moment of Truth’ Means for Marketers” and explains that “long before shoppers find products on a store shelf, they search for the best options online. By the time they make a purchase, they have read reviews, compared prices and fully evaluated their options, whether they are buying a pillow or a Porsche.”

 

“As Americans spend more time online for information and entertainment purposes, digital advertising and marketing has emerged as one of the most effective tools businesses have to attract and retain customers.” The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) reported “Internet Advertising Revenues Hit $7.3 Billion in Q1 ’11,”a 23 percent increase in the first quarter of 2011 over the same period in 2010. “This marks the highest first-quarter revenue level ever for the industry and a significant increase over last year’s first-quarter revenue level, which had been the highest on record to date,” stated the IAB. “The consistent and considerable year-over-year growth we’re seeing demonstrates that digital media is an increasingly popular destination for ad dollars, and for good reason,” said IAB President and CEO Randall Rothenberg.

 

“Now is exactly the time to take advantage of marketing, and to use it strategically, proactively and effectively,” counsels Allen Levine, a respected marketing consultant to the legal industry, in his article “Marketing in Tough Times.”

 

Ready to take advantage of this challenging economic period and make your business stand out from the competition? A professional online marketing team will give Phoenix small business owners the best ROI for their marketing dollars by developing an integrated campaign. The experts at seenBest Web Design, Phoenix, Arizona, are savvy in all areas of marketing on the internet and can tailor a campaign to effectively and affordably meet the small business owner’s budget and business goals. Call us today for a free consultation, (602) 456-0150!

 


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Google+ for brands offers seamless integration across the web

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Google+

I have come to appreciate the strategic advantage that Google has over the competition with Google+. Let’s face it, Google+ can do some very cool things that no other social network can do simply because it is, well… Google.

 

One of the most useful strategy decisions from a brand perspective that Google has implemented in Google+ is the ability to integrate the +1 experience throughout the entire web in a way that really gives the largest return on investment to a business engaged in online marketing.

 

Most people know what you can do with Facebook when it comes to your brand. You can create a branded Facebook business page, and you can place a Facebook like button on your website.

 

Now consider what you can do with Google+. With Google+ you can also create a branded business page, and you can also place a +1 button on your website. However, there is a list of things you can also do with Google+ that Facebook can never do because Facebook is not, well… Google. Such as:

 

– Associate the like button with website search results, as all website search results do have a +1 button.

 

– Associate the like button with Adwords pay-per-click ads, as all PPC ads do have a +1 button.

 

Why does this matter? With the recent releases and updates to Google+, Google has linked all of your +1 data together to make the +1 experience a seamless integration across the entirety of the internet. With Facebook, you often had one set of likes on your business Facebook page and a completely different set of likes on your website Facebook button. The two weren’t necessarily connected and promotion to generate likes was wasteful. You had to drive money to your website for one set of likes and more money to Facebook pages for another set of likes.

 

Google+ however has made your online advertising spend a cumulative endeavor. With the right code on your website and the right social extension settings in your adwords campaign, the +1 data is completely shared throughout all of your online properties. If someone gives your website button a +1, the +1 data increments on your branded Google+ page as well. The same for your PPC ad, when linked to your Google+ page, those +1 clicks are also stored and updated.

 

This all adds up to maximization of your internet marketing spend. If you are spending money to promote your business with PPC ads, and spending money to promote your website through other means, the +1 counter throughout all pages are incremented to reflect the total social value of your brand across the internet. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Google+ targeted ads come out as well, which will only further increase the +1 value of your online portfolio. It’s nice to know that Google has taken such care to plan out the +1 integration in such a way that maximizes the return on your internet marketing investment.

 

If you’re not making the most of Google+ for your small business, contact seenBEST Web Design today. We can help you create branded Google+ pages, establish a +1 button on your website or design a website for you with a Google+ button integrated, link your website to your branded Google+ page, and even help you link your PPC ads to the +1 data so you can achieve maximum results with your internet marketing budget. Give us a call today to setup a free consultation (480) 256-9010.

 


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Help us support the needy this holiday season

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Help seenBEST Web Design bring food and assistance to needy families this holiday season. Donate to our Salvation Army Red Kettle and see if we can reach a goal of $5,000 together as a community. 100% of all donations go to the Salvation Army and help our local community in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Click here to donate now!
http://www.onlineredkettle.org/SocialNetworkArizona

 

 


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Website Design on Purpose

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

A website is today’s key marketing collateral piece. It’s your online brochure, providing your company profile and the benefits of your offerings. It offers useful information for your target audience and is an interactive communication vehicle between your visitors, the people they forward your link to, and you.

 

Your website creates people’s first impression of your business. Website visitors judge your business in less than 10 seconds. A professionally designed website uses the latest technology and tools to attract your target audience, get their attention quickly, keep them on your site longer and address their needs. This is how you achieve your main purpose for the site. So, what is the purpose of your website?

 

Every website should be designed with a purpose in mind.

For most small businesses, there are two primary purposes for a website:

  1. To make sales.
  2. To generate leads.

 

Consider also the many possible secondary purposes:

  1. Provide information.
  2. Promote offerings.
  3. Create brand awareness.
  4. Position yourself as an expert.
  5. Increase subscriptions.
  6. Receive applications.
  7. Reduce printing and direct mail expenses.
  8. Build trust.

 

To create a successful website, you must know the primary purpose of the website. All aspects of website design – layout, functionality, content, graphics, links, buttons, navigation, security, SEO, SEM – must contribute to the primary purpose. Incorporating content to achieve your secondary purposes will ultimately lead you to either increasing sales or generating leads. As you evaluate every aspect of your website, ask yourself: Does this contribute to making sales or generating leads? If it doesn’t, no matter how much you like it, you need to let it go. An irrelevant element only distracts your audience.

 

Create an effective user experience on your website.

The next step – ask yourself: What actions do you want your visitor to take when he views your site? What does your visitor want to achieve on your site? Designing your website based on the answers to these questions will create a much more positive and effective experience for the visitor or “user.” “Everything the user experiences should be the result of a conscious decision on your part,” explains Jesse James Garrett in his book, The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web. “The practice of creating engaging, efficient user experiences is called user-centered design. The concept of user-centered design is very simple: Every step of the way, take the user into account as you develop your product.”

 

A professional design team knows how to achieve your goals.

You should select a design team that has the ability to understand your needs and then reflect those needs in the design and functionality of the new site. A professional web design team will ask you a number of questions to learn and understand:

  • Your business
  • Your industry
  • Your target audience
  • Your business objectives
  • Your online marketing goals
  • Your reason for having a website

 

The team at seenBEST Web Design in Phoenix, Arizona, will meet with you face-to-face to learn about your company and your goals. Our comprehensive web design services are performed by highly experienced web professionals who know the right questions to ask. We will develop a user-centered design process to target and attract potential customers to your website…and take your web marketing results to unparalleled levels of success. Call today, (602) 456-0150 to schedule a free consultation.

 


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Adding a Google+ Button to Your Website

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

It is now possible to add a Google+ button to your website that takes visitors to your new Google+ business page. Take a look at the following:

More information: https://developers.google.com/+/plugins/badge/

 

To see an example, look to the right of this page for the orange G+ button. That button will take you directly to the seenBEST Web Design Google+ Business Page!

 


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