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  1. SEO marketers who promise too much. Find someone who actually understands the complexity of the industry and doesn’t promise unrealistic results.
  2. The over-optimizers. These are the SEO pros who stuff keywords, put way too much code on your site and worry about the anchor text of every inbound link. If your website is over-optimized, Google is targeting YOU in its newest Penguin update.
  3. Inbound marketers who think it’s a good idea to buy links. Google spends a lot of resources trying to eliminate the link building industry and you don’t want to be penalized when they catch you.
  4. Marketers who want you to compete against Coke (or whoever the biggest brand is in your market). You need to define your competition correctly before you can start marketing. Compete against similar sized businesses and focus on your exact niche… Continue reading

This morning we are designing for a real estate-related project and reminded of the famous line that it’s all about “location, location, location.” Well, it turns out that in web design, it’s all about “photos, photos, photos.”

What do we mean?

We mean that you can’t use a cellphone pic from your friend’s birthday party as your bio photo.

We mean that, no, your product will NOT look good photographed in your kitchen with the garbage pail in the background.

We mean that, sorry, we can’t use copyrighted images stolen from a google image search.

We mean that if the photo is grainy, dark, low resolution, or in any way blurry – please, please, please don’t use it.

What photos should we use?

Here are some best practices for a clean-looking website:

DO use a professional photographer for your bio photo and product photos.

DO purchase copyright-cleared… Continue reading

If you’ve ever built a website before, you probably know the feeling. It sounds something like this: “If I can just get this website done already….!”

And then you have all kinds of plans…. Once the site is done, you’re going to put the URL on your business cards, you’re going to jumpstart your social media accounts, you’re going to pay for advertising, you’ll start your email marketing, etc….

But the truth is that websites are ever-evolving. Call them blogs, call them live updates, call them news pages, or at the very least accept that they are “works in progress.” Websites are never truly “finished.” They just become closer to what we want to present now. And that “now” can change every moment of the day.

So at what point will you print those business cards or send out that massive “we’ve launched” email?… Continue reading

Who would believe that in a field so young, fashions would change every year? But it turns out that innovations in technology are driving change and, as a result, trends in web design are in the fast lane.

Every year or so, the biggest websites reevaluate their designs and make changes. Companies like google and twitter have made major changes in the last few months. Both companies went with a look that’s very clean and mostly white-on-white (white with shades of grey). They expanded the padding around buttons, imput fields, and navlinks so everything is clear and easy to find.

While the concept of “white space” may seem intuitive (and the Apple website has been doing it for quite some time already), many companies haven’t gone there yet. Now they will. This is the trend for 2012.