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ASBA Holiday Business Networking Mixer Thursday, Dec. 16

12-07-2010
I've been involved with the Arizona Small Business Association for the last 6 months and have found it to be very positive for my business. Next Thrusday, December 16th, the Arizona Small Business Association (asba) and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry for a special holiday networking mixer at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).When:Thursday, December 16 from 5:00pm - 7:00pmWhere:Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Scottsdale, ArizonaCost:ASBA and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry = no chargenon-members = $10Register At:http://www.asba.com/events/event_details.asp?id=135099

website videos done right

10-18-2010
Adding video to your website is a fantastic way to really pump-up interest and add some stickiness to your site. But no one wants to watch a long, boring, drawn-out video. Here is is a great example of a web video done right. http://mckinney.com/work/clients/gold-s-gym/spotter-iphone-app

Are all the Good Domain Names Taken?

10-05-2010
If you've ever had to help name a business (or just wanted to set up a brand new website), then you know how difficult it can be to find that perfect domain name. Then you'll appreiciate this great article I found on CNN.com today. Now a day's businesses have to get far more creative in trying to find a .com domain name that fits their busienss. As Brannon Cashion says, "No one is naming a company Apple anymore. Those days are really long gone." And isn't that the truth, but with a little creativity and some old fashioned hard work, you can still find a great domain name.Read the full articlehttp://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/web/10/05/good.tech.names.taken/index.html?hpt=Mid

3 Simple Ways to Get Paid More by Clients

09-14-2010
Here is a great article I found at WebDesignledger.com. It's about simple ways you can add value for your customers so that you can earn more money. It's well worth reading.3 Simple Ways to Get Paid More by ClientsAs freelancers, we all want to make more money. But freelancing doesn’t scale, so there’s always a ceiling. There’s a limit as to how many clients you can take on, right? So how do you make more money, if you can’t or don’t want to take on more clients? Well, if you’re better than average in what you do and can put in just a little bit of extra effort, you can get paid more by clients.Yep, there are 3 simple ways you can get paid more by clients ...

Phoenix Design Week 2010 is comming September 29th – October 3rd

09-14-2010
This one is for everyone in the local web and graphic design community. Phoenix Design Week 2010 is comming September 29th – October 3rd. Could be a great opportunity to network with others in the industry. Hope to see you there.  http://www.phxdw.com/

10 Reason Entrepreneurs Should Give Their Time To Charity

08-24-2010
Take a look at this fantastic artlice I found by David at onelifenofear.com. It's a great discussoin of the benefits and reasons for us entrepreneurs to volunteer some of our time to worthy causes. It's so easy to get wrapped up in running and growing our business that we can often over look the importance of helping those less fortunate.  Take a look and let me know what you think.http://onelifenofear.com/2010/07/10-reason-entrepreneurs-should-give-their-time-to-charity/

How to sell anything online...

08-13-2010
Check out this great video I found on Bob Parsons' blog. It's about how to effectivelly sell online. It's packed full of great tips and advice.  I've met a lot of busines and website owners over the years who think that just having a website will automatically translate into sales. But the truth is thay you need a strategy to succeed.

Need a little start up money?

08-04-2010
Every business person knows that having enough start up capital can make the difference between success and failure. But for new start up businesses finding investors or funding for an unproven business can be difficult. But there is a new website that may be able to help. It's called www.kickstarter.com and it's based on a sort of ebay style system. Basically, you post your business idea online and state what your funding goals are. For example. Lets say you want to start an organic bakery. You might say that you want to raise $10,000 in the next 60 days and set donation increments of say $25, $50, $100. Then people who think you have a good idea can choose to donate/invest some money. Bu ...

What is your facebook page worth???

07-19-2010
Unless you've been living in a cave for the last few years, you've probably hear that social media sites like facebook, twitter, youtube and others are a great way to drive traffic to you website. But how do you know what your return on investmetn is for all the time, money and effort you put into your social media? Just like with any good advertising campaing, you need a way to measure and track results. At Scottsdale Website Desgin, we love to keep up on the latest trends to help our clients, and that why I was really excited to discover a great new tool that actually measures the value of your FaceBook page.  It's called the Vitrue Social  Page Evaluator, and it analyses your Fa ...

Kickstart Your Business Idea...

07-16-2010
Anyone who's ever tried to start a business knows that one of the biggest obstacles funding - AKA green-backs, dinero money.  In fact, under capitalization (the lack of money) can be one of the biggest factors in success or failure. But an inovate new website calle KickStarter.com is here to help. This website is designed to help artists, musicians, designers and entrepreneurs get seed money to get their ideas off the ground.  It could be anything from starting an organic bakery to getting money for a musican to record their next album. And it's a great deal for the investors as well as the entrepreneurs. Typically instead of ownership in the business, the investors get some type o ...

What's in a name... 5 rules to choosing a website URL

06-29-2010
Ever wonder what makes you prefer one business over another when they seem more or less equal? Maybe one has a nicer looking store, friendlier staff or better service. Now a days your customers will often visit your website first before deciding if they'll ever take the next step to speak with you, purchase your products or visit your store (if you even have one). This is where having a strong online brand will make the difference between attracting a new customer or having them just click away. While I could write all day about the differnt aspects of branding, on this post I want to talk about one very important aspect of branding, choosing a good website URL, (AKA. www.YourWebsite.com). ...

Should You Ever Text Message a Client?

06-09-2010
As a business school graduate and small business owner, I've always been taught to look and act professional. After all, you want to put your best foot forward.  Things like wearing a shirt and tie for meetings, returning phone calls promptly and of course, never text message a client. Or should you??? The other day I ran into this dilemma with one of our clients here at Scottsdale Website Design. I had emailed him some information about his project and the next thing I know my cell phone is buzzing. But not with a phone call, but a text message from Chad.  So natrually I texted him back with the answer to his question. Honestly, communicating with a client via text message was ver ...

Is Flash Dead- How the iPad & iPhone Killed Flash

06-07-2010
I started off my design/multimedia career as a flash designer before I ever learned to build websites. Back in those days, flash was all the rage, and a lot of people couldn't wait to push the bounderies and see what I could really do. But like everything else on the Internet, it grew and evolved. But despite it gaining market dominance as the best web animation software, in the last year or so it's really ran into a few huge road blocks. The biggest of which comes from the ever popular iPhone and new iPad. These amazing little devices seem to be able to do just about anything, except for show flash content on a website. Apple has blocked the release of the flash plugin on these devices, cla ...


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