Twitter is a great platform for getting problems solved. A quick tweet about an issue and more likely than not you will get an answer, saving you time and aggravation.
Here are a couple of examples of how my Twitter friends have helped me out.
GoDaddy coupon fail
I was having real trouble applying a coupon to items in my GoDaddy cart. Any coupon I tried was immediately rejected.
Firefox 4.0 I upgraded my browser to Firefox 4.0 but the default position of the Home button was causing me aggravation!
Look at the time frame of response from both of these, within minutes I had answers to the issues I was facing. For both of these tweets I used hash tags at the end of the tweet. This can help get your problems noticed faster as many hash tags are monitored. In the case of@goodguydan he was not a follower of my tweets but was monitoring the hash tag #Firefox.
Here is a sneak peak at the new web site I am creating for Restore North Shore, a Chicago home remodeling company.
The site is designed around a palette of cool muted colors. This allows the photographs to pop through and take center stage as they really do most of the talking about the capabilities and quality of workmanship the company offers. The site features a simple slide show on the home page and more detailed portfolio sections within.
The framework of the site is completely built and I am just awaiting copy…
Yesterday I launched some updates for hardscapestl.com and they included a great spring contest where visitors can register to win a $250 gift card to spend on hardscape products. There are six up for grabs. New patio anyone?
The internet has revolutionized the way we shop and for the savvy shopper there are coupons and opportunity for deals for just about anything. Adding a coupon or “opportunity to win” to a web site is marketing smart and combined with a social media push can drive considerable traffic to a site.
I am working on a couple of branding projects at the moment, one is creating everything from scratch ( see the start here) and the other is a brand consistency project.
Is your brand image consistent? Do your customers have the same experience however they interact with you. From visiting your web site, to paging through a brochure or even receiving and invoice, all these interactions offer an opportunity to convey your unique message. Lack of consistency creates confusion and sends conflicting messages to your clients.
For example your web site projects an air of professionalism and trust through design, a well thought out color palette, fonts, imagery and excellent copy. Does that image carry through to your brochures, folders, flyers or whatever other marketing pieces you use, or have they been hastily put together with no thought as to what they communicate?
Here is brand consistency in action, from web site through to presentation folder and DVD labeling the client is getting the same message.
Interested in how we can give your collateral material a more branded and polished look? Checked out our Branding Services.
Did you know that it is really easy to extend the reach of each post you write, by importing your blog feed into your social network profiles like Facebook or LinkedIn. By doing so your new posts get automatically published.
So today we have a little poll.
This dandy poll was whipped up in 30 seconds at polldaddy.com. If you are not reading this via our site and can’t see it click here.
I was revisiting some old blog posts this morning, interested to see what I was up to on March 7th in previous years and came across this post written on March 7th 2007. Second Life investigation continues
In early 2007, Second Life was the “latest thing” and everyone was clamoring to be part of this virtual land. It was in every newspaper and magazine and big retail stores like Circuit City and Sears had set up Second Life store fronts. Clearly something “this big” warranted an investigation so I created an avatar, Indigo Oh, and dropped in to see the action. I did a lot of wandering around and it appeared that some big bucks were being dropped in this pixel dimension.
But now it has disappeared from media view and I have considered revisiting to see just what is happening there but after reading this article it seems Second life is driven by adult orientated pastimes, so I think I will pass!
Full image branding is one of my favorite type of projects and I am delighted to be creating brand and marketing materials for a Chicago home remodeling company, Restore North Shore. The project is moving at quite a pace and there is nothing like a deadline to get things moving along. It is energizing.
The project started on Monday this week and by Tuesday at noon the client needed business cards to hand out at an open house. In that short space of time I designed the logo, established the color palette, selected a corporate typeface, designed a business card and got full client approval along the way via our online project progress system. Phew!
There was no time to get the business cards professionally printed so I took a pdf of the file to a Fedex Office (the one here in Lincolnshire IL is great) where they printed it on card stock using a laser printer and I cut the cards down in their store. While they are only temporary the quality was pretty good and plenty got passed out at a very successful open house in Wilmette.
I will be starting work on the web site tomorrow. It will feature lots of before and after photos showcasing the fabulous work of Restore North Shore. Prepare to be blown away.