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What is a responsive website?

To listen to the 5 minute podcast of this blog post and other marketing podcasts,  please go our Marketing Podcasts page. A responsive website will display your website differently, depending on whether your website visitor is using a smartphone, a tablet device or a desktop computer. For […]

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What are QR codes and why are they important?

To listen to the 5 minute podcast of this blog post and other marketing podcasts,  please go our Marketing Podcasts page. What are QR codes? QR (quick response) codes bridge the gap between the world of offline marketing and the online world where you can give viewers […]

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Using QR codes to market your business

What exactly are QR codes? QR codes bridge the gap between the world of offline marketing and the online world where you can give viewers dynamic, engaging content. If you have seen an ad with one of those odd black and white squares, you can use your smartphone […]

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How should a company prepare for a website redesign?

To listen to the 5 minute podcast of this blog post and other marketing podcasts,  please go our Marketing Podcasts page. I recommend that clients first have a meeting with all stakeholders in the company so website problems can be identified and so new ideas for needed […]

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What is website design methodology?

To listen to the 5 minute podcast of this blog post and other marketing podcasts,  please go our Marketing Podcasts page. At Design-First, I use a five-step process for all website design projects: Discovery Requirements Documentation Project Proposal Project Management Quality Assurance The Discovery step is the […]

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Using QR codes in your marketing strategy

You have probably noticed the square QR Codes in magazines and in direct mail or on signage, like the example shown on the right. Hidden, in what seems to be a random pattern of black and white squares, is a URL. However, it just as easily could […]

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Are printed marketing materials still relevant?

To listen to the 5 minute podcast of this blog post and other marketing podcasts,  please go our Podcasts page. With so many companies focusing their marketing efforts on websites and social media, why would a company want to use printed marketing materials? Printed marketing materials engage […]

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Using Google Webmaster Tools to improve keyword searches

One of the most frequently asked questions from clients is, Why does Google seem to ignore some of my website pages in searches and how can I improve organic search rankings for a wider range of keywords? Many website owners become frustrated as some keywords will provide […]

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Making sense of sitemaps

Keep in mind that search engines may take some time to fully explore your website pages and it can still take weeks for some search engines to index all your pages. Which is more important—sitemap.html or sitemap.xml? The answer is that both are important, but for very […]

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What is branding?

To listen to the 5 minute podcast of this blog post and other marketing podcasts,  please go our Marketing Podcasts page. What does branding begin with: A good business name or a logo or both? Actually, branding is much more than a business name and a logo. […]

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